Palm Trees – Part 1

Which Flowering Trees Thrive in Florida?
April 19, 2018
Palm Trees – Part 2
May 3, 2018

Here is an overview of the different palm trees found in Florida

Florida is an ideal habitat for a lot of palm tree varieties. It is a great place where palm trees can thrive because of its hot and humid climate with lots of rainfall. However, it is surprising to know the very popular coconut palm tree is not actually native to Florida but came from Spain. Here are some of the different palm trees found in Florida.

Cabbage Palm Tree

The most common and popular palm tree in Florida is the Cabbage Palm or Sabal Palmetto. It is the state tree of South Carolina and Florida. Cabbage palms grow in various locations and are salt and water tolerant which is why you can see them right next to the ocean, much like its cousin the coconut palm. While coconut palms prefer warmer nights in the south, the cabbage palm would rather enjoy cooler nights in the northern part of Florida.

Everglades Palm

Everglades palm, also known as paurotis palm, is a thickly clumping type with fan leaves and small teeth on its stems.

Florida Silver Palm

This small tree or medium shrub has a slender trunk and gorgeous fan-shaped green leaves on top and silver under it. It grows slowly and stays small and is best loved for its 2 tone color of leaves.

Needle Palm

Small in height, the Needle Palm usually thrives in moist and shady soil. As the name suggests, it has needle like strands close to the crown which are hidden from view most of the time.

Florida Royal Palm (Roystonea Elata)

Considered the best of the royal palms to thrive in Florida, it is among the various native Florida palm trees. It is one of the most prominent and prestigious looking palms in the world. As their roots won’t easily break through sidewalks and roads, Royal Palms are often used to line driveways and streets around hotels, communities, and tropical resorts.

Foxtail Palm

Foxtail palm is exceptionally popular because of its perfect and flawless proportions, rounded and full leaves, and its self-cleaning pattern. This tropical beauty is a favorite in Florida landscapes. It has a gray, smooth trunk, topped by a dazzling green crown shaft with large tufted leaves that look like a fox tail. We will discuss more of this magnificent palm tree in Part 2 of the Palm trees series.

Bismarck Palm

Bismarck palm is popular because of its fan palms. It is indigenous from the island of Madagascar. A large palm, Bismarck palm can be used as a nice shade. Being tolerant of colder temperatures all the way down to 15 degrees F, Bismarck Palms grow in many states such as Texas, Oregon, Alabama as well as Florida.

Triangle Palm

The bizarre shape and color of the triangle palm causes it be prominent as an artistic landscape specimen. It has an unusual crown shaft with an overlapping leaf base which forms on 3 distinct sides. The triangle palm has stems and leaves that are gray-green or blue gray in color.

Bottle Palm

As its name suggests, the bottle palm has a trunk that is uniquely Shaped. This palm favors the warmer temperatures of Florida. Although sensitive to cold weather, the bottle palm is an excellent accent palm, particularly for tropical garden beds and sheltered areas. The palm leaves are few but long and attractive.

Coconut Palm

The most popular among the palm trees all over the world, coconut palm is one of the world’s most economical and multipurpose trees. Coconuts are used by many countries for a variety of reasons. They depend on them for their meat, cooking oils, soaps, cosmetics, as well as margarine. Blissfully contented in coastal and warmer areas of Florida, these world renowned palm trees have shiny gray trunks with feathery palm leaves.

When thinking about Florida landscape it is almost impossible to picture it without a palm tree or two. As you can see there are many different types of a variety of aesthetic beauty. Learn more about palm trees in the next blog in this series.


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