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

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

Category:

Palms

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Orange Beach, Alabama

Queen Creek, Arizona

Redding, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Bluffton, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.