Old Man Palm Tree – Coccothrinax crinita

The Old Man Palm Tree, scientific name Coccothrinax crinita, is well-known because of its stunning trunk that is covered with thick layer of wool-like fibers.  It is very rare palm that you can only find in the collector’s garden, that is one of the reasons it is very expensive. The  Old Man Palm is frequently planted as an ornamental.  It can also grow indoors.

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Old Man Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Coccothrinax crinita

Common names: The Old Man Palm is also known as Thatch Palm, Guano Barbudo, Guano Petate, Palma Petate.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: Coccothrinax crinita is native to Cuba.

Appearance: Trunk is slim, only 8 inches in diameter, but appears bigger because of the the thick hair covering. The Old Man Palm trunk reminds of an old man’s beard, hence the name Old Man Palm.

With no crownshaft 15-25 circular leaves grow right from the trunk. Leaves are palmate, or fan-shaped, stiff, spirally arranged, deeply divided, about 4-5 ft in diameter. They grow on short 2ft long unarmed petioles. Leaves are bright green on top and silvery-gray on the bottom.

Flowers/Fruits: In the summer the Old Man Palm produces yellow flowers that are held by 5 ft long stalks growing among the leaves extending farther than the leaves’ length. Flowers are bisexual, both male and female reproductive organs are born on the same plant. Flowers are followed by dark purple fruit that is round, fleshy, about 1 inch in diameter.

Growth Rate: Slow. Coccothrinax crinita is a slow growing palm that can get up to 10-20ft tall and 1-5ft wide.It will take this evergreen about 10 years to grow to 5”.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: Old Man Palm Tree can tolerate cold down to 20F when mature enough. It is great for USDA Zones 9a (20 to 25 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.

Water Req: This palm is great to plant along the seashore because it is very drought and salt tolerant. It likes moist well drained soil.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seed.

Buy Old Man Palm Today

We don’t sell palm trees on this site, but you can buy it from one of my favorite palm nurseries – Real Palm Trees. It has beautiful palm trees at discounted prices and offers a Free Shipping. This is one of the few sites that I trust, because each palm tree comes with Certificate of Authenticity that guarantees highest quality of the tree. All of their palm trees are properly grown and acclimatized to the correct hardiness zone.

Most importantly, you will receive a tree in perfect health and wouldn’t have to worry about it dying few weeks later. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or you money back.

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~Susan Brian

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  1. Es Ataoellah says

    Good day,

    I am interested in the old mans palm tree, the small one. I would like to know a little more about the possibilities for importing this tree in Surinam. I’m looking for a tree with a big beard.


    Es Devie

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