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We Have Cold Hardy Palms Trees That Can Live in NC

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Our Palms

Arbors takes great pride in our cold-hardy palm trees. We offer Windmill Palms, European/Mediterranean Fan Palms, Pindo Palms, Sabal Palms and Needle Palms. Each of these varieties will withstand the North Carolina year-round temperatures. You may pick out the palm of your choice and plant it yourself, following our Plant Installation Tips, or we will be happy to install your palm trees for you.

 

European/Mediterranean Fan Palm

Botanical Name: Chamaerops humilis.

Growth Rate: 6” each year. Reaches about 8’ tall.

Lowest Temp: 0 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill).

Watering: 1 time per week in the summer.

Fertilizer: When outdoors, use 10-10-10 twice a year (April—September). When indoors, use a general fertilizer when watering. For yellowing palms, mix 5-6 tablespoons Epsom Salts with 1 quart water. March is a prime time to do this.

Pruning: Prune brown leaves in the spring.

 

Windmill Palm

Botanical Name: Trachycarpus fortunei.

Growth Rate: 6” each year. Can reach over 20’ tall.

Lowest Temp: 0 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill).

Watering: 1 time per week in the summer.

Fertilizer: When outdoors, use 10-10-10 twice a year (April—September). When indoors, use a general fertilizer when watering. For yellowing palms, mix 5-6 tablespoons Epsom Salts with 1 quart water. March is a prime time to do this.

Pruning: Prune brown leaves in the spring.

 

Pindo Palm

Botanical Name: Butia capitata.

Growth Rate: 1’ each year. Can reach over 10’ tall.

Lowest Temp: 12 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill).

Watering: Twice a week in the summer.

Fertilizer: Use 10-10-10 twice a year (April—September). When indoors, use a general fertilizer when watering. For yellowing palms, mix 5-6 tablespoons Epsom Salts with 1 quart water. March is a prime time to do this.

Pruning: Prune brown leaves in the spring.

 

Sabal Palm - Cabbage - Swamp - Palmetto

Botanical Name: Sabal palmetto.

Growth Rate: 3-4” per year. Reaches 20-30’ tall.

Lowest Temp: 8-10 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill).

Watering: 2-3 times per week in the summer until established.

Fertilizer: When outdoors, use 10-10-10 twice a year (April—September). When indoors, use a general fertilizer when watering. For yellowing palms, mix 5-6 tablespoons Epsom Salts with 1 quart water. March is a prime time to do this.

Pruning: Prune brown leaves in the spring.

 

Needle Palm

Botanical Name: Rhapidiophyllus hustrix.

Growth Rate: 3-4” per year. Reaches 6-8’ tall.

Lowest Temp: -22 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill). Very cold tolerant—even in northern climates.

Watering: 1 time per week in the summer.

Fertilizer: Use 10-10-10 twice a year (April—September). When indoors, use a general fertilizer when watering. For yellowing palms, mix 5-6 tablespoons Epsom Salts with 1 quart water. March is a prime time to do this.

Pruning: Prune brown leaves in the spring.

 

Palm trees need 2-3 months for their roots to establish. If they are planted past the desired planting date (after October), the new growth must be protected from cold temperatures. The base of the palm should be heavily mulched or surrounded in pine straw to keep it well insulated.