Ponytail palm

Beaucarnia recurvata


The Ponytail palm is a unique landscape plant that slowly grows from small container sizes to spectacular specimens with large swollen bases, several branches and heights ranging 12-25 ft. tall. The foliage is comprised of 3-5 ft. long weeping strap-like leaves, producing a ‘Dr. Seuss’- type character. Hundreds of creamy-white flowers make a very showy display on tall panicles in late spring; these flowers are replaced by showy golden brown seed bracts as they mature.

The Ponytail palm comes from warm and dry regions of southeast Mexico and is highly adapted to garden conditions in warm, sunny exposures on well-drained soils in the Inland Empire. It can store moisture from winter rains in its swollen base and endure long summers without supplemental water. It is highly successful as a container plant and focal accent plant in dry wash and southwestern style gardens.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Low-branching
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Cream
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Specimen, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant
Height: 12 ft. – 25 ft.
Width: 10 ft. – 15 ft.