CHOOSING THE RIGHT PALM TREE
With so many types of palm trees available for your landscaping needs, it can be hard to choose between them. In addition to just appearance, there are many other factors that should be considered when choosing the right palm for your outdoor space.
The first thing that you need to consider when choosing your palm is the climate in which you live. Some types of palms are more resistant to cold temperatures than others, but as a general rule, if you live somewhere with mild winters, like Miami, then you can typically plant any type of palm that you desire. On the other hand, even if you live in an area that dips into the 20’s during winter months, you can still enjoy some types of palms in your yard, such as the more winter hardy sago palms and saw palmettos.
After you have limited your selection based on your climate, you can start to think about the desired appearance of your palm, starting with its size. Because some types of palm trees can get close to 100 feet tall, it’s clear that not every type of palm tree will be suitable in every yard. Mature palms are generally classified into three sizes: small (10-15 feet max), medium (15-40 feet max), and large (40 feet and more). While small palms are great for ground cover and perfect for most sized lawns, larger palms can offer additional privacy screening as an added benefit.
With over 2,500 known species, one of the most appealing factors of palm trees is definitely their variation. The shape and overall appearance of your palm is extremely important, and can really set the personality of your home’s outdoor space. Do you want a palm with fan leaves or feather leaves? Green leaves or red leaves? A tall and thin palm or a short and fat one? Some types of palm trees even produce edible fruit, such as coconuts, bananas, and dates, so you may want to consider if that is something that interests you as well.
You will also want to consider whether your type of palm has any special maintenance needs or requires a certain type of location. Some types of palms require lots of direct sun exposure, while others thrive better in the shade. Also consider the speed at which your palm will grow, and whether your chosen location for it gives it ample room to grow, especially if your palm is of the variety that grows outwards instead of upwards. Also consider whether your palm will be best suited for potting in a container or as planted directly in the soil.
If you need help selecting the right palm tree for your yard, visit the Lawn & Garden Center at Shell Lumber in Miami, where you’ll find skilled experts ready to handle all of your toughest lawn care and planting questions. For more information on our large selection of landscaping and gardening products, or to ask about our special prices available on large orders, call us at (305) 856-6401 today.