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 brandegeei

Common name: San Jose Hesper Palm
Native to: Mexico
Mature height: 45'
Mature spread: 7'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: costapalmate
Brahea brandegeei

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dick Douglas Garden
Walnut Creek


Tallest of the Braheas, bicolor leaves with green above and glaucus green below creating a graceful crown. Frost tolerant, drought tolerant, but does not like high humidity. Strongly armed petioles, Florescence usually hidden among the leaves. Trunk has a very attractive pattern formed by the leaf bases and will eventually and naturally become smooth with only leaf base scarring. Not widely used in cultivation due to availability. Natural habitat is in mountains, canyons and near streams in the region of San JosÚ del Cabo. You can expect to see leaf damage when temperatures drop below 25░ F.

Brahea brandegeei

photo by: Hugh Danaher
Private Garden
Brahea brandegeei

photo by: Jack Tomsky
Jack Tomsky Garden
Palo Alto
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: moderate
Sunlight: full sun
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 23░ F
Seed or plant availability: limited

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