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Sylvester PalmPhoenix sylvestris

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Sylvester PalmPhoenix sylvestris

57 reviews
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Sylvester Palm Care

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plant sunlight

Sunlight Plant your Sylvester Palm in an area that receives full sun (6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day).

plant watering

Watering Water your Palm 2-3 times per week for the first month, then once a week for the remainder of the first year after planting. Keep the soil moist but well-drained, watering more in times of drought and less when there is rainfall.

plant fertilizing

Fertilizing If necessary, use a palm-specific fertilizer for your Palm. Slow-release fertilizer is best to allow the smaller root system to uptake what it needs. Apply close to the base and start in spring/follow specific fertilizer instructions.

An Elegant Low Maintenance Palm

If you've always wanted to bring the tropics to your yard, then this is the palm for you. Sylvester Palms grow in a variety of climates and soils. They're extremely drought tolerant and low maintenance. Plant them, and watch them grow.

This Date Palm variety has the beautiful look that landscape designers are searching for. Their silvery blue-green leaves provide the dazzling color that causes people to stop and stare. They have a unique diamond pattern on their trunk that gives it a textured look similar to a pineapple.

Their long weeping branches spread into a circular canopy for a perfectly symmetrical look. It sits perfectly atop a long trunk. Golf courses and resorts are just dying to get their hands on these, and you can have them in your own yard.

Guests and neighbors won't know if they're near your home or a tropical getaway, especially when this palm starts to fruit and clusters of creamy white flowers transition to bright-colored dates, pollinated by birds and insects.

At first, they're orange and aren't ready to be harvested until they turn a dark purple to black color. Sylvester dates are commonly used for making wine and jams but can be eaten fresh.

These popular palms sell out fast. Don't hesitate to get yours today, before they're gone!

Looking for more palm trees to add to your collection? Check out our guide to popular types of palm trees.

Pollination Info

Sylvester Palm Pollination

Sylvester Palms are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Sylvester Palm will drastically increase the size of your crop.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: You don't have to immediately repot your plant - you'll only need to repot approximately every other year, once your Palm outgrows its shipped container or original pot. Increase the pot size by 2 inches each time you repot to accommodate new growth. 

If growing outdoors make sure you give the palm well-draining soil and adequate space above to grow. 

This palm is very adaptable and will fill the space you allow it to grow in. For in-ground planting, you can expect your palm to get taller at around 40 ft compared to container-planted palms.

2. Watering: Mist your Palm weekly if kept indoors in addition to regular watering – this ensures that its native humid climate is simulated in your home. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the soil about 2 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it's time to water.

FGT Tip: If fronds begin to yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering. If you see yellowed fronds, allow time for the soil to dry before watering your plant again. Browning fronds, however, mean that your Palm is not getting enough water and needs more. Using a well-draining potting mix is key in getting this balance.

3. Pruning: Simply any fronds as they turn yellow or brown. This improves the look of your plant and creates clean space for healthier green fronds to grow. Be careful of the sharp spines and leaf tips when pruning your palm. 

4. Fertilizing: You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. If you prefer, you can also use a balanced fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 formula, for quicker growth in spring and summer.



Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $129 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 10-15 ft
Mature Width: 8-15 ft
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Slow
Botanical Name: Phoenix sylvestris
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
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4-11 patio         /           8-11 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 20℉)

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Jhemee D.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Green and Healthy

Always a great experience with fast growing tree. Tree came sooner than expected and like always healthy as can be. Will probably keep it in the pot for the first 2 years before I put it into the ground.

chris O.
United States United States
I recommend this product


I am very happy with the Sylvester Palm. It is to be a Christmas present for a family member and never having bought a palm before, I did a lot of research as to what palm would be best for the area. I visited several palm selling sites and was most impressed with yours. When the palm arrived, it exceeded my expectations as to size and condition of tree. Thank you. I highly recommend your company. Chris Odom

United States United States
I recommend this product

Concerning Sylvester palm order:

This was my second order for the same palms. Arrived in excellent condition. They are in the ground and growing well. I am very pleased with my experience with your company and will definitely not hesitate to do business with you again.

United States United States
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Sylvester Palm

I've been searching for years & Fast Growing Trees has it for more than 50% less than the competitition plus I didn't need to rent a truck. What I received was healthier than I've seen in stores.

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