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Jelly Palms growing in a display garden as feature plantsBotanical Name: Butia capitata

The Butia or Jelly palm yields a host of edible and useful products. They have large stalks of golden fruit in clusters. The fruit is green before it ripens, then turns golden, sometimes having a reddish tinge when ready to eat. Soft, tasty flesh surrounds a hard seed that looks like a miniature coconut. Simply peel the flesh away and eat it, prepare a soft puree, or use Butia Palm fruit in jelly. The taste is delicious and starts out like apple and transforms into tropical like flavours similar to an apricot/banana mix. Although delicious when eaten fresh they are most often preserved due to their stringy fibrous flesh. Jelly palm fruits are picked as they ripen. If whole bunches are harvested, they tend to ripen all at once. They keep well under refrigeration for around a week. This South American palm is native to Brazil and is the hardiest feather-leafed palm in cultivation. The palm has beautiful blue-green leaves that are strongly curved making it instantly recognisable. It is an essential palm for the exotic garden and is also a wonderful indoor plant providing light is adequate. For best results fertilize the Palm in the spring, and in mid summer. The spent leaves should be cut to improve its appearance. A long living palm (over 20 years) it enjoys full sun or part shade and thrives in a sandy loam soil. Adequate moisture will greatly improve yields.

Other Names: Wine Palm
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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

5+ Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April


Customer Comments on Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

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Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

This advice from Daley'sFruit is wrong, because the male and female flowers are on the same palm: "Plants required to Pollinate 3 Plants (Male and Female)" See this: | Fruit - Bankstown, NSW 21-Dec-2019

Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

I live in a very cold area in nsw mid west this palm is very suited to this area | Peter Hegener - Yeoval, NSW 14-Aug-2017

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

There is a very old butia capitata or jelly palm fruiting in the City Botanic Gardens Brisbane at present, Feb 2015 and I saw two palms at Hahndorf near Adelaide that bear heavy crops of fruit every May and I love the sweet @ sour taste of these fruit | Noel Hall - Inala 4077, QLD 13-Feb-2015

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Slow grower, but produces delicious and prolific fruit. Worth the wait! Bag young fruit spikes with a large white feed bag to out-compete the rats, bats and birds. Easily handles light frosts | Simone - Barkers Vale, NSW 11-Feb-2014

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Delicious edible juice from fruits, combination of quince, passionfruit, pineapple, apricot, strawberry all in one. Strong & tart, requires sweetening to taste. | Suzanne Hirst, - Adelaide, S.A. 20-Apr-2010

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Butia Capitata globule fruits, the B. Yatay teardrop fruit. In Adelaide garden about 10 years before fruiting. Each year 3 huge bracts laden with aromatic fruits. Pick when bright orange, wash, boil 2 hours, de-stone then squeeze out juice. Cordial/jelly. | Suzanne Hirst - Adelaide, S.A. 20-Apr-2010

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I believe the difference between a Butia capitata and Butia yatay is that the yatay drops its frons and the capitata doesn't! The frons make a beautiful 'cap' or skirt around the palm stem if left uncut. | Sara Powter - Kincumber, NSW 21-Feb-2010

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I am on the Central Coast NSW and moved a jelly palm ( Butia capitata) about 1 km 9 years ago. It took an earth mover and huge semi trailer! it had been in its old position for over 50 years. It's still fruiting well and growing beautifully! | Sara Powter - Kincumber, NSW 21-Feb-2010

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I bought a jelly palm from Daleys about 4 yrs ago. I live in an area of -5 to 45deg temperature range and my palm is doing really well Admittedly mine is in a pot and hasn`t fruited yet.I am about to plant into the ground soon . | Anne Mcalpine - Ballimore, NSW 10-Feb-2010

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

One of the Jelly Palms took 5 years and 2 months to fruit,with about 500 fruits/4.5kgs. | Rolflor A - Sydney, NSW 01-Mar-2009

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Chinese names and chinese characters for the Jelly Palm. - . It also mentions a subspecies ' yatay '. Is Daley's Jelly Palm a subspecies? | Rolflora - Sydney, NSW 27-Feb-2009

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

This is a good tasting palm fruit. | Rolflor A - Sydney, NSW 23-Feb-2009

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Other Jelly Palms,eg those as existing street trees and in private gardens,aren't as good tasting as Daley's Jelly Palm variety.Daley's Jelly Palm might be from a superior seed.Daley's is less stringy,less acid and better tasting. | Rolflor A - Sydney, N S W 23-Feb-2009

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

$3500 to $4000 : Daleysfruit are selling this edible palm at a bargain price of only about $15. If you visit you will see their cheapest is nearly $4000 ! | Rolf - Bankstown, NSW 20-Sep-2006
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Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm (Seedling) 10/10

Lorna's Edible Fruits
Update: 4049 days 22hrs

Comments: -

No maintenance required. Does its own thing and fruits very well. Easy to bag the fruit to stop birds. Each spray of fruit is like a separate branch of the tree. Put a big chaff bag over it and when ripe the fruit fall off into the neck of the bag for easy collection. Masses of fruit over a prolonged period. Each spray of fruit (usually four to six every year) ripen at a slightly different time, prolonging the period of time when fruit is available. Ripens in winter when every other fruit tree is on holiday. Useful out of season fresh fruit.

Fruiting Months June, July, August, September

Planted: 2003

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 5

Fruit Harvest: 15 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Organic

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vlct says... [2501 days 17hrs ago]
Hi what's the taste like?

