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Deglet Date Palms for Sale

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Deglet Date Palm Tree

SPECIFICATIONS

Common Name: Date PalmBotanical Name: Phoenix Dactylifera Deglet

Frond Canopy: 25-30’ Mature Height: +60’ tallTrunk Diameter: 2’

Planting Dimensions: 4’x4’x4’ HoleSoil Requirements: Sandy LoamClimate: Warm & Arid

Trunk Type: Solitary and Clumping. Tall and thin. Persistent Leaf Scars. Leaf Type: Spiky Gray Green. 12’-15’ Frond Length.

Fruit: Deglet Date. Yellow Brown Date. 5cm Long and Oblong. 250 lb annually.Flower: White Flowers & Pollen.

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The Diamond Cut

BEAUTIFULLY CARVED

A popular service is to have “diamond cut” carved into the date palms. This is a service that most of our customers opt for.

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About the Deglet Date Palm

GENERAL INFORMATION

Buy Rooted Offshoots

Are you looking for a small tree you can pick up? We recommend that you buy deglet date palm rooted offshoots, rather than purchasing fresh cut deglet date palm offshoots. Fresh cut offshoots have a high transplant fatality rate. Rooted date palm off-shoots in containers suffer no die-back and continue growing when planted properly.

Background

Deglet Date Palm, also called the feather palm and more broadly termed the Phoenix Dactylifera (scientific name), gets its name from the Deglet Date fruit that the palm produces. Phoenix Dactylifera means “Date Bearing,” and comes from the Greek words Daktylos, which means “finger,” and fero, which means “I bear.” The word finger is used to represent it’s dates due to the dates elongated shape.

There are dozens of sub varieties of Phoenix Dactylifera, but some common ones are the Medjool Date Palm, Deglet Date Palm, Barhi date palms, Zahidi date palm, and Halawi date palm. Each of these date palm varieties produce delicious dates with distinct differences in flavor, sweetness, moisture content, and size. However, the most common to the Coachella Valley are the Medjool Date Palm and the Deglet Date Palm.
Deglet Date Palm is a member of the Arecaceae Family, and is dioecious, having separate male and female plants. Fossil records show that the date palm has existed for at least 50 million years, but the exact origins of the palm have not been determined. While the native range of this palm is uncertain, it is thought to be indigenous to either North Africa or the Middle East. Although commonly referred to as a “palm tree”, date palms are actually a true palm and not a tree. All palms, including the date palm, belong to a group of plants that are known as monocotyledons which include grasses, bamboos, hostas, lilies, daffodils, irises, palms, and orchids.

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Our finished installation of a Deglet Date Palm

Locations

With the exception of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and it’s massive presence in Southern California, the date palm is not as well known in the USA. On the other side of the planet, the Date Palm is very important in the Middle East and Northern Africa due to the suitable dry desert climates. Additionally, the Date Palm can be found in the Indus Valley, Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Pakistan a. Lastly, the Date Palm can also be found in the Central American countries of the Caribbean, Venezuela, and Panama.

Religious Significance

The presence of the date palm is almost ubiquitous to ancient religion and folklore. For example, date palm leaves are used for Palm Sunday in the Christian religion, and are mentioned more than 50 times in the Bible. In Islamic culture, dates and yogurt or milk are traditionally the first foods consumed for Iftar after the sun has set during Ramadan, and are mentioned more than 20 times in the Qur’an. The date palm tree is known as the tree of life, and the Prophet Mohammed said “There is among the trees, one which is blessed – it is the date palm, for it was created from the earth left over from the creation of Adam.” In other ancient settings, palm tree leaves were carried as symbols of victory by kings thousands of years ago, and the Date palms were also used 6000 years ago near Ur in Southern Iraq in the construction of the temple of the moon god.

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Ancient Uses

The date palm has more than just religious significance. The material from the tree is very useful.
In North Africa, they are commonly used for making huts, where the wood is used as rafters. Mature leaves are also made into mats, screens, baskets and fans. Further, the ancient record shows that the Akadians, Sumerians, and Babylonians houses were roofed with date palm trunks and fronds. Lastly, the name of the ancient land of Phoenicia actually means “land of palms.” The first written records of date palms being grown and harvested are from about 5000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Growth Rates

These palms have a moderate growth rate, and grow similar to other breeds of palms with growth rates of typically 12-18 inches per year, and In nurseries some palms can grow up to 3 feet a year.. However, these palms are more likely to grow one foot per year under normal gardening conditions. Fertilizing with nitrogen promotes faster trunk growth, leading to faster fruit bearing.

