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Needle Palm Tree

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

$69.95

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Needle Palm Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Needle Palm Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
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Growing Zones: 5-10
(hardy down to -10℉)



Growing Zones 5-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Slow

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

Tropical Beauty in an Easy to Grow Palm

Needle Palm is a lively, slow growing shrubby palm that is known for its sharp needle-like leaves. Due to this fact, this palm is commonly referred to as a Porcupine Palm.

Deep green leaves provide hardly foliage atop a wide, textured trunk. An evergreen native to America, the Needle Palm provides you with a unique, lush display of greenery to enjoy all year round.

As the Needle Palm matures it can reach heights of up to 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Full grown, these palms are a rarity and extremely desirable. It is sure to be a great conversation starter in our outdoor living space.

This palm is known for its cold hardiness and can withstand temperatures up to -10 degrees. This feature makes the Needle Palm highly sought-after in cold areas as this species can bring a tropical flare into most climates.

Extremely versatile, the Needle Palm thrives in both sun and shade. This species prefers moist, well drained soil and requires minimal fertilizer. As an added benefit, the Needle Palm does not require harmful chemical sprays as it is naturally pest and disease free.

Great choices for both indoor and outdoor use, the Needle Palm offers great indoor benefits. Used as a household plant, this palm acts as a natural humidifier and also detoxifies the air. This species is great for eliminating carbon monoxide and restoring freshness to indoor air.

An easy to care for, cold hardy species, the Needle Palm is a superb choice planted indoors or used in your landscape. Adding a splash of the tropics to any area this palm will is sure to become a favorite in your collection.

It is not easy to find Needle Palm in your local garden shop, but we've got a number of first grade specimens available that we've reserved from our grower. Order yours today before we're sold out for the season.





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This Palm is Awesome!
We have actually now purchase three of the Needle Palms .We are extremely pleased. They are very winter hardy with no protection. The first two we purchased have survived two winters now with temps well below zero. Our neighbors are amazed that we actually have plams growing outside. They are beautiful and look fantastic in our yard.
September 13, 2015
Eagle Mountain, UT
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
this is a beast in the Garden. about 99.5% green in Indiana. Yes, Indiana. Planing to plant more of these guys in honor of my Ungles that died this year.
January 1, 2013
I purchased 2 of the windsmill palm a year or two ago. This last winter we had temperatures of -5 degrees here in North Georgia. us. They were covered and they froze. I just hope they come out in the spring. My needle palms did not get hurt or frozen at all. I will not buy any more windmill palms as long as I live up here. zip code 30512. I am in the mountains almost to N. C.Thanks Carl
January 1, 2013
So Far - So Good
I bought three plants. They arrived on time in good condition. They were planted late in the season ( Aug. 1 ) We have had a lot of insect pressure in Delaware this summer, but no problem with the palms. It is late Oct. now and they look good. In November I plan to put straw around the base of plants, spray them with wilt stop and hope for a mild winter.
October 28, 2014
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
Doing great
Both the needle palm and butterfly bush are thriving in our garden here in southeast Tennessee!
July 26, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Amazing!
These trees are amazing! They arrived in perfect condition and are still thriving a week later out of the ground, as I have not had the chance to plant all of them. This is by far the best place I've ever ordered from! I will definitly order here again.
April 23, 2016
Provo, UT
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
So cool
This little guy arrived ready to go! Planted him right off and he already looks great. I would post pics but there is no option here. Ready to watch him grow up over the next 20 years!
April 1, 2016
Fayetteville, AR
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
Great little tree
A little short for the Palm and price but arrived very healthy . Now it just has to grow
July 15, 2016
Chelan, WA
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Couldn't take zone 6a frost?
My plant shipped good but in November we had a frost of a low of only 21 degrees the plant has 7 dead leaves now?!??
February 16, 2017
Growing Zone:
6
just got one month ago but looks real good fun to watch in wind kind of waves at you
July 13, 2016
rio, WI
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
5

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Needle Palm Tree


Needle Palm Tree Planting Diretions

The needle palm tree (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) is a unique addition to the landscape as a squat, shrubby palm. Slowly growing to an overall size of 8-10 feet tall/wide, this palm gets its common name from the sharp needles, so the plants need to be given enough room when planted so that the needles do not interfere with walkways or play areas. This is also one of the most cold tolerant palms, being able to withstand temperatures a few degrees below 0. It’s commonly planted in USDA growing zones 5-10 without any winter protection. The needle palm can also be used as an indoor plant but the overall size will be significantly smaller when kept in a container. This plant is excellent as an indoor humidifier as well as air cleaner, as it removes pollutants from the air.

