Common name: Jelly palm, Cocos erythrospatha, Syagrus capitata
Origin: South America
Height at maturity: 10 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: palm
Flower color: yellow and red
Soil type: any type, supports calcareous soil
Watering: always fresh, limit in winter
Use: in the garden, isolated, pot, veranda
Diseases and pests: red spider mites
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
This palm is fairly slow growing but can reach ten meters in height in its native area. Elsewhere it is often much smaller.
Its tipe (trunk) is small and stocky and its leaves are bipinnate and curved inwards.
The jelly palm is native to South America. It tolerates calcareous soils rather poorly, although it can grow there, but its growth rate will be reduced.
It appreciates sunny exposures and resists very well to winter frosts even under long periods.
In France, it is possible to acclimatize it on the Atlantic coast and around the Mediterranean. It has the advantage of being able to live its first years in pots and then to withstand transplantation well in the ground when it becomes necessary.