Hybrid Cold-Hardy Palm Tree with arching feathery fronds that withstands brief drops to 10°F, fast-growing, thrives with minimal care and works well in smaller areas.
Why Choose a Mule Palm?
The majority of feathery leafed palm trees are sensitive to freezing winter temperatures and won’t grow long-term in northern landscapes. However, this isn’t so with Mule Palms, as they stand up to freezing conditions while continuing to look fabulous and produce healthy growth.
If you’re considering adding a palm to your yard but worry your environment in winter might be a bit too cold, you won’t be disappointed in a Mule Palm.
Coconut Palms are the poster child of warm tropical beaches with their fronds blowing in the breeze. However, Mule Palms are like small Coconut Palm imposters. You get all of the Coconut Palm’s good looks but at a smaller size and without the sensitivity of cold temperatures.
The single-trunk palm is a hybrid. It’s the result of cross-breeding between Queen Palm and Pindo Palm. In fact, it gets its common name Mule Palm because the fruit produced is sterile just like a mule.
Trees can grow up to 30 feet tall and with a spread of around 10 to 15 feet. The gray curving trunk sports brown leaf scars adding to the tree’s interest. Its graceful canopy is filled with arching fronds covered in a mass of flowing green leaflets giving them a feathery appearance. Each frond can grow up to 10 feet long, adding to the tree’s tropical appeal.
Mule Palms are attractively utilized as specimens, accent plants, or mingle with other plants adding to a tropical design. They even look fabulous used by a pool.
Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?
Don’t let your northern landscape fool you into thinking you can’t grow a palm tree because Mule Palms can take freezing temperatures and keep kicking. They are hardy growing in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11.
Holding the honor of being one of the most cold-hardy of the feathery frond palm trees, Mule Palms withstand temperatures down to 20°F. The tree will even withstand brief temperature drops of 10°F. However, you might want to give the palm a bit of protection before extreme cold weather arrives.
You can insulate the roots and help keep them warm by saturating them with water and adding a thick layer of organic mulch over the planting site the day before cold weather arrives.
Covering the palm with a sheet or burlap and stringing holiday lights throughout the canopy also help keep the Mule Palm warm.
How Big Does It Get?
Although Mule Palms produce fast growth, they are a good selection for smaller landscapes averaging up to 30 feet tall and 15 wide. However, they usually average around 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide at maturity.
How Much Sun Does It Require?
Mule Palm trees grow well in a variety of light conditions from full sun to partial shade.
What About Soil and Water?
The palm grows well in a variety of well-drained soils from sandy to clay. The main importance is that the soil drains and doesn’t remain soggy.
Water newly planted palms twice weekly while it establishes itself in the planting site, which can take several months. Thereafter, and depending on local weather conditions, water weekly. However, the Mule Palm won’t punish you if you forget.
Is It Easy to Maintain?
If you don’t want to spend your free time out in the yard taking care of a fussy plant, then a Mule Palm tree is the right one for you. Their maintenance needs are very low and they aren’t bothered by any major pest or disease problems.
Other than giving it a seasonal feeding, you’ll only have to trim off any fronds once they become brown and are completely dead. Wait until the frond completely dies before removing it as the palm is still gaining nutrients from it.
What About Fertilizing?
You can prevent any nutritional deficiencies by fertilizing the Mule Palm in spring and again in late summer with a well-balanced blend specific to palm trees. Follow label directions on amounts and always water the product into the soil after applying.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: Yes, we deliver within a 30 mile radius of our Alpharetta, GA location. Click here to check your zip code. The cost for delivery is $65. For potential delivery beyond 30 miles, please call us at 770-400-9897.
Q: Do you install?
A: Yes, all the plants we sell can be installed by us. Installation cost varies by product. Once you place your products in the cart, it will display delivery and installation costs. We only install AtlantaPalms.com palm trees and plants. Installation requires delivery by us.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?
A: Yes, we guarantee that your palm tree will arrive in perfect condition. If you're not satisfied within the first five (5) days of receiving your trees and plants, give us a call at 770-400-9897 so that we can make things right.
If you have issues with your trees or plants within the first 30 days, give us a call. We will review your concerns and provide you with a one-time replacement if necessary. Replacement delivery and installation costs are at the customer’s expense.
Please note, palm trees need proper care. If you have provided less than optimal care, your purchase isn't covered by our guarantee.
Q: Do you accept returns?
A: Only palms and plants 15 Gallon or less can be returned. The plant must be returned within 2 days of pickup or delivery and must be in the original container. Once a tree has been removed from its original container, or has been planted, it cannot be returned. Delivery fees are non-refundable.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept all major credit cards and cash.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
Monday - Friday I 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday I 8:30 am to 12 pm
Sunday I Closed
APRIL 1st - JUNE 15th I We are open 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Q: How often should I water my palms?
A: In general, palms should be watered daily with 4 to 5 gallons of water for the first two weeks until the root system is established. Ensure that the soil is wet and not soggy. Too much water may cause permanent damage. Depending on the type of palm and time of year, watering may be decreased to twice a month or less once the tree is established. Make sure you water the trees from the bottom up. Watering from the top down can cause rotting. Soil that has good drainage is important to help prevent over saturation and adding sand to the soil mixture can help with drainage. Placing mulch around the base of the tree and not against the trunk can also help with retaining water.
For cold hardy palms, watering will vary depending on the time of year and the temperature. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season.
Winter (60 degrees of less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Spring (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Beginning of summer (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week
Heat of summer (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week
Q: When do I apply fertilizer to my palm tree?
A: Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until they put out a new spear. For palms planted from the Georgia/Tennessee border down to Atlanta, apply fertilizer in three applications. In heavy clay soils use half the recommended amount of fertilizer, and do not apply granular fertilizers after August 1. Be sure to fertilize only during the growing season (between April 1 and August 1).
Q: It is a good idea to correctly support larger, newly planted palms?
A: Larger palms will require some form of bracing to maintain stability during the first six to eight months after installation. Three equidistantly-spaced braces are used to support the palm. If Atlanta Palms installs your palm tree, we handle the bracing.
Q: When should I prune my palm tree?
A: The only time you should prune your palm tree is when the fronds are discolored, broken or pointing to the ground at more than a 90 degree angle. Palms get most of their energy from their fronds, so it’s important to be careful not to remove too many.
Q: Why are drip irrigation systems preferable to sprinklers?
A: Both drip irrigation and sprinklers are good irrigation systems for your palm trees. Drip irrigation is designed to have deeper saturation into a specific area. Sprinklers (spray irrigation) will only saturate the top 3-5 inches per watering cycle whereas Palms root balls are 2-3 feet deep and require a deeper water saturation to develop new roots. Newly planted palms can suffer root loss with a lapse in deep water saturation especially during the hotter and drier summer months.
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