Phoenix canariensis

Canary Island date palm

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Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Also known as the Canary Island date palm, this is a plant for growing in a large container. It forms a thick trunk with large, leathery, deep green, frond-like leaves. Although not completeley hardy, it can be grown outside in very mild areas, where over time, it will form a large tree. In colder areas large plants can be protected with layers of hessian or straw. Alternatively grow in a container and move to a frost-free place in winter. Mature palms produce bunches of cream, bowl-shaped flowers in summer which are followed by small, black fruit. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit, which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Arecaceae

Genus: Phoenix

Species: canariensis

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 3000cm

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