Pindo Palm Care: Tips For Growing Pindo Palm Trees



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By: Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

When you think of Florida, you immediately think of palm trees. However, not all palm species do well in colder regions of the state where temperatures may dip down to 5 F. (-15 C.). Pindo palm trees (Butia capitata) are one type of palm that will tolerate cooler temperatures and can even be found along the East Coast up to the Carolinas. Let’s find out how to care for a pindo palm.

Hardy Pindo Info

Pindo palms, also known as jelly palms, grow slowly to a mature height of 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 m.) with a trunk diameter of 1 to 1-1/2 feet (30 to 45.7 cm.). Flowers can be red, white or yellow and occur in groups of two male flowers and one female flower.

The fruit of this graceful palm is light orange to brownish red and can be used to make jelly. The seeds can even be roasted for a coffee substitute. Pindo palms are often used as a specimen tree and draw a variety of wildlife with their sweet fruit.

Growing Pindo Palm Trees

Pindo palms will grow in full sun or partial shade and any type of soil as long as it is moderately salt tolerant and has good drainage.

Falling fruit can make a mess, so it is recommended that pindo palms be planted at least ten feet (3 m.) from decks, patios or paved surfaces. Since these trees grow so slowly, it is best to buy at least a three-year-old nursery stock tree unless you are extremely patient.

How to Care of a Pindo Palm

Pindo palm care is not difficult at all. There are no diseases or insect problems with this tree, other than the odd micro-nutrient deficiency. Regular fertilization will help keep the pindo palm looking its best.

Pindo palms are able to survive hot and windy conditions, but it is always best to keep the soil adequately moist.

This Brazil native requires some pruning of dead fronds to keep its appearance tidy.

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Other names: Jelly Palm

The Pindo Palm Tree, sometimes known as the Jelly Palm, is a hardy feather palm tree variety.

The tree has a large trunk and fronds 6 to 8 feet long. I u sually reaches a height of 15-20 feet in most areas although it can reach a height of 30 feet.

It stands up very well to the cold but temperatures below 5 degrees will cause damage.

Due to its large size and long fronds, it makes a nice specimen plant that provides a real tropical look. For that reason we recommend t he Pindo Palm Tree for Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Kiawah SC and surrounding areas.


Cold Hardy Palms for Houston

These are our top cold hardy palms for the Houston area. Visit your nearest Big Tex Tree Nurseries location and allow our nursery pros to help you select the perfect palm for your property.

Windmill Palm

These are small to medium-sized palms that can bring a tropical appeal to any landscape. As a bonus, they are also very cold hardy palms! These palms have a neat, small-scale size that makes them an excellent choice for a wide range of landscapes. We like to plant then near small patios, narrow spaces, gardens, side yards, near swimming pools, or as a standalone specimen. The calming nature of a Windmill Palm can help transform your yard into a resort-style property.

Mediterranean Fan Palm

This is the hardiest of all palms! They have an attractive, compact crown of blue-green fan-shaped foliage, and grow slow enough so that they rarely outgrow their space. They are the perfect choice as a focal point in a tropical garden and can bring the wow factor when lit up with night lighting. There are many great ways to use these palms in a landscape. We like to plant them poolside, use them as a windbreak, and they can create a privacy screen, too. They can handle frost conditions, so they are ideal for growing in the Houston area!

Pindo Palm

This cold hardy palm selection is an attractive low-growing palm that can withstand our chilly winters. They feature a stout, thick trunk with distinctive silver-green arching fronds spraying from the top. They are an excellent choice for growing in containers, so feel free to pot them up and place them on a deck, patio, and anywhere you want to create a relaxing environment. We also like to plant them poolside, in a rock garden, or as a standalone specimen.

Date Palms

Yes! We can grow these beautiful resort-style palms in Houston and create an elegant and relaxing atmosphere in our yard. These luxurious palms are very cold hardy and can handle the heat, too. We like to plant them in groups or rows and enjoy the shade that the wide fronds can create. These are very clean palms, and we have them available with diamond-cut trunks that can create a lasting impression wherever they are planted. Specimen sized trees can bring the upscale resort-style look to your landscape, so plant them poolside and enjoy the view!


Pygmy Date Palm

The pygmy date palm is a type of little palm tree with spiky trunk

As its common name suggests, the pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) is a small-sized palm tree. This is a true type of palm in the family Arecaceae and it doesn’t grow taller than 10 ft. (3 m). The small palm tree can be identified by its single stem with long bushy pinnate fronds that measure around 3 ft. (1 m) long.

This palm species is an excellent ornamental flowering tree for subtropical landscaped gardens. The arching-drooping fronds of pygmy date palm are large and showy and almost hide the spiky-looking trunk. These short palm trees also grow well in containers.

Although pygmy palm trees produce dates, the fruit generally isn’t as tasty as dates that grow on larger date palms.


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