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Mangrove Date Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
Found in mangrove and saltwater swamps from eastern India thru to the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.
An attractive, small to medium sized, clustering date palm to 5m tall, with slender trunks and slightly plumose, arching leaves, with narrow, drooping leaflets that are light green above, and grayish below. The young trunks are covered with coarse, fibrous leaf sheaths, but these are lost as the plant ages. It has dense clusters of purple to black fruits.
Sunny, moist position in tropical thru to warm temperate regions. Frost tolerant.
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Fred, Zone 10A (Figure 1)