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Canary Island Date Palm

Phoenix canariensis

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Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Canary Island Date Palm

Canary Island Date Palm

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Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Canary Island Date Palm fruit

Canary Island Date Palm fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) at Liberty Landscape Supply

Canary Island Date Palm

Canary Island Date Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Pineapple Palm

Description:

This variety is widely used as an ornamental plant in warm temperate regions; trim away dead foliage to enhance appearance; will slowly mature into a stately palm and make an excellent landscape focal point

Ornamental Features

Canary Island Date Palm has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The narrow pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It has panicles of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Canary Island Date Palm is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a towering form with a high canopy of foliage concentrated at the top of the plant. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Canary Island Date Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Canary Island Date Palm will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Windbreak 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features