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A versatile and important palm from the cradle of human civilization, the date palm has provided a critical food source for thousands of years, its leaf, stalk and stem utilized for thatching, roofing and posts. Rows of these trees dotted the Palm Desert and Indio area and were agriculturally significant, especially when cheaper imported dates were unavailable. In the 1950s, the agriculture importance of these trees faded and many thousands were dug up to make way for subdivisions or to fill the landscaping demands of malls, roadways and commercial developments. The date palm's resurgence in subsequent years can be seen in groves that now extend along the Coachella Valley southward to the Salton Sea.

The P. dactylifea shares many features in a reduced form with its imposing Phoenix canariensis cousin. By comparison, the dactylifea is a cleaner tree typically seen with mostly upright fronds, in part because its smaller aspect is easier to maintain. Growing to a height of 70 feet, this palm has long feathery leaves with hundreds of thin, foot long, pointed leaflets. The manicured leaf bases form an attractive diamond pattern on the trunk and take on a molded or sculpted appearance. Many examples can be seen in the recently installed improvements along Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, CA.

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    Conditions for Growth

    A heat and sun loving palm, the Dactylifera does well in the desert, inland valleys and coastal areas of California. The date palm requires intense desert dry heat to flower and fruit properly, and will not produce dates in humid areas, along the coast or in inland areas benefiting from the cool coastal breeze.

    Growth Rate and Size

    The trunk can grow to around 70 feet tall and around 12-16 inches wide in California, perhaps reach greater heights in the desert where they thrive in hot arid air with plenty of water.

    Description

    The date palm can form many trunks (called a clustered habit) and is often propagated by wrenching suckers from the main trunk. A dioecious palm with separate male and female plants, fruit is borne only by the female. The female is rarely seen used for purely ornamental purposes, that task being left to the non-fruit bearing males. The leaf bases properly cut leave a much-desired diamond pattern. The pinnate leaves of the P. dactylifera are grey-green, about 10 feet long with hundreds of thin, sharply pointed leaflets. Like all Phoenix palms, the leaves take an induplicate form or V shape, an interesting evolutionary adaptation that differs from the reduplicate leaves of tropical and subtropical pinnate palms.