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Date Palms

Phoenix spp.

Also known as


Phoenix canariensis located on the former gas works site by Bidgee (CC BY-SA 3.0 au)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Date Palms Overview

Phoenix is a genus containing 14 species of evergreen palms in the Arecaceae family. This genus is native to a wide region of Eurasia and North Africa, from the Canary Islands in the West to Malaysia in the East. They are found in a range of different habitats from deserts to mangrove swamps and are characterised by having narrowly divided pinnate leaves, with the lower leaf segments morphing into spines. Bowl-shaped creamy-yellow flowers in summer are followed by dark fruits (dates). They are commonly known as Date Palms or just Palms. The Date Palm, Phoenix dactylifera, is commercially cultivated for its fruit while other species, for example the Pygmy Date Palm, are grown as patio and houseplants.

Common problems with Date Palms

How to propagate Date Palms


Special features of Date Palms

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Date Palms

Grown for their overall appearance and their edible fruits.

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