Artificial Palm Trees for Sale vs Real Palms

Artificial Palm Trees for Sale vs Real Palm Trees – How to Choose?

The big question many have when starting to conceptualize their palm tree paradise project – do I start by looking for artificial palm trees for sale or do I look for real ones to decorate with?

If you happen to live in one of those regions where the temperature drops too low to accommodate a healthy climate for a real palm tree but are dead set on adding that tropical flare to your property this is your only option.

Additionally, as much as I do love the authentic feel and sight of a real palm tree swaying in the warm summer breeze I also acknowledge that they can be quite a bit of work, especially if you get one that sheds its fronds frequently.

If you aren’t really up for a battle of frond maintenance then starting your search by looking for artificial palm trees for sale may be the best route to go.Artificial Palm Trees for Sale

In this post I’ll run through the pros and cons of buying a real palm tree vs buying an artificial palm tree and give some rough estimates on costs for each.

Buying Artificial Palm Trees

If you aren’t really one to be on top of your game when it comes to keeping the garden tidy then avoid something will make more work for yourself. You can do this by searching for some artificial palm trees for sale either online or if there is a local craft store nearby you may be able to find some there. Occasionally I’ve seen them in Home Goods for sale, though they aren’t as nice looking as you can find on Artificialplantsandtrees.com.

Before I get into the various types of fake palm trees I’ll run through the perks and downsides of buying one.

Pros of Artificial Palm Trees

  • No Mess! Probably the largest benefit is that you don’t need to worry about the fronds falling off each year into your pool, something that only those who have experienced this before can appreciate.
  • No watering or fertilizing. This is especially appealing for those who live in drought prone areas like California where the cost of watering an entire garden can add up quickly. The fertilizer stakes can add up as well especially if you’ve got an entire isle of trees.
  • Easily transferrable. If you decide to rearrange the design of your garden you don’t need to hire landscapers to come dig up your yard to transplant the tree somewhere else. Additionally each time you move a live palm tree you risk it not surviving the transplant.
  • Disease free. Most palm trees are susceptible to various diseases and insects like leaf spots or the palmetto weevil. These little creatures can destroy even the most magnificent palm trees, however they don’t have much of an appetite for the chemical compounds of artificial palm trees.

Cons of artificial Palm Trees

  • Unauthentic. Though some companies have gotten pretty good at making their artificial palm trees look realistic they just aren’t the same as going through the process of planting or transplanting the tree and nurturing it to maturity. Though this can be a hassle at times it also can provide a feeling of accomplishment.
  • No fruits. For those looking to buy a palm tree not just for visual appeal but also for harvesting the fruits they bare then a fake palm is definitely out of the question. Date palms produce a wonderfully sweet fruit that can be made into many dishes or eaten plain.

    Cons of artificial palm tree for sale vs real
    Fruits from a date palm
  • Fragile. Some are much more fragile and can only be kept indoors which is great for decorating your office or living room, not so great for providing shade by the pool. If you are looking for an artificial palm tree for sale for the backyard make sure the seller clearly states that it is for outdoor use otherwise you’ll end up with a wet weeping pile of mush.
  • No growth. If you want a large artificial palm tree then you need to buy it large which usually is much more costly. The perks of buying a real palm tree is that you can cut some costs by buying a smaller one then with time it’ll grow into a large hardy tree to provide you shade.

Quality/Material

The material used in the construction of the tree is very important when determining what artificial palm tree to buy. Material can be the difference between tricking visitors into believing it’s a real tree vs them asking why you have a plastic waxy looking lump of material planted in your yard.

Many of the trees you’ll find at Walmart of some other big name stores aren’t the most realistic looking which is fine for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot and is ok with the look.

Silk Leaf Palm Trees (Recommended)

The more expensive outdoor artificial palm trees tend to be made from a high quality moisture-resistant silk. Silk usually is fray-proof so it won’t start separating causing threads to stick out.

Additionally if you are planning on using the plant for outdoor décor where it will be exposed to sunlight make sure the manufacturer states it is UV proof. Cheaper artificial palm trees for sale that aren’t UV proof will lose their color as they sit in the sun and end up looking like nothing more than rags in the shape of palm leaves.

  • UV Proof – Check
  • Water/moisture Proof – Check
Plastic Leaves

Plastic based leaves can really go one way or the other; meaning some very cheap palms have unrealistic looking leaves while some other higher end manufacturers are able to pull off a realistic look with the plastic material.

