Pindo Palm, Butia capitata, is easy to recognize because of its color and shape. This palm tree ranges in color from light green to a bluish gray, is medium in size, has a thick trunk and fronds that will curve back toward its stout trunk when it gets more mature. Pindo Palm trees are perfect for a landscape with desert, tropical or even a Mediterranean style.
Blooms and Leaves:
Pindo Palm trees are recognizable for their stocky, single trunks and their big, beautiful, round canopy of long fronds that reach up to 10 feet in length and recurved from the top of this thick trunk to the ground below. The trunks of these cold-hardy palm trees are covered with leaf bases that are gray and can grow to heights of up to 20 feet, however, these palm trees grow very slowly so are rarely seen this tall. They are more commonly seen 12 to 15 feet tall with trunks that can reach up to 1 ½ feet in diameter.
Blooms found on Pindo Palm trees can be found in white, yellow or even a red color and are usually a trio of flowers and bloom in the late spring or early summer months. These flowers lead to orange-yellow fruit. This fruit is in cluster, are edible and get about the size of a mature date. This fruit will ripen in the summer but can be messy when it gets ripe. It is generally best if these palm trees are planted far enough away from walks or patios to where this mess won’t be a big problem.
Pindo Palm trees are easy to grow because they do not need a lot of care. They can be planted in almost any type of soil from well-drained, such as sand, to heavy soil, such as clay. They also grow well in most any type of sunlight, from full sun to partial sun. These beautiful palm trees grow best in the USDA hardiness zones from 8a to 9b.
Propagation of Pindo Palm trees is done, of course, by using the date-like fruit that is produced. These contain the seeds and these seeds can be cleaned, dried and allowed to germinate either inside or outside. If planting outside, do so in the fall of the year.
Pindo Palm trees have several uses. These beautiful trees can be used in a landscape that is fairly tight or even in a public right-of-way. It does well in commercial settings as it does not require a lot of care or even pruning as other palm trees do. It can even be planted beneath power lines because it does not grow real tall or real fast. Pindo Palms can also be used in containers which gives it even more ways to be used.