The stately queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum) grows up to 50 feet tall and spreads up to 25 feet when it is mature. It grows moderately fast when you plant it in acidic soil in an area that receives full sun most of the day. The queen palm is tropical, so it is successful typically only in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10 and higher, although it can tolerate temperatures down to 25 degrees F for short periods. The tree benefits from light pruning twice each year, in fall and spring.
Cut yellowing and brown fronds in September or October to remove fronds that have been damaged by strong summer sun or drought conditions. Using your arbor saw, cut old fronds at the base of their stems, close to the trunk.
Prune frost-damaged fronds between March and the middle of May. Beware of pruning too much of a queen palm's foliage, because it can cause stress to the plant and result in disfigured new growth. Prune only what you must.
Remove old leaf bases, where fronds were attached to the trunk, when they are completely dry. You might be able to pull them off with your hands--if they don't come off by this method, cut them from the trunk with a utility knife set at a shallow setting.
Trim off brown leaf tips if they occur due to overfertilization with chemical fertilizers.