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Old 07-30-2017, 07:09 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Hello fellow gardeners, I have a few questions in regard as to how far north palm trees can be grown outside, in the ground successfully in the Eastern United States(Basically anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains) so my questions are as follows

1. What has been the Northern limit historically for growing any kind of palm tree("cold/snow tolerant"), or otherwise?

2. Which types of palm trees can be successfully grown in colder climate zones in which many would think palm trees wouldn't stand a chance of surviving a winter with cold, snow or ice?

3. Finally, have changing weather patterns the last 20 or 30+ years allowed an expansion of potentially suitable ornamental range for raising palm trees where they were not able to be grown before?

All answers and insightful information in regards to these questions are greatly appreciated
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:21 PM
 
Location: NC
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Raleigh NC area sees some palms in residences. I assume they are a more cold tolerant variety. USDA hardiness zone 7a.
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:03 AM
 
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There are palms that grow in at least 40 states. This is a good site to read about them...
13 Cold Hardy Palm Trees | HGTV
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:01 AM
 
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Neddle palm tree is the hardest palm
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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Sagos are not even palm trees but they are listed. Some of those palms are misleading because they can tolerated short periods of low temps but not night and day for an extended period of time.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:15 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Native, as in Palmetto, North Carolina.

Dwarf Palmetto, SE Oklahoma.

Virginia Beach has palm trees.

Ocean City, MD a few Windmill palms.

Dallas has a few palms, they are not close to being "common" though.

Midland-Odessa, Texas has a few palms, as does Carlsbad, NM.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:05 AM
 
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I live in New Jersey and love the tropical look, I put out banana tree's and some palms in May and kind of treat them like a annual, they will last until November sometime, I also have a needle palm in ground that I wrap up in winter that does survive. I have seen some windmill palm people overwinter but with heated enclosures.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:56 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Trachycarpus palms are extremely cold hardy, they should be able to survive in DC or NYC some winters.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:21 PM
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Location: Ontario
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I live in New Jersey and love the tropical look, I put out banana tree's and some palms in May and kind of treat them like a annual, they will last until November sometime, I also have a needle palm in ground that I wrap up in winter that does survive. I have seen some windmill palm people overwinter but with heated enclosures.
Yes, same here.

There is one home near me on Appleby Line that has a windmill palm, about 10 feet tall,
well wrapped in a tent all winter, looking good during the warm half of the year.
I like palms but not sure I could do all it takes to have survive over the winter.
I'm sticking with my yuccas, prickly pear cacti, and sago palms,
all unprotected, except I take the sagos indoors mid october to early may.
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