They have a light, airy, tropical look. They stay compact, within their space. Watch out for the sharp thorns in the center of the plant. If these palms are under watered they will droop, and become a lighter green. Be careful not to continuously dehydrate, they will not fully regain their light, airy shape. Constant over watering will result in blackish yellow tips, on old growth first, and then new growth. Once the new growth is damaged, it will be difficult to get this plant healthy again. If phoenix are located in a hot, drafty area, watch for Spider Mite, they spread rapidly.
Cut off lower leaves as the tips of the fronds become discolored. This highlights the trunk.