Civano Nursery's Plant Catalog

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Ponytail Palm - Beaucarnea recurvata

Is it a palm? Is it a succulent? The Ponytail Palm is a very bizarre plant, not unlike something you would find illustrated in a Dr. Seuss book. It is actually not a true palm at all; it is related to Yucca and Nolina. It has a swollen, bulbous base which stores water during times of drought.

It usually has one or more trunks emerging from the base, and bright green, long, skinny leaves sprout from the tips of branches, giving it a ponytail-like appearance. Plant in a well-protected area, as it can be quite tender to colder weather. In the ground or in a pot, the Ponytail Palm makes for an unusual houseplant or a lovely addition to the landscape.

Plant Details

  • Common Name:
    Ponytail Palm
    Botanical Name:
    Beaucarnea recurvata
    Plant Type:
    Palms
    Size (H x W):
    15 - 20 ft x 6 - 12 ft
  • Blooms:
    White; flowering occurs only on mature plants
    Exposure:
    Part Sun, Full Shade
    Hardiness:
    18° F
    Water:
    Low to Moderate
  • Pruning:
    Remove dead leaves any time
    Growth Rate:
    Slow to Moderate
    Flowering Season:
    Summer