The cheaper (<$100) plastic leaf palms may be something better used for a child’s theme party décor or a tropical office party. If the objective is tricking visitors into believing you have natural palms in your house or back yard, these artificial palms wouldn’t be the way to go.

If you want plastic leaves and for them to be realistic be ready to spend a good amount of money on the tree but what you’ll get is a beautiful water resistant tree that shouldn’t lose its ‘fluff’ like some silk leaves may.

Since plastic is harder than silk these leaves are usually found more often on palm tree types that would have long thin pinnate style leaves.

  • Cheap plastic leaf palms = you’re not tricking anyone
  • Expensive plastic leaf palms = $$$ but great looking
Trunk

Some will consist of an actual palm tree trunk topped with life-like silk palm leaves, others may be artificial through and through. The picture below compares a cheaper palm found on Amazon for under $100 vs a high quality silk tree based on an actual palm tree trunk.

Cheap vs Quality Artificial Palm Tree

As one can see the real trunk gives it that authentic feel that will trick the eye into assuming the entire tree is real! It’ll also give is some extra weight so be sure the potter you chose is capable of supporting it.

Most of the artificial trunks will consist of a PVC material which, depending on the quality and workmanship of the tree, can give off a shiny gloss in the sun or rain giving away it’s artificial nature.

  • Actual trunk beats artificial in my book
Potter

Be sure to check whether or not the tree comes with a potter, if it doesn’t set some money aside to buy one, unless you intend on planting it directly in the ground.

If you don’t plan on placing the artificial palm tree in the ground then you’ll need something heavy to add into the potter to keep the tree from tipping over. A few ideas for filler would be: paper mache, sand, cement, or stones.

It’s also a good idea to ask what the base of the tree looks like (the part that will be under ground) so that you can get an idea of the diameter of the potter or the hole you’ll need to fit the tree in properly.

Conclusion

So in conclusion of this section the most realistic palm trees will be the ones that are: silk leaves (UV proof, moisture, and water proof), real palm trunk, and based in a heavy potter.

Keep in mind though that just because it isn’t real doesn’t mean it’ll last forever. Wind, rain, and especially snow can cause damage to these artificial trees just as they do anything else outside exposed to the elements.

Where to Find Artificial Palm Trees for Sale

There are a ton of places you’d be able to buy some realistic looking palm trees however instead of letting you lose into the world wide web to track them down yourself I’ll direct you toward my favorite places to buy from.

#1 Artificial Plants and Trees

Artificial palm trees for sale
Note: Prices displayed may change from when I took the screenshot

This would be my number one site to find some high quality authentic looking artificial palm trees for sale. They are a leader in the market with one of the largest inventories of artificial plants and trees claiming to have over 15,000 various plants.

Artificial Plants and Trees has a wide variety of indoor as well as outdoor palm trees and what I particularly like is that the trunks on many of their outdoor palms are actual palm trunks. This gives it a more authentic look.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for they will create custom trees for you which is nice, of course it may cost you some extra cash.

The setup of the website is nice too, with numerous filters down the sides to drill down to the height, width, price, and so on. There is also an “Idea Center” section that provides some DIY designs and give some starting points for various decorating projects.Artificial Palm Trees For Sale - Idea center

A final perk of buying through them is that, as I mentioned earlier, they have numerous other fake trees beyond just palms, making it easy to order all from a single place. This is great if you’re looking to mix up the types of trees in your house.

To get some ideas of the various types of trees you can find there and their pricing click the ‘Browse Palms’ button below.

Artificial Palm Trees for sale - Shop online

#2 Amazon

Another place to search for some artificial palm trees for sale is online merchant giant – Amazon. This day in age it’s almost impossible to not find something on Amazon.

Artificial Palm Trees for Sale on Amazon
Note: Prices displayed may change from when I took the screenshot

You’re more likely to find the less intricate fake palms here however the pricing will be much more affordable, especially if you’re not looking to fool anyone into thinking it’s real. If you’re just looking to add some accent to a room a tree from here would be fine.

I love the reviews section on Amazon too, many times previous purchasers will write reviews accompanied by actual photos of the product that they upload. This allows you to see the merchandise as it is without the Photoshop touched up image most companies use to sell it.

If you’re a Prime member or they’re running a promotion like they usually do you may be able to get free shipping on your stuff which can be a life saver since the size of these trees can get expensive in shipping costs.

