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Products > Jubaea chilensis
 
Jubaea chilensis - Chilean Wine Palm
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Palm
Family: Arecaceae (Palmae) (Palms)
Origin: Chile (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 60-80 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Jubaea chilensis (Chilean Wine Palm) - This rare palm is known for its thick gray trunk that can reach 4-6 feet in diameter at the base and then taper at the top of its potentially 80 foot height. The feather-type (pinnate) gray-green leaves are 8-12+ feet long. Fruit is a 1" hard round nut with meat that tastes like coconut. It does best in full sun in well-drained soil. It is native to Central Chile, where it grows on the sides of ravines and ridges in dry scrubby woodland and in the past was used extensively and nearly to extinction to make wine from the copious amounts of sugar found in the trunk. In cultivation it has been known to tolerate at least down to 14 F and there are numerous old specimens in Northern California where extremes were probably below this temperature. This is one of the palms in the Blue Garden at Lotusland.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Jubaea chilensis.
 
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