Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm
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Plant Type

Palm, Tree



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-10′ x 5-7′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Special Features

Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

13, 16-17, 22-24, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Small, slow-growing evergreen palm to 6-10’ tall, forming a canopy of fronds to 5-7’ wide. Often planted in multiples, this popular landscape favorite is ideal for creating a tropical effect in smaller spaces where a larger palm might be overwhelming. A narrow, rough-textured tapering trunk is topped with gracefully arching, finely-divided medium-green fronds that create a soft-appearance. These fronds have sharp spines at their base, which should be considered when choosing a planting location. Showy creamy-yellow flower panicles appear from the base of the actively-growing fronds in summer, and are followed by small black fruit. Well-suited for courtyards, entryways, atriums, as a focal point in large planters, or anywhere a tropical accent is desired. Also makes a good container specimen and can be grown indoors if given ample light. Prefers regular watering in a well-drained soil, and a full to partial sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 9A-11
Sunset Zone: 13, 16, 17, 22-24, H2

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