Swing over to Amazon’s palm tree section using the button below to see if anything fits your fancy.

Artificial Palm Trees for sale - Shop online

Buying Real Palm Trees

So maybe after reading this post, you’re not sold on embarking on your journey to find the perfect artificial palm trees for sale as opposed to the real thing and that’s completely fine! I personally am someone who is ok with dealing with the chores of cleaning up after a living tree since I like the authenticity it brings to my backyard.

If you are looking for some information to get you started on shopping for real palm trees, start with my post “Where to Find a Palm Tree for Sale – Local vs Online“.

 

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Where to Find Delicious Date Palms for Sale

Common Types of Date Palms for Sale

Shopping for date palms for sale (Phoenix dactylifera) is becoming increasingly popular due to their succulent fruits produced as well as their exotic look. Date palms belong to the Arecaceae family and come in various species.

It’s assumed that the date palm species originated from somewhere in the middle east where their fruits are a common household edible as well as being a very large export income for regions like Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.

Date palms can vary in their trunk structure ranging from a solo trunk like the Sylvester Date Palm to the clumping style Senegal Date Palm. The fruits also range in size and taste with the more desirable tasting ones being the Medjool Date Palms.

5 Most Popular Date Palms

There are many varieties of date palms however there are five that are best known and most commonly found in nurseries. If you’ve read through some of my other posts already you may notice a few of these already therefore I wont go into deep detail describing the look of the tree but instead will give you a quick overview on the fruit and the zones they grow in.

Here are the top five most common date palms for sale in the US starting with the most extravagant looking.

Senegal Date Palm

Phoenix reclinata

Senegal Date Palms for SaleThe clumping trunk structure makes for an amazing focal piece or used as an accent piece in a suburban landscape. They are most commonly seen on business properties, luxury hotels, or in the yards of mansions due to their expensive cost.

Being one of the more expensive date palms for sale, they’re not the best tree if you are working on a budget however if money isn’t a concern this tree will not just produce tasty fruits but will let others know you went for the best of the best with your landscaping project.

Date palms for sale The fruit of the Senegal Date Palm is edible. It is round with an orange color that measures 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. The heart of the palm can be eaten and the sap harvested for syrup or palm wine.
Date palms for sale - weather

Zone: 9-11 (no colder than 20°F)

Growth Rate: Moderate

Mature Height: Up to 50′

Senegal Date Palms for Sale

 

Canary Island Date Palm

Phoenix canariensis

Canary Island Date Palms for Sale

The Canary Island Date palm also referred to as the Canary Date Palm, Canary Island Palm, Pineapple Palm, or simply the Canary Palm is very distinct due to its pineapple like structure on the trunk as it matures. As the tree gets older it will form a knot like structure below the crown.

The leaves on the Canary Island Date palm are feathery and plentiful, arching upward then outward to create a ‘geyser’ looking display. These palms are one of the larger known old hardy palms being able to sustain temperatures as low as 15°F.

Date palms for sale

The fruit is a yellow-orange color with an oval shape about 3/4″ long. The flesh on these dates is very sweet though it is also very thing therefore it requires a lot of work to get minimal amounts of the fruit’s meat. Because of this most use these dates to make jelly.

The sap is of the Canary Island Date palm is very sweet and can be drank as is, fermented into a wine, or evaporated down to palm syrup or sugar.

Date palms for sale - weather

Zone: 8b-11 (no colder than 15°F)

Growth Rate: Moderate

Mature Height: Up to 60′

Date Palms for Sale - Canary Island Date

Sylvester Date Palm

Phoenix sylvestris

Sylvester Date Palms for Sale

The Sylvester Date Palm (Also referred to as: Sugar Date Palm, India Date Palm, Silver Date Palm, or Wild Date Palm) is commonly seen on golf courses or in front of large houses due to their ability to reach up to 60′ tall.

Much like the Canary Island Date palm the Sylvester Date Palm also has a crown made up of greenish-silver feathery fronds that shoot up and outward creating a nice arched looking leaf. The trunk is covered in diamond scales where older fronds fall off (more likely pruned).

The Sylvester Date Palm is very hardy to not only cold temperatures but also heat waves making it a tough tree that can handle various elements and conditions.

