Double Palm Tree

Double Palm Tree

Double palm trees are sometimes known as double-headed palm trees or double trunk trees.

They occur when the trunk of the tree splits, but both sides continue growing, resulting in a palm with two tops instead of one. Occasionally these can grow in nature, but can be grown this way at palm tree farms as well.

Palmco has one of the nation’s largest palm tree farms, with over 600 acres of luscious palm paradise.Double Palm Tree

We offer over 20 different types of palm trees, and some of them are offered in doubles and triples. With our 30-plus years of palm tree expertise, we have the ability and know-how to provide a unique palm tree that will be perfect for your landscaping project.

Creating a Two-Headed Palm Tree

Two-headed palm trees are relatively rare.

Only certain species of palm trees will survive and grow with double heads.

In nature, a palm may become damaged and then grow to form two heads. Growers mimic this damage by splitting the tree and then caring for each head as if it was a separate tree.

It is very important that the tree be healthy and well-nourished.

Splitting the palm can be stressful and lead to sickness and death if not done by a professional. Palm trees that are going through this process require special care and attention, including optimal temperatures and watering.

The soil must be just right for growth as well.

Types of Two-Headed Palm Trees

There are very few species of palm tree that will survive a split that results in a double trunk or double head. Some palm trees, like the Dwarf Sugar or the Fishtail Palm, will naturally grow in clusters.

Washingtonia filifera

This palm is commonly known as the Desert Fan Palm or the California Fan Palm.

It is a native to the southwestern United States and can grow to nearly 70 feet in some cases. Its canopy can reach up to 20 feet across as well. Its cousin, the Mexican Fan Palm, grows much taller, and has many of the same appealing features.


The Adonidia is an extremely versatile palm tree. It is sometimes referred to as the Christmas Palm or the Dwarf Royal Palm. It originates in the Philippines and is one of the most flexible palm trees available in terms of creating two-headed palm trees. It can be grown in quad or multiple formations as well.

They are great for lush decorating projects.


The Sabal Palm is commonly known as the Cabbage Palm, and may occasionally grow in a double-headed formation. This slow growing palm is originally from Southeast Asia and can reach heights up to 40 feet high.

It’s Florida’s state tree, so you may see it everywhere.

Queen Palm

This palm tree is native to Brazil, and will survive with more than one head in very rare circumstances. Usually, this tree is a stand-alone beauty that makes a statement with its large canopy. These palm trees are often found lining streets or driveways to provide a tropical touch.

Palmco’s primary focus is the health of our palms.

For more information about the unique palm trees we have to offer, including our double palm trees, give us a call at (239) 283-1329 or (855) GO-PALMCO.