The Pindo Palm, is a medium-sized palm that is a popular landscaping plant due to its superior tolerance to cold, drought, salt and pests compared to most species of palms. They are good for urban plantings as well as coastal plantings. The fronds range from light green to bluish grey. They have a feather-type look and arch and re-curve towards the ground, growing 5 to 10 feet long.
A flower stalk, called an inflorescence, emerges from a tan woody case. Over the summer, very showy edible fruits grow on the flower stalk in large clusters. The fruits are often used to make jams and jellies, which is where it got its nickname as the Jelly Palm. It is important to note that they can make quite a mess beneath the tree and can attract pests if not cleaned up quickly.
Pindos grow well in both full sun and partial shade. Planting them in shady locations will result in the fronds growing longer, creating a fuller crown and a more graceful profile. When grown in full sun they grow more compact.
Although Pindos are higher maintenance than most palms due to the fact that they are not self-cleaning and have messy fruit, it is widely used and appreciated for its high tolerance to cold, drought, salt and pests.
Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uraguay
Jelly Palm, Wine Palm
Hardy Range: 8B – 11
Mature Height: 15 – 20’
Mature Spread: 10 – 15’
Growth Rate: Slow
The Pindo Palm has a a thick singular trunk that grows to have a 1.5 foot diameter and can reach 20 feet tall. Frequently it will have leaf bases decorating the entire trunk. When small, the trunks can keep their leaf bases intact resulting in a “diamond cut” look. It has 5 to 10 foot long arching grey-green leaves. The leaf petioles are armed with teeth on the margins and there are 25 to 60 pairs of pointed bilobed narrow leaflets per frond. The pinkish cream flowers come up from a 2 to 3 foot long woody spathe in late spring to early summer. In mid to late summer, they are succeeded by cherry-sized edible orangeish fruits.
Soil: clay; sand; loam; slightly alkaline; acidic; well-drained
Drought Tolerance: High
Exposure: Full sun or partial shade