Tropical Trees

6 Best Palm Trees To Grow In Oregon

Oregon has some areas that are warm enough to accommodate cold-hardy palm trees.  Oregon is comprised of a few distinct regions characterized by varying climates ranging from temperate to semi-arid.

There is considerable influence of the Pacific Ocean on the climate in Oregon. Average temperatures for January range from 25oF (–4°C) to 45oF (7°C). Temperatures range from 5°F (18°C) to 78°F (26°C) on average in July.

It is estimated that the Cascades receive between 300 inches (760 cm) and 550 inches (1,400 cm) of snow per year. Temperatures have ranged from 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) to –54 degrees Fahrenheit (–48 degrees Celsius). USDA hardiness zones range from 4b through 9b in Oregon.

There is no doubt that winters in Oregon are often harsh, leading to many of us dreaming of summer and feeling that we don’t have enough time to wait until it arrives.

But why not create a little tropical oasis in your own home to enjoy the warmth the sun provides? Even though it may be too cold to sit under your palm trees in Oregon during the winter months, they will surely provide an enjoyable view and a great source of relaxation to look forward to during the warmer months.

There are many hardy palm trees that can survive in Oregon during the coldest months of the year, which may have never entered your mind as a tree you want to plant to enhance the landscape around your home.

There is a lot of beauty to these beech trees, and they make those cold winters seem a little more tropical and warmer.

As the roots of palm trees grow horizontally, they are an excellent addition to a poolside or hot tub side area since the roots grow straight down.

A lot of palm trees can be planted close to one another due to their roots, and they make excellent privacy screens, whether or not you have a swimming pool or hot tub.

I’m here to show you how these hardy palm trees can survive the low temperatures in which they grow.


Areca Palm


Since they thrive in pots and low light conditions, Areca palms grow further north than any other palm.

If you live outside the Areca Palm’s recommended growing zones, then you may wish to plant them in containers and bring them indoors during the colder months.

The Areca Palms also filter and purify the air, making them an excellent choice for air purification.

These machines filter dry, stale air and remove the pollutants and irritants, while pumping out fresh, clean and humid oxygen.

Moreover, each stem is covered with dark, lush, green leaf blades, adding a tropical touch to any room.

Known as a houseplant, the Areca Palm offers year-round color and entertainment to guests. In the spring, the plant produces creamy white flowers that give way to small, bright orange ornamental fruits.

Pygmy Date Palm

Your yard will be transformed into a tropical oasis with the exotic Pygmy Date Palm.

Compact miniature palm saves space. You can place it anywhere – in the corners of your garden, on the deck, or by the swimming pool.

Incorporate it into a container and display it on the porch to frame the entryway. Once the weather becomes too cold for the palm in your area, you can bring it inside.

This plant has upright green branches that are covered with long, slender leaflets.

The leaves form an elongated open crown as the branches curve upwards. You can wave hello to your guests and neighbors when they pass by, making them jealous of its beauty.

You may even see your Pygmy Date Palm bloom with small, white flowers, giving Pygmy Date Palms a distinctive appearance.


Jelly Palm Tree


There is no mistaking the foliage of the Jelly Palm because it has a curving shape.

Fan-like leaves (so typical to palms), which can reach a height of 5-10 feet, are covered with elegant gray or green-hued leaves that arch upward to an impressive trunk and then inward back toward the trunk.

Generally speaking, the trunk of the tree grows straight and true and it has a circumference of 1.5 feet covered with the leaves from the previous year.

To provide the grey trunk a more manicured look, you can certainly trim the stalks to give them a more neat appearance.

There is a cluster of small yellow/red flowers on this palm in late spring, which are eventually followed by the fruit that this palm is known for.

The round to oval-shaped, yellow fruit, which is a bit larger than a cherry, is ready for harvest in the mid to late summer.


Christmas Fern


Place yours in a container and bring it inside for an ideal accent piece, or place it outdoors on your patio or porch.

As Christmas Palms grow only 10 to 20 feet tall, and 5 to 10 feet wide when planted in the ground, they can fit almost anywhere.

Their compact dimensions make them ideal for tight, confined spaces, such as areas near sidewalks and driveways. It is a palm that will not take over or outgrow its surroundings.

The crowns of these trees are sufficiently large to provide relaxing shade beneath them.

In order to provide cooling relief from the heat, they can be strategically placed to provide shade by a pool, in the yard, or in the driveway.

One of the best features of Christmas Palms is that they are very low-maintenance and do not require much attention.

It is just a matter of deciding where the Christmas Palms would look the best. In no time at all, you will have a beautiful grove of mature, elegant palm trees in your yard or home, making a magnificent statement.


Mediterranean Fan Palm Tree


Mediterranean Fan Palms are multi-trunked palms that can be left alone to grow naturally in a shrub-like manner if they are left alone.

However, many landscapers prefer to prune it into a bundle-like appearance that accentuates the rough-hewn, tropical trunk that palms are so well known for.

Its fan-like, palmate foliage stretches a distance of 36 inches or more and creates a stunning appearance when viewed from a distance.

As the leaves of the palm form a crown symmetrically atop the stems that support the leaves from the trunk, their size is 24 inches wide.

They appear to be blue-green in color, creating a magnificent contrast with the dark trunk of the tree.

As a result of its evergreen nature, Fan Palms provide year-round interest and are so versatile that they can even be grown indoors as a houseplant, if desired.

In the springtime, tiny yellow blooms can be seen barely peeking out from behind the foliage stems, which are changed by the autumn into drupes. As these dark yellow/brown fruits ripen and ripen, they can provide a valuable treat to your wildlife.


Colorful Rainbow Windmill Garden Decoration


The Palm is no longer merely confined to tropical climates, thanks to the introduction of this fresh variety.

The Windmill Palm is one of the most cold hardy palm trees that you can find on the market today, which makes it a perfect choice for those living in colder climates in search of island-inspired good looks.

The stunning island beauty can be grown in growing zones 7 and 8 in northern garden climates.

It is also naturally pest-resistant and extremely low-maintenance, so it is not only cold-tolerant, but also low-maintenance.

It has a good look to match its effortless ease, plus it has a great look to match it.

The Windmill Palm is a magnificent palm with an amazing array of fresh, fan-shaped fronds that are arranged symmetrically in a cluster.

During the summer months, this tree forms a crown of beautiful, lush green foliage that grows atop the trunk and can grow up to 10 feet wide.