Beaucarnea - - Semi-mature and mature Beaucarnea recurvata

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Beaucarnea recurvata - Elephant's Foot, Ponytail Palm





Mexico and Central America

Plant Type:

Evergreen perennial


5m x 3-4m

Habit/ Form:

Single stemmed palm like trunk which may branch out as the tree ages the base of the palm has an expanded caudex for storing water, which get significantly large over time up to 2-3m at the base.


Terminal of grass-like recurved leathery leaves.


Large panicles of small creamy white and yellow flowers.


The bright yellow to orange seed is located inside a flanged, complex seed pods.

Bark / Trunk:

Each specimen may vary slightly so have deeply ridged bark Pale colour stem and other with are relatively smooth stem.

Vigour / Longevity:

Slow growing over 150 years.

Environmental Requirements:

Will handle full sun to part shade extremely hardy plant.


Can handle temp down to -4°C and +40°C heat with no real effect, frost resistant once established, and can handle dry situations.

Soil / Drainage:

Well drained soils as it is capable in holding its own water in its stem.


No pruning required.


Very low watering.


Slow release fertiliser.

Pests / Diseases:

No know diseases.


This beautiful feature plant is cultivated mainly as a prominent feature in parks and large gardens. Plant away from structures, the large bulbous stem can cause significant damage as it grows. Also used in palm groves and alongside water features.



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