Palm Trees South Florida

Florida Palm Trees for Zones 10-11

Palm trees south Florida is a list, with pictures, of the best types of subtropical and tropical palms to plant in zones 10-11 in the sunshine state. Florida royal palm tree, queen palm, pygmy date, etc.

Pygmy date palms growing in a bed of Canna lilies in Naples, FL.

This listing excludes central Florida palm trees which will also flourish in south Florida. Those trees can be found on the following pages: Florida Palm Trees and Native Florida Palm Trees.

The palm names are clickable links to pages of growing info and additional pictures.

South Florida Palm Trees

Areca Palm Tree

Areca palms and crotons

Buy an Areca Palm Tree Here

This page discusses Areca palm tree care, propagation and cold tolerance. Chrysalidocarpus lutescens syn. Dypsis lutescens. Treating yellowing Areca palms.

Christmas Palm Tree

Christmas palms in a south Florida mall.

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You’ll find the best practices for Christmas palm tree care here. Also, Veitchia merrillii’s rate of growth and ultimate height.

Coconut Palms

Buy a Malayan Coconut Palm TreeCoconut palms dominate the swimming pool landscape design at this resort in Cozumel.

Think of growing coconut palms and a tropical south Florida beach where these trees line the shores comes to mind.

Coconut palms are susceptible to a disease called lethal yellowing. It is spread by an insect and can kill a tree in just a few months. Be sure to plant resistant varieties.

Pygmy Date Palm

The Phoenix roebelenii palm is one of the most feminine palm trees you will ever see. Its lush dark green fronds are more delicate than those of most other palms and they grow in a graceful arching habit.

Pygmy palm trees can also be grown in zone 9a. There are many of them planted in my central Florida neighborhood. I don’t recommend planting them this far north because they suffer extensive frond damage in the freezes we have here.

Usually, the tree will recover. But why grow a palm that will be unsightly for 5-6 months of the year when there are so many others that would be beautiful year round?

Queen Palm Tree

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With its graceful, feathery fronds, the queen palm tree is popular in tropical areas. Queen palm trees are native to steamy Brazil and may perish in below freezing temperatures. Give them full sun and moist soil and they will flourish.

This is another central Florida favorite. I don’t recommend it for zone 9a because it suffers moderate frost damage to the fronds here.

Cuban Royal Palm

Cuban royal palms in Sarasota.The trees in the center and on the right are Cuban royal palms.The palm on the left is Florida’s state tree the cabbage palm.

Buy a Large Cuban Royal Palm

The Cuban Royal palm tree, Roystonea regia, differs from its close relative; the Florida Royal palm,Roystonea elata in one respect. Its columnar trunk bulges in the middle.

Some gardeners consider it to be more interesting and attractive than the Florida Royal palm tree because of this shapely trunk.

Florida Royal Palm Tree

Grove of royal palms.

Buy a Large Florida Royal Palm

The Florida Royal palm tree, Roystonea elata, is the best of the Royal palm trees for South Florida as it is one of several native Florida palms.

Thrinax radiata


Buy a Florida Thatch Palm Tree

Thrinax radiata is one of the better palms to use in south Florida landscapes. It matures to a height of 15-25 feet which is in scale with our concrete block homes. High wind resistance and easy maintenance add to the Florida thatch palm’s appeal.

Bismarckia nobilis

Bismark palm tree picture

Buy a Bismarck Palm Tree

The Bismark is one of the largest and most ornamental palms are likely to see planted in coastal and South Florida landscapes. Its mature fans are so heavy that they sometimes make a creaking sound in windy weather.

Be sure to give this beauty plenty of space.

Foxtail Palm Trees

Foxtail palm trees in Sarasota.

Buy a Large Multi Stem Foxtail Palm Tree

Another highly ornamental palm tree widely planted in South Florida where the climate is nearly identical to Wodyetia bifurcata’s native land, Queensland, Australia.

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