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Old 04-25-2010, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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We're moving to Savannah, zone 8, and are determined to have a palm tree. Of course, we'll get advise from local nurseries there, but can anyone recommend a type which will stay an appropriate size for a regular size yard? Or tell me what kinds to avoid, and why?
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Your two best choices will be the native Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto) and the Pindo Palm (Butia capitata). For a low growing trunkless palm look for a regular Palmetto palm (Sabal minor) or a "Louisiana" Palm (Sabal louisiana).

Some people have Washingtonia palms but they do turn brown during a hard freeze. Canary Island Date palms are another possibility, but they will also turn brown during a hard freeze and may even die.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Just wanted to add that zone 8 can be deceiving because of the sporadic severe winters. A marginally hardy plant can survive just fine for 10 or 15 years and then all of a sudden get killed by a severe winter, so you'll see plants like Date palms in the Savannah area, but chances are they won't live to be very old. The first two palms I mentioned in the last post will be fine though, even down into the mid-teens.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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Just wanted to add that zone 8 can be deceiving because of the sporadic severe winters. A marginally hardy plant can survive just fine for 10 or 15 years and then all of a sudden get killed by a severe winter, so you'll see plants like Date palms in the Savannah area, but chances are they won't live to be very old. The first two palms I mentioned in the last post will be fine though, even down into the mid-teens.
Another one that survives the occasional tough winter is windmill palm. I'm in Dallas, TX (zone 8 also but with tougher winters) and my windmill looks as if we had no winter at all, and this was a cold, snowy one. Love it!
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Yeah I forgot about those. Down here in the lower South the Windmill palms look better with a little shade, full sun tends to make them look anemic.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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And the all time cold hardy champion- the Needle Palm.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Another one that survives the occasional tough winter is windmill palm. I'm in Dallas, TX (zone 8 also but with tougher winters) and my windmill looks as if we had no winter at all, and this was a cold, snowy one. Love it!
Very true, here on Long Island (zone 7b/8a) some Windmill Palms surprised me, I already knew they were cold hardy but I see they (I only saw a couple) also survived the super-duper-extra snowfall.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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i would prefer a windmill palm or a sago palm(not really a palm).....also a cabbage palm or a pindo will do the trick...the windmill will do excellent in your zone and requires little care and very easy to grow.... pindo requires a little more watering but not hard to maintain.....sago is also very easy...put it in a sunny spot in your yard, water and fertilize occasionally and watch it grow and multiply....cabbage palm is a little harder to grow than the other three but water and fertilize it often and you'll have a beautiful palm, and none get TOO BIG!!
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Does anyone know about palm trees?



Uhhhhhhh, They are called "Seedlings????"
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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Not much help to you, but the one palm tree that I like is the Bismark. Looks like a chinese fan palm but much much better. The grow in Florida.
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