Common Name: Mad Teddybear Palm
Sun: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Cold Tolerance: Unknown. Probably 28-32 degF
History: This is a hybrid that is currently present in only a couple Southern California and Australian private gardens. It has been around for about ten to fifteen years.
Production: The seed parent is Chrysalidocarpus leptocheilos (Teddybear Palm) and the pollen parent is Chrysalidocarpus madagascariensis. It has never been manually crossed as far as we know, so all hybrids in cultivation are likely the result of natural cross-pollination.
Benefits: This hybrid is more drought-tolerant and probably more cold hardy than the pure Teddybear Palm (which is a Zone 10b-11 palm). It combines the beauty of both parents with its emerald-ringed trunk and fuzzy red crownshaft.