Selecting a location: Choose a location that receives a lot of sun, but while the tree is still young, try to limit direct sunlight to 3 hours per day.

Planting Directions: For warm weather locations, palm trees can be planted pretty much any time of year. For colder regions, it’s best to wait until the weather warms up a bit before planting. If there is going to be waiting period before you plant, keep the palms roots moist but don’t soak them.

1) Dig a hole that is 2-3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Handle your palm tree carefully when placing it in the hole. Be especially careful of the tree’s roots and the bud (or heart) because this is where your Palm Tree’s new growth will come from.
3) Place the tree in the hole making sure the top of the roots are level with the surrounding soil. Tamp down as you fill in the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.

Watering: Watering for the first several months after planting is critical to the overall health and successful growth of your Palm. Be sure to use water that is salt-free to avoid leaf yellowing/spotting. Keep a watchful eye on the soil, make sure there is enough moisture present to prevent it from drying out completely. That being said, you also need to make sure that you don’t over water, which could lead to root disease and limit the establishment of new roots in the surrounding soil. The typical rule of thumb with palms is to water once a week or more often as necessary, with less watering required during the dormant period in the winter.

Mulch: To help enrich the soil and reduce growth competition from weeds, apply a heavy mulch around the trunk, using wood chips, cypress bark or lawn clippings. This will also help to reduce water consumption.

Fertilizing: Nutrients are vital for Palm trees to thrive. The sandy, well-drained soils they prefer have a tendency to allow nutrients to leach away quickly. You can apply palm fertilizers that contain the specific nutrients most suited for Palm trees. The slow release of these nutrients will provide consistent, targeted feeding to help your tree grow strong and healthy. If you prefer, you can use a balanced fertilizer containing 8-8-8 or a 12-6-12 fertilizer for quicker growth. To avoid yellowing and maintain a healthy shade of green coloring, feed your tree a few spoons full of Epsom salt.

Pruning: Palms do not need much pruning except to remove damaged fronds. Be careful not to pull off dead or damaged frond as that can leave a wound behind. Always remove any damaged fronds by pruning them off with a sharp pair of sterilized pruners.

