Canary Palm Tree Growing: Care Of Canary Island Palm Trees

Canary Palm Tree Growing: Care Of Canary Island Palm Trees

By: Teo Spengler

The Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) is a beautiful tree, native to the warm Canary Islands. You can consider planting a Canary Island date palm outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, or indoors in a container anywhere.

With its shiny, feathery fronds, arching branches, and ornamental fruit, this tree is not of the low-maintenance school. You’ll want to read up on care of Canary Island palm trees to be sure the plant stays healthy and happy.

Information on Canary Date Palms

If you are dreaming of Canary palm trees growing in your backyard, you’ll need lots of room. Information on Canary date palms lists these trees as growing up to 65 feet (20 m.) tall with a potential spread of 40 feet (12 m.).

However, planting a Canary Island date palm is not entirely out of the question if you have a small backyard. Canary palm trees growing speed is slow, and your specimen will only get to 10 feet (3 m.) tall during its first 15 years in the backyard.

Other information on Canary date palms notes the long leaves of the species – from 8 to 20 feet (3-6 m.) long – and the extremely sharp spines at the frond base. The trunk can grow to 4 feet (1 m.) in diameter. Small white or gray blossoms produce showy ornamental date-like fruits in the summer.

Care of Canary Island Palm Trees

Planting a Canary Island date palm requires a full sun location and plenty of irrigation when the palm is young. As far as Canary palm tree care, think about providing water every week to help the plant establish deep roots. Once the tree is mature, you can reduce irrigation.

Canary palm tree care includes feeding the tree. You’ll want to fertilize it every spring just before new growth appears.

These trees need high levels of potassium and magnesium as part of Canary palm tree care. They can easily come down with deficiencies of these nutrients under landscape conditions. You’ll identify potassium deficiency by the pale color or spotting of the oldest fronds. As the deficiency progresses, the frond tips get brown and brittle.

Your tree has a magnesium deficiency if you see lemon yellow bands along the outer margins of older leaves. Sometimes, the trees have both potassium and magnesium deficiencies at the same time.

Fortunately, the palm usually has few disease or pest issues.

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Phoenix Species, Canary Date Palm, Canary Island Date Palm

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Foliage:

This plant is resistant to deer

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Height:

Spacing:

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California(2 reports)

Niceville, Florida(2 reports)

Las Vegas, Nevada(4 reports)

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Brookings, Oregon(2 reports)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

On Jan 5, 2021, UtahTropics12 from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:

The northernmost place in the U.S. I see this palm grown successfully is surprisingly (or not) Brookings/Harbor, Oregon. You won’t see one CIDP north of Brookings, which is the most southernmost city in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The hardiness zone of the area is 9b/ bordering on 10a and these palms get VERY large and thick and lush in this cool, rainy area! I haven’t seen one palm of this species with any sort of winter damage in this area and they are (sort of) common but just a little further north and it’s a totally different story.

On Dec 6, 2020, Bammerpup from Hermitage, PA wrote:

I gathered seeds from a beautiful specimen in Orange County, CA. The palms were left in containers once they sprouted. After 3 years, one seedling was placed into the earth here in Hermitage, PA. Each fall I covered the palm with a greenhouse made from metal hoops and plastic. I utilized an electric heater inside the greenhouse, then when the spring temperatures arrived, the greenhouse was removed so the palm could be outside as part of my landscape. The palm has now been in the ground for 5 years and is massive as well as beautiful. It is about 20 feet tall including the fronds. The trunk too is massive - about 4 feet thick and 5 feet tall. This has brought me so much pleasure plus everyone who comes to my home is amazed and super impressed.

I work for a landscaping company, and we are working on house just north of Seattle WA in Everett WA. My client has expressed interest in this plant as well as mule palms, Sylvester date palms, and Mexican fan palms. I usually landscape yards with plants that are common around the Seattle area, therefore, I have no experience with these types of palm trees. I have done research on a myriad of websites, including this one (which coincidentally claims this palm can be grown in the very city I am working in.) I wanted to know if anyone knows more about these plants. Our area is USDA zone 8b (although our winters are more like 9a) and apparently all of these plants can grow here. I would like get some more information and/or personal experience as well as some advice when dealing with more exo. read more tic palm trees. Anything helps!

On Oct 15, 2014, IlhadoPico from Sao Roque do Pico,
Portugal (Zone 11) wrote:

These grow fine on Pico Island, Azores.

On Jun 1, 2014, beau99 from Benton, LA wrote:

I live in Benton, Louisiana just outside of Shreveport in Zone 8a. I was told I couldn't grow a Canary Island date palm in this area, but I love proving people wrong. and I did! I grew the tree from a seedling about 15 years ago and it has grown huge and beautiful! It is now about 20 feet tall. It has suffered frond damage after a few very cold winters with temps down into the teens for a few nights, but it recovered with no problem! It is true that this tree grows very wide before it starts to grow up. It is also true that the spines are EXTREMELY sharp and dangerous! I have to take extreme care when pruning old fronds, but for me it's worth it to have this beautiful tree in my yard!

On Feb 20, 2014, DaveTorquay from Torquay,
United Kingdom (Zone 10b) wrote:

An extremely common palm here in Torquay, infact I think every single street has at least 12 planted. I did have one in my garden, but had it taken out as my back passage is on the small side and the leaves were pricking people as they walked past (it was also a pain when I tried to sunbathe nude in my garden, literally). Very fast growing, a seedling planted in the ground will be around 20ft and fruiting in approximately 5 years and 2 months here. They self seed profusely and I am constantly weeding out seedlings from my side border, as well as my tubs out front. Torquay is the only place you will now find this palm in the UK, after winter 2010 they died everywhere, including on the Scillies I believe (as it got much colder there). There is a mature specimen located by the railway line in. read more town, the only mature specimen in the whole of western Europe. It was planted in 1876 by Reginald B. Hawkings, an engineer from Paignton. I'm sure he would be highly amused that this palm now towers over Torquay, if he wasn't dead that is. Seedlings from this palm spread all over Tor bay, carried by seagulls (I expect) specimens in Brixham & Paignton were all killed in 2010 however, but not a single one was damaged in Torquay, well it didn't get a frost here, so you know. The council here don't actually plant any, they employ a staff of 30 to weed them out, a few are left and those are the ones you can see about the town. When they get to around 15ft tall they are removed and then new ones allowed to sprout, that is why there are no other mature specimens. They love the long hot summers in Torquay (the warmest in the UK) and are so common that I actually hate them now, I only give a positive as they remind me of a visit to Majorca in my youth.

On Oct 2, 2013, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

I purchased three of these palms two years ago one is at the end of my septic tank field getting the nutrients and water from that and is outstanding,tremendous growth,gets afternoon sun, the other two are in different locations and are no where near as nice.apparently the like moisture and nutrients,I have four other types of palms and my livingston chinensis,chinese fan pals are now 12 ft and looking grat they did not shed their leaves this year, guess we are moving into zone 8 or 9,my butias palms are out standing ,needle pals are nice sabal palm just bought 12 ft will see what it does ,my chamacrops humilis shrub palms are abot 8 ft high and five wide doing nicely,mt saw palmeto silver are slow my lady palms did not make it,my washington robusta mexican fan palms are doing grate six f. read more t tall and five wide,windmill palms are doing fine,this collection of palms in zone 8 were experemental

On Jul 31, 2012, palmScott from Portsmouth,
United Kingdom wrote:

Phoenix canariensis are very commonly planted all around Portsmouth, with some large specimens planted close to the beach. They have survived the last few cold winters we have had in the UK without damage here & I would consider them hardy in this location. They also have survived in central London & other sheltered locations along the south coast, including the Isle of Wight, Channel Islands & Scilly Isles.

They grow big very fast here & are not suitable for small gardens, but they are cheap & readily available from all garden centres & D.I.Y sheds.

All in all an ideal fast growing palm for the mildest locations in the UK.

