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Types of Palm Trees

Updated on April 3, 2011

Here are a few common types of palm trees for your living rooms, lawns, backyards, kitchens etc. Let's have a look at them. 

Triangle Palm

Endemic to Madagascar, the triangle palm is a beautiful, sun-loving plant. Seeds and some other parts of this plants are toxic and can cause problems upon ingestion. New triangle palms can be started from seeds or by division, seed only take one to two months to germinate. They can reach a maximum height of about 20 feet and these plants are not very good at tolerating cold.

Bismarck Palm

This beautiful palm is native to the Madagascar island. It can attain a maximum height of 50 to 60 feet and can have a spread of more than 20 feet. Bismarck palm commands attention wherever it is grown due to its huge silvery grey fonds, but It is not recommended for smaller yards due to its size. They are drought tolerant and prefer full sun.

Windmill Palm

Commonly known as the chusan palm or the Chinese windmill palm, this plant is native to Central China. Leaves of this palm tree are used for making ropes, sacks and other coarse cloth where strength is of main importance; and they have been cultivated in China and Japan for this purpose for thousands of years. They can get 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. IT is best to grow them in partial sun areas.

Canary Island Date Palm

They are also known as the pineapple palms. As the name suggests, these plants are native to the Canary Islands.

Queen Palm

Best grown at sunny locations, the queen palm is a tall palm which can get 50 feet tall. They can tolerate cold and USDA hardiness zones for queen palms are 9B to 11. It can have a maximum spread of 25 feet so the plant is not very suitable for smaller lawns or gardens.

Needle Palm

Needle palms are cold hardy palms which can bear cold down to -10 degrees. Recommended USDA zones for these plants are 5 to 10. They are considered the most cold hardy species of palm trees. They are native to Southeastern United States. It is a low-height palm tree and can grow up to only ten feet tall. It has needles on its trunk and thus the name needle palm.

Sabal Palm

This plant is also known as the cabbage palm, palmetto, cabbage palmetto and of course sabal palm. They can reach to a maximum height of 70 feet. They are best grown in full sun to partial shade areas. You can propagate sabal palm trees from seeds and seeds can take anywhere from 2 to 12 months to germinate.


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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Glad you found it useful TJ!

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      The Jet 7 years ago from The Bay

      This is very useful! Voted up.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestion wilypixie!!

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      wilypixie 7 years ago from Portsmouth

      Interesting. Though more pics would be even lovlier!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks Qudsia!!

      Heading towards your profile rite away.

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      QudsiaP1 7 years ago

      How do you do it? How do you make any topic interesting? Well done.

      P.S: Couldn't keep myself away from writing, do check it out if you have the time, might be a series. :)