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Butyagrus nabonnandii F1

Mule Palm

The fabulous Butyagrus intergeneric hybrid is one of the most elegant palms for colder climates and unites the cold hardiness of Butia with the fast growth, elegance and large size of Syagrus, resulting in a plant vaguely reminiscent of a coconut palm. While this hybrid sometimes occurs naturally where the Butia and Syagrus grow together in southern Brazil and Uruguay, the seeds offered here are actually the result of carefully hand-pollinating Butia capitata with Syagrus romanzoffiana pollen, while at the same time removing all male flowers from the inflorescence of the Butia to avoid self-pollination--a time-consuming and tedious process. These first generation hybrids germinate well and reliably produce vigorous and healthy but probably sterile palms. They are well suited to many temperate climates and can survive temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F).

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... are of excellent ornamental value
In Central Florida in USA they need little care and grow fast.
My groupings of these plants have been outdoors for about four years in humid central Florida. They have grown to be about 15 ft tall and look as if they will soon start trunking. They grow in sandy to sandy loam soil and receive regular irrigation. Full sun is best for growth. Very cold resistant after many hours below freezing with an ultimate low of around -6 C only some slight tip damage. Needs regular fertilization. Is very beautiful, after mine grew large my neighbors demanded to know where I had gotten them from and went to get their own! Also are very fast growers from small palms so dont be discouraged from starting with seeds!
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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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