On Apr 9, 2012, sherizona from Peoria, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very easy palm to care for in the desert southwest. They tend to grow out before they grow up and palmbob is right, those big needles can pack a punch so be careful pruning. Softens hard concrete walls that seem to be everywhere here, just mind the mature size. Many plant this palm in their postage-stamp-sized lots and after a few years wish they chose a pygmy instead. You really need a good-sized space for this graceful giant.

On Mar 20, 2011, Tropicalnikko from Brisbane bayside,
Australia (Zone 11) wrote:

This palm grows well pretty much anywhere in Australia. Great hardy palm suitable for all big gardens.

On May 10, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Although not as hardy as Butia capitata, this palm has become quite popular with gardeners in coastal parts of Cornwall, where (amazingly) it seems to thrive. In the UK it seems to grow faster than Butia and is a lot cheaper to buy. It seems to show more signs of rot (brown spots on the base of new leaves) after the winter than Butia.

Although the largest specimens in the southwest may survive, I think most of the others will perish in our first really hard winter. Even large plants are only (claimed to be) hardy down to -10C.

The leaves will reach over 4m long, so a plant will cover an area the size of a house (even before the trunk forms !) so a lot of thought needs to go into positioning this giant.

This is a plant for very large garden. read more s and municipal plantings. In Penzance many large (but not very tall) plants can be seen, such as beside the quay car park,outside the town hall, and in the gardens near the art gallery, and in the Queen Mary Gardens at Falmouth (although these suffer from the sea winds).

On Apr 23, 2010, paulrintexas from Friendswood, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted two of these palms five years ago that were in 45 gallon containers. I'm right on the border of zone 9a/9b. I brought them home in the back of a pickup. Although they are a slow growing palm, mine are getting very large. They need a lot of room and mine now measure about 20' across. They are truly a beautiful palm tree.
We had the hardest winter in 15 years this year with 5 nights of temps in the 20s. One night was right at 20*. The palms suffered little damage other than the fronds were a little burned. Be VERY careful when pruning. The spines are unforgiving and will pierce easily thru a leather glove. I have been stabbed twice and the pain several hours later was excruciating.

On Mar 21, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This palm requires partial winter protection (xmas lights and frost cloth) here in central SC. I protected mine in Dec and removed the frost cloth 2 months later in mid Feb. It seems cold hardier than several phoenix sylvestris dates I planted and protected at the same time. Since removing its winter protection, this palm has withstood temps down to 24f and many heavy frosts with no damage, while the frond tips on the sylvesters are a little burnt.

On Mar 21, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This palm requires partial winter protection (xmas lights and frost cloth) here in central SC. I protected mine in Dec and removed the frost cloth 2 months later in mid Feb. It seems cold hardier than several phoenix sylvestris dates I planted and protected at the same time. Since removing its winter protection, this palm has withstood temps down to 24f and many heavy frosts with no damage, while the frond tips on the sylvesters are a little burnt.

On Mar 21, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This palm requires partial winter protection (xmas lights and frost cloth) here in central SC. I protected mine in Dec and removed the frost cloth 2 months later in mid Feb. It seems cold hardier than several phoenix sylvestris dates I planted and protected at the same time. Since removing its winter protection, this palm has withstood temps down to 24f and many heavy frosts with no damage, while the frond tips on the sylvesters are a little burnt.

On Mar 21, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This palm requires partial winter protection (xmas lights and frost cloth) here in central SC. I protected mine in Dec and removed the frost cloth 2 months later in mid Feb. It seems cold hardier than several phoenix sylvestris dates I planted and protected at the same time. Since removing its winter protection, this palm has withstood temps down to 24f and many heavy frosts with no damage, while the frond tips on the sylvesters are a little burnt.

On Nov 14, 2009, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

This palm is one of the most architectural there is, and is gaining massive popularity around the UK, although tends to be only confined to coastal areas, although some grow a little inland.

