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PlantFiles: Variegated Christmas Palm
Adonidia merrillii 'Aurea Variegata'

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adonidia (ad-oh-NID-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: merrillii (mer-IL-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurea Variegata

Synonym:Veitchia merrillii

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Winter


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DaleTheGardener On Feb 27, 2007, DaleTheGardener from Tampa, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A beautiful, easy to grow palm. Trouble free for the most part, needs good drainage. It is very frost tender. Temperature below freezing for just a few hours will kill the tree. Does not recover quickly from even light frost. Needs year around warm and high humidity. Not a palm for the low desert or coastal California. It can be container grown for many years, decades even. Good plant for a warm conservatory in cold climates.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Augustine, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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