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PlantFiles: Sierra Madre Palm, Mexican Dwarf Blue Palm
Brahea decumbens

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brahea (BRAH-yuh) (Info)
Species: decumbens (de-KUM-benz) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Agaveguy On Jun 11, 2009, Agaveguy from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This palm has produced seed for me in San Antonio, Tx. They have been on the plants for two years and the seed coat is still greenish grey and has a bit of fleshiness. I plan to harvest and plant a few soon.

Positive elHoagie On Oct 27, 2005, elHoagie from Altadena, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

The seeds of this palm have been very difficult for me (and everyone else I've talked with) to germinate. I'm happy with the 10% I've been able to get. My oldest are now about 18 months old, and still have green strap leaves. I'm actually pretty surprised how quickly they've grown, producing about 7 or 8 leaves in this time and filling a 1 gallon container with roots.

Positive palmbob On Jan 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very sought after specimen palm for small, open gardens. This pricey little palm has recumbent trunks and suckers so it doesn't take up much room. It's most striking feature are it's nearly white leaves making it really stand out in the landscape. There are small teeth along the petioles. It is a very slow growing palm and specimens worth showing are often decades old or older. As a seedling, it is nothing to look at as the leaves are still greenish grey for many years before developing the silvery coloration. It is extremely drought and wind hardy.

So far no plants in cultivation have produced any seed, so if seed it to be had, it's from the native plants in Mexico... another reason this plant is so rare in cultivation


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

Mesa, Arizona
Altadena, California
Los Angeles, California
Mountain View Acres, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Augusta, Georgia
San Antonio, Texas
Bellevue, Washington

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