Medjool Date Palm - Cherrylake

Medjool Date Palm

Phoenix dactylifera

The Phoenix dactylifera ‘Medjool’, more commonly known as the Medjool Date Palm, is a distinguished variety that has become a staple in both commercial and residential landscapes. Renowned for its majestic stature and lush, arching fronds, this species adds an instant touch of elegance and tropical allure to any setting. Its robust form, which can reach heights of up to 80 feet, makes it an impressive focal point in large open spaces. Yet, it is equally capable of enhancing the ambiance of more intimate garden settings, thanks to its graceful canopy and striking silhouette.

The Medjool Date Palm thrives in full sun and requires moderate water, making it relatively low maintenance once established. Its dense canopy offers refuge and nesting sites for various bird species, small mammals, and insects, while the flowers attract essential pollinators like bees and butterflies. This palm is not only prized for its aesthetic appeal but also for its resilience. It is capable of withstanding various environmental stresses, including wind and drought, which makes it an ideal choice for landscapes in warmer climates. Whether used to line avenues in commercial developments or to create a tropical oasis in residential backyards, the Medjool Date Palm is a testament to durability and beauty.

Medjool Date Palm in a landscape

Ornamental Characteristics:

Native Origin:
North Africa or the Middle East

Common Names:
Date palm
Date tree
Date palm tree

Hardy Range: 9B to 11
Mature Height: 60 to 80’
Mature Spread: 12 to 20’
Growth Rate: slow

Ornamental Characteristics:
Displaying pinnately compound fronds that can reach up to 20 feet in length, consisting of numerous slender leaflets that form a lush, feathery canopy. Its trunk is characterized by distinctive diamond-shaped leaf scars from shed fronds, adding texture. This palm also produces large, sweet Medjool dates that add visual interest with their hanging clusters.

Soil: sandy or loamy soil
Salt: high
Exposure: full sun

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Medjool Date Palm in a landscape
Medjool Date Palm diamond cut
Detail of Medjool Date Palm fronds and dates