Brahea edulis

Guadalupe Palm

Landscape Environment

Grow Region: 9a-11

Origin: Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Drought Tolerance: High, very hardy

Cold Tolerance: 20 F

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil: Alkaline

Light: Full sun

Charateristics

Mature Height: 30-40 feet

Trunk: brown to grey, corky, rough ringed , solitary, 14 to 20 inches in diameter

Leaf: 3 to 6.5 feet wide, stiffly folded, ridges divided nearly halfway, 70 to 80 segments 3 to 4 feet long, deeply split at tips

Leaf Petiole: 4 to 5 feet long

Armature: small teeth

Color: deep green

Flowers: short inflorescesne up 5 feet, shorter than leaves

Fruit: sweet, edible, black when ripe, about 1 - 1.4 inches in diameter

Human Uses: Sweet, edible fruit

Classification

Subfamily: Coryphoideae

Tribe: Corypheae

Subtribe: Livistoninae

Item #: 3368-2
Availability: In Stock
In Stock Quantity: 82

This Guadalupe palm boasts shiny green, wide costapalmate leaves and is popular for its exotic looks, stout height of 30 to 36 feet and exceptional, bright canopy. Closely related to the San Jose Hesper, the Guadalupe is a more robust-looking tree, with a thicker, slightly saxophone-shaped trunk, wider petiole and stiffer, green leaves.

The Guadalupe leaf bases remain persistent for many years, and are a decorative element to the tree with a spiral pattern wrapped in fibrous sheaths. The palm is a striking addition to any landscape and comes with the added bonus of producing a edible fruit. The leaves do not persist on the clean trunks of mature specimens, and are self-cleaning, providing the added benefit of being relatively low maintenance. The trunk is brown then grey, corky to roughly ringed. Summertime brings fragrant white flowers dangling from inflorescences that do not exceed the length of its leaves. The small fruits of the Guadalupe palm are sweet and can be eaten fresh or used to make preserves.

The exotic and endanger Guadalupe palm, native only to Guadalupe Island in Mexico, is only now slowly recovering in its habitat. Guadalupe Island was once inhabited by feral goats, and their trampling on new tree growth and consumption of seedlings denuded the island and nearly caused this precious palm to become extinct. The goats have since been removed from the island, and the Guadalupe is beginning to rebound in its natural habitat. Fortunately, this palm thrives through cultivation here in California.

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    Conditions for Growth

    This palm thrives in arid, semi-hot to temperate climates and tolerates a range of fast draining soil types, full sun or partial shade in elevations up to around 2600 feet. It does not tolerate humidity or full shade well. Nor does it require much water. Its tendency to shed dead leaves keeps the Guadalupe Palm looking beautiful and tidy throughout the year.

    Growth Rate and Size

    The Guadalupe palm is said to be a slow grower. That might be the case in cool areas or near the beach. But at the Grove in Riverside, CA, where they enjoy heat, dry air and full sun, they are actually moderately fast growers, adding 7-9 inches per year. They max out around 30-40 feet in height, with a 10 to 20 foot wide canopy and 18-22 inch wide trunk.

    Description

    This solitary palm is relatively clean, with a small petticoat of self-cleaning leaves below the canopy. It comes with the added bonus of producing a sweet, edible fruit. Leaf bases remain persistent for many years, and are a decorative element to the tree with a spiral pattern wrapped in fiberious sheaths. The bare trunk reveals a brown then grey, corky to roughly ringed trunk. A dense crown and 4-5 foot long petioles lined with light armature. The light green 4-5 foot wide leaves are divided about half way, with stiff looking segments near the top of the crown that are only slightly drooping at the tips. Multi branch inflorescence is shorter that the leaves, with yellow flowers produce globulor fruit about about 1 - 1.4 inches in diameter.