Canary Island Date Palms - Phoenix Canariensis

Canary Island Date Palm
Common name: Canary Island Date Palm 
Scientific name: Phoenix Canariensis
Height: 18 - 20 m
Span: 3 - 4 m
Growth rate: Slow
Sun Tolerance: Full sun
ABP Index: 4.0 (Aesthetics 4.0, Solidarity 4.0)

The Canary Island date palm is a big tree, growing up to 60 feet tall with a thick and sturdy trunk patterned with diamond-shaped leaf scars. The rounded crown is composed of 50 or more arching fronds that can be as much as 18 feet long. Extremely sharp thorns line the bases of the leaf stems. The flowers of the Canary Island date palm bloom on long inflorescence that are held among the fronds and eventually ripen into decorative clusters of bright yellow dates. The dates are edible but not particularly appetizing to people. Birds love them. In Florida, where rainfall is a plentiful, ferns and other plants may sprout from organic matter trapped in the leaf scars of the Canary Island date palm, creating small hanging gardens. Like most palms, Canary Island date palms are susceptible to wet feet and prefer well-drained soils clear of turf grasses, mulch and other organic matter. Once established, they are drought tolerant and need watering only during prolonged dry spells. They grow faster and are more colorful when planted in bright, sunny locations.

The beauty of this giant palm is the thick diamond-shaped leaf scars that are left before it's fronds of leaves. It looks artificial but like a lovely knob holding the leaves.

Canary Island Date Palms
Canary Island Date Palm Leaf
Canary Island Date Palm Fruit
Canary Island Date Palm Bark
Canary Island Date Palm Seeds

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