Georgia Palm Trees

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 6a 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.

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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

~Susan Brian

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3 thoughts on “Georgia Palm Trees”

  1. I am looking for pindo palms. I need two small trees about three feet tall and three about five to six feet tall.. I want something that is slow growing but will at least grow six inches to a foot a year.I was told the Pindo palm is a full leaf tree and that it is quite attractive.

  2. I want to grow some palm trees near my pool. The carpentaria is the fastest growing I’ve read but is it a good tree for Augusta, Ga? If not, what is the best palm and how fast will it grow? Thanks!

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