Date palms for sale The fruit of the Sylvester Date Palm is edible and sweet at that. The fruits follow the flowers and are oval in shape, about 1 inch in diameter, and turn a purpleish-black color when ripe. They do contain a single seed inside so be careful when eating them.
Date palms for sale - weather

Zone: 8b-11 (no colder than 15°F)

Growth Rate: Moderate

Max Height: Up to 60′ tall

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Medjool Date Palm

Phoenix dactylifera Medjool

Date palms for sale - Medjool Date for sale

The Medjool Date Palm is a magnificent looking tree that goes well with numerous landscape designs. It also goes by any of the following names: True Date, Phoenix Medjool Date, Jewel Palm, or the Medjewel Palm.

The date fruits produced by the Medjool Palm are probably the most popular types of dates for consumption in the US. They are often referred to as the “crown jewel of dates” due to their sweet and soft taste and texture. Historically finding Medjool date palms for sale was a difficult task since the Medjool date was once reserved only for royalty due to their succulent taste and rarity.

The trunk is singular, up to 15″ in diameter, and has leaf scars creating diamond-shaped patterns all the way up the trunk. The canopy is thick, v-shaped, and made up of 100+ fronds with greenish-gray feather like leaves. You can expect the Medjool Date Palm to produce fruits at least 2 times a year once it reaches maturity.

Date palms for sale The date fruits produced by the Medjool Palm are probably the most popular types of dates for consumption in the US. They are often referred to as the “crown jewel of dates” due to their sweet and soft taste and texture. Some describe their taste as being caramel-like. They can get up to 3″ long and yield a large seed inside that when removed allows for space to stuff these palms with various fillings for consumption.
Date palms for sale - weather

Zone: 8b-11 (no colder than 15°F)

Growth Rate: Moderate

Max Height: Up to 50′ tall

Date palms for sale - Medjool Date

Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelenii

Date Palms for sale - Pygmy Date Palm for saleThere are some on their search for date palms for sale that look for big trees to make a statement, yet there are others who look for something smaller and more manageable. The Pygmy Date Palm would be for the latter, with a mature height of 10′ no need for a lift to reach the fruits of these trees.

This Pygmy Date Palm, also referred to as the Miniature Date Palm, is perfect for those with smaller gardens or maybe even someone looking to have it inside in a planter (as long as your ceilings are high enough). They look great when planted outside in groupings as opposed to by themselves.

This cold hardy palm has a single trunk (though can be planted to clump) with leaf scars that form as you remove the old leaves (it isn’t self-cleaning). The crown is filled with vibrant green leaves that are made up of numerous smaller sharp leaflets.

The Pygmy Date Palm is susceptible to Potassium and Magnesium deficiency and doesn’t hold up well when exposed to salt water/spray. It is best grown in areas with well drained soil.

Date palms for sale Dates are 1/2″ long, elliptical shaped, and grow in large hanging clusters. The turn dark purple when ripe though unfortunately there isn’t much flesh on the dates since the majority of the fruit is filled with the seed.
Date palms for sale - weather

Zone: 8b-11 (no colder than 15°F)

Growth Rate: Slow

Max Height: Up to 10′ tall

Date palms for sale - Pygmy Date palm

 

Date Fruit Recipes

Aside from the common method of eating dates which is simply removing the pit and eating them raw there are a few different ways to spice up the date or to incorporate it into a meal.

Whether you’re buying dates from the store or came here to find the best date palms for sale to start your own backyard garden, below are a few date recipes that allow you to incorporate these into various meals.

Each of the following recipes were taken from various websites around the web so I have to give credit to each site below the recipe title. Make sure you check them out as well!

Date and Peanut Butter Slices

Source: TheJollyBeetRoot.com

Ingredients
– 16 pitted medjool dates
– 1 cup raw cashews
– 1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter
– 2-3 tbsp cacao powder
– 1-2 tbsp maple syrup for sweetness
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tbsp coconut oil

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until it turns to a sticky dough-like consistency. Add water or coconut oil to achieve the right consistency.
  2. Press into a lined  8″x 6″ (or close to that size) pan and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until firm.
  3. Slice an eat when ready!

Broiled Dates ‘N Bacon

Source: Medjooldates.com

Ingredients (1 serving)
– 6 pitted medjool dates
– 6 bacon strips
– 6 water chestnuts

  1. Place a piece of water chestnut inside dates
  2. Slice bacon in lengths that are long enough to wrap around the dates
  3. Wrap dates in bacon and place a toothpick through them to hold together
  4. Place under medium broiler
  5. Rotate and cook on each side until bacon is crisp
  6. Drain well and serve warm

Date Nut Bread

Source: desertvalleydate.com

Ingredients
– 1 1/2 cups chopped, pitted dates
– 1 1/2 cups boiling water
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
– 1 egg
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  2. In a small saucepan bring water to boil. Stir in dates. Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place brown sugar and butter in mixer bowl; cream until blended. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add date/water mixture, and beat until blended.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, and soda. Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Do not overbeat; batter should be lumpy. Fold in nuts.
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, usually around 60-75 minutes for large loaf, 45-60 minutes for mini-loaves.
  6. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.

