Native to the north African Region of the Mediterranean it displays a triumphal exhibition with its upright pinnate leaves, the Phoenix dactylifera unlike many dubbed “date palm” truly is an authentic producer of dates in its native habitat or with a Mediterranean style climate year-round. When grown in Florida as we have from seedlings IT DOES NOT PROVIDE DATES. Our dactyliferas therefore are quite safe to plant near or around pool areas. Its natural tendency is multi-trunk; however, when trimmed to a single trunked tree it can reach heights of 100 feet. The large greenish or bluish gray pinnate leaves are typically 18-20 ft. long by 2 ft. wide.
Throughout history the people of North Africa and the Middle East have depended on its dates as a source of food. Through this long period of cultivation for its fruit a selective process has occurred whereby high-quality distinct varieties are grown commercially in these areas exclusively for its fruits.
USDA Zones 8b-11 Frost tolerant.