Biggest ones occur on the south coast, and on the Isles of Scilly (eq. USDA zone 9B/10A)

Here where I live (zone 9a) CIDP's rarely get winter damage if at all, and they are becoming frequent in peoples gardens, there are a few fairly large specimens around too, which have been growing for the last decade or so. The main problem is that people are relatively inexperienced with these palms and therefore plant them next to walls, not realising their potential size.

A great plant definitely a positive.

On Mar 16, 2009, ArchAngeL01 from Myrtle Beach, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my favorite palm probrobly , it defoliates here a lil in winter but recovers rapidly i seen HUGE one in charleston and it AMAZED me

On Feb 19, 2009, JamesPark from Auckland,
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

Now surpassing Trachycarpus fortunei in popularity here in the southwest UK, specimens are beginning to mature now and many small gardens have been taken over by these palms. They grow steadily all throughout the year due to our constant rainfall although the recent freeze has damaged the foliage of many plants. I have had a spear pull on two seedlings! Their potential is now being recognised and plants are beginning to be planted by councils across the country.

On Oct 8, 2008, agentdonny007 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows with little care. Very gorgeous specimen but does require good space in the yard! One of the largest palms seen through the Las Vegas valley and many hotel/casinos utilize it's tropical appeal to create oasis style landscapes. Fronds can receive slight burn in cold winters, but definitely one of my favorite palms:)

On Oct 29, 2007, cazieman from Seattle, WA wrote:

i have a 2 year old seedling from a plam in Sochi, Russia, it is doing good so far, slow growing though.

On Apr 17, 2007, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

these are popular palms here in the Lowcountry of S.C. Although for some reason the Lowcountry is classified as 8a/8b, which is incorrect for most of the region, because the winters are more like 8b and 9a and even higher on islands and near the beach or marsh (on Hilton Head to 10a in some places). this palm is popular here in residential landscapes and it is fining its way into commercial landscapes, as well as the pygmy date and sylvester date (wild date palm). canary dates hardly get damaged if at all during hard freezes. most palms here are small because to the residential landscapes they are not that readily available in large sizes like they are to commercial landscapes. if one wants a tall palm here, they get a palmetto which go for as low as $210 for a 10-18 foot stripped palm.

On Jan 1, 2007, WebInt from Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy palm to transplant. Large mature trees are great back drops for pools and often used for this reason. Make sure you do not get females plants. Most providers will want to push a female on you. They are not as desirable and they usually have a lot of them. So someone looking for a plant that has no idea will be sold a female. Females are messy and you will be picking up fruit out of the pool almost year round. Considering that most CIDPs that are large enough to walk under will run you $5000 and up, it is worth taking your time and start your search early for the right plant.

Due to the width of the crown it also makes a great palm for canopy cover for the smaller rare palms. But that is one expensive canopy!

On May 19, 2006, Jay9 from Jersey,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Several specimens growing in Jersey (the original one, in Britain) Zone 8b. 49oNorth. Largest are 50 years old. We are surrounded by sea and only get the odd night below -3oC, but short winter days this far North and wet!

On Feb 20, 2006, jdiaz from Chowchilla, CA wrote:

i have dozens of these growing all over my yard because i live on a street lines with canary date palm. very attractive palm when it has formed a trunk but not really before that.

On Apr 28, 2005, zsnp from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am in Pensacola, Florida. Date palm grows well in my area (zone 8b), but you have to cover the trunk with a blanket in December and January. The freezing cold will destroy this tree if you neglect it just once.

On Feb 15, 2005, thrinax01 from Salt Spring Island,
Canada wrote:

Phoenix c. are grown as an experimental species in our zone 8b climate and some of them have managed to survive for several years unprotected. I do know of one growing in town since the Spring of 1999 and it seem to be just thriving. However it is growing right beside the ocean so it can feel the full maderating affect the Winter months. Personally I've lost numerous Phoenix over the years, but I may try one more time. The nicest specimens I've photographed in the Pacific North West were located in Brookings, Oregon on the south coast. They seemed to be every where once I started driving down side streets. The crowns were massive and the trunks were thick. They were decades old monsters and I've never even seen tham that full and with such thick trunks in southern California. The oldest I . read more came across was planted in 1954. I also spotted two very large Phoenix in Gold Beach 27 miles north of Brookings, and they also looked great. I wouldn't mind to have one that size on my property. They are a beautiful palm indeed! By the way, many other species of palms are grown on our island with no problems at all. ature T.fortunei are common and there are some very nice Chamaerops as well.Banana Joe, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

