SelecTree: Tree Detail
PYGMY DATE PALM
Photo Locations: Hilo and Kona, HI, San Diego, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA and Tropical Gardens of Maui - HI
Utility friendly tree.
Pygmy date palm is a small, multi-trunked palm that branches from the base. It prefers half-shade to sun in fertile soil that does not dry out. It seldom exceeds 25' in height and grows very slowly. It is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and has been shown to be effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and benzene. Phoenix roebelenii has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -5 (Low Risk).
Native to Southeast Asia.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Additional Common Names
PYGMY DATE PALM, MINIATURE DATE PALM
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 6 - 15 feet.
Width: 6 - 7 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. White. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Red or Black Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer.
Bark Gray, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 13, 16, 17, and 22 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales, Leaf Spot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Container.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Phoenix roebelenii Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 14, 2021.
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