This is the fastest growing and hardiest Butia. This feather-palm is native to areas of Southern Brazil at elevations of 1000m above sea level. Here it is much colder and wetter in winter than the rest of Brazil, and even in summer temperatures can often be similar to those experienced in Northern Europe. It seems a mystery why this palm is not the most popular choice for Northern European gardens - it is after all the best suited to our cool and wet climate!
It is very frost resistant , and established good sized plants have been known to survive -12C, or even to recover from frost damage after lower temperatures. However we would always recommend protection during cold spells!
The tree is named because of the brown fuzzy tomentum covering the flower spathe. The tree can be found growing both in the wild, where the may reach heights of 6m (18feet) and in cultivation, where they can grow even taller! This beautiful palm occurs throughout all of the mountainous area of South Brazil where it is cultivated for its sweet and delicious fruits.
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