Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

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Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#1  Postby GreekDesert » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:57 pm

Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' is Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'
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Re: Beaucarnea recurvata 'Gold Star'

Post Number:#2  Postby Geoff » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:37 pm

pretty sure this is actually a form of Beaucarnea guatemalensis... leaf thickness, texture and cold hardiness is typical of this more delicate species... but I have no proof of this.
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Re: Beaucarnea 'Gold Star'

Post Number:#3  Postby GreekDesert » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:31 pm

thank you!
Is it called 'Gold Star' or 'Yellow Star' ?
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Re: Beaucarnea 'Gold Star'

Post Number:#4  Postby Geoff » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:12 am

I don't know what the official name is, but I usually see it as Yellow Star.
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Re: Beaucarnea 'Gold Star'

Post Number:#5  Postby GreekDesert » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:05 pm

Thank you for that information, reason enough to name it correctly.
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#6  Postby Geoff » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:40 pm

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many say these will never form big bases, but it looks like mine is swelling finally
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This is 'probably' Beaucarnea guatamalensis based on leaf structure (thin and flat and smooth unlike recurvata) and cold hardiness (B guatamalensis is a total wimp when it comes to cold... fry at 30F and die at much lower (25 defoliated my large plant, but it did eventually come back, while B recurvata right next to it was untouched). But no one has said for sure. All plants in cultivation are from cuttings from offshots of some original, larger plant. The argument has been that these cuttings will not grow like the parent plant, never forming a big fat base like the parent... well, they certainly do not come that way, but over time, a widening base is seen, though still too soon for me to describe it as 'big and fat'... but with time I will not be surprised if it does. These variegates are marginate. Some variegated Beaucarneas in cultivation or mediopictate or randomly variegated and I think those are going to end up being another species (such as recurvata- see entry of San Diego Botanical Garden's plant). Plant is otherwise fairly slow growing, likes a lot of water and is pretty easy other than its cold hardiness weakness.

Shots of my plants after frost
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#7  Postby GreekDesert » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:27 am

Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#8  Postby Geoff » Sat May 24, 2014 10:26 am

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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#9  Postby GreekDesert » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:07 pm

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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#10  Postby Stan » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:50 pm

They ARE tender and slow growing. Forget it if you want a tall massive centerpiece. Only if its in a tall massive planter.
I wouldn't doubt the one in Geoff's photo is the largest in the state. Or 99% percentile I think it is.
Nothing like the beloved B.recurvafolia.
I would bet one of these in a big Bonsai or natural style pot is a show winner. Slow.
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#11  Postby Stan » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:28 pm

Mine at 3 years? Slow to recover from frost damage.
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30" or about.
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#12  Postby Stan » Sat May 27, 2017 5:08 pm

Two year update on the trunk. The rest later- I forgot. :roll:
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Re: Beaucarnea guatemalensis 'Yellow Star'

Post Number:#13  Postby Stan » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:25 pm

End of 2017 update. I think you could put one in a 15 gallon pot and it would never outgrow it.
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