With its feathery, bluish leaves, the Sylvester Palm is a popular landscape specimen. Also known as a Wild Date Palm or India Date Palm, this showy tree is one of six species in the genus "Phoenix."
At maturity, the Sylvester Palm reaches up to 40 or 50 feet tall, with a 25-foot-wide spread. At its base, the trunk is between 13 and 18 inches in diameter.
Sylvester Palms are typically sold and transplanted as saplings, beginning with year-old plants that are about a foot tall. At 10 to 12 years of age, the tree is around 10 feet tall.
Adequate sunlight is necessary for the Sylvester Palm to grow at its maximum rate; shaded trees will grow more slowly. Although drought-resistant, Sylvester Palms will also grow better if they receive regular water.
- USDA Plants Profile: Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Species Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb.
- Florida Palm Trees: Sylvester Date Palm Tree
- U. of Florida IFAS Extension: Phoenix sylvestris, Wild Date Palm, by Robert J. Northrop et al.
- Hardy Palm Trees: India Wild Date Palm: Sylvester Palm
- The Nursery at TyTy: Sylvester Palm Tree (Phoenix sylvestris)
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