Majesty palms (Ravenea rivularis) have a slightly engorged base and symmetrical, feather-like fronds. They grow up to 40 feet tall. They are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. Limit pruning, since the trees are slow-growing and easily marred or killed by aggressive pruning. As a general rule, never remove green, healthy fronds from a palm.
Prune your majesty palm in the spring or fall when the weather is mild and water is in ample supply so that the palm tree is not under drought stress.
Cut away all dead, badly discolored or dying fronds down to a few inches out from the trunk. Do not pull the frond stem down or out to make a cut closer to the trunk -- this can damage the trunk tissues and invite disease.
Remove any single fronds that look diseased or are harboring insect nests. Discard them removal and never compost them.
Remove any flowers and fruit stalks. The formation of fruit and seed takes energy away from the palm, while fruit can attract rodents and birds.