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Picking the Perfect Palm Tree

Palm trees are commonly associated with white sandy beaches, tropical climates, and blissful relaxation and because Florida provides a perfect climate for growing palm trees, you will spot these magnificent trees everywhere. Palm trees are used in a multitude of landscapes including: botanical gardens, swimming pool areas, resorts, hotels, shopping malls, and alongside roads.

With over 2,500 different palm tree species, most of which can thrive in Florida, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to determine what type of palm tree you want to plant. So here is a quick guide to help you select the perfect palm.

First take into consideration the purpose of the palm tree:

  • Will it be a focal point in your front yard or commercial establishment?
  • Do you need a palm with a large canopy to provide shade?
  • Will it be a focal point near a swimming pool?
  • Do you intend to use it along a property line to create a natural fence?

Palm trees with a single trunk are generally better for property focal points, or lining driveways; whereas, a palm tree with double trunks may perform better as natural fencing along property lines. Although this is merely a generalization and not an absolute rule of thumb, for example the European Fan Palm (aka Mediterranean Fan Palm) is a great focal piece for almost any landscape, including commercial properties, despite having multiple trunks. This particular palm tree is a very attractive choice; because, it easy to maintain and, with proper pruning, can be easily contained. In addition, the European Fan Palm is drought tolerant, requiring little water and can continue to thrive on conditions of neglect, and naturalize readily.

After you have weeded out a few palm trees that fit your specific needs, you should consider maintenance. All plant life requires some kind of care, and maintenance, palm trees are no different and some require more than others. So before you select a palm you should consider how much palm tree maintenance you are going to require. Such as how often it will need to be fertilized, watered, and pruned.

Last but not least don’t forget to think about space, palm trees grow and you need to ensure they have enough room to grow. You will also want to take into consideration any foundations (i.e. pool, house, etc), driveways, or walkways that could become damaged by the tree’s roots; as a root barrier may be needed.

For example the Travellers Palm, is absolutely gorgeous with its very distinctive fan shape aligned on a single plane, similar to that of a peacock tail, and it is a very attractive pool side tree. However, this tree requires a large amount of space for growing and a little extra care in order for it to thrive. Because of its immense width and height this tree is best suited in an expansive landscape. Whereas, the Sago Palm is great in almost any space and is relatively easy to maintain although it does require regular fertilization.

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