The tall palm trees with a crown of feathery green leaves, brings to mind the image of a tropical paradise. On a sunny beach, near the blue ocean, under the shade of a large palm tree with a tender coconut in hand – this is the ultimate image of a wonderful holiday. Can you bring this tropical beauty into your garden? Of course! Palm trees now come in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from the stout, cold hardy Mediterranean Fan Palms with almost bushy looking leaves, to the tall, leafy coconut trees. They have also adapted to a wide range of temperatures and climates. Some palms can even be potted and placed indoors. In the commercial market, there are thousands of types of palm trees. Out of them, the ‘Royal Palm’ is one of the most magnificent, recognizable and eye-catching palms, native to the Caribbean islands. This variety is predominantly found in roadside gardens and grows over twenty meters in length. The trunk shows uniformity in breadth, along its height and has a slight grey tint to it. The frond of the Royal palm constitutes pinnate leaves and adorns the crown of the palm luxuriously and densely.
Another popular variety is the Red Palm. They have a characteristic red colored crown shaft and leaf sheath. This is what has made them so sought-after in gardens. They can grow up to 16 meters in length and can also be grown as a potted plant. Once the saplings reach a maturity of 2 years, they can be separated from the palm tree.
Another common variety is the Lady Palm. They are dwarfs in the palm kingdom with heights ranging from 3 to 12 feet. They can be grown indoor in pots. Saplings can be extracted from palms that are three to four years old. The Lady palm has a tough stem and a fan of leaves which makes them very attractive.
‘Bottle palm’ is another immensely popular variety of palm tree. It has a bulging bottom trunk, hence the name. But it sometimes takes years for the tree to attain this structure. Their fronds resemble that of a coconut tree, but are scarce in number.
Other major palm varieties include the Fish tail, Triangle and Majesty palms. Only when the palm is at least four years old, does it start to exhibit its true beauty. These decorative palm trees are indeed a valuable resource.