Here's a list of the many types of palm trees used in landscapes.
Now you can plan where to put them on display to create your tropical oasis!
There are so many too choose from.
Over 2000 and closer
to 3000 be exact.
The most popular for containers and landscaping are included here.
I use their common names to make it easier for you.
Even narrowing it down like this makes for a very long list with lots of categories.
I've tried to group them in such a way it should be easy for you to find the kind of palm you are looking for.
Plus there's a brief description for guidance.
Go to part of the page you are interested in:
or other complete pages for a list of:
I've also listed the trees by the size of a mature tree. Just in case size matters.
Click the link to each tree that is of interest:
It will provide you with pictures, potential size, growing
conditions--like hardiness zone, minimum temperatures, lighting, and much more including their scientific names.
Some of the smaller types of palm trees would be totally suited for container gardening.
For colder climates have them outside in the summer and bring them indoors in the winter.
You’ll be able to enjoy your little slice of paradise year round!
Fishtail Special, fluttery leaves, single or clumping varieties
Dwarf Palmetto Gorgeous large green fan display
Pygmy Date delicate looking feathers, stays small
Bottle Totally unique shape, easy keeper
King Sago One of a kind leaf presentation, containers, or landscapes
Areca or butterfly Clumping, traditional look, fills out pot nicely
Lady palms great for med to low light, different leaf pattern
Triangle Beautiful when small in a container, center piece tree in yard
Christmas Slows growth in container, great poolside or driveways
Banana Small varieties, fast growing, fruit producing, delicious
Ruffled Fan Palm is a great choice for indoors-grows slow with beautiful leaves.
Chinese Fan Palm will adapt to just about anywhere with enough light, easy to grow, has beautiful fan leaf display
Majesty Palms have green feather leaves, sold as house plant, various sizes and growing conditions
Thatch Palms both the Florida and key varieties, nice fan leaves, either light or deep green, medium size, nice flower and fruit display
Old Man Palm circular fan leaves, slow growing enough to be in a container for years, unique bearded trunk, centerpiece
Joey or Diamond Palm gorgeous large diamond shaped leaves, rare and tropical, needs lots of moisture
Lipstick Palm great for containers in ponds or waterfalls, colorful, clumping feather leaves
Red Feather Palm also called the flamethrower palm, new leaves and fruit are red, great in container for indoors or out, part shade, easy
Kentia palm most popular indoor palm, great for containers, shade, slow growing green feather leaf display
Bamboo palms three feather leaf varieties,easy to grow in containers, shade loving for the patio
Spindle palm does get large but can be kept in a container when young, easy to grow and move indoors when necessary, unique trunk
Latan Palms Large beautiful segmented fan leaves,3 varieties distinguished by color, slow growing, easy to care for
Parlor palms easy to grow, stays small, feather leaf, shade to heavy shade, easy to grow
Windmill palm and Miniature chusan green deeply segmented fan leaves, very cold hardy, ease of growth, considered medium size.
Are you looking for a variety that really adds some curb appeal with their unique shaped leaves? More scientifically these leaves are described as being "palmate" shape.
With all the tremendous variety in shapes and sizes- you are sure to find something to suit your tastes and space!
Have a look at these types of palm trees:
Thatch palms either Florida or Key varieties ,great for yard or containers, drought and salt tolerant, deep green or light green leaves, medium size
Windmill and miniature chusan Gorgeous, easy to grow, extremely cold hardy, medium size, can do containers
Latan palms 3 different varieties distinguished by color, beautiful stiff leaves, slow growing, easy to care for
Old man palm unique display for centerpiece or containers. Easy keeper
Travelers Palm Center piece tree- large,eye catching, fast growing
Bismarck Exquisite leaves in silver blue or bright green
Sabal Palmetto Many varieties, cold hardy, grow almost anywhere
Dwarf Palmetto Blue or green pointed leaves, cold hardy, grows well in shade
Ruffled Fan Palm Beautiful large green fans on a small tree
Broad-leaf Lady Deeply divided leaves-great for containers in lower light conditions like indoors
Needle Palm Dark green leaves, shade and moisture loving, cold tolerant
Blue Needle Beautiful silver blue very pointed fan leaves, drought and cold tolerant
California Fan Palm Super looking, large, drought, salt and cold tolerant
Mediterranean Fan Medium size, drought,salt and cold tolerant, beautiful clumping variety, slow grower
Chinese fan palm great outdoors or in containers, popular and easy to grow
Mexican Fan grows fast and tall, drought, salt and cold tolerant
Saw Palmetto cold, drought and salt tolerant, deeply divide circular leaves in a couple different colors, health benefits made from the fruits
Joey or Diamond Palm elongated diamond shaped corrugated leaves in emerald or blue, 20 ft tall and wide, needs lots of moisture
There are many types of palm trees with feather leaves to choose from. They are scientifically referred to as "pinnate" shaped.
