Phoenix sylvestris/Silver Date Palm, Sugar Date Palm

Phoenix sylvestris / Phoenix sylvestris
Specimen plant at the Houston Botanical Garden
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Specimen plant at the Houston Botanical Garden

Used in a mall planting

In a large container in a mall planting

Canopy of a mature plant

Canopy of a mall growing plant

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Scientific Name: Phoenix sylvestris
Common Name: Silver Date Palm, Sugar Date Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a relatively slender growing palm that produces a dense crown of striking recurving, grayish colored fronds. This palm is somewhat similar to the Canary date palm but grows more slender and the fronds are more recurving. This palm is reported to be a fast growing selection once it is well established. Also has rather good tolerance to light freezing temperatures.