SENEGAL DATE PALM
The multiple trunks of the Senegal Date Palm lose older fronds as the palm grows, clearing lower trunks of all foliage. This characteristic makes Senegal Date Palm a wonderful tree for accenting in a bed of groundcover or a grouping of low shrubs.
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Senegal Date Palm trunks which bend to the horizontal as the palm ages may need to be supported with a brace or cable to hold them up. Growing easily in full sun or partial shade, Senegal Date Palm will thrive on any well-drained soil. Plants should receive adequate moisture during periods of drought. This palm is too large for all but the largest residential landscapes. They are very costly to purchase due to the slow growth rate. Large specimens command a high price.
Trunks which bend to the horizontal as the palm ages may need to be supported with a brace or cable to hold them up. Growing easily in full sun or partial shade, Senegal Date Palm will thrive on any well-drained soil. Plants should receive adequate moisture during periods of drought. This palm is too large for all but the largest residential landscapes. They are very costly to purchase due to the slow growth rate. Large specimens command a high price.
“Note from Joel”
Guess what, this is one of my favorite palms. Not all Reclinata palms are created equal. Every one of them is different. No two look alike, even when germinated from the same mother tree. The trunks are always going to make their own particular choice about which way they’re going to go. However, when they angle away from each other properly, or when you can do some selective removal of unnecessary trunks, these trees can be spectacular. But beware, unless you have a Reclinata that is cross pollinated with another Phoenix family of palm, it will take some work to keep it under control. These palms tend to self propagate, thus creating a miniature jungle of new growth at the bottom of the tree. We are always on the lookout for specimen Reclinatas that have a good cross pollination factor. These will be what we put on the market. These are usually big, hard to handle, clumsy when installing, and with every step added to the process these become more expensive.
Common Names: Senegal date palm family: Arecacea (palm Family)
This beautiful and unusual palm grows in huge clumps that can make a striking statement in the landscape. The Senegal date palm is variable in shape and form but tends to grow as clumps composed of multiple stems reaching 25 ft (7.6m) to 50 ft (15 m) in height. These slender stems are covered with brown fiber and tend to curve away from the center of the clump in graceful arcs. They are topped by crowns of dark green to yellow green pinnate (feather shaped) fronds. The leaves are up to 8-15 ft (2.4-4.5 m) long and about 3 ft (0.9 m) wide and recurve attractively toward the ground. The leaf stem is armored with vicious needles near the trunk.
Without pruning the tree tends to grow into a tangled mass of stems and leaves (as shown in the picture below). A more attractive specimen can be obtained by removing many of the suckers and trimming away the lower fronds so that the gracefully curving stems can be enjoyed. The Senegal date palm readily hybridizes with the many other species of Phoenix that are found in the landscape. Some of the hybrids have naturally open aspect with fewer suckers – these make the nicest specimens.