"Pygmy Date Palm”
This slow growing palm grows only up to about 10 feet tall making it a perfect palm for small gardens. Many consider it to be a dwarf palm. Although it is a single-trunk palm, the Pygmy Date is usually seen with two to four palms planted together to create a grouping. A single-trunk Pygmy Date takes up less room and generally grows straight up, making it a good choice for a narrow spot.
Roebelenii Palms are easy-care and work almost anywhere as an accent plant for most yards. They can even be planted close to a house or poolside.
Pygmy Dates are considered dwarf palms and grow to a height of about 10-12 feet. Grows in full sun to partial shade.
USDA Zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F). Cold hardy to Zone 8B (if you plant in a protected spot Roebelenii can tolerate cold down to 15 F.) If the winter weather in your area has cold winds the roebelenii may show leaf-tip burn.
Add top soil when planting. Fertilize with granular continuous release formula palm fertilizer in spring, summer and fall. Water on a regular basis.
Pgymy Dates don’t have a self-cleaning trunk and requires old leaf removal to keep it looking good. Trim off old fronds and occasional seed pods that form a brown below the greenery. Be careful when pruning because of the sharp spines.
It looks especially graceful when planted in group of 3 to 5 specimens. Plant multiples at least 4-5 feet from any building. Singles can go as close as 3 feet. Specimens can be 1-5 foot wide depending on size.
Pygmy Palms can be grown in containers and work well in pool cage planters, since they grow slowly and don't get too tall. As a container palm they need lots of light.
Landscaping with Roebelinii Palms
• at an entry
• as a container palm in a pool-cage or on a patio
• feathery companion plant between taller palms
• as a corner accent for a home or pool cage exterior
• to anchor a garden bed
• as a single specimen in a small area
• to accent a blank wall
• in the center of a circular drive