Send Me Your Date Recipes

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Palm Tree Landscaping Ideas

Palm Tree Landscaping IdeasBefore you even buy any trees you may want to brainstorm some palm tree landscaping ideas that’ll be the best fit for your property. I’ve scoured the web for various photos of neat backyard displays of palm trees used either as focal points or as supporting décor.

Here are a few different ideas or layouts for you to consider when designing that tropical backyard look. All of these are various images I found online so I personally can’t take the credit for these awesome ideas thought I wish I could!

Poolside Palm Tree Landscaping Ideas

In thinking up some poolside palm tree landscaping ideas you’ll need to consider a few things to make sure you get the right type of tree not only in terms of aesthetics but also whether or not it will require more space than provided by the pool area. Here are a couple things to think about before buying a palm tree to plant around your pool.

Root structure of the palm tree

Something that is very important to know about any palm trees you are considering buying to place next to your pool is the root structure of the palm. By this I mean do the roots tend to be more compact and won’t spread out far, or do they require a wide radius from the palm’s trunk.

Some tree roots will extend outward a good distance under the surface which could be problematic since as we know, nothing gets in the way of mother nature. You’ve seen how roots can force their way through solid rock, the same could be said if you are not cautious with the type of tree you plant as well as the proximity it is to your pool (assuming it’s an in-ground pool).

Cleanliness of the Palm

Some palm trees are self-cleaning which is good in the sense that they are less work to prune however the disadvantage by having them by a pool is that they will drop their old leaves at their discretion. If you go with a tree that isn’t self-cleaning then yes it will be more work pruning it but you can setup a tarp to catch the leaves as you cut them to prevent them from falling into the pool.

Another thing to consider in terms of cleanliness when looking for a palm to place next to your pool is whether or not you want a palm the produces fruits, since they may also fall into the pool. Most will produce a fruit but the size and extent produced vary from tree to tree.

The slider below are a bunch of various photos I found throughout the web of amazing poolside ideas incorporating palm trees into the design.

Poolside Palm Tree Ideas
Beaked Yucca, Canary Island Date Palm, a few others

Some of the more common trees that you’ll see around pools are listed below, keep in mind that not all of these may be suitable for what you’re trying to do but they can act as a starting point for your perfect poolside palm tree landscaping ideas. I’ve linked them out to an online retailer where you can see how much each would cost you

Focal Point Palm Tree Landscaping Ideas

If you’re looking for a tree to place at the end of a circular driveway or just to act as a large focal point then this section may give you some ideas. To find a tree to act as a focal point it needs to be either one of two things: very large, or very exotic looking. You can of course do this with any tree however these seem to be the two features that make it most appealing for what you are trying to accomplish with it.

Focal point palm trees usually work best when either planted in a elevated circular or square like base structure, whether it be a raised concrete walled bed or a raised mulch pile. This directs attention to the area where the eye will then find a beautiful palm at the center.

Additionally adding smaller low growing plants such as flowers also helps complete the overall look of the focal point. The slide deck below may give you some ideas on various focal point designs.

Focal Point Palm Trees

Again, like I said go very large or very unique in choosing a palm tree for this objective, below are a few suggestions.

  • Senegal Date Palm (very unique)
    • Up to 50’ tall, multiple trunks, zone 9-11, edible fruits
  • European Fan Palm
    • Up to 20’ tall, multiple trunks, zone 7b-11, cold hardy
  • Triangle Palm
    • Up to 30’ tall, zone 9-11, unique crown structure
  • Canary Island Date Palm
    • Up to 60’ tall, single ‘pineapple’ looking trunk, zone 8b-11
  • Bismark Palm (very unique)
    • Up to 60’ tall, zone 8-11, evergreen, blueish color
  • Travelers Palm (very unique)
    • Up to 40’ tall, fan type structure, zone 9-11

Giant Commercial or Driveway Palm Tree Landscaping Ideas

If you’ve got a either a big house, a big business, or a long driveway and then you should be looking for some palm trees that can measure up to your massive property.

