North Dakota is too cold to grow palm trees. North Dakota has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Average January temperature is 7°F (-14°C). Average July temperature is 69°F (21°C). North Dakota has extreme weather. The winters are very cold with below freezing temperatures and a lot of snow. North Dakota also gets freezing rain, ice, sleet, and blizzards. From late spring to early fall, the state gets 22–34 days of thunderstorm activity and 13 tornadoes per year.
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 121°F (49°C) and the lowest was -60°F (-51°C). North Dakota USDA hardiness zones range from 2b to 4b.
North Dakota USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in North Dakota
North Dakota is a cold state with most of the areas located in the zone 3. The only way to have palm trees is to grow them indoors. 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 North Dakota
Bismarck – Hardiness Zone 3a
Fargo – Hardiness Zone 3b
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