Foliage

The leaflets are categorized as evergreen monocots, meaning that they are green all year, and enlingated stocks with parallel veins. The leaves are 13-20 ft long, Leaflets are 1 to 2 feet long and form a “V” shape down the rachis, or stem of the plant. On average there are 150 leaflets per leaf. The petiole (stem that attaches the leaf to the trunk) is considered “false” because it contains 3- to 4-inch thorns that are actually modified leaflets. Use extreme caution when handling! Most commercial growers remove the spines when harvesting.

Height

The date palm can live to the age of about 200 years, and they can eventually reach heights of more than 120 feet tall, but heights of 60 to 80 feet (18-24 meters) are more common.
The date palm can produce fruit for up to 150 years, but maximum productivity declines after 35 years. Many commercial operations cut down the palm at 40-50 years of age, when it is about 50-65’ tall.

Canopy & Spread

Medjool date palms have a larger and more full dense canopy when compared to the Deglet Noor, which has a canopy that is more sparse and open with fewer fronds.

The canopy will spread to approximately 25 feet after the initial establishment period. These silvery, blue-green fronds can grow up to 15’ long, and 2’ wide, making the diameter of the spread of the largest palms 30 feet. For this reason, landscape spreads can vary anywhere between 25-40 feet. These fronds typically stay on the palm for roughly 3-7 years.

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Landscaping Application

Medjool date palms & Delget date palms are being very widely planted today for their tropical landscape appeal. These regal date palms have become a very popular choice for both residential and commercial landscape designs.

Medjool date palms have a larger and more full dense canopy when compared to the Deglet Noor, which has a canopy that is more sparse and open with fewer fronds. The Medjool and Zahidi date palms are somewhat similar in appearance with beautiful silvery green foliage. The Zahidi date palm does have a slightly larger trunk than the Medjool and the Zahidi’s canopy is slightly more full and dense. True date palms are very desirable not only for their delicious dates but also for the tropical look they give to any landscape. Date palms are very popular due to their striking regal appearance, their natural beauty, and also because of their easy maintenance. We recommend trimming the date palm once a year around the end of May. This will give your tree its yearly maintenance, and make sure the palm doesn’t grow unwanted fruit that will drop to the floor.
Although its crown is wide, it is not very dense, and therefore the date palm does not function well as a shade tree. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

Hardiness

The Phoenix Dactylifera Medjool & Deglet plants well in USDA Hardiness Zones: 8b-11.
Most Phoenix Dactylifera prefer full sun, and the palm is very heat tolerant handling temperatures over 120 degrees fahrenheit. The Palm needs heat to pollinate and ripen its fruit. The date palm is slightly drought tolerant, but not as much as the Washingtonia species or other Phoenix species. They can survive long periods without watering once established. They are fire retardant, and can handle cold snaps as low as 15 degrees. The date palm is truly a very tolerant plant that can survive most conditions, but too much rain can hurt the palm.
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Trunk & Diamond Cut

Phoenix dactylifera which is a multi-stemmed palm from which the suckers are usually removed to create single stemmed specimens. The trunk then becomes a tall independent specimen with an average caliper of 18-20 inches. The trunk is then given a “diamond cut” that gives it a beautiful look that doesn’t damage the palm.

Soil

Date palms require well-drained deep sandy loam soils with pH 6.6-7.5 (neutral), and does not like acidic soils.. The soil should have the ability to hold moisture, and be free of calcium carbonate. When it comes to transplanting the date palm, Most species will transplant well, but a large root ball and expertise with moving is required. The date palm has finely branching roots with no tap root. The roots are like hair.

Water

The Date palm needs a medium amount of water and well draining soil. The biggest issue when it comes to watering is the water not draining past the root ball forming a pool that doesn’t drain at the base of the tree, or water running completely past the root ball and not hitting the root ball at all. Too much clay in the soil will make the former happen, and too much sand in the soil will cause the latter to happen. Use a ring dike around trunk for irrigation.

The date palm is drought tolerant, but needs substantial irrigation to produce a good fruit crop. Summer rain and humidity harm ripening fruit. Medjool is fairly tolerant of summer rain and humidity, but the Deglet Noor is not. Medjool date palms grow faster and produces better fruit when they’re well watered in spring and summer. Fall and winter rains spoil the ripening fruit.

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Male Date Palms Vs. Female Date Palms

There are male and female date palm trees, and only females bear fruit.
Phoenix dactylifera date palms are dioecious, meaning that there are both male date palms and female date palms. The male date palm has flowers that produce pollen, and the female date palm has flowers which will become dates, if they are pollinated. The flower stalks of both male and female date palms are produced inside a spathe. Date growers usually harvest the male flowers within a day of when the spathe splits open. Adult female date palms produce from 5 – 20 spathes in early spring.

Male date palms are often used in landscaping because once mature they do not yield the annual crop of dates which can sometimes attract pests. For female date palms, there are three main date palm varieties used most for landscaping; the Medjool date palm, the Zahidi date palm, and the Deglet Noor date palm. Another less well known date palm variety that is also very desirable for landscaping is the Halawi date palm, which is even larger than the Medjool date palm. The male/female ratio in a modern commercial date palm plantation with mechanized pollination is generally about 40 females to one male date palm.This makes the male date palm much more expensive and desirable.

Propagation Methods

Hardwood heel cuttings are taken directly off of the tree using a spade and sledge hammer. In recent years, scientists have developed tissue culture reproduction techniques of specific date palm varieties, however such propagation methods are not normally employed in commercial plantings. These tissue culture samples are more popular in the middle east.

Fresh cut date palm offshoots are very perishable. Often times they are removed & first planted in plastic pots or wooden boxes where they live in from 1-2 years to develop their own roots & begin pushing.

When planting fresh cut offshoots directly, the roots of palm tree offshoots must not be allowed to dry out; offshoots should be planted in the field immediately with their fronds tied up for the first year. The new offshoot needs constantly moist, well-draining soil. Protect from wind and cold and provide part shade all day. Off shoot palms are slow to establish after planting.

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Fruit

The Phoenix Dactylifera Medjool and Deglet will produce dates about 3-8 years after being planted. They are in full production after 15-20 years. Depending on climate and cultivation practices, a mature Deglet Noor can produce 200-300 pounds of fruit per year while a mature Medjool can produce 150-225 pounds. Medjool dates are the largest, softest, and sweetest dates, making them more expensive and the Medjool Date Palms a more expensive landscape palm. The date can be stored for up to one year after harvest.

For both Medjool and Deglet harvesting, the bottom two-thirds to three-fourths of all fruiting strands, or some entire strands are cut off. These techniques do not reduce the total weight of the fruit crop as the remaining dates will become larger.

The fruit go through four stages of ripening from immature green (kimri), to mature full-colored but astringent (khalal), to soft with full size and weight (rutab), and finally, hard, much more dry, and less astringent (tamar).

Rain and high humidity can ruin pollinated fruit when it is in the second to fourth stage of ripeness. Date farmers sometimes place a protective bag around each date cluster to prevent access to the dates and also for rain protection in some climates.

Countries Producing the Date Palm

For commercial date production, the top date producing regions today are the Middle East and North Africa. Iraq was the largest producer of the dates, although today Iran is thought to be the largest producer. Saudi Arabia is another major producer of dates and their national symbol has date palms. Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria produce large commercial quantities of dates, and these countries also have date palms on their stamps and currency.

In the USA, dates are being grown in Southern California, Southwestern Arizona, and around Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dates are also grown in some areas of Mexico and in South America, as well as in Australia, Western China, Western India, and in Southern Pakistan. According to the World Food and Agricultural Organization, there are an estimated 100 million date palm trees worldwide. An estimated 60% of all date palms are grown in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Nutrition

Dates contain polyphenols, which are a plant antioxidant that can destroy disease causing free radicals, and have 20 different kinds of amino acids, which aid in the digestive process. Dates are very rich in both vitamins and minerals, and they contain more potassium than an orange or a banana per ounce. Dates are also rich in oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, protein and fiber. Dates are fat free, cholesterol free, and they are very low in sodium. Dates are almost entirely sugar, but contain fiber to help with the digestive process. The Sugar to Fiber ratio is roughly 8:1.

Get your Palm Tree

3 SIMPLE STEPS

STEP 1 : Choose a Palm Tree

We carry Medjool Date Palms, Deglet Date Palms, California Fan Palms, and Mexican Fan Palms. At times we also carry Mediterranean Fan Palms, Sabal Palms, and Canary Island palms. We have them in a wide range of sizes, and can find you the perfect tree for any application.

STEP 2 : Opt for Delivery

Delivery is not required in any of your orders, you can arrange your own transportation. If you prefer the palm tree delivered at your location, you can choose between two different methods depending on the size and amount of trees: the semi-truck or our local/in-house transportation.

STEP 3 : Opt for Installation

The massive root ball attached to the base of the trunk requires the use of a crane in most cases. Depending on the type/size of tree it is possible to handle the palm tree without a crane. Date Palm Trees above 3' tall, California Fan Palms above 4' tall and Mexican Fan Palms above 7' require machinery.