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Cliff Date Palm, Indian date palm
Scientific Name: Phoenix rupicola O'Brien
Family: Arecaceae
Cliff Date Palm, Indian date palm (Phoenix  rupicola)
Phoenix rupicola at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 17,19-27
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: 26F (-3C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Foothills of the Himalayas in northeastern India

Growth Habits: Up to 25 feet tall (7.5 m), 16 feet wide (4.8 m); trunk with no crownshaft, contrarily to most Phoenix, the leaf bases fall by themselves, leaving the trunk clean; bright green pinnate leaves, 10 feet long (3 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water, good drainage

Propagation: Easy by seed, from 4 to 12 weeks to germinate

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious. Flower stalk coming from among the leaves.

Fruiting Habits:
Purplish-red fruit, 0.8 inch long (2 cm), with some edible flesh.

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