The Buccaneer Palm Tree, scientific name Pseudophoenix sargentii, is a truly collectors palm. This palm loves warm tropical weather and is not cold hardy. It comes from South Florida, Mexico, Belize, Cuba and the Bahamas. This is one of the few palm trees native to United States.
Buccaneer Palm Tree has a self cleaning trunk and is very easy to grow. This extremely slow growing palm is perfect for small gardens. It can also be grown indoors or on the patio in the container.
|Scientific name:||Pseudophoenix sargentii|
|Common names:||Buccaneer Palm, Cherry Palm, Sargent’s Cherry Palm, Palma de Guinea.|
|Origin:||Native to South Florida, Mexico, Belize, Cuba and the Bahamas.|
|Growth Rate:||Slow. Up to 10 ft tall and 10 ft wide.|
|Cold Tolerance:||USDA Zones 10b (35 – 40 F) to 11 (above 40 F)|
|Light Req:||Full sun to Partial shade.|
|Water Req:||Moderate. Drought tolerant.|
|Soil Req:||Widely adaptable.|
|Fruit:||Red. Not edible.|
|Propagation:||Seeds, germinating in 2-3 months.|
Buccaneer Palm Identifying Characteristics
It has a single smooth gray trunk that is ringed with scars of shed fronds. The trunk has no crownshaft. It is topped with grown dark green pinnate shaped, feathery, leaves that are about 10ft long.
Buccaneer Palm Flowers and Fruits
In the late summer, it produces small yellow flowers that grow on a branched inflorescence. Flowers are followed by green berry-like fruits that turn red when ripe. Fruit is round, about 1/5 in in diameter.
How to Care For Buccaneer Palm
This slow growing palm gets up to 10 ft tall and 10 ft wide. It’s not cold hardy and can only tolerate cold down to 35F . It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10b (35 – 40 F) to 11 (above 40 F).
It grows well in full sun or partial shade. This drought tolerant palm likes moist but well drained soil. It also has high salt tolerance.
Generally it is very easy to maintain. Apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season. Usually a problem free palm