Date palm 


Phoenix dactylifera 






Form: Tree
Seasonality: Evergreen
Size: 100ft, spread to 30ft;
Leaves: Feather-like fronds, 15-20ft long, more silver-gray than other Phoenix palms, rough and sharp, toothed  held more erect (not arching); life span of leaf is 3-7 years;
Flowers: Off-white clusters, not ornamental
Fruit: Edible dates on female plants

Stems/Trunks: Slender trunk, 18in diameter, may produce offsets
Range/Origin: Asia
Hardiness: Sunset Zones 8,9 11-24

Comments: Moderate litter, thorns, very slow grower



  • Exposure: Full to partial sun
  • Water: Low to moderate, deep irrigation recommended monthly
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained soils
  • Propagation: Seed, offsets
  • Maintenance: High; fruit on females drop and attract animals


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