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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


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Soil pH requirements:

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

Berkeley, California

Brentwood, 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:


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.


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