The Pindo, also called Jelly or Wine palm, is a hardy tree resistant to cold and drought. An uncommon sight outside of botanical gardens or parks, it boasts feathery, graceful silver-blue-green pinnate leaves and a thick, short trunk with persistent decorative leaf bases. The exceptionally long pinnate leaves of the Butias in our collection arch dramatically, their tips curving downward, dangling just above the ground on younger specimens.

The Jelly Palm commands a large footprint, and is ideally planted as a solitary feature in any yard or poolside. This palm deserves recognition not only for its hardiness, but also for its production of yellow and orange flowers, which mature into bountiful hanging clusters of orange fruit during the summer. The fruit of the B. capitata is most delightful - a tart guava-banana-pineapple-nutty taste - that cannot be adequately described or compared. Commercially the fruit is used in jellies, jams, and for making wine. For this reason, the Pindo Palm is also known as the Jelly Palm or Wine Palm.

Native in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the name derives from an aboriginal term meaning spiny and the latin capitata, meaning "with a dense head."

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    Butia capitata

    Common Name(s)

    Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm, Wine Palm

    Landscape Environment

    Grow Region: 8b-11

    Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay

    Drought Tolerance: Moderate to High

    Cold Tolerance: Down to 15 degrees

    Salt Tolerance: Moderate

    Soil: Adapatable

    Light: Full Sun


    Mature Height: 15-25

    Trunk: striate with leaf scars , solitary, grey

    Leaf: pinnate, stiff and dramatically arched with numerous leaflets

    Leaf Petiole: 28 to 26 inch petiole with long 5 to 10 foot rachis

    Armature: lightly armed teeth near base

    Color: bluish green

    Flowers: 3-4 feet long with yellow flowers

    Fruit: yellowish orange to orange, delicious

    Human Uses: Fruit, jelly, wine


    Subfamily: Arecoideae

    Tribe: Cocoeae

    Subtribe: Butiinae

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