Another option—and one better suited for smaller homes and landscapes—is the pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii). Cold hardy in USDA Hardiness Zone 10A and south, this is one of South Florida’s most popular palms.
In USDA Hardiness Zones 9B–11 the Senegal date palm is cold hardy, a perfect fit for home landscapes in the coastal areas of Central Florida. Unfortunately this species is known to be invasive in South Florida. For gardeners in this region, we suggest the equally charming pygmy date palm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will pygmy date palm grow in Florida?
The pygmy date palm is one of the most popular small landscape palms in Florida. ... Pygmy date palms are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. They are considered to be cold hardy to USDA zone 10A (30°F), but are widely grown in zone 9B (25°F).
Can date palms grow in Florida?
Most date palm production in the U.S. is in southern California and Arizona. Florida has many palm trees too, but the dates grow during the rainy season and generally get moldy and rot before they can mature. Date palm growing requires temperatures above 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 C.) to survive.
Do pygmy date palms have invasive roots?
Smaller, non-invasive feather palms include the pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), a slow-growing dwarf palm that reaches 8 feet. These spiny trees have arching, gray-green foliage and grow best with regular irrigation in sun to partial shade.
Can pygmy palms survive cold weather?
Pygmy date palms are known to survive brief temperatures to below 20 F and three nights at 17 F, although they were damaged. ... If you're growing one outdoors in a container, you should bring it indoors when temperatures approach freezing.
How tall does a pygmy date palm grow?
The pygmy date palm is one of the most popular small landscape palms in Florida. It is single-stemmed, but is often grown in clumps of 2–4 closely spaced individuals which, when older, give the impression of a multi-stemmed palm (Figure 1). It grows to a height of about 12 ft with a spread of 6–8 ft.
Where to plant pygmy palm in South Florida?
Feathery fronds and small stature make the pygmy date palm one of South Florida's most popular landscape palms. This beautiful, easy-care palm works almost anywhere as an accent plant for any size yard...even close to the house or by the pool.
What did I do with my pygmy date palms?
Because my four pygmy date palms were growing closely together in one pot, they had become root-bound. Before I planted, I pruned and unwrapped the roots. Then I separated the trunks from each other. After planting each one, I watered them thoroughly. They looked so tropical, green, and beautiful.
Can a pygmy palm be used as a border plant?
These shrubs fall within the pygmy palm's climate preferences but will not compete with a mature plant. Pygmy palms have soft flowing fronds, and grasses mimic this feature. Grasses and grass-like plants soften the landscape and, like the pygmy palm, are generally low-maintenance. Depending on size, they can be used in any part of the border.