You can grow palm trees in a warmer areas of Mississippi. Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate with short, mild winters and long, hot summers. Summer is humid with average July temperature of 95°F (about 35°C). January average temperature is about 48 °F (about 9 °C). I gets some snow in the northern and central parts of the state. Mississippi gets around 27 tornadoes annually. Occasional hurricanes are also possible during late summer and fall.
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 115°F (46°C) and the lowest was –19°F (–28°C). Mississippi USDA hardiness zones range from 7b to 9a.
Mississippi USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in Mississippi
Mississippi has a very similar climate to Alabama. You can grow palm trees in the warmer areas starting with zone 7b and higher. You’ll need to buy cold hardy palms that can tolerate cold down to 5F. Keep in mind, even cold hardy palms can tolerate cold weather only for a short period of time when mature enough. If the cold temperatures last for more than few hours, the palm can get cold damage. Here are some of most popular palm trees that can grow in Mississippi:
- 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 Mississippi
Biloxi – Hardiness Zone 8b
Greenville – Hardiness Zone 7b
Hattiesburg – Hardiness Zone 8a
Jackson – Hardiness Zone 8a
Meridian – Hardiness Zone 7b
Tupelo – Hardiness Zone 7b
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