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Old June 5th, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Default Northern Texas Palm Trees

I live in Amarillo, Texas about 1 hour North West of Dallas Texas and about 3 hours from Houston Texas. Each area seems to be able to have different palm trees. How can that be? I have been to the coast of Texas and the palm trees they have there are different. I am looking for a palm tree that can live in my area. I want a tall single trunk Palm like the Canary or the Date Palm. Buying it is no problem, I have the money. I just do not want to waist my money and have the palm tree die.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 09:01 PM
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Default Texas Palm Trees

Well there is a huge reason for different palm trees to be seen in different areas in Texas. First Texas is a very large state. IT has about 4-5 climates in Texas and the in between climates, such as 10a, 10b, 9a, 9b, 8a, 8b. They are many different species of palm trees that live and enjoy different climates. If you live in Northern Texas, you may want to consider a cold tolerant palm tree or cold hardy palm. I have attached a photo of the USDA Zone Chart for Texas. You can see what I was referring too about the many climates this state has.



So if you are planning to do your own landscape whether your in Houston TX, Dallas Texas or in Amarillo Texas, each area may consist of different palm trees. Your area is pretty cold. Sometimes these maps are a little bit off because you may actually live closer to one border and you may know more about past temperatures. SO if you were to go by the map the palms you would have to get are palms that can handle 10 degrees F. There are many cold hardy palms that can survive those temperatures. You mentioned a Canary Island Date Palm Tree. Well I hate to break it to you but they will not be able to survive in that cold of weather. The Canary date palm does grow extremely well in southern Texas because of the dry heat and heavy sun. The area where you live is much to cold for the Canary to grow in. Same goes with the Medjool Date Palm, Zahidi Date Palm and any other date palms. The good news is that there are a few palms that can grow in cold areas. The first on the list of palm trees is the Waggie Palm r Miniature Chusan Palm. The next one I highly recommend is the Needle Palm. The Needle Palm holds the record of withstanding -20 degrees. However the Needle Palm is not a single trunk growing palm. It grows in clumps. The Sucklings or babies of the needle palm can be removed to have a single trunk Needle Palm. The other palm that may do very well is the Sabal Minor, the windmill palm, the beaked yucca, and the European Fan Palm.

What you need to find out is how cold it has gotten in the past 5 years and go by that. If the lowest temp you got in Amarillo, Texas was 15 degrees than your good to go with the ones I mentioned. If it hasn't gotten that cold then your selection for palm trees goes up by at least 10-15 different palm trees. Just curious hhow often does it rain in that part of Northern Texas?

Here is a video on Texas Palm Trees.

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That palm there is a Sabal Mexicana, It is hardy to about 20 degrees.

If video doesn't work here is the link. Texas Palm Relocation

If you want more info just let me know. You could go with the Canary If the weather goes down to 23 Degrees normally and maybe once a week. If it is a constant 23 degrees for a period of a week you might have some serious damage.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 08:59 PM
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Default Texas Palm Growers (Texas Palm Zones)

Texas has lots of palm growers. They also have lots of different Climate Zones I have shipped to Texas before, truck loads of Pygmy Date Palms, Windmill Palm, you name it. Different areas buy different palm trees. In Northern Texas I would do few Needle Palms for shrubs and then maybe a huge European Fan Palm Clump.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:10 PM
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Default How cold does Northern Texas get?

I have been to Lake Wichita for the summer and it was hot! When I was there it did not appear that it gets cold and I never asked. I really dont remember to many palm trees, just alot of cactus' and oak trees...

Wichita has gotten worse since then... They are always in the papers about shootings and things like that. If you google Wichita, the usual headings refer to deaths or shootings, not a good sign. And you would think the Air Force Base there would make a difference in crime.

I looked online and some people had beaked yucca and thats another thing, is beaked yucca a cactus or a palm tree?
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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Default Texas Palm Trees Great Selection

Living in Northern Texas you have a great selection of palm trees. You need to stick to Cold Hardy Palm Trees just as everyone else has mentioned. It sounds like a broken record but cold hardy palms are the way to go. If you really want to make a statement and you have the money, I would go with a LArge European Fan Palm Clumping. When I mean large I am thinking 10+ Feet with 8 Stalks coming from one center. Then I would mix it up with some cold hardy cactus plants. Add maybe one or two of these to give it a western look. Then I would add some Beaked Yuccas to give the area some architecture. These plants and palms will do extremely well in your area. If you want something different then do some Musa Basjoo Banana Plant to give you the tropical look. You wont get any fruits but you will have the ornamental tropical look. A few clumps of those will surely turn your whole landscape around. You can add Needle Palms for shrub like palms. They will make the landscape way more dynamic. Then I would go with something Texas Native. If you are willing to do some winter protection then I would do with two Medjool Date Palm trees. They are cold hardy to about 20 Degrees. If you do some protection for the palm tree you will have an acclimated medjool date palm with in a few years. Acclimating a palm tree to the northern Texas area will only probably take a few years. After that you will be A OK to leave the palm unprotected and ready for each and every winter. Heavy mulch is required to keep roots from freezing. Wrapping of the Leaves with burlap a must along with the trunk. I know I am off subject here but I think any tips will help.


