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Phoenix Canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm) are native to the Canary Islands which are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa. Hardy Canary Island Date Palms are popular landscape items in most climates around the world.

 

 

Seeds were brought to Australia by German immigrants as our climate is similar to the Canary Islands hence our palms grow fat and healthy which enables us to sculpture them. These palms are used in all types of landscaping.

 

Fast Facts

Phoenix Canariensis palms can grow up to 18mtrs (60 feet) and have:

  • Crowns that can grow to up to 50 large arching pinnate leaves that may reach 6mtrs (20 feet) wide.

  • A very thick trunk which is covered with interesting diamond designs.

  • Leaves that are a deep green shading to a yellow stem where the leaflets are replaced by spines.

Interesting information

The Canary Island Date palm is a suckering palm that is usually pruned to have only one trunk. Trimmed in this manner the tree will grow to heights of 30mtrs (100 feet). Leaflets near the base are modified into 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inch) spines. The yellow-orange fruit, called "dates", are oblong and about 4cms (1.5 inches) in length.

 

They consist of a large pointed seed surrounded by sweet sugary flesh. Dates are formed from flowers on a 1.2mtr (4 foot) inflorescence that emerge from among the leaves in Spring. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Only female plants produce dates and only if a male tree is nearby. Dates are not formed in climates that are too cool.

 

This species of palm is a very slow growing tree can take up to fifteen years or more to reach a height of 3 metres (10 feet) and is generally propagated by seed. Its' drought tolerance contributes to its widespread use as a roadside or park landscaping element.

Dimensions

Height: 12-18 metres (40-60 feet)

Spread: 6-7.5metres (20-25 feet)

Leaf: 31-46cm (12-18 inches)

 

Useful information

These palms need full sun. They tolerate a variety of moist, well-drained soils. Prune sparingly. Avoid damaging lower trunk and roots.