Types of Palm Trees

 

Canary Island Palm

Phoenix Canariensis
(fe-niks can-a-re-en-sis)
Origin: Canary Islands 

Phoenix Canariensis has been utilized as a theme generating focal point in landscapes worldwide for decades. Its majesty and substantial presence make the Canary Island Date Palm a powerful choice where you a looking to bring natural maturity to a site. Utilized in rows or as a freestanding centerpiece, there really aren't many locations on site where you cannot use Canariensis successfully. Probably the best adjective that one could use to describe Canariensis is Stunning. If you get through the establishment period sane, and provided you maintain it with reasonable diligence, your Canary will probably outlive you and will be a truly stunning addition to the family.

Date Palm

Phoenix Dactylifera Medjool
(fe-niks dak-till-lf-er-ah med-jewel)
Origin: North Africa

Medjool Date palms make a grand statement no matter how you use them. We utilize them as freestanding specimens to create focal points in the landscape and in staggered height plantings that generate eye-catching extravaganzas of natural beauty.

When installed along an avenue or across the front of your property in matching rows, Medjools create maturity and tropical formality.

Med Palm

Chamaerops Humilis
(kam-ay-rops hue-mil-is)
Origin: Mediterranean Region

This hardy fan palm occurs throughout the Mediterranean region, from coastal zone to over 3000 ft. in elevation, and in various types of vegetation.

It is highly prized in warm temperature areas where few palms are reliably winter hardy, and a large clump makes a striking specimen plant. The variation in leaf color and habit is extraordinary. It's slow rate of growth allows this palm to be grown in a large container for many years. Growth of C. humilis is best in full sun, but it also retains and excellent appearance in light shade.

Pindo Palm

Butia Capitata
(bue-tee-ah cap-eh-tah-tah)
Origin: South American Region

Pindo palm is the hardiest feather-leafed palm currently in wide cultivation. It functions well in median and avenue plantings, despite it's relatively small stature. This species is considerably variable in nature, the forms differing in ultimate height, trunk thickness, leaf color and amount of arching, and fruit color and taste.

The best quality pindo fruits are very sweet with flavor some find reminiscent of a pineapple/banana mixture. The fruit makes a tasty jelly.

Sago Palm

Cycas Revoluta
(si-cus re-vo-luh-tah)
Origin: Japan

Cycas revoluta, one of the most primitive living seed plants, are very unusual and popular ornamentals. A rugged trunk, topped with whorled feathery leaves has lead to the common name "Sago Palm", however it is actually related to conifer and Ginko trees - all cone bearing plants which trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years. 

While various species of Cycads can be found throughout the world, the subtropical C. revoluta is native to the Far East and has been used as a choice container and landscape plant for centuries. The growth habit of Cycas revoluta displays an upright trunk with a diameter from 1" to 12" depending on age, topped with stiff feather-like leaves growing in a circular pattern. Rather than continuously adding foliage, Sagos produce a periodic "flush" of new leaves, called a "break". Eventually, offsets begin to grow at the base of the specimen, and occasionally in the crown.

Blue Palm

Brahea Armata
(bra-hee-as are-mah-tah)
Origin: Baja California

Distinctive, unique and attractive, the blue hesper palm has a crown of rigid leaves which radiate from the trunk top. Blue hesper palms are considered by many to have the bluest leaves of any palm in the world. The leaves of a hesper palm may also be pastel bluish white or aquamarine in color.

Blue hesper palm is a beautiful palm whose color can be so blue that it is arresting! This distinctive palm makes an extraordinary accent plant. Blue hesper palm usually becomes a focal point with its large fan shaped leaves and distinctive coloration. The inflorescence of the blue hesper palm is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful among all the palms. The blue hesper palm is easy to grow and resistant to freezing. The genus name honors the Danish Astronomer, Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601). The species part of the name comes from the Latin word meaning "armed."