Brahea Species, Guadalupe Fan Palm

Brahea edulis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brahea (BRAH-yuh) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)
Synonym:Erythea edulis


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 a damp paper towel

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

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Beverly Hills, California

Brentwood, California

Carpinteria, California

Encino, California

Los Angeles, California

Oakland, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Union City, California

Willits, California

North, South Carolina

Devers, Texas

Shoreline, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 16, 2012, SouthTexaspalm from Cibolo, TX wrote:

While this is a beautiful palm, it is not for the San Antonio area. It does well with the heat and drought but declines quickly during high humidity, even in the summer. One wet cold winter did it in.


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

These are great palms and I have a half dozen in my garden including one with 10' + of trunk. Super hardy never seen any serious damage to them even in my cold winters low 20's with occasional light snow and hard frosts. I've observed slight color blotches after days of prolonged snows and frosts but after the cold fronts moved out and weather warmed back to above freezing for a few weeks they recovered completely. A great palm for most climates that stay above 20degrees


On Aug 16, 2007, Avomatt from Carpinteria, CA wrote:

I have planted on on the sandy ocean beach in Carpinteria and it has thrived. Consequently, I believe it is very salt tolerant.


On Feb 10, 2005, thrinax01 from Salt Spring Island,
Canada wrote:

I've grown Brahea edulis in the ground since Oct. 1995 with no problems at all. I live in zone 8b and each winter I construct a simple 6mm plastic roof just over the crown to keep it dry. It has never sufferd any cold damage in all these years. There is a large specimen growing in a Seattle garden since 1989. I've been there to photograph it. That palm does flower every year. Banana Joe


On Aug 17, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a common avenue palm in Southern California. Many unobservant viewers think these are just short Washingtonia (Mexican Fan Palms). But if you look closely, the leaves are less split, slightly larger for the size of the palm, more markedly pleated and slightly costapalmate (have a midrib down the center of the leave at which point the leaf folds slightly; there are a lot more leaves per tree, the flowers are shorter and plumose, and the trunks are always smooth and very stocky. It is a very easy palm to grow here, and fairly fast for a palm in this area... but much slower than Washingtonia palms. The seeds/fruit are edible and about 1.5" in diameter (compare to Washingtonia seed which is 1/6th that size). It does not do well as an indoor palm.