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PlantFiles: Guadalupe Palm
Brahea edulis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brahea (BRAH-yuh) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative SouthTexaspalm On Dec 16, 2012, SouthTexaspalm from Cibolo, TX wrote:

While this is a beautiful palm, it is not for the San Antonio area. It does well with the heat and drought but declines quickly during high humidity, even in the summer. One wet cold winter did it in.

Positive Mendopalmfarm On Oct 31, 2012, Mendopalmfarm from Willits, CA wrote:

These are great palms and I have a half dozen in my garden including one with 10' + of trunk. Super hardy never seen any serious damage to them even in my cold winters low 20's with occasional light snow and hard frosts. I've observed slight color blotches after days of prolonged snows and frosts but after the cold fronts moved out and weather warmed back to above freezing for a few weeks they recovered completely. A great palm for most climates that stay above 20degrees

Positive Avomatt On Aug 16, 2007, Avomatt from Carpinteria, CA wrote:

I have planted on on the sandy ocean beach in Carpinteria and it has thrived. Consequently, I believe it is very salt tolerant.

Positive thrinax01 On Feb 10, 2005, thrinax01 from Salt Spring Island
Canada wrote:

I've grown Brahea edulis in the ground since Oct. 1995 with no problems at all. I live in zone 8b and each winter I construct a simple 6mm plastic roof just over the crown to keep it dry. It has never sufferd any cold damage in all these years. There is a large specimen growing in a Seattle garden since 1989. I've been there to photograph it. That palm does flower every year. Banana Joe

Positive palmbob On Aug 17, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a common avenue palm in Southern California. Many unobservant viewers think these are just short Washingtonia (Mexican Fan Palms). But if you look closely, the leaves are less split, slightly larger for the size of the palm, more markedly pleated and slightly costapalmate (have a midrib down the center of the leave at which point the leaf folds slightly; there are a lot more leaves per tree, the flowers are shorter and plumose, and the trunks are always smooth and very stocky. It is a very easy palm to grow here, and fairly fast for a palm in this area... but much slower than Washingtonia palms. The seeds/fruit are edible and about 1.5" in diameter (compare to Washingtonia seed which is 1/6th that size). It does not do well as an indoor palm.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Beverly Hills, California
Brentwood, California
Carpinteria, California
Encino, California
Los Angeles, California
Oakland, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
San Leandro, California
Union City, California
Willits, California
North, South Carolina
Devers, Texas
Shoreline, Washington

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