Ponytail Palm Tree – Beaucarnea recurvata

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The Ponytail Palm Tree, scientific name Beaucarnea recurvata, is well-known because of its stunning trunk that is greatly swollen at the base making this palm look like a giant onion. This slow growing palm is great for small gardens. This palm can tolerate temperatures down to 15F and can be grown in states like Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.

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Ponytail Palm Tree Profile

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Scientific name: Beaucarnea recurvata

Common names: The Ponytail Palm is also known as Pony Tail Palm, Elephant-Foot Tree, Elephant Foot, Monja, and Palma culona.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Mexico.

Appearance: Young Ponytail Palm has no trunk, but as the palm matures it develops a brownish-gray bark that is greatly swollen at the base, reaching up to 12ft in diameter. When the palm is only few years old it has a single smooth trunk topped with crown of dark green fronds, but eventually develops a few branches.

Ribbon-like leaves grow in clustered at the tips of branches. Thin leaves are 6ft long and only 1 inch wide. They emerge in a fountain-like fashion, curling downward. The cascading nature of the leaves gives much the appearance of a pony’s tail, hence the name Ponytail Palm.

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Flowers/Fruits: Mature Ponytail Palm produces creamy-white flowers in spring or summer. They bloom for several weeks two or three times a year. Flowers grow in clusters on long inflorescence that extend longer than the leaves. Male and female flowers are born on separate plants. Flowers are followed by reddish small fruit, about 1/2 inch long.

Growth Rate: Slow. The Beaucarnea recurvata is a slow growing palm that can get up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide, but rarely exceeds 10ft.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. The Ponytail Palm  is a great indoor plant as long as you have enough light in the room.

Cold Tolerance: Beaucarnea recurvata can tolerate cold down to 15F when mature enough.  It is great for growing in USDA Zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

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Light Req: Full sun to Partial shade. It prefers full sun but can also grow in partial shade.

Water Req: Moderate. Beaucarnea recurvata are closely related to Yuccas and thrive under the same conditions.  It tolerates drought very well. It likes moist, but well drained soil. Allow the soil to dry between watering because it is easy to over water this palm.

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

Propagation: Propagated by separation of offsets.

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~Susan Brian

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18 Responses to “Ponytail Palm Tree – Beaucarnea recurvata”

  1. Are ponytail palms poisonous to dogs? We have a new Yorkshire terrier puppy and he has taken to nipping at the leaves occasionally. Thank you.
    Ken Yowan theyowans@cfl.rr.com

  2. I have a ponytail that has shouts all over it,top and on the base. I have tried to root some and nothing worked. I put root-tone on them and still did not make it. Would you do something different?? I have around 15 more shout’s to work with. I think it is about 15 years old, it never has flowered, or made seed’s..

  3. I have the same thing happening to my ponytail that
    Kathy (above) has going on. Shoots on top and now
    one right above the base. Mine is about 12 yrs. old
    and approx. 6 ft. tall … Thanks.

  4. I have two ponytails that I have had for over 35 years. Both have bloomed, one white and the other red. The white bloomer is blooming a second time and has 10-15 branches growing from the base. These are like kids to me, but they are now so tall that I don’t know if I can winter them anymore. Could they survive if protected in zone 7? Virginia Beach, VA

  5. I don’t know how dogs get along with ponytail palms, but cats love them. At least, our cat did. We purchased a baby ponytail (base was about the size of a pearl onion) in Texas a few years ago and brought it home to Iowa to raise as in indoor plant, It was doing great in the bathroom until the cat got into it. He pulled it out of its planter and proceeded to chew on the leaves. We found it a few days later, returned it to the pot and it began to recover, then the cat got in the bathroom again. After the cat had made about 5 attempts at plant-icide, we finally gave up. The cat died awhile back we just bought another ponytail, much bigger one and brought it to a cat-less home.

  6. I have a very neat Ponytail that I would like to sell.
    It is apox. 15ft tall with about 10 shoots growinng up and is 20 years old. Hoe do I sell this tree?
    Thanks John

  7. Hi John. You should try your local nursery first. You also post an add on our forum or on Craig list. ~Susan Brian

  8. I have an indoor ponytail plant. Just get it a few months ago, the leaves were hanging dark green. now the leaves are brown at the tips .The center of the plant is green toward the trunk. Don’t know what to do. I give it sun light, i also have a water bottle in it. Should i trim the tips or not. Help don’t wont to lose it!

  9. Hi Veronica. Trimming tips will not help. It is not unusual for the palm trees to get into shock after being moved to a new location. However, I think that few months should be enough for the palm to recover. It probably is not getting enough water/sunlight or the air inside might be too dry. Try using humidifier near the palm. ~Susan Brian

  10. I have a pony tail palm that has branches growing from the main trunk and I would like to know if I can cut them off and transplant them without hurting the main palm

  11. We have some very old ponytail plants that fertilized each other, and we now have literally thousands of seeds, all starting to grow.

    If anyone is interested, we can send you seeds at a small fee.

    Ben Olivier
    South Africa

  12. I have a ponytail that is about 7 ” That is potted. Ive had it since a baby. Grandson pulled all of the fronds off one of the limbs. I’m very upset. Will it survive? Can I help it?

  13. Hi Mary. As long as bud has not been damaged it should survive. Make sure it is getting enough water. ~Susan Brian

  14. I have a pontytail palm it has new shuts coming out all over the top and bottom can these be transplanted the plant is about 6years old , how long before it will bloom.Thank you Jim

  15. I have a ponytail that is probably 25 or 30 years old, it has out grown my house. 8 ft. tall. I will top it but not sure where. It has a good size sprout at about 4 ft. Do I cut it above the sprout or below it. Do you need to pour wax on the cut? Thank you for any help. Freeze coming tomorrow night, down to 27, early for this zone 8. East Texas.

    Thank you alot.
    Love this plant.

  16. I have 3 small ponytail palms that I want to plant in my yard. Does anyone know how large and/or deep the root system is and how close to a house can I plant it? Thanks for any responses.

  17. I have a beautiful 8 foot ponytail plant in a large pot in my sunroom.It is forty years old but has never bloomed. It is very heathy and we love the plant. I would love to see it bloom.Do you have any suggestions? We have another ponytail next to this one that is shaped totally different. It drapes beautifully. It’s about fifteen years old.

  18. Comment about at the root system that Beth asked: this plant has a very small root system, often only 1′ below the base of the caudex and is extremely easy to move (though heavy!). Roots will never disturb anything… but the woody base of the plant can grow up to 10 feet in diameter and though usually is not terribly destructive, I would not plant one too close to the house for that reason.

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