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Phoenix canariensis

Phoenix canariensis

A classic palm for a Mediterranean look

A classic evergreen palm for that subtropical/Mediterranean look or as a lawn specimen. Height can reach 4.5-6m/15-20ft eventually. Those that have reached their ultimate height can be seen on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly, but these are probably more than 100 years old!

It should be planted in a very free draining soil on a slope or a raised bed, or grown in a large pot in an open, sunny position. It grows well near the sea once established – although can appear to go backwards in the first year before rapidly taking off. It should be fed well with a good slow release fertiliser like our own Trevena Cross Fertiliser, and also a liquid feed from summer through to autumn, for maximum growth. It grows well on a poor stony soil – there are many growing around the coast of Cornwall in places like Penzance, St Ives and Falmouth. 

The larger specimens have known to survive temperatures down to about -7oC to -10oC while the smaller plants have been known to die at around -8oC, so should be protected from severe frosts. The easiest way is to pull all the leaves together, tie them up and wrap some fleece around, protecting the centre. Another way is to cover it in a wigwam of canvas, fleece or polythene.

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