Growing Zones: 5-10 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-12 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Rhapidophyllum hystrix
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Tropical Beauty in an Easy to Grow Palm
Year-Round Green Tropica Beauty
This Needle Palm is a lively shrubby plant known for its needle-shaped foliage. Deep green leaves spring from a wide, textured trunk. Native to America, the evergreen provides a unique, lush display of greenery to enjoy all year - in any zone.
Tall and Strong Palm
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's quite impressive when planted as your front yard centerpiece. Watch it grow to great heights, or bring it indoors. 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 the indoor air.
Known for its cold hardiness, The Needle Palm can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees. This means that most of America can grow this tropical beauty outdoors and create a year-round island-living ambiance.
The Needle Palm is content in both sun and shade. This species prefers moist, well drained soil and requires minimal fertilizer. As an added benefit, it's naturally pest and disease resistant, so it does not require harmful chemical sprays.
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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Palms in Upstate NY
While visiting Jamaica and Cancun I was amazed at the tropical palms wishing I could bring one back to New York. I discovered the Needle Palm and the fact that it can survive the Winter cold was my answer. I purchased one mid April. I was impressed with the condition of the palm as well as shipping protection. I ordered two more within the week. I used Jobe's Palm Tree Fertilizer spikes as well as incorporating some composted manure in the planting holes. They are all doing well as you an see in the photos. I will use some burlap protection come Winter. Very pleased with purchase.
Love this palm. It came through the late frost like a trooper. It currently sits in a sunny corner of the yard spreading its leaves. Simply fabulous.
Needle Palm Cold Hardiness
The needle palm is a good candidate for cold hardiness in zones 6 - 7 but does not like our dry hot desert sun. Plant it where it gets some shade in the afternoon. I recommend building a cold frame around the small tree for the first few seasons as it adapts to its surroundings. Remove the cold frame about the 1st week of March or earlier if the weather permits and prepare the cold frame towards the end of November to the first week of December again depending on the weather conditions. Do not fertilize late in the season as with all palms in the more northerly latitudes.
Bought 2 and a Hydrangea
Bought 2 palms and a Hydrangea 1 palm tree and the hydrangea died even with the care we gave them
Planting & Care
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.
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