Pindo Palm Tree

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Cold-hardy, slow-growing, resistant to pests and disease, year-round lush greenery, easy to grow and as an added bonus, Pindo Palms also produce edible fruits. Of all the feathery frond palm varieties, Pindo Palms hold the honor of being the hardiest when cold winters come knocking at the door, making it a great landscape addition to those living in colder locations. It also shines with good looks. 

  • Most cold-hardy of the feathery frond palms withstanding temperatures of 5°F.
  • Shorter palm sporting bluish- or grayish-green arching fronds on stocky single trunks.
  • Produces edible date-like fruit good for making jellies or wines.



Size: 3 Gallon (1-2' tall)
Price:
Sale price$34.90
Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Hardy Zone: 7-11
Cold Hardy: Yes
Mature Height: 15-20'
Spread: 10-20'
Shape: Tree
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Preference: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Maintenance: Easy
Water Needs: Low
Soil Preference: Well Drained
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

Our most Cold-Hardy Palm Tree with feathery fronds, withstanding brief periods of single-digit temperatures, slow-growing, resistant to pests and diseases, and a breeze to maintain.

Why Choose a Pindo Palm?

If you’ve desired to create your own tropical oasis in your yard but feel your climate is too cold, the Pindo Palm is the palm for you. Not only will the tree bring an attractive elegance to your landscape, but it also stands up to winter’s cold without skipping a beat. Whereas many feathery frond palm varieties thrive only in subtropical climates, Pindo Palms are the exception as they continue to thrive when temperatures dip.

This attractive palm produces a single short and stocky trunk, slowly obtaining a mature height of around 15 to 20 feet, making it a suitable tree for planting under power lines. The dense canopy fills with evergreen, bluish-green to grayish-green, feathery fronds that arch downward and towards the trunk, adding to the palm’s beauty. Each frond grows up to 10 feet long.

Adding to its appeal, in late spring, panicles filled with tiny yellowish flowers bloom that contains a fruity fragrance and form into round orange fruits. The edible fruits are said to taste like a cross between a pineapple and banana and apricot. Pindo Palms also earn their other common name Jelly Palm, as the fruit can be utilized to make jellies or wine. 

Additionally, if you prefer not to spend your free time tending fussy plants, then Pindo Palms are a dream come true. They don’t require much to produce healthy growth and add beauty to your landscape for years to come. 

Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?

For a feathery frond palm, Pindo Palms are quite cold-hardy tolerating temperatures down to 5°F. They’re hardy growing in hardiness zones 7 through 11. 

Of course, if you’re expecting an especially freezing blast of cold, there are several things you can easily do to protect your Pindo Palm.

As with any plant, deeply watering the day before the freezing temperatures are expected helps insulate the root system keeping it warm. You can also add a thick layer of mulch over the planting site for further insulation. 

Keep the holiday spirit going in your yard by stringing some holiday lights through the palm’s canopy. They will not only assist in keeping the canopy warm but will also bring a cheerful feel to the area at night. 

How Big Does It Get?

Pindo Palms are the perfect size tree for smaller landscapes or for small areas of your yard. These slow-growers will eventually reach a mature height of 15 to 20 feet and with a canopy spread of about 10 to 20 feet. 

How Much Sun Does It Require?

Pindo Palms are versatile when it comes to their light requirements. They thrive in sites located in full sun to partial shade. However, in northern locales, they grow well in locations situated in all-day full sun. If your area is especially hot and dry, the palm will appreciate receiving some shade during the hottest portion of the afternoon. 

What About Soil and Water?

Growing well in a variety of soil types that drain well, however, Pindo Palm will produce the best growth when grown in fertile soil provided there’s good drainage. 

Drought-tolerant once established, newly planted Pindo Palms require regular water applications until they establish themselves in the planting site. For the first few months, water the palm several times weekly, depending on your local weather conditions. 

Once established, water deeply weekly. However, the palm is very forgiving if you forget to irrigate. 

Is It Easy to Maintain?

If you’re looking for a carefree and low-maintenance addition to your landscape, you’ve found the right palm with the Pindo Palm. These palms aren’t bothered by pests or disease and don’t require tons of care to look fabulous. 

Pindo Palms aren’t self-cleaning so you’ll have to prune off any fronds when they turn brown and are completely dead. Since the tree is still gaining nutrients from fronds that contain even the slightest green, wait until the frond is completely dead before removing it.

What About Fertilizing?

Pindo Palms will benefit from regular applications of a fertilizer specific to palms three to four times yearly. Starting in spring, apply a slow-release blend spread evenly under the canopy, always following label instructions on amounts. Water the fertilizer into the soil after applying. Apply for the last application in September. 

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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