Ocala Wholesale Palm Trees
Palmco offers a wide variety of wholesale Florida Fancy (FF) palm trees that will thrive in your Ocala landscape.
Palmco, established in 1984 on Pine Island, Florida, cultivates over 600 acres of the highest quality palms and clumping bamboos, ranging from the exotic and rare to the most common and abundant. When you need palm trees to enhance your customer’s landscape, visit us in the sleepy community of Bokeelia, Florida.
Palms love our Florida climate and make an impressive statement in commercial and residential landscapes throughout the state. Small varieties with visible, attractive trunks and fluffy, full-to-the-ground palms are spectacular as backdrops or when surrounded by small or mid-size flowering shrubs. Large varieties, whether broad and majestic or slim and willowy, make striking silhouettes in any environment.
Palms Well-Suited to Ocala
The weather in Ocala, located in USDA Zone 9a, is usually mild in winter and hot and humid in summer. Winter lows range from 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, with a rare frost. These unique palm trees will thrive in Zone 9a:
Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba)
Caranday is a stunning and rather rare palm that grows to about 30 to 40 feet in cultivation. Two-foot round, palmate (fan-shaped) leaves grow from the top of the trunk and range from light green to light blue in color. In the fall, it also develops small white flowers that are followed by berry looking fruits in summer. This palm can withstand temperatures as low as 23°F, and tolerates drought and limited flooding. It is stunning when planted in groups of three at staggered heights.
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
If you are looking to add lush texture at ground level, especially in a partially shaded area, consider the bushy Lady Palm. It actually needs shade in order to maintain its dark green fronds. The maximum height of this unique clumping palm is roughly 6 to 12 feet. Its trunk is similar in appearance to bamboo and will keep the old leaves as new leaves emerge, giving the palm leaves from top to bottom. The gorgeous Lady Palm can withstand temperatures as low as 15-20°F and can also be grown indoors.
Ribbon Palm (Livistona decora)
The unusual Ribbon Palm, also known as the Ribbon Fan Palm, Fountain Palm or Weeping Cabbage Palm, is spectacular when planted as a driveway or avenue planting, but it also makes a wonderful shade tree. Its delicate-looking leaves resemble long, thin ribbons, but this Australian native is sturdier than it looks. It is cold hardy to about 20°F, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, and very insect and disease resistant. It will grow slowly to about 30 feet but should be protected from high winds that may cause its “ribbons” to look tattered.
Visit our nursery to see the 30-plus species of FF-grade palm trees we have for sale at Palmco. We are dedicated to providing Ocala landscape architects, landscapers and wholesale buyers with extraordinary varieties of palms at reasonable prices. Call us at (239) 283-1329 to find out more.