Canary Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

Canary Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis


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San Diego, CA(Zone 10a)

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

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)

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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