Without getting too much into the psychological effects of size, height can be interpreted as power to some. Therefore if you want your palm trees to put off an aura that makes people associate your business, hotel or home as being strong, powerful, or wealthy then I’ve got a few recommendations of trees for you to look into.

When looking for these massive trees you either want them placed at the front of your building, best if spaced out in a straight line creating a wall like structure across the front of the building. Don’t transplant them too close together though, keeping a good 20′ between them usually looks better.

Another use for these palm tree giants is to have them running along a driveway leading up to a decent sized building. See some of the photos below to see how others have used them.

Giant Palm Trees

Some palm tree giants that are great for this purpose are the following:

Privacy Wall Palm Tree Landscaping Ideas

Sometimes you’re not necessarily looking for a huge, unique, or fruit bearing palm tree that stands out on your property. Sometimes it’s a much more simplistic reason like needing some natural vegetation to create a privacy screen or making a hedge row.

In colder regions many people will use needle type conifers to create these hedges, however for the warmer regions where palm trees can flourish there are a few different types of palms that work just as well. This section of palm tree landscaping ideas will offer you some ideas on palm trees to use for the following purposes:

  • Building a privacy wall
  • Adding a barrier on the property
  • Creating ground cover for larger trees
  • Providing a hideaway for small animals

In either of these cases you’re going to want to look for something thick to create that wall-like effect. The bamboo palm is a great tree to get for creating a natural looking wall that provides more than just shade but is also difficult to get through if you want to deter the neighbor’s dog from roaming over.

Or if you’re looking for a more leaf heavy palm tree many people will use the Areca Palm. I do need to caution you with this one though that though it produces a nice tall and thick screen, it does drop a lot of fronds and some even suggest it attracts ants.

When looking for a smaller palm to act either as a hideaway for animals or to create a hedge the needle palm may be something to check out. Though these do get thick and bushy, they are also very sharp, so I’d suggest planting them some place you won’t be brushing up against them. I guess you can think of the sharp leaves as a natural security system in keeping people out!

Privacy Palms

Overall some things to consider when determining what type of palm you should get for either of these uses are: how tall does it get, is it self-cleaning, and what is the leaf density on it? Below are a few suggestions for palm trees to check out to use as privacy screeners.

Other Articles to Check Out

The site Houzz has some pretty neat landscaping ideas as well so check them out for other great palm tree landscaping ideas.

Before purchasing palm tree be sure to read my introduction on what you should know before searching for palm trees for sale.
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The Best Cold Hardy Palm Trees

Cold Hardy Palm Trees for Those Living Farther North

Not everyone wants to live in tropical parts of the country yet still would love the image of a nice tall palm tree swaying in the wind in their back yard. For those individuals you’re not out of luck, this post will focus on the best cold hardy palm trees that may be more suitable for your frigid climate zone.

Keep in mind that as you read through the different types of cold hardy palm trees on this list that just because they can sustain a certain degree of cold temperature doesn’t mean that long term exposure to this won’t necessarily kill the tree in the long run. Like everything else in life – in moderation.

Additionally the links to each of these trees in my post will take you to RealPalmTrees.com, a trusted online palm tree retailer. However just because I link to them doesn’t mean you need to buy cold hardy palm trees from there, if you have strong feelings on buying from a local nursery then go for it.

If you haven’t already, before buying any cold hardy palm trees make sure you’re region isn’t still too cold to grow them. To find your hardiness region use the tool below by simply entering your zip code. This will then give you your hardiness region to reference as you look for palm trees to buy.

Something to keep in mind is the size you wish to buy; the smaller the tree the less expensive however you will need to nurture it more and wait a few years for it to mature, the larger the tree the more expensive however it will be more hardy.

WINDMILL PALM

Trachycarpus fortune
Windmill Palm - Cold Hardy Palm TreesThe Windmill palm (also commonly called the Chinese Windmill palm) is a pretty hardy palm that is compact and great for growing in more narrow areas. Though it can achieve heights of up to 20′ its diameter spread is usually restricted to around an 8′-10′ width at the crown.

The palmate leaves are a  green color with a lighter, silvery underside. They are supported by thin 3′ flattened stems that are rigid along the edges. Leaves are flat and arranged in a circular 3′ diameter pattern and are segmented about halfway. These leaves are arranged into a symmetrical formation around the crown.

