The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix canariensis
Phoenix canariensis x dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix loureirii var. hanceana
Phoenix loureirii var. loureirii
Phoenix paludosa
Phoenix pusilla x roebelenii
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata x roebelenii
Phoenix reclinata x rupicola
Phoenix roebelenii
Phoenix roebelenii var. reasoneri
Phoenix roebelenii x canariensis
Phoenix rupicola
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris var. robusta
Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix zeylanica

Phoenix dactylifera

Common name: Date
Native to: Africa North
Mature height: 80'
Mature spread: 25'
Growth Habit: suckering
Leaf type: pinnate
Phoenix dactylifera

photo by: Hugh Danaher
Private Garden


Very cold hardy, but not likely to bear fruit in Northern California due to the lack of long hot days. Trees will do OK at temperatures down to 15 degrees, but will look best and retain lush canopies in warmer zones with long hot days. Fast growing and available at specialized palm nurseries in all sizes including large specimen size by special order. Dioecious-- There are male trees and there are female trees but only the female trees produce fruit. The trunk surface eventually is bare hardwood with decorative knobby surface. Trees are suckering and growers take advantage of the habit for propagation, using a special spade-like cutting device to gradually separate the suckers from the mother plant allowing roots to form to eliminate the need from growing from seed. This method also insures that the plant will be the same sex as the parent. Usually this method is only done with female trees, since the production of dates is the goal.

Phoenix dactylifera

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Private Garden
Phoenix dactylifera

photo by: Dennis Valdez
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: fast
Sunlight: full sun
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 15 F
Seed or plant availability: common

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