Date palms, like any other palm or tree are valuable. As trees get older it gets more difficult to move them and their availability declines. With fewer of the particular item the price goes up. Date palms are often specified by landscape architects for warm weather areas, because of their drought tolerance and lower maintenance. A tree requires much more maintenance than a date palm. The Medjool date palm in particular is a much more attractive date palm than date palms and its very low maintenance. The date palms are expensive, but not much more expensive than a tree of comparable age. The date palm grows much slower than a tree and this is where it gains an advantage on maintenance. The tree will have lots of branches needing trimming in a matter of one growing season. A date palm has no branches, it will always have the same predictable size palm leaves. Heavy rain may cause the branches of a large tree to fall off, the date palm will not have such a problem and the same is true of strong winds. A harsh summer may cause the tree to die out there is a problem with the irrigation, whereas the date palm may go on for several days without the need for water. Date palms produce fruit while in an orchard and once a year medjool dates can be harvested and once the date palm is reaching a height that makes harvesting dangerous the date palm can be sold off. This is not always the case some orchards have date palms that have been producing medjool dates or deglet noor dates for about 100 years and the palms are reaching 100 feet, making the harvest relatively dangerous.