Massive and imposing, the Canary Island date palm is the center of attention wherever it is planted. Growing up to 60' tall, the thick, hulking trunk is covered with interesting diamond designs that mark the point of attachment of old leaves. The massive trunk supports a huge crown of over 50 huge, arching, pinnate leaves that may reach 18' long. These leaves are deep green, shading to a yellow stem where the leaflets are replaced by vicious spines. In areas of high rainfall, like Florida, these palms are often seen with ferns growing from among the old leaf stems. Decomposing leaf litter and other fibrous matter collect there creating an absorbent compost that sword ferns love, forming a hanging garden just below the palm's canopy. The overall form of the plant is very formal and symmetrical.
This palm is native to the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, where they enjoy dry Mediterranean conditions. In similar climates such as the Mediterranean basin, Southern California, and parts of the desert Southwest, these palms grow fast and become quite tall. In humid climates like South Florida, Canary Island date palm is slow-growing and seldom gets taller than 30'. This palm is especially slow when young. Once the trunk reaches its full diameter the growth rate increases a bit.
Canary Island date palm demands well-drained soil; it will quickly rot in areas that are permanently wet or saturated. It also requires full sun. Because of its ultimate size, this is not a plant to use for a small residential garden. Because of the long, vicious thorns, care must be taken at all times when working around the plant.
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