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Pygmy Date Palm Tree

Pygmy Date Palm Trees Used in Landscapes

The pygmy date palm tree is perfect little specimen.

If you’re looking for a beautiful fine feather leaf palm for indoors or patio containers consider planting one or more of these.

They are easy keepers.

This little tree will add a touch of class to any location you choose.


A striking species native to Asia and grows in tropical areas.

It is widely used as an ornamental plant for landscaping, container growing and indoors as a house plant.

Quite often you will see them for sale as multiples, but single trees are also available.

It prefers warmer temps so if you are considering this tree for your landscape it may be best to keep it in a pot.

If your nightly temperatures get even close to the freezing point, move it indoors in the cooler months.

They are great for growing in containers for many reasons.

They will thrive in everything from part shade to full sun making it easy to place inside. With part shade they will slow their growth some.

The pygmy date palm tree will grow in a variety of different soils.

They are slow-medium growing and don’t really get any taller than 10 feet or so when fully mature and planted in soil, shorter if planted in a pot.

The small root ball means you can pick a nice container and not have to re-pot for many years if at all.

Photo by Luis Valencia

As a plant that is used to tropical type weather it will require regular watering and misting to replace the humidity it requires.

Pygmy Date Multi Stem Palm Tree - Medium

Quick info: Scientific name Phoenix roebelinii

  • 10-15 ft tall, 6-8 ft wide, in soil,  single trunk
  • Minimum temp 30°F   zones 9-11
  • light shade to full sun
  • soil from neutral to acidic, likes some organic matter mixed in
  • thrives with regular watering and feeding

Planting Pygmy Date Palm Trees

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For containers: plant in a pot with a drain hole and place gravel or stone in the bottom.

They require moisture, yes, but should have well drained soil so their roots aren’t sitting in water.

Feed with a palm fertilizer/ mineral mix or with a palm fertilizer spike.

If your soil is more highly alkaline watch for a possible manganese or potassium deficiency. Feeding regularly with the proper fertilizer will eliminate these.

Another bonus is they are pest and disease tolerant making it easy for even a novice grower.


Although this tree appears delicate in the leaves and trunk, it is actually quite strong.

It doesn’t require much if any pruning. They have self releasing leaves. You may want to remove any that have turned completely brown and not fallen off.

Be a bit careful pruning as they do have some thorns to keep predators away in the wild.

Pygmy Date Palm Tree with Fruit
More Mature Pygmy Date Palm Tree
Pygmy Date Palm Tree with Flowers
Pygmy Date Palm Tree infograph

You are safe to prune off the biggest thorns if you like.

It will produce both flowers and fruit.

If you do not want to deal with the falling blooms or fruits then just prune them off once they emerge.

It will produce fruit-which are dates. You can eat them they are just on the small side.

In all: that makes the pygmy date palm tree an easy palm to grow.

Simple for adding that “little slice of paradise” almost anywhere you decide.

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They are a huge nursery based in Florida with connections to many quality growers.

Whether you are ordering from inside the United States, Canada or another part of the world-- ordering one tree for your landscape or many for a commercial project-- I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

Their customer service is second to none; all products are high quality and backed by a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Make sure to visit real palm trees, ask questions and read the reviews before buying anywhere else.

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You may also enjoy these helpful articles:

Growing palms for definitions of common gardening terms, soil descriptions and plant hardiness zones.

Fertilizing will teach you what kind to look for, explain what the numbers mean and how to calculate how much to use and where.

Best indoor palms lists the ones that are easiest to grow in your home or office year round.

Small kinds will list some other types that are popular in containers or that just stay small.

Cold hardy lists the palms that will tolerate below freezing temps and the large varieties list the ones commonly used in landscapes.

Information will explain all the different parts and from there all the leaves, fruit and trunk descriptions.

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