The Pygmy Date Palm is a slow growing palm that reaches 8 to 10 feet high. This is a very wispy palm with soft leaves. The Pygmy Date Palm grows best if is in the shade in the afternoon. The Arizona sun burns the edges and turns the palm yellow. Some palms will eventually acclimate to the heat but for best results morning sun and afternoon shade is best. Because of its slow growth and small size it is great in containers. The Pygmy Palm has cream colored flowers that are followed by black dates on only the female palms. Smaller Pygmy Date Palms tend to be frost sensitive.