Thumbs up! © 2020 Getty Images. It has a shiny silver trunk covered with cactus-like thorns and leaves forming at the top like a palm tree. How to ID it: This palm has a thick trunk and dense, arching fronds. I agree with you.. Who would have thought some species of palms can grow in cold temperatures. It all depends if it is a fruit bearing tree. The first thing you will want to look at when identifying your palm tree are the fronds. The stems grow slowly and often tightly together, eventually reaching 2–5 m (10–20 ft) tall with a trunk … prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 29, 2013: I really enjoy reading this hub. Way to go, island girl! This is despite the sweet taste of its seed pods and the fact that the tree is deer-resistant and can tolerate heat, drought and poor, salty soil. The one mostly associated to a palm tree is single trunk. In their native Chile, they are cut for their sap which is turned into a product resembling maple syrup. Perhaps you can check with your local nursery to find out the correct species. Mahalo for your comment and the Thumbs up! Low-moderate maintenance. There are quite a few palms that actually to quite well in dry and drought conditions. The plants that commonly cause plant thorn arthritis are those that produce thorns. This majestic date palm tree is highly valued in residential and business landscapes. For example, if the tree has a tall, slender trunk, coconuts, and feather-shaped fronds, it’s likely a coconut palm. Where that may be true for most of them.. there are some species that I wouldn't mind looking up to see if they would survive the mountains. Leaves are 13 to 20 feet long with 80 to 100 leaflets on each side. Boards are the best place to save images and video clips. This palm requires moderate watering in moist, but well-drained soil. Aloha, my friend! wonder if they would live outside in Salem, Oregon. Spiky tree trunk in South Texas. The fronds are palmate with something that looks like strings hanging from them. Great for growing in USDA Zones 9a (20-25F) to 11 (Above 40F). I use to love our palm trees in California. I learned a lot from reading your Hub; very informative. Bottle Palm Dwarf - Not cold hardy and will not tolerate frost. With your safety gear on, approach the palm tree and begin cutting. I agree! The fruit will begin to develop when the plant’s approximately 6 to 10 years of age. Liz Rayen (author) from California on January 20, 2014: poetrymsn6969... Florida has an abundance of species. As soon as you are done the leaves should shape a half hover at the highest point of the palm tree. Thank you for the vote up and shares. The fronds will arch over and could extend 10-or-20 feet beyond the trunk. There are some species of palm trees that will exhibit smooth trunks with visible scarring from old fronds that have fallen off as the tree continues to grow. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Pygmy date palm trees have small, yellow hued flowers, which give way to tiny purplish dates born on a thin solitary trunk with deep green fronds forming a crown. Coconut is one of the most recognizable and most useful fruits in the world. Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans. Can grow up to 100ft, but usually will grow 20-30ft. Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on April 28, 2013: I didn't realize that there were so many different kinds of palm trees. You're so clever and artistic. Not cold hardy. Ideal for growing in USDA Zones 10b (35-40F) to 11 (above 40F). Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 30, 2013: I think all over the world people are fascinated by palm trees and by making them know about them you have increased the attachment. Fruit is yellow-orange and oval, with one seed. Perfect year-round temperatures range from 75-85F. Palm trees with more than one trunk have a variety of uses in the landscape. The stems or “petioles” (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem; leafstalk) will display teeth, spines, or thorns. These palms can be used as feature trees, for shade, as screens or as hedges. Collect, curate and comment on your files. Landscape uses: A favorite among many palm tree fans, the Canary Island palm form makes a bold statement in the tropical landscape or indoors. Currently, date palm trees growing in Israel were imported from surrounding countries. A mature Royal Palm (Roystonea species) can let loose a 60 pound frond that can not only deliver a nasty blow, but do a great deal of serious property damage to whatever it crushes below. . Ideal for USDA Zones 10a (30-35F) to 11 (above 40F). The Areca Palm, the Bismarck Palm, and the Chinese Fan Palm listed above provides you with examples of what pertinent information you need when trying to decide what palms to plant. Expertly done, Lisa! The base of the leaves at the single trunkcriss cross and are Black and Tan. I live in SC and visitors where I work are always asking about the various palms and I usually just have to shrug at them. No trunk. We see all different types of palm trees growing in Houston. It will show you how some palms will thrive only in zone 10 or 11, while other species can thrive in more northern zones such as zone 7 or 6. {{collectionsDisplayName(searchView.appliedFilters)}}, {{searchText.groupByEventToggleImages()}}, {{searchText.groupByEventToggleEvents()}}. Got them 51 years ago in Arizona on our honeymoon Not sure what they are. Although it resembles a palm, and is named a palm, it is actually a succulent shrub. Thank you Nithya (Vellur)! This small, thick trunk is not an actual palm tree but a member of the cactus family. Close-up photo of the beautiful yellow trunk with conical thorns of the tropical tree Ceiba growing in a public park in Valencia, Spain Pachypodium lamerei trunk with large thorns. They have the ability to grow to a height of 20-40 feet and can also be wider than they are tall. The Areca Palm produces small bright yellow flowers during late spring to early summer. These Tips on How to Care for a Madagascar Palm Tree are Pure Gold. Grows best in well-drained soils but will also tolerate drought. The thorns on its trunk and branches make the honey locust not as popular in parks or gardens as it might be. Thanks for your support, votes, shares, and love! The trunk of a silk floss tree. Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on August 31, 2013: This article was better than looking up info in a boring encyclopedia. Well known for growing coconuts all year long, beginning at the age of 6-10 for 80 years. We had 3, but when our son died his died. They are frequently used to create a garden oasis for hotels, condominiums, homes, and businesses. Pindo Palm (Butia capitata) Trees - cold hardy Palms (Butia capitata) are cold hardy to 12 -15 degrees (lower depending on the age and growth of the cold hardy palm tree), Pindo Palms are the hardiest Feather leaf palm in wide cultivation. The Chinese Fan Palms, also known as Chinese Fountain Palms and Fountain Palms are also from the Arecaceae family. I hope this helps you to not shrug so much from now on! It can survive outdoors in mild winter areas, such as Phoenix, or grown indoors as a container plant. The Areca easily maintains its regal appearance. However, some palms have clustered trunks, while others have no trunk at all. . For many, the palm tree is most commonly thought of as that traditional long trunk specimen with coconuts hanging under its majestic fronds which are traditionally found in the tropics such as Hawaii, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. ♥, Ahhh Natashalh.. Others will exhibit trunks that have old fronds that have laid down creating a crosshatch pattern which gives the tree a hairy appearance. They have the ability to grow 40 feet tall. Pindo palm (Butia capitata) The pindo palm has long feathery leaves in a blue-green color that arch toward the ground from a 12-18″ trunk. Voted up and shared. It grows easily, and is less maintainable. https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/tree-with-thorns-on-trunk Clustered. Single “bottle-shaped” trunk (2ft in diameter), ring scars, green crownshaft top, Produces white flowers followed by black berry-like oval-shaped fruits, Slow growing palm that will reach between 10-20 ft tall and 10-15 wide, Can be grown indoors in a pot as well as outdoors within your landscaping, Not cold hardy and will not tolerate frost. The Getty Images design is a trademark of Getty Images. Public Domain - Palm Tree by Petr Kratochvil. These beautiful palms are considered ornamental and are used in gardens that are found in tropical and subtropical regions. Liz Rayen (author) from California on January 15, 2019: It's hard to identify without a picture. This large, stately palm often reaches a size too massive for most residential landscapes but, fortunately, it is very slow-growing and will take a considerable amount of time to reach its 50 to 60-foot-height (Fig. Depending on the climate and the species, palm trees have the ability to grow as tall as 100 feet. I have a palm that showed up in my yard without being planted. What is even more surprising to me is that there are many species that are tolerant to cold weather. Have a blessed day! Native to Cuba, the Royal Palm is known for its unique bulb like trunk that swells at its base then again below where the leaf attaches to its trunk. Chamaerops humilis is a shrub-like clumping palm, with several stems growing from a single base.It has an underground rhizome which produces shoots with palmate, sclerophyllous leaves.. Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis) The fishtail palm is one of our favorite indoor palm plants. Because of its large, mature height and width, be sure you allow enough space. Feather-like dark green leaves that grow outward and approximately 2ft. Monkey puzzle tree trunk and ... Tree trunk spikes thorns thorn honey locust danger Close up of a small fir or pine tree. Will survive in any type of soil but likes well-drained soil best. ♥, Thank you prasetio30. Did not see on the above list. There are so many palms that thrive in your zone and other tropical zones, such as the south pacific. So good to see you! The date palm tree bears spines/thorns four-to-six inches long. Also, determined the color of the fronds, most of the time they will be green, but there are fronds that will have more of a bluish-green shade or a silvery-grey shade to them. I love palm trees as well and I was certainly amazed on how many species there are. The size of palm trees varies significantly. On the older trees I have found on the property, the trunk thorns have thickened and look like large bumps. That gives me comfort.❤️, I have a palm the leaves are very large. Thank you. The petioles (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem; leafstalk) are thorny, and the fronds range in color of bluish-green to a subtle olive green. The Mexican Fan Palm Tree (Washingtonia Robusta) also called the Washington Palm or Skyscraper, is a very popular fast growing indoor/outdoor palm tree. on April 28, 2013: I've learned so much from reading your excellent hub on Palm Trees. Gardenerdy provides all the information on how to care for a Madagascar Palm tree. Palm trees are so beautiful when the leaves are neatly lined with towering. This Asian tree for zone 5 … The surprising reality is that there are over 2,600 species of palm trees, and even more surprisingly, there are some species of palm trees that are bred to withstand temperate climates including cold winters. It produces white flowers, fruit similar to crab apples and red-purple fall foliage. Some of the most popular states that the Bismarck Palm can be grown are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas. As time passes, the spines on the trunk and older stems of the harigiri tree (Kalopanax septemlobus) wane away, but the new growth has no shortage of thorns. