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Common Palm Species - Palm Trees

Updated on February 22, 2016
Beautiful Palm Trees
Beautiful Palm Trees

Palm Trees

Trees belonging to the family Arecaceae are called palm trees. Below are some commonly grown palm tree species. I am sure you are already aware of many of these. Now, lets have a look at each one of them.

Chinese Fan Palms
Chinese Fan Palms

Chinese Fan Palm

These are some wonderful houseplants that require a lot of watering and direct sunlight. Being hardy plants they will thrive indoors and in low light areas. If planted in soil they can attain heights of about 30 feet and more, can grow 50 feet tall. In pots they will not grow very tall. A slow grower which can be propagated easily with seeds.

More information on the Chinese fan palms at: Chinese Fan Palm.

Bamboo Palm

A beautiful palm. Not hardy in nature like other palm trees. It has bamboo like stems(few stems grow from an underground bulb) and thin delicate leaves(almost opposite to the coarse leaves of Chinese fan palm). Water this plant regularly as it belong to tropics and is used to continuous rains. Prevent it from direct sunlight which can kill it. In its natural habitat it grows under the shade of thick trees. Finally, I would recommend this one for your houses, it is a beautiful must-have plant.

The Sago Palm
The Sago Palm

Sago Palm

A common houseplant that is loved around the globe. You will often see this one in lawns. Like the Chinese fan palm, the sago palm also requires direct sunlight and a lot of watering. This plant grows really slow, prune its older leaves on regular basis to encourage strong new growth. Prevent the sago palms from frost.

Date Palm
Date Palm

Date Palm

The date palm, which provides us with tasty, nutritious and rich fruit, is commonly cultivated in many areas of the world fr its fruit, especially in middle eastern region. It normally provides fruit after 5-8 years of its cultivation. As of 2007, Egypt was the top date producing country with Iran being the second.

A Ponytail Palm
A Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm is in fact a succulent. It is also known as the bottle palm and elephant foot. As you might already know or have read in the link I posted above that succulents store water in them for later use. The ponytail palm stores its water in an elephant foot like structure at the bottom or base of its stem. Provide this plant bright sunlight and let it dry before you water it. This one makes a beautiful houseplant for sure and is commonly kept in houses in many parts of the world.


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    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Yup, get indoor ones in that case.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi! I don't live in an area where I could grow palms, but just stopped by to check out some of these beautiful trees. Maybe I'll buy one of the indoor types.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Ann for this wonderful comment. I plan to write more on them. :)

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      This was fun learning about palm trees! I have to say I didn't realize there was so much to them! Good job, Ultimate Hubber!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for commenting rb11. I just saw the pictures of these palms and they look great.

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      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      We had a few sago palms, the one we liked the most were the blue Mexican palms. They had a tinge of blue in their palm and the good feature was it only grew in the 20 foot area.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for commenting stars and wavegirl.

      wavegirl, palm trees can sometimes turn into an addiction, which palm tree do you have? I'll love to know

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      I love Palm Trees. . living in NY I can really appreciate them and love to travel to places where they are. I do have one that I nuture. . but having a great point of reference here in this Hub is terrific. Bookmarking it and I will be back! Thanks for sharing this:)

    • stars439 profile image


      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful photographs. Interesting hub. Thank you


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