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This hardy, low maintenance palm grows slowly and remains relatively small even in maturity - all desirable qualities explaining its ubiquitous status as a landscape or potted plant in front yards, hotels, commercial and retail centers, road sides and medians throughout Southern California.

P. robelenii, commonly call pygmy date or dwarf palm, has a soft, feathery appearance, with 3 to 5-foot-long leaves gently arching at a slight angle and widely spaced rows of 10 to 15-inch bright green leaflets that glisten in the sun. Some care is required when handling, as the first foot or so of the petiole is armed with thin, long, spiny thorns. These thorns are actually modified leaflets - a standard feature in the Phoeniceae tribe.

A popular and attractive tree that fits comfortably in any small residential yard or as a potted plant, the pygmy date palm naturally has a solitary, relatively straight trunk. When planted in clusters, this palm mimics the clustered look of a young P. reclinata, the trunks gently curving away from the cluster center.

The P. roebelenii grows at a slow to moderate rate of 3-4 inches per year, eventually reaching a mature height of 12 feet or slightly better. The leaves are persistent forming slightly bulbous, knuckle shaped leaf bases when manicured.

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    How we measure palms

    Conditions for Growth

    Native to humid Indo-China, this plant is surprisingly tolerant of full desert sun and temperatures down to 18 degrees when established. Greenhouse or indoor plants moved outdoors without proper acclimation will succumb to temperatures in the mid to high twenties.

    Growth Rate and Size

    Slow to moderate. Near the coast 3-4 inches per year. Inland slightly faster.


    The Phoenix roebelenii has a solitary trunk, often planted in clusters, reaching a height of 8 to 12 feet, in some cases higher, with a slow to moderate growth rate, in our experience growing faster inland than near the coast. The leaf bases are persistent and when manicured the trunk is relatively narrow with bulbous leaf bases forming an attractive pattern. The leaf is 3 to 5 feet long with 8 to 15-inch leaflets, curved, drooping, dense canopy with 50 or more leaves, pinnate, several ranked, glossy green with induplicate leaf divisions. The petiole has spiny, sharp armature at base. The inflorescence is short, with creamy white flowers emanating from a gravy cup shaped prophyll within the leaves, producing small, black inedible fruit.

    Landscape Environment

    Grow Region: 9a-11


    Drought Tolerance: Moderate

    Cold Tolerance: Moderate

    Salt Tolerance: Low

    Soil: Adaptable

    Light: Moderate to high


    Mature Height: 8 to 12 feet

    Trunk: slender, up to 6 or 7 feet tall, large flat scars , solitary, often planted in clusters

    Leaf: 3 to 4.5 foot long rachis with 8 to 15 inch leafles, curved, drooping, dense canopy with 50 or more leaves

    Leaf Petiole: 2 to 6 inches long

    Armature: spiny modified leaves at petiole base exending to rachis

    Color: glossy green

    Flowers: multi branched, enclosed in large boat shaped bract

    Fruit: 1/2 inch, black

    Human Uses: Landscaping, popular container plants


    Subfamily: Coryphoideae

    Tribe: Phoeniceae


    Pygmy Date Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Dwarf date palm, Robellini Palm

    Phoenix roebelenii