Brahea edulis is a slow-growing, single-stemmed evergreen palm growing 10 - 12 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be up to 40cm in diameter; it is topped by a crown of about 20 large leaves.
It is harvested from the wild and utilized locally for food[301
]. The plant is widely grown as an ornamental.
Introduced feral goats predate the seeds and are believed to be inhibiting natural regeneration. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011).
Brahea edulis is endemic to the Mexican Pacific Is. Dry woodlands, usually in limestone deposits.
Native Range: Native to Guadalupe Island off of the Western coast of Mexico. The Guadalupe Island Palm is now grown worldwide as an ornamental.
Hight: 12 m. Spread: 4 m. Growth rate: Slow. It is hardy, thru zone 9. Flowers: monoecious ( both male and female ). The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires fast draining soil, and will grow in nutritionally poor soil. This Palm, prefers acid, neutral, and basic (alkaline) soils. It will not grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil. Although, there have been no reports of edibility, the fruit is almost certainly edible either raw or cooked. It is about 35 mm in diameter. Succeeds in most fertile moist but well-drained soils in a sheltered sunny position. Tolerant of poor dry soils. This species, tolerates several degrees of frost, if it is growing in a dry sunny climate. Editing by edric.
Trees are quite wind and salt hardy. They thrive in drier subtropical conditions and don't do as well with constant humidity. Grow in almost any soil type, water is need infrequently, and once extablished, the plants need little or no care. Propagation: By seeds, which take 3-6 months to germinate.