|Synonymy: None||Distribution: Crete, Greece, Turkey|
|Common names: Cretan date palm||Conservation status: Threatened|
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There are only two species of palm endemic to Europe: the Mediterranean Fan palm is one, and this is the other. From Crete and one or two small areas of Turkey, it has attractive silvery-grey leaves and a generally spiky, architectural appearance. It performs as well as the other Phoenix palms and is suitable for conservatory, home, or a sheltered spot in a sunny, south facing garden where it should tolerate very low temperatures when larger. Its native habitat is threatened by hotel development.
Top photo courtesy and copyright © 2000, Martin Gibbons & Tobias Spanner, The Rare Palm Seeds Site. Bottom photo courtesy and copyright © 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA.
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