Jubaea chilensis /Chilean Wine Palm, Coquito Palm, Honey Palm

Jubaea chilensis  / Jubaea chilensis
Canopy of the Chilean Wine Palm
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Canopy of the Chilean Wine Palm

Feather-like fronds

Tall, silvery-gray trunk, typical of the Chilean Wine Palm. This palm is growing at Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Italy.

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Scientific Name: Jubaea chilensis
Common Name: Chilean Wine Palm, Coquito Palm, Honey Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Medium
Comments: This tall growing palm, native to Chile, produces a tight crown of densely packed featherlike fronds which can be over twelve feet in length and are dark green above and dull gray-green below. Purple flowers, borne on four foot stalks, are often hidden among the large leaves of the dense canopy. Cannot tolerate coastal conditions, but does prefer well drained soils, and does have some drought tolerance. Native stands of this palm have been destroyed due to over exploitation in order to harvest the honeylike sap in Chile.