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Blue Hesper Palm Tree

Blue hesper palm tree in the landcape. Rare palm trees in the garden.

The Blue Hesper Palm Tree, scientific name Brahea armata, is one of the most popular palm trees in Florida, because of its unique appearance and low maintenance. This stunning palm would be a great focal point for any landscape. Can also be grown indoors in a container. Brahea armata can tolerate cold temperatures down to 15F and can be grown in states like Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

Blue Hesper Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Brahea armata

Common names: The Blue Hesper Palm is also known as Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Palm, Sweet Brahea Palm, and Gray Goddess.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Mexico.

Appearance: The Blue Hesper Palm has single gray trunk which is topped with beautiful silvery-blue fan shaped fronds. Lightly swollen at the base trunk is ringed with scars from old leaf bases. Trunk can get up to 1.5ft in diameter. It requires some maintenance, if the dead leaves are not trimmed or dropped off they form a brown skirt.

Brahea armata has one of the bluest fronds in the world. It has 25-20 palmate, or fan shaped, fronds with 40 to 60 leaflets which can range from pastel bluish white or silver-blue to aquamarinein color. The Blue Hesper Palm has waxy stems that are covered with dark curved thorns.

Flowers/Fruits: During summer months Blue Hesper Palm produces beautiful white fragrant flowers that grow in clusters up to 3ft long. They hang down from the leaves extending much farther than the leaves’ length. Flowers are bisexual, male and female flowers are on the same inflorescence. The Blue Hesper Palm flowers are considered to be one of the most beautiful of palm flowers. As flowers mature they are followed by raddish brown editable fruits. These berrylike fruits are about ¾ inch in diameter and have a single round seed inside.

Growth Rate: Slow. This slow growing palm can get up to 30 – 40 ft tall and 10 – 15 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This palm tree does very well in a pot and can grow indoors.

Cold Tolerance: It can tolerate cold down to 15F when mature enough. It is great for zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Full sunBeing native to desert, Blue Hesper Palm likes full sun and can tolerates drought.

Water Req: Moderate. The Blue Hesper Palm  doesn’t require a lot of water and prefers moist well drained soil. It will tolerate salty soil. It does well in alkaline soil, so adding lime to the soil will help it to grow faster.

Maintenance: Easy. Apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Insects and Diseases: Generally healthy palm.

Propagation: Propagated from seed. It takes from 4-5 months to germinate.