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Overview

Palm trees are mainly tropical plants that belong to the family Palmae, or Arecaceae. Many different species of palms exist, and adding them to your landscape can make a dramatic statement, as they make good specimen trees.

Palm tree

Species

Palm trees composed approximately 3,000 species and more than 230 generas. Only a few are indigenous to the United States.

Geography

Palm trees will grow best if planted outside in zones 8, 9 or 10. Grow a palm in a container in zones lower than 8. They will not tolerate cold weather.

Groups

There are two major groups of palm trees: palmate palms have fan-shaped leaves, and pinnate palms have feather-like leaves.

Flowers

The palm tree's flowers are usually small and insignificant. The flowers will turn into seeds when ripe. Some seeds turn into fruits such as dates or coconuts.

Soil

Palm trees grow best in sandy, well-draining soil. Amending with organic matter is an option but not required.

Light

Palm trees need to be placed in areas with full to partial sun.

References

  • Facts on Palm Trees
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Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.