Bismarckia nobilis: Bismarck Palm
Bismarckia nobilis.
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Palm Varieties
Arecaceae (taxonomic family)

How to Cite

Broschat, Timothy K. 2015. “Bismarckia Nobilis: Bismarck Palm: ENH260/ST101, Rev. 2/2015”. EDIS 2015 (2). Gainesville, FL:3.


The Bismarck palm is a native of Madagascar that grows to a height of 30 to 60 feet with a spread of 12 to 16 feet. The massive 4-foot-wide costapalmate leaves are typically silver-green in color, but a light olive-green-leaved variety also exists. The persistent leaf bases are split, creating an attractive pattern on the 15–18-inch-diameter trunks. The dark brown male and female inflorescences are produced on separate trees, with females developing olive-brown fruit about 1.5 inches in diameter. The bold texture and color and eventual great height of this species make a strong statement in any setting, but can be overpowering in small residential landscapes. This revised 3-page fact sheet was written by Timothy Broschat, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, February 2015. (Photo credit: T. K. Broschat) 

ENH260/ST101: Bismarckia nobilis: Bismarck Palm (
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Elliott, M. L., T. K. Broschat, J. Y. Uchida, and G. W. Simone (eds,). 2004. Compendium of ornamental palm diseases and disorders. St. Paul, MN: American Phytopathological Society Press.

Meerow, A. W. 2006. Betrock's Landscape Palms. Hollywood, FL: Betrock Information Systems.