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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In many areas in Madagascar, it is the only palm species evident.

Bismarck Palm at home in Madagascar. All major credit cards accepted. As a reminder, Jungle Music has a variety of sizes of Bismarckia bismarrckia for sale, from small to large.

It is highly tolerant of intense, inland heat, growing fastest where it is the hottest. The root system of this species is very sensitive and good sized specimen is extremely difficult to successfully dig and transplant to another location. To form fertile seeds, female flowers must be pollinated by pollen from a male plant. Medium indicates that it can tolerate some salinity in irrigation water.

It is great for both commercial and domestic gardens. The leaf width is 8 to 10 feet with approximately divisions.

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Bismarckia nobilis

Dypsis decaryi on right. Since Bismarckia Palms were introduced commercially, it has been known that there is a blue and a green form. It grows at a medium speed and looks best if given some room. Staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms. It is best to grow this palm in a well draining soil, but palms grown in dense clay soils seems to do pretty well. Fresh seeds germinate quickly within a month of being planted and the seedlings are attractive.

In its new pot, once again give the plant plenty of bismarckla room. Bismarckia nobilis fruit above and seed below. Therefore, a wise consumer who wants a very blue plant should look carefully at the color of the purchased plant.

Bottom heat may speed germination in colder areas.

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Bismarckia nobilis with Cecropia peltata and Arenga tremula. Trunk emptied and flattened for use as planks or in partition walling; leaves bbismarckia for roofing and basketry; pith serves as a slightly bitter sago. The cold tolerance of Bismarckia seems to be the low 20’s F.

Bismarckia Scientific classification Kingdom: The base of the trunk may be swollen. Back side of the Bismarckia leaf. Over winter this is one of those palms that tends to nobiliis ‘into a coma’ often not showing the least bit of growth for months at a time. Bismarckia is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the palm family endemic to western and northern Madagascar where they grow in open grassland.


In bismwrckia where most of the rainfall is during the bismagckia period Southern Californiathe growth of Bismarckia is slower. Mention is made of the rare green form of this species and how one must take care not to damage Bismarckia roots. If growing in a container, as you would expect, it likes a big pot with plenty of room for root growth.

Germination typically takes one to three months.

Bismarckia nobilis – Palmpedia – Palm Grower’s Guide

It should also be reiterated that containerized Bismarcks do not grow nearly as fast as they would in the ground. Low difficulty Others may require a few more months to settle down in their new position. It likes sun, heat and good draining soil. Note how this area is arid and dry.

The genus is named for the first chancellor of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck and the epithet for its only species, Bismarckia nobiliscomes from Latin for ‘noble’.