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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.
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.