Very Cold-Tolerant Shorter Palm Tree that’s native to Georgia and withstands temperatures down to zero, as well as slow-growing and thrives with basic care.
Why Choose a Dwarf Palmetto Palm?
Although not as large as many varieties of palms, Dwarf Palmetto Palms bring robust attractiveness wherever utilized in the landscape. They are also one of the most cold-hardy palms, withstanding even the coldest winters without care. This makes them the perfect addition to northern landscapes and gardeners that always wanted a palm but felt their environment was too cold.
These slow-growers have a clumping habit, maturing to around 2 to 7 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. The wide, bluish-green, fan-like fronds are divided into segments and attached to smooth stems growing up to 5 feet tall. It typically forms multiple trunks but can be trained into a single trunk specimen. White flower stalks bloom in summer followed by small blackberries.
Dwarf Palmetto Palm’s shrubby form and large fronds make it stand out as an accent plant or specimen. It also works well planted in mass, as a ground cover or screening plant.
Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?
If you’re looking for a cold-hardy palm that stands up to freezing temperatures then you can’t wrong with the addition of a Dwarf Palmetto Palm. This native withstands temperatures down to 0°F and will even withstand short bouts of drops to -5°F with protection. It’s hardy growing in hardiness zones 7 through 11.
If your area experiences extremely cold winter weather, plant your Dwarf Palmetto in an area protected from strong winter winds.
In the event of an extreme freeze, water the palm deeply the day before the expected cold weather is to arrive to insulate the roots and help keep them warm. Add a thick layer of mulch over the planting site to also help insulate the roots.
You can even string some holiday lights through the canopy. This not only helps keep the Dwarf Palmetto Palm warm but also brings a cheery appeal to the area at night.
How Big Does It Get?
Although not big on size a Dwarf Palmetto Palm is big on good looks. The slow-grower matures anywhere from 2 to 7 feet tall and with a width of around 3 to 5 feet. This makes it a good choice for smaller landscapes or areas.
How Much Sun Does It Require?
Dwarf Palmettos are versatile when it comes to their light tolerance. The palm grows well located in full sun to partial shade. If your area is extremely hot and dry throughout summer, the palm will appreciate a site that receives some shade during the hottest portion of the afternoon.
What About Soil and Water Requirements?
Another quality about Dwarf Palmetto Palms is they tolerate a wide range of soils from well-drained to those that are occasionally wet. However, well-drained soils that are fertile produce the best growth.
Newly planted palms should be watered several times weekly for a couple of months while they establish themselves in the planting site. Dwarf Palmetto Palms are drought-tolerant once established and weekly to every other week water applications are sufficient. The palm won’t punish you if you forget to water.
Is It Easy to Maintain?
If you don’t want to spend hours tending fussy plants then the Dwarf Palmetto is the plant for you. It also won’t be creating a mess, as it’s relatively maintenance-free and doesn’t suffer pest or disease problems.
You won’t even wear yourself out pruning because you’ll only ever need to trim off completely brown fronds. Don’t prune them off too early as the palm is still gaining nutrients from even those that contain just a bit of green. Its small size makes it manageable.
What About Fertilizing?
Dwarf Palmetto isn’t a big feeder and in fact, once established they don’t need feeding at all to grow healthily. However, you can feed them with a slow-release fertilizer specific to palms two to four times yearly. Follow package directions on amounts and always water in well 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?
A: Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00 / Saturday - 9:00-1:00
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.
We checked out the website prior to going to the nursery but still had questions about caring for the trees if purchased. Ricky was very helpful and extremely patient while answering all the questions we had. There were several other customers there that day and he dedicated the same time and attention to all of us. We were able to purchase three dwarf palms and Ricky even gave us his contact info via text to contact him if we encountered any questions while planting the trees at home. The price range was reasonable as well. Overall, excellent service! We will definitely be back!
Rick spent a lot of time with me on the phone and in person. They were able to install the palms the next week. Rick sent a knowledgeable woman to install them with a helper. She was able to place them where they needed to go and gave me suggestions of what to add. She knows her palm trees.
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