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The Malayan Dwarf is a variety of dwarf coconut. The palm is classified based on the nut color: ivory yellow nuts, apricot red nuts, and green nuts. The palm's resistance to the Lethal Yellowing disease is the characteristic that makes it to be one of the important dwarf types in the world.
Contrary to popular belief, the term dwarf does not refer to the overall, mature size that one of these trees will achieve or a slower growth rate but rather to the size at which the tree will start to produce fruit (coconuts).
A Green Malayan will begin to fruit at approximately 2’-3’ of grey wood where as the Maypan will not produce until it reaches approximately 6’-8’ grey wood. Coconut palms are a low maintenance palm in that they are self pruning. When a frond dies it will fall from the tree without additional labor.
Scientific name: Cocos nucifera ‘Malayan Dwarf’
USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11
Height: 30 to 60 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet