Scientific: Phoenix roebelenii
Common: pigmy date palm
Family: Arecaceae
Origin: Laos

Pronounciation: FEE-nix row-be-LEN-ee-i

Hardiness zones
13, 16-24
USDA 10 (9 with protection) - 11

Landscape Use: Specimen for large entryways, container plant, large naturally-lighted indoor mall atriums (like this one in Cleveland, Ohio), outdoor entryway tropical effect (like this one at a 5-star hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Form & Character: Small, graceful, lacey, refined, tropical, often dense canopy under ideal conditions.

Growth Habit: Slow and clumping to 6 to 20 feet in height

Foliage/texture: Feather palm, pinnately compound fronds to 3 to 4 feet long with narrow (1/4 to 3/8 inch wide) somewhat pendulous, soft pinnae, 10 to 12 inches long, prominent yellowish to grayish white scales on central ridges beneath. Pinnae paired to 50 per frond, fine texture

Flowers & fruits: Axillary yellow inflorescence in panicles to 18 inches long followed by panicled clusters of oblong-ellipsoid, black fruits. Pigmy date palms are dioecious.

Seasonal color: None

Temperature: Hardy to 30oF

Light: Full shade to some morning sun is best; has difficulty tolerating full sun exposures in Phoenix

Soil: Tolerant, but soils with some organic matter are best

Watering: Apply regular water especially in summer

Pruning: Remove dead fronds

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: This is a classy small palm for partial to full shade areas in close proximity to human traffic. These cute small, clumping feather palms grow surprisingly well in Phoenix.