Under The Jakfruit Tree

Looking outside from the front window of the nursery house, a tall slender palm tree with bright red fruits hanging downward in clusters has caught my eye. The palm tree is Gaussia maya, the Maya Palm Tree. This palm tree flowers from several sites up and down its trunk. The fruits start out green, but ripen from orange to red when mature. This palm is native to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Young palms should be grown in shaded areas, but as the tree mature it can tolerate more and more sunlight. It can attain a height of 20-30 feet with a slender solitary trunk 4-6 inches in diameter. The trunk also has prominent leaf scar rings which gives it just a little more character.

Richard Lyons Nursery has this palm in stock in 15gal. containers 4-5′ tall.

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