The Canary Island date palm has a thick and vertical stem, hardly exceeds 12 meters. The first news of this palm, from which palm honey was extracted, come from the Canary explorations of Juba II (50 BC - 23 AD), King of Numidia, to whom the islands owe their name. However these findings, celebrated by both Pliny the Elder and the Younger, were forgotten. For more news about these palms outside the Canary islands we had to wait to Viscount Vigier, former officer of Napoleon III, married to an opera singer and passionate about horticulture, who introduced this palm around 1865 in Nice to plant them in the villa that he build up.
Thus, the cultivation of the Canary Island date palm spread from Nice on the French Riviera at a time when this region was becoming one of the favorite European high class tourist destinations. It was associated to festive atmosphere of the elite.
In any case, the Canary Island date palm is in risk of disappearing from the Alcázar Garden today by the aggressive actions of a beetle, the red palm weevil -Rhynchophorus ferrugineus-, a particular 'gardener' that is changing once again, the plant image of many gardens.