Pygmy Palm Identification
The Pigmy Palm is grown in attractive miniature clumps of three or more or as a solitary decorative specimen plant.
It has a single short upright or curving trunk or multiple curving trunks that is covered with the stubs of old leaf bases. In nurseries they are often planted as multiples together, in wild they often have one trunk.
The Pygmy plam grows slowly up to 5-12 feet tall with a spread of around 3 feet. The trunk is about 3-6 inches in diameter.
Gently arching, fine, glossy green 3-4 foot long leaves grow out of the trunk. The lacy leaves create a dense and graceful crown. Finely divided leaves have delicate narrow droopy leaflets about 60-110 centimeters long. They are softer than others trees of Phoenix family. The lower leaflets contain sharp spines along the leaves. They make these trees difficult to prune.
The tree is not self-cleaning and old fronds have to be trimed off manually.
Phoenix Roebelenii develops small insignificant flowers and fruits. The flowers are dioecious, small and pale yellow. The fruits resemble real dates, but not eatable. They are small, about 1 centimeter long. The color of full riped fruits varies from purple to redish-black.
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