How to Trim Queen Palm Trees


Queen palms, Syagrus romanzoffiana, are the tallest variety of palm tree, growing to a height of roughly 50 feet and possessing a canopy of roughly 15 leaves. Queen palms are a sensitive variety that prefers warm weather and mild winters. They grow quickly, but tend to have trouble establishing a deep root system. In order to keep a queen palm tree looking attractive, it is occasionally necessary to trim away some of the leaves.

Step 1

Climb to the top of the tree using standard tree climbing equipment, including a safety harness should you slip while trimming the leaves. To set up your tree climbing equipment, set the bowline so that it is tightly fastened just below the palms, sit in the hitch sling and use the throw line as a safety harness to keep tension as you climb.

Step 2

Look for the tree's dark brown or black line. The line should be located roughly 1 foot below where the green fronds are located. This line defines where the fronds may or may not be trimmed. In order to ensure the palm has enough leaves for obtaining nutrients, only cut dead leaves that are below the line.

Step 3

Cut the dead, brown colored fronds at their base with the pruning shears and allow them to drop to the ground. You will recognize these because they are hanging downward, will be stiff and dry to the touch and appear brown instead of the normal green color.

Step 4

Carefully climb down the tree and pick up the leaf trimmings.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not attempt to climb a queen palm tree unless you are in excellent physical condition, as queen palms can have very shallow root systems can easily fall over.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree climbing equipment including a hitch sling, bowline and a throw line; or a ladder
  • Pruning shears


  • Browerd County Extension: Palm Tree Care
  • Hot Gardens: The Palm Tree Oasis
  • Florida Gardener: Syagrus romanzoffiana
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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.