Phoenix Sylvestris – Sylvester Palm India Date Palm
The Sylvester India Date Palm (Phoenix sylvestris) is a specimen palm tree that screams out “Welcome to the tropics”. With its bright green, slightly curving fronds and bumpy trunk, it is becoming the central trophy plant in many landscapes..
In Florida, the Sylvester Palm is exceptionally hardy and gaining popularity with homeowners and commercial landscapers. The date palms are known for their drought tolerance and fairly slow growth. They are well suited to Florida conditions if they are not overwatered and are provided with regular applications of palm fertilizer. The date palms have the typical diamond-shaped leaf scars on the trunk of the tree, and produce feather-shaped fronds with nasty sharp spines at the base of these leaves. The Indian Date Palm is a single trunked palm.
This Florida Nursery Growers & Landscapers Association 2006 Plant of the Year is different from other Date Palms due to its bluish-green leaf color. As it matures, a skirt of aerial roots will be seen at the swollen base of the trunk. It is reported to be faster growing that the Canary Island Date Palm. Date plans hybridize easily, so be sure of what you are buying. The Indian Date is native to India and Pakistan. It grows to 40 feet tall and is hardy in most of Florida.
For more information on the purchase of a Sylvester Palm Tree, feel free to give us a call at the farm and we’d be happy to help. Don’t forget we do offer delivery and installation services throughout the State of Florida. Hardy Palm Trees is family owned and operated, located in Plant City, Florida.