Phoenix theophrasti
Cretan date palm

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 phoenix theophrasti





Greece, Turkey and Ceylon

Cold Hardiness: 

15-18, F.

Trunk type:

This palm has a medium sized trunk (10-12 inches).  The crown is composed of brown/tan fiber.

Leaf type:

This palm has 10-12 foot silver leaves that
droop slightly.  The petioles (leafstalk) are heavily armed with long yellow spines.  This is a sharp species.


Suckering (multiple trunks).



Speed of growth:

Slow to moderate.


Are reports of taller plants, but typically under 20 feet. Takes a very long time to get taller.

Soil requirements:


Sun Requirements:

Full sun.

General Description:

This is a great blue (silver) palm.  It makes a medium sized clump.  It's a great palm for most of California and other comparable climates.  It is tolerant of most soils, but like the other Phoenix species, it will grow better in a quick draining soil.

Other Notes:

Mature examples of this palm can be found in California.  Many people have grown this palm with great success.  It is definitely worth a try, especially for those in hot or cold areas.

Further Data:


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