Information About Palm Trees

Feeding A Palm Tree: Learn How To Fertilize Palms

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Palm trees are planted as specimen plants for their exotic, tropical look. However, palm trees have high nutritional demands and the calciferous, sandy soil they’re normally grown in cannot always accommodate these needs. Click here to read more about fertilizing palm trees.

Pruning Palm Plants: Tips On Cutting Back A Palm Tree

By Teo Spengler

Cutting back a palm tree will not make it grow faster. This myth has caused gardeners to do extensive palm tree pruning that doesn't help and can hurt the tree. If you want to know how and when to prune a palm tree, this article will help.

Palm Tree Dropping Fronds: Can You Save A Palm Tree Without Fronds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There are innumerable reasons for palm tree fronds falling off, from natural "cleaning" to damaging cultivation, disease and pest issues. If there are no fronds on palm tree, the plant may be in real trouble but it is possible to still save it. Learn more here.

Palm Tree Trunk Diseases: Learn About Ganoderma In Palms

By Teo Spengler

Ganodera palm disease, also called ganoderma butt rot, is a white rot fungus that causes palm tree trunk diseases. It can kill palm trees. Click here for information about ganoderma in palms and good ways of dealing with it.

Sun-Loving Palms: What Are Some Palm Trees For Pots In Sun

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If you?re looking for sun loving palm trees, you?re in luck because the selection is huge and there is no shortage of full sun palm trees, including those well suited for containers. This article has additional information.

Winterizing A Palm Tree: Tips On Wrapping Palm Trees In Winter

By Amy Grant

Different palm tree varieties can be grown around the U.S., even places where snow is a regular winter feature. Snow and freezing temps aren?t exactly a palm trees milieu, so what kind of winter protection must you provide? Click here for more info.

Palm Tree Care – Tips For Planting A Palm Tree In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Growing palm trees outdoors in northern climates can be challenging and warm climates get their pick of palm tree choices. No matter where you live, knowing how to take care of palm trees will help you have a healthy specimen. This article will help.

What To Do For Fraying Or Shedding Palm Fronds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Fraying palm tips are common sights after storms. They may also be caused by mechanical damage, desiccation, disease and even nutrient deficiency or excesses. Identify the cause and learn what to do about your palm tree shedding and fraying in this article.

Transplanting Palm Pups – Propagate Palm Trees With Pups

By Heather Rhoades

A wide variety of palms, like sago palms, date palms or ponytail palms, will produce offshoots that are commonly known as pups and are an excellent way to propagate the plant. This article will help with that.

Palms come from many different climate zones. Some species originate in places that are hot year-round. Highs hit 95 degrees F by day, while lows seldom dip below 78 degrees F at night. In mountainous regions, palms may see daytime highs in the 70s or 80s and nighttime lows in the 40s or 50s. Some species can occasionally see snow, while others brave temperatures exceeding 100 degrees F.

It simply comes down to knowing what your palm can tolerate -- especially at night. Some tolerate a wide range of temperatures others can't. Taking into account the temperatures your area experiences year-round will help determine which species of palms will grow best for you.

Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

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This pinnate-leaved species is a classic palm tree with a tall trunk and arching, feather-like fronds. Female trees produce creamy yellow flowers followed by edible fruits. It's hardy down to 18 degrees. The date palm is one of the oldest—and most important—cultivated palm trees. It's a frequent sight in urban landscapes, and there are also dwarf cultivars that make good indoor specimens.

  • Native Area: Unknown (probably Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East)
  • USDA Growing Zones: 8–11
  • Height: 50–80 feet (dwarf cultivars also available)
  • Sun Exposure: Full

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