Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy date palm

(8 customer reviews)

A glamourous, unforgettable South East Asian palm that boasts a slim trunk and arching crown of lush feathery fronds.

Phoenix roebelenii makes for a striking statement indoor plant that exudes warm and exotic character within a home environment.

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Origin: China to N. Indo-China
Genus: Phoenix
Species / Cultivar: roebelenii
Common Name: Pygmy date palm

Plant Biography

Native to China and regions in Laos and Vietnam, it grows most notably in large numbers along the banks of the Mekong River. Its habitat is most frequently associated with riverside or cliff habitats where it grows as a rheophyte – an aquatic or semi aquatic plant that is adapted to living in fast moving water currents.

It has become a much desired indoor plant because of how, unlike other members of the Phoenix genus, it is incredibly well adapted to being kept indoors. It’s slow growing nature makes it perfectly suited for keeping indoors without outgrowing its space.

Phoenix roebelenii
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >10°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

If you’re looking for a Phoenix palm to keep outdoors in the garden, consider choosing Phoenix canariensis.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

If slowly acclimatised to full sun, Phoenix roebelenii enjoys a spell outside during the frost free months.

Whilst in the wild it can grow to an impressive 7 metres tall, its maximum height indoors is around 3 metres tall. However, it’s very slow growing and unlikely to reach such a height inside your home.

A splendid tree with a generous 65 cm trunk. The Palm Centre staff were very friendly and helpful, likewise their chosen carriers. I appreciated the care taken to avoid despatching the palm during a cold snap. I recommend the Palm Centre plants and mail order service.

J Robinson

A splendid tree with a generous 65 cm trunk. The Palm Centre staff were very friendly and helpful, likewise their chosen carriers. I appreciated the care taken to avoid despatching the palm during a cold snap. I recommend the Palm Centre plants and mail order service.

8 customer reviews for Phoenix roebelenii

Beautiful plant. 500mm trunk.
Lived in thermostatically controlled conservatory. Never went below 5 degrees.

Lower branches died off over 2 years then whole plant went.
It never grew a new stem from the day it arrived.

steve f

A splendid tree with a generous 65 cm trunk. The Palm Centre staff were very friendly and helpful, likewise their chosen carriers. I appreciated the care taken to avoid despatching the palm during a cold snap. I recommend the Palm Centre plants and mail order service.

J Robinson

Wow, what a fabulous palm tree. I ordered the £149 size i.e. the smallest, but it is amazing and fills a complete corner of my conservatory with the spread of the palms creating a really calm and peaceful atmosphere – just what I wanted. I also purchased a Dypsis and Beaucarnea – opting for big planting over lots of smaller plants and so glad I did. This is back to being my favourite place to sit and recoup from the stresses of daily life. Delivery was excellent; good communication to keep me informed.

Sue Kirk

Love this plant! Fills the living room space perfectly. Great service as I had my old address down and they resent the plant to my current address straight away. Would recommend this company for their professionalism and products!

Nada Armstrong

Excellent really well packaged in perfect condition so happy

Mr b

I was absolutely amazed when my Mum unwrapped this on Xmas Day. I wanted to buy her an indoor palm tree, and of course, I expected the tree to look palmish, but this is a proper looking palm tree!!! Its just amazing!!! All comms with The Palm Centre were brilliant and they went out their way to help me as I live in Dubai. 5 star, quality service. I would recommend this tree and this company to simply anyone. Thank you so much!

Hilary Lambert

Beautiful palm! I bought the £49 one for my conservatory and a spell outside in the summer. Its a lovely healthy, bushy specimen. Delighted!

Helen Adams

Best looking indoor palm has to be the Phoenix roebelenii! Its like a mini version of the huge palms you see on holiday. Snip off the needles to make house safe.

John A Putney