Plant Data Sheet  
 
  Phoenix dactylifera
 
NOMENCLATURE
Botanical Name: Phoenix dactylifera
Common Name: Date Palm
DESCRIPTION
This is the classic palm of desert oases. The slender trunk is scarred with old leaf bases and holds a spherical crown of stiff waxy grey-green leaves. Long clusters of cream-colored flowers appear in spring or summer followed by edible sweet fleshy fruit. Does well seaside as well as in the desert.
CULTURAL INFORMATION
Light Exposure: Sun
Water Requirements: Regular
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 11-24
USDA Zone: 30 to 35 F( Z10a)
PLANT ANATOMY
Foliage Growth Cycle: n/a
Plant Habit: Stiff
Height (at Maturity): 80 ft.
Width (at Maturity): 20-40 ft
FLOWER CHARACTERISTICS
Color: Yellow
Shape: Bowl-shaped
LEAF CHARACTERISTICS
Color: Grey-green
Texture: Waxy
Notes: Leaves composed of stiff sharp-pointed leaflets.
FRUIT CHARACTERISTICS
Color: Yellow to reddish-brown
Type: Dates
Length: 1-3"
Edible: Yes
Notes: Sweet.
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