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Phoenix roebellenii

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This genus of palms is represented by a large number of species some of which have quite specific purposes in landscaping and agriculture.

Not only is this genus of palms well known for its thorny fronds or modified leaves, but also for the food source of commercial dates (Ph. dactilifera), the elegance of the Dwarf Date Palm (Ph. roebellenii) and grandeur of the Canary Island Date Palm (P. canariensis) to name but three.

In Australia, by far the most common species is the Dwarf Date Palm which can be found in all states and most climates. Popular for its small size, dainty looks and relative ease of maintenance, the numbers grown by nurseries means that it is also quite economical for the gardener to purchase.

At the other end of the cost and size scale are Canary Island Date Palms which grow to 15 meters and weighing more than 3 tonnes when mature. They require a Semi Trailer to relocate from ex-ground to customer, and can cost as much as $3000 per meter of trunk delivered to the final landscape for planting by a crane truck!. These palms are usually found gracing the gardens of stately homes, streetscapes and parks.