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Veitchia merrillii /Christmas Palm

Veitchia merrillii  / Veitchia merrillii
Christmas palm in a warm climate
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Christmas palm in a warm climate

Frond canopy and a skirt of developing fruit around the trunk

Young fruit

Flowers at position where bright red berries will develop on palm trunk

Palm derives its common name from the bright red fruit that are produced late in the year

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Scientific Name: Veitchia merrillii
Common Name: Christmas Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Green
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Palms and Palm-like Plants
Trees, Fruiting
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This is a striking stocky specimen palm that is noted for clusters of bright red berries that hang below the major crown of the six foot fronds in late autumn and winter. This palm grows well indoors in large containers and planters. It is quite cold sensitive and is subject to having lethal yellowing disease that has killed many palms in Florida and other warm parts of the country.