Sylvestris Palms

Common Name: Silver Date Palm
Scientific Name: Phoenix sylvestris
Zone: 8B-11
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
Origin: India
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Drought Tol.: High
Typical Height: 40′ OA

Product Description

A Tropical Landscaping Dream Palm

Sylvestris palms have many different nicknames.

The ones we hear most often are Sylvester, Silver Date Palm, and Toddy Palm.

Do you call them something different?

Palm City Nursery and Landscaping is one of the top palm growers of Sylvestris palms in Southwest Florida.

Sylvestris palms are native to India. They have adapted well to areas with sandy soils in cities like Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Cape Coral.

The Sylvestris palm is a slow to moderate growing palm.

When Sylvestris palms are planted in a location where there is no irrigation or a consistent watering schedule, these palms will grow slowly.

If they are kept in a landscape that has an irrigation drip line that’s on a weekly watering schedule and are being fertilized during the spring, summer and fall, then Sylvestris palms will grow at a moderate pace.

Our team of experienced professionals at Palm City Nursery and Landscaping know that every commercial or residential landscaping project is different.

Some job sites may require 10’ of CT and others 3’ of CT.

Our inventory covers a range of CT heights.

Palm Highlights

  • Highly adaptable to muck or sand soil types
  • Cold Hardy down to zone 8B (upper teens)
  • No major pest problems
  • Enjoys full sun exposure
  • Unique diamond shaped leaf scars

Always keep in mind the eventual spread of Sylvestris palms.

The average spread is 15’ to 25’.

Planting to close to buildings and other structures structures or other palms will create crowding of the building or the surrounding landscaping trees.

Over their lifetime, and when cared for properly, Sylvestris palms will grow 1’ to 3’ feet per year and can reach maximum heights of 40’ OA.

Planting Ideas

  • Golf course
  • Centerpiece
  • Line a driveway
  • Luxury properties
  • Avenue plantings

Remember, if you are a homeowner working alone to find the right palm for your front or back yard, we can help.


If you are a professional landscaper, we can help you source the Sylvestris palms you need for your next project.

Our friendly customer service representatives can help you choose the palms you need for your next landscaping project, then we’ll schedule your delivery and installation.

Give us a call at 239-336-9484!