Medjool Date Palm Trees for Sale
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Medjool Date Palm Tree
Common Name: Date PalmBotanical Name: Phoenix Dactylifera Medjool
Frond Canopy: 20-25’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. 9’-15’ Frond Length.
Fruit: Medjool Date. Yellow Brown Date. 5cm Long and Oblong. 200 lb annually.Flower: White Flowers & Pollen.
The Diamond Cut
A popular service is to have “diamond cut” carved into the date palms. This is a service that most of our customers opt for.
About the Medjool Date Palm
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Medjool Date Palm, also called the feather palm and more broadly termed the Phoenix Dactylifera (scientific name), gets its name from the Medjool 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.
Medjool 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.
Medjool Date Palm was once reserved only for the royal family of the Sultan of Morocco, and was first imported into the USA from the Bou Denib Oasis in Morocco in 1927. At that time, the infamous “bayoud disease” had infected or killed almost all of the medjool date palms in Morocco. This shipment of eleven Medjool offshoots were the first and only Medjool date palm offshoots imported to the USA. These disease free Medjool offshoots were eventually planted at the US Department of Agriculture station in Indio, California. All Medjool date palms in the USA today are descendants from these original eleven Medjool date palm offshoots!
Our crew installing a Medjool Date Palm
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Trunk & Diamond Cut
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.
Male Date Palms Vs. Female Date Palms
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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