Canary Island date palm
This solitary, majestic palm stands atop the highest peak within Newcastle city. I've always wondered and marveled at its ability to cope with the ferocious winds that occasionally batter this part of the New South Wales coast at times. Such an exposed position. Also, if it self seeded or was planted there by someone.
Any advice re species would be gratefully received.
''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''. Mature ''P. canariensis'' are often used in ornamental landscaping and are collected and transplanted to their new planting location. A Canary Island date palm with 10 m of trunk is approximately 60 years of age.