Pindo Palm Tree

Butia capitata
  • Most cold-hardy of the feathery frond palms 
  • Green-gray arching fronds that extend wide, atop a single stocky trunk
  • Visually imposing medium sized palm
Current delivery method: In-Store Pickup


Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Grows Well In Zones: 8-11 Outdoors
Mature Height: 12-15 ft
Mature Width: 12-15 ft
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Shape: Tree
Placement: Outdoors

Q: Is Pindo Palm fruit edible?
A: Yes! The fruits are said to taste like a cross between a pineapple, banana and apricot. Pindo Palms also earn their common name, Jelly Palm, as the fruit can be used to make jellies or wine. 

Q: How cold-hardy are Pindo Palms?
A: For a feathery frond palm, Pindo Palms are quite cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures down to 10°F, if short in duration. 

Q: Can I plant a Pindo Palm in a container?
A:  Yes, Pindo Palms are drought tolerant, slow growers and have superficial root systems, all of which make them ideal for containers. 

Q: How fast does a Pindo Palm grow?
A:  Pindo Palms grow at a slow rate of 2-4 inches per year. 

Q: How tall and wide does a Pindo Palm get?
A:  Pindo Palms will eventually reach a mature height of 14-16 ft, even larger in year-round warm locations. They grow almost as wide as they do tall, so make sure you pick an adequate planting spot so it has room to grow. 

1. Sunlight:  Pindo Palms prefer full sun, but they can tolerate locations with partial sunlight as well.  

2. Watering: When newly planted, be sure to water your palm 3 times a week for the first month. After it is established, it is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered once a week unless it rains. Make sure you water thoroughly to make sure the bottom roots receive water at every watering. The amount of water per palm may range from 2 gallons for small containerized material to 15 gallons for larger palms. 

Watering varies depending on the time of year and the outside temperature and weather. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season:

Winter: (60 degrees or less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation.

Spring: (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week.

Beginning of Summer: (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week.

Heat of Summer: (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week.

Plants in a container need more constant watering than those planted on the ground. 

3. Fertilization: Pindo Palm Trees should be fertilized three times a year in the Spring, Summer and end of Summer, always following label instructions and amounts. 

4. Soil: Pindo Palms tolerate most soils, as long as they drain well. If necessary, add some sand to the soil mix to help it drain better. 

5. Pruning: Pindo Palms are not self-cleaning, so yo you’ll have to prune off any fronds when they turn brown and are completely dead. Since the tree is still gaining nutrients from fronds that contain even the slightest green, wait until the frond is completely dead before removing it.

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