In the world today, there are over 3000 species of palm trees. Palm trees are members of the Arecaceae family and the number of palm tree varieties known to science is continually growing as the discovery of new species continues.
Palms have grown in popularity as landscaping plants because of their handsome, dramatic foliage, as well as evergreen habit. However, you should exercise caution when choosing palm trees for this purpose since it is impossible to keep them to size by pruning.
You should instead remove basal offsets and old leaves since cutting the palm tree’s top will destroy it. You should also use slow growth rate palms, which are typically short when mature. It is also important to understand their light requirements since not many palms are able to tolerate low light levels.
Here are some interesting types of palm trees you can use for your landscaping
Chamaedorea palms are best suited to be container plants.
The parlor palm is the best-known palm in this genus. It is a native of Guatemala and Mexico and typically grows in the dense shade of rainforests making it highly tolerant to low levels of light. The parlor palm has just one stem and is thus planted in a single pot.
The bamboo palm is another palm in the Chamadorea genus. It develops several narrow trunks from the base that resemble bamboo. At between 4 and 12 feet in height, it is taller than the parlor palm. It has dark green, lacy fronds that droop gracefully. It is a native of northern South American and Central American rainforests. Indoors, the palm is sensitive to low temperatures and cold drafts.
The lady palm is a slow growing plant that requires more light than Chama Edo palms. The lady palm has multiple trunks and broadly lobed dark green leaves that top the trunks for a stunning, delicate, yet tropical effect. Lady palm propagates itself using underground stems.
European Fan Palm
A native of the western Mediterranean countries of northwest Africa and southwest Europe, the European fan palm is also known as the Mediterranean fan palm. It is probably one of the most cold-tolerant palms.
The European fan palm grows slowly to a height of 15 feet then becomes multi-stemmed. It has lacy-looking fan-shaped silvery-green leaves. The leaf stems have sharp spines to protect them from herbivores so be careful when pruning spent leaves. The European fan palm can withstand cooler climates but requires the summer heat for proper growth.
Kentia palm is one of the tallest growing palm trees in this list. It can achieve a height of up to 40 feet but the regular tree height is between 15 and 25 feet. It has a preference for partial shade and properly drained soil. It has no spines, a smooth trunk, and feathery dark green fronds. It is one of the most commonly grown indoor palm the world over due to its tolerance for indoor conditions and neglect.
If you would like to include palm trees in your landscaping, the palms discussed in this article are an excellent place to start. So, head over to your local gardening store and buy the most suitable palm tree for your location.