Bismarckia nobilis. Figure 1. Young Bismarck Palm. Bismarck Palm. 1. Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2. INTRODUCTION. Lending a tropical flair to. Description: Bismarckia nobilis is a stunning, large palm widely cultivated in the tropics for its beautiful silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists. Scientific Name: Bismarckia nobilis Hildebr. & Synonym(s). Medemia nobilis (Hildebr. & ) Gall. Assessment Information [top]. Red List.

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Its very neat appearance and stature makes it perfect near highways and used to accent residential landscapes.

Photo by Troy Donovan Galveston, Texas. Over winter this is one of those palms that tends to go ‘into a coma’ often not showing the least bit of growth for months at a time. As mentioned in his book, the Palms of Madagascar, John Dransfield points out that biemarckia is one of the few palms named after a politician.

Bismarckia nobilis

They are planted in several areas of Florida in the United Statesas well as in a few areas of Southern Californiaand southern Arizona. All images bismarckiq of the artists and photographers see images for credits. Trunks are 30 to 45 cm in diameter, slightly bulging at the base, and free of leaf bases in all nobulis its youngest parts. Remember, this is a very difficult palm to relocate once established if you later decide you put it in the wrong spot.

Most cultivated Bismarckias feature silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists which is less hardy to cold.

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It is seen in plateaus and plain areas where it experiences extremes in weather from very hot and dry to more humid conditions during the rainy season. It’s culture is so different from the blue-silver forms, that it seems like a totally different species. Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds.


Less than 10 m. The flowers are small brown flowers. All major credit cards accepted. Not to forget the taxonomists, the blossoms are totally different. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. In inland areas it can be grown in half day sun. But, if you look at a lot of Bismarckiayou will note stems from polished and smooth to very hairy and bumpy. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 May.

Plants without the hairs almost have a polished metal feel to the stems. Difficulty transplanting One of the advantages of palms bismarckua that large specimens can be transplanted with ease, a large rootball not being necessary, being able to fully recover within a year or a year and a half.

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Back to Palms And Cycads Encyclopedia index. As much of this land has been cleared with fire for agricultural use, Bismarckiasalong with other fire-resistant trees like Ravenala madagascariensis and Uapaca bojeriare the most conspicuous components of this arid region. Therefore, a wise consumer who wants a very blue plant should look carefully at the npbilis of the purchased plant. Culture in containers is possible although growth rates are slower.

Bismarckia nobilis fruit above and seed below. Origin Place in the world where this species spontaneously appears. Since introduction to the commercial market, it has been found that this species performs fabulously in tropical and subtropical climates like Hawaii and South Florida. There are many differnt types of Brahea. Other palms, depending on conditions of humidity and strength of winds where they live, may retain dead leaves, or the base of their petioles, on the trunk for many years.

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Brahea armata at Balboa Park, San Diego. And, many died about two weeks after arrival. This page was last modified An average 15g palm can get up to eight feet height in about 3 years in the ground. Dypsis decaryi on right. Tall nobiljs form – Kona, Hawaii. Back to Palm Encyclopedia.

They are approximately 1. If growing in a container, as you would expect, it likes a big pot with plenty of room for root growth.

Back side of the Bismarckia leaf. So, it tolerates a wide variety of conditions. In its natural habitat it can reach, over many decades, above 25 meters in height but usually gets no taller than 12 m in cultivation.

The green variety is more cold sensitive than is the silver-gray variety. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Leaves fall off easily when old and there is essentially no petticoat of old dead leaves as seen with some other species. Staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms. Fast means they can grow more than one meter per year.