is a relatively fast growing, tree-forming caudiciform plant native to Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Red Ponytail has a smooth, branching trunk that forms a
large, swollen, bottle-shaped base, which increases its size as the plant matures. Over the long
term, Beaucarnea guatemalensis’
caudex can eventually reach as much as 4-5 feet in diameter and up to 30 feet tall! Newly emergent
leaves have a purple or magenta glow, an attractively distinct feature of this plant. Beaucarnea guatemalensis
’ recurved, shiny
grass-like leaves form a robust crown at the tops of branches and its main trunk. Compared with the common Beaucarnea recurvata
, Beaucarnea guatemalensis
features narrower, longer, shinier more recurved leaves with a distinct red-purple blush.
is an easy plant to grow outdoors in tropical and warm temperate climates, and an attractive indoor caudiciform or bonsai. Plant Beaucarnea guatemalensis with good drainage in rich soil, protect it from hard frosts, and give it more water in the warm seasons.