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Queen Palm Tree

The queen palm tree a beautiful looking, finer, feather leaf tropical specimen that is quite popular in landscapes all across the southern United States.

Some are growing it successfully outdoors in Las Vegas with some extra protection in winter.

You may get a little confused with this variety because it crosses easily with others of its own family (Syagrus) including the arikury and coronate.

Queen Palm TreeQueen Palm Tree

CC Original Photo: Forest and Kim Starr 

The mule palm is a cross between the queen and Pindo varieties.  


The queen palm tree is a bit variable in looks and size depending on where it’s grown.

It originates from countries in South America like southern Brazil and Argentina.

Its newer leaves on top are quite often a medium to dark green shade with the older lower leaves being almost a dusty silver/green color.

The trunk is usually light grey in color.

It gets beautiful long yellow sprays, (up to 5 ft long) of both male and female white flowers.

They will produce a fruit that is generally a medium to deep orange when it’s ripe. 

Some say the fruit is edible, although I haven't tried it myself.

Queen Palm Flowers

Syagrus romanzoffiana

Queen Palm Tree Growth

The queen palm tree prefers an acid to neutral pH in the soil to grow properly. It is only slightly drought and salt tolerant.

It is a medium to fast grower that will reward you with an even faster growth rate if fed with a quality palm fertilizer and watered regularly.

If any drought conditions are starting to set up don’t wait to water this tropical beauty, it’s not worth the risk in slowing it down.

They can get an impressive 90 ft tall in its native habitat but will more than likely reach 60 feet in landscapes by about 15 feet wide.

Some communities have used it in place of the royal palm street side.There's a bit of extra work involved though.

The queen palm does not have self cleaning leaves so will need pruning. Where as the royal will loose leaves on its own but they can be quite large and therefore heavy when they fall.

Only you can decide which is the best option for your unique situation.

This tree easily transplants and lives in a pot when they are young.

Port Dover Ontario gets a few shipped from Florida every year to plant along their beach on the north side of Lake Erie in the summer.

Not a bad idea!

Syagrus romanzoffianum

Quick info:  

scientific name:   Syagrus romanzoffiana

  • 70 plus ft tall, 15 ft wide, single trunk
  • Minimum temp 28°F   zones 9-11
  • Full sun, prefers acid to neutral pH soils that drain well
  • Medium to fast growth rate, does the best with regular watering

Queen Palm Tree - Medium

These trees can be susceptible to lethal yellowing disease for which there is no known cure yet.

The best protection for them is to keep them as healthy and happy as possible.

Mule Palm Hybrid

There’s a hybrid available that is doing very well in the garden market. It is a cross between the queen palm and the Pindo palm.

It often has the good looks of the queen and the cold hardiness of the Pindo. This hybrid is called the Mule palm and doesn’t produce edible fruit like its Pindo parent.

This garden hybrid has varying looks depending on its parents. It generally grows just as fast as the queen palm tree, will end up taller than the Pindo parent. It has fuller not as curved green feather leaves.

Quick info:   scientific name Butiagrus nabonnandii

  • 30 -60 ft tall, 15 ft wide, single trunk
  • Minimum temp 25°F   zones 8-11
  • Full sun, a richer with humus, neutral soil that drains well
  • Medium to fast growth rate- thrives with regular water and fertilizer.

It is actually better adapted to the wetter climates and higher humidity than the queen parent.

It won’t grow edible fruit and quite often the seeds will be sterile so no starting any new trees.

If you are considering either of these two trees for your landscape, grab the mule palm for colder regions if you can get it, and the queen palm tree for slightly warmer climates.

Either will help to create that little slice of tropical paradise without having to live there!

More Landscaping Ideas

  • Small Palm Trees for Landscapes  Small palm trees are the perfect addition to ensure your landscape has that tropical feel. Which one will you choose for your little slice of paradise?
  • Large Palm Trees for Landscapes  There are many majestic looking large palm trees you could use in your landscape. Some are perfect as a centerpiece display, or to line laneways
  • Cold Hardy Palm Trees There are more varieties of cold hardy palm trees than you may think. There are kinds that can withstand below freezing temperatures and snow.

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