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Old 08-05-2020, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What is the ideal size of palm trees in landscaping?
Consider lot dimensions, house architecture and dimensions.
The landscaping should decorate the architecture, not hide or replace it.

Some places I have seen front yard palm trees taller than the width of the lot or multiple times taller than the house. Other places the palm trees have the same or slightly lower height than the house.

In my case, I am debating between Queen palms or foxtail palms for my front yard. There would be a pair.
My lot is a half acre, 110ft wide, house is single story but has 18ft ceiling in the front entrance area with a big arch above the front door with 2 columns that supposed to be seen from the street. Have big 30yo oak trees on each side of the lot.
The queen palms would quickly grow taller than the lower edge of the roof (so not block any view of the architecture), but they might grow too tall and out of proportion.

Ho do you chose tree or palm tree height for your lot and architecture?
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Old 08-06-2020, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Meridian Township, MI
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Strongly advise hiring a landscape designer. It was $750 for us, money well spent. They will advise what to avoid, and what works well with the proportions of your lot and house.
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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I have Sago's in my front yard. They work ok.
Roebelini palms work well too.
Palms are like dogs. The smaller, the more expensive.
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Old 08-08-2020, 09:56 AM
 
Location: In climate zone Cfa/hardiness zone 8a /zip code 76131
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It varies with the type of palm species. Some are trees yet others barely qualify as being shrubs.
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Old 08-13-2020, 06:18 PM
 
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I live in Arizona and I have quite a few palm trees on my property.

My favorites are the Date Palms and the Pygmy Palms.

The date palms were about 4 feet high when I got them, and now 5 years later, they are about 10 feet tall. I think it will be so wonderful when they continue to grow strong and become really tall.

The Pygmys were so small when I got them, some were only a foot tall, some were 3 feet tall. Now they are so strong and have grown to 4 or 5 feet tall, with much thicker trunks. I have about 10 of those scattered around.

I did notice that some of my neighbors put in mature Date Palms that were already so tall. Those look really good, too. I don’t think you can go wrong with palm trees. They will look great, whether they are short or tall.

The only thing I’ve seen that I didn’t care for was a mature pineapple palm smack in the middle of some people’s front yard. The front yard is kind of small, and a pineapple palm has such a fat base and the leaves are so thick and extend way out. Anyway, it’s a very beautiful and majestic plant, but it obscures the house and takes up all the space of the yard. So I’d be careful of that, unless obscuring your house is something you like?

But really, even that, isn’t that much of a problem. Palm trees are awesome, you really can’t go wrong. I love cactus and agave, too. Being in Arizona (or California too) and having exotic desert type plants is so much better than being back East without them. At least that’s my opinion.
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Old 08-13-2020, 06:51 PM
 
Location: PVB
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What part of Florida are you in?
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Old 08-13-2020, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What part of Florida are you in?
Brevard county
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Old 08-18-2020, 07:03 AM
 
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Foxtail palms are self-cleaning, which means the fronds drop, and Queen palms are not so will need to be trimmed by someone.
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Old 08-21-2020, 10:25 PM
 
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Depends on what sort of 'look' you want....I went with the jungle look....
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think what I have is a pindo, which can tolerate a bit of frost in the winter. It has filled out nicely, but is not fast growing. It is easy to trim.

I think it is a good size for a suburban yard. As you can see, even if it reaches the height of the building, it will clear it nicely.
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