Brahea armata      
Mexican blue palm    
Arecacea Family     


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Mexican blue palm
young Brahea armata
Form: single trunked fan palm
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 30ft tall; frond spread 8-10ft; slow growing
Leaves: 2-5ft fan; dusty blue
Flowers: large pendulant inflorescence almost to the ground; cream colored flowers are fragrant; blooms in summer
Fruit: reddish brown drupe 1/2 to 3/4in long; the fruite is green at first
Stems/Trunks: stocky trunk with ridges; 2 ft wide; yellow spines and brown hairs
Range/Origin: Baja California
Hardiness: 18°F; tolerates greater extremes of heat, cold and wind than do most palms

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CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:
Brahae armata
young specimen
mature Brahea armata
mature group of Mexican blue palms

 

Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau


NOTES:

Brahea to honor Danish astronomer Tyco Brahe.
takes wind
Some find it more attractive when young. In maturity the trunk is stocky and the leaves less of a blue color


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