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4 Fastest Growing Palm Trees in South Florida

4 Fastest Growing Palm Trees in South Florida

Palm trees are one of Florida's most stately features and the pride of many of our highways and neighborhoods. Many of our residents eagerly choose palm trees for their property due to how easy it can be to care for these beautiful trees. Some of the fastest-growing palm trees in the South Florida area include Carpentaria, King, Queen, and Royal palm trees. Continue reading to learn all about these trees and see which of them may be the best addition to your landscape.


1. Carpentaria Palm Tree

Group of carpentaria palm trees by a river in Cape Coral, FL.

The Carpentaria palm tree is a popular choice for landscapes in Florida. This palm is often planted alongside another of its kind. Carpentarias look great in front of buildings or as the focal point of your property's entrance. Here are some additional facts:

  • Scientific name: Carpentarias are scientifically known as Carpentaria acuminata.
  • Yearly growth: They grow at around 6 feet per year.
  • Mature height: They can grow to a mature height of 20-40 feet.
  • Appearance: Carpentaria palm trees are tall and slender in stature. Their fronds grow dark green and wide along the crownshaft of the tree.
  • Flowering: They bud tiny white flowers from spring to fall.
  • Ideal environment and care: These palms grow in moist, well-drained soil. They also require moderate watering and can do well in indirect sunlight.

2. King Palm Tree

Tops of king palm trees in North Fort Myers, FL.

King palm trees are hardy trees that thrive outdoors. However, while they are young, they can make great houseplants. Here ...

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Palm Trees 101 - Know Your Tropical Giants

Palm Trees 101 - Know Your Tropical Giants

Palm trees are tall perennial trees with leaves that drop over their long trunks. Palms are ornamental and thrive well in a variety of sun and shade conditions. A thousand varieties of palms grow in the United States, with some of the most common species found in Florida. Continue reading to learn more about palm trees and their terminology, as well as the types of palms that are native to Florida.


General Terms of Palm Trees

  • Frond - A frond is the leaf of the palm tree that grows from the crown of the plant. You can identify a palm tree by looking at the fronds alone. Fronds come in different leaf styles such as pinnate, palmate, and bipinnate. They have green to brownish-green colors and can be thick or thin, depending on the palm tree type.
  • Leaflet - The fronds are separated into leaflets, which are attached to a single stem. The leaflets are often V-shaped, either upright or inverted.
  • Sheath - A sheath is the leaf structure closest to the palm tree’s trunk. The sheath holds the leaf to the trunk.
  • Fruit bunch - A fruit bunch grows on an oil palm tree and is harvested to process palm oil. Oil palm trees bear fresh fruit bunches every three years.
  • Spathe - A spathe is a large, woody bract covering the flowering portion of the palm.
  • Petiole - This is the leaf stem of the palm frond. It is found between the leaf sheath and the leaflets.
  • Bulb - Palm plants have bulbs, also called pups, that look...
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