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
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.
- European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Pindo Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Sago Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a-11 (0 to 5 F)
- Windmill Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
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