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🌴Canary Island Date Palm | Phoenix Canariensis | The Best Exterior Palm Tree

The Canarian palm tree is a natural symbol of the Canary Islands. Canary Island Dates is recognized through it’s crown of leaves and trunk characteristics. It’s not uncommon to see Pineapple palms, pruned and trimmed to enhance the appearance.

Many people consider pruning as defacing and lessening the appearance of the tree. The trunk of the Canary Island Date palm is very recognizable because of its diamond shaped ridges which cover most of trunk.

Canary Date Palm in Fuerteventura.

These ridges appear more prominently as the palm matures through scarring of old leaves which have fallen off. As the palm matures, the once small unnoticeable trunk now becomes noticeable.

The Canary Island Date palm is also known scientifically as Phoenix canariensis and is from the Canary Islands, which are located off the coast of Africa. The average height that the Phoenix canariensis palm grows is between 50 to 60 feet. The Pineapple palm flowers late spring early summer and has numerous orange seeds which ensure its population.

The Canary Island Date has 10 to 15 feet long green leaves that create a stunning crown look. The support for the immense crownshaft is by the massive trunk which is largely appealing. The Canary Island Date palm thrives in acidic soil conditions and full sun. The Canary Date palm is a grand statement for any home, business, or corporate center.

For more in depth information about the Canary palm, such as natural habitat, Palm Height, Palm Spread, Palm Speed of growth, Salt Toleration, and types of soil.

Canary Island Date Palm Tree Environmental Impact

Canary Date palm is a beautiful addition to any large yard or garden. However in New Zealand, the Canary Island Date palm tree is known as a ‘sleeper weed’ and has invaded special areas of native habitation growth. Some of these special areas are delicate mangroves and unstable rainforests.

The reason the Canary Island Date palm is known as a ‘sleeper weed’ is because its ability to blend into the surroundings as vegetation and is noticed too late to be easily pulled up out of the ground. The wide-spread and not so eco-friendly numbers of the palm is caused by the wildlife which eat the fruit from either the stalk or when fallen on the ground.

Canary Palm tree in Lanzarote.

Canary Island Date Palm Transplanting

If not properly done, transplanting is known to kill the palm. The Pineapple palm needs to be healthy, fertilized, and green before transplanting for a greater success rate. Transplanting should be limited to growth needs and should be carefully thought out.

The average height the Pineapple Palm is between 50 to 60 feet and the trunk is 2 to 4 feet in diameter. Before transplanting, make sure there is ample space for the growth of the palm tree and that when pulled out of its spot the roots stay intact together.

Also, when planted in partial sun, the growth of the Date Palm tree will be stunted and extra maintenance will be needed for it to receive the proper nutrition. Make sure the hole which is dug for the palm is one to two feet larger than the root ball.

Also, to ease the transplant shock, add Mycohorrizal fungi to the side of the root ball before putting the root ball in the hole. After placing the rootball in the hole, ensure that no part of the trunk is buried in the dirt.

Then soak the ground around the palm tree 1-2 times a day for the first three weeks without soaking the trunk. Also, insert fertilizer spikes for year round feeding. Applying these easy tips will ensure that the Canary palm tree will thrive.

Canary Date palm in Teno, Tenerife.

DIY – Landscape Design

The Canary Island Date palm tree would best be suited for larger areas such as large yards, office buildings, corporate centers, or parks. When using a Pineapple palm for landscaping be cognizant of the ultimate height and width of the palm before planting.

When you have chosen the area in which you would like to plant the Canary Island Date, ensure that there is proper irrigation to the palm. It is important that your irrigation system or yourself do not apply water or spray water on the trunk of the Canary Island Date palm. The water will encourage bacteria to grow and a very not-so-nice friend, Ganoderma butt rot, to infest the palm and eat away at the palm from inside out.

There is no cure for the Ganoderma butt rot, but there is methods of protection against it, just spray the palm with some liquid copper fungicide and stay away from watering the trunk. Once the irrigation and position of the palm tree are thought out, then comes the wonderful variety of palms which can be used to add distinction and interest to the area.

Many people use the shade that the Canary Date palm provides as a refuge from the sun. Creating a canopy is an ideal option for planting a Canary Island Date palm, just space them far enough for each palm to receive its own amount of sunlight.

You can also use the Canary Island Date palm tree as a tropical backdrop in any setting. The way to accomplish a tropical setting is by mixing other leaf types of palm trees in and underneath the area. To give the area a more native feel, you could plant other woody and herbaceous plants. There is also a fern that thrives in the nut of the palm which, if properly watered, turns the nut of the palm green and gives the Canary palm tree a tropical vibe.

Canary Date Palm in Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote.
DIY – Indoor Design

The Canary palm makes a great indoor palm if provided the right environment. The Canary Island Date palm needs an area where full sun is given, so either a full window skylight or a conservatory would be ideal. Since the Canary Island is indoors, it will need extra nutrients to maintain its constant vitality.

Also, good waterings are needed along with good drainage soil in the pot. Place small rocks or pebbles into the soil for good drainage. As long as the Canary Date palm has full sunlight, properly watered, and sufficiently nutriented it should thrive in any indoor setting.

The Canary Island Date can be placed as a socialistic starter when placed in the decorating scheme of a room. Take into consideration the surround area to which the Canary Island Date palm will be placed, usually the surrounding area has to complement the palm tree. There are endless shapes and colors of vases and pots to choose from which can give the palm tree an extra oomph. Try using contrasting and vibrant colors to showcase the palm tree.

Where to see Canary palms tree in Canary Islands

In the Canary Islands there are 300,000 Canarian palm trees distributed in gardens and in the natural environment. You can see them in their natural state in each of the Canary Islands:

  • Lanzarote: Palmeral de Haría, en el norte de la isla.
  • Fuerteventura: Vega de Río Palmas.
  • Tenerife: Macizo de Teno.
  • Gran Canaria: La Sorrueda, Santa Lucía de Tirajana.
  • La Palma: Ravines in the north of the island.
  • El Hierro: Ravines in the north of the island.
  • La Gomera: Ravines in the south of the island.

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