This rare and amazing palm species has the thickest trunk of any palm known to horticulture. The plant, which is native to a few coastal valleys in Chile, has been exploited for its sugary sap to the point of becoming endangered in the wild. It is now a protected species in Chile.
The straight gray trunk can grow to over 3' in diameter and soar to heights of 80' in the wild, but 40-50' is more likely in cultivation. In older specimens, the trunk typically constricts near the top to form "shoulders" upon which rest a head of densely packed, dull greenish-grey, feather-shaped leaves. These are held stiffly erect on short stems. The overall foliage habit is similar to Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis).
Chilean wine palm grows slowly and poorly in hot, humid, tropical and subtropical climates such as South Florida. It is best suited to coastal California, the Mediterranean coast, and other similar climate belts that have a combination of warm dry summers, cool wet winters, and a noticeable drop in daytime to nighttime temperatures. For those in South Florida willing to try it, give this species full sun, exceptionally well-drained soil, and keep it on the dry side. It is not salt-tolerant.
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