The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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Brahea aculeata
Brahea armata
Brahea armata var. Clara
Brahea armata X aculeata
Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri -Tilaco
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea dulcis
Brahea edulis
Brahea elegans
Brahea moorei
Brahea nitida
Brahea pimo

Brahea moorei

Common name: Dwarf Rock Palm
Native to: Mexico Northeastern
Mature height: 3'
Mature spread: 5'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: palmate
Brahea moorei

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Palm Patch Nursery
Los Altos Hills


This Brahea is so unique that it cannot be confused with any other Brahea. Beautiful soft leaf ideal for small gardens. Non trunked to creeping habit and genetically dwarf. First true leaves appear at about age three to four years old and are about 6 to 9 inches wide. Ten year old trees have leaves that are about 3 feet wide and full spread of trees are about 5 feet wide. It takes about ten years for this tree to fully mature and produce the waxy coating on the flower stock and new emerging leaves. The waxy coating that is also on the new leaf as the new leaf opens, remains on the tips of the leaf ridges as well as the underside of the leaf. Goats in habitat limit the production of seeds since the flower stocks are eaten and limit natural propagation. Flower stocks are three times as long as the smooth petioles. Trees in fruit exhibit stalks upright above the tree topped with clusters of yellow fruit. Germination rate is excellent although it may take as long as a year. Seeds are not produced during periods of drought.

Brahea moorei

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Palm Patch Nursery
Los Altos Hills
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: very slow
Sunlight: gradual
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 26 F
Seed or plant availability: very rare

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