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Phoenix roebelenii
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Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

PHOENIX

These feather palms are mostly large trees, though the following list includes one dwarf. Trunks are patterned with bases of old leaf stalks. Small yellowish flowers appear in large, hanging sprays. On female trees, blossoms are followed by clusters of dates—but only if the tree has been in the ground for at least several years and if a male tree is nearby. 

Dates of P. dactylifera and P. sylvestris are the ones found in produce markets; those of other species don’t have as much edible flesh. Date palms hybridize freely, so buy these trees from a reliable nursery that knows the seed or plant source.

Phoenix roebelenii

Native to Laos. This small, single-trunked palm grows slowly to 6–10 ft. tall. Fine-textured, curving leaves form a dense crown 6–8 ft. across. Good in groves or as a potted plant. Full sun or partial shade. Indoors, provide bright indirect light. Foliage browns at around 26°F/–3°C but recovers rapidly in spring.

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