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PlantFiles: Wild Date Palm, India Date Palm, Silver Date Palm, Date Sugar Palm
Phoenix sylvestris 'Robusta'

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phoenix (FEE-niks) (Info)
Species: sylvestris (sil-VESS-triss) (Info)
Cultivar: Robusta

Category:
Palms

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Silver/Gray
Blue-Green

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
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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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive donnacreation On Feb 20, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted 2 of these date palms 2 years ago, but in my zone they require winter protection - warming lights and frost cloth.

Positive QCHammy On Mar 1, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Started from seed about 3 years ago. Is now about a foot tall and is showing silver/blue coloration. Very attractive, drought and heat tolerant, and fairly fast growing compared to other palms I have grown from seed.

Reportedly, is more tolerant of hot, humid climates than other Phoenix species and will even grow in tropical areas.

Regional...

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

Orange Beach, Alabama
Queen Creek, Arizona
Redding, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Bluffton, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Corpus Christi, Texas



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