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Butia capitata (Palm, Pindo)

Palm, Pindo

Jelly Palm

Butia capitata

This feather leaf palm is best planted in large areas where the leaves don’t need to be trimmed to make room for walkways or traffic. The overall height of the Pindo is only 20 feet, however the leaves can reach up to 10 feet past the four foot stems, falling downward then curving back towards the trunk. They are pinnate, and blue-gray to silver-gray in color, with spines down the leaf stems.

In the late spring to early summer female palms have a thick pink-purple inflorescence emerging from the crown. Fall brings bright orange pindo dates that are popular for making jellies and jams. If left on the plant, they can create a large mess that attracts insects and vermin.

Pindo Palm doesn’t tolerate extended periods of freezing temperatures, and grows best in well-drained sandy soils. Once established, it’s incredibly drought tolerant. 

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15 Feet



8 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Butia capitata

The large amount of fruits can be messy, but easy to trim. 

USDA Hardiness Zone 8a

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs