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Plant Database Search Results > Phoenix roebelenii (Multiple planted)
Phoenix roebelenii (Multiple planted) - Pygmy Date Palm

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Palm
Family: Arecaceae (Palmae) (Palms)
Origin: Laos (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Phoenix roebelenii (Pygmy Date Palm) An elegant smaller palm with a solitary slender trunk to 6-10 feet tall with a dense crown of 3 foot long pinnate (feather) leaves composed of up to 100 narrow shiny leaflets. The soft appearing leaflets droop and get smaller closer at the base of the petiole but are replaces by 2 to 3 inch long spines near the leaf base. This palm is often grown as an indoor plant and outdoors it does well in coastal full sun or in part shade with regular to occasional irrigation - old plants found growing in abandoned properties in Santa Barbara speak to it being surprisingly drought tolerant along the coast. Hardy without much damage in short duration temperatures dropping to around 20 degrees F - went through our historic December 1990 freeze at temperatures briefly below 20 degrees F and survives, though with damage in Moraga, CA with 3 nights at 17 degrees F during this same cold spell. A great small palm for a tropical feel. Use care when trimming leaves as it has rigid sharp spines near the leaf bases. This palm is native to southeastern Asia from the Yunnan Province of China into Laos and northern Vietnam. The name of the genus is a Greek word given to the date-palm. The specific epithet given this plant by James O'Brien in 1889 honors German orchid collector Carl Roebelen (1855-1927 ), who reportedly discovered this plant in Laos. Other common names include Dwarf Date Palm, Miniature Date Palm, or Roebelin Palm.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Phoenix roebelenii (Multiple Planted).