Needle Palm Tree

Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Patio Palm Tooltip

This palm tree is one of the most cold-hardy palms available anywhere and will survive typical Atlanta winters. 

Cold-hardy palms provide yearlong greenery and look good even after a snowfall.

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  • Short bushy palm with a spreading and clumping habit 
  • Most cold-hardy palm out there, with glossy year-round greenery 
  • Green-silver fan-shaped fronds atop multiple short, stubby trunks 
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Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Grows Well In Zones: 7-10 Outdoors
Mature Height: 4-6 ft
Mature Width: 4-6 ft
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Shape: Shrub
Placement: Outdoors

Q: How cold-hardy are Needle Palms?
A: Needle Palms are the most cold-hardy palms in the entire world. They can comfortably withstand temperatures down to 10° F, and tolerate short dips to 0° F. 

Q: How fast do Needle Palms grow?
A: Needle Palms grow at a rate of 5 inches per year.

Q: Can I plant a Needle Palm indoors?
A:  Yes, with direct sunlight if possible.

 

1. Sunlight: Needle Palms tolerate full sun to partial shade. If your location is hot and dry, especially in the summer, your palm will appreciate a location where it receives some shade during the hottest portion of the afternoon.

2. Watering: Needle Palms need to be watered 3 times a week for the first month when newly planted. After established, it is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered once a week unless it rains. Make sure you water thoroughly to make sure the bottom roots receive water at every watering. The amount of water per palm may range from 2 gallons for small containerized material to 15 gallons for larger palms. 

Needle Palms tolerate wet feet, meaning they can be planted near bodies of water and have more sustained wetness in their roots than other palms.

Watering varies depending on the time of year and the outside temperature and weather. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season:

Winter: (60 degrees or less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation.

Spring: (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week.

Beginning of Summer: (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week.

Heat of Summer: (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week.

Plants in a container need more constant watering than those planted on the ground. 

3. Fertilization: Needle Palms can be fertilized in early Spring and late Summer. Use a general purpose blend specific to palms, and be sure to follow the instructions on the label.  

4. Soil: Needle Palms grow naturally as understory palms in wet, woodland areas, making them able to tolerate soils that are occasionally wet for longer periods of time. However, they do best when placed in well-drained soils that are rich in organic nutrients. 

5. Pruning: Needle Palms hold their green fronds longer than the vast majority of palms, meaning you might not have to prune off a dead frond other than every couple of years. However, when you do prune them make sure to wear gloves because of the long, needle-like blackthorns located at the base of the fronds.

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