Naples Palm Tree Nursery
Many people envision all palm trees as tall, long-trunked specimens with coconuts hanging under their majestic fronds, think again!
While those may be the most widely planted variety of palm trees worldwide, there are nearly 3,000 species of palms. Palmco, on Pine Island, Florida, grows 40 choice varieties.
Industry professionals visit our palm tree nursery on Pine Island and choose varieties that are best suited for the landscape design being implemented for their clients.
Palm trees grow to a wide range of heights.
A 20-foot palm may not seem so small, but it is small in relation to other varieties that can grow to 80 feet or more. Small palms are ideal in combination with larger palms to give your landscape multiple dimensions of height, shape, texture and color. Small, fluffy palms make beautiful background plantings for shorter flowering plants, but allow them room to grow.
Of course, you may have to be patient for years until these palm trees reach their maximum heights.
Here is just a sampling of Palmco’s small and large palm tree varieties:
Small Palm Trees (20 feet or less)?
Dwarf Sugar (Arenga engleri) – This unusual palm has a slender, clean, distinctly ringed trunk, and blossoms with colorful, fragrant flowers. It grows naturally in a cluster, with new growth emerging from the soil line (similar to clumping bamboo). It makes a very attractive standalone specimen. Growing to a max of about 12 feet, it is drought-resistant and ideal for water-conserving landscapes (or xeriscaping).
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) – The Lady palm has moderate to low light requirements, making it an ideal palm for use in understory plantings. Other uses include low screening, single specimen plantings, container plantings, beds, borders and as a privacy screen. It can be used indoors or out. The maximum height of this clustering palm is roughly 6 to 12 feet. It needs shade in order for the fronds to stay dark green.
Pindo Palm (Butia capitata) – This is one of the hardiest landscape palms currently in production. It has graceful, feather-like blue-green fronds and slowly grows to an average of 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It’s also called the Jelly Palm due to its bright yellow fruit which can be made into a jelly.
Large Palm Trees (20 to 100 feet)
Alexander (Ptychosterma elegans) – Often called the Solitaire Palm, this moderate growing palm is great in narrow spaces due to its slender trunk and smaller canopy. It loves sun and, if protected from cold and drying winds, will reach 20 to 25 feet. Alexander naturally grows as a single, but we also grow them as doubles, triples and even in multi trunk beauties.
Canary Palm or Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis) – This slow-growing palm is valued for its bold appearance and its extreme hardiness, allowing it to grow well throughout much of the southern U.S. It has a massive canopy and caliper, and typically grows to 50 or 60 feet. The majestic shaft resembles a pineapple but needs to be manicured to keep a nice appearance.
Washingtonia (Washingtonia robusta) – This fast-growing beauty, also known as the Mexican Fan Palm, is a great choice when you want instant gratification. This palm can quickly reach heights between 70 feet and 100 feet, which makes it ideal for street planting or large open areas where height isn’t a problem. They are also very cold-hardy and will grow anywhere in Florida as well as the southern parts of Texas and South Carolina.
The knowledgeable staff at our palm tree nursery can help you make the right choices for your landscaping project in Naples.
Contact us at (239) 283-1329 to discuss the spectacular small or large palm trees that will thrive in your area.