Much loved and very popular, the Pygmy Date palm is in many ways the perfect miniature palm tree, complete with a slim trunk and a beautiful crown of feathery leaves. Its uses are many and varied: plant it in the warm temperate, tropical or subtropical garden, use it as the perfect house or conservatory plant, or use it as a potted palm on the terrace during the warm months of summer.
Tolerant of both over- and under-watering, it will even put up with quite a few degrees of frost when mature.
It grows to a height of about 12 ft with a spread of 6-8 ft. The feather-shaped (pinnate) leaves have slender petioles and basal leaflets that are modified into sharp 2-3 inch long spines. The slender, often crooked trunk varies in diameter from 3-6 inches and is covered with distinctive peg-like leaf bases.