Palm Trees

Over 40 varieties to choose from

Over the years we have experimented with hundreds of palms varieties. Some plants thrived in the hot summer and near freezing winters at the Grove in Riverside, California. Others did not.

With a climate that is neither desert nor coastal, but something in between, Riverside is the ideal testing ground. The palms at the Grove today are hardy survivors, ideally suited for a range of Southern California coastal, inland and desert climates. Most of our palms are strongly drought resistant, thriving in the summer heat, tolerant of freezing temperatures, in a variety of soils, with full sun or partial shade, from the coast to several thousand feet into the mountains.

We do not grow many tropical palms. Feather palms - those with pinnate leaves and a reduplicate leaf form - tend to be native to wet, humid tropical regions and simply do not thrive in California, unable to tolerate heat, freezing, coastal salt air or dry winds without shelter, water and generous fertilizer.

Please take a look around. Our collection includes Braheas, Livistonas, Phoenix, Butias, Sabals, Chamaerops, Trachycarpus and more. They are all amazing, attractive palms, each with their own story and appeal.

Palms

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Bismarck Palm Tree in 48" Container
Bismarckia nobilis
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The Bismarck palm thrives in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Young plants in containers require a deep pot to handle the root system. While cold, drought and salt tolerant, it grows best with regular watering. The silver-gray variety in our collection tolerate temperatures from 28F to 20F for established trees. It may suffer some cold damage but will recover within a season.

Blue Brahea armata palm tree
Brahea armata
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Native to Baja California, the Blue Hesper Palm grows with great success in much of California, including warmer inland coastal areas, the inland valleys and desert regions. While the B. armata grows on the beach, the tree will be stifled by the cool, moist air. A proven drought-tolerant specimen that can survive with little water, the Blue Hesper thrives in very hot, dry conditions. With that said, occasional watering during the summer will make for a more attractive tree. It grows best in...

San Jose Hesper Palm Hesper Palm, Brahea brandegeei, baja california palm
Brahea brandegeei
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Native to Baja California, it is quite possible that no palm is better suited to grow in Riverside, CA, or for that matter, most of Southern California's inland and desert areas. This palm will endure drought, extreme desert heat and tempuratures down to 20 degrees. This hardy palm is not susceptible to any diseases. Plant the Brahea brandegeei in arid soil in a sunny spot and watch it take off for years to come.

Guadalupe Palm Brahea edulis, guadalupe palm, guadalupe island palm
The exotic and once endangered Brahea Edulis, or Guadalupe palm, sports