Tennessee Palm Trees

It is not easy to grow palm trees in Tennessee due to its cold winters. Tennessee has a humid subtropical climate with some areas having a humid continental climate. The summers are hot and humid with average July temperature around 90 °F (32 °C). Winters are mild to cool with average January temperature around 40°F (4°C). It gets around 50 days of thunderstorms each year. Occasional it gets tornadoes. remnants of tropical cyclones and ice storms are also possible.

The warmest temperature ever recorded was 113°F (45°C) and the lowest was –32°F (–36°C). Tennessee USDA hardiness zones range from 5b to 7b.

Tennessee USDA Zones

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Growing Palm Trees in Tennessee

Growing palm trees in Tennessee is very challenging. If you want to grow palm trees, you need to live in zone 7. If you live in colder areas, you will need to create a microclimate that has at least temperatures of zone 7. Here are some very cold hardy palm trees that can tolerate cold temperatures done to 5F and colder:

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Major Cities in Tennessee

Chattanooga – Hardiness Zone 7a
Clarksville – Hardiness Zone 6a
Jackson – Hardiness Zone 6a
Johnson City – Hardiness Zone 6b
Knoxville – Hardiness Zone 7a
Memphis – Hardiness Zone 7b
Nashville – Hardiness Zone 6b

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2 Responses to “Tennessee Palm Trees”

  1. Chattanooga is really 7b. Memphis is 8a. Nashville is at least 7a. Windmill palm is more cold hardy than Med. fan palm or Saw Palmetto (8a). Pindo palm is more of an 8a palm. Don’t forget Sabal minor…almost as cold hardy as needle palm. Sago Palm (C. revoluta) is not long term hardy without protection (really 8a as well). More luck with C. taitungensis, C. panzhihuaensis, or C. edulis but those will need some protection.

  2. Where can I purchase a palm trr, I saw one here that hadf them in their yard?

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