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Butia capitata (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)
Butia capitata (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)

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Zones 8, 9, 12-28, H1, H2
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Moderate

Butia capitata

Pindo Palm
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Crowned with 5–10-ft., green or blue-green leaves that curve in toward the trunk, this slow-growing South American native grows to 10–20 ft. tall, with a 10–15-ft. head and spikes of yellow flowers that develop into clusters of yellow to red, edible summer fruits (flavor is sweet-tart, like an apricot-banana-pineapple blend). It is among the hardiest feather palms, taking 15°F (–9°C). Its heavy trunk is patterned with stubs of old leaves; they look best if all are trimmed same length. 

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