Butia x Syagrus
Mule palm

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 Butia x Syagrus





Man-made hybrid palm

Cold Hardiness: 

Uncertain but probably about 17degrees F

Trunk type:

Medium to large single trunk

Leaf type:

Pinnate, looking between the appearance of a Butia c. and a Syagrus r.


Solitary (single trunk).


Easily grown.  Is usually a man-made cross and hard to do accurately.  Is known to be infertile seed producer, although there's some controversy over this.

Speed of growth:

Average to fast


Taller than a Butia, shorter than a Queen (Syagrus r.).  Thirty feet of trunk would be a good estimate.

Soil requirements:


Sun Requirements:


General Description:

A palm that has been hybridized to give people in colder regions a Queen-type palm with more cold hardiness.  It is about what would imagine with the cross, although there is some variability.  The leaves a robust appearing, but are recurved somewhat like the Butia.  The trunk is often not as smooth as the Queen. 

Other Notes:

Quite rare and desirable, especially for colder climates.  There are other very desirable intergeneric hybrids which show growth vigor and cold hardiness.  

Further Data:

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