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Butia odorata (formerly capitata)

Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm

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Butia capitata is a variable, single-trunked feather palm from South America that has proved to be reasonably tolerant of cool, wet conditions, displaying some winter hardiness, often without damage. It typically has greenish grey-blue, strongly arching leaves with their leaflets held in a pronounced V shape, giving the palm a particular grace and elegance that belies its size. The name Jelly Palm relates to the edible fruit flesh, fibrous, sweet and remiscent of apricots, that is sometimes made into a sweet jellies and jams. Some geographic populations are argued to be a different species, Butia odorata.

Butia odorata (formerly capitata) Identification Sheet

Southern Brazil
Common name(s)
Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm
Butia capitata
Full sun, moist, well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
to -8C or lower
Skill level

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Most palms need tropical or subtropical temperatures, but there are some suitable for planting outdoors in the British Isles. Hardy palms are invaluable as structural plants in tropical-style gardens and look effective when planted with bananas, bamboos and New Zealand flax. 


Hardy palm trees can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during spring and summer. 

Try to dig a hole a good deal bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a good soak before planting. Back-fill the hole with a free draining mix

Water thoroughly. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the root system. If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow to drain, plant, back-fill, and then water again. 

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Rated 4.70 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 8 customer reviews
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butia odorata

requested two identical palms to go either side of a doorway. The palms were very good and the delivery equally. They arrived on time, which was lucky as we were due on holiday from the Monday.<br /> I think Butia will withstand temps of -7 or -8 for a short time. Not sure about -10 to -12 as claimed!<br /> <br />

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Very good specimen.

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I ordered a Butia Odorata (used to be Capitata) in a 15 ltr pot. I also phoned to check stock and ask if the plant was in good condition. It arrived by noon next day! A super specimen, in excellent condition looking fresh as a daisy (...well as a palm). A very good sized plant too. Nice people to deal with and wouldn't hesitate to use again. Recommended.

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We purchased the 150cm 30cm trunk size. The palm is stunning, looks unlike any other palm, with gorgeous curving silvery green fronds. Looks lovely just as it is in the pot. Would highly recommend the Palm Centre, after several pleasing purchases. Thank you

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The 7.5 L plant is a good size for the price. It has a nice blue-green colour, and elegant fronds. Properly packaged and delivered, I was very pleased. I can't wait for it to grow, but I will be making sure it's well protected for the first few winters!

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Real healthy looking plant delivered very well packaged, shame about the courier driver who was rude to the point if I had taken delivery and not my Wife he would have gotton more than my signature. Until the Palm Centre change their courier I shall not buy anymore plants. 5 Stars for the palm, 0 stars for delivery making 2 Stars as an average. Sorry Palm Centre you have lost a customer due to one bad courier driver.

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I bought a 30ltr Jelly Palm 3 years ago from the Palm Centre and have really looked after my palm. I used the palm fertilizer and John innes compost. During the cold months I wrap the fleece around the crown only(as palm now too big! Nearly 8 foot!).

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This Palm is a must for the exotic garden, as it stands up well to snow and hard frost once established. Below minus 10 I would suggest wrapping the palm in fleece to protect the growing point, but does seem to appreciate plenty of water during the summer months at this tends to produce several near fronds in one seasonal. Truly a magical palm, but make sure you plant it with plenty of space as my Butia in my Norfolk garden has now produced a decent size trunk in ten years.

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