Pindo Palm Tree – Butia capitata

pindo palm tree6 Pindo Palm Tree   Butia capitata

The Pindo Palm Tree, scientific name Butia capitata, is one of the most popular palms in the world because of its stunning appearance, cold hardiness and bright yellow fruit, that can be made into a jelly.  Its graceful appearances with blue-green fronds make it great for pool-side plantings, and also for container use. It is one of the most popular Florida Palm Trees. The Pindo Palm can live up to 80 years.

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Pindo Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Butia capitata

Common names: The Pindo Palm is also known as Jelly Palm and Wine Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.

Appearance: It has a heavy gray trunk covered with old leaf bases. Trunk is around 15 ft tall and 1-1.5 ft in diameter. Occasionally, you can find specimens with a clean trunk. Without crownshaft, beautiful arching leaves emerge right from the trunk. Leaves are pinnate, or feather-like, ranging in color from green to bluish gray, about 5-10 ft long, with 80-150 leaflets that are about 20-26 inches long. They are supported by 3-4 ft long petioles that have spines along both edges.

pindo palm tree5 Pindo Palm Tree   Butia capitata

Flowers/Fruits: At the end of the spring the Pindo Palm produces small yellow to orange-red flowers, that grow in clusters on large 3-4ft long inflorescence. The flowers are monoecious, individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant. They get pollinated is by insects and wind.

Flowers are followed by bright orange fruits, also known as “pindo dates”, that hang in large clusters from the tree. Dates are round to oval-shaped, juicy, edible, about 1 inch in diameter. Fruits reach their maturity in the summer. The fruits can be eaten fresh and pureed, or used to make excellent jams as well as wine. You can also use it to make jelly, hence the name Jelly Palm. They can be stored for about one week in the refrigerator. It can get very messy when ripe fruits fall to the ground.

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate. Butia capitata can slowly grow up to 10 – 20 ft and 10-15ft wide,  but usually is not taller than 15ft with the spread of 10 ft.

Outdoor/Indoor Use:Both.

Cold Tolerance: Pindo Palm Tree can tolerate cold down to 5F when mature enough. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 7b (5 to 10 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

 Pindo Palm Tree   Butia capitataThere is a great book, written by David A. Francko that I really like, it’s called “Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas”. It goes into the details on how you can grow cold hardy palms in zones 7, 6 and even 5. This is the perfect foundation book for the gardener who would like to see a banana next to his cherry tree and a palm between his maples. It got great reviews and 5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.

pindo palm tree3 Pindo Palm Tree   Butia capitataWater Req: Moderate. The Pindo Palm is tolerate of salt water, droughts and is tough enough to deal with weather stresses when mature. It also can grow in clay or sandy soils. It needs plenty of water until established in the first 2 years, but after that only little to moderate watering is needed.

Maintenance: Easy. In addition to their attractive look, this unique palm offers low to moderate maintenance. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Insects and Diseases: The Pindo Palm usually is not going to cause you any troubles. Palm leaf skeletonizer, scale, and micronutrient deficiencies are occasional problems for Pindo Palm. There are no major diseases that you need to be afraid of. The Pindo Palm can get a root rot if the soil is kept too moist and well drained.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. It takes many months for germination to take place.

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~Susan Brian

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11 Responses to “Pindo Palm Tree – Butia capitata”

  1. We just had a Pindo Palm planted. It is about 4 to 5 feet. It has a couple of what looks like dead leaves. They are a different color more dead looking than the rest of the plant. Do we leave them on, cut them off or what? They seem to be on one side of the plant and the other side seems fine but it has some discoloration beginning on it. The really green leaves are in the middle of the plant. What if anything do we do? Thank you.

  2. The middle of my palm tree are dead and the leave are green will my tree die

  3. Hi Kathy,

    Usually if the bud of the palm dies, the palm will die. Don’t give up. You should find out in a few months. ~Susan Brian

  4. Kathy,
    I planted one “Pindo” 11/2 years ago . It i almost 6 feet to the top of the arch of the fronds . How old do they need to be to bear fruit ?

  5. Hi Susan, I live in NYC and I was wondering if a Pindo palm tree can survive a winter in NY?

  6. Hello Ben, I’m not sure if Susan responded to you or not, but to answer your question. Pindo Palms are very cold Hardy and can tolerate very cold tempuratures down to 5 degrees. I saw a picture of a pindo palm growning in an unknown New York city. this palm is ideal for growing in USDA zones 7b and higher. most of the state of New York is comprised of zones 6 and 5, and a very small tip of land right around NYC is in zone 7. I if you plant a pindo palm you could probably pull it off, but you’ll be pushing the tree to it’s limits. if you can keep the tree 5 degrees F or hotter, you’ll do fine. Hope this helps…

  7. Yes, Tony is right. I have a roughly 8-year old Jelly Palm in a pot growing outside in Seattle area throughout the Winter. It did fine with a week below 30 degrees. Then we got into the teens (coldest winter in 5 years) and I decided to pull it inside the garage for the coldest stretch, although I do think the tree would have done just fine outside. I paid a lot for it though and didn’t want to chance it without having the tree planted in the ground (hardier when in the ground supposedly). I will bring it back out as soon as we get above freezing temps next week. I may plant it in the ground in Spring and leave it outside all year from this point on. Impressively hardy for the cold Pacific NW.

  8. Will pindo tree survive winter in Detriot Michigan?

  9. I think I have a pin do based on color of fruit although my palms do not produce flowers. I have two; one is huge the other noticeably smaller. Both have thrived for about 18 years but this fall/winter the smaller one has brown on virtually every frond. Even the newest one shooting up from center is mostly green but has some brown. And all fronds are curved more than previous seasons giving it an unhealthy look. Any suggestions as to what to do for it? I am going to feed them on more consistent basis this spring.

    Thank you.
    J. Wills

  10. Georgia just had a winter storm, I have a Pindo palm tree that I planted over 2 years now. My tree has grown and it has maintain great color and was looking healthy. After the snow and ice and temperatures dropping as low as 12 degrees I notice that I have brown fronds on 30% of the tree. Will my palm tree recover.

  11. Overnight my pindo palm fronds dropped. Is there any help

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