The Adonidia Palm, commonly known as the Christmas Palm, is a native to Southeast Asia. It is a dwarf version of the Royal Palm, only reaching about 15 – 25 feet tall. Recently, this palm has had its scientific name changed from ‘Adonidia merrillii’ to ‘Veitchia merrillii’ but it is still largely referred to as the Adonidia.
This palm is noted for its self-cleaning fronds that do not leave boots on the trunk giving it a nice, neat appearance. Its pinnate (feather) leaves are glossy, arched and grow to about 5 feet long. Unlike many other palms, Adonidias do not have thorns on their petioles. During the summer, Adonidias produce cream-colored blossoms.