If you are looking for Florida palms, Palmco should be your number one resource. With four generations of experience and expertise, we can help you locate and install everything on your Florida palm tree wish list.
Palmco is a family owned business located on gorgeous Pine Island. We are home to a more than 600-acre palm tree plantation, one of the largest in North America. Our experts are devoted to green growing processes and customer service. We can ensure that your trees arrive on time and in pristine, ready-to-plant, condition.
Most of Florida is considered to be part of USDA Hardiness Zones 8-10 with the Florida Keys situated in zone 11. So, knowing which palms work best for each of these zones will help you choose the right ones for your residential and commercial clients. The following palms are some of our suggestions for these zones:
European Fan (Chamaerops humilis). Native to the Mediterranean, these palms work well in zones 8A-11. This makes them ideal for the whole of Florida. They are slow growing, extremely hardy, and are the only palms native to Europe. They have multi-stems that curve and clump on short trunks that only reach 10 feet tall. We recommend planting them as focal points.
Canary (Phoenix canariensis). Originally from the Canary Islands, these palms can reach heights of up to 40 feet. They are date palms with a bold appearance and are extremely hardy in Florida from zones 9A-11. They prefer to have “wet feet” and will show signs of decline if planted in poorly draining soil. They also require heavy fertilization regimens.
Areca (Dypsis lutescens). Madagascar is where these palms call home. They are excellent for zones 10A-11 and will reach heights of 20 feet. You will find these palms throughout Florida, as they are well loved by landscapers. They bear edible fruit and work quite well as hedges and screens. Naturally they grow in full and bushy forms, but when thinned out the canes resemble those of non-invasive clumping bamboo. Their fronds are feathery and beautiful.
King Alexander (Archontophoenix alexandrae): The King Alexander Palm is a stately accent to any landscape. It works well in groups but looks great as a centerpiece as well. This highly desirable palm for USDA Zones 10B-11A will add a tropical feel to any installation. And, it is far more cold-hardy than the other palms it resembles and can withstand temperatures as low as 26°F.
Mast Tree (Polyalthia longifolia ‘Pendula’). This is not a palm tree; however, its ability to substitute for the Italian Cypress is helping it gain mass appeal throughout zones 10A-11. Mast trees grow at a moderate rate and do well in confined areas where they can reach heights of 30-45 feet. They are evergreens with no pest issues, moderate salt tolerance, and very little leaf drop. These are certainly trees worth considering!
This is by no means an exhaustive list of Florida palms. In fact, at Palmco we grow dozens of varieties of palms and can help you understand the benefits and limitations of each one. Feel free to call our experts at (239) 283-1329 to ask questions or place an order.
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