Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Phoenix

Specie: P. roebelenii

Variety/Cultivar: text

English Name:


Common Name:

Pygmy Date Palm or Miniature Date Palm

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Arecaceae

Name in English: Palm Family

The Plant

Origin: native to southeastern Asia from southwestern China (Yunnan Province), northern Laos and northern Vietnam, (in Dien Bien Province, Ha Giang Province, Cao Bang Province, Lang Son Province)

Growth Habit: small to medium size, slow-growing slender tree growing to 2-3 meters or 6-10 feet tall.

Flower: small, yellowish, produced on a 45 cm inflorescence.

Blooming Period: April/May

Leaf: leaves are 60-120 cm long, pinnate with around 100 leaflets arranged in a single plane. Each leaflet is 15-25 cm long and 1 cm broad, slightly drooping, and grey-green in colour with scurfy pubescence below.


Ornamental plant, its growth can be regulated by the size of container it is raised in. It has a distinctive spiky, architectural appearance that is a must for any home.

Care and Handling

Soil: Grow in soil-based potting mix.

Amount of water: Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allow to dry out. Misting is necessary.

Nutrition: Feed weekly during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.

Special handling: likes partial shade to full sun

Special feature/remarks:

requires little pruning to develop a strong structure, is resistant to pests, is tolerant to soil variation,