This popular, hardy, feather-leaved palm has recently been separated from Butia capitata to clear up a very old taxonomic mess.
This palm is native to southern Brazil and Uruguay and is widely cultivated around the world, usually under the name B. capitata.
It is a large, robust plant with recurved, strongly keeled, blue green leaves, a stout trunk and deliciously edible, yellow fruit with round or slightly elongated seeds.
The true B. capitata is a plant from the highland of central Brazil in the sates of Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais. It is a much smaller plant, has larger, spindle-shaped seeds and is virtually unknown in cultivation.
Butia odorata will succeed in all but the coldest temperate and warm temperate climates, but does not like tropical climates. One of the few truly hardy feather palms, it will tolerate extremely low temperatures when older.