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Buccaneer Palm, Cherry Palm
This rare palm is found in coastal areas of the Florida Keys, the Bahamas,
Hispaniola, a small area of Cuba, and very eastern Mexico. It has a slightly
swollen, waxy, ringed trunk; a waxy crownshaft; and arching, dark grey-green,
very leathery, pinnate leaves. The Buccaneer palm grows very slowly, but,
because of its extreme coastal habitat, it will grow in almost any well-drained
soil and is one of the most salt and wind tolerant of all palms, i.e.
ideally suited for coastal planting. It will do well in both warm temperate
and tropical climates. Unfortunately, it is now endangered in most of
its native habitat and also is rare in cultivation. Even small plants
fetch high prices in the nursery trade, and it is hoped that this fabulous
and unusual palm will be a little more commonly cultivated in the future
with the high-quality seeds we now have available in good quantities and
on a regular basis.