Brahea armata      
Mexican blue palm    
Arecacea Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Mexican blue palm
young Brahea armata
Form: single trunked fan palm
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 30ft tall; frond spread 8-10ft; slow growing
Leaves: 2-5ft fan; dusty blue
Flowers: large pendulant inflorescence almost to the ground; cream colored flowers are fragrant; blooms in summer
Fruit: reddish brown drupe 1/2 to 3/4in long; the fruite is green at first
Stems/Trunks: stocky trunk with ridges; 2 ft wide; yellow spines and brown hairs
Range/Origin: Baja California
Hardiness: 18°F; tolerates greater extremes of heat, cold and wind than do most palms


Brahae armata
young specimen
mature Brahea armata
mature group of Mexican blue palms


Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau


Brahea to honor Danish astronomer Tyco Brahe.
takes wind
Some find it more attractive when young. In maturity the trunk is stocky and the leaves less of a blue color

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