There are 2 special varieties of needle palm trees that can tolerate more than just below freezing temperatures but also quite used to snow.
They are each pretty in their own ways- one with beautiful blue leaves and the other a deep green.
They are both named this for a good reason!
The green variety originates in wetter regions of south eastern United States.
Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina are just a couple.
The spines are usually underneath and attached to the base of the leaf stems.
They are sometimes called the vegetable porcupine because of the sharp spines that can be over 6 inches long.
They have beautiful darker green deeply segmented fan shape leaves with a silver tone on their underside.
This needle palm gets a brown mass of fibers attached to the trunk that sometimes makes the sharp spines hard to see.
It does flower and produce a fruit that looks on the brownish side when it’s ripe and are covered in what looks like short white hairs.
CC Photo taken by Raulbot in Washington DC
These guys are quite cold tolerant and really don’t get very tall-anywhere from 6-12 feet tall at most.
Keep in mind with the long sharp spines; don’t plant near walkways or other foot traffic spots.
The Blue Needle Palm originates in South America. Countries like Argentina and Uruguay are home to this fan palm.
currently is not placed in the same branch of the family as the green variety.
The two are slightly similar.
The blue needle also has brown fibers covering its trunk, and sharp spines embedded in the fibers.
Their leaves are very rigid making them also sharp enough to cut thru skin, like little knives.
They do get yellow flower spikes and fruit that starts off white then turns to near brown when ripe.
The blue variety does better in full sun though, and gets a bit bigger in height and width.
They have very pretty deeply divided fan leaves that will range in color from silver to a silvery green or blue to a greenish blue. It all depends on the plant.
The biggest difference is this one originates in semi arid, a lot drier climates. It also can tolerate colder temps to 13°F.
These 2 special cold hardy needle palm trees can really help
to bring that little slice of paradise to much cooler climates.
Just don’t forget that both can be dangerous to passersby so make sure to place where they can be seen to be appreciated and not felt.
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