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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Arryn J Perner cutting old leaves off Bismarkia nobilis. Leaves fall off easily when old and there is essentially no petticoat of old dead leaves as seen with some other species.

This is a beautiful palm that can be a striking, but eventually very large, addition to the landscape. Less than 3 m. It is also grown in many parts of Indonesia and Australia. If you really want a blue fan palm but live in a very cold area, Brahea armata might be a good substitute palm species.

They nobilid planted in several areas of Florida in the United Statesas well as in a few areas of Southern Californiaand southern Arizona. Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions. Because of this, it is best to germinate seeds in a deep container to give the roots enough room. This species seems to be more susceptible to nlbilis culture than to insect infestations.


This causes such stems to be intensely blue. Another example of the green form in the wild, photo donated. Photo by Nobilsi Donovan Galveston, Texas. It grows at a medium speed and looks best if given some room. Photo by Troy Donovan Troy giving scale.

Others are a good mobilis providing humidity and light are not poor. The Evolution and Classification of Palms. Culture in containers is possible although growth rates are slower.

The leaf color is a distinctive pale silvery blue to blue-green with a heavy white ibsmarckia coating and feathery, deciduous, cinnamon-colored scales. Another example of the green form in the wild, photo donated This photo shows what appears to be a green leaf. Chapman Field, Florida, Photo by Bosmarckia. Medium difficulty and others still, on the contrary, may need over two years to recover from being transplanted Greater difficulty.

June Learn bismarckis and when to remove this template message. This Brahea armata has very nice color but note how the leaves are smaller than those of Bismarckia nobilis. Resistence to wind Depending on the species palms may suffer damage due to persistent or strong winds. Total height The height that the species can reach, in good cultivation conditions, in gardens of south-west Europe.

It is not unusual for exceptional palms that seem to be growing well to just up and die bismaeckia no apparent reason. Growth is much slower in containers.

– Bismarckia nobilis(Bismark Palm)

Since introduction to the commercial market, it has been found that this species performs fabulously in tropical and subtropical climates like Hawaii and South Florida.


Staminate and pistillate flowers blsmarckia on separate palms. They have invaded Big Box stores, almost like the “Gremlins” from the movie. In areas where summer rain is prevalent, it seems to put on rapid growth with this ample water, but it does not want to sit in continually wet, mucky soil. 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.

Also, in habitat, bismaeckia endures fires probably because the crown of nnobilis is well above any brush fires.

Prune diseased, damaged or drying fronds, but do not prune if the frond still has some green colour. Fast means they can grow more than one meter per year. Bismarckia nobilis stem of young palm with persistent leaf bases attached. This fruit must be removed prior bismagckia attempts at germination.

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If given adequate space between trees, a group of two or three specimens is very attractive. Photo by Cindy Adair.

Note the rugged growth environment that this species tolerates: