Cold-hardy palms provide a unique visual impact in the temperate regions of the Carolinas and other areas which can experience ice and snow. They are particularly beautiful when incorporated into the swimming pool landscapes where they are ideal due to their non-invasive root systems and lack of dropping debris.
Having worked with cold-hardy palms for over 20 years, Home & Garden Landscapes, a Cooper-Payne Tree Farms Company, realizes the importance of using the correct varieties of cold-hardy palms grown in the correct soil conditions and climatic zones. Transplanting palms successfully into the temperate regions which we have done for over 20 years, requires planting tree’s grown in a strong clay soil base to ensure success.
Our palms are grown in US climatic Zone 8 in areas with a predominance of red clay and a good amount of winter cold. Our experience has shown that palms being moved into cooler temperate regions need to be grown in areas of the South with sufficient winter chilling and not imported from Florida with its loose soil and infrequent Winter cold.
From our experience, we have found the best palms for transplant into the temperate regions include Windmill Palm, Needle Palm and Sabal Minor. In the warmer areas of Zone 8, you can successfully use Cabbage Palm or otherwise known as Palmetto and Pindo Palm. Cabbage Palms and Pindo Palms can be used in parts of Zone 7 with the knowledge they may freeze out in colder winters.
For homeowners wanting to add a tropical touch, Home & Garden Landscapes has a large selection of mature palms that will add that instant tropical touch to your landscape.