A native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, it bears a delicious small fruit, similar in taste to a loquat.
I planted it over thirty five years ago. It probably stands 18 to 20' tall, I have never measured.
Anyway, I had the idea long ago to put pieces of night blooming sereus in the crooks of the palm and as you can see, it has taken over.
We have kept the beard on the tree for decades to give the epiphyte some sun protection but finally trimmed it back this year.
The initial bloom started this morning, tomorrow should be quite epic. The flowers are 12" to 15" across. I am going to bring a tape measure home and hope to get a nice picture in the morning to share with you when it is at full resplendence.
It's great to see the Sommer's Arboretum is doing so well!
Beautiful, you’ve done a terrific job with the plants.
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