Date Palm tagged posts

Dec 2013 – Phoenix Sylvestris

Phoenix Sylvestris

Phoenix Sylvestris
(Phoenix Dactylifera, Date Palm, 银海枣)

A native of India where it is common in scattered stands, It is generally much faster growing, however, and has a crown of grey-green/glaucous fronds. In its native state the flower stalks are tapped for their sap, which is boiled down to make date sugar.

The yellow fruit are reputedly edible but are very acid and if at all green are also astringent. This hardy palm will grow in tropical or temperate regions and in inland and coastal districts. It requires a sunny position in well-drained soil.

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Nov 2013 – Phoenix Canariensis

Phoenix Canariensis

Phoenix Canariensis
(Canary Island Date Palm)

Phoenix Canariensis or namely Canary Island Date Palm has proved to be especially hardy in inland districts, tolerating the heat and dry conditions without setback. It is especially adaptable since it can be grown in temperate, subtropical and tropical regions and in coastal as well as inland areas.

It is very frost-hardy and will thrive in quite poor soils although it does not succeed where the drainage is poor. The stout, woody trunk grows up to 20 meter tall and is crowned by long, pinnate, light green fronds which are spiny at the base. Large clusters of golden fruits are especially colourful in inland districts.

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