It’s not just the coconut palms of Hawaii that are beautiful and lush. There are a variety of palm trees that grow in a range of different climates and locations. We often assume that these trees are just one-trunked, brown monstrosities with lots of trunks and no leaves. But they’re more than that. When you notice their graceful swaying movements, it’s easy to understand why they’ve been revered for thousands of years.
Palm trees imbue an aura of peace and relaxation mainly due to their association with tropical environments. If you wish to grow these palms in your areas and spaces, you must definitely know about them in totality. We draft this article to help you know more about the best types of palm trees.
Palm trees are generally easier to care for. They do not require excess care and attention owing to the fact that they can do well in just about any location or climatic condition. To be on the safe side though, you need to choose the right variety for the right location as nearly as possible.
Then again you have to furnish sufficient water while also ensuring that the plants are exposed to abundant sunlight. Try as much as possible to keep off pests or anything that may attract them closer to your palm trees especially in the formative years of their growth and development (Source).
Varieties Of Palm Trees
#1: Bailey’s Copernicia (Copernicia Baileyana)
This species of tree is rare in that it is few and far between. It also presents the added advantage of requiring minimal care from you. The species does so well in areas that are moist and have well-drained soils. For it to thrive optimally it has to be exposed to the full sun.
#2: Acai (Euterpe Oleracea)
Acai can grow to a height of about 60-80 feet. For this reason, it is great for the big garden yards. When fully grown, it produces nutritious and delicious acai berries. These berries are the famed world over for their nutritive value and sweetness to the taste.
#3: Canary Island Date (Phoenix Canariensis)
The Canary Island Date is a beautiful tree. It is largely endemic to the North-western Africa region though it may also be found in minute numbers in other parts of the world that have warm climates. For all purposes and intents, this tree is mainly good enough for the matters of aesthetics.
#4: Red Sealing Wax (Cyrtostachys Renda)
Also known as the Lipstick palm, this species is native to Southeast Asia. It is also one of the most beautiful species in the whole world. The species features some stunning red fronds and a special trunk. These two make it good enough for the issues of aesthetics and beautifying your gardens.
#5: African Oil (Elaeis Guineensis)
As its name implies, this is a species that is largely used for the extraction of vegetable oils. It is abundantly present in West Africa where it grows to the impressive height of about 50-60 feet. The species is largely famed for its economic value and overall great returns on investments.
#6: Alexander (Archontophoenix Alexandrae)
If you reside in an area that experiences erratic sunshine patterns, this is the species we would wish to recommend for you. It is able to do well in areas that experience partial to full sun. Given that its trunk is small and single, the variety is also called the “Solitaire palm.”
#7: Paurotis (Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii)
Paurotis does so well in the Everglades region of Florida. When it is fully grown, it exudes some eye-catching and bright-green leaves. For this reason, the plant is largely used for ornamental purposes to adorn the yards and the green spaces. It is also hardy and demands less attention.
#8: Ribbon Fan (Livistona Decipiens)
The Ribbon Fan is pretty attractive. It flaunts and showcases a long and fan-shaped set of leaves. When planted in groups, this variety looks pretty amazing. It grows to a wonderful height of about 20-30 feet and does well in areas that have good soil drainage.
#9: Sylvester (Phoenix Sylvestris)
Are you a homeowner whose yard space is somewhat limited? If you are, this is the one we might draw your attention to. It is small and compact enough to fit tight spaces. Then again its leaves are attractive thanks to the silver-green appearance they exhibit.
#10: Bismark (Bismarckia Nobilis)
Bismark Palm is a very impressive variety that comes along with a large silver-green set of leaves. Other than the breathtaking appearance, the species also boasts of an easy-going nature that piques the eyes when you behold it. It does really well in the backyards and open spaces. You can see that this one is an indoor option, growing in a greenhouse‘s hot temperature.
