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Phoenix canariensis


Canary Island Date Palm

Award winning variety

An impressive palm with a stout trunk that is crowned with long, feathery green leaves. This plant needs space and are best grown in a pot, spending summers outside and then given winter protection.


This plant needs lots of sun, so move outside as soon as possible in the spring. It is a superb addition to a Mediterranean or exotic garden.


This plant needs well-drained soil. Protect it from cold and drying winds. They are hardy outside throughout a normal winter on the south coast of Britain. Remove any dead or damaged leaves and beware of the spiny stems.

As the name suggests, the Canary Island Date Palm originates from these delightful, volcanic islands but are also planted in subtropical regions around the world. The clusters of orange fruit are not edible.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H1c

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container

Typically available

From April to September