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PlantFiles: Palm
Butia X Jubaea

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


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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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer

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:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mendopalmfarm 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

Positive palmbob 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 that hard... next time I will do better, I hope.

I took more photos of this palm in fruit a year and a half later... interestingly, the fruit this time is oblong... suspicially the shape of the fruits of the Syagrus palms (Queen palms) surrounding this tree, that just happen to be all in flower this summer. Wonder if we have a tri-generic potential now... sadly, most of this fruit is falling off before ripening.


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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