Cart

Pygmy Date Palms for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

Phoenix roebelenii

The compact size of the pygmy date palm tree — Phoenix roebelenii — makes it a favorite for gardeners with small spaces to fill. This native of South Asia thrives in hot climates and demands attention from anyone nearby. Here are some other reasons to consider adding one of these stunning trees to your yard or landscape:

  • Pygmy date palms’ soft, grayish-green foliage brings giant feathers to mind. 
  • Their low maintenance requirements add to these trees’ popularity.
  • The pygmy date’s leaves or fronds often reach up to 6 feet in length.
  • Ships in 1-2 days
  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
  • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.
Size
Quantity
- +

Shipping Alert:

Due to cold weather some plants are not available for immediate shipment. This is to ensure that all plants thrive right out of the box. Often, normal shipping resumes in the spring, when weather is ideal.

Delayed delivery is noted in the table below by grow zone. If you are unsure of your growing zone, view our Growing Zone map. The table provides approximate ship dates.

seasonal-map

location-icon Growing Zone Shipping Resumes
Zones 3 & 4 Week of May 2nd
Zone 5 Week of April 11th
Zone 6 Week of March 28th
Zones 7 – 11 Ships Now!

Plant Care

Sunlight

p-care-1

Pygmy date palms thrive in partial shade to full sun, with at least 4 hours of direct light a day.

Watering

p-care-2

Water once a week, or when the soil is dry 2 inches below the surface. Don't let soil get soggy from overwatering.

Fertilizing

p-care-3

Use a slow-release fertilizer that is formulated for palms during the growing season; following package directions.

Planting and Care

by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on December 22, 2021

Planting instructions

Wait until the soil has warmed up to at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit before planting your pygmy date. These trees like it warm and won’t tolerate cold feet when being transplanted. Choose a protected, sunny site with well-draining soil that doesn’t get standing water. It is also a good idea to plant pygmy dates away from heavy foot traffic areas as the trees can be messy when fruiting. Pygmy date palms also do well indoors as container plants. Choose a heavy container somewhat larger than the root ball.

Pygmy date palms do not need or want any soil amendment at the time of planting. They do like sandy soil with a pH lower than 7.0, but they are tolerant of many conditions. You should dig a hole that is the exact depth of the container your tree came in, but three times as wide. 

Pygmy dates are odd because they enjoy being rootbound. Don’t spread out, loosen, or disturb their roots or the surrounding soil when planting. Remove them from their container and simply place them in the hole. Start backfilling with the same soil until half full, then water deeply. Once the water has drained, keep backfilling and repeat the process until finished. It is a good idea to build up a berm or barrier around the planting hole’s edge to help direct and contain water. Adding a layer of mulch two to three inches deep will also help retain moisture. Be sure to keep the mulch from touching the tree’s trunk.

Watering and nutrients

Pygmy date palm trees are pretty low maintenance once established. They do need regular watering, especially immediately after planting. For the first two weeks, water your new tree daily. After that time, it is recommended to water deeply once a week or as conditions require. Test the soil with your fingers to see if it is dry just below the surface. If it is, you may need to water more during dry spells.

A high-nitrogen slow-release fertilizer is recommended for new pygmy date palms.  Follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding dosing and schedule. Ensure the tree gets the best nutrition by placing the feed inside the bermed area and then watering. 

Keep the fertilizer from touching the tree’s trunk directly.

Pollination

Pygmy date palms are dioecious. This means each tree has either male or female flowers, never both. To have fruit, you must have at least one of each type. They rely on bees and other insects or the wind to naturally pollinate them. But this open-pollination method requires that the trees be close to each other. If you are set on having fruit from your date trees, artificial pollination may be needed.

Pruning

The pygmy date palm tree is low maintenance. But Phoenix roebelenii is not one of the palm tree varieties with a “self-cleaning” trunk. It needs help shedding the old, dead leaves (fronds) or those showing signs of disease. You will also want to remove any suckers or offshoots that pop up from around the trunk base. 

Pests, diseases, and animals

Pygmy date palm trees tend to be resistant to most types of pests or diseases. They do have a few enemies and issues to look out for, though. Aphids, scale, and spider mites are some of the insects that like to pester pygmy dates. The good news is that they are easily treated with natural remedies such as neem oil and ladybugs.

Fungal diseases such as leaf rot can be treated with fungicides. They can also be prevented with good housekeeping habits. Keep any debris from around the base of the tree and remove any diseased or damaged fronds.

FAQs

Can Phoenix roebelenii be grown in pots?

The pygmy date palm tree grows very well in containers on patios or inside. It rarely reaches over 7 feet tall and makes a hardy houseplant. It adapts to indoor growing conditions and is forgiving of temperature and humidity changes. Because it will also grow in lower light areas, it can survive in almost any room of the home.

How fast do pygmy date palm trees grow?

Phoenix roebelenii is a slow to medium growing tree. Pygmy date palms can reach their mature height of seven feet in about six or seven years.

Is the fruit of the pygmy date palm tree toxic?

