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Phoenix roebelenii "Pygmy
Date Palm" A small (even
miniature) feather palm, from Laos and southeast Asia, with a
slender trunk that can grow to about 10 feet (3.0m) in height.
Fruit are small, about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) long, and range from
dark purple to brown/black when fully ripe. In South Texas, palms
start to flower around April - May and fruit ripen between September
and October. Phoenix roebelenii are hardy to around 24°F
(-5°C) for a short time, many here in the Corpus
Christi area, have survived temperatures to 21.5°F
(-6.5°C) for a very short time (without frost) and only suffered
some minor leaf damage. They like lots of water and fertilizer
during the hot months, and by giving palms a little extra nitrogen
during the growing season, keeps them looking their best. Can
be grown in shade to full sun and make wonderful planter palms
for indoors or on the deck during the warmer months. If planting
them out, choose a site that is well protected, either next to
a wall, building or house (south side preferred) or under a large