Palm trees are popular in home landscapes and in cityscapes. Tall, thin trunked varieties can line a long driveway or mark a property line. With so many varieties, you're sure to find just the right palm for you.
This palm has a slender trunk, often less than a foot in diameter. It is typically wider at the top where it supports dark green, fan-shaped leaves about 3 feet across. The windmill palm grows 1 to 2 feet per year and can grow to about 20 feet tall. It is a cold hardy palm that likes well drained soil and can't tolerate direct salt spray.
Mexican Fan Palm
A Baja, California, native this slender palm has a trunk less than 1 foot across in diameter. It grows between 40 and 100 feet tall and is sometimes called the "sky duster palm." Its large leaves are bright green and sometimes break off the tree when they die, so regular pruning is important. The Mexican fan palm does best with rich soil and regular irrigation.
The queen palm's trunk is slightly thicker at between 18 and 24 inches in diameter and extends to a height of 50 feet. The gray trunk is evenly ringed all the way up with leaf scars. Fronds have leaflets in double rows giving them a feathery appearance. Its impressive canopy shows attractive flowers all summer which fade to bright orange fruit. This palm is sensitive to frosts and has moderate to high water needs.
Chinese Fan Palm
Large, lush green fronds measuring 3 to 5 feet across top this slender tree. With a trunk no more than 18 inches in diameter and growing up to 50 feet tall this palm is perfect for a large lot. Flowers are not showy, nor are seed pods, but the dense foliage that hides them is quite attractive. This is a cold hardy palm.