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Old September 2nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
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Canary Island Date Palm
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Phoenix canariensis is a species in the palme family, Arecaceae, native to the Canary Islands. It is a relative of Phoenix dactylifera, the true date palm. It is a large solitary palm, 10-20(-40) m tall. The leaves are pinnate, 4-6 m long, with 80-100 leaflets on each side of the central rachis. The fruit is an oval, yellow to orange drupe 2 cm long and 1 cm diameter and containing a single large seed; the fruit pulp is edible but too thin to be worth eating.

The most used common name in English is "Canary Island Date Palm". The common name in Spanish speaking countries and in the Canary Islands is "Palmera Canaria".

Cultivation:
The Canary Island Date Palm is very widely planted as an ornamental plant in warm temperate regions of the world, particularly in areas with Mediterranean climates. It can be cultivated where temperatures never fall below -10/-12 C, although it will require some protection if cold periods are longer than normal. It is a slow growing tree, exclusively propagated by seed. It can be grown from southernmost England in the north to Southern Chile in the south. It is particularly popular in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Croatia, Greece, south and western France, warmer parts of the USA ( notably California and Florida ), Australia, Russia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Canary Island Date Palm: Physical Appearance

The Canary Island Date Palm is very easy to identify as it has a very distinct appearance. A huge canopy of leaves grows on the head of the tree. The trunk of the tree is very heavy, rather thin and caterpillar-like. A diamond-shaped pattern is very prominent on the trunk. Sometimes, aerial roots also grow on the trunk, but are very close to the ground. Some of the Canary Island Date Palms also grow as tall as 60 feet.

The only drawback of the tree is that it grows very slowly. So, if you have planted one in your garden, do not expect quick results. The only thing that is important for a very young Canary Island Date Palm is that it should be taken care of, especially if it has been planted on barren land for achieving land maturity.

Scientific Facts about the Canary Island Date Palm

The Canary Island Date Palm is botanically known as Phoenix Canariensis. It belongs to the Palme plant family. The Palme family is botanically known as the Arecaceae family. The Canary Island palm is a close relative of the Phoenix dactylifera.

An average Canary Island Date Palm ranges between the height of about 10 to 20 meters. The leaves of this plant have a feather-like appearance, which is shared by the entire Palme plant family. This peculiar appearance is known as Pinnate.

The fruit of the Canary Island Date palm is oval in shape, and has a yellow to orange colored appearance. This fruit belongs to the Drupe class. A Drupe class fruit has a fleshy covering on the outside. The inner part compromises of an endocarp that holds the seed within. The size of the fruit is about two centimeters long and one centimeter in diameter. There is always a single seed within the fruit.

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the Canary Island Date Palm, PHOENIX CANARIENSIS, a true native of the Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast of North Africa. It's such a beautiful and hardy tree -- able to survive dry spells, cold snaps, and apparently air pollution -- that it's planted in tropical and semitropical areas worldwide, including along streets in California and Florida.

Being in the genus Phoenix it's a "real" date palm, but it's not THE Date Palm, which is Phoenix dactylifera. The Canary Island Date Palm does produce edible dates but they're so small and their flesh is so thin that few bother to eat them. Phoenix canariensis can grow up to 60 feet tall, though usually what you see is only half that size.

In the photograph the diffuse, orangish, brushlike items among the tree's fronds are maturing fruit clusters. The fruits are only about 3/4-inch long, compared to a date, which might get two inches long.

Besides having smaller fruits, Canary Island Date Palms differ from "real" Date Palms in that Date Palms sprout from their bases. Unless someone is cutting the extra sprouts back, Date Palms appear in clusters. Canary Island Date Palms, in contrast, arise on solitary trunks.

Date palms as a group are fairly easy to distinguish from other palm kinds. First, their fronds are featherlike, instead of fanlike, as in the palmettos. After noticing that, the only other feature to look for is to see that the fronds' lower leaflets, or pinnae, are represented by stiff, long spines instead of regular soft, wide blades. The spines are substantial, hard and sharp, so when you see them there's no doubt about it.

Well I hope this gives everyone a general wealth of knowledge pertaining to the Canary Island Date Palm Tree.

I also want to add the info I found on here which is probably the most in dept info I have ever scene regarding the canary Island date palm. I will only add the first bits because it is so long.

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Canary Island Date Palm Tree Naming Conventions:
Palm Name: Canary Island Date Palm - (Ka-nair-e eye-land day-te) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Canary Palm, Pineapple Palm
Botanical Name: Phoenix canariensis - (FEE-niks) (kan-air-ee-EN-sis)
Synonym(s): P. canariensis

Canary Island Date Palm Tree Habitat:
Palm Continent of Origin: Africa
Palm Country of Origin: Canary Islands
Indoor/ Outdoor: Both
Palm North America Outdoor Hardiness: USDA Zone 8: 15 F (-9.4 C) to USDA Zone 11: above 40 F (4.5 C)
Palm Europe/ UK Outdoor Hardiness: Europe Zone 8: 10F (-12C) to Europe Zone 11: above 40 F (4.5 C)
Palm Cold Toleration: Approximately 15-30 F
Canary Island Date Palm Tree Physical Appearance:
Palm Height: 50 - 65 ft
Palm Spread: 25 - 35 ft
Palm Trunk:The Canary Island Date palm has a very stately trunk that is easily recognizable from afar. The trunk is encrusted with diamond shape scars from the old leaves which are either pruned away or have fallen from growth. Along with an enormous crown shaft, the Canary Island Date palm has wide trunks that have measured four feet in diameter.
Palm Foliage: Deep green leaves which grow up to 15 feet long, yellowing is apparent when malnutrition occurs.
Palm Foliage Growth Direction: Grows outward then upward.
Palm Flowering: White
Palm Fruits: : The fruits are produced only by the female palm tree and are approximately 1.5 inches long.
Palm Fruits Edible: The Canary Island Date palm fruits are edible and have a sour mouth-puckering taste.
Palm Leaf Type: Pinnate

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