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Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2004
2:12 PM

Post #874713

Canary Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis

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San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 5, 2004
5:22 PM

Post #1179317

Phoenix canariensis is from the Canary Islands, well off the coast of NW Africa, hence the correct common name of Canary Islands Palm. It was brought to California a long time ago and has become endemic, in fact, invasive. The edible date palm is P. dactylifera, a native of Northern Africa. It is also widespread in S. California and is grown commercially in the desert around Indio.
Chowchilla, CA

January 29, 2008
11:57 PM

Post #4471137

Palmbob, Canariensis typically have yellow/orange fruit, but as we all know, they easily hybridize and have different characteristics (in this case, red fruit). I've read that the red fruited canariensis could be a hybrid with p.rupicola. Do you know anything about the red fruited canariensis?


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #4472027

no, but you are right about hybridization. No idea which palm it is a hybrid with though rupicola is a likely candidate as there are some in this botanical garden

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