Scientific: Phoenix reclinata
Common: Senegal date palm
Family: Arecaceae
Origin: Tropical and southern Africa along swamps, and river banks, usually close to the coastal regions.

Pronounciation: FEE-nix re-cli-NA-ta

Hardiness zones
13 (with protection), 23-24
USDA 9 (with protection), 10-11

Landscape Use: Large scale entryway plantings, mesic parks and green spaces, container plant, shopping mall atrium gardens, mesic, striking tropical accent.

Form & Character: Medium sized, graceful, lacey, refined, tropical.

Growth Habit: Evergreen palm, moderate vigor and clumping, multiple trunk to 30 feet with a spread to 20 feet. Overall, it's grow rate is slower in arid regions such as south central Arizona than in more humid and tropical regions.

Foliage/texture: Feather palm, pinnately compound fronds to 6 to 8 inches, somewhat pendulous, possessing stout pinnae much like P. dactylifera, 18 to 24 inches long, medium texture

Flowers & fruits: Dioecious, axillary inflorescence in panicles to 18 inches long, cream white, fruit oblong-ellipsoid, brown, 1/2 inch long.

Seasonal color: None

Temperature: Cold hardy to 20oF

Light: Full sun in landscapes surrounded by greenery.

Soil: Salt tolerant, but soils with some organic matter are best.

Watering: Must have regular water, performs well in wet soil.

Pruning: Remove dead fronds

Propagation: Basal division of basal branches (clumps) and remove old fronds.

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Senegal date palm is a broadly-clumping, intermediate-sized feather palm for tropical and mesic landscapes designs. In the United States, it is found in landscapes in coastal and desert southern California, lower desert elevations in Arizona, south Florida, and Hawaii. In Phoenix, Senegal date palm does not grow as fast as it does in more humid climates.