Quito Coconut, Mountain Coconut, Cocumbe Palm
Parajubaea cocoides

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parajubaea (par-uh-joo-BAY-uh) (Info)
Species: cocoides

Category:

Palms

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Berkeley, California

Corte Madera, California

Hayward, California

Los Angeles, California

Oakland, California

Riverside, California

Santa Rosa, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Ventura, California

Galveston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 29, 2003, laspalmasdesign from Los Altos, CA wrote:

This is an excellent palm for the SF Bay Area since it thrives in our coolish dry climate. It will take some heat as well and I love the fact that they keep growing right through the winter months. They are becoming plentiful with the specialty palm growers.

Positive

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

ONe of the better palms for Southern California, in that it always looks good, is relatively fast, and easy to grow, and very wind tolerant. It is about the closest we can get to growing a palm that eventually looks like a coconut (Much smaller seeds, though). This particular species is unknown in the wild and may just be a cultivar of one of the other Parajubaeas, but is the one most encountered in cultivation now. The other species most commonly encountered, P torralyi, is even a faster, better grower, but is much rarer in cultivation.

It does have the annoying tendency to suddenly up and die, though. No one knows why for sure. Also prone to bud rot from overhead watering, though this one usually grows out of it if treated with antifungals and discontinuance of that ... read more