Presentation on theme: "The Arboretum at Arizona State University"— Presentation transcript:
1The Arboretum at Arizona State University Date Palm Stewardship
2History of the DateDate palms have been cultivated for over 6000 years.2000 year old date seed sprouted. Pictured is Elaine Solowey & Dr. Sarah Sallon in The ancient seeds were found 30 years ago during archeological excavations of King Herod’s palace on Mount Masada near the Dead Sea. Enormous forests of these palms once covered this now barren landscape. Judea had been known for the quality of its dates. They were famous throughout the Roman Empire. But when the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans the tradition was lost.
3The Arboretum at Arizona State University Date Palm Collection at ASU EastOffshoots from the mother palms at 47 acres were left to grow on their own and settle in.
42008 the Polytechnic grounds services crew and the main campus Arboretum crew trimmed and cleaned up and the palm grove.
5Cultivars Halawy Khalasah Barhi, Thoory Medjool Zahidi, left to right:Halawy Khalasah Barhi,Thoory Medjool Zahidi,Derrie Khadrawy Deglet Noor