Planting & Care

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easy to care for in all conditions
Adelina R on Apr 1, 2018
Cold Hardy.
David V on Jan 5, 2018
easy to care for in all conditions
Adelina R on Apr 1, 2018
Cold Resistance with Tropical Charm.
David V on Feb 1, 2018
Cold Hardy.
David V on Jan 5, 2018
It's a really unique palm that is extremely cold hearty and grows in the shape of a bush which is quite unique for a palm. Very excited to give this to my son for Christmas! We live in Utah and this needle palm Will be fun to grow here.
Dana C on Dec 19, 2017
I want to plant some cold hardy palms in Massachusetts to make the state less depressing
Jared T on Nov 22, 2017
backyard beauty.
Jim M on Mar 9, 2017
cold hardy
Roy C on Mar 8, 2017
Being from Florida, i thought this palm will look great by my pool!
Debbie B on Feb 16, 2017
Cold hardy, will grow in my area and looks "Southern"
Susan B on Feb 4, 2017
Cold hardy
Michael G on Jan 4, 2017
would like to have palm trees in my yard but need something that can tolerate cold. Hope these hold up well.
Jill S on Oct 7, 2016
We were looking for a tree that is unique looking and has some movement. Can't wait until we see it in our wind! :) Thank you for having these.
Linda C on Sep 6, 2016
I loved the picture and the description. Your ad department did a number on me!
Betty B on Aug 21, 2016
I love palm trees and want one at our lake house that gets cold in the winter.
Annette B on Jun 23, 2016
different tree to grow and enjoy
bill m on Jun 22, 2016
I've seen these and have never been able to find one to buy. They are beautiful all year long.
Gayle T on Apr 11, 2016
trying something new
Tony M on Mar 27, 2016
VERY GREEN AND TROPICAL
PATRICIA S on Feb 26, 2016
I wanted cold hardy tropical plants for my home in VA.
Kimberly R on Feb 7, 2016
It is a palm tree that can survive down to -20 - totally sweet!
80s Joe on Jan 12, 2016
I wanted a taste of tropics in a temperate zone
Andrew T on Dec 7, 2015
perfect size for the area it is going to be planted in.
Philip J on Oct 20, 2015
Cold Resistance with Tropical Charm.
David V on Feb 1, 2018
It's a really unique palm that is extremely cold hearty and grows in the shape of a bush which is quite unique for a palm. Very excited to give this to my son for Christmas! We live in Utah and this needle palm Will be fun to grow here.
Dana C on Dec 19, 2017
What size pot should the 3gallon
needle palm start in?
Hannah` W on Nov 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would start it in a 5-10 gallon pot.
I would like to plant this behind a water feature near a pool. Are the roots invasive to water areAs like the willow trees?
Cheryl B on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because the roots of needle palm remain relatively shallow in the ground, your pipes are typically safe from any damage.
Will this tree grow in Michigan? Planted in the ground
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
Will this plan grow in direct sunlight in south ms?
Darlene H on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here in Toms River New Jersey the average daytime temperature this summer got up to the 90's. Mine is planted in full sun in a windy spot next to my dock. I planted it in March. It has new leaves but is growing slowly. Perhaps it is spending its energy making new roots so it will be bigger next year.
Will this grow in southern Indiana? I want to keep it outside year round.
Beverly D on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a 20" round plastic pot last year - 16" deep. I brought it in this winter to give it a better start. I brought all my Palm Trees in too. Everything has been moved to my deck in April and they are taking off. My Beach Setting Atmosphere is looking great in 2016. I plan on bringing them in one more year and plant them in the Spring of 2018. Part of my thinking is - Where to plant them???
Ken K.
How well will the needle palm do in the suburbs of Chicago? Any special for protection in winter?
Mike D on Jan 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You are probably pushing it in Chicagoland. I've had one in St. Louis for ~ 10 years and this year gave it a little trouble. It actually seemed OK thru a cold January, but the fluctuating temps that bounced back & forth from 10 to 15 degrees seemed to be more of an issue. In the first few years I'd put a wire cage around the plant and fill it with oak leaves. Generally on by first freeze and off by mid March. It came through the winters in really good shape. It finally got too large and I figured it was time for the plant to make it on it's own. I think that if I still lived in Elmhurst, I'd try it, but would always cage it. Believe it or not, probably best to also put it on an eastern or northern location where the plant stays evenly cool and does not think it's spring time when (if) the sun shines in early March. Good luck!
Dangerous for pets?
Jackie on Jan 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is not a poisonous plant. However, it is deer and rabbit proof.
can this grow in the wormest parts of idaho without protection?
guido 7 on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Needle Palm Tree is zoned 5-10 and once established should do well.
I'm in Monroe NJ wonder how these will take here being planted outside ?
Michael B on Aug 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
that cluster of fuzzy pods are they seeds. how do you plant them?
Sharon W on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can plant a few seeds in a pot just slightly below the soil level --- keep it moist but not too wet in a bright area, or sow directly in the ground, in the place that you want it. Make sure it is bright and sunny place. The seeds will not sprout if in the shade. Good luck.
I'd love to have a Banana tree that will live here in Peoria , Illinois also ?
lilbit031163 on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have raised beautiful banana trees in mid Michigan during summer but can't winter them. I harvest the suckers and raised them indoors and transferred them outside after the last frost. They get to about 6 ft tall and don't have any pest problems. You may be able to cut them back in winter and heavy mulch them for winter but I would advise as above. They like to be fertilized with banana fertilizer about every week or so. You can get the fertilizer on line. They are beautiful and grow very fast. They tolerate full sun but do better in part sun/shade. I t would be worth a try to over winter it
what type of fertilizer do you recommend and how much for pindo palm ?
captain dan on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Nutrients are vital for Palm trees to thrive. The sandy, well-drained soils they prefer have a tendency to allow nutrients to leach away quickly. You can apply palm fertilizers that contain the specific nutrients most suited for Palm trees. The slow release of these nutrients will provide consistent, targeted feeding to help your tree grow strong and healthy. If you prefer, you can use a balanced fertilizer containing 8-8-8 or a 12-6-12 fertilizer for quicker growth. To avoid yellowing and maintain a healthy shade of green coloring, feed your tree a few spoons full of Epsom salt.
Will this survive outside in zone 5 winters.?
Tim H on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes it grows in zones 5 to 10.

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