An edible fruit bearing palm, closely related to the Jelly Palm. Bears yellow fruits about 1-1 1/2" long. Pulp is fibrous but aromatic, acidic and sweet and is used to make juice.
The tallest of the Butia's, the Yatay Palm can reach as high as 40 feet. Has huge, pinnate leaves with dozens (up to 120+) green-blue pinnae. The leaves can grow to several feet long. Long inflorescences can contain up to 150 flowers, most of which form the numerous small fruits.
Shows solid freeze hardiness to at least 15F and probably a bit lower. Young plants should be protected from hard freezes.
Grow in full sun. Provide regular water. Fairly hardy once established.
By seeds. Seeds should be soaked before planting and are very slow to germinate, taking up to 4-6 months germination time.
Fruits are eaten fresh, usually processed into juice.
Native to Southern Brazil, Uruguay and possibly parts of Argentina.
Dwarf Sugar Palm
Mexican Blue Palm
Wooly Jelly Palm
Purple Yatay Palm
Sealing Wax Palm
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