Syn. Adonidia merrillii, Normanbya merrillii
Common name: Christmas palm, Manila palm, Merrill's palm
Native to: Phillippines and Malaysia
An erect palm with single trunk, typically smaller than many of the other palm species.It has a very showy feather look like canopy with a glossy, bright red fruit. It has a very neat appearance and well suited as a patio, terrace or specimen tree. Unfortunately very sensitive to the lethal yellowing disease. Closely resembes a small version of the royal palm, Roystonea regia.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to part shade
Flowers: Inflorescence of small white flowers on bracts
Foliage: Evergreen, alternate leaf arrangement
Growth habit: Upright, palm, semetrical canopy symmerty
Hardiness: Hardy but needs protection from the wind; susceptible to lethal yellowing disease
Height: Up to 3-5 metres
Spread: Up to 1.5 to 3 metres (canopy)
Soil requirements: Prefers well draining soils
Uses: Tropical specimen and accent plants.