A palm tree is a blanket term that describes a wide range of evergreen plants from vines and shrubs to trees such as the Torbay palm, a plant that somewhat resembles a traditional palm tree without being part of the palm family. Palm trees have many uses including being necessary to the production of palm wine.
Palm trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with more than 2,500 species from the desert yucca palm to the tropical coconut palm. One of the tallest palms is the Quindio wax palm, a tree native to Colombia that grows nearly 200 feet tall. The coco de mer palm is one of the largest trees, producing seeds that weigh up to 66 pounds with a 2-foot diameter.
Palm trees play a critical part in Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations for Christians and have religious significance in Judaism and Islam. Palm trees are an important food source, producing edible fruits such as dates, coconuts and acai berries. Oil and kallu or palm wine are also derived from palm trees. Many palm trees are endangered due to habitat loss. In fact, only one specimen of the Hyophorbe amaricaulis palm tree exists as of 2015.