Indiana is too cold to grow palm trees. Indiana has a humid continental climate, with cool winters and warm summers. The average temperatures in January range from 17°F (–8°C) to 35°F (2°C). Average temperatures in July range from 63°F (17°C) to 88°F (31°C).
Indiana USDA hardiness zones range from 5b to 6b. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 116°f (47°C) and the lowest was –36°F (–38°C). You can expect to see occasional drought, a lot of rainfall and snowfall that averages to about 22 in (56 cm) a year.
Indiana USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Indiana
This state is way too cold to grow palm trees. If you absolutely determined to have a palm tree in your yard, you’ll need to create a microclimate as warm as the weather is in 7b zone. Needle Palm is extremely cold hardy and will tolerate cold down to -10F but you still will need to provide it with cold protection. Here are cold hardiest palm trees:
- 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 Indiana
Evansville – Hardiness Zone 6b
Fort Wayne – Hardiness Zone 5b
Gary – Hardiness Zone 5b
Hammond – Hardiness Zone 5b
Indianapolis – Hardiness Zone 5b
Lafayette – Hardiness Zone 5b
South Bend – Hardiness Zone 5b
Terre Haute – Hardiness Zone 5b
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