SANTA LIKES LANDSCAPES WITH CHRISTMAS PALMS
The Philippines native Christmas palm (adonidia) gets its name from the bright scarlet fruit clusters it produces in the winter. Many gardeners consider the fruit a debris nuisance, but removing them before ripening usually solves any messy issues.
This self-cleaning palm is typically slender and small, normally 15–25 feet tall, which makes it an excellent choice to be planted in groups to produce a natural-looking grove. Its feather-shaped fronds are arched and glossy and prefer full sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. While not frost-tolerant, the Christmas palm can survive short periods of cold temperatures down to 30 degrees. It can also tolerate mild sea spray.
These palms are susceptible to Lethal Yellowing; however, a preventive inoculation can be administered before the plant contracts the disease. A few fungal diseases are also of concern, but for the most part, taking care of your Christmas palm is a piece of cake, which is why it’s so popular in our warm, Southwest Florida climate. Maybe you should ask Santa for a dozen of them!