Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Buccaneer Palm, Cherry Palm
Pseudophoenix sargentii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pseudophoenix (soo-doh-FEE-niks) (Info)
Species: sargentii (sar-JEN-tee-eye) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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 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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By palmbob
Thumbnail #1 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #2 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by palmbob

By palmbob
Thumbnail #3 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by palmbob

By aztropic
Thumbnail #4 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by aztropic

By aztropic
Thumbnail #5 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by aztropic

By aztropic
Thumbnail #6 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by aztropic

By beelzebub
Thumbnail #7 of Pseudophoenix sargentii by beelzebub

There are a total of 13 photos.
Click here to view them all!


5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SuburbanNinja80 On Jan 1, 2012, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Does anyway know if this makes a good home Palm? I know it will never make it too my Garden outside.

Positive billowen On Jul 11, 2011, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I planted a six footer a little over a year ago, I got a good deal for $200.00. This tree could easily retail for $500.00. Was wrapped with blankets during last winters cold before Christmas and suffered no damage. Growth rate is faster than I had come to expect, its no slug in Southwest Florida.

Positive aztropic On Apr 29, 2005, aztropic from Mesa, AZ wrote:

Rather slow growing but worth it. I have 6 sargentii's,2 ekmanii's,1 lediniana,and 1 vinifera in the ground in Mesa,Arizona.The plants seem to thrive under our conditions if a little protection to the trunk can be provided from direct sun.(Leaves take the sun fine but trunks sunburn in direct sunlight) All the plants only grow 1 new frond per year.The largest is 6 ft tall overall with a 6 inch dia. base.

Positive viper41 On Sep 2, 2004, viper41 from Yorba Linda, CA wrote:

Have germinated this from seed received from Leonel Mera in the Dominican Republic. Cleaned pulp and cracked outer shell before germinating. VERY TIME CONSUMING. But you must do this to get good germination. Planted in perlite and kept warm. Got 75 percent germination total with first sprouts showing up after 3 weeks! Slow but healthy so far as seedlings.

Positive GumboLimbo On Jun 24, 2004, GumboLimbo from North Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

If it grew faster, this would be my favorite palm. Patience in germinating and growing this palm is well worth the effort for South Floridians. A healthy specimen is a beautiful sight to behold.

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

Native US species (southern tip of Florida) and into the Caribbean. Known for it's powdery, ornamentally ringed and swollen trunk and cherry-like fruit in the east coast, here in southern California it is known mostly for being one of the slowest growing palms there are. Not a problem growing on in Florida, where it is usually warm, night and day. CAn handle some frost, but hates prolonged cool. Those who have had luck with it here in So Cal have exceptionally mild weather, or are just amazing palm growers. I have had several die on me in the ground, but they do fairly well in pots. Palm grows stiff, but not spikey, fronds, and has a unique look to it... the powdery blue-green coloration is very attractive and it is a really show stopper here in California. In Hawaii, this palm grows slow (not compared to here) but spindly- doesn't get the fat trunk like it does in Florida- not sure why.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Huntington Beach, California
La Habra, California
Ventura, California
Whittier, California
Yorba Linda, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida (2 reports)
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Houston, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America