Pygmy Date Palm : Phoenix Roebelenii
The miniature, attractive and exotic palm is widely used for indoor and outdoor landscapes, pools and patios. They are hardy and grown almost everywhere. It is also a popular indoor container plant that can bring tropical feel to your house.
The Pygmy Date palm is one of the most widely cultivated Florida palm trees.
Scientific name: Phoenix Roebelenii
Other names: Miniature Date Palm, Robellini (mistaken for Roebelenii).
Origin: It is native to Asia (Laos, Burma, Thailand, China).
Growth rate: Slow
Trunk: Phoenix Roebelenii has a single trunk or multi curved trunks that are covered with leaf scars. They grow to a mature height of about 10 feet.
Leaves: The leaves can reach 4 feet in length and are pinnate, arching, bright green or bluish green in color. Lower leaflets have sharp spines.
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Both
Light exposure: It grows in full sun or partial shade.
Water requirements: It requires constant watering.
Drought toleration: It is drought tolerant plant.
Cold toleration: Phoenix Roebelenii is cold hardy, can tolerate temperature down to 23 F.
Flowers: The Pygmy palms produce cream flowers.
Fruits: The stalks of fruits come from leaves. They are dark purple to black when ripe.
Propagation: It is propagated from seed. The seeds germinate easily within 3 months.
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