Christmas Palm Tree – Veitchia merrillii

christmas palm tree1 Christmas Palm Tree   Veitchia merrillii

The Christmas Palm Tree, scientific name Veitchia merrillii, is one of the most popular palms in Florida.  It has a lot of similar characteristics with Royal Palm Tree and sometimes is even called dwarf royal palm. Christmas Palms Trees are much smaller and are easier to manage in comparison to the Royal Palm Trees. Christmas Palm Tree is great for indoors.

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Christmas Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name:Veitchia merrillii

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Common names: The Christmas Palm is also known as Manila Palm, Kerpis Palm, Adonidia Palm, Dwarf Royal Palm, and Veitchia Palm.

Family: Arecaceae.

Origin: It is native to the small islands of the Philippines located north of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Appearance: The Christmas Palm has smooth slender grey trunk that is slightly swollen at the base and ringed with old leaf scars. The Christmas Palm may be used alone or may also be planted in groups of two or three.

Bright green crownshaft supports a crown of 10-12 pinnate, or feather-shaped, fronds. Short crownshaft is about 3ft long. Leaves are glossy, strongly arched, grow to a length of 5 feet with sharp-edged leaflets that are up to 2 feet long by 2 inches wide.

Flowers/Fruits: During summer months the Christmas Palm produces light green flower buds that turn into creamy blossom. Unisexual flowers are held by 2ft long branched stalks that emerge from the area where the crownshaft attaches to the trunk. In December flowers are followed by green oval fruits that turn bright red as they ripe. Berrie-like fruits are 1 inch long and 1/5 inch wide. They hang in clusters looking like Christmas ornament, therefore palm’s common name is Christmas Palm.

christmas palm tree4 Christmas Palm Tree   Veitchia merrilliiGrowth Rate: Moderate to Fast. In the wild Veitchia merrillii is known to grow up to 25ft tall but in cultivation it usually doesn’t get taller than 10 – 20 ft and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: Christmas Palm is not considered cold hardy and will not tolerate frost well. It can tolerate cold temperatures only down to 30F for a short period of time. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Full sun to partial shade. It likes full sun but can also grow in broken shade.

Water Req: Moderate. The Christmas Palm is moderately salt tolerant prefers moist well drained soil. To avoid root rot don’t let it sit in water. It can tolerate drought for a short time when mature enough.

Maintenance: Easy to Moderate. It does not require much maintenance. The only thing you need to do is to remove old dead leaves to keep it looking neat. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seed. It will take around 1-3 months to germinate.

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22 Responses to “Christmas Palm Tree – Veitchia merrillii”

  1. I want to thank you your info. I Think it's going to be very useful for me. I have brought seven little Christmas Palm Trees.
    Two questions: How often must I add water? How fast do they grow? I mean, how many inches per year do they grow, aprox?
    My E-mail is jojomaza@hotmail.com. I could send pictures and more info, if needed.
    Thanks a million!
    Joaquín Mancisidor

  2. Alot of great info. I have 5 Christmas palms for about 5 years now they are about 6-7 feet tall but have never produced the fruits how long does that take? I do fertilize. Thank you

  3. I cut the tops off my Cristmas Palm trees after the severe frost we had in Florida this winter because the leaves were all brown and dead looking, no green evident anywhere. Also the tops were very mushy to the touch. Have I killed these trees or will they eventually come back. My fiance said I cut the ‘heart’ off of them. Is this true???? The trunks do not seem to be drying out or dying and are no longer mushy. Can you help?????

  4. my Christmas Palm are trying to make a come back from the cold Florida winter. But, has the new branches are coming up the middle of the trunk the tips are turning black and then drying out. What do I have to do to correct this problem. I banged some fertilizer spikes into the ground yesterday, and sprayed the branches with an insect killer.will that do it? Do they need additional treatment.
    thank you

  5. I have a trio of christmas palms that dropped all of the fronds after the frosts here in Florida this winter. What can I do to revive these? The fronds are all removed leaving only the trunks. Please help.

  6. My Christmas Palm got burnt in the cold last year. The fronds are all brown and it doesn’t appear to be generating new ones or fruiting.

    Can I save it? I keep peeling away the dead layers but it is not getting any new fronds.

    Thanks in advance,

    John (St. Petersburg)

  7. after winter frost in port st. lucie fl. my christms palms have brown fronds and not generating new ones as fast as the old ones are dying. what do i do

  8. Hi Frank. Sorry to hear about your palms. Prune only fronds that are completely dead. Spray palms with Bonide Products Copper Fungicide to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. Keep watering it. Don’t fertilize. Wait for about 6 months to see if it recovers. Also read my article “cold damaged palm tree care”. Hope this helps. ~Susan Brian

  9. Our Christmas Palms have the light green berries now. Should we cut those off, or leave them in place?

  10. So I got a christmas palm seedling recently and I know about the maintenance and all but I’m trying to find a suitable area to plant it. My yard space is quite small so i just want to know one thing…how does the root grow? would it grow large enough to like damage concrete or walled areas?

  11. I planted a small Christmas palm last summer. We are just starting the winter with temperatures of 32F (at the most) at midnight and all the fronds are brown.
    Should I cover it with a blanket or light weight sheet?
    Also, do I have to water ir?

  12. Hi Lorena. Here is a great article on palm tree cold protection. I would start by spraying it with freezepruf. If it gets very cold, wrap the trunk with a blanket for the night. During palms require much less water. ~Susan Brian

  13. HELP,
    Hi I have a single Christmas palm, a contractor at my house knocked the complete green top off my tree, leaving just the trunk and berries.. I am devastated , WILL it grow back or is it a gonner? please advise

  14. Hi Carole. Once the bud of the tree is gone, it will die. Sorry to tell you. The contractor should pay you to replace the palm. ~Susan Brian

  15. palm was mushy & w/ worm, they broke right off square. will they come back? if so what do i do now to help?

  16. We have Christmas Palms, 4 3 stalk clusters that are showing a splitting of their trunks. The condition looks like a series of striations, some deep enough to peel the trunk. I am not clear as to why the situation is happening. We water using canal water that is rich in nutrients. add granular fertilizer 2 or 3 times a year and when frost occurs we cover the trees ( about 8 foot tall ) with sheets. No one seems to be able to tell us what is wrong. Please advise. Thanks

  17. I have some young christmas palms grown from the seed. How soon will I see the grey trunk? I have about 4 shoots of leaves since germination.

    I have them planted in individual pots an they’re about 3 ft tall.

  18. I live in sc, we visited Mexico and loved these palms! We wanna get a couple for the backyard. Palmetto palms grow here but I’ve never seen these. You think we’d be ok?

  19. does it hurt my Christmas palm if I cut the flower pods off before they bloom?

  20. How often do you water? I have the sprinkler set for 2x a week form10-15 minutes. I am seeing white fuzzy on the stems. I rubbed most of it off but what is the underlining problem? Do I need to spray the tree with something?

  21. HOW DO YOU GET 3 OR 4 TREES IN ONE

  22. We have just planted 3 Christmas palms the largest one has been dropping its leaves like 2 a day is this from being transplanted from a pot to the ground? I have been giving it lots of water and I also put mulch all around it. Not sure why this is happening. Hope you can help.

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