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Palm - Christmas

Christmas Palm is a medium size palm that is a long-time favorite in South Florida yards. One of its common names is Dwarf Royal Palm because it resembles a mini version of the Royal Palm. Christmas Palm has a smooth slender grayish stem ringed by semi-circular frond scars. A 2-3′ green crown shaft supports a crown of almost a dozen pinnate fronds. The fronds are arched to about 5′ long with leaflets that are about 2′ long and 2′ wide. Where the crown shaft attaches to the trunk 2′ long inflorescences sprout. Small butter-cream colored flowers form light green 1″ long ovoid fruit. By December, most years, the fruit ripens and turns a crimson color.