You can grow cold hardy palm trees in warm areas of Oklahoma. Oklahoma has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cold winters. Average January temperature is 36°F (2 °C) while average July temperature is 82 °F (27 °C). Annual snowfall averages to about 8.6 inches (21.8 cm). Oklahoma is a very windy state and receives frequent tornadoes. During summer it is not unusual for Oklahoma to get 100-degree days.
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 113 °F (45 °C) and the lowest was −17 °F (−27 °C). Oklahoma USDA hardiness zones range from 5b to 8a.
Oklahoma USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is not the best place for growing palm trees. The good news is there are some cold hardy palms that will tolerate cold down to 0F and can be grown in zone 7 and higher. Here are some of palms that will grow in Oklahoma:
- Needle Palm Tree – Zones 5b-11 (-15 to -10F)
- European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Pindo Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Sago Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
- Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a-11 (0 to 5 F)
- Windmill Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
Major Cities in Oklahoma
Lawton – Hardiness Zone 7a
Norman – Hardiness Zone 6b
Oklahoma City – Hardiness Zone 7a
Tulsa – Hardiness Zone 6b
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