Phoenix loureirii var. humilis
“Loureiro’s Date Palm”
Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout Southeast Asia including; India Bhutan, Taiwan and the Southern Philippine Islands. They grow in a wide range of habitats and elevations from cleared area to under canopy evergreen forests.
Description: The Phoenix loureirii var. humilis is a variation that is usually in some form of debate. Some believe that this palm is actually a hybrid between a P. roebelenii and a P. reclinata. While taxonomists claim that the taxonomy differs along certain traits, distinguishing this variation from Phoenix loureirii. Either way, the differences can usually be identified in person.
The humilis is a medium sized, usually clumping but sometimes solitary palm, which can reach between 5-15 feet tall in overall height. The humilis grows in small clusters that closely resemble a P. reclinata, but do not usually grow as tall and have thinner trunks. The humils variation can have a bluish gray tint to the leaflets, giving them a shinny appearance. It is a slow growing palm, so patience is necessary. Due to its slow growing nature, it makes an excellent potted palm for either sunny or shady areas.
Environment: The humilis can grow in both a sunny or shady area. If planted in a sunny area the palm will usually stay shorter and form denser clumps. In a shady area, that palm will usually grow taller and have less dense clusters. The humilis enjoys regular watering, but is drought resistant, and can be planted in drier areas. The humilis is also very cold hardy and can handle temperatures below 30 with little to no damage. This palm is said to be adaptable to Zone 8, but we can only suggest Zone 9-11.