Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)
This palm originates in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago just off the North West Coast of Africa. The Canary Island Date Palm is large and imposing, up to 20m tall. It provides a true feature in the garden with its huge, solid trunk, and long, arching feather leaves.
The Canary island date palm has been extremely popular and still is for those wanting to make a botanical statement!
They are often seen paired to frame a stately home or used to line streets or driveways or to make a feature in the middle of a lawn. Once grown, they provide a distinctive art deco flair and a real sense of the tropics! The great thing is; you don't need to live in the tropics to grow one! They will handle frosts once established and are seen growing well in Melbourne parks - there are quite a few in St Kilda.
They are sometimes called Pineapple Palms, as they look like pineapples when trimmed to produce a "pineapple" beneath the crown.
How fast do Canary Island Date Palms Grow?
The Canary Island Palm is considered a slow growing palm, growing about 30cm per year. Growth rate highly depends on fertility of soil and water supply and it will grow quicker or slower depending on how it is cared for.
Growing your Canary Island Palm:
Choose a position in full sun, in well draining soil. The Canary Island Date Palm is frost tolerant to around -10 and also very drought tolerant.
It is a very hardy plant and is likely to be very successful even with little care.
Fertilise with a slow release fertiliser in spring and summer. Mulch well, but keep mulch away from the trunk. Water often to accelerate growth.
Common names: Canary Island Date Palm
Plants available for sale: 30-40cm tall and strong ready to plant out - out they go!
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