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It's Christmas Time all year round with the sense of the tropics thanks to the Christmas Palm Tree. The Christmas Palm Tree is world renowned for its beautiful red seeds which dangle from its arched fronds. The Christmas Palm Tree is originally from the islands of the Phillipines but now can be found throughout the world in any landscape. The Christmas Palm Tree matures to a height of 15-20 feet and an average trunk diameter of 1 foot. The Christmas Palm Tree is a great indoor and outdoor palm tree with easy maintenance. Let the Christmas Palm Tree bring in a little green-love throughout the year.

Christmas Palm Veitchia merrillii: Info

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This stocky, single-trunked palm with stiffly arched, six-foot-long, bright green fronds is noted for the fall and winter appearance of the very showy clusters of glossy, bright red fruits which hang below the leaves at the base of the crown shaft. Reaching 25 feet in height, though often much smaller, Christmas Palm has a very neat appearance and is well-suited to use as a patio, terrace, specimen, or framing tree. Unfortunately, the palm is very susceptible to lethal yellowing disease and probably should not be planted. Fortunately, there are other Veitchia resistant to the disease, including Veitchia macdanialsi and Veitchia montgumeryana , but these are much taller palms with thicker trunks.

Christmas Palm Christmas palm, Manila palm, Adonidia: Description

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Christmas Palm
Veitchia merrillii is a neat little palm that resembles a dwarf version of the royal palm (Roystonea regia) which it matches in beauty if not in size. It has a single slender gray stem that is smooth, sectioned by leaf scar rings and is swollen at the base. A short green crownshaft supports a neatly compact crown of about a dozen, plus or minus a few, pinnate (feather) leaves. These are arched and about 5 ft (1.5 m) long with leaflets that are about 2 ft (0.6 m) long and 2 in (5 cm) wide. Christmas palm grows to an overall height of about 16 ft (5 m)

From the point at which the crownshaft attaches to the trunk emerge 2 ft (0.6 m) long inflorescences (flower stalk) which support small grayish-green flowers. By autumn these have been replaced by green fruits 1 in (3 cm) long and half as wide. By late fall most of the green fruits are beginning to ripen and by late December are bright and brilliant red - like ornaments on a Christmas palm!

Manila palm, General Description:

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Adonidia Palm, Christmas Palm
Christmas palm is a tall, graceful, evergreen with an arching, feathery crown of fronds. Strap-like leaflets of this native of the Philippines are green to dark green above and light green and scaly below. Flowers generally occur in summer and are yellow to yellow-green and held in pendent, brached clusters at the base of the crownshaft. The fruits become bright red or orange-red by late autumn, lingering into the winter. This coincided with Christmas in its native land.

Christmas palm prefers well drained soils in full sun but may also be planted in containers and grown as a houseplant with a very bright light exposure, such as in an atrium. Soils should be amended or fertilized appropriately in alkaline or very sandy soils to prevent nutrient deficiencies. It has a very elegant and stately architectural form and should be displayed openly. Clusters of these palms are particularly attractive, especially if the crowns are at slightly varying heights and are great for smaller tropical landscapes. Although salt spray tolerant, it does not like heavily saline soils. It is unfortunately very susceptible to the deadly lethal yellowing disease.

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Christmas Palm
For many years the scientific name of the Christmas palm was Adonidia merrillii and you may still see it referred to as that in older publications. That name is no longer correct and is now a synonym but the name adonidia is an often used common name for this palm. Adonidia comes from Adonis, the handsome sun god of the ancient Romans. From a poetic point of view it's a shame that Christmas palm had to give up a cool genus name for the harsh sounding Veitchia - sometimes I just wish the botanists would just let these names alone!

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Christmas Palm
These palms are popularly grown in our tropical country, Malaysia – in urban areas and countryside alike, as well as along coastal regions. Enchanted by its smallness and neat umbrella-like appearance with delightful symmetry, we added a young tree to our garden in mid 2005. Having limited ground space, we had no choice but to plant it in a container. It tolerated the restriction for sometime, but finally showed its displeasure by breaking its pot, about a year and a half later!

Currently, we only maintain two young Christmas Palms which were propagated from dried seeds gathered from beneath a palm tree by the roadside, around late 2005 if I recall correctly. Undeterred, we still grow one in a pot, while the other is on the sidewalk outside our home. Comparatively and as expected, the grounded palm tree is very much healthier, luscious and taller! Wonder when it’ll start bearing flowers and fruits – we’re really looking forward to seeing them?

Christmas Palm Data
Botanical name: Veitchia merrillii Mature Height: 15 - 20 ft
Common Names: Christmas Palm, Manila Palm Leaf Type: Palmate (Feather Leaves)
Country of Origin: Philippines Maintenance:Easy
Growth rate: Moderate to Fast Palm Tree can be potted: Yes

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Usage of Christmas Palms

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The showy Christmas palm is a compact beauty whose small stature makes it perfect for use in courtyards, atriums and other small scale plantings. It is sometimes closely planted in groups of two or three. This causes the twin's (or trio's) stems to curve in graceful arcs away from the center of the planting creating a lovely living sculpture. The formal symmetry of Christmas palm is nicely showcased when it is grown in a container. Indoors or out this is a glamourous container plant that can maintain its looks despite hardship and neglect (but of course we'd always take care of this prized plant so it will look its best!)

Designing with Christmas Palms

Christmas Palm

Designing with Christmas Palm Trees is easy. They are very easy to move around and place accordingly to where ever your choose. The showy Christmas palm is a compact beauty whose small stature makes it perfect for use in courtyards, atriums and other small scale plantings. Depending on the amount of room you have to work with .... The Christmas Palm grows upwards to about 15 feet. So make sure when you plant the Christmas Palm to plant it where nothing will obstruct its growth pattern. Triple headed or Double headed Christmas Palms will look great if placed by a front entrance or by a pool or even by your garage. This is a versitile palm that can do well in full sun to partial shade and even indoors.

Culture of Christmas Palms

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A tropical climate and soil that isn't soggy is really all this palm requires. It will tolerate a wide range of other conditions. It is moderately salt tolerant, but is highly susceptible to the the fatal disease lethal yellow. Preferring sun, it will tolerate some shade.

Though super common in the tropics and subtropics, it is a warm-needy palm, and so far as I know, no one has managed to keep this alive outdoors in southern California for more than a year or two in a row. I have seen it grown here in a pot, and moved in and out. But it is just too cool here in the winters to keep this palm growing.Palmbob 15:41, 20 July 2007 (PDT)
In South Florida, the Addonida merrilli, also referred to as the "Christmas Palm"is extremely common.It's red seeds mature around Christmas and thus it's nickname.Although Lethal Yellowing had an effect on this Palm in the late 1970's,it is now widely planted without any issue throughout South Florida.I have seen mature,healthy specimens as far North as Daytona Beach,Florida.It is unique in it's compact beauty and outstanding crownshaft.

Propagation of Christmas Palm Seeds

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Seeds in the spring. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

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