Top 10 Cold Hardy Palm Trees

cold hardy palm trees Top 10 Cold Hardy Palm Trees

Even if you don’t live in the warm climate, there are a lot of Cold Hardy Palm Trees that can grow in your area. Most people don’t realize that palm trees can grow not only in Florida, but also in other 40 states.

We used to see palm trees only in the warm climate and you’ll be surprised to find out that some of the palms can withstand a deep winter freeze in subzero temperatures. Some of the cold hardy palms can grow in places like Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), California, and much further north.

Here are the  most popular cold hardy palms. These palms quickly gained popularity because they are durable, easy to grow and are widely available at palm nurseries.
 

Bismarck Palm Tree – Bismarckia nobilis

The Bismarck Palm Tree is  native to the island of Madagascar. This palm is cold hardy and can tolerate cold temperatures down to 15-20F when mature enough. This palm grows at the average rate and is perfect for USDA zones 8b-11. This palm is durable and can tolerate high winds and heat. The silver-green fan shaped leaves will add a dramatic effect to any landscape. Bismarckia nobilis is low maintenance and easy to grow. Read more»

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Cabbage Palm Tree – Sabal palmetto

The Cabbage Palm is native to North America. This palm is very durable and will tolerate a wide variety of soil and weather. The Cabbage Palm is a cold hardy palm that can tolerate drought as well as cold down to 10-15F when mature. This palm grows at the average rate and is perfect for USDA zones 8a-11. Read more»

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California Fan Palm Tree – Washingtonia filifera

The California Fan Palm is native to North America. It is very widely grown as an ornamental landscape tree in Arizona, Mexico and California. This palm tree can tolerate drought as well as cold down to 15-20F when mature. This moderate growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 8a-11. This palm requires some maintenance. With regular trimming of old leaves it looks very attractive. Read more»

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Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Livistona chinensis

The Chinese Fan Palm is native to China and southern Japan. The Chinese Fan Palm is a cold hardy palm that can tolerate drought as well as cold down to 10-15F when mature. This moderate growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 8a-11. Livistona chinensis is widely grown in Arizona, Texas and California. Read more»

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European Fan Palm Tree – Chamaerops humilis

The European Fan Palm is also known as Mediterranean Palm. This slow growing palm is native to Mediterranean region of Europe. This palm is very attractive, bushy, evergreen that is extremely tough. The European Fan Palm is a cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 5-10F. It is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7b-11. Read more»

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Mexican Fan Palm Tree – Washingtonia robusta

The Mexican Fan Palm is native to desert regions of Mexico. The Mexican Fan Palm is cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 15-20F when mature enough. This moderate growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 8b-11. Read more»

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Needle Palm Tree – Rhapidophyllum hystrix

The Needle Palm is native to the southeastern United States. The Needle Palm is extremely cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to  -10F when mature enough. This slow growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 5b-11. Read more»

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Pindo Palm Tree – Butia capitata

The Pindo Palm is also known as Jelly Palm. The Pindo Palm is native to savannahs of South America. The Pindo Palm is hardy palm that can tolerate down to 5-10F. Temperatures below 5 degrees will cause damage. This very slow growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7b-11. This palm is easy to grow, but it requires some maintenance to keep it nice appearance. Read more»

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Sago Palm Tree – Cycas revoluta

Cycads are known to be among the oldest plants on earth, unchanged for millions of years, originating in East Africa. The Sago Palm is cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 5-10F. It’s a slow growing palm that is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7b-11. Read more»

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Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Serenoa repens

The Saw Palmetto Palm is also known as Sabal Palm. It is native to Florida and grows all over southeastern United States. The Saw Palmetto Palm is a very cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 0-5F. This slow growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7a-11. Read more»

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Windmill Palm Tree – Trachycarpus fortune

The Windmill Palm is native to central and eastern China. The Windmill Palm is a very cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 5-10F. This slow growing palm is perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7b-11. This palm requires some trunk maintenance to keep its beautiful appearance. Read more»

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palm book cold hardy Top 10 Cold Hardy Palm Trees If you don’t live in the warm climate and still want to have beautiful palm trees in you backyard, you would love this book “Betrock’s Cold Hardy Palms.” Top 10 Cold Hardy Palm Trees It has comprehensive profiles for 82 palm species capable of growing in climates colder than USDA Hardiness Zone 10, including 286 color photographs. Have a wonderful day :)

~Susan Brian

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