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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10 Responses to “Top 10 Cold Hardy Palm Trees”

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  2. We live in central florida, and occasionally in winter, temps will drop to the high teens. I LOVE palms, and we have some cabbage palms, but is there a fast-growing palm that will survive in our yard? I had Christmas Palms when we lived on Anna Maria Island, and they grew like weeds. But, don’t think they would survive the cold in Polk County. Any ideas? Love your website! Thanks -

  3. Hi Norma. I think the solution is to use cold hardy palms and spray them with Freez Pruf when it gets cold. Freez Pruf is a cold protecting spray. Here is a list of cold hardy palms. ~Susan Brian

  4. we bought a bismark palm & planted it in early november , we did not put fertilizer on it right away but it started to turn brown so we started watering it every day with 5 to 10 gal of water and it still looked like it was dieing so we fertilized it and that did not help much so all the leaves are brown & now we have a new leaf & it was green but now starting to turn brown , we just moved here from michigan last september and we live in lehigh acres fl. which is inland from the water so it is colder but we should still be able to grow these trees , maybe it doesn’t like the spot it is in , I don’t know but we need your help thank you

  5. Hi Ron. It could be the location or it could be just that you planted too deep or too high. Good that you didn’t fertilize right after planting. Don’t cut dying leaves until they are dry. ~Susan Brian.

  6. My California Palm is turning a gray brown. I am watering about every 4 days since it has turned cold. Temps are in the 30′s at night. Should I be watering more?

  7. Hi Carol. California Palms are very cold hardy and don’t usually get damage by cold temperatures in 30s. However, cold snaps can damage any palm, because palms don’t have enough time to prepare for changing temperature. Definitely spray it with freezepruf to avoid any further cold damage. It might be also some sort of fungal infection. In that case, spray it with copper fungicide. ~Susan Brian

  8. I hear it stated time and time again all over the Internet by you and others that palms won’t grow in Colorado. Well here’s a picture of some growing in Westminster, a suburb about 30 minutes north of Denver. Some say these are Yuccas, as Yucca cacti do grow around Colorado. Looks Palms to me though, albeit in planters. I’ve also seen some growing (not in planters) in Pueblo, and they are definitely not Yuccas although I’m sure someone is wrapping them during the winter.

  9. Guys, plant your palms in spring, but not in November. If it gets colder reduce watering. They will bear cold better in well drained position. California palm doesn’t like wet feet especially in cooler times.

  10. hi i have a 2 year old needle palm and a 1 year old windmill palm im over wintering it indoors in pots temperatures indoors go now lower then 45 degrees. Im waiting for March to get here im planning on moving them outdoors in early March I live in South eastern new england do you think they will be ok if i move them outdoors around that time? Thanks

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