It is difficult to grow palm trees in Massachusetts state due to a small zone 7 area and also winter storms. Massachusetts has a continental climate with cold snowy winters and warm humid summers. The average January temperatures is 22°F (–6°C) and the average July temperature is 68°F (20°C).
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 107°F (42°C) and the lowest was –35°F (–37°C). In Boston area it gets about 42 in (107 cm) of snow each year. Massachusetts is known for getting hit by strong storms during winter that cause flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane force winds, and heavy snow. Massachusetts USDA hardiness zones range from 5a to 7b.
Massachusetts USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Massachusetts
If you are trying to grow palm trees in Massachusetts you are very brave. This cold windy state has only a small area in zone 7. You have to select very cold hardy palms and also give them enough time to recover from the transplant shock. Provide them with cold and wind protection during winter months. Here are some palms that will grow in zone 7:
- 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 Massachusetts
Boston – Hardiness Zone 6b
Brockton – Hardiness Zone 6a
Cambridge – Hardiness Zone 6b
Fall River – Hardiness Zone 6a
Lynn – Hardiness Zone 6b
New Bedford – Hardiness Zone 6b
Newton – Hardiness Zone 6a
Quincy – Hardiness Zone 6a
Somerville – Hardiness Zone 6b
Springfield – Hardiness Zone 6a
Worcester – Hardiness Zone 6a
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