These trees are one of the more easy ones to care for or even grow yourself if you’ve got the time to do so since they are a slow growing tree. Ultimately they’ll do well in either drought prone places as well as areas that receive a decent amount of rain, they are pretty versatile.

Windmill palms are dioecious meaning that male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Come summer the males will produce large yellow flowers while the females show off a green flower. In the fall the female flowers will turn to a black fruit that is NOT edible.

The windmill palm is a hardy tree that resists most diseases though is moderately susceptible to lethal yellowing disease and leaf spotting. Aphids also do tend to pose a threat to this tree.

They are good when used in groupings with alternating heights if used in a large open area, or in linear formation when being used in narrow places.

  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Light: Moderate sun exposure
  • Mature Height: 10′-20′
  • Hydration: Water regularly, well drained soil
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 7b-11 (no colder than 5°F)
  • Growth Rate: Slow
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Canary Island Date Palm Tree

Phoenix canariensis

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The Canary Date Palm, also referred to as the ‘pineapple palm’ is a pretty recognizable tree with its up and outward style crown & leaf structure. Native to the Canary Islands of the coast of North Africa this is a tree that definitely needs a good amount of space around it as the leaves can extend outward to a width of 30′-40′.

The canary date palm isn’t a self cleaning palm therefore pruning will be required to remove dead leaves hanging below the trees canopy. The proper look should be a clean trunk running up to a pineapple shaped crown base. It should look as though there is actually a large pineapple setting atop a thinner trunk structure.

The leaf structure is supported by 18′ long stems with 2′ sharp spines on the lower half. These stems display two rows of feather-like fronds with a dark green color that circle around the crown branching outward.

Highly branched inflorescences form small yellowish-white flowers followed by orange edible dates in the fall and are very decorative. Though I say they’re edible and sweet you still may not want to eat them since the actual flesh on the is minimal surround a very large nut making it a laborious task to eat.

Due to the height and width these palms can reach, I wouldn’t suggest going with this if you have a small house since it will definitely make it look even smaller in comparison to the tree. It’s probably best used if you have a very large open space you’ve like to plant them in or want to use them to run along a road/driveway or even as a focal piece.

  • Maintenance: Moderate (requires pruning)
  • Light: Moderate to high sun
  • Mature Height: 50′-60′
  • Hydration: Moderate, water younger ones more often for faster growth
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 8b-11 (no colder than 15°F)
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
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Beaked Yucca

Yucca rostrate
Beaked Yucca - Cold Hardy Palm TreesThe Beaked Yucca, native to Texas, is probably one of the most extreme cold hardy palm trees you can buy. Though not the best looking tree when it goes un-groomed since the trunk can start to look pretty shaggy, it can however survive temperatures down to -20°F for up to 100 days.

Aside from freezing temperatures, the yucca is drought tolerant, fire resistant, and deer tend to not enjoy eating it. It is one of the toughest palm trees you’ll find that can survive in North America.

At first glance a beaked yucca with a single crown almost resembles a dead Dandelion before the wind sends their seeds floating through the air. The pom-pom style crown holds thin, stiff, needle like leaves that can grow up to 2′ long, and taper to a sharp point at the tip. The leaves can vary in color from a silver/gray color tone to a green/blue shade.

Come mid-summer it does produce a flower stock stretching up to 2′ long carrying small pale yellow flowers.

These are good trees to place around the house as backdrops to a garden. Since they’ll only grow about 4″ or so a year you don’t need to worry about them sprouting up too quickly and needing to move them further away from the house if accidentally planted too close. The beaked yucca is also commonly used for Xeriscaping.

A word of caution when handling them though, the spiny leaves can prick you.

  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Light: Moderate to high sun exposure
  • Mature Height: 10′-20′
  • Hydration: Moderate watering
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 5-11 (no colder than -20°F)
  • Growth Rate: Slow
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Dwarf Palmetto Palm

Sabal minor
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Another of the toughest cold hardy palm trees, the Dwarf Palmetto palm, also referred to as Blue Palm, is a low lying palm tree that can handle temperatures as long as -10°F.  This are commonly seen in North Carolina in ravines.

The leaf blades are usually longer than the leaf stalks and yield a fan shaped structure stretching as much as 4 feet wide. They carry a grey-green color leaf and produce white flowers followed by clusters of black fruit.

The trunk of the dwarf palmetto usually remains underground for most of its juvenile years shielding it from the cold weather. Though abundant exposure to cold temperatures and frost can kill the palms leaves, the roots are usually protected and will re-sprout a tree the following year.

