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Phoenix dactylifera / Medjool Date Palm

Use: Medjools are used as stunning specimen centerpieces or avenue trees in the landscape. Their canopy is typically about 25 feet across and they give elegance to all landscapes.

Characteristics: Phoenix dactylifera is a single trunk specimen palm that can reach 50’ tall. Their formal nature and heavy caliper trunk make them suitable for large-scale projects in many different landscape styles.

Trimming: Professional trimming is needed to create the unique leaf scar pattern characteristic of Medjools. Lower leaves and seeds should be pruned annually.

Fertilization/Pests: Fertilize in March, June, and October with a well-balanced, granular Palm fertilizer. Although very durable, the Medjool is susceptible to several fungal diseases. Lethal Yellowing has also been seen in some Phoenix species. Scale Insects, Beetles, and Borers can occasionally be found on a stressed palm. Irrigation should aim at an establishment of a wet to dry cycle in the upper 24 inches of the soil layer. The soil cannot be constantly wet, or the palm will fail.

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