What Is the Difference Between a Coconut Palm and a Palm Tree?

According to Garden Guides, there are more than 3,000 types of palm trees, and the term "coconut palm" only refers to one genus, which encompasses several species, of specific trees that bear coconut fruit. Not all palm trees grow coconuts.

Palm trees are a botanical grouping of a variety of trees and shrubs native to tropical areas around the planet. This group includes sugar palms, sago palms and queen palms. Coconut palms are just one type of palm tree that can grow up to 100 feet tall and bear coconuts, which are a type of fruit known as a drupe. Other palm trees that bear fruits include the date palm, which grows dates, and the Chilean wine palm, which produces small orange fruits similar to coconuts.