#11: Cuban Royal (Roystonea Regia)
Many call this Cuban Royal Palm, the “Aristocrat of Palm trees.” That is given the large and magnificent presence it on the whole exudes. The tree is capable of growing to a height of about 80-125 feet. Mostly, it is useful for the matters of imbuing your spaces with shade and fresh air.
#12: Queen (Syagrus Romanzoffiana)
Queen’s palm is a very tall and staggering species. As a matter of fact, it can get to a height of about 40-50 feet. The species is exceedingly durable, grows faster, and reveals exceptionally beautiful leaves. It mostly does so well in the beach areas where it is used to adorn the waterfronts.
#13: Piccabeen (Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana)
Commonly found in Australia, this tree is famed for its graceful presence and generally easy-going nature. It displays long fronts that bear some semblance to the coconut variety. By and large, this tree is good for the matters of adorning your spaces as it has almost no economic value.
#14: Latania (Latania Lontaroides)
This takes after the Bismark palm and serves as a great accent plant for your garden. It comes in red and blue colors. These colors are breathtaking to behold and make it appropriately suited for décor and aesthetics. Grab this one and use it to spruce up your yards and gardens hence.
#15: Foxtail (Wodyetia Bifurcate)
Foxtail Palm is a striking variety whose leaves bear the fox-tail spiral shapes. Its trunk is a pretty attractive trunk whereas the plant itself does well in areas of full sun. Because of this, it is good enough for the tropical beach areas that generally experience abundant sunshine all year round.
#16: Montgomery (Veitchia Arecina)
First originating in Vanuatu, this Montgomery Palm is widely scattered in the whole world. The region in and around Southwest Florida contains it abundantly. This species dos grow very fast and also maintains its distinctively green color all year round. Need we add that the variety does not suffer from drought or desiccation?
#17: Buccaneer (Pseudophoenix Sargentii)
Buccaneer’s palm is native to the Caribbean islands and Florida. It is on the whole smaller yet contains a notably vivid appearance. The variety is on the whole great to grow next to the house as it does not demand any extreme or out-of-the-ordinary care from you.
#18: Coconut (Cocos Nucifera)
This perhaps is one of the most popular and notable varieties. The coconut palm grows in the tropical coastlines of Africa and Asia. It has immense economic potential by virtue of producing edible coconut fruit that is also extensively used in making cooking oil. This is one that may be recommended for plantation agriculture.
#19: Pygmy Date (Phoenix Robelinii)
From its name, you can straight away deduce that this option is smaller than your average species of this kind. For this reason, it is also often called the “Miniature Date Palm.” It grows out into an attractive plant whose trunk releases some conspicuous leaves. The plant grows optimally only when in humid conditions.
#20: European Fan (Chamaerops Humilis)
Different kinds of palms do well in different regions. This one does well in areas that are extremely cold and wintry. Reason? It is cold-hardy and less inclined to the menace of frost damage. Throughout its lifetime, it gets to a height of about 8-15 feet and is also resistant to the risk of lethal yellowing.
#21: Ruffled Fan (Licuala Grandis)
Yet again, this Ruffled Fan is native to the Vanuatu islands. It bears a unique and gorgeous appearance. It takes a little bit longer to grow when compared to the like-minded species. Nonetheless, it requires less care and attention from you and is thus convenient to manage.
#22: Sentry (Howea Belmoreana)
If you are seeking a species of palm that’s drought tolerant and grow indoors, this is the one we would recommend. The species attains an impressive height of 6-8 feet when taken good and proper care of. It also loves lots of humidity. Some of the benefits it potentially brings about are décor, aesthetics, and air cleansing with its gorgeous green fronds.
#23: Christmas (Adonidia Merrillii)
Christmas is just around the corner. You definitely need some trees to spruce up your interiors in preparation for this once-in-a-year occasion. Look up to this Christmas palm. This plant does generate clusters of red fruits in the Christmas seasons and makes your spaces appear beautiful to behold.
