Synonym: Nolina Recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata is commonly know as Ponytail which has very unique appearance. It is drought tolerant plant having bottle like or big onion like base. Its leaves are long and narrow like a strap which arch and hang laxly.
This upright, fine-textured evergreen tree grows very slowly up to 30 feet in height but rarely exceeds 10 feet. A distinctive plant, ponytail palm has a greatly swollen trunk base (sometimes to seven feet across) which narrowly tapers and eventually branches in older specimens. The light green leaves, up to five feet long and 3/4 of an inch wide, are produced in tufts clustered at the tips of branches. The cascading nature of the leaves gives much the appearance of a pony’s tail. Creamy yellow flowers are quite showy as they are held above the foliage in spring or summer for several weeks. The tree will occasionally flower two or even three times a year. This plant makes a
great conversation piece, whether grown as a specimen, a container plant, near patios, or placed in
rock gardens. It can also be used as a houseplant. Ponytail palm grows in full sun or partial shade on
a wide range of soils. Soil must have good drainage as plants have a tendency to develop root rot on
poorly-drained soils. Plants moved from indoors to permanent outside locations should be gradually
exposed to the increase in light and temperature change.
Beaucarnea recurvata Trunk/bark/branches:
- Routinely grown with, or trainable to be grown with,multiple trunks;
- Grow mostly upright and will not droop;
- Showy trunk;
- No thorns
Beaucarnea recurvata Pruning requirement:
- Needs little pruning to develop a strong structure
Beaucarnea recurvata Breakage:
Beaucarnea recurvata Culture
- 1. Light requirement: tree grows in part shade/part sun; tree grows in full sun
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