Pindo Palm for sale

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When looking for a Pindo Palm for sale you have several important decisions to make. Because the Pindo Palm, or Jelly Palm, is a slow growing tree you will need to decide between growing your own and buying a ready-grown one. The advantages of growing your own palm are the satisfaction you get from seeing it grow and the cheap price of the initial purchase, young Pindo Palms can cost as little as $8 for a 1 foot tall palm. Typically the palm grows less than 1 foot a year so if you buy your palm when it is only 1 year old and 1 foot tall you can expect to wait 10 years for it to reach about 7 foot tall. Before you go looking for a Pindo Palm for sale consider whether you want to spend years growing your own or opt for a larger more expensive palm.

Typically to purchase a 7 foot tall palm (which has been grown for at least 10 years) you are looking at a cost upwards of $300. This cost reflects the years of care and attention it has already received to get it to this height. If you want a large Pindo Palm which is fully grown at 15 feet tall you might have to spend in excess of $1,000 per palm. If you are looking for multiple palms for your garden the fully-grown Pindo can be an expensive option.

Regardless of the size of palm you are buying you will want to plant it in the right location for maximum effect. Try to plant the palm in full sun and away from sidewalks and buildings that could hamper their growth. Acidic soil is preferred but not necessary and when first planting the Pindo you will want to fertilize the soil around it and then continue fertilizing on a yearly basis. The palm will need watering regularly when you first plant it but it drought resistant once it has bedded in. Always water at the base of the trunk and not onto the fronds as this can cause disease to spread to the fronds. Always make sure you have an adequate location and ability to care for your palm before looking for a Pindo Palm for sale.

Pindo Palm (Butia capitata) Fact Sheet

The information provided below has been reproduced from the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture database.


This cold-hardy, single-trunked palm is easily recognized by its rounded canopy of blue-grey, strongly-recurved, graceful fronds which curve in toward the trunk. The heavy, stocky trunks are covered with persistent leaf bases. Large, showy clusters of orange-yellow, juicy, edible fruits, the size of large dates, are produced and often used to make jams or jellies.

The fruit, ripening in summer, can be messy on sidewalks or patios, so you may want to plant 10 feet away from the walk or patio. This slowgrowing palm eventually will reach 20 feet tall and is attractive as a freestanding specimen or grouped with other palms. Most are seen smaller than this since growth rate is very slow. Plant 10 feet apart as a street tree and they can be planted beneath power lines due to slow growth and small size.

General Information

Scientific name: Butia capitata
Pronunciation: BEW-tee-uh kap-ih-TAY-tuh
Common name(s): Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm
Family: Arecaceae
USDA hardiness zones: 8B through 11
Origin: not native to North America
Uses: large parking lot islands (> 200 square feet in size); wide tree lawns (>6 feet wide); medium-sized parking lot islands (100-200 square feet in size); medium-sized tree lawns (4-6 feet wide); recommended for buffer strips around parking lots or for median strip plantings in the highway; near a deck or patio; small parking lot islands (< 100 square feet in size); narrow tree lawns (3-4 feet wide); specimen; residential street tree; tree has been successfully grown
in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common.
Availability: generally available in many areas within its hardiness range


Height: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Crown uniformity: symmetrical canopy with a regular (or smooth) outline, and individuals have more or less identical crown forms
Crown shape: palm; upright
Crown density: open
Growth rate: slow
Texture: coarse


Leaf arrangement: spiral
Leaf type: odd pinnately compound
Leaflet margin: entire
Leaflet shape: linear
Leaflet venation: parallel
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaflet blade length: 18 to 36 inches
Leaf color: blue or blue-green; silver
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy


Flower color: white
Flower characteristics: showy; spring flowering


Fruit shape: round
Fruit length: .5 to 1 inch
Fruit covering: fleshy
Fruit color: orange; yellow
Fruit characteristics: attracts squirrels and other mammals; suited for human consumption; fruit, twigs, or foliage cause significant litter; persistent on the tree; showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: grow mostly upright and will not droop; not particularly showy; should be grown with a single leader; no thorns
Pruning requirement: needs little pruning to develop a strong structure
Breakage: resistant
Crown shaft: no


Light requirement: tree grows in part shade/part sun; tree grows in full sun
Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; slightly alkaline; acidic; well-drained
Drought tolerance: high
Aerosol salt tolerance: high


Roots: surface roots are usually not a problem
Winter interest: no special winter interest
Outstanding tree: not particularly outstanding
Invasive potential: little, if any, potential at this time
Verticillium wilt susceptibility: not known to be susceptible
Pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests

Use & Management

Growing in full sun or part shade on a wide variety of soils, including alkaline, pindo palm is moderately salt-tolerant. Pindo palm can survive hot, windy conditions, asphalt and concrete areas but looks better in good soil with adequate moisture. Some people do not consider this a pretty palm but it certainly will grow anywhere.

Propagation is by seed which take many months for germination.


Palm leaf skeletonizer, scale, and micronutrient deficiencies (especially Mn and Fe) are occasional problems for pindo palm. Micronutrient deficiencies only show up on soil with a high pH.


No diseases are of major concern. The roots and lower trunk can rot if soil is kept too moist.

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