Palm Tree Varieties
Understanding palm tree varieties and the USDA zones where they will grow best will help you provide your clients with the perfect palms for their commercial and residential landscapes. At Palmco, we pride ourselves on our four generations of palm growing experience.
Palmco is a family owned business with more than 600 acres of palm tree production. We are one of the largest palm plantations in North America, and our palm trees are grown using green processes. We use state of the art irrigation and fertilization systems that work in conjunction with our numerous soil moisture monitoring stations.
These systems and stations enable us to ensure that our palms are spoon fed all of the valuable moisture and nutrients at critical root zone levels while simultaneously reducing the potential for leaching of unwanted impurities. We never use restricted use chemicals, and we recycle all plant waste and by-product materials by turning it into mulch that is reused in our palm tree beds.
When it comes to knowledge about palm tree varieties, Palmco is the perfect resource!
Palm Tree Options
There are so many palm tree options available and Palmco carries more than 30 varieties ranging from rare and exotic to abundant and widely used palms. We pride ourselves in our palm tree knowledge and customer service. So, if you need some palm tree options, here are some of our favorites and their USDA zones:
• Windmill (Trachycarpus fortunei). Originating from China, these palms are also known as Chinese Windmill Palms and are suitable for zones 7B-10B. They are slow growers that can reach heights of 25 feet. They are considerably cold hardy and able to withstand temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Washingtonia (Washingtonia robusta). Also called Mexican Fan Palms, they hail from Mexico as their common name reveals. USDA zones 8B-11 are perfect for these palms. They are highly drought tolerant. They grow quickly and can reach heights of up to 100 feet tall! Washingtonia palms are a favorite for homeowners hoping for a finished look with instant gratification.
• Triangle (Dypsis decaryi). Native to Madagascar, they get their name from the fact that their leaves grow almost upright from the trunk, arching outward gracefully. The leaf bases are in three vertical columns set about 120 degrees apart which gives the tree a triangle shape. Triangle palms work for indoor and outdoor installations in zones 10B-11.
• Sylvestris (Phoenix sylvestris). Also named the Silver Date Palm, it is a native of India. It grows slowly but can be as tall as 40 feet. People use the fruit of this palm to make jellies and wines, while the sap is tapped and used to create a drinkable toddy, either fresh or fermented. These are best suited for zones 8B-11.
• Silver Bismarckia (Bismarckia nobilis). Another palm from Madagascar, these are slow growers and range in height from 30-60 feet. They have gorgeous, powdery, silver blue leaves and strong trunks. Their appearance makes them standouts that draw tremendous attention and do well in zones 10A-11.
There are hundreds of beautiful palm tree varieties. Thankfully, with the help of the experts at Palmco, you will be able to help your clients determine which palms are best suited for their designs and locales. If you need additional assistance, or would like to place an order, you can reach us at (239) 283-1329.