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PlantFiles: Wooly Butia, Woolly Jelly Palm
Butia eriospatha

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Butia (BEW-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: eriospatha (er-ee-oh-SPAY-thu) (Info)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NorthSC On Feb 3, 2013, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great palm for Zone 9 here in central South Carolina.

Positive imcuban2 On Nov 30, 2010, imcuban2 from Chicago, IL wrote:

I found that this palm in the ground grow 2 to 3 times faster than its cousin Butia capitata

Positive palmbob On Feb 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Really looks a lot like the regular Butia (capitata) only it has brown, fuzzy flower spathes. Guess that was enough to label it as a different species. Leaves a bit pale blue-green and have ornamental arching of the feather fronds. Leaf bases tend to remain on trunk also giving it an ornamental appearance. Good grower and quite hardy here in So Cal. Brazilian native. Fruit is a bit redder than Butia capitata but is equally as edible and tasty- great for jams or just eating.


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

Queen Creek, Arizona
San Leandro, California
Lecanto, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
North, South Carolina
Cedar Park, Texas

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