General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 2 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Tiny, round, black fleshy.
Fruiting Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Yellow
Other: Green spikes with tiny spheres
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Houseplant
Terrariums
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Parlor Palm
  • Neanthe Bella Palm
  • Parlour Palm

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Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-03-12
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-11-18
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-08-06
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2022-10-03
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-10-19
Location: Ontario Canada
Date: Feb 2022
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-04-06
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-14
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2021-09-23
New leaf just before unfurling.

Date: 2014-05-07
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-01-18

Date: 2018-04-12
Location: English Gardens, Dearborn Hts, MI
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: At home
Date: 2022-10-02
Location: At home
Date: 2022-10-02
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-12
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-12
Individual flowers which fall off when not fertilized.
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-10-17
Rescues of clearance racks =D

Date: 2018-04-12
Numerous seedlings in one pot
Location: English Gardens, Dearborn Hts, MI
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-01-22
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2017-03-09

Date: 2017-03-09
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Illinois
Date: 2018-09-17
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-12

Date: 2019-09-11
Neanthe Bella palm
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-07-02
A new leaf is unfurling.
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11
Location: Farmer Johns Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-03-11
Location: English Gardens, Dearborn Hts, MI
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: English Gardens, Dearborn Hts, MI
Date: 2010-03-11

Date: 2013-02-23
A male tree.
Location: Fairfax, VA | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-30

Date: 2012-10-14
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-09-15

Date: 2012-10-23
Seedling, about one year old, with seed still attached to root.
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2018-01-18
This photo shows numerous single stemmed Parlor Palms planted tog
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-14
Location: Ontario Canada
Date: Feb 2022

Date: 2014-06-08
Back of leaf.
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-03-20
Another emerging leaf!
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2017-03-31
This s one of the most exciting things to happen to me as a plant
Location: BG La Conception Malaga
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: Tampa FL
Date: 2019-08-11
C. Elegans growing as a single. Often sold and grown multi plante
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Date: June 25 2021
Stems
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Date: June 25 2021
A view of an expanding leaf with some leaflets
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Date: June 25 2021
Fronds and leaves
Uploaded by ljones26
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-12-16 
Starting to bloom for the first time!
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-22
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-12-16
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-08-13
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-01-18
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-12-13
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-05-29
Uploaded by purpleinopp
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-11-13

Date: 2012-10-20
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-01-22
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-12-19

Date: 2013-09-01
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-01-02

Date: 2012-12-18
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2018-05-24

Date: 2012-10-20
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-30

Date: 2017-03-09
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: 2019-09-21

Date: 2012-10-20
Repotting, after trimming roots.

Date: 2013-02-02
Repotting, before trimming roots.
Location: Kent, UK
Date: 26.05.2016
My Parlour Palm has grown a lot since February!=)
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-09-21
Uploaded by TomHughes
Location: Ontario Canada
Date: Feb 2022
Unhealthy plant
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-02-16
Female flower.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-02-16
Buds of female plant.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2013-11-28

Date: 2014-07-17
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-03-05
Male flower.

Date: 2014-01-09
Reverse side of leaf.

Date: 2014-01-09
New leaf unfolding/opening.
Location: BG La Conception Malaga
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: BG La Conception Malaga
Date: 2015-03-25

photo credit: JMK
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Date: 2016-12-20
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2016-03-26
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2016-03-26
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 20, 2017 12:33 PM concerning plant:
    Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is a compact, single trunk palm, native to the rainforests of Mexico and Guatemala. It attains heights of 4 to 6 feet in bright, semi-shady, moist locations. As the lower fronds die and fall off, the attractive green stem comes into view.

    The Parlor Palm is a popular houseplant, often sold as a group of seedlings or small plants, close together in the container. It is a slow-growing palm and more drought tolerant than other varieties. Although the Parlor Palm prefers the bright light and medium humidity levels of rainforest conditions, it seems to adapt very well to the lower light and lower humidity situations found in homes and offices. The plant should be kept away from direct sun, which will burn the foliage. Although the flowers are not very interesting, if the plant is provided with enough bright light, it may produce a panicle of yellow flowers in the spring.

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