Bactris gasipaes
Peach palm, Pejibaye

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Description

   

Locality:

Central and South America

Cold Hardiness: 

Will tolerate upper 30s, F. Marginal for California. Best suited for semi-tropical or warmer areas.

Trunk type:

Tall, clumping with spiny rings.

Leaf type:

Plumose (furry/fringed appearance), pinnate (feather shaped) with spines, glaucous (silvery) underneath.

Suckering/Solitary:

Suckering (multiple trunks).

Maintenance:

In Southern California, a difficult palm to grow. Requires warmth, humidity and lots of water.

Speed of growth:

Medium

Height:

Twenty feet plus

Soil requirements:

High moisture, rich (organics and nutrients) soil.

Sun Requirements:

Sun or strong filtered light

General Description:

Large, clumping, tropical, spiny palm. Is grown and harvested in South America for its sweet heart.

Other Notes:

Some collectors have kept this species alive in warmer Southern California areas but it is a challenge; has edible fruit and the palm heart is harvested in the tropics. 

Further Data:

See Spiny palms artilcle.

Palm for sale/Availability:

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