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. Texas is a great zone as well for palms. Photo about Tropical tree trunk with thorns, exotic plant. This is actually weirdly useful to me! Growth rate is slow-moderate and can grow up to 50ft tall. Enjoyed your hub voted up. A native palm to the island of Madagascar, this massive palm is perfect for any landscaping effect, especially when using it as a screening, placed for shading, and especially as a focal point. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful. I love date palms myself. (hope this is helpful). The tropics are perfect for such :). Thank you for the share as well. The thorns are large enough to see at a some distance from the tree … We can't grow them here that's for sure. In much cooler or temperate zones, the “Dwarf Species” will manage to reach a height of only about 10 feet. The Royal, the coconut, and the Bottle palm were the ones I had in our backyard. Perfect for pots and grown indoors as an ornamental plant as well as outdoors. The green fruits will turn dark blue or blue-gray when ripe. I will keep looking though and see id I can find what you are describing. I appreciate your sweet comments my sweet island bradda. Areca Palms are often used as indoors as a houseplant. The Chinese Fan Palm grows yellowish-cream flowers which are followed by small oval fruits that are about 1 inch long. The leaves are approximately 6’ – 10’ long and are arched beautifully representing butterfly wings. Thank you! Can you help identify? As I suggested to Carol below, you can take a picture of the tree (preferably) with the flowers if they are still blooming, and take it to your local nursery for positive identification. Will these become fruit? This thick trunk has provided the ponytail palm with nicknames such as the bottle palm and the elephant foot tree. It was a fascinating subject to research. The list is endless when it comes to the variety and species of the palm tree. Is it Time to Trim? Be very careful when reaching in and removing dead fronds, as some palm tree leaves are very sharp and contain tiny hairs that can irritate your skin. I have a fan palm with 1/2 inch round black fruit. My tree grows white flowers. ♥, Ahhhh Mary.. you are in palm tree heaven there! It is a species of flowering plants and a native to Madagascar. On a mature Honey locust tree, clusters of these large, multi-branched thorns grow along the tree’s trunk. Araucaria araucana. The tips of the leaves, which originated as spines as the fronds developed, can be sharp and dangerous. These beautiful palms are known for their short fat trunks with a grayish overtone. Your hub is so easy to read because of your efficient and easy-on-the-eyes presentation. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 29, 2013: Great info, Lisa. I learn many things about this plant. At first I thought maybe Date Palm.. or perhaps one of the exotic palms that are grown in places like Jamaica. Your team's Premium Access agreement is expiring soon. With so many different varieties of the palm tree, it is very important to know which species will thrive in your area (or zone). It has about a 3/4" diameter trunk. Start at the bottom and work your way up from there. The Bismarck Palm is tolerant to cold temperatures reaching down to 15F. ♥, Awwweee... hello my little blackbird (shingirisheyes) I know! It is native to southeast Asia and features leaves which are shaped like fish tails. This will help you to avoid all the thorns and sharp fronds. The easiest and best way to find out is to check with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zone for your area. These plants include palm trees, roses, black-thorn shrubs, cacti, bougainvillea, yucca, pyracantha, plum trees, and mesquite trees. The monolithic trees grow very slowly, however, taking hundreds of years to reach this size. After 2-3 months of blooming, light greenish-yellow fruit are produced and eventually turn yellow-orange when ripe. I think most of us always think about warm tropical climate when you think of palm trees. This first photo show a several year old "sapling". Parlor palm has delicate fronds with dainty texture. Madagascar palm trunk and thorns pattern Pachypodium lamerei trunk with large thorns. Below are a few more palms along with a short list of their characteristics to help give you an idea of what to look for when deciding what palm species to plant in your area. When I did my research, I was surprised at all the different species as well. (The brown leaves in the background belong to an American beech–Fagus grandifolia.) We have a lot of date palms here in California. Up, useful, interesting and pinning this to my trees board. ♥. It was a lot of fun researching this topic. If the spider mite is visible, try spray misting the plant with soapy water. So good to see you again! Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 28, 2013: Great hub and I have learned a lot about Palm trees today. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Loved getting more information in regards to it. If the palm has fan-shaped fronds, spiny frond bases, and hairy fibers on its trunk, it’s probably a Mediterranean fan palm. Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 28, 2013: Mahalo nui Joe! It is inexpensive, requiring only a little maintenance such as removing old and dead leaves around the trunk otherwise giving it the look of a ‘hula skirt’. The thorns are VERY sharp and if a pet gets stuck/scratched with it, the wound will swell and act infected. Cut each frond at least 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the trunk, and prune away flowers and developing fruit if your species grows them. Multiple clusters of slender, smooth trunks that are slightly swollen at the base. I can just imagine moonlake! Too many images selected. Loves warm climate and will not tolerate temperature below 20F. Voting up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and will pin and share! Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 30, 2013: Thank you pinto. Nice to see you again! SC is a great zone for palms as well because of the humidity. These beautiful palms are known for their short fat trunks with a grayish overtone. Areca Palms come from the Arecaceae family, also referred to as bamboo palm, golden cane palm, and butterfly palm. Loves partial shade to full sun and moderate maintenance is required. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2013: Great hub about the different palm trees. Image of garden, pattern, focus - 140886199 Bismarck Palms are known for their silvery fronds which grow vertically from toothed petioles. How to Grow Pygmy Date Palm Trees. These particular species grow rapid in a tropical climate. I think palms are beautiful and majestic. Never cut off the crown of a palm tree, and be sure to wait one year before trimming your tree again. Green trunk with large brown thorns of Ceiba pentandra tree on a median strip Thorney runk of the Pink Floss-Silk Tree Ceiba speciosa - the silk floss tree The texture is a wooden green tree, the plants are chorused with sharp large dangerous convex terrible natural prickly thorns and I would love to have a date palm! The tree bears fruit throughout the year with a yearly production of 50 to 200 coconuts for each palm tree, based on the palm variety and growing conditions. Can grow to 50'-75' tall and 30' wide in ideal conditions, the fronds are feather shaped and medium green in color with a crownshaft that overlaps each other as they attach to the palms trunk. Select 100 images or less to download. The fan-shaped fronds can reach anywhere up to 5ft wide. This is a great indicator of what type of palm tree you are looking at and decide which the best species for your area is. I also want to mention how cute the palm tree dividers are. I particularly love the palms with the feathered frond that drape over each other. Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 29, 2013: Go figure! I found my favorite palm tree to be the Areca Palm. Thanks so much for the pin as well! However, it is vulnerable to the spider mite. Palm trees can grow very tall and large, spiky fronds can be unwieldy. Produces green flowers on long stalks below the crownshaft and followed by small shiny non-edible fruits that turn black when ripe. {{familyColorButtonText(colorFamily.name)}}, View {{carousel.total_number_of_results}} results. The Chinese Fan Palms, also known as Chinese Fountain Palms and Fountain Palms are also from the Arecaceae family. Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 29, 2013: I live in S. Fl. Look for the final touches. When identifying palm trees, you want to look for the characteristics of a palm species that will be suitable for the climate in your area and in some cases, the soil condition. By studying the trunk of the palm tree, you will be able to see if there is only a single trunk that extends from the ground or several trunks that are clustered together. If you look at the base of an Areca palm, you will notice multiple stem growth. Palms do grow in a very unique way, don't they? The trunks are marked with scars that are produced by old fronds. It can reach a height of 8-10… Voted up as useful and interesting, Lisa :), Thank you Peggy! Detail of palm tree trunk with dried branches breaking off. Single. Its majestic fronds are silvery in color and grown vertically from toothed petioles. The Palm Tree is very beautiful, I think. and we have many different kinds of palms. ♥, Thank you so much Ruchira! I'll teach ya how to make dividers) ♥. Areca Palms come from the Arecaceae family, also referred to as bamboo palm, golden cane palm, and butterfly palm. 5. The Bismarck Palm is a favorite in Florida. And I am amazed to find that there are over 2,600 species. I certainly have a greater appreciation for palms now that I've read your hub. Brilliant red-orange crownshaft. Ruchira from United States on April 29, 2013: I love palm tress and you have provided an extensive hub on it. Areca palms have multiple silver-green trunks at the base that are topped with yellowish-green pinnate leaves on yellow petioles (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem; leafstalk). Voted up :-). Also a member of the Arecaceae family, it is also known as the Bismark Palm, Bismarckia Palm, Nobilis Palm. Happy you enjoyed the article! I'm sorry I can't be any more help to you. Pro Tip: Over trimming a palm tree can lead to narrowing the trunk. Great hub. Moderate growth rate. Thank you for your comments and shares. Palm trees are very popular when it comes to landscaping. Thank you for all the lovely photos which really help to identify each specie of palm tree. 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