‘Christmas palm’ looks ready for the holiday

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

A Kihei Manilla palm lives up to its nickname of “Christmas palm” with a spray of bright red and green seeds Dec. 12. The Adonidia merrillii species of palm gets the name “Manilla” for being native to the Philippines and “Christmas” for the way its fruits turn scarlet red in the winter.