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
Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
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
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

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

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  • 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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A good closeup of blooms by purpleinopp Mar 22, 2022 7:41 AM 8

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