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Phoenix sylvestris

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Photo Locations: Oahu, HI

General Notes

This plant is weedy. We do not recommend planting it in Hawai’i.
The silver date palm is naturalized in a number of locations in Hawai'i, but particularly on the north shore of Oahu. This species is closely related to the Canary Island date palm (P. canariensis), but has a more slender trunk, and fronds that are shorter and more silver in color. The two can also form hybrids. Phoenix sylvestris has a HPWRA (Hawaii' Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 17 (High Risk).

Native to Southern Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Arecaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Erect and requires ample growing space.

Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 50 - 60 feet.

Width: 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Orange or Yellow Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Light Green, Fibrous.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 12 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good to Moderate Inland.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Fusarium and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered High.

Attracts Birds.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Phoenix sylvestris Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 13, 2021.
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