Missouri Palm Trees

It is very difficult to grow palm trees in Missouri due to how cold it gets there during winter. Missouri has a humid continental climate with long, hot summers and cool to cold winters. The July average temperature is about 79°F (26°C). The average January temperature is about 26°F (–3°C).

The warmest temperature ever recorded was 118°F (48°C) and the lowest was –40°F (–40°C). Annual average snowfall ranges between 10 in (25 cm) and 20 in (51 cm) depending on the location. Missouri gets about 35 tornadoes each year. Missouri USDA hardiness zones range from 4b to 7a.

Missouri USDA Zones

Missouri usda zones

Growing Palm Trees in Missouri

Missouri is not the best state to grow palm trees due to its cold weather. The only area you can try to grow palms is in the zone 7 near Cape Girardeau city. Keep in mind, it takes only one extremely cold day to kill all of your palms. If you see that cold weather is coming, provide your trees with protection.

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Major Cities in Missouri

Cape Girardeau – Hardiness Zone 6a
Columbia – Hardiness Zone 6a
Independence – Hardiness Zone 6b
Joplin – Hardiness Zone 6b
Kansas City – Hardiness Zone 6b
O’Fallon – Hardiness Zone 6a
Saint Charles – Hardiness Zone 5b
Saint Joseph – Hardiness Zone 5b
Saint Louis – Hardiness Zone 6b
Saint Peters – Hardiness Zone 6a
Springfield – Hardiness Zone 6a

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~Susan Brian

P.S. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I do my best to answer them as soon as I can.


  1. kinzyjr says

    Try Sabal Minor ‘McCurtain’, Sabal Minor ‘Arkansas’, and/or Rhapidophyllum Hystrix in the bootheel cities. If you grow them close to the south side of your house where they are protected from cold winds, you have a good shot at success. If you have to plant them in the yard, plant them under a Texas Live Oak or an evergreen tree of some sort for some level of protection. Cities like Caruthersville, Steele, and Cooter would be good spots for an attempt.

  2. Megan Elizabeth Pauk says

    My family and I have visited Florida a few times, and the only thing my mom loves more than the beaches there are the palm trees. Every time we go, she always wants one, but we live in Missouri. Unfortunately the only thing I really understood about this article is that it’s impossible to grow them unless you line near CG, and unfortunately, we don’t. We’re an hour west of St. Louis, so that doesn’t exactly work out. Is it possible for us to grow a palm tree? Are there such things as mini palm trees that could be kept indoors?

    Thanks, Megan

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