Phoenix Roebelenii (pygmy date palm) 8"
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|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.|