The fruit of these majestic tropical trees is not what you should be wary of as it is edible and not at all toxic. Overindulging in them may cause stomach upset but no permanent damage. You need to be cautious of the sharp spines or thorns that grow at the base of each palm frond. They can cause quite a bit of pain when someone unaware grabs ahold of them.

Will pygmy palm tree roots damage my foundation or sidewalks?

It is unlikely that your new pygmy date palm tree will ever cause any issues with nearby structures. Upon reaching maturity, their root ball will only be about two feet in diameter. Because palm tree roots tend to be on the thinner side, they rarely damage anything on or near the surface around them.

Compare Similar Products

  • Best Seller
    Thuja Green Giant Trees Thuja Green Giant Trees
    • Rating

      rating 47 reviews

    • Mature height

      30-40 ft.

    • Mature width

      12-15 ft. (standalone width)

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Mimosa Pudica
    • Rating

      rating 8 reviews

    • Mature height

      20-25 ft.

    • Mature width

      10-20 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Willow Hybrid Tree
    • Rating

      rating 5 reviews

    • Mature height

      35-45 ft. in Rows; 50-75 ft. Alone

    • Mature width

      5-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Autumn Blaze Red Maple Trees Autumn Blaze Red Maple Trees
    • Rating

      rating 11 reviews

    • Mature height

      40-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-40 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  •     ClementineTreePhoto1 Clementine Trees
    • Rating

      rating 6 reviews

    • Mature height

      8 ft. pruned

    • Mature width

      4-6 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Best Seller
    Meyer Lemon Trees Meyer Lemon Trees
    • Rating

      rating 39 reviews

    • Mature height

      8 ft. pruned

    • Mature width

      3-4 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Partial to Full-Sun (Indoors near a bright window is fine)

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Best Seller
    ArbequinaolivetreePhoto1 Arbequina Olive Trees
    • Rating

      rating 16 reviews

    • Mature height

      20 ft.

    • Mature width

      12 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Braided Benjamina Ficus Tree Braided Benjamina Ficus Trees
    • Rating

      rating 4 reviews

    • Mature height

      8-10 ft. Potted

    • Mature width

      3-5 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • WeepingPussyWillowPhoto1 Weeping Pussy Willow
    • Rating

      rating 5 reviews

    • Mature height

      6-8 ft.

    • Mature width

      5-6 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Sold Out
    Monkey Puzzle Tree Monkey Puzzle Trees
    • Mature height

      60-70 ft.

    • Mature width

      20-30 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Best Seller
    Fiddle-Leaf Fig Trees
    • Rating

      rating 5 reviews

    • Mature height

      6-10 ft.

    • Mature width

      2-3 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Direct to Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Potted Areca Palm Areca Palm Trees
    • Rating

      rating 5 reviews

    • Mature height

      6-7 ft. Indoors

    • Mature width

      3 ft. Indoors

    • Sunlight requirement

      Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • PonytailPalmTreePhoto1 Ponytail Palm
    • Rating

      rating 3 reviews

    • Mature height

      3-4 ft Indoors <br>20 ft. Outdoors

    • Mature width

      5-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Sold Out
    Paw Paw Trees
    • Rating

      rating 1 reviews

    • Mature height

      15-25 ft.

    • Mature width

      15-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun needed for fruiting. Tolerates shade

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Dwarf Umbrella Plant Dwarf Umbrella Trees
    • Mature height

      10-15 ft. (easily trimmed)

    • Mature width

      8 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Vitex Trees
    • Rating

      rating 2 reviews

    • Mature height

      15-25 ft.

    • Mature width

      15-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Braided Madagascar Dragon Trees
    • Mature height

      5-8 ft.

    • Mature width

      2-3 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Direct to Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Sold Out
    Sweet Pomegranate Trees
    • Mature height

      8-10 ft.

    • Mature width

      4-8 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Miss Kim Lilac Trees
    • Mature height

      6-8 ft.

    • Mature width

      6-8 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Best Seller
    MoneyTreePhoto1 Money Trees
    • Rating

      rating 1 reviews

    • Mature height

      6-7 ft.

    • Mature width

      2-3 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Indirect Light

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Sold Out
    Fraser-Photinia-Tree-Form-Ca-Photo-1 Fraser Photinia
    • Mature height

      8-15 ft.

    • Mature width

      8-15 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Glenn Mango Tree Glenn Mango Trees
    • Mature height

      15-20 ft.

    • Mature width

      8-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Ginkgo Tree leaves Ginkgo Trees
    • Rating

      rating 2 reviews

    • Mature height

      40-70 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-40 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Best Seller
    Weeping Willow in Sun Weeping Willows
    • Mature height

      30-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-50 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Sold Out
    3-in-1 Blueberry Bush 3-in-1 Blueberry Bush (Northern Highbush)
    • Rating

      rating 1 reviews

    • Mature height

      6-8 ft.

    • Mature width

      4-6 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Sugar Maple Tree Sugar Maple Tree
    • Rating

      rating 2 reviews

    • Mature height

      55-75 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-50 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • American Persimmon Tree American Persimmon Trees
    • Mature height

      60 ft.

    • Mature width

      20-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Pistachio Trees Pistachio Tree
    • Mature height

      20-30 ft.

