ACAI DWARF (PARA) PALM

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COMMON NAME Para Dwarf Açaí Palm, Assai, Assaí
BOTANICAL NAME Euterpe oleracea var. ”Para’ Dwarf”
HEIGHT 20′
WIDTH 10′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 25 years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 33° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained and moist
WATER REQUIREMENTS Consistently wet soil; Do not allow soil to dry between watering.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE Medium
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun to partial shade
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a slow-release palm fertilizer with a 3:1:3 ratio twice a year, once in the Spring, and then again in the Summer. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves and flowers. Water before and after applying fertilizer.
FLOWER Purple and small, occurring along an inflorescence.
MONTH OF COLOR – Throughout the year
FRUIT Green berry unripe, purple to indigo ripe. Berries occur in drupes. Edible. Harvesting can be from June to December.
TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Toxic to pets. Acai contains theobromine, the primary cause of chocolate poisoning in dogs. If allergic to any foods from the palm or Arecaceae family, such as dates or coconuts, then avoid acai berries. This berry can interfere with chemotherapy and reduce effectiveness of cancer treatments.
COMMENTS A slender and elegant, clustering palm from northern South America, frequently found growing along waterways. The berry is a super food of many uses with anti-oxidant qualities. Juice from fruit makes an excellent drink. It takes 4 to 5 years from seed to start producing fruit. Due to the high fat content, Acai berries go rancid within a day of being picked.
PRICE 15 gallon $75