Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Beaucarnea recurvata Accepted
Nolina recurvata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: To 30 feet when planted in the ground but about 8 feet when grown as a container/house plant.
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2016-04-30
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-06-05
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Date: 2012-12-28
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Location: HoustonDate: 2013-02-25
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Date: 2014-02-09
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Location: At a plant store, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2015-02-07
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-06-05This pot contains 3 plants
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Date: 2018-04-22
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Date: 2018-04-22
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Location: At home - Tracy, CADate: 2011-05-15Grown indoors south facing window
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Location: Indoors - Central Valley area, CADate: 2012-04-11Ponytail palm with deeper green colored leaves
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Location: Indoors - Central Valley area, CADate: 2012-04-09New leaves sprouting from the Ponytail palm
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Location: HoustonDate: 2013-02-25
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Location: At a plant store, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2015-02-07
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Location: At a plant store, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2015-02-07
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Location: At a plant store, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2015-02-07
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Location: Ghent University Botanical Garden, BelgiumDate: 2015-09-02
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Location: In our garden - Central Valley area, CADate: 2012-03-06Ponytail palm during a very windy Spring day
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Location: 98108Date: 2012-12-13it was cut down awhile back
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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 8, 2011 9:00 AM

Native to Eastern Mexico, the Pony Tail Palm is not a true palm but more closely related to Yucca. It is a slow growing palm-like succulent that can attain heights to 30 feet when grown outdoors in temperate climates, and it can reach heights of 6 to 8 feet when container grown as a houseplant. The Pony Tail Palm has a single trunk with a swollen caudex that stores water for use during drought conditions. The long straplike arching and drooping leaves give this plant the appearance of a palm tree. Mature plants produce racemes of pretty cream to whitish blooms that seem to shoot out from the top of the foliage. This plant prefers a sandy well draining soil, is extremely drought tolerant and does well in rock gardens.

The Pony Tail palm is an easy houseplant as long as it's given a lot of sun and isn't over-watered.

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Posted by lauriebasler (Western Washington - Zone 7b) on Dec 2, 2016 6:07 AM

I have several Pony Tails, and after separating 3 in a pot, I found that one seemingly healthy plant got the droopy leaves some of these plants have. I prefer the ones that curl out roundly; they look healthier.. After being diligent at giving it the same conditions as the ones that were not drooping, for many months, with no change, I decided to cut my losses on it, and experiment. I took a rubber band, and pulled the leaves up like a pony tail, securing it loosely, and it did look strange. Then I let the plant get much drier than the others, for a month or so. To my surprise, it worked. The plants leaves are as bouncy and graceful as the others now. I am careful to let it get quite dry between waterings. Hope it works for others.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 21, 2011 9:56 AM

Best as a house plant in most zones. Bright light. Water every 7-14 days during the growing season. During the winter, cut back watering to monthly. Prefers temperatures above 60º and dry indoor conditions. Use rich, organic, fast-draining potting soil.

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 31, 2011 7:02 PM

A super versatile plant, this will do well in a tiny pot as a bonsai, and as a great big tree in a tropical setting. When in bloom, this tree can resemble something only Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.
It is slow growing, and large specimen trees are prized and hard to come by.
I have not found any disadvantages with this tree. I have 5 or 6 growing in my yard. It seems to shrug off cold, wet, and drought. A winner!

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Plant Events from our members
Blondmyk On October 8, 2014 Transplanted
6-1-15--all plants still alive, but only about half seem to be thriving. Only plants with more than one plant in the pot seem to be doing exceptionally well and showing growth. Plants have a difficulty with staying rooted, which I find interesting. I know you don't want to get the foot underground, but the roots that grow from under the foot just don't want to stay in the soil! Ugh.
smiley On June 11, 2016 Obtained plant
lemonFresh On July 31, 2018 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Age? by plantmanager May 27, 2016 12:37 PM 5
Ponytail palm lost its top :( by Keelinkiddos Jul 7, 2019 9:07 AM 22
Is this Elephant foot? by whatever61 May 13, 2019 10:32 AM 9
Yucca caudexes(and other) by skopjecollection Mar 29, 2019 8:49 PM 4
Cubiformis + strange looking succulents by BrendanCS Apr 14, 2019 1:21 PM 46
ponytail palm by thyme2forg Sep 15, 2018 9:36 AM 3
Inherited Ponytail Palm needs help! by samie1989 Sep 15, 2018 9:14 AM 3
Over- or under- watering -- I honestly can't tell by ggiantppanda Jul 26, 2018 5:00 PM 3
Dracaena love by purpleinopp Dec 9, 2018 7:07 PM 22
Repotting my Ponytail Plant by Msbonniec May 29, 2018 6:17 AM 9
How to get cactus to bloom? by Philipwonel May 24, 2018 5:43 PM 81

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