Palm—Archontophoenix, Arecastrum, Brahea,
Butia, Caryota, Chamaedorea, Dypsis, Hedyscepe, Howea, Jubaea,
Livistona, Phoenix, Rhapis, Sabal, Syagrus, Trachycarpus, Washingtonia spp.*
Family Arecaceae (Palm family)
Palms are tropical or subtropical trees. Leaves are large and often arranged as a fan, with leaflets branching out from a single point, or they are feathery with leaflets arranged oppositely on either side of a common axis. Trunks may be smooth or textured.
*Some species of Palm are invasive weeds. Other types of plants may be better choices when planting.
Optimum conditions for growth
There are many different types of palms, each one adapted to different conditions. Palms are often found near swimming pools or can make good house and patio plants. Some species are planted as street trees. Young palms do well in areas with some shade. Many older plants tolerate areas with full sun. Some palms do best in hot, dry climates. Others are salt-tolerant and do well in seaside areas. Most are sensitive to frost, but few species can tolerate light frost. Mature plants don’t require much care. Fertilize potted plants regularly. Occasionally hose off foliage of palms growing in dusty areas or near beaches.
Canary Island palm trees
Fruit of the palm Butia capitata
Foliage of Mexican blue palm