Chilean Wine Palm
One of the most spectacular palms, the Chilean Wine Palm features the thickest trunk of any palm species and are unmistakable once they reach maturity. Incredibly slow growing, it can take many decades for a young plant to reach the size at which you can appreciate its incredible stately trunk. As the name implies the Chilean Wine Palm has been used to make a fermented beverage from its sap, but the palm must be cut down in order to collect the sap. The fruits have been eaten and dried into a tasty candy and the nut can be eaten or pressed to make a palm oil. Prefers dry conditions in both summer and during cold spells. Reportedly hardy to 15F., but only if it is a dry cold. On the cusp of being cold hardy here in the Pacific Northwest, but it will likely break your heart.
Latin Name: Jubaea chilensis
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: This Palm is self-fertile
Hardiness: This Palm is hardy to 15 degrees F. or below.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Bloom Time: Late spring
Ripening Time: Late fall
Yield: 10-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our Palm trees are not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 8b
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 12-24; H1, H2
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not Listed