Tropical Trees

7 Best Palm Trees To Grow In Northern California

The coconut palm that is evidently found in Newport Beach, California, all of 33.37 degrees North (almost eight degrees fully north from the beginning of the Florida Keys), is the northernmost one that has been cultivated. Despite the harsh winters that we had in 1984, this little winter survivor has continued to live on to this very day.

The Californian fan palm, also known as the Washingtonia filifera, is the only palm species native to California and is now grown all over the continent in subtropical climates.

Having a height of 60 feet and a crown spread of 15 feet, this massive gray and barrel-shaped tree is over 3 feet in diameter at its widest point, and it has a bark ringed with old leaf scars.

A number of palm trees grow in states that suffer from winter temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. Windmill palm trees are naturally adaptable to cold temperatures, which makes them suitable for most states of the U.S.

Pindo palm trees are evergreen up to the northernmost point in Virginia, and are also an excellent palm tree to have in a specimen tree arrangement.


Colorful Rainbow Windmill Garden Decoration


Do you remember a time when you admired a palm tree and wished you could have one in your own yard? Then you have an opportunity to start with Windmill Palm.

In areas where most palms would struggle, this palm is an excellent option for those who live in areas where this palm is extremely hardy.

Consider putting one near your entrance, along your driveway or even on your porch in a container.

In contrast to other palms which are prone to dropping debris often, Windmill palms tend to stay neat and tidy for a long time.

It is wonderful to discover that you have a Windmill Palm among your palm trees!

In the form of large, fan-like fronds which appear to be gathered together, this tree appears to be holding a rounded head atop a tall, straight trunk. A green to yellow-green coloration can be found on the foliage of this shrub, which has a somewhat silver underside.

Despite its size, the trunk is easily recognized as the classic, tropical palm trunk that most of us are familiar with. This hairline has been created with rough, hair-like fibers that have a shredded-like appearance for that one-of-a-kind look that only improves with age.

If an easy-to-grow tropical palm tree wasn’t enough, your Windmill Palm has bonus, decorative features that will make it the perfect addition to your tropical garden.

Windmill Palm plant blooms in the springtime with clusters of tiny yellow flowers in long panicles which cover the palm.


Christmas Fern


In your own backyard you can enjoy vibrant tropical flair. When you plant a multi-trunked Christmas Palm into your landscape, you will be able to walk into paradise as soon as you step outside.

You can place yours in a container and take it inside for the perfect accent piece, or you can place it on the porch or patio for warmth and welcome.

In spite of the fact that Christmas Palms only grow 10 to 20 feet tall, and 5 to 10 feet wide, when planted in the ground, they can be planted wherever there is space.

As a result, they are the ideal fit for small, tight spaces, such as those found near sidewalks and driveways.

The palm here won’t overtake the area or overgrow the area if it is not allowed to do so.

Although the crowns of these trees are relatively small in size, they are large enough to create relaxing areas of shade beneath them.

In addition, they can be strategically placed by the pool, in the yard, or by the driveway to create shade and provide a cool respite from the heat.


Mediterranean Fan Palm Tree


It is widely recognized as one of the most attractive and versatile of the palms, the Mediterranean Fan Palm.

One of the toughest palm trees you’ll find is even cold tolerant, making it one of the hardiest plants you can find.

For a distinctive welcome to your home, think about planting one of these trees as an impressive specimen tree in the front yard or along a walkway.

Consider using Fan Palms as container plants for your patio where you can highlight the graceful swaying fronds and the unique shadow patterns they cast by using some subtle back-lighting.

You can bring the feel of a tropical, restful environment into your home by adding a palm tree!

Your Mediterranean Fan Palm is a multi-trunked palm that can grow naturally in a shrub-like manner if it is left unattended.

It is however common to prune palm trees to produce a bundle-like appearance which accentuates the rough, hewn trunk that palm trees are so well known for.

Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm is one of the most sought-after palms on the market because of its ease of care, lush foliage, and easy adaptability.

In essence, the Parlor Palm thrives anywhere, be it in your home or office.

Therefore, it only requires low light and high humidity to grow well. Parlor Palms also keep the air cleaner and purer thanks to their light green, delicate fronds.

As a result, it serves as a beautiful house plant and a useful indoor health tool at the same time.


Jelly Palm Tree


One of the most popular feather palm varieties is the jelly palm (also called the pindo palm), also known as the jelly palm, as it is one of the toughest feather palm species.

Consider using one as a specimen plant for your landscape away from walkways (due to its fruit during the summer), or group with other palms to create a suitable focal point.

Additionally, it is suitable for urban environments with poor soils and conditions, as well as containers when the plants are young.

The leaves of your Jelly Palm are easily recognizable due to the curving shape of their foliage.

A fan-like leaf of 5 to 10 feet in length (another classic palm leaf) is made up of two or more gray-green hued leaves that arch upward, and then inward again into an impressive trunk.

As far as the trunk is concerned, it tends to grow straight and true with a 1.5-foot circumference decorated with all the leaf stalks from previous years.

As a matter of fact, you can easily trim the stalks in order to give your grey trunk a more manicured look if you so desire.

Mexican Fan Palm Tree

Look no further than the Mexican Fan Palm if you’re looking for a palm that can reach a mature height quickly.

This is a vigorous palm that grows up to five feet a year and will bring a touch of tropical beauty to your garden within a few years.

Often referred to as a Washington Palm, the Mexican Fan Palm has upright branches with elegantly curved leaves extending gracefully from its tips.

The fronds of Mexican Fan Palms are elegantly shaped with lush, light green foliage, creating an elegant fan silhouette that catches the attention of both guests and neighbors alike.

Despite their carefree nature, Mexican Fan Palms are capable of handling drought and harsh conditions in landscapes without a problem.

They do not require any attention other than planting and letting the sun and rain do their job. There is no need to lift a finger when you are dealing with the Mexican Fan Palm.