The Parlor Palm Tree, scientific name Chamaedorea elegans, is native to Guatemala. It is a small slow growing palm great for small gardens. It also one of the best indoor plants.
This palm is very easy to grow and maintain. New shoots may appear at the base of the plant. They give it a dense appearance, and may be used for propagation.
Parlor Palm Tree Profile
Scientific name: Chamaedorea elegans
Common names: The Parlor Palm Tree is also known as Parlour Palm, Neanthe Palm, Table Top Palm, Neanthe Bella.
Origin: It is native to Guatemala.
Appearance: Parlor Palm Tree grows up to 6–10 ft tall with slender, cane-like stems that are ringed with leaf scars. It has dark green, pinnate leaves about 18-24 in long that are divided into opposite pairs of leaflets.
Flowers/Fruits: In early spring it produces small yellow flowers. Male and Female flowers are borne on different plants. Flowers are followed by small round green fruits that turn black when ripe.
Growth Rate: Slow. This palm can slowly grow up to tall 5 – 10 ft and 1-5 ft wide.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This palm can grow indoors.
Cold Tolerance: This palm is cold hardy and can tolerate cold down to 25F. It is great for USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).
Light Req: Partial shade to Shade.
Water Req: Moderate. Grows best in moist well drained soil.
Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.
Propagation: Propagated by seeds.