#24: Yucca (Yucca Brevifolia)
The Yucca palm stands out due to its resilient nature and striking appearance. It lacks any economic value but is nonetheless great and awesome for your interior décor. Particularly, it makes for great additions to your contemporary home décor styles. All this while it also purifies the interior air of the room. Can you imagine digging into the fossil records and seeing evidence of this ancient plant?
#25: Bamboo (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
Grab and make do with this tree to add some tropical feels to your living spaces. The species does have some lush green foliage that also serves to purify the interior air. It also brings along the added benefit of being easier to grow and requiring less care from you. with its fun, feathery fronds.
#26: Sago (Cycas Revoluta)
In case you only want to make your interior spaces beautiful to behold, this Sago species is the one you should look up to. Its foliage is feathery and bears the shape of a pineapple. To grow it to maturation, you need to fertilize it a little bit.
#27: Majesty (Ravenea Rivularis)
Majesty palm traces its roots from Madagascar. It is by and large capable of sprucing up your indoor and outdoor garden spaces. This is owing to its tropical presence and aura. The palm is also resistant to shades but however requires higher levels of humidity to thrive to maximum size. These are some of the largest leaves we’ve seen in a fan shape!
#28: Cascade (Chamaedorea Cataractarum)
Cascade palm stands apart from the rest in the sense of being able to attain the highest levels of foliage possible. Its leaves on the other hand are dark green and exceedingly beautiful. If you reside in a hot region, you may wish to plant it to derive some shade from it.
#29: Chinese Fan (Livistona Chinensis)
Plant owners worldwide cherish and value this palm variety mainly because of its grand tropical appearance. This appearance is further complemented with the spike-like leaves that grow out in circular patterns. On account of these, the species is largely used for matters of décor.
#30: Broadleaf Lady (Rhapis Excelsa)
Broadleaf Lady Palm is so-called because its leaves are slightly larger than the ordinary. They come in the form of a fan and look spectacularly amazing. When all factors are taken into consideration, the palm does well in areas of indirect and bright sunlight alike. The said areas must possess great drainage.
#31: Kentia (Howea Forsteriana)
Mainly optimized for indoor spaces, this palm is one of the most resistant to shades and the issues that generally arise with poor exposure to sunlight. It does grow to a height of about 8-10 feet when cared for properly. It overwhelms with size, as you can see in the picture and would look great in a hotel lobby.
#32: Parlor (Chamaedorea Elegans)
Parlor is no ordinary aesthetic palm. It also extends to provide ornamental additions and resources to your interior spaces due to its high tolerance to low light conditions. The species traces its origins from the dense rainforests of Central America and surprisingly does not love too much water. This is another indoor option to show off next to your common indoor plants.
#33: Areca (Dypsis Lutescens)
Rounding up the list of the leading trees is this Areca variety- a really popular choice for yards. Its distinctive trait is the superior capability of purifying the interior air. Additionally, the plant grows easily without too much effort on your part not to mention really sprucing up your interior living spaces exceptionally well.
We didn’t cover everything- if you want us to fill out the list with some of these other types below, shoot us an email!
- Spindle palms
- Kentia Palms
- Chinese fan palms
- Cabbage palm
- Mediterranean fan palms
- needle palms
- Parlor Palm
- Sago palm
- Chusan palm
- Ponytail Palm
- Zombie palm
- Chinese windmill palm
- European Fan Palm
- fishtail palms
- Triangle Palm
- Bamboo palm
- Tachycarpus fortune
- Rhapidophyllum hystrix
- Beaucarnea recurvata
- Pygmy date palm
- Caranday palms
- Jelly Palm
- Pindo palm
- Butterfly palm
- Mexican fan palm
- King Palms
- Copernicia alba
- Sabal palmetto
- Areca Palm Tree
- Buccaneer Palm
- Curly palm
- Windmill Palm Tree
- Canary Palm
- Desert fan palm
We bring to closure this subject of the best types of palm trees. These are trees you want to acquire and plant in your yards, indoors, and other outdoor spaces owing to their resilience to the exterior environmental conditions. Read through the list above keenly to narrow it to the most suitable one for your course.
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