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Amanda19's Edible Fruits
Update: 4083 days 11hrs

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I know it thrives here and it sounds like it makes good grog! :)

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Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm (Seedling) 7/10

Health101orgarticles1's Edible Fruits
Update: 279 days 16hrs

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Sweet.Organic.No fruit fly problem.No bird problem.No rat problem.No fruit bat problem.Maybe that's because the harvest period is only two or three weeks, which might be too short to attract the attention of pests. Tropical appearance of palm.Less theft due to ignorance from passers-by, and / or because it is behind a fence. Is my palm sweeter than yours because of my better soil due to my mulching and fish waste 'sumps'?

Con's: 1.Acidity. Almost always after eating a lot, eg about 50-100, there are sore bleeding gums and tongue.

2. Not naturally a tropical fruit, ie not containing a slightly higher fat level.

2008/2009 season:


2008 Nov 23 First appears!

2008 Dec 3 Second appears.

2008 Dec 12 Third appears.


Fruit bunches/ Infructescences;

2009 Feb 18: First fruit!

2009 Mar 1 Last fruit (12 days only).

2009/2010 season:

Bract/spathe: ?


1.Nov 23 2.Dec 3 3.Dec 12

Fruit bunches/Infructescences:

Feb 22 start  Feb 25-peak? Mar 18 finish (25 days)

.2011: No fruit, as no flowers. Why? Rain at wrong times and too heavy?

2011/2012 season:

Bracts: 1.Nov 15

Flowers/Inflorescences: 1. Dec 31 2. Jan 11

Fruit: April 16 start to April 21 finish?

2012/2013 season:

Bract/spathes: 1. Sep 20< 2. ? 3. Nov 1 ?. 4. Dec 1?

Flower/Inflorescences: 1. Nov 23? 2. Dec  9 3. Dec 17 4. Jan 7

Fruit: Feb?


Bracts/spathes/sheathes/fruit bunch covers:

2013 October 26 First bract appears from fronds.

2013 November 25 Second bract


2013 December 10 (45 days later) First flower appears from within now bulbous bract.

2014 January 6 (41 days later) Second flower

Fruit bunches/infructescences:

The yield/harvest/production below is from just one palm, as the other palm isn't bearing.

2014 March 13 (20 weeks from go to whoa) Thursday, Day 1: 16 fruit- Lucky day for the start of this years harvest.

2014 March 14 Friday: 25 fruit. Total 41. Mmmm.

2014 March 15 Saturday: 125 fruit. Total 166. MMmmm.

2014 March 16 Sunday: 73  Total 239 . MMMmmm.

2014 March 17 Monday: 172 Total 411  MMMMm.

2014 March 18 Tuesday: 159    Total 570    MMMMMm.

2014 March 19 Wednesday 149   Total  719   MMMMMM.

2014 March 20 Thursday  58   Total 777!  

2014 March 21 Friday  149    Total  926

2014 March 22 Saturday, Day 10: 65    Total 991 First bat attack. Minor.

2014 March 23 Sunday 68   Total 1059

2014 March 24 Monday 22   Total 1081

2014 March 25 Tuesday, Day 13: 10   Total  1091  

2014 March 26 Wednesday, Day 14: 2?   Total 1093

2014 March: Inedible unripe fruit; 20 Total 1113

Total for first bunch=1113

Second fruit bunch/infructescence:

2014 April 4 (18 weeks and 4 days from go to whoa [bract to fruit] ) Friday, Day 1: 39 fruit.

2014 April 5 Saturday Day 2: 31 fruit.  

2014 April 6 Sunday 50 fruit.  

2014 April 7 Monday 125 fruit.  

2014 April 8 Tuesday 41 fruit.  

2014 April 9 Wednesday 55 fruit (16 gram record size fruit piece [normal is 12.5g] ). 

2014 April 10 Thursday 39 fruit.   

2014 April 11 Friday 9 fruit.  

2014 April 12 Saturday 4 fruit.

Total for second bunch/infructescence= 393 fruit.  


2014 Grand total: 1506 fruit.

1506 fruit X 10.7 grams net = 16 kg (16.11 kg) of fruit.

But why has one of my palms not ever had even any sign of flowers? Lack of natural fertiliser?

Fruiting Months March and April

Planted: 2003

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 11 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn


Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: None.

Organic Status:Organic


Is this a seedling of a certain type or variety? Why does mine taste so much better than the palms on the naturestrip in Summer Hill, Sydney, is it because of my better growing conditions, eg compost, mulch, and watering?

Why has the second palm I planted not ever had even any sign of flowers? Lack of as good growing conditions, eg compost, water, natural fertiliser etc?

2011: Why no flowers and fruit? Rain too heavy and at wrong time?

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Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3678 days 8hrs

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I love palms. I love jelly. This seems like a match made in heaven. It took my a while to source this plant after I read about it. It is quite small and recently I have moved it back to a pot aftre being in the ground a couple of months as it was being smothered. One of my special plants.

Planted: 2010

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Cross Pollination

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Amanda's Edible Fruits
Update: 496 days 10hrs

Comments: - Very slow growing but can be pushed along with a bit of extra watering and fertilising. Very hardy though and not bothered by pests, diseases, limey bore water, cold, heat etc. 

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Balanced Acid lovers little and often in the growing/warm season, slow release organic chook manure pellets in the winter.

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