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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Difficulty transplanting One of the advantages of palms is that large specimens can be transplanted with ease, a large rootball not being necessary, being able to fully recover within a year or a year and a half. Good drainage is also important. Brahea armata at Balboa Park, San Diego This Brahea armata has very nice color but note bismarc,ia the leaves are smaller than those of Bismarckia nobilis.

Paneawa Zoo – Hilo, Hawaii. Especially against a dark green background. When the enthusiast can give an environment of heat, full sun, and no temperatures bismsrckia approximately 22 degrees F, the Bismarck palm becomes an ideal addition to the garden.

Bismarckia nobilis

Bismarckia nobilis with S. It is also grown in many parts of Indonesia and Australia. Bismarckia Scientific classification Kingdom: This causes such stems to be intensely blue. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bismarckia.

It also grows well in Southern California and some Californian and Arizona desert climates. Back to Bismarckia index. Additional comments This is a beautiful palm that can be a striking, but eventually very large, addition to the landscape.

It was named after the German chancellor, Prince Otto von Bismarck, who lived during the 19th century. Also, in habitat, along with other fire-resistant trees like Ravenala madagascariensis and Uapaca nobklis it endures fires probably because the crown of leaves is well above any brush fires In many areas in Madagascar, it is the only palm species evident.


Minimum temperature Minimum temperature at which an adult plant can survive the winter. Please help rewrite this article from a descriptive, neutral point of viewand remove advice or instruction.

When one bksmarckia at pictures of Bismarckia nobilis in habitat in Madagascar, he bismarc,ia to realize just how hardy this palm is and the extremes of conditions it tolerates. The base of the trunk may be swollen.

SEED x mm; endosperm homogeneous but penetrated by ridges on the inside of nobilsi endocarp. First, they come from opposite sides of the planet. Central and Western Madagascan grasslands. In habitat outside of Isalo, in south central Madagascar. Bismarckia Nobilis 15 yrs old from 5 gln, Palm Springs, Ca. Brahea armata comes from Mexico, Bismarckia from Madagascar. Special mention should be made about the disturbance of or damage to the roots of a Bismarckia Palm. It is usually seen on noobilis or juvenile plants.

If properly selected for color, the Bismarck will show the most wonderful color of silver-blue one can imagine.

Bismarckia nobilis is a good grower. While Bismarckia tolerate some drought, they thrive in areas with adequate rainfall. It has no crown shaft.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Pollination is usually accomplished by insects, but can be done by wind and proximity as well. Total height The height that the species can reach, in good cultivation conditions, in gardens of south-west Europe. Sometimes this is purple or similar shades. The nearly rounded leaves are enormous in maturity, over 3 m wide, and are deeply-divided into 20 or more stiff segments. Observe the leaves behind this one. Petioles are 2—3 m, slightly armed, and are covered in a white wax as well as cinnamon-colored caducous scales; the nearly-spherical leaf crown is 7.

The crown of leaves numbers from 15 to 30 leaves, typically blue to silver in color, and slightly arched. The leaves are induplicate and costapalmate, producing a wedge-shaped hastula where the blade and petiole meet.


And, do no plant it where it might get shaded out by adjacent trees. It is stately and magnificent in its appearance. The detail of this park is just incredible. The petiole length is 6 to 8 feet on mature specimens.

Bismarckia nobilis | Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

May be confused with Latania loddigesii is also a solitary, erect palm with waxy, blue-green costapalmate leaves, but its hastula is triangular or arrow-shaped, not like the assymetrical spoon-shaped hastula found on Bismarckia nobilis. Medium difficulty and others still, on the contrary, may need over two years to recover from being transplanted Greater difficulty. This is, of course, up to the eye of the nobilos, but seems to be a common viewpoint.

Like many larger palms, it looks its best when given plenty of room for both growth and viewing. Brahea armata is more cold tolerant than Bismarckiataking temperatures to about 15 degrees.

Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying bismarckua and use them for healthier fronds.

Other palms, depending on conditions of humidity and strength of winds where they live, may retain dead leaves, or the base of their petioles, on the trunk for many years. Biskarckia the plant with the most satisfying color. Both are blue fan palms, single trunk, and like hot dry conditions.

It is a common palm in Madagascar, but surprisingly wasn’t really utilized in landscapes elsewhere in the world until recently.