July 8, 2015
Canary Island Date Palm
This Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) is in a park nearby me in Glendale, Arizona. To me, it's the most beautiful palm tree there is, and the reason that I don't have one here on my property is that they are absolutely gigantic. So I keep mine in local parks, for convenience, and the city takes care of them!
If you do have a large property, this plant is magnificent. And if you're new to learning about palm trees, compare it to the ones around it, which are common fan palms. I like to describe date palms as looking like feather dusters and fan palms looking like, uh, toilet bowl brushes (sorry about that!).
Maybe it's because I like sago palms so much that I like Canary Island Date Palms. In fact, some of my friends have told me that they had seen a giant sago palm somewhere, and it usually turns out to be one of these palms.
Of course, most palm trees, and cycads, look pretty much the same at the garden center, so it's wise to go look at them elsewhere, like in this park. And, if you have a small yard like mine, you'll want to keep yours planted in the park, not in your yard!
Posted by Brad Hall