I have two Black Sphinx date tree offshoots ready for immediate planting.

I was planning to plant them in my own backyard but now I’m thinking about selling them this weekend instead because my backyard is really too small and I don’t have flood irrigation which would probably be better for the trees.

I paid $100 10-years ago for the offshoot that became the mother of these offshoots.

I recently donated the 10-year old mother tree to the Phoenix Zoo where it’s now growing in the Harmony Farm in the Children’s Zoo area.

The two offshoots need to be planted immediately. Call me at 480-600-0947.

Learn about the very rare Black Sphinx dates.


I ended up giving the two offshoots to Erica who lives in the Arcadia Date Grove neighborhood, where I used to live, and who produces a small amount of Black Sphinx dates for sale each year.

I feel kinda like I adopted them out to a good family that will take good care of them.

I’m so glad that Erica is keeping this very rare date variety – a part of Phoenix history – alive now that Harry has Parkinson’s disease and is no longer able to work the trees in the Date Grove neighborhood.

Erica said she used to sell the Black Sphinx dates at farmers markets around town but now she sells out each year just from people coming to her house and buying the dates.

Call Erica of Mountgrove Arcadia Black Sphinx Dates at (602) 505-7892 the 2nd week of September to place your order.