Macaw Palm Info: How To Grow Macaw Palm Trees

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Macaw Palm Info: How To Grow Macaw Palm Trees

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer The macaw palm is a salt-tolerant tropical palm native to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Dominica. Its most distinctive feature is the sharp, 4-inch (10 cm.) long spines covering the trunk. The density of these thorns on the upper trunk gives the tree an unusual appearance. Other than the thorns, it has a similar appearance to the queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum). Macaw Palm Info The macaw palm, Acrocomia aculeata, got its name because its nuts are consumed by the hyacinth macaw, a South American parrot. The tree is also called the grugru palm or the coyol palm. A fermented beverage called coyol wine is made from the tree’s sap. Macaw palm plants are slow-growing as seedlings. However, once they get going, they can reach 30 feet (9 meters) tall within 5 to 10 years and can potentially reach 65 feet (20

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