Canary Island Palm

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Canary Island Palm - Phoenix canariensis
Latin name:
Phoenix canariensis

Description: Very large palm hailing from the Canary Islands and probably one of the most well known palms in the world. Found to be much hardier than originally thought in this country. They are grown for their very architectural appearance with their graceful arching green fronds that can be up to 6m long in a Mediterranean climate. In warmer parts of the UK up to 3m is obtainable as long as you purchase plants with a large cordex (base plate). These beauties must be planted in very well drained soils. Larger plants are more frost hardy than small ones.

Hardiness: about -8C for large specimens

Height: 20m though in this country – who knows!

Position: Full sun

Soil: sandy, well drained soil

Water: Drought tolerant once established

Usage: They look good when surrounded by other Mediterranean style planting.

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