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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Bismarckia nobilis

Fruits are oblong, ovoid, or spherical and chocolate-brown in color with some lighter brown mottling. It is not unusual for botanical gardens to feature a planting of multiple silver blue Bismarckia. Please help rewrite this article from a descriptive, neutral point of viewand remove advice or instruction.

Soils Some palms need fertile and well drained soils; others can grow in calcareous soils and even soils poor in organic matter, provided that they drain well drained ; other palms are very rustic and can grow in practically all types of soil, even in clay and poor soils. They are planted in several areas of Florida in the United Statesas well as in a few areas of Southern Californiaand southern Arizona.

Medium indicates that it can tolerate some salinity in irrigation water. Trunks are 30 to 45 cm in diameter, slightly bulging at the base, and free of leaf bases in all but its youngest parts. In addition to the Caryota obtusa they planted over of these which I posted in a separate post, they planted some other nice palms and most aren’t the common specimens found here.


Bismarckia with exceptionally nice blue color, photo by TB. But, there are many differences. Frequency in gardens Frequency of this species in the gardens of south-west Europe.

Bismarckia nobilis is a stunning, large silver blue fan palm that has become increasingly more popular in the past ten to twenty years. Found only in Madagascar, an island well known for its rich diversity of unique taxa, Bismarckia is one genus nobillis a diverse palm flora some palms of which are solely in Madagascar. Bismarckia seeds are much larger than the very small B. Photo by Jason Dunn. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Wikipedia articles with style issues from June All articles with style issues.

Bismarckia is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the palm family endemic to western and northern Madagascar where they grow in open grassland. Therefore, little supplemental water is needed during the winter.

Bismarckia nobilis

Leu Gardens Botanist Eric S. It appears that this color is a result of exposure to cold weather.

It is moderately salt tolerant, but does a lot better inland then it does on the bismarckiia. This is in the new 14 acre Pandora section.

This article is written like a manual or guidebook. This causes such stems to be intensely blue. In the past two decades literally bismarckkia of thousands of this species have been planted in many domestic and public habitats worldwide. However it can be difficult to get it to look its best without a great amount of heat and sun. Many people in colder areas would like to grow the Bismarck Palm.


Bismarckia nobilis | Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Less than 3 m. This way they can bring the plant inside during the winter.

The picture to the left below shows how someone has planted young Bismarckia along a driveway in Madagascar.

The crown of leaves numbers from 15 to 30 leaves, typically blue to silver in color, and slightly arched. The green variety is noilis cold sensitive than is the silver-gray variety.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Either as a single specimen or in groups, this is a strikingly beautiful species. Bismarckia nobilis in the landscape. Although mentioned in the literature for many decades, this species has become much more understood over the past twenty years.

Less than 15 m. It is stately and magnificent in its appearance. Nearly rounded, enormous in maturity, 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. Bismarck palms are grown throughout the tropics and subtropics under favorable microclimates. Retrieved from ” https: Photo by Philippe Alvarez At Len’s place. Seeds are ridged and grooved. It can withstand periods of drought and strong winds.

Photo by Troy Donovan Galveston, Texas. Do not plant it close to a building or structure. Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.