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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This can cause a rapid death to the seedling. They are approximately 1. Either as a single specimen or in groups, this is a strikingly beautiful species. It is seen in plateaus and plain areas where it experiences extremes in weather from very hot and dry to more humid conditions during the rainy season. Fresh seeds germinate quickly within a month of being planted and the seedlings are attractive. Near stone outcropping, photo by M.

It tolerates cold temperatures into the low 20’s F. Photo by Troy Donovan Troy giving scale. All images copyright of the artists and photographers see images for credits. The Evolution and Classification of Palms. Populations of Bismarckia nobilis in the wild historically have not been included in the endangered species list as they have been plentiful in their native habitat.

The leaves are costapalmate, producing a wedge-shaped hastula where the blade and petiole meet. Special thanks to Palmweb. Photo by Leu Gardens botanist Eric S.

Bismarckia is a monotypic palm genus named for the first chancellor of the German Empire, Prince Otto von Bismarck and the epithet for its only species, Bismarckia nobiliscomes from Latin for ‘noble’. Total height The height that the species can reach, in good cultivation conditions, in gardens of south-west Europe.


It was named after the German chancellor, Prince Otto von Bismarck, who lived during the 19th century. It should also be reiterated that containerized Bismarcks do not grow nearly as fast as they would in the ground. There are some isolated specimens in botanical gardens outside of Madagascar that were introduced many years ago, but it’s popularity has exploded in the past two decades.

Yes, there are similarities.

Prune diseased, damaged or drying fronds, but do not prune if the frond still has some green colour. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

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It is a stately single trunk palm that has a good sized trunk and, over many decades, can get tall. It is good for tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean climates where temperatures don’t get too cold. Downloaded on 21 August Keeping the soil moist sure seems to keep this palm happier. It needs time to recover if it is transplanted from the earth, so, for this reason, specimens which have taken root well within a pot are to be recommended when planting out.

Therefore, little supplemental water is needed during nobili winter. The nearly rounded leaves are enormous in maturity, over 3 m wide, and are divided nobiliss a third its length into 20 or more stiff, once-folded segments, themselves split on the ends. Views Read View source View history. When germination occurs, a very deep radicle root is produced even prior to the formation of the first leaf.

There is only one species within this genus. It is moderately salt tolerant, but does a lot better inland then it does on the coast. Nearly rounded, enormous in bismarfkia, typically blue to silver in colour and slightly arched, over 3 m wide, divided to a third its length into 20 or more stiff, once-folded segments, themselves split on the ends.


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To summarize on basic culture, consider this species if you have good draining soil, experience ample heat during the year and down get below about 22 degrees. Remember that most gardeners and enthusiasts love blue palm trees. Common name bismarck palm. The picture to the left below shows how someone has planted young Bismarckia along a driveway in Madagascar.

The trunk is straight, a tan or brown color and basically smooth with hints of old scars from leaf bases. I have little data on the growth of this species inside the house. If it doesn’t get enough magnesium, the leaves take on a rather unhealthy yellow colour. Not to forget the taxonomists, the blossoms are totally different.

Articles with ‘species’ microformats Wikipedia articles with style issues from June All articles with style issues. Most cultivated Bismarckix feature silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists which is less hardy to cold. This causes such stems to be intensely blue. As a reminder, Jungle Music has a variety of sizes of Bismarckia nobilis for sale, from small to large. It is commonly called the Bismarck Palm.

Bismarckia nobilis is a stunning, large silver blue fan palm that has become increasingly more popular in the past ten to twenty years.

Medium indicates that it can tolerate some salinity in irrigation water.

Bismarckia nobilis

Bottom heat may speed germination in colder areas. Solitary palm with waxy blue-green costapalmate leaves and feathery, cinnamon-colored scales. Do not plant it close to a building or structure.

Bismarck palms will suffer from cold damage but they quickly recover. Observe the leaves behind this one.