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Palms: Mule

  • Mule Palm 13'OA

STATS

Common Name: Mule Palm
Scientific Name: xButiagrus nabonnandii
Zone: 8A -10B
Growth Rate: Slow
Origin: Brazil Argentina and Uruguay
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Drought Tol.: Low
Typical Height: 20' OA

DESCRIPTION

If you are looking for a specimen palm that no one else in your neighborhood has?

The Mule palm is the one for you!

The scientific name is xButiagrus nabonnandii and the common name is Mule palm.

One peculiar fact regarding the production of the Mule palm is its reliance on human intervention to reproduce in mass quantities for the landscaping industry. Reproduction of these palms in nature is somewhat of a fluke.

Leave it to human beings to figure out a way to make a sterile palm reproduce!

xButiagrus nabonnandii a hybrid from the Pindo and the Queen palms. Both of these palms are cold hardy and together they have produced an equally cold hardy offspring.

Propagation methods keep the price of this palm on the high end. Owners of these palms will tell you they are worth every penny. They truly are grand specimens when propagated correctly.

This tedious and time consuming process has prohibited the mule palm from fulfilling its true destiny as a big hitter in the landscape industry. These challenges have definitely not come from its lack of luster.

By all definitions, this is the perfect palm.

Once mature it displays a dark brown trunk with massive caliper. Its pinnate structured fronds are long with wide, dark green leaflets similar to a coconut palm but what makes this palm truly special is that despite its tropical appearance, it is noted to be cold hardy down to at least 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mules established in landscapes are found as far north as Virgina Beach on the east coast and Seattle on the west coast.

The hardiness and appearance of each individual palm can vary depending on how much of each genetic trait it receives from parent palms when it is crossed properly.

Call Palmco today at 239-283-1329 and ask us about these amazing cold hardy palms.

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