A handsome evergreen palm that boasts a wide trunk that becomes thicker towards the base and a dense canopy of fan shaped leaves which are green on both sides.
Brahea edulis is a striking and imposing specimen for any mild well-drained gardens, or makes for a fantastic feature in a sunny conservatory.
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Native to Guadeloupe, hence the common name Guadeloupe Palm, this palm grows in dry woodlands usually around deposits of limestone.
In the wild, this palm has become endangered over the last 150 years, due to the introduction of feral goats to the island of Guadeloupe. These goats eat the seedlings in such quantity that most of the remaining population is either very old or pushed to higher altitudes where they struggle to survive.
However, not all is lost. Brahea edulis has long been widely cultivated, especially in California, which has ensured its survival. More recently, patches of the island have been fenced off and goats removed, and whilst the palm is still precariously rare on the island, it is now likely to recover.
Care & Size Guidance
Brahea edulis, although still relatively slow growing, has a faster grow rate than than the similar palm Brahea armata, and can be expected to grow about 30 centimetres in height per year.
Guadeloupe Palm will grow in nutritionally poor soil, but the soil must be fast draining, preferably in a sheltered sunny position.