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PlantFiles: Bailey's Copernicia Palm, Yarey Palm
Copernicia baileyana

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Copernicia (koh-per-NEE-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: baileyana (bay-lee-AY-nuh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

over 40 ft. (12 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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

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

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mandrew968 On Jan 14, 2011, Mandrew968 from Miami, FL wrote:

Positive jungleboy_fl On Nov 16, 2004, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

As with most Copernicia, baileyana takes quite a while to reach a size suitable for landscape purposes. Thus, these are quite expensive, even here in Florida. Interestingly, once planted, the "Bailey Palm" spends much of it's time producing a very deep rootsystem for the first few years. Once adequately rooted in, it begins to grow more rapidly. There are some absolutely gorgeous specimens here in Naples. If you plan on growing yours in a container for a while, I suggest using the deepest pot you can find. The last thing you want to do with a palm this slow growing, it to slow it down further by impeding proper root development. I've found these to be very tolerant of drought- no surprise due to it's Cuban origin. Universally admired, don't hesitate to add this incredible palm to your collection.

Positive Kylecawaza On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

There is only one trunking specimen in CAlifornia in Encinitas.

Positive palmbob On Oct 5, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Huge palm... but takes decades to get there. Here in So Cal, this is a really slow plant, but only recently have people tried to grow it since it was always thought it was too tropical for here. Turns out it does pretty well, even in my old garden where temps get down to 26F briefly. It performs much better in humid, hot climates, though, and is a native of Cuba. There are some impressive stands of them at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Florida. An adult plant can reach 60' and have a trunk over 2' in diameter... huge white pilars that look like concrete. The leaves are 5 feet in diameter and nearly a perfect circle with many evenly spaced, stiff leaflets... one of the most beautiful leaves in the palm world. As a seedling it's a bit less impressive, but has very stiff, leathery leaves with attractive black teeth along the petioles.


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

Thousand Oaks, California
Westminster, California
Brandon, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida

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