Nebraska is a cold state that is not suited for growing palm trees. Nebraska is divided into two climatic regions with humid continental climate in the the eastern half of the state and semi-arid climate in the western half of the state. The summer is hot with average July temperature of 76°F (24°C). The winter is cold with average January temperature of 22°F (–6°C).
The state gets about 25-35 inches (65-90 cm) of snowfall annually. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 118 °F (48 °C) and the lowest was −47 °F (−44 °C). Nebraska USDA hardiness zones range from 4a to 6a.
Nebraska USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Nebraska
As you can see from the hardiness zone map, most of the state has 4b and 5a which are too cold for palm trees. The alternative would be growing palm trees indoors in the container and taking them outside during warm summer months. Here are some great indoor palms:
- Areca Palm Tree – Zones 9a – 11 (20 to 25 F)
- Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8a – 11 (10 to 15 F)
- Kentia Palm Tree – Zones 9b – 11 (25 to 30 F)
- Lady Palm Tree – Zones 8b – 11 (15 to 20 F)
Major Cities in Nebraska
Lincoln – Hardiness Zone 5b
North Platte – Hardiness Zone 5a
Omaha – Hardiness Zone 5a
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