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Buccaneer Palm Tree

Buccaneer palm tree in the landscape. Rare palm trees

The Buccaneer Palm Tree, scientific name Pseudophoenix sargentii, is truly a collector's palm. This palm loves warm tropical weather and is not cold hardy. The Buccaneer Palm Tree has a self-cleaning trunk and is very easy to grow. This extremely slow-growing palm is perfect for small gardens. It can also be grown indoors or on the patio in a container.

Buccaneer Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Pseudophoenix sargentii

Common names: The Buccaneer Palm Tree is also known as Cherry Palm, Sargent’s Cherry Palm, Palma de Guinea.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: This unique and endangered palm is native to South Florida, Mexico, Belize, Cuba, and the Bahamas.

Appearance: It has a single smooth gray trunk that is ringed with scars of shed fronds. The trunk has no crown shaft. It is topped with grown dark green pinnate-shaped, feathery, leaves that are about 15ft long.

Flowers/Fruits: In the late summer, it produces small yellow flowers that grow on a branched inflorescence. Flowers are followed by green berry-like fruits that turn red when ripe. The fruit is round, about 1/5in. in diameter.

Growth Rate: Slow. This slow-growing palm gets up to 10-15 ft tall and 10-15 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: This palm is not cold hardy and can only tolerate cold down to 30F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Full sun to partial shade.

Water Req: Moderate. It likes moist but well-drained soil. It prefers alkaline soils and can tolerate saltwater.

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

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

Top Benefits Of The Buccaneer Palm Tree

The Buccaneer Palm Tree, also known as Pseudophoenix sargentii, boasts numerous benefits that make it a coveted addition to many landscapes.

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Its slender trunk and prominent crown of leaves add an appealing tropical touch to gardens.

  2. Drought Tolerance: It can withstand periods of low water availability, making it suitable for arid regions.

  3. Salt Tolerance: It thrives even in coastal areas with high soil salinity.

  4. Long Lifespan: It is a perennial plant, living for many years.

  5. Resistant to Wind: Its sturdy structure can withstand strong winds, making it perfect for hurricane-prone areas.

  6. Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care and pruning.

  7. Nutritious fruit: Its fruit, known as a drupe, is edible and packed with essential nutrients.

  8. Habitat for Wildlife: It serves as a food source and nesting site for various bird species.

  9. Soil Stabilization: Its roots help prevent soil erosion.

  10. Carbon Sequestration: Like other trees, it contributes to carbon dioxide reduction, playing a role in mitigating climate change.

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