New York state is too cold to grow palm trees. New York has a a humid continental climate influenced by Atlantic Ocean. The average July temperatures range from 79°F to 84°F (26°C to 28°C). The average January temperatures range from 28°F to 38°F (-2°C to 3°C). Annual amount of snow ranges from 29-110 in (74-279 cm) depending on the region. New York occasionally gets hit by hurricanes and tropical storms.
The warmest temperature ever recorded was 108°F (42°C) and the lowest was –52°F (–47°C). New York USDA hardiness zones ranges from 3b to 7b.
New York USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in New York
This state is too cold for growing palms but if you live in zone 7a or 7b, you can try. There are some cold hardy palms that can tolerate cold down to 0F. You will need to create a microclimate and provide cold protection during winter months. Here are some palms that can 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 New York
Binghamton – Hardiness Zone 5b
Bronx – Hardiness Zone 7a
Brooklyn – Hardiness Zone 7a
Buffalo – Hardiness Zone 6a
Jamaica – Hardiness Zone 7a
New York – Hardiness Zone 7a
Rochester – Hardiness Zone 6a
Syracuse – Hardiness Zone 5a
Yonkers – Hardiness Zone 6b
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