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Guadalupe Palm Tree

Guadalupe palm tree in the landscape

The scientific name for the Guadalupe Palm is – Brahea edulis. Guadalupe Palm is native to Guadalupe Island off of the Western coast of Mexico. This palm is cold hardy down to 20F and can be grown in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington.

Guadalupe Palm Tree

Common Name: Guadalupe Palm

Scientific Name: Brahea edulis

Growth Rate: Moderate

Height: up to 30ft

Light Req: Full sun to partial shade

Water Req: low

Cold Tolerance: down to 20F

Propagation: By seeds.

It is recommended to sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse at not less than 24°c. It usually takes 3 – 6 months at 25°c for germination. If you store seeds it will be very slow to germinate. Make sure to soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water prior to sowing. This may shorten the germination time.

Plants form a long tap-root sometime before forming a shoot so it is best to sow 2 – 3 seeds per deep pot. Grow the seedlings in the greenhouse for at least their first three winters.

It is best to plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.


Top Benefits And Facts Of The Guadalupe Palm Tree

  1. The Guadalupe palm tree, scientifically known as Brahea edulis, is an attractive medium-sized palm native to Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

  2. It is known for its distinctive fan-shaped leaves, which spread broadly and provide a unique aesthetic appeal.

  3. The Guadalupe palm can grow up to 30 feet tall, making it a great choice for landscapes needing vertical elements.

  4. It's a slow-growing palm, which makes it suitable for smaller gardens for a long period.

  5. This palm tree thrives in sunny climates and is highly drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering.

  6. The Guadalupe palm is remarkably resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners.

  7. In addition to its decorative attributes, the Guadalupe palm produces edible fruits. These small, black fruits have a sweet taste and can be used in jams or eaten raw.

  8. The tree's bark, leaves, and roots have been used in traditional medicines by indigenous communities.

  9. It provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife, contributing to the biodiversity of the area.

  10. Despite its many benefits, the Guadalupe palm is listed as a threatened species due to its limited distribution and the impact of invasive species on its native island habitat. Conservation efforts are crucial for its survival.

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