A dwarf date palm is a species of palm that is relatively small compared to other types of palms.
They do well in potted environments and prefer to have a little shade.A dwarf date palm, also known as a pygmy date palm, can grow up to 10 feet (3.05 meters), but it does so very slowly.The container it is in may also have some effect on its growth rate.In fact, some in containers may only reach a size of six feet (1.8 meters).While this can be a relatively large house plant, it is one that is capable of being accommodated in most homes.The tree is native to Southeast Asia, but has been imported and established a presence in many other tropical regions of the world, and in other locations as indoor plants.
A dwarf date palm is one of the most popular varieties in the United States, partially because they can be moved inside and outside with very few problems.
Also, for a tropical plant, they are remarkably hardy in cold weather, being able to survive temperatures as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-7° Celsius).
However, the plants should be brought indoors when the temperature starts to get near the freezing mark, just to ensure that there is no stunted growth or other adverse effects.
The dwarf date palm also has a number of distinctive features that especially attract those who are interested in palm trees.
The trees often have a curved trunk, a distinction that some palm trees have but others do not. Finding double, or even triple, trunks is not uncommon.
There is nothing truly outstanding about the palm fronds themselves, though those considering purchasing the dwarf date palm should understand there are some rather pointed thorns at the base of each frond.