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)




Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

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 vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds


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

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 grow... read more