Palm trees aren't just for tropical gardens anymore. If you're interested in growing them, there are a few things to think about, including their location, the climate in which they grow best and what type you'd like to grow.
Consider where you'll put the trees. If you're interested in bordering your property with them for example, you might consider faster growing trees. With these types of palms, the trunk grows quickly to make for an attractive, tall tree line in less time.
Most trees thrive in tropical climates. Surprisingly, some grow well in cooler regions. Still more can even withstand frost. When you're choosing plants for your home, consider the weather in your area. Ask questions about the particular types of trees, so you can be sure to choose the ones that are right for you.
Types of Palm Trees
If you'd like a grouping of trees to provide shade, the King Palm is a good choice. These fast-growing trees thrive when they're planted in an area with full sun and rich soil. Regular watering is necessary. They can grow twenty five feet in ten years, reaching a maximum height of forty feet.
The most common type of palm tree is the Queen Palm. They grow faster than the King Palms. They can grow up to twenty five feet in seven to ten years. They can reach a maximum height of sixty feet. They can prosper in cooler climates.
Majesty Palms are considered fast-growing, but don't grow as fast as King or Queen Palms. The Majesty variety can grow ten feet in ten years, and can reach heights of thirty five feet in twenty years. These palms don't do well around salt water, and grow best in magnesium-rich soil.
Royal Palms can grow twenty feet in as many years. Like all palms, this type needs plenty of water, and soil rich in nutrients. This type of palm is easy to spot, because it grows a wide trunk base before it grows upward. Below twenty six degrees, these plants don't do well.
Like the Royal Palms, the King Kong or Black Trunk Palms also grow wide trunks before they grow upward. They grow the widest of all the species of palm trees. They can reach heights of eighty feet, and grow large leaves.
Shopping for Palm Trees
When shopping, ask questions at the nursery. If you see a plant you like, ask about the climate it will grow best in. Also inquire about the soil it will thrive in, as well as the amount of light it needs. These can vary from plant to plant, so it's important to learn about the specific needs of particular types of tree before you buy.