They all have a uniqueness about them that makes each one special.
This gives you a great chance to display the many different characteristics these tropical delights offer.
Consider planting one of these varieties to bring a warm weather feeling to your backyard paradise.
Royal Very tall, long lived, non-intrusive roots
Foxtail Large bushy feather shaped leaves, great for lining driveways
Areca or butterfly Great clumping palms, pretty in containers or plant as privacy screen
Christmas Palm Beautiful leaf presentation,ripe red fruits, a dwarf royal
Parlor palm elegant looking, single trunk, stays small, slow growing, needs shade to heavy shade, very popular indoors
Date Palms A few varieties, both multi and single trunk, Leaves ranging from green, to solver to almost blue color.
Pindo Fruit producer deluxe and a lovely looking tree
Triangle Center piece tree, gorgeous, fountain leaf display
Lipstick Palm clumping variety, beautiful colors, great addition to ponds and water features
Pygmy Date Small size, fine feather leaf, great for containers
Queen Palm Large fine feather leaves with beautiful presentation. Popular in landscapes
Mule palm hybrid garden cross of the queen and Pindo varieties
Spindle Palm feather leaves, unique trunk, gets large but can be started and kept in a container for awhile, easy to grow
Red Feather, Flame Thrower or Red leaf Palm new leaves and fruit are red, easy keeper, part shade and great for indoors
Oil Plantation tree used for edible oil, and bio-diesel production
Coconut Favorites on beach, great fruit, long lived
Canary Island Very pretty, used in city landscapes
King Sago Unique leaf presentation
Bottle Palm Slow grower, distinctive shape, great for containers
Fishtail Great as a stand alone tree or in clumps--for yard or containers, the only group with bi-pinnate shaped leaves
Majesty Palm variety of sizes and growing conditions. Dwarf variety great for containers.
Kentia palm slow growing, prefers shade, easy for in containers indoors or out
Bamboo palm great for shaded areas or indoors, three varieties that are all easy to grow
King Palms three different variations, beautiful leaf, flower and fruit displays
Chilean wine palm is a massive slow growing tree that's easy to keep and gorgeous to look at.
Interested in one of the types of palm trees for their fruit production? You can choose from these varieties. Your choice could depend on if they are for your landscape or for commercial use.
For your yard why not get that tropical feel and some fresh fruit for your efforts.
Coconut Most popular beach palm, healthy fruit, long lived
Pindo Super producer-jelly and wine, great looking tree
Banana Fast growing, delicious fruit, great in containers
Canary Island Superb landscape tree, gorgeous, not a great producer
Oil Mainly used in plantations and orchards, bountiful fruit production
Date Many varieties, great fruit producer, drought and salt tolerant.
Saw Palmetto fruits made into health supplement for prostate, nice deeply divided fan leaf, cold, salt, and drought tolerant, slow growing
Pygmy Date small tree, fine feather leaves, great for containers, produces small edible dates.
Chilean wine palm huge feather leaf tree, produces small fruits sold at farmers markets and that taste like coconut.
I hope the lists of all the different types of palm trees has helped you to decide just which one will be perfect for your unique space.
At the very least gave you some landscape or container ideas and assisted in narrowing down the many choices.
Red feather, also known as the flame thrower palm tree showing new leaf color.
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NOTE : About Buying Palms
If you are looking to buy palm trees of any kind then I would highly recommend purchasing through the Real Palm Tree Store.
They are a huge nursery based in Florida with connections to many quality growers.
Whether you are ordering from inside the United States, Canada or another part of the world-- ordering one tree for your landscape or many for a commercial project-- I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.
Their customer service is second to none; all products are high quality and backed by a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Make sure to visit
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Palm Tree Fertilizer teaches how to read the bag, what kind to look for, how much to apply and where.
Think about starting a tree from seed? Learn some tips for success here.
Planting gives you best practices to get your next tropical specimen off to a great start.
Growing explains the plant hardiness zones, soil pH and lighting types, as well as other commonly used garden terminology.