Canary Island Date Palm – Phoenix canariensis
Leaves 20 feet long growing on 50 foot massive trunks make the Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis, a highly desirable palm tree for a tropical look around entrances to patios or pools. The Canary Island date palm has been considered fairly cold hardy in lower southern states and specimens of large trees have survived in winters as far north as Columbia, South Carolina. The trunk of the Canary Island date palm is huge in diameter and the triangular cuts on the palm leaves are considered to be highly decorative. The resort of Sea Island, Georgia is loaded with large palm tree specimens of the Canary Island date palm, and none of these trees have ever been damaged from snow or cold since 1927. The Phoenix palm, Phoenix canariensis, is not fast growing, thus this particular palm tree is very expensive; however, the Phoenix canary palm is easily transplanted and easy to grow. In Florida, long lines of the Canary Island palm trees are planted on the boundries of boulevards. The Canary Island palm tree was the best survivor of hurricanes that hit Florida in the year 2004 because of its massive size and extensive root spread.
Medjool Date Palm – Phoenix dactylifera
In ancient history, this famous Medjool date palm fed the many areas of the Mideast. A food, the dried date, was easily preserved to sustain travelers who promoted caravan trade throughout the East and Western civilizations. Like grain, olives, raisins, and wine, these commodities, along with dates, flourished in stable empires of the past with properity that overflowed abundantly. The Hebrew Scriptures repeatedly mentioned the Medjool date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, as God's gift to the chosen people, the Jews. Groves of the Medjool date palm trees still grow in the ancient lands of the Israelites, and newer groves have been established and grow productively in the Western United States, where dates are harvested yearly for gourmets to buy at markets. The Medjool date palm trees grow into enormous specimen trees with time and are choice landscape trees at vacation resorts for that tropical look. The Medjool date palm tree is cold hardy in most southern areas of the United States in zones 7-11.
Pygmy Date Palm Tree - Phoenix roebellenii Although the Pygmy Date palm tree, Phoenix roebellenii does not show the same cold hardy characteristics as the other Phoenix palm trees, it is a very popular landscape plant. It can be used for outside use but is best when planted in containers to be moved inside during winter or to be grown inside in offices year round. The dwarf nature of the Pygmy Date palm, Phoenix roebellenii, makes it easy to grow and manage with minimum care. The Dwarf Pygmy Date palm tree is armed with sharp spines that are often clipped off in office situations. The tropical look of the Pygmy Date palm leaves is a valuable characteristic for the nursery tree buyer, who shops for tropical office trees that require a minimum of care.
Sylvester Palm Tree - Phoenix sylvestris The feather-like leaves of Phoenix palm trees are all similar, however, the thin, slender trunk of the Sylvester palm tree, Phoenix sylvestris, sets it apart from the massive thick trunk of the Canary Island palm tree, Phoenix canariensis. The Sylvester palm tree, Phoenix sylvestris, is a choice specimen tree with it’s towering trunk topped and a spreading canopy of ten foot leaves. Phoenix sylvestris transplants well in small or large tree plantings, and the seeds easily sprout to form new palm trees. The Phoenix sylvestris palm tree exhibits the same cold hardy survival characteristics as the Canary Island palm tree, Phoenix canariensis, growing undamaged in Zones 7-11.
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