Some more Texas Palm Trees include:
WIndmill Palm Tree
NEedle Palm Tree
Beaked Yucca
Date Palm
European Fan Palm
Miniature Chusan Palm Tree
Pindo Palm Tree
Sago Palm Tree
Mule Palm

If you are an extreme gardener or palm lover like I am you will make the Medjool Date Palms work with the Musa Basjoo Banana PLants and maybe a few windmill palms and needle palm trees. Cant go wrong with extra plants and palm trees.

Texas is HUGE by The WAY! I crossed it about two years ago and it felt like an eternity to drive through the whole state of Texas.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 12:12 PM
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Default Northern Texas Palm Trees

LPN your everywhere.

Again your getting weather down to the 0.

You might just want to stick with palm trees that can handle that extreme weather. Can you explain to us the exact weather you receive? Thanks

I would stick with the Needle Palm and the Banana. The other date palms unless you are going to do some extreme weather protection I wouldn't get those palm trees. NOrthern Texas is like a micro climate. One year you can get great warm temps during winter and then the next get frezzing below 0 temps. Its hard to have palm trees in that mess. Needle Palm would be good. Sago Palms are easy to cover and protect and they are cold hardy to about 15 degrees. So go with those.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 02:46 PM
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We are known for palms. especially for the medjool date palm. Someone told me that medjool date palms grow better in arid climates like ours than tropical climates. I started thinking about the reasons why it could be and came up with rain. In Texas or Vegas it doesn't rain as much as the tropical places so the humidity isn't high. I don't know if that is a logical fallacy but it sounds good. I don't think I have ever been to Northern Texas and don't really know the major cities in Northern Texas or the boundaries to distinguish between North Texas, South Texas, East Texas or West Texas. How do they even come up with that. Actually I just pulled up a map so lets see.. San Antonio Texas or Corpus Christi Texas would be considered south Texas, Houston Texas or Longview Texas would be considered East Texas, Fort Worth Texas or Dallas Texas or Plano Texas would be considered North Texas, and Amarillo Texas or San Angelo Texas would be considered West Texas... Is that right?

The only places I have been to is Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston Texas. Dallas was a beautiful city and I went to a live horse racing at Lone Star in Grand Prairie. I also went to the Chateau Wine Market and Bodega bar and did some wine tastings there absolutely free. But if you like going out to clubs the one I went to an enjoyed was I think called clear ultra lounge in Dallas Texas. It was mad out of an old bank, but just beware the lines are long unless your good looking and they might let you slide in front : ).

When I was in San Antonio we went to Sea World which was a blast then the next day we went to Six Flags in Fiesta Texas! So if your in San Antonio Texas dont miss those theme parks. During the Night I went to Club Rio the best place to get down, awesome Dj's Multilevel Bar huge dance floor, you name they got it. I tried to get into VIP with my girlfriend and they wouldnt even let us in, and I we were both definately showing alot of cleavage. We looked good but they didnt care : ( anyways we had a blast!

Houston Texas, Yee-Haw ride em cowboy! I have never seen so many people walking around with cowboy hats on. Even going out at night there were the cowboy hats so if your a cowboy at heart or a real cowboy, Houston is your place to be. I got really really tipsy when me and my girlfriends went out that I don't remember anything except the place we started which was called La Cueva Tequila Lounge or Bar.. we had so many different types of tequila it was crazy, we all went wild and I had one to many shots, so we wont go into the details of that night but just rest assured I ended up hooking up with someone that normally I wouldn't have hooked up with! there you go tequila for you!

We had a great week in Texas, I dont know if I was ever in Northern Texas...j/k but definately in Texas : ).
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Old June 18th, 2010, 09:40 PM
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sounds like you had a blast in Texas, I might have asked you this before but if you ever want to come up here I would be more than happy to show you around where I live, just IM me and see if you want to hang out, or just check out my profile.

I like your description on the clubs in texas and the different cities... sometimes thats useful information. Now I know what spots to hit. If you ever go to New York check out the 40/40 club. Its off the chain... A heck of a good time guys and girls galore, just make sure you have heavy pockets before you go the average drink is about 9 to 10 dollars. The city has alot to do in it, so your friend should get used to it and have a blast. And its always good to know someone or have a friend in New York because an average hotel rental is at least 100 to 200 bucks plus all the hidden fees for subways or taxis or food... so its always better to know someone that lives there and not just be a tourist..
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Old June 18th, 2010, 09:50 PM
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Default Texas Palm Trees

I would love to see your Texas palm landscape when your done. I love palm trees and you can see my user name is lover of palms. I am very curious to see what palm trees you pick and what the over all look, looks like. <----- Did that makes sense because in my head it did.

I have a beautiful landscape. I want to put up a photo soon. Been busy though.

I can only imagine what needle palms and banana plants will look like. I can see a tropical forest growing in Texas ha ha

Go with those two and if your a little nuts to a Large Windmill Palm and just make sure to do some heavy mulching and burlap for the winter.

Another thread with great but pointless information not regarding palm trees.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Default Lots of those palm trees would do well in texas.

You haven't responded to let everyone know what you chose? I wouldn't mind seeing what you did, so that I can tell my cousin that he can have palm in North Carolina.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 06:46 PM
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I know this is an old post but to CameronJames you are 6 hours from Dallas and 10 hours from Houston. So finding a palm that will make it in the Texas Pan Handle will be fun. When looking for one you need to know your USDA Zone and yours is way different than Dallas and Houston. You are now a 6b or 7A from the new USDA Zone map updated this year.

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