Date Palm 'Deglet noor'

Phoenix dactylifera

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Blooms repeatedly



This plant is fire-retardant

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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

Queen Creek, Arizona

Cibolo, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


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.