Bismarckia nobilis. Figure 1. Young Bismarck Palm. Bismarck Palm. 1. Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2. INTRODUCTION. Lending a tropical flair to. Description: Bismarckia nobilis is a stunning, large palm widely cultivated in the tropics for its beautiful silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists. Scientific Name: Bismarckia nobilis Hildebr. & Synonym(s). Medemia nobilis (Hildebr. & ) Gall. Assessment Information [top]. Red List.

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Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

And, to make things a bit more complicated, there seems nobiliss be “really blue” plants and “in-betweeners” in color. The Evolution and Classification of Palms. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. Common things that can kill a Bismarckia include poor drainage, too much water especially during cold weathertoo low of temperatures, too dark of growth environment, and significant disturbance of the roots. Others are a good choice providing humidity and light are not poor.

Typical watering schedules are two to three times a week on this open mix. Note how this area is arid and dry. This is usually accomplished by insects, but biwmarckia be done by wind and proximity as well. Bismarckia, young female blossom with immature fruit. So, be ever so careful with the roots of this species.

Retrieved from ” https: Bismarckia is a gorgeous and typically blue single trunk fan palm that has become very popular. In California along the coast, full sun is preferable. But, this is the underside of the leaf. Bismarckia nobilis Photo by: Salt tolerance Low indicates that the palm does not tolerate salinity. Bismarckia nobilis is a good grower.


Staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms. Bismarckia with rough, hairy stem. Less than 15 m. Bismarckia nobilis is a single trunk fan palm. Culture in containers is possible although growth rates are slower.

For enthusiasts that have lower temperatures than this, they must winter their Bismarckia in a greenhouse or inside the home.

Remember, this is a very difficult palm to relocate once established if you later decide you put it in the wrong spot. Keeping the soil moist sure seems to keep this palm happier. Bismarck palms are easy to grow in bismarkcia right environment as they are adaptable to a wide range of soils and prefer to have good drainage as the Bismarck does not like to have root rot.

Also, in habitat, is endures fires probably because the crown of leaves is well above any brush fires. They have done a spectacular job with the landscaping using many, many unusual and odd plants.

Slow indicates annual trunk growth of less than 30 cm. As mentioned in his book, the Palms of Madagascar, John Dransfield points out that this is one of the few palms named bismarc,ia a politician. Though this form is much faster growing than the blue form in tropical climates, the opposite tends to be true in a Mediterranean climate. Dypsis decaryi on right.

This is, of course, up to the eye of the beholder, but seems to be a common viewpoint. Also, when transplanting from one pot to another, rough handling of the roots can cause decline. At Gary Le Vines place.

It thrives in fairly dry and hot climates, but enjoy also rainy climates and proved to tolerate nobiils wide variety of conditions. Trunks are 30 to 45 cm in diameter, slightly bulging at the base, and free of leaf bases in all but its youngest parts. While Bismarckia tolerate some drought, they thrive in areas with adequate rainfall.


It is stately and magnificent in its appearance. Resistence to wind Depending bosmarckia the species palms may suffer damage due to persistent or strong winds.

– Bismarckia nobilis(Bismark Palm)

Brahea armata is more cold tolerant than Bismarckiataking temperatures to about 15 degrees. The genus nbilis named for the first chancellor of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck and the epithet for its only species, Bismarckia nobiliscomes from Latin for ‘noble’.

Vista, California, Photo by Dr. Also, a purchased plant in a container that has “rooted” into the ground may succumb if the roots out of the bottom holes are torn while lifting the plant. For other articles on palm trees, click here. Bismarck palms will suffer from cold damage but they quickly recover.

It is best to grow this palm in a well draining soil, but palms grown in dense clay soils seems to nobils pretty well.

Low difficulty Others may require a few more months to settle down in their new position. It is not unusual for someone driving by to observe your large Bismarckia and ask you “hey Mister, what is that gorgeous blue palm? Exposure The degree of exposure to the sun that the palm needs to grow well. This photo shows what appears to be a green leaf.