Butia X Jubaea

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Butia X Jubaea



Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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


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

Bloom Color:

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This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Anniston, Alabama

Los Angeles, California

Oceanside, California

Reseda, California

Willits, California

Brandon, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

North, South Carolina

Seattle, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Got a 3' trunk specimen. Has characteristics of both parents. Looks awesome and super robust fronds. Looks like a jubea with slightly drooping petioles. I wish I could find more for sale but super rare. It's hard to tell the little starts 5 gal size from butia x queen. But worth picking any of the two hybrids up. By the way they can be self fertile but also pollinated by near by butia's or jubeas maybe even a queen palm. Hope one day these are widespread would be great to see them everywhere. They are hybrids of two of the hardiest and best looking palm


On Dec 7, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very nice cross between two very hardy palms: Butia capitata and Jubaea chilensis. THe female is Butia. This palm has a massive trunk and is nearly as large a palm as a Jubaea, only faster growing. The trunk and leaves share characteristics of both parent plants: the trunk is massively thick (two adults couldn't reach around it) but some leaf bases tend to remain (compared to the usually smooth trunk of the Jubaea). The leaves are slight recurved and have a bluish cast like the Butia.

I have some photos there of a palm in southern California making fruit... whether or not that fruit is fertile I have no idea... and if it is, has it been naturally pollinated with itself, or a nearby Butia or Jubaea (more likely)... I had no success germinating but didn't try t... read more