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Palm Tree Landscaping

There are a variety of unique palm tree landscaping options, each palm offering something special to your yard and home. From gigantic, spreading palms that offer shade, to sloping, ocean-reaching palms reminiscent of a tropical isle, to miniature palms that you can grow indoors, palm tree landscaping offers a great deal of choice; but each species of palm has it’s own concerns and rules when it comes to transplanting, growing and caring for them.

Below are three very different choices for palm tree landscaping. Some offer the option of indoor use, while others provide a hardiness that is admirable.

Pygmy Date Palm(Phoenix roebelenii)

Palm Tree LandscapingThe Pygmy Date Palm is also referred to as the miniature date palm, and is native to southern China, Vietnam, and northern Laos.

Height: 6-12 feet

Spread: 6-10 feet

Leaf: 8-12 inches

Range: southern Florida, southern Arizona and southern coastal California

This palm can be raised indoors, as long as enough light is available, and the smaller versions are sometimes found in containers. This is a hardy tropical tree, although it needs to be watered frequently.



Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona chinensis)

This palm can be a container tree as well as a landscaping tree, growing up to 50 feet in height. The young Chinese Fan Palm requires some shading, but as it matures it can handle more direct sun. Keeping it moist in dry seasons is a good idea, as is keeping it supplied with fertilizer.

Height: 30-50 feet

Spread: 10-12 feet

Leaf: 36 inches plus

Range: central and southern Florida, southern Texas, coastal and southern California

Bismark Palm (Bismarckia nobilis)

Palm Tree LandscapingCrowned with a series of spikey fronds, the Bismark Palm can reach 70 feet in height, and can tolerate both semi-shady areas and sunny areas. This palm is salt resistant and can tolerate a certain amount of drought. This palm is a difficult tree to transplant, so use care when pruning not to damage the lower trunk or roots.

Height: 40-70 feet

Spread: 10-15 feet

Leaf: 36 inches plus

Range: southern Florida, southern Arizona and southern coastal California

When it comes time to plan your palm tree landscaping, take the time to learn what kinds of palms work best in your temperate zone. The Internet has a number of great locations for self learning, such as, and of course your local nursery will help your palm tree landscaping take root.

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