Jubaea chilensis

Chilean Wine Palm

(10 customer reviews)

From £596.25

A truly iconic palm, formed of a bulging grey trunk which tapers towards a crown of gorgeous arching leaves, which start green and turn blue-grey as they mature.

This hardy and striking species has the widest trunk of any palm, contrasting with the sweeping feathery fronds that sit atop it.

Origin: Chile
Genus: Jubaea
Species / Cultivar: chilensis
Common Name: Chilean Wine Palm
Synonym: Jubaea spectabilis

Plant Biography

Native to Chile, Jubaea chilensis is one of the most southernly growing palms in the world.

It was named Jubaea for King Juba II, the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Numidia in North West Africa (modern day Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and some parts of Morocco) who had a great interest in botany.

King Juba II was a patron of arts and sciences, and had many scientific exploits, including naming Euphorbia after his physician Euphorbus.

Jubaea chilensis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 6-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Jubaea chilensis thrives unprotected throughout much of the UK. At our nursery, we have one of the biggest Jubaea chilensis specimens in London!

A Palm of Many Uses

Outside of cultivation, in the wild in its native habitat, Jubaea chilensis is a protected species as it has become threatened due to its incredibly wide range of uses.

It produces a fruit, known as Coquitos (Little Coconuts) in Chile, which is edible and tastes similar to coconuts. The seeds too are edible, both raw and cooked, and can be used to produce oil.

The leaves are widely used in basket making and thatching, and the fibres are collected to stuff mattresses and to make paper.

Even the sap is useful, being harvested to produce palm wine and syrup, hence the name ‘Chilean Wine Palm’. A single tapped Jubaea can harvest 400 litres of sap, flowing over several months,. However, this harvesting kills the plant, and is a cause of its protected status it it’s native range.

Care & Size Guidance

Jubaea chilensis requires sun and good drainage, but otherwise this slow growing palm will grow unprotected throughout much of the UK.

Jubaea chilensis can grow to a mighty height and width which could outgrow its space. However, it is a slow growing palm, taking as long as 10 to 20 years for a trunk to form, and up to 60 years for it to produce a seed.

Received my Jubaea and wow what a beautiful looking thing! Very healthy and very pleased with my purchase!!!

Andrew

Received my Jubaea and wow what a beautiful looking thing! Very healthy and very pleased with my purchase!!!

10 customer reviews for Jubaea chilensis

Fantastic palm, First class service, friendly helpful delivery guys.

Martin

I bought a Judaea chilensis 17 months ago. It was a beatufil palm in excellent condition, well wrapped. It has since grown 30cms in a north east England climate producing 5 new leaves. It still looks amazing although there are a few brown tips to a small number of the older leaves. Im confidentially expecting a further 30cms of growth this year which will only add to the exotic look to this specimen. Thank you Palmcentre.

Ian Parkin

Perfect present. Lovely plant, fantastic service particularly from Ellie. Would highly recommend both palm and the palm centre.

Nicola Walsh

Purchased a huge 60ltr plant with a great trunk and long exotic looking fronds. In superb condition and easy to transplant into the ground at home. Very happy with this purchase especially at the bargain price.

Ed Croft

Delivery was first class . Well protected &a great plant. Plus the fact that it came faster than estimated With that kind of service will use them again. Thank you very much

Geoffrey Clarke

Received my Jubaea and wow what a beautiful looking thing! Very healthy and very pleased with my purchase!!!

Andrew

Ordered at midnight in bed…came a couple of days later and its a beauty! Well pleased, much better example than my local garden centres – I will order again.

david sykes

Fantastic palm that really is hardy in our temperate climate. Will withstand heavy snow and frost once established and larger enough. More of these palms should be planted in the UK. My Jubaea has come through some very harsh winters recently without hardly any damage in my Norfolk garden.

Stephen J Oakley

Fantastic palm that really is hardy in our temperate climate. Will withstand heavy snow and frost once established and larger enough. More of these palms should be planted in the UK. My Jubaea has come through some very harsh winters recently without hardly any damage in my Norfolk garden.

Stephen J Oakley

Fantastic example of this palm. Great next day delivery which was well packed. Communication was 1st class. I would recommend this palm centre to all.

Tim Oakes