Common name: Wine palm, Apricot palm, Vinegar palm
Origin: South America
Height at maturity: 6 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: palm
Flower color: red, yellow
Soil type: any type, supports sea spray
Watering: always fresh
Use: in the garden, isolated, pot
Diseases and Pests:-
Toxicity: edible fruit
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Butia cupitata is a hardy palm. It resists temperatures down to -15C° for a well-established adult tree if the cold is brief and the soil dry.
The stipe is solitary and robust, measuring 40 cm in diameter and sometimes reaching 6 meters in height. It is gray in color and retains the base of the petioles for a long time.
The crown comprises about thirty leaves, they are pinnate and recurved and are 2 meters long and are very arched. The petiole is green, and measures about 50 cm to one meter in length. It is covered with filamentous spines.
The inflorescence is characterized by male and female flowers. The fruits are edible when ripe and orange in color.
This palm is fairly slow growing. It tolerates calcareous soils rather poorly.