Date Palm Care
If you grow the Date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera) as an ornamental, it is easy to care for. The tree can grow in many different areas. In the United States the date palm may be cultivated in climate zones 9 to 11. Some people grow it in zone 8, but the foliage may get damaged.
The Medjool palm is a desert tree, and it is highly drought tolerant. It likes hot, dry climate and does well in areas with low humidity. At the same time, the tree requires abundant supply of fresh water. The Date palm tree roots go very deep and search out subterranean water.
The Date palm is cold hardy. It can tolerate light freeze in winter. The tree is hardy to 20 F, though foliage damage can occur.
This desert tree is highly salt water tolerant and wind tolerant. It can be grown near the ocean.
The Phoenix dactylifera has very high light requirements. The Date palm thrives in full sun and can tolerate partial shade.
The Medjool palm is a very durable and adaptable tree. It will grow well in all kinds of soils. The Date palm will tolerate poor and high PH soils.
The exotic tree may be trimmed annually to remove dead leaves and offshots (suckers).
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