palm tree sizesSize does matter but not in the way that you think. The bigger, the better right? Wrong. Not all landscapes require a big palm. Sometimes, a smaller palm that will eventually grow into a big specimen is better for both the wallet and the design of the yard. Other times, a short-growing, bushy palm is all that is needed for the space. Choosing a palm is not as easy as it seems. There are a few important factors to consider in order to choose the right palm for you: 

  1. Climate: Palms are typically for tropical areas. Some palms are cold tolerant to various degrees, so it is important to check that the palm you like is appropriate for the growth zone you are located in, and the minimum temperatures your area can experience.
  2. Size of Palm at Maturity: It is important to make sure you have enough space for the palm you choose to grow to its full height and spread without obstructing paths, views, or buildings and structures. 
  3. Maintenance: Some palms are higher maintenance than others, especially the very tall ones that require professional assistance if they need to be pruned. Make sure you consider the time and effort it will take to prune, fertilize, and water. 
  4. Design and Layout: Consider the overall appearance of your landscape and if the palm you like is the right fit for the place it will be planted in. At Atlanta Palms, we can help you find the best possible spot for your palms through our Landscape Design Services for just $99! You will be able to see a photoshopped image of what the palm or palms you are considering will look like in the space. 

Once all of these factors have been considered and you pick the palm you want to buy, there is still one very important factor to consider—the size you will purchase. In order to make that decision easier, consider the fact that in most cases, the bigger or taller the palm, the more expensive it will be to purchase and install. This is especially true when we talk about cold hardy palms; they grow so slowly (from 5 inches to 2 feet per year) that it is only logical the bigger you buy them the more expensive they are. 

When buying these types of palms, it is best to try to strive to achieve the general look you desire, size and shape-wise, from the very beginning. Oftentimes, it will take a long time to reach the desired height from the specimen. For example, if size is important to reach the desired effect with a palm, such as near a pool, or as a statement palm near an entrance where size is needed for the decided effect, it is best to purchase the absolute biggest palm you can afford. 

This is not necessarily the case in all situations. Some designs are better when medium or smaller sizes are used because only medium coverage is needed, if you want a shorter, closer-to-the-ground look, or you don't mind waiting and watching it grow. Taking all these factors into consideration is important when buying a palm, and making an informed decision is key. Atlanta Palms has experts standing by to help you reach a decision as to what size is best for your home. Don't hesitate to reach out to us.