The Pindo Palm is a medium sized feathery frond palm that adds undeniable charm to any space. It has wide and elegantly arching fronds that are a gray-green color and a short and stocky trunk that can be styled natural or diamond cut.
This attractive palm slowly grows to a mature height of up to 16 ft making it a suitable tree for planting under power lines, or as a standalone specimen in front of the house or by the pool. Adding to the palm’s undeniable beauty, the dense canopy fills with evergreen, bluish-green to grayish-green, feathery fronds that arch downward in an elegant curve, almost reaching the ground.
Whereas many feathery frond palm varieties thrive only in subtropical climates, Pindo Palms are the exception as they continue to thrive when weather gets chilly, earning the recognition for being the most cold-hardy feathery frond palm tree withstanding temperatures down to 10° F and brief periods down to 5° F.
This slow growing tropical palm offers year-round tropical greenery and produces edible fruits good for making jellies or wines, which is where they earn their common name- Jelly Palm. The fruits taste like a cross between a pineapple, banana and apricot.
Slow growing, drought tolerant and pest and disease resistant, the Pindo Palm is a fantastic option for most locations, given there is enough space for its fronds to extend to almost 14 feet wide. It is also a great candidate for containers, because of its slow growth, ease of care and superficial roots.
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, 5°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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