These trees also have the capability of surviving in poor drainage areas and if there is too much water, instead of drowning, they may start to rise up out of the water by generating a taller trunk.

These trees are best for someone looking to add ground cover to their garden or create a low laying foliage barrier along their property or garden bed. Rabbits and other small animals love hiding in the cover provided from these trees so don’t be surprised if you find a rabbit bed in them come spring.

  • Maintenance: Moderate
  • Light: Moderate sun exposure
  • Mature Height: 5′-10′
  • Hydration: Prefers moist soils
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 6-11 (no colder than -10°F)
  • Growth Rate: Slow
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PINDO PALM

Butia capitata
Pindo Palm - Cold Hardy Palm TreesThe Pindo Palm is also known as the ‘jelly palm’ for the pindo dates that grown on this tree that are used to make jam. It is native to Brazil but is now seen along the southern portion of the US.

The leaf structure are long feather-like pinnate leaves that arch from the crown curving down toward the ground. They can reach lengths of 5′-10′ long with a greenish gray color tone. Be careful when handling leaves though since they are positioned on a 2′-4′ long stem that is covered in spines. The trunk will mature to 1′-1½’ in diameter and will smoothen out near the bottom as it grows older.

This palm tree is salt water tolerate and can sustain areas of high rainfall without drowning. Additionally they are resistant to deer.

In the late spring flowers will bloom a with pink-purple color that are monoecious, meaning that both male & female flowers grow on the same tree. These flowers are followed by orange pindo dates, hanging in large clusters. One of the few cold hardy palm trees that when the fruits become ripe in the summer are edible and very tasty. They can be eaten raw, though they do have large seeds, however are more commonly used to make jelly or fermented into wine.

The Pindo Palm is a tough tree, once mature it’s tolerate to salt water, drought, and cold weather. It’s not too picky when it comes to soil so either clay or sandy soils will support it. Until it reaches about 2 year old though it will need frequent watering, after this moderate watering is all it should need to thrive.

Since the pindo palm’s mature height is average size it’s a pretty versatile in terms of where you plant it. My only suggestion would be not to plant it near walkways or doorways since as the fruits ripen they can attract wasps and other insects or will fall to the ground making a mess if not cleaned up.

  • Maintenance: Moderate (easy growth, fallen fruits can make a mess if not cleaned up)
  • Light: Partial shade
  • Mature Height: 10′-20′
  • Hydration: Frequent watering in 1st 2 years
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 7b-11 (no colder than 5°F)
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
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European Fan Palm

Chamaerops humilis
European Fan Palm - Cold Hardy Palm Trees

Known for its beautiful contrasting color schemes, the European Fan palm, also referred to as the Mediterranean Palm, thrives in cold conditions.

It is a cluster forming tree that that yields a fibrous husky trunk that keeps it warm in the cold weather. The european fan palm will grow multiple trunks tightly together from a single base. The leaves are a beautiful blueish-green that contrast well with the color tone of the trunk.

Palmate leaves grow in a triangular formation up to 2′ long and 2′ wide and split into multiple segments supported by 3′-4′ long stems. They usually grow in an upward position aiming toward the sky in varying angles. The stems are covered with small thorns so be cautious when pruning.

In the spring it produces tiny yellow clustered flowers that are followed by tiny green seed like fruits. These fruits are not edible for human consumption.

This tree is pretty versatile in its look, some let the leaves grow all the way up the trunk to create a think bushy privacy plant, while others remove the leaves leaving only the ones at the crown so it looks like a bunch of mini palm trees.

Due to its versatility this tree can either be used as a center piece in a smaller garden or driveway turnaround, or if left unpruned used to create a privacy wall. It is definitely one of the more unique cold hardy palm trees.

  • Maintenance: Moderate
  • Light: Prefer sunny areas but can survive in shade
  • Mature Height: 10′-20′
  • Hydration: Moderate, avoid soggy soil
  • Cold Tolerance Zones: 7b-11 (no colder than 5°F)
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
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Conclusion

There are other types of cold hardy palm trees however these in my mind are the most common ones you’ll hear gardeners and landscapers talk about.

Though some of these trees are said to be able to handle lower temperatures they usually are not able to handle such cold weather until they have matured, usually after 2 years or so.

Now that you know what can and can’t live in your region lets check out some my next blog post focusing on various palm tree landscaping ideas.

 

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