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Christmas Palm Tree

Adonidia merrillii
Christmas Palm Tree
Christmas Palm Tree
Christmas Palm Tree
Christmas Palm Tree
Christmas Palm Tree
Christmas Palm Tree
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Christmas Palm Tree

Adonidia merrillii

This Compact Palm Thrives in Containers

  • Happy in containers and small spaces
  • Stays smaller indoors; grows taller when planted outside
  • Multiple trunks produce shapely fronds
  • Produces red “ornamental” fruit in fall and winter
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Product Details

growing zone 10-11 Growing Zones 10-11
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 8-10 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate
Shipping Restriction AZ

When you think of Christmas, we bet you don’t think of…palm trees? But the Christmas Palm will change your mind. This spectacular palm earned its name from the lively bunches of red fruit it sprouts in the fall and winter, making it look like it’s been decorated for the holiday!

But the Christmas Palm is a beauty even when it’s not producing fruit. If kept in a container indoors or on a patio, the palm stays small - ideal for a tropical inspired living room or pool. If planted in the ground, it grows slightly taller, making its softly-curving perfect shade for sunny locations.

It’s clear that the Christmas Palm isn’t your average tree. For one, it has multiple trunks, offering 10 to 12 musical fronds per crown when it’s fully grown. The palm also is home in tight spaces, including along your driveway or sidewalk because it never becomes too large.

What’s more, the Christmas Palm is anything but fussy. All you have to do is choose a sunny spot and water it regularly during its first year of growth. With a little care, this quintessential palm will be a fixture in your slice of paradise!

Want a tree to celebrate all year long? Order your Christmas Palm today!

Christmas Palm Tree FAQ

Why is this tree called a Christmas Palm?

For the red bundles of fruit it sprouts in fall and winter - they look like ornaments!

I live in a colder climate. Can I order a Christmas Palm?

Yes! The Christmas Palm has a hardiness level of 40 degrees but can also be planted in a container that can be moved indoors in the colder months.

Christmas Palm Tree Care


Find a spot that receives direct sun (four to six hours per day) in colder climates and indirect sun for as long in hotter places. Your planting hole should be one to two times the width of the root ball and more shallow. After your tree is planted, water it to remove air pockets from the soil.

Any container you choose should be one to two times as wide as the pot the tree arrived in. Place your container in an area that receives full to partial sun.


The soil around your Christmas Palm should be moist down to two inches. Water deeply, but only if the soil is dry. If it is moist, don’t add more water.


A balanced 8-8-8 formula is best for this type of palm. For quicker growth, apply it in spring and summer.


Remove dead or damaged fronds only with a pair of sterilized pruners. Other methods can damage the tree.

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