Nebraska Palm Trees

Nebraska, being a predominantly cold state, is not favorable to the cultivation of palm trees. It is geographically divided into two distinct climatic regions: the eastern half of the state experiences a humid continental climate, while the western half is characterized by a semi-arid climate.

Summers here tend to be hot, with an average July temperature of 76°F (24°C), while winters are notably cold, featuring an average January temperature of 22°F (–6°C).

Precipitation in the form of snowfall is quite common, averaging about 25-35 inches (65-90 cm) annually. The state has witnessed its warmest temperature on record, reaching a scorching 118°F (48°C), and its coldest temperature plummeting to a bone-chilling −47°F (−44°C). Nebraska’s USDA hardiness zones span from 4a to 5b.

Growing Palm Trees in Nebraska

If you take a look at the hardiness zone map, you’ll see that most of the state is in zones 4b and 5a, which are just too chilly for palm trees to thrive.

But if you’re dead set on growing palm trees in Nebraska, here’s a more relaxed plan: keep them indoors in containers and move them outside when the summer heat kicks in. Here are some great indoor palms:

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Major Cities in Nebraska

Lincoln – Hardiness Zone 5b
North Platte – Hardiness Zone 5a
Omaha – Hardiness Zone 5a