Heat and Frost Toleraant - Knowledgebase Question

North Port, Fl
Question by nowandlater
March 15, 2010
The past two years I have lost a number of plantings and palm trees to frost. What can you recommend that will be both heat tolerant and frost tolerant.

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2010


There are actually a number of cold hardy palms. Butia capitata, a blue-green colored pinnate palm of medium stature with a stout trunk and recurved pinnate leaves, is known as the Pindo Palm or the Jelly Palm. Butia capitata can tolerate temperatures slightly below 15 degrees. Brahea armata, known as the Mexican Blue Fan Palm, is a large, single trunk silver-blue leafed fan palm that tolerates heat and cold to about 15 degrees. Washingtonia filifera: A large single-trunked, tall fan palm that loves the hot desert areas and tolerates temperatures to about 15 degrees or slightly colder. Trachycarpus fortunei: A single trunk, medium height fan palm with a hairy trunk and nice full head. Known as the Chinese Windmill Palm. It will tolerate temperatures down to about 5 degrees. Brahea edulis: A slow growing medium sized fan palm with a rather stout trunk and green leaves. Tolerates full sun and wind. At maturity can reach 25 to 30 feet. It tolerates down to about 18 to 20 degrees. Good luck with your new palms!

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