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I'm getting conflicting identification from various people. Does anybody know what the difference between a Pineapple and Date Palm is? Here are some palms that I have seen in my neighborhood each of which have been identified as both Pineapple and Date Palms.

Palm Tree 1

Palm Tree 2

Palm Tree 3

Palm Tree 4

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The confusion is because of the use of common names - this palm is commonly known as either Pineapple Palm, or Date Palm, or Canary Date Palm - its proper name is Phoenix canariensis.

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And they are all the same palm? –  Guy Aug 6 '12 at 15:31
    
Also, how do you know that this is Phoenix Canariensis and not Phoenix dactylifera? –  Guy Aug 6 '12 at 15:39
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Yes, they're all the same palm to answer your first query. Secondly, P. dactylifera has a straight trunk in maturity, a straight but dumpy trunk when smaller, without the bulbous part below the crown, and produces edible dates. –  Bamboo Aug 6 '12 at 18:09

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