South Carolina has a lot of warm areas for growing palm trees. South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The average July temperatures range from 89-92°F(31-33°C) while he average January temperatures range from 50-59°F(10-15°C). In the summer, this state gets tropical cyclones and thunderstorms. During winter South Carolina receives on average about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow.
It gets around 64 days of thunderstorm each year. The state is also is threatened by tornadoes. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 111°F (44°C) and the lowest was –20°F (–29°C). South Carolina USDA hardiness zones ranges from 7a to 9a.
South Carolina USDA Zones
Growing Palm Trees in South Carolina
If you live in the zone 8 or 9, you shouldn’t have any problems growing palm trees. There are a lot of cold hardy palms that will grow in those zones. Here are some of the palms that will grow in South Carolina:
- California Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Canary Island Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8a – 11 (10 to 15 F)
- True Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b – 11 (5 to 10 F)
- Mexican Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Queen Palm Tree – Zones 8b -11 (15 to 20 F)
- Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a -11 (0 to 5 F)
- Silver Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a – 11 (0 to 5 F)
Major Cities in South Carolina
Charleston – Hardiness Zone 9a
Columbia – Hardiness Zone 8a
Florence – Hardiness Zone 8a
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