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Bitter Coconut

Syagrus oleracea

A stately queen palm grown both for its ornamental value as well as for its edible fruits and palm heart.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Bitter Coconut . Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in August 2014.


A medium to large palm, growing up to 60 feet tall. The fruits grow to 2" and ripen to green-yellow. They have fibrous pulp with a sweet flavor.


Hardy to 28-40F

Growing Environment

Grows nicely in both tropical and subtropical climates. Adaptable to moist and arid climates. Grow in full sun.


By seeds.


Very popular as an ornamental in Brazil. The fruits and seeds (nuts) are both edible. The species is also grown for its palm heart, which has a somewhat bitter flavor.

Native Range

Native to Brazil.

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