Q:

How far north do palm trees grow?

A:

Quick Answer

In 2007, the BBC reported that Ian Imrie of Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, had grown a 22 foot windmill palm tree in his garden. At roughly 56.35 degrees north latitude, this palm tree was thriving thanks to the warm Gulf Stream current in western Scotland.

Continue Reading
How far north do palm trees grow?
Credit: AvidlyAbide Flickr CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

Imrie also told the BBC, "We think the exhaust from the house's heating system, which comes out nearby, has raised the temperature and helped it grow."

The windmill palm (Trachycarpuspus fortunei) originated on the island of Zhoushan, which is south of Shanghai. Windmill palms thrive in parts of Britain, and they have also been grown in Bulgaria and Switzerland. Windmill palms have been grown in Seattle and Vancouver. Florida-Palm-Trees.com reports that windmill palms and needle palms have been successfully grown in Alaska.

Learn more about Botany

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What states have palm trees?

    A:

    Palm trees grow naturally in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, California and Hawaii. These are the only places in the United States where palm trees grow native to the surrounding environment.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What trees have large palm leaves?

    A:

    The Nipa palm tree, native to coastlines and mangroves in the Pacific and Indian oceans, grows fronds that reach up to 22 feet in length. The Raffia palm tree, native to tropical regions in Africa, Madagascar and Central and South America, has the longest leaves in the plant kingdom. Raffia palm fronds grow to an average of 60 feet in length, but specimens over 82 feet in length and almost 10 feet wide are known.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some different types of palm trees?

    A:

    The most common palm species include coconut, lady, bottle, royal, Chinese, queen, Mexican, true date and palmetto. There are over 3,000 different palm tree species in the world.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do palm trees need special fertilizer?

    A:

    Palm trees thrive when given a special palm tree fertilizer. Because indoor palm trees tend to be potassium deficient, this type of fertilizer has more potassium than the usual fertilizer given to other plants.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore