How to identify young palm-Butia from canary island date

elschMarch 25, 2012

Hi everyone. I bought an unlabeled 15 gallon palm from OSH assuming it was a butia capitata, since I already have one and it sure looks like one.

Now before I plant it, I am just double checking, since I really don't want a monster tree, how to distinguish a 15 gallon butia from a 15 gallon canary island date. I drove to another nearby box store and ofcourse they were out of canary island date palms so I could compare. I haven't figured out how to post a picture, sorry.


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Well, for one thing, the Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) has very distinctive long thorns under the oldest fronds, even young palms. They eventually become long, wicked, eye-seeking thorns :-) The Butia capitata or Jelly/Pindo Palm is greyer in color, and the fronds arch inward towards the trunk. To post a photo in your message, just upload your photos to a photo sharing site, like Once you've uploaded the photos, go back to your main album. Float your mouse over a photo. You'll see a little pop up box appear. Left click your mouse in the "HTML Code" window and the HTML code of the photo will then be copied to your Windows Clipboard. Then, all you need to do is right click in the body of your message, and select "Paste". That will then paste the HTML code right into the body of your message, embedding the photo into your message. When you click on "Preview Message", you'll know you did it correctly if your photo shows up :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 9:16PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

I just put it on my flicker account and take the url link of the photo and put in the links section at the end. Some people post really huge photos in the thread and it can really slow down the thread and it can be annoying. I don't mind if the photos is the right size, but those photos in the threads show up way over sized. People need to reduce it first with software ie photoshop or a free program or what have you. Some forums allow a direct posting like the photography forum or name that plant, but you have to reduce the photo to make it small. Or you can go to one of the image galleries are post there and then post a link from this forum so people can go over there to see the photo.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 9:35PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Photobucket will compress the image, tropical thought. And, it sure is a LOT easier to see the photo in the message than to bother going to a separate link. I often skip the thread if I have to go elsewhere to look at photos :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:54PM
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flickr uses different letters for sizes. (These aren't mine): 640px 1024px
if you don't care about keeping it available for long, do web search for
"image host" free
many don't require registering, though they disappear or they'll delete the file after a month or so.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:46AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

As already mentioned, the Phoenix will have wicked thorns at the base of each frond, and they will be greener than any Butia frond.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 12:57AM
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Thanks guys, no wicked thorns.

Sooner, or later I'll get around to opening a flicker or photobucket account...

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 5:42PM
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