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PlantFiles: Date Palm
Phoenix dactylifera 'Deglet noor'

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phoenix (FEE-niks) (Info)
Species: dactylifera (dak-ty-LIF-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Deglet noor

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is fire-retardant

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From hardwood heel cuttings
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Dec 16, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

like almost all Date varieties, the trees look the same. However the fruits vary somewhat.. this is by far the most commonly grown date variety in the US, though sales of Medjool dates are catching up fast. These are semi-soft dates (not too sweet) and used in many dried fruit/nut platters and in candied dates with coconut usually.

From the Dole Company information: Algerian 'semi-dry'
date and the 'leading commercial date' in the US (at the time of this info, which is probably about 2000). Fruit rots easily if grown in high humidity or rainfall. Coral red fruits turn amber when ripe (and deeper brown when cured). Ripening is later in the year than many other varieties. Cultivation yields run about 200-300 lbs per tree pre year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona
Cibolo, Texas

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