Butia yatay

Butia yatay

Butia yatay or Yatay Palm is the tallest of the Butia but has shorter leaves.

It grows in arid savannah in subtropical or temperate climate with soft summers and cold winters.

It’s cold resistance is good but young plants have to be protected.

Synonyms:

Cocos yatay, Syagrus yatay

Common name:

Yatay palm

Origin:

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -12 °C

Soil:

Arid and sandy soils

Height:

12 m

Flowering:

Hermaphrodite, a single specimen produces viable seed. The spathes sprout between the leaves and are covered with a brownish tomentum but not as thick as Butia eriospatha. The flowers are numerous, usually yellow or reddish and can be 1.5 m long.



Propagation:

Sowing

Exposure:

Sun

Germination:

About 4 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days in tepid water
  • sow in light humid soil
  • maintain 30-35 °C

Care:

  • no particular care required

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