JUBAEA CHILENSIS.The Jubaea Chilensis is an unusual collectors palm native to South America. It is now a protected species in it's native habitat as years of "farming" it for it's sap has decimated the population. The sap is fermented into palm wine or commonly today, into a sweet syrup(palm honey) for culinary uses.
It is the most spectacular and cold hardiest of the feather palms that will weather normal UK winters without a problem.
Do not confuse with the Phoenix Canariensis(Canary Island Date Palm). Although somewhat similar in overall appearance, the Jubaea is slower growing and does not have the large thorns at the leaf base.
Latin Name: Jubaea Chilensis.
Common Name: Chilean Wine Palm.
Native: South America.
Hardiness: Fully hardy down to -15.
Growth Characteristics: Slow growing when young, eventually attaining a very thick trunk. "Feather" like leaves.
Sunlight: full/partial sun.
Soil: Well draining. Prefers not to be water-logged.