Phoenix canariensis

Canary Island Date Palm

(47 customer reviews)

From: £20.95

The Canary Island Date Palm is a ubiquitous sight in warm temperate to tropical places worldwide, and can bring that same tropical atmosphere to any garden.

Phoenix canariensis’ arching feathery leaves are an eye-catching sight, no matter the size of the palm. As the palm grow its iconic trunk will slowly develop, making for an incredibly striking specimen.


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Origin: Canary Islands
Genus: Phoenix
Species / Cultivar: canariensis
Common Name: Canary Island Date Palm
Synonym: Phoenix cycadifolia

Plant Biography

Endemic to the Canary Islands, the Pygmy date palm lives across all seven of the individual islands in a range of habitats, from humid areas just below cloud forest, to semi-arid areas, with the largest population being on La Gomera island.

However, you may be more familiar with its use across the world in warm temperate regions as a street tree. In many of these locations the leaflets are used to create woven products, including crosses for Palm Sunday celebrations.

Phoenix canariensis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3-4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This palm performs well grown in a container, where it will grow much more compactly than planted in the ground.
Phoenix Palm Pruners

Phoenix Palm Pruners

Phoenix canariensis is renowned for its thick, columnar grey-brown trunk with distinctive diamond shaped leaf base scars which form as the crown of arching palmate leaves die and grow higher.

Specialist palm pruners, especially in locations where it is commonly grown, take immense pride in ornamentally trimming the fronds into these beautiful forms.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Phoenix canariensis is hardy to -8C, or lower when it’s dry, and is particularly resistant to drought and salty winds, making it a perfect candidate for the south coast of the UK.

I have just taken delivery of 2 Phoenix Canariensis - Only 7 days since I placed my order - the plants are large, healthy specimens and were well protected and wrapped for their journey. Thank you.

Phyll L

I have just taken delivery of 2 Phoenix Canariensis - Only 7 days since I placed my order - the plants are large, healthy specimens and were well protected and wrapped for their journey. Thank you.

47 customer reviews for Phoenix canariensis

Bought this new plant I was impressed with the speed of delivery and when opened was amazed and very pleased at the size and quality. Looks fantastic in my garden.may have to come back for more

David Fletcher

really pleased…. great palm ….bigger than i thought and really healthy looking ….. will definately buy from palm centre again…. many thanks


An excellent palm for a very sheltered garden. I have grown my Phoenix for the last ten years in my Norfolk garden with success. This is mainly due to having very good drainage and wrapping the palm with fleece from late November till March. Make sure you protect the growing point with fleece also which works with other palms like Butia. The large specimen phoenix in Norwich have come through the winter of 2010, although they lost most of their outer leaves have now recovered.

Stephen J Oakley

My attempt to grow this palm outside in Hampshire failed, and I think this was mainly to do with the winter wet as the central growing point simply rotted after 2 winters. Nonetheless I now grow several specimens in pots, moving them outside for the summer and overwintering in a cool greenhouse where they have comfortably survived -2c when fairly dry. A very exotic looking palm, albeit very spiky, I am considering trying to plant these specimens outside again and find some way of sheltering them

James Barnet