A picture of a Peach Palm

Peach Palm

Bactris gasipaes

Also known as

Pejibaye

Photo by diogoluiz (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

5m

15m

Min

2m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Peach Palm Overview

The Peach Palm, Bactris gasipaes is an upright tree with a single slender stem or several stems, in a cluster; generally with black spines in circular rows from the base to the summit. It can typically grow to 20 m or taller. The rind of the fruit can be red, yellow or orange when the fruit is ripe, depending on the variety of the palm. The fruits are edible and very nutritious but need to be cooked for 3–5 hours.

Common problems with Peach Palm

Problem free

    Peach Palm Companion Plants

    Plant alongside tropical and sub tropical plants.

    How to harvest Peach Palm

    Due to the spines, the fruit are usually harvested with long poles equipped with cutters. If possible, a soft landing for the falling fruit should be put in place prior to cutting; this may be composed of loose leaf matter.

    How to propagate Peach Palm

    Seed

    Germination time is 60-90 days.

    Special features of Peach Palm

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Peach Palm

    Edible

    The flowers and fruits are edible.

    Timber

    Peach-palms are also cultivated for the heart of palm and the trunk can make valuable timber.