Ohio is too cold for growing palm trees. Ohio has a humid continental climate with some areas in the south that have a humid subtropical climate. Summer is hot and humid with average July temperatures ranging from 72 to 76°F (22 to 24 °C). Winter is cool to cold with average January temperatures ranging from 25 to 31°F (-3°C to -1°C). Ohio receives on average about 24 in (61 cm) to 56.3 in (143 cm) of snow annually. Occasionally, Ohio gets tornadoes, snow storms and earthquakes.
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 113°F (45°C) and the lowest was –39°F (–39°C). Ohio USDA hardiness zones ranges from 5a to 7a.
Ohio USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Ohio
When I look at the Ohio hardiness map, I can’t even see where zone 7 is. All other zones are too cold to grow palm trees successfully. I would suggest growing palms indoors in the container and taking them outside during warm summer months. Here are 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 Ohio
Akron – Hardiness Zone 6b
Canton – Hardiness Zone 6a
Cincinnati – Hardiness Zone 6a
Cleveland – Hardiness Zone 6a
Columbus – Hardiness Zone 5b
Dayton – Hardiness Zone 5b
Lima – Hardiness Zone 5b
Parma – Hardiness Zone 6a
Toledo – Hardiness Zone 6a
Youngstown Hardiness Zone 5b
Zanesville – Hardiness Zone 5b
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