Currently Available Sizes

FG 12 – 16′ OA

16 – 24′ x 4 – 10′ CT

Focal or accent points subordinated with vegetation suggestive of the tropics

 

Description

A tropical appeal for cooler climates. Robust individuals are striking additions to any landscape. Slightly curved trunks have coconut-like appearance. Mule palms are an intergenetic hybrid. They are grown from seeds taken from Butia capitata (Pindo palm) which have been fertilized with the pollen from the Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen palm). As such, they are highly variable in their characteristics. We have wanted to grow them for many years, but were not satisfied with the quality and quantity of available seedlings. In 2009 we began growing several thousand ‘Butiagrus’ (Mules) which exemplify the potential of this hybrid. This cold hardy palm has tropical appeal with Zone 8B tolerance.

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Size

Maybe 40′ H x 20′ W

Habit of growth

Single upright trunk with full canopy

Light Requirements

Full sun

Soil Requirements

Slightly acidic to neutral soil

Water Requirements

Even moisture in reasonably well drained sites – does not like “wet feet”

Cold Tolerance

Zone 8B or perhaps a bit colder

Special Attributes

A tropical appeal for cooler climates. Robust individuals are striking additions to any landscape. Slightly curved trunks have coconut-like appearance. Mule palms are an intergenetic hybrid. They are grown from seeds taken from Butia capitata (Pindo palm) which have been fertilized with the pollen from the Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen palm). As such, they are highly variable in their characteristics. We have wanted to grow them for many years, but were not satisfied with the quality and quantity of available seedlings. In 2009 we began growing several thousand ‘Butiagrus’ (Mules) which exemplify the potential of this hybrid. This cold hardy palm has tropical appeal with Zone 8B tolerance.