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Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea spp.

Also known as

Elephant's Foot

Beaucarnea gracilis Puebla by Marinosalas (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

4m

1.5m

Min

1m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ponytail Palm Overview

This genus is native to Mexico and Central America. It contains less than 10 evergreen species of small, xerophytic, tropical trees. The leaves are long and leathery with serrated margins, protruding from an unbranched stem that thickens at the base (caudex). An abundance of green-white flowers are produced only on older trees.

Common problems with Ponytail Palm

How to propagate Ponytail Palm

Division

Root offsets in spring

Seed

Suckers

Cuttings

Stem-tip cuttings in summer.

Special features of Ponytail Palm

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Ponytail Palm

Grown for their intriguing, overall appearance.