Brahea armata

Mexican blue palm

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 30' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This attractive palm grows in Baja, Mexico, just south of the border. Its range falls within the California Floristic Province. Mexican blue palm survives in arid settings by accessing the subterranean waters of canyons and arroyos. It is one of many Brahea species endemic to Mexico. The leaves are similar to those of the Mexican fan palm, Washingtonia robusta, but have a silvery blue hue. It slowly grows in typical palm fashion to a height of thirty feet. The summer flowers are a cascade of white. The fruit matures from green to yellow. Although a southern species, Mexican blue palm is quite tolerant of cold temperatures. This is an adaptable, and widely planted palm. Occasional deep watering seems best for established plants.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen