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Palms and Cycads: Phoenix roebelenii

Botanical name: Phoenix roebelenii

Common name: pygmy date palm

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Palms and Cycads: Phoenix roebelenii
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Wauchula, Fl

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Soil: dry, acidic, sand
Zones: 9a thru 11a

drought tolerant

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Pygmy date palm is a very popular landscape plant in subtropical and tropical climates. It is grown as a single-trunk or, more commonly, in groups of two or more trunks, which causes the trees to lean away from each other. The palm's long branches have a delicate, airy texture. Sharp, needle-like spines along the base of each branch can be a problem, as these palms require annual pruning to remove lower stems. Pygmy date palm reaches 10 feet or higher--not really a tiny tree, but smaller than the other date palms. In South Texas, palms start to flower around April - May and fruit ripen between September and October. Phoenix roebelenii are hardy to around 24°F (-5°C) for a short time; have survived temperatures to 21.5°F (-6.5°C) for a very short time (without frost) and only suffered some minor leaf damage. They like lots of water and fertilizer during the hot months, and by giving palms a little extra nitrogen during the growing season, keeps them looking their best. Can be grown in shade to full sun and make wonderful planter palms for indoors or on the deck during the warmer months. If planting them out, choose a site that is well protected, either next to a wall, building or house (south side preferred) or under a large tree. [Source:] --edited by dtd siegelgirl


Native to Southeast Asia.

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