15 Most Popular Palm Trees

When someone mentions Florida, images of Blue Ocean, white sand, and beautiful Palm Trees come to mind. Florida’s warm tropical climate makes it one of the best places in the world for growing palm trees. If you live in tropical climate like Florida the selection of palm trees you can plant in your garden is almost unlimited.

Palms make excellent landscape plants. Whether you want to frame a view or hide from your neighbors by creating a palm tree barrier, the variety of palms you can grow will astound you. With wide range of colors, sizes, and shapes, palms are a must have for a tropical garden.

With about 2,500 different species it’s not easy to find the best palm for your garden. Here are 15 most popular Palm Trees listed by their common name, so it’s easier for you to remember. I am also including their scientific name. You should be able to find these palms at your local nursery.

1. Areca Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
Common Name: Areca Palm, Yellow Palm, Butterfly Palm, Cane Palm, Golden Feather Palm
2. Bismarck Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Bismarckia nobilis
Common Name: Bismarck Palm, Bismark Palm
3. Bottle Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Common Name: Bottle Palm
4. Carpentaria Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Carpentaria acuminata
Common Name: Carpentaria Palm
5. Chinese Fan Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Livistona chinensis
Common Name: Chinese Fan Palm, Chinese Fountain Palm, Fountain Palm
6. Coconut Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Cocos nucifera
Common Name: Coconut Palm
7. Kentia Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Howea forsteriana
Common Name: Kentia Palm, Sentry Palm, Paradise Palm
8. Lady Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa
Common Name: Lady Palm, R. flabelliformis, Aristocratic Lady Palm
9. Lipstick Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Cyrtostachys renda
Common Name: Lipstick Palm, Sealing Wax Palm, Red Sealing Wax Palm
10. Mexican Fan Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Washingtonia robusta
Common Name: Mexican Fan Palm, Washington palm, Skyduster
11. Queen Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Syagrus romanzoffiana
Common Name: Queen Palm, Cocos Plumose, Arecastrum Romanzoffianum, Jeriva
12. Royal Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Roystonea oleracea
Common Name: Royal Palm
13. Saw Palmetto Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Serenoa repens
Common Name: Silver Saw Palmetto Palm, Saw Palmetto Palm, Scrub Palm
14. Sago Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Cycas revoluta
Common Name: Sago Palm, Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Sago Cycas
15. Windmill Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Common Name: Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I always love to hear from you. Have a wonderful day :)

~Susan Brian

17 thoughts on “15 Most Popular Palm Trees”

  1. I have a cluster palm that is 40 years old and 30′ tall. It was recently pruned to it’s itended look. I was told it was a Robellini Palm, but it is too big! All I can find online are palms with fanned fronds. Mine are elongated to a point. Can you tell me anything about this type and care requirements. And value!. And how I can send you before and after pics

  2. Would you identify a palm tree growing in the garden of the home I recently purchased? If you send me an email I’ll reply with a photo. (Can’t figure out how to paste or embed in this comment section.) Thanks.

  3. Meditarranean date palm the lower leaves are turning brown is that to much water am I to stop watreing ,

  4. I have five royal palms and ten eureka palms on my property plus two hundred christmas palms in pots.

  5. We live in the 77971 area in Lolita TX on the gulf Coast.

    I saw on facebook recently there was a dog that almost died eating a palm tree ‘seed’.

    Please tell me which palm trees I sound not have around my dogs and horses.

    Thank you!

  6. I enjoyed Your pictuers of palm trees. I have four royal palms, six bottle palm and six eureka palms. I love them. thank you very much.

  7. I am trying to figure out if the palm trees on my community property are poisonous for my dog. I live at Colonial Grand at Hampton preserve

  8. I recently purchased a house in Boynton Bech Florida. I have a palm tree with fan shaped leaves and 11 trunks. i don’t know the name of it but its too large for the size of the property. i am curious to know if some of the trunks can be cut off without damaging the tree. i can send you photos if it will help identify it.
    Lynn Sauer

  9. We purchased a home in Tampa, Florida with 3 palm trees 2-3 from the house…which gives us concern about possible future home damage.
    They are about 20′ tall, have oval black seed clusters, which the squirrels have decimated leaving the seeds all over the ground.
    I have not been able to ID them from the internet and wondered if you could. I would need an email address to forward a picture, if that is acceptable.
    Thank you for any assistance . . .

  10. Is it possible to move a safe palm to another area,as it is getting too big for area it’s in.I was told they have short root system .

  11. We purchased a home a year ago in Naples, FL. There is a very nice Sago Palm at the entrance to our front door. We noticed the bottom of the bottom rows of fronds are covered in white. The new top fronds are very healthy looking with no white on the bottom of the fronds.. Does anyone know what this white area is? It looks as if it may be diseased with aphids, or some type of scale, etc. We don’t want to lose this lovely palm tree. Thanks for any help you can give.

  12. I live in central Florida and want a palm tree in my front lawn. Nothing too big but 15 – 20 feet, and pet friendly. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Temps dont go below 30° f. Lawn is not big maybe 30 x 30

  13. We have a 20 year old Pinto palm and after the last Hurricane Florence the spiked limbs (what ever they are called) have started dropping off on one side. It has still put out greenery but not as large as before. Just not sure if it has reached it’s life expectancy or if it can live longer…What can be done for it. Should we just cut it down?

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