Steven Gunther

Varieties of medium palms

Sharon Cohoon,  – August 11, 2004

Use these palms in lawns or as street trees.

Australian fan palm (Livistona australis). Dark green, 3- to 5-ft.-wide leaves. Best with regular watering. Grows slowly to 50 ft. Hardy to 20°. Zones 13-17, 19-24, H1, H2.

King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana). Slender trunk with a green crownshaft. Has 8- to 10-ft.-long leaves and showy lilac-colored flowers. Looks best when protected from wind. Older specimens difficult to transplant. Grows quickly to 50-60 ft. Hardy to 28°. Zones 21-24.

Paradise palm (Howea forsteriana). Also known as kentia palm. Slender trunk and 6- to 12-foot-long, dark green leaves. Light shade; best near the coast. Grows slowly to 30-40 ft. Hardy to 26°. Zones 17, 21-24, H1, H2.

Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum). Tall, straight trunk. Plumelike leaves are 10-15 ft. long. Grows quickly to 50 ft. Hardy to 25° or lower. Zones 12, 13, 15-17, 19-24, H1, H2.