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Common Palm Tree Options for Landscaping Fort Myers and all of Soutwest Florida

Click on any item below to expand and view common palm tree options for landscaping Fort Myers and all of Southwest Florida. For questions - you can contact us anytime. Landscaping Fort Myers
Adonidia (Christmas Palm)
adonidiaAdonidia merrillii This solitary, neat palm is a popular choice for small areas, residential yards, entranceways, and pool enclosures and as a container porch plant. It is available in doubles and triples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 15’ to 25’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Philippines
Alexander (Solitaire Palm)
alexanderPtychosperma elegans As a small, solitary palm with an elegant tropical look, the Alexander palm is a popular choice for residential and commercial entranceways. It is available as singles, doubles, and triples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 20’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Australia
Areca (Butterfly Palm)
arecaDypsis lutescens This robust, clustering palm is widely used as a screen or hedge. It can also be planted as a specimen palm if lower fronds are thinned to create more open appearance. Arecas are popular for tropical landscaping.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 20’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Madagascar
Silver Bismark
bismarkBismarckia nobilis Striking in appearance, and moderately cold hardy, the silver Bismarck has become one of the most sought-after tropical fan palms for Florida landscapes. Its large and formal appearance makes it an excellent choice as a specimen palm for commercial and residential landscapes. Its large, robust appearance may overwhelm some plantings, making it a poor choice for small houses and compact residential lawns.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 30’ to 60’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10A-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Madagascar
Canary Island Date Palm
canary2Phoenix canariensis As a young tree, Canary Island date palms are a popular choice for a large, tropical appearance in the landscape. The young trees need plenty of room, but are widely adapted and extremely hardy.As the trees mature, they take on a formal appearance, and the robust trunk is highly regarded for its ornamental appeal. Very cold tolerant.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 40’
  • Hardiness Zone: 8B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: Canary Islands
Carpenteria Palm
carpentariaCarpenteria acuminata Carpenteria is a fast-growing solitary palm that can be used in single or multiple plantings. Its quick growth makes it a popular landscape tree for a graceful, tropical appearance. Carpentarias can be placed close to buildings because of their relatively short fronds.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 40’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Drought Tolerance: Low
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: Australia
Chinese Fan Palm
chineseLivistona chinensis This slow-growing, hardy fan palm is a popular and widely used landscape tree. When young, it makes an excellent tropical-appearing shrub; then grows to a moderately tall tree with a wide crown and a weeping appearance. It is available as a single tree or in multiples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 25’
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: China; Japan
Green Malayan / Maypan
malayanCocos nucifera Coconuts are the most universal and widely distributed palm tree in the world. Although used mainly for food, fiber, and construction in other countries, the coconut has become a symbol of the tropics for homeowners and developers in Florida. Because of the tree’s high salt tolerance, it is a good choice for beach and coastal landscaping. While lethal yellowing has been a problem for years, both the ‘Maypan’ and ‘Green Malayan’ cultivars are highly resistant.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 50’ to 80’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: High
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: Unknown
European Fan Palm
euro_fanChamaerops humilis Extremely cold tolerant and widely adapted to a variety of soils, the European fan is one of the most versatile palms available. It can be planted as far north as the Carolinas, and makes a fine, tropical-appearing specimen.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 10’
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Mediterranean region
Florida Thatch Palm
florida_thatchThrinax radiata The Florida thatch palm is perfect for small areas and is adaptable to high pH and coastal conditions. It is widely adapted to a variety of conditions, and is an easy, carefree way to attain a classic, tropical look. The Florida thatch is a slow grower, but is equally attractive when young or old.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 20’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: High
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: South Florida and the Caribbean
Fishtail Palm
fishtailCaryota mitis This palm’s unique leaf structure and naturally clumping form make it a popular option for use as either a specimen or a screen. When young, fishtail palms can be kept in containers and used as a porch plant.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 18’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: High
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Round Island (Mascarenes)
Foxtail Palm
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWodyetia bifurcate Fast-growing, widely adaptable, and with a full, dark green appearance, the foxtail has become one of the most popular palms in the trade. And with good reason! Its medium stature, uniquely textured fronds, and easy care make it a good choice for residential yards, shopping complexes, streetscapes, and anywhere else quick growth and a neat appearance are desired.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 30’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10A-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference:
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Australia
King Alexander (Alexandra Palm)
king_alexanderArchontophoenix alexandrae This regal palm works well as a single specimen, or in a cluster. It has a sturdy, neat appearance with a tropical feel. They should be kept adequately fertilized. Often confused with Alexanders, King Alexanders have a much heavier trunk and much larger, coconut-like fronds. King Alexanders are available as singles, doubles, and triples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 40’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Australia
Montgomery Palm
montgomeryVeitchia montgomeryana This popular landscaping palm is of medium stature and is attractive in either single or multiple plantings. With long, pinnate fronds and a slim, stately trunk, Veitchia palms work well in both residential and commercial landscapes. Veitchia palms are available as singles, doubles, and triples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 25’ to 35’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Vanuatu
Paurotis
paurotisAcoelorrhaphe wrightii As a native Floridian, the paurotis palm grows extremely well in Florida landscapes, and it is one of the few palms that will tolerate poorly-drained soils. The clumping, native tree makes a very attractive screen.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 20’
  • Hardiness Zone: 9B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Florida; Caribbean
Queen Palm (Cocos Plumosa)
queenSyagrus romanzoffiana This popular tree is easy to transplant and is relatively care-free. Queen palms have very few pest or disease problems, and with regular feeding, can be a wonderful addition to a tropical landscape, especially where a cold-hardy palm is needed. Its large, gracile canopy quickly fills in a tropical landscape.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 40’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10A-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Southern Brazil; Argentina
Reclinata (Senegal Date Palm)
reclinataPhoenix reclinata If given enough room, reclinatas can make for an impressive specimen or a large screen. Reclinatas sucker vigorously without aggressive pruning so they need plenty of room to spread. Reclinatas are often trimmed up to reveal their attractive, slender trunks.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 25’ to 30’
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade.
Roebelenii (Pygmy Date Palm)
roebeleniiPhoenix roebelenii Popular for its ease of culture and graceful, tropical appeal, robeleniis work well for small areas, for entryways, and for residential yards. Robeleniis are available in singles, doubles, and triples.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 10’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10A-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
Royal Palm
royalRoystonea regia Stately and impressive in appearance, the royal is popular in streetscapes and for large buildings. The large size of the palm can overwhelm small structures, so site selection is key. Royals can adapt well to both dry and wet areas, but are usually sensitive to cold.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 50’ to 70’
  • Hardiness Zone: 10A-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate to high
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: Cuba/Florida
Wild Date Palm (Toddy Palm)
sylvestrisPhoenix sylvestris Similar to the Canary Island Date palm, the wild date makes an impressive specimen plant. Its large stature and robust trunk can give landscapes a Mediterranean appearance. Unlike other date palms, wild dates are relatively trouble free and easy to maintain. They adapt well to Florida soils and climate.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 40’
  • Hardiness Zone: 8B-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: India
Washington Palm (Mexican Fan Palm)
washingtonWashingtonia robusta Very tall and stately, Washington palms are popular landscape palms in Florida and elsewhere. It is a fast grower and can quickly fill in the landscape. Irrigation is required for establishment, but then do not over water, which can cause this desert palm to suffer from root and bud rots.

Specifications

  • Mature Height: 70’ to 100’
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-11
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Origin: Mexico