On Dec 4, 2004, vegasguy from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

my favorite palm, does very well in las vegas. often seen at car dealers, upscale office buildings. unfortunately, most of the ones i see at homes are neglected. they look fantastic when professionally trimmed. mature grade a canaries are $4-6 thousand + planting here

On Apr 7, 2004, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

This palm always looks its best no matter how dry the Summer. I think they loose some of their charm when the dead fronds are pruned away, as they lose the ball like shape of the canopy. I accept that they have to be pruned as street trees, because of the risk of a falling fronds and the spines. However the one in our lawn always drops old fronds on a windy day and they pose no problem. The spines are filthy. In our palm many small birds nest and roost in the frond bases, presumably for the protection the spines give, but they leave them encrusted,and needing careful handling.

On Sep 21, 2003, fairch from Watsonville, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Be careful of the spines at the base of the frons. I once stabbed myself with one, and the pain was excruciating. Either the spine is poisoned by the plant, or some toxic organism on the spine got injected by the stab. Be warned.

On Jul 7, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the classic avenue palm in Southern California (aside from the Mexican Fan Palm)- there are thousands of them lining the streets all over Los Angeles. It is one of the fastest growing, largest and hardiest palms you can grow. It seems to like Mediterranean climates better than tropical ones- those grown in Florida always look a bit anemic to those in drier climates. Once established it needs no water, and will look good in high heat and freezing cold.

It does have a few drawbacks, however. Until the crown grows over your head, or the roof of your home, you will need to contend with long, spiny leaves, the base of which have strong, sharp spines that look like darning needles up to 2 feet long that can easily penetrate the toughest clothing- even leather. so c. read more areful when pruning! It also is susceptible to Fusariam Wilt, a fungal disease that is spread by pruning with 'infected' shears/pruners. All those pruning multiple palms are urged to clean the instruments with bleach or something that kills the fungus.

On Mar 27, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have just finished a project for a client where I used a canary date palm in a huge planter. The temps can reach up to 45C here and lots of hot winds. I chose the canary palm because it makes a wonderful specimen plant and it withstands heat and sun!


Intro: Canary Island palm trees grow large, up to 60 feet tall with the top foliage spanning 40 feet. But because it is a slow-grower, you can purchase one of these palm trees for several dollars at your local garden shop and grow it for many years in a plant container in your balcony garden. Once it starts getting too large, donate it or sell it to someone who would like to plant it in a yard. Even when young, the Canary Island date palm tree’s leaves spread up and out and take up a lot of space. A Canary Island date palm should be the center of attention on a large balcony without many other container plants. It adds great height to a balcony garden without shading much of the area below it.

Scientific Name: Phoenix canariensis

Plant Type: Tree

Light: The Canary Island date palm tree requires full sun.

Water: When the Canary Island date palm is young, especially during the first season that you have it, water it thoroughly once a week to establish good roots. After the palm tree is established, you can water it less, as this palm tree is suitable for drier areas.

Fertilizer: Fertilize your Canary Island date palm in the spring before new growth appears.

Temperature: The Canary Island date palm can tolerate freezing temperatures and snow, but it probably does not fit garden themes in areas where it gets that cold. These palm trees are more appropriate for tropical and warmer areas, such as Florida and southern California.

Pests and Diseases: The Canary Island date palm generally does not have disease or insect pest problems.

Propagation: The Canary Island date palm is propagated almost exclusively by seed. While you are growing this tree in a plant container, it is not mature, so it will not flower and produce seeds. If you can find an adult bearing fruit, find seeds inside of the fruits.

