No plant embodies than the palm tree. While the vast majority of these palms are for anglers in the subtropics (USDA zones 9 to 11), I’ve also included some choices for those of you who get freezes every now and then.
You will find out about palms which tolerate freezes, salt spray, flood and drought, in addition to palms for smaller spaces, hedges and large places. For all those of you who can not grow palms outside through winter, I’ve even included a list of a few of the greatest palms to grow as houseplants.
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for all those of you who get freezes in winter, there are nevertheless a few palms that can tolerate even hard freezes.
Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis, zones 8 to 11) is a clumping type that tolerates drought and is also well suited to courtyards, foundation plantings and other small places. Windmill palm is another popular for temperate climates because of its flexibility and resilience.
Gardeners in Circle 8b to 9 have even more hands options forn their colour, because the freezes there aren’t quite as harsh. Radicalis palm (Chamaedorea radicalis, zones 8b into 11) and bamboo palm (Chamaedorea microspadix, zones 8b into 11) are ideal for tight and shady spots, whilst pindo palm (Butia capitata), mule palm (Butiagrus, zones 8b into 11) and Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis, zones 9 to 11) are satisfied to open, sunny places.
Revealed: Canary Island date palm
Palms for your Beach
Palm trees and beaches would appear to go together, but not all palms can take care of the salty and sometimes badly strong winds of the coast.
Coconut palms are the clear option, because their floating coconuts sprout up on beaches all around the tropics. The aptly called seashore palm (Allagoptera arenaria, zones 9 to 11) is another excellent one, and it works nicely as a large shrub since the trunks never leave the floor. For a distributing hands, pick the palmetto (Serenoa repens, zones 7b into 11) in either its blue or green form. It’s very tolerant of salt, wind and cold, and it even stabilizes the dunes.
Revealed: Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto, zones 8 to 11)
Palms for Small Spaces
It’s a frequent mistake to plant palm trees in small areas only to discover that they are way too large for their new residence. There are lots of palms which will fit right in, however, and their smaller fronds remain in scale with their surroundings nicely.
Choose lady palm (Rhapis excelsa, zones 8b into 11) for its clustering comes with glossy leaves from head to toe, or look for clumping bamboo palms (Chamaedorea spp) for a delicate and lacy look. These palms will handle direct sun but look best with some afternoon shade, so plant them beneath eaves or trees that are taller.
Sun-tolerant palms for smaller areas include pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelinii, zones 9 to 11), Licuala palms (Licuala spp, zones 9b into 11), or Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis, zones 8 to 11) for cooler areas.
One of the perks of using palms in outdoor living spaces is that they need much less maintenance and cleanup than other crops.
Revealed: Pygmy date palm
Big Palms for Impact
when you’ve got the space and require a daring and architectural palm to serve as a focal point, create space for these exceptionally majestic palm trees. Bismarck palms (Bismarckia nobilis, zones 9b into 11) stand out not only for their dimensions, but for their nearly white blue-gray fronds. Royal palms (Roystonia regia, zones 9b into 11) and bailey palms (Copernica baileyana, zones 10 to 11) are both notable for their enormous gray, concrete-like trunks; they are quite popular for lining avenues in wealthy places. Cohune palm (Attalea cohune, zones 10 to 11) is magnificently regal even before it forms a trunk, shooting up into the skies with fronds reaching 30 ft. The finely cut fronds of the giant fishtail palm (Caryota gigas, zones 9b into 11) possess the delicate appearance of fern fronds, except that they are 20 feet long on a trunk that reaches 60 feet tall.
When planting huge palms, ensure that they haven’t only room to grow, but open area around them that they can be appreciated from a distance.
Revealed: Bismarck palm
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There are many drought-tolerant palms to use in your backyard, and a few will even endure being increased in the desert and do badly at the humid climates average of Florida and Hawaii. Just about anyone in a warm climate can grow drought-tolerant palms like Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis, zones 8 to 11), Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia filifera, zones 9 to 11) and palmetto (Serenoa repens, zones 7b into 11), and they can be planted in nonirrigated areas without any difficulty.
For all those of you in Arizona or California, consider setting hesper palms (Brahea spp, zones 8 to 11) or mountain coconut palms (Parajubea cocoides, zones 9 to 11).
If you live in Florida, consider planting the native buccaneer palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii, zones 9b into 11) to find the look of a royal palm to a smaller scale, and of course less water.
Revealed: Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera, zones 8 to 11)
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Palms for Hedges
For a different approach to hedges and shrubs, use palms. You may be amazed to understand that some palms trees actually make excellent privacy screens.
Golden cane palm (Dypsis lutescens, zones 9b into 11) is a popular one, and it takes on golden hues when grown in sunlight. Lady palms (Rhapis excelsazones, zones 8b into 11) makes a dense and leafy tree for smaller spaces, as its small, fanned-out fronds occupy very little space. Dwarf sugar (Arenga engleri, zones 9 to 11) and fishtail palm (Caryota mitis, zones 9b into 11) are particularly noted for their wavy, fringed leaflets and ruffled texture.
Palms don’t need to be trimmed as many hedges do, but you’ll need to remove creeping stems that get too near structures or pathways by cutting through them using a sharp knife.
Revealed: Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis, zones 8 to 11)
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Palms for Wet Areas
If your garden has a soggy spot, there’s a palm for that. Most palms are extremely drought tolerant, but a few are in their best in continuously moist soil. Florida natives like everglades palm (Acoelorraphe wrightii, zones 9 to 11) and Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto, zones 8 to 11) tolerate both drought and flooding in their habitat and in the backyard. Other palms which like to soak their feet once in a while include pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelinii, zones 9 to 11) and lipstick palms (Cyrtostachys renda, zone 11). The lipstick hands really requires practically soggy soil or standing water, so use it in a water feature where you are able to enjoy the glowing, coral-red crownshafts on its trunks.
Revealed: Royal palm tree (Roystonia regia, zones 10 to 11)
Palms for Inside
Palm trees are fairly common as houseplants, but maybe not all of them really thrive inside. Prevent palms tagged ‘cat palms,’ ‘areca palm’ or ‘majesty hands’ One option is lady palm (Rhapis excelsa); it generally includes a higher price tag, but its shiny, tropical-looking leaves and resilient character ensure it is well worth the investment.
Kentia palm and sentry palm (Howea spp) are two other pricy palms, but they are unparalleled for their large crowns of gracefully arching fronds. So far as houseplants proceed, these are as near coconut palms since it gets.
The most affordable palm, and the easiest to find, is your dainty parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans).
Revealed: Parlor palm