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Phoenix canariensis is a species of flowering plant in the palm family Arecaceae, native to the Canary Islands. It is a relative of Phoenix dactylifera, the true date palm. It is the natural symbol of the Canary Islands, together with the canary Serinus canaria.[1]  

It is a large solitary palm, 10–20 m (33–66 ft) tall, occasionally growing to 40 m (131 ft). The leaves are pinnate, 4–6 m (13–20 ft) long, with 80–100 leaflets on each side of the central rachis. The fruit is an oval, yellow to orange drupe 2 cm long and 1 cm in diameter and containing a single large seed; the fruit pulp is edible but too thin to be worth eating. 
The Canary Island date palm is very widely planted as an ornamental plant in warm temperate regions of the world, particularly in areas with Mediterranean climates. It can be cultivated where temperatures never fall below -10/-12 °C for extended periods, although it will require some protection if cold periods are longer than normal. It is a slowly growing tree, exclusively propagated by seed.
The palm is easily recognized through its crown of leaves and trunk characteristics. It is not uncommon to see Canary Island date palms pruned and trimmed to enhance the appearance.[2] When pruned, the bottom of the crown, also called the nut, appears to have a pineapple shape.
(From Wikipedia on 29.9.13) 




Phoenix canariensis Hort ex Chabaud, Prov. Agric. Hort. Ill. 19: 293. 1882.
Canary Island Date Palm
Photographed from Sunnyvale, California 

Palm from Stanford Univ. USA
There are many palms in the campus of Stanford University California USA. I will share few of them.
Phoenix canariensis

A very majestic palm.

Beautiful sight too..!!

Have you noticed the acorn woodpeckers on the stem of the palm?
They store the acorns in the holes of the tree trunk for eating in winter when less food is available.