Kansas state is too cold to grow palm trees. Kansas has three types of climate: humid subtropical, humid continental, and semi-arid steppe. Depending on the location summer is hot and humid or hot and dry with July maximum temperatures ranging from 91°F (32°C) – 93°F (33°C). Winters can be cold, mild or even warm. Average maximum January temperatures range from 36°F (2°C) – 40°F(4°C).
Annually rainfall is about 46 inches. Depending on the area, Kansas gets about 5 inches (130 mm) – 35 inches (900 mm) of snow each year. It also gets a lot of tornadoes and thunderstorms. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 121°F (149°C) and the lowest was −40°F (−40°C). Kansas USDA hardiness zones range from 5a to 6b.
Kansas USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Kansas
Kansas state has a fast changing weather that is too cold for palm trees. You do two things: create a warm microclimate in your yard or grow palm trees indoors and take them out during warm summer months. If you can create a microclimate that has a temperatures of zone 7, you can grow following palms:
- 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 Kansas
Kansas City – Hardiness Zone 6a
Overland Park – Hardiness Zone 6a
Shawnee Mission – Hardiness Zone 6a
Topeka – Hardiness Zone 6a
Wichita – Hardiness Zone 6a
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