The Q&A Archives: Palm Trees

Question: When can we plant palm trees? What is the "cleanest" palm tree to plant? What is the easiest palm to plant?

Answer: It's generally best to plant trees and shrubs during spring or fall when weather is cooler and natural rainfall abundant. Palm trees don't usually drop much litter, but their older fronds tend to die back and will need to be removed from time to time. Of the many palms available for your gardening region, your first consideration should be mature size. If you have a small yard, a 60' palm tree might dwarf your residence! The most popular palms for residential lots include Livistona chinensis and Chamaerops. They're slow growing, staying low for 5-10 years. Larger palms include Washingtonia, Syagrus, Sabal and Jubaea. All are relatively easy to grow in full sunshine, in rich, moist soil.

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