Needle Palm Tree, Cold Hardy
Needle Palm, Cold Hardy down to 0°F and -5°F for short periods,, Easy to grow and maintain
Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) is a native palm tree of the southeastern United States that is known for its hardiness and ability to grow in a variety of conditions. It is a slow-growing plant that can reach heights of up to 8 feet and has a crown of fan-shaped fronds at the top.
In landscaping, Needle Palm is often used as a low-maintenance accent or specimen plant and can add a tropical feel to any outdoor space. It prefers well-draining soil and partial to full shade and is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5b through 11, making it one of the most cold-tolerant palm trees.
One of the unique features of Needle Palm is its ability to tolerate dry or wet soils, making it a great choice for gardeners in areas with variable moisture levels. Additionally, the tree's compact size and slow growth rate make it ideal for smaller gardens or planting in containers.
Needle Palm is generally low-maintenance and requires minimal pruning or care, although it may require occasional watering and fertilization during periods of drought. The tree also produces small, black fruit that is edible but not usually consumed due to its bitterness.
Overall, Needle Palm is a beautiful and hardy palm tree that can add a touch of tropical elegance to any garden or landscape, even in colder climates. If you're considering growing a Needle Palm in your area, make sure to check your specific USDA plant hardiness zone and consult with one of our plant expert for further advice on care and maintenance.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Details
|Grow Zones:||4-9 Patios / 5b-11 Outdoors|
|Cold Hardy:||Yes, as low as 0°F for short periods of time|
|Mature Height:||7-8 ft.|
|Mature Width:||3-4 ft.|
|Light:||Thrives in partial shade, tolerates full sun|
|Foliage:||Sword like fern fronds|
|Uses:||Focal, Tropical Feel|
|Characteristics:||Glossy Fan Shape Crown|
|Soil Conditions:||Wide range of soils
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Needle Palm will bring a stunning sight to behold with its green fan-shaped canopy and mature creeping trunks. The Needle Palm showy qualities will most likely end up being the focal star of your garden. It’s a great selection for northern gardeners who desire to pump up the tropical atmosphere with some unique color.
- Cold-hardy down to 0°F and -5°F for short periods, this short bushy palm with a spreading and clumping habit is the most cold-hardy palm available.
- Glossy green fan-shaped fronds atop multiple short, stubby, fibrous wrapped trunks, which adds additional protection during winter.
- Slow growing and drought-tolerant, it thrives in both dry and constantly moist soils, making it perfect near bodies of water.
Care & Maintenance
Planting, When planting dig a hole twice as wide than your new plant's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level, this is very important, planting the plant deeper than the original top soil line may severely damage the tree. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply the mulch over the entire planting area.
Light, Thrives in partial shade, tolerates full sun.
Water twice a week for the first growing season.
Fertilizing, no need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions. You may use a fertilizer formulated for interior plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration.
Insects and Disease - Here’s another plus, Coontie Palm is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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