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True Date Palm Trees, Phoenix dactylifera are cold hardy to the upper teens (lower depending on the age and growth of the Date Palm). Date Palms can grow over 30 feet tall. Date Palm trees are often identified with the Middle East. View the Date Palm Picture Gallery.

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True Date Palm Trees - Cold Hardy Palms

(Phoenix dactylifera)

The True Date Palm is often mentioned in the bible, rendered on Egyptian tomb walls, and extensively used to spiff up Las Vegas hotels, this is a Sun Palm Trees' favorite and has a long and fascinating role in humankind's history.

The following is detailed information on the Date Palms

True Date Palm Trees, Phoenix dactylifera, Overview

All though there are many Palm Trees we call Date Palms, Phoenix dactylifera is the True Date Palm Tree. The True Date has:

  • A broad gray trunk patterned with diamond-shape leafs up to 16 inches in diameter.
  • Large (18-20 feet long by 2 feet wide) greenish or bluish -gray pinnate leaves forming a bushy canopy up to 40 feet wide.
  • Leaves which are composed of 1 to 2 foot long leaflets arranged in V-shape ranks the length of the leaf stem.

Date Palm Tree

Date Palm Description

Although there are many palms that we call "date palms" (i.e. pygmy date palm, Canary Island date palm, etc.) Phoenix dactylifera is the true date palm from which the tasty fruit is obtained. The date palm is a suckering palm that is usually pruned to have only one trunk. Trimmed in this manner the Date Palm will grow to heights of 100 feet. Leaflets near the base are modified into 3-4 inch spines.

Usually the trunk of the date palm is topped by a single crown comprising the fronds, the terminal bud, and the date clusters. All these elements are tightly interlaced at the base of the crown, which is protected by layers of tough, intertwined brown fibers. Cutting off the terminal bud will kill the date palm even if the whole tree is not cut down. Each frond, measuring up to 4-5 m in length, has three parts: the spatulate base, attached to the trunk; the strong, spiny stalk and midrib, 1-2 m long; and the pinnate section, or leaflets, about 40 cm long.

The yellow-orange to red fruit, called 'dates';, are oblong and about 1.5 inches in length. They consist of a large pointed seed surrounded by sweet sugary flesh. Dates are formed from flowers on 4 foot inflorescences that emerge from among the leaves in Crown and terminal bud. 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.

Date Palm Tree Usage

The Date palm is spectacular for landscaping large areas. In recent years many commercial date farms in the western U.S. have closed due to a number of economic pressures. As a result large specimens are available at very competitive prices, even when shipped to Florida. As I write this a half dozen date palms were installed at the entrance to a new building in our office complex - in my opinion complementing the modernistic architecture of these structures beautifully. Date Palm Tree are also frequently seen guarding the entrances to upscale housing developments and standing in regiments along boulevards.


True Date Palm
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True Date Palm
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Date Palm v. True Date
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Date Palm Tree with well pruned crown

Other Cold Hardy Palms you might be interested in:

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True Date Palms (Phoenix dactylifera) 

Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) 

Texas Sabal Palms

(Sabal mexicana) 

Mediterranean Fan Palms (Chamaerops humilis)

California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera)

Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) 

Pindo Palms

(Butia capitata)  

Sago Palms

(Cycas revoluta) 

Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia robusta)

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