FG 12 - 16' OA

16 - 24' x 4 - 10' CT


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Special Attributes:

Maybe 40' H x 20' W

Single upright trunk with full canopy

Full sun 

Slightly acidic to neutral soil 

Even moisture in reasonably well drained sites - does not like "wet feet"

Zone 8B or perhaps a bit colder 

Focal or accent points subordinated with vegetation suggestive of the tropics 

A tropical appeal for cooler climates.  Robust individuals are striking additions to any landscape.  Slightly curved trunks have coconut-like appearance.  Mule palms are an intergenetic hybrid.  They are grown from seeds taken from Butia capitata (Pindo palm) which have been fertilized with the pollen from the Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen palm).  As such, they are highly variable in their characteristics.  We have wanted to grow them for many years, but were not satisfied with the quality and quantity of available seedlings.  In 2009 we began growing several thousand 'Butiagrus' (Mules) which exemplify the potential of this hybrid.  This cold hardy palm has tropical appeal with Zone 8B tolerance.

xButiagrus nabonnandii (Mule Palm)

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