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Parlor Palm

Chamaedorea elegans


Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) at GardenWorks

Parlor Palm foliage

Parlor Palm foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) at GardenWorks

Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  10a

Other Names:  Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlour Palm, Bamboo Palm


A very popular plant that is low maintenance; graceful fronds arch out from central stems, creating an elegant patio or garden setting; great for low light areas; do not overwater; protect from frost, move indoors to overwinter

Ornamental Features

Parlor Palm features dainty clusters of yellow flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has green evergreen foliage. The narrow pinnately compound leaves remain green throughout the winter. It produces black berries in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

Parlor Palm is an open multi-stemmed evergreen tropical plant with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tropical plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Parlor Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Parlor Palm will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This tropical plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Parlor Palm makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Fruit  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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