Date Palm is grown either as a multiple stem feather palm or trained to a single stem. The later is more common when used in formal settings or as a street tree. This species has a similar leaf as Canary Island Date Palm, but features a more slender trunk. In favorable arid climates, this species can become a large tree, although it is often somewhat smaller than this in our region. Cold tolerance is high for a feather palm, surviving in warmer portions of USDA zone 8. This species is the source of commercial dates. The bases of the leaf stalks become quite spiny resulting in some maintenance concerns.
Plant Habit or Use:
Tree, small tree, medium tree, large tree, tropical
sun, partial sun
Creamy yellow in a densely packed panicle; encased in woody spathe prior to opening.
Souce of commerical dates, usually bearing quality fruit only in arid tropics.
Variable by climate and site; 20 ft to 70 ft
10 ft to 15 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Non-Defined Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Non-Defined Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Non-Defined Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Non-Defined Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Non-Defined Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
8, 9, 10, 11
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Lethal yellows can be a problem as can palm heart rot, palm borer, and root knot nematode; resistant to cotton root rot.