    • Mature width

      20 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • WhiteDogwood1 White Flowering Dogwood
    • Mature height

      15-25 ft.

    • Mature width

      20-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Part Shade Preferred-- Tolerates Full Sun in Cooler Zones

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  •     QuakingAspen1 Quaking Aspen
    • Mature height

      40-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      20-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Kentucky Coffeetree Kentucky Coffeetrees
    • Mature height

      60-75 ft.

    • Mature width

      40-50 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Best Seller
    Colorado Blue Spruce Trees Colorado Blue Spruce Trees
    • Rating

      rating 1 reviews

    • Mature height

      50-75 ft.

    • Mature width

      10-20 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • HeritageRiverBirch1 Heritage River Birch
    • Mature height

      40-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      25-40 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Windmill Palm Windmill Palm
    • Mature height

      10-20 ft.

    • Mature width

      6-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Yoshino Cherry Trees Yoshino Cherry Tree
    • Rating

      rating 8 reviews

    • Mature height

      40-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      25-40 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Live-Oak-Tree-1 Live Oak Tree
    • Mature height

      40-80 ft.

    • Mature width

      60-100 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Wax Myrtle Tree Wax Myrtle Trees
    • Mature height

      15 ft.

    • Mature width

      15 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • LimelightHydrangeaTree1 Limelight Hydrangea Tree
    • Mature height

      6-8 ft.

    • Mature width

      4-5 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Part Shade/Part Sun &nbsp;(Zones 7-8) </br>Full Sun &nbsp;(Zones 4-6)

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • ‘Johns’ and ‘Adams’ Elderberry Shrub Pairs Buying & Growing Guide
    • Mature height

      10-12 ft.

    • Mature width

      4-6 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Part Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  •     LoquatTree1 Loquat Tree
    • Mature height

      10-20 ft.

    • Mature width

      10-15 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • QueenPalm1 Queen Palm Tree
    • Mature height

      20 ft. at 10 years & 50 ft. at Maturity

    • Mature width

      15-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Eastern Red Cedar Trees Eastern Red Cedar Trees
    • Mature height

      30-60 ft.

    • Mature width

      8-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • white-oak-1 White Oak Trees
    • Mature height

      40-100 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-70 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  •     Douglas-Fir-Tree-2 Douglas Fir Tree
    • Mature height

      40-70 ft.

    • Mature width

      12-20 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  •     CashewTrees1 Cashew Trees
    • Mature height

      12 ft.

    • Mature width

      15 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Wisteria-Tree Wisteria Trees
    • Mature height

      6-10 ft.

    • Mature width

      8-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Emerald-Green-Arborvitae-1 Emerald Green Arborvitae
    • Mature height

      10-15ft.

    • Mature width

      3-4 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • Southern Magnolia Southern Magnolia Trees
    • Mature height

      30-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      15-30

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • JacarandaTree1 Jacaranda Trees
    • Mature height

      25-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      15-30 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  •     Plumeria-1 Plumeria
    • Mature height

      5-10 ft.

    • Mature width

      3-5 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • PinkFloweringDogwood1 Pink Flowering Dogwood Trees
    • Mature height

      15-25 ft.

    • Mature width

      15-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Best Seller
    Leyland Cypress Tree Leyland Cypress Trees
    • Mature height

      40-60 ft.

    • Mature width

      20-25 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  •    SuperiorHybridPoplarTree1 Superior Hybrid Poplar Tree
    • Mature height

      40-50 ft.

    • Mature width

      30 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Tulip Poplar
    • Mature height

      70 ft.

    • Mature width

      30-40 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Fast

  • Coconut Palms
    • Mature height

      20-30 ft. at 10 years

    • Mature width

      5-10 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full-Partial

    • Growth rate

      Slow

  • American Arborvitae Tree American Arborvitae Trees
    • Mature height

      25-30 ft.

    • Mature width

      3-5 ft.

    • Sunlight requirement

      Full Sun

    • Growth rate

      Moderate

  • Magnolia Trees Magnolia Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Large Oak Tree Oak Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Eastern White Pine Pine Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Hawaiian Hibiscus Hibiscus Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Bright Japanese Maple Tree Japanese Maple Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Blue State Flowers State Flowers
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Honey Locust Trees Locust Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Arizona Cypress Cypress Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Potted Bamboo Palm Bamboo Palms
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Bonsai Tree Bonsai Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Flowering Cherry Blossom Trees Cherry Blossom Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Crape Myrtle Trees Crape Myrtle Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Dogwood Blooms Dogwood Trees
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Fuchsia Plant Fuchsia Plants
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • Torch Lily flowers Torch Lilies
    • Mature Height

      Varies by variety

    • Mature Width

      Varies by variety

    • Sunlight Requirement

      Varies by variety

    • Growth Rate

      Varies by variety

  • deer-resistant
    Deer Resistant
Mature height
6 ft. Indoors & 12 ft. Outdoors
Mature width
3-5 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Slow
Botanical name
Phoenix roebelenii
Shipping exclusions
AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
map
Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to -10°F)
Oops!

You can't add more Product Name - Product size to the cart.

OK