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Figure 3. Christmas palms are often planted as multiple plants in a single hole giving the appearance of a clustering species. Sometimes one of the individual plants may be stunted or even die due to competition or slightly deeper planting (note arrow pointing to dead stem). Credit: M. L. Elliott, UF/IFAS

Adonidia merrillii: Christmas Palm

The Christmas palm (Adonidia merrillii) is a fast-growing palm that is well-suited for small sites, requires little maintenance, is relatively disease-free, and produces clusters of bright red fruit in winter, hence the common name Christmas palm. This 2-page fact sheet covers the Christmas palms biology, distribution and habitat, susceptibility to disease, and general care. Written by Timothy K. Broschat, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, July 2015.