South Florida Palm Trees
To understand which palm trees are best for your residential or commercial clients in South Florida, it is important to know their USDA zones. Palmco can help you find the right palm trees for these areas and provide you with all the care tips you will need.
Palmco, a family owned business, is located on gorgeous Pine Island with more than 600 acres of palm tree production. We are a premier palm tree purveyor and are home to one of the largest palm tree plantations in North America. With four generations of experience, we are an excellent resource for all your palm tree installation needs.
Palms for South Florida
South Florida is part of USDA zones 10A-11. The line dividing 9B and 10 from one another is located between the following counties: Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry, and Lee. Anything south of that line is considered to be in the South Florida zone.
Here are some of the palms we recommend for these areas:
Fishtail (Caryota mitis). Native to Southeast Asia, these palms are good for zones 10A-11. They don’t exceed heights of 25 feet and have an incredibly unique frond structure which earns them their name. There are side branches that come off the main branch and their bipinnate structure is what produces the fishtail appearance. In summer they produce brightly colored seeds and can work well as stand-alone specimens or for screening applications.
Montgomery (Veitchia montgomeryana). Known to do well in zones 10B-11, this palm is native to Vanuatu which is located in the South Pacific. This palm has a slender trunk like the Adonidia and grows a black fuzz like the Foxtails. It is tall and beautiful and will not dwarf residences or businesses while working quite well in tight spaces.
Coconut- Green Malayan (Cocos nucifera). Also recommended for zones 10B-11, this palm hails from Jamaica. These palms can reach heights between 50 and 80 feet. They will start producing coconuts once their grey wood is 2-3 feet in length. They are low maintenance and self-pruning. And, they are extremely drought and salt tolerant which makes them ideal for the South Florida environment.
Areca (Dypsis lutescens). You will find these palms throughout Florida though they do best in zones 10A-11 and are originally from Madagascar. They bear edible fruit and are generally used for hedging and screening. This is because they are full and bushy. But when thinned out, you will notice that their canes resemble the culms of non-invasive clumping bamboo. They are a beautiful silver/green color and the fronds have a feathery appearance.
Triangle (Dypsis decaryi). Also from Madagascar, these palms reach heights of 25 feet tall and work well in zones 10B-11. Their name is derived from the fact that the leaves grow in vertical columns at 120 degrees apart, creating a triangular shape. You can grow these indoors as well and they are easy to maintain. They make exceptional accent trees due to their unique shape.
There are so many palm trees to choose from that will flourish in South Florida. With the help of the experts at Palmco you will be able to choose the perfect palms for all your installations in that area. Give us a call for additional information or to place an order. We can be reached at (239) 283-1329.