Hello there, and welcome to Zone Hardy Palms! This website features some of the best palm trees suited for colder climates. Here you will find information and resources on which species of palms work best in particular climate zones. Surprisingly there are many types of palms that can survive winters throughout many areas of the U.S. and even as far north as Canada! If you always thought that growing palm trees in your area was impossible, then you definitely want to check out the resources this site has to offer. From purchasing your palm to providing proper care, Zone Hardy Palms has you covered!
How I Became a Palm Enthusiast
When I was younger I loved making visits to California during the summer. At the time I was living in the Pacific Northwest where palm trees were pretty much non-existent. I was born in Southern California, so we made a lot of trips there to see family and friends over the years. As a child I became fascinated with the look of palm trees and curious as to why they didn’t grow up north where I lived. I always hated leaving knowing that I soon wouldn’t get to see the palm trees anymore. After all, they always reminded me of summer, no school, swimming pools, lounging around, etc., so of course they became a welcome sight over the years.
After a trip to California one summer I decided to pick up a small Mexican Fan palm from a nursery in the area. Cool! I had my very own palm I could take home with me! The only problem was that I had no idea how to care for it. I became too paranoid that it wasn’t getting enough light, water and whether the soil was adequate. I brought it in during the winter months, but after too much watering, as well as inadequate light the palm died of root rot. After a couple of other attempts to grow the same type of palm up north, I eventually came up with the same result…death. A lot of the failures of getting these palms to survive was mostly from my own mistakes of not knowing the species well enough and what it needed for its ideal environment.
Since those failed attempts years ago, I learned that there are numerous varieties of palm trees that not only can take light frost, but can also survive in snowy conditions as well! This was quite an eye-opener and pushed me to want to find out more about these varieties of palms and where they survive best. I will continue to share new cold hardy species of palms as well as the more common types, so you can be sure to get the right palm for your area.
Why I Started This Site
Recently I started an experiment with trying to germinate palm seeds from a few different cold hardy varieties. At the time of this writing, the seeds have only been going for a couple of weeks, so it will be several more weeks, if not months to see germination happen.
With that said, I wanted to log my progress on the success rate of how many seeds end up germinating, temperature, lighting conditions and any other tips or insights I could give people who may want to grow palms from seed.
Since this is something I’m dedicating myself to on a regular basis, I will be sharing my results periodically as they happen. Since this is a slow process, in the meantime I will be writing reviews of some common and not so common types of cold hardy palms and why they may or may not be a good fit for certain climates.
The Purpose of This Site
In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in cold hardy palms being used in more coastal regions in the northern US. There are actually a few types of palms that will grow in the coastal areas of Oregon, Washington and even Canada.
I want to be able to take the mystery out of getting palms to grow in cold regions and lead you toward finding a hassle free palm for your garden. Not only will you be able to enjoy the beauty of palms in your yard, but it should spark quite a conversation in your neighborhood as well!