Misc. Info: The Canary Island date palm’s fronds are hard and sharp, and can be irritating when trying to work in a small balcony container garden. These trees are best for apartment gardeners who want several low-maintenance container plants and who will not be working outside in the garden often.


What should be pruned from palms?

Removal of completely dead leaves and flower and fruit stalks from palms is never a problem (Figure 15). However, half-dead or discolored lower leaves are a symptom of K or other nutrient deficiencies (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep273) (Fig. 8). Despite their unattractive appearance, these leaves should be left on the palm as they are providing K in the absence of sufficient K in the soil. It is preferable to treat the K deficiency with effective fertilizers (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep261) to prevent these older leaves from becoming deficient than to cut them off, only to have the symptoms return.

Coccothrinax sp. with dead leaves and fruit stalks that should be removed.


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If petioles of otherwise healthy leaves have become severely kinked or damaged due to wind (Figure 16) or other mechanical injuries, there is no problem with removing the affected leaves. However, if a few kinked leaves are all that remain on a palm following a severe windstorm, then it may be advisable to retain these damaged leaves as a source of photosynthates for the palm until new leaves can be produced.

Wind-damaged Bismarck palm (Bismarckia nobilis) with kinked petioles on living leaves that could be removed.


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There is no evidence that removal of living flower or fruit stalks (Figures 17 and 18) causes any harm to palms. In fact, studies have shown that removal of flower stalks results in increased leaf production rates since carbohydrates that would have been diverted into the production of flowers and fruits are now available for leaf production. Removal of flower stalks also prevents the production and drop of messy fruit that can eventually sprout into unwanted seedlings. In public areas, coconut palm fruit drop is a major liability concern, and it is much easier to remove small flower stalks than heavy clusters of fruit (Figure 19).

Flowers of queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana).


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Fruit clusters on Carpentaria palm (Carpentaria acuminata).


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Clusters of coconuts on coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) that could create potential liability problems in public areas.


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Pheonix canariensis
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Canary Island Date Palm Tree Information

Also know as the "Pineapple Palm" this majestic specimen will eventually grow a huge pineapple like base on a raised trunk. Give the Canary Island Date Palm some room although it is slow growing, mature specimens grow to 40'. This palm requires full sun and space to grow.

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Palms Post-Freeze: Destroyed or Just Disfigured?

It was the duration of the freeze that played a significant role in survival. Some plants could not produce enough internal “anti-freeze” to survive.

Palms are often planted by newcomers thinking that South Texas is subtropical. Although our summers feel that way, freezes in 1983, 1989, 2011 and most recently in 2021 should finally dispel that myth.

Still, all is not lost. While many palms and cycads froze beyond redemption, a few species did tolerate the recent freeze, albeit with frozen fronds that need to be removed.

For freeze-tender palms like Mexican fan palm, remove the fronds now. The carcasses may remain for another couple of additional months. Unfortunately, queen, royal, date, Mexican fan, and pindo palms most likely died.

As for palms that survived and should be planted in the future, California fan palm, Mediterranean fan palm, Sabal palm and windmill fan palm are my choices. Additionally, two types of Sabal palm to consider are cabbage palm and Mexican (native to the Rio Grande Valley). Canary Island date palm is a good feather palm choice.

Sago palm, though not a true palm but a cycad, is an in-between palm. The fronds are likely all frozen and should be removed. But I would put their total mortality rate at about 60 percent — the further north you are, the more likely sago died.

It was the duration of the freeze that played a significant role in survival. Because it was below freezing for an extended period, some plants could not produce enough internal “anti-freeze” to survive. Location was also a factor. Palms in sheltered, south facing locations had the best protection. If nothing green appears from the center heart by June 1, you will have to dispose the palm.

As far as future actions are concerned, all palms have frozen fronds that require removal. There is no magic concoction or fertilizer that will enhance survivability. All you can do is watch and wait.

In the future, remember to plant a cold tolerant California or windmill palm. Even better, plant an oxygen-producing, pollutant-absorbing, freeze-surviving live oak or cedar elm instead.


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