Butyagrus nabonnandii F1
The fabulous Butyagrus intergeneric hybrid is one of the most elegant palms for colder climates and unites the cold hardiness of Butia with the fast growth, elegance and large size of Syagrus, resulting in a plant vaguely reminiscent of a coconut palm. While this hybrid sometimes occurs naturally where the Butia and Syagrus grow together in southern Brazil and Uruguay, the seeds offered here are actually the result of carefully hand-pollinating Butia capitata with Syagrus romanzoffiana pollen, while at the same time removing all male flowers from the inflorescence of the Butia to avoid self-pollination--a time-consuming and tedious process. These first generation hybrids germinate well and reliably produce vigorous and healthy but probably sterile palms. They are well suited to many temperate climates and can survive temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F).