The date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, is blooming in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. See photo below.
The date palm is another species of plant that is “dioecious” – that is, an individual plant is male or female. Thus if a plant is male it has only male flowers and if female it has only female flowers. Our plant is a male. To have fruits produced we would have to have a female plant in the conservatory which would have fruits if pollinated by this male. Male plants never produce fruits.