Date Palm

Pygmy date palms

Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii).
Photo: UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center.

The date palm has been cultivated by humans for its fruit for centuries. Often seen in resorts and other large-scale landscapes, "true" date palms (those with tasty, edible fruit) and Canary Island date palms can grow to be incredibly large and aren't recommended for home landscapes.

The Senegal date palm is an attractive specimen tree, and can be grown in South Florida and coastal areas of Central Florida. Resembling a small "true" date palm, the pygmy date palm is also found in South Florida landscapes, and indoors as well (just watch out for its sharp thorns).


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