Mexican Blue Palm




Brahea armata







Form: Tree
Seasonality: Perennial
Size: 40 ft tall by 25 ft wide

Leaves: Blue gray, 3 to 5 ft wide, thorns on the leaf stems (petioles)

Flowers: Cream colored flowers on 5 ft stalks, that originate between the leaves

Fruit: Round brown fruits, once roasted and eaten by the Cocopah
Trunks: Gray, stout, covered in leaf shag or trimmed and covered in leaf scars

Range/Origin: Baja California, Georgia
Hardiness: Sunset Zones: 10,12-17,19-24; USDA: 8b-10; 18o F

Comments: Some litter, Thorns



  • Exposure: Full to partial sun
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained
  • Propagation: Seed
  • Maintenance: Moderate; removal of dead fronds, bloom and fruit litter

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