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Description

The Christmas Palm Tree, is one of the most popular palms

The Christmas Palm Tree, scientific name Veitchia merrillii, is one of the most popular palms in Florida. It has a lot of similar characteristics with Royal Palm Tree and sometimes is even called dwarf royal palm.

Christmas Palms Trees are much smaller and are easier to manage in comparison to the Royal Palm Trees. Christmas Palm Tree is great for indoors.The Christmas Palm has smooth slender grey trunk that is slightly swollen at the base and ringed with old leaf scars. The Christmas Palm may be used alone or may also be planted in groups of two or three.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Manila Palm or Dwarf Royal,Christmas Palm Tree, Veitchia merrillii
Maximum Reachable Height Full grown-depending on conditions, 20 feet or so.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Christmas Palm care

This tree is not considered to be cold tolerant as they don’t do well with any frost. It will surely kill them.In a container, their growth will slow and they will never reach their full size. Maybe only 10-12 feet at most.Outside in soil, they will grow taller and a bit faster, reaching closer to 20 feet or so.

Sunlight Full to part sun
Watering They require water regularly. If there are drought conditions setting up they will do okay for a short time. It s much better for you to supplement water until it passes.
Soil Any soil but benefits from some organic material.
Temperature Minimum temp 30F.
Fertilizer Fertilizing with a good quality palm food and mineral mix- make sure it is slow release- every 4 months or so.

Christmas Palm uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The Christmas palm tree will add a touch of beauty to any space
  • It is super popular for landscapes and containers

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does royal palm tree grow?

Royal palm grows 1 to 2 feet per year.

Are royal palms salt tolerant?

Royal palms are moderately tolerant of salt.

Are royal palm roots invasive?

No, Royal palm roots are not invasive.

Can you plant royal palm seeds?

Yes, you can plant Royal palm seeds.

What is royal palm fruit?

The fruits of the Royal Palm are spheroid to ellipsoid in shape and small in size.They are green when immature, turning red and eventually purplish-black as they mature.

Is royal palm fruit edible?

No, Royal palm fruits are not edible.

Are royal palms self cleaning?

Yes, Royal palms naturally dying old leaves will cleanly drop off by themselves.

How long do royal palm turkeys live?

Royal palm turkeys lifespan is 5-10 years.

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