“Pindo Palm” & “Jelly Palm”
Natural Habitat: From the open forest in Brazil, and surrounding countries, usually found in large concentration.
Description: A tall solitary palm that can reach heights over 60 feet in habitat, but usually average around 15-20 feet tall in cultivation. The capitata is a highly variable palm, with a wide range of differences in leaf color, leaf shape, and trunk size. The leaf color can vary from blue-gray to blue-green and blue-silver. The trunks grow thick (a skinny trunk variation exists) and carry many leaf scars left in the form of small knuckles, usually remaining for much of the trunk once the leaf boots are removed or fall off.
The capitata fruits regularly through the year. The fruits are used both in local cuisine and in jelly making, hence the common name. From personal experience they smell and kind of taste like peaches. This palm is also very receptive to hybridizing. Two known species; both the Syagrus romanzoffiana and Jubaea chilensis, can be hybridized with the capitata. The hybrids are highly sought after and hard to come by.
Environment: The capitata enjoys a sunny, moist, and well-drained location. It can take full sun from a very young age, but tends to row taller under canopy or full shade. The capitata is very drought and cold tolerant easyily handling frosts and freezes with no problem Zones 8-11.