This palm has a leaning slender trunk and a heavy crown of pinnate foliage. It prefers sunshine, tolerates salt, and in warm areas, is used extensively as a landscape plant. It will freeze at 29°F, though some have been known to survive 25°F. There are strains that can be selected for specific purposes, such as the 'Dwarf golden' with its bright little fruit or the 'Dwarf green' whose fruit are vivid green at maturity. Propagated by seed which is set into the earth about its depth.