Even though Georgia state is not as warm as Florida, cold hardy palm trees will grow there. Georgia has humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. Its weather is strongly influenced by Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature in January is 39 °F (4 °C) and the average temperature in July is 78 °F (26 °C). The highest temperature ever recorded was 112 °F (44 °C) and lowest was −17 °F (−27 °C).
Winter is usually dry. Summer is hot and humid with occasional thunderstorms. The state does get tornadoes and tropical storms. The areas on the border with Florida, experiences the most subtropical weather. Georgia USDA hardiness zones range from 6b to 9a.
Georgia USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Georgia
Since there are not a lot of areas in zone 9, choose cold hardy palm trees that can tolerate cold of zones 7-8. There are very small number of palms that can grow in zone 6 and lower. Saw Palmetto Palm Tree is actually native to Georgia. This cold hardy palm can tolerate cold down to 0F. You can grow Saw Palmetto Palm if you live in zone 7a and higher.
- California Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Canary Island Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8a – 11 (10 to 15 F)
- True Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b – 11 (5 to 10 F)
- Mexican Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Queen Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a -11 (0 to 5 F)
- Silver Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a – 11 (0 to 5 F)
Major Cities in Georgia
Albany – Hardiness Zone 8a
Atlanta – Hardiness Zone 7b
Augusta – Hardiness Zone 8a
Columbus – Hardiness Zone 8a
Lawrenceville – Hardiness Zone 7a
Macon – Hardiness Zone 8a
Marietta – Hardiness Zone 7a
Savannah – Hardiness Zone 8b