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Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck palm)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
18m
Max height
6m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bismarckia nobilis

Other names

Bismarck palm

Genus

Bismarckia Bismarckia

Species

B. nobilis - B. nobilis is an evergreen palm with a single, stout, trunk-like stem and large, fan-shaped, blue-grey leaves, each divided to a third its length into numerous folded segments. Pendent flowers are followed by brown fruit.


Bismarckia nobilis is: Evergreen

Habit

Irregular, Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Flower

Brown, Spotted in Summer

Foliage

Pale-blue, Silvery-grey in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Prune off dead and damaged leaves right back to trunk.

Propagation

Soak seeds for 48 hours prior to sowing. Sow at 30C. May take a month or more to germinate.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck palm) will reach a height of 18m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Conservatory, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Mediterranean, Specimen tree, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Protect with horticultural fleece in colder areas. Drought tolerant and thrives in heat. Tends to be much smaller in cultivation.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Bismarckia nobilis

Other names

Bismarck palm

Genus

Bismarckia Bismarckia

Species

B. nobilis - B. nobilis is an evergreen palm with a single, stout, trunk-like stem and large, fan-shaped, blue-grey leaves, each divided to a third its length into numerous folded segments. Pendent flowers are followed by brown fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Irregular, Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree


Colour

Flower

Brown, Spotted in Summer

Foliage

Pale-blue, Silvery-grey in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Prune off dead and damaged leaves right back to trunk.

Propagation

Soak seeds for 48 hours prior to sowing. Sow at 30C. May take a month or more to germinate.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck palm) will reach a height of 18m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Conservatory, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Mediterranean, Specimen tree, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Protect with horticultural fleece in colder areas. Drought tolerant and thrives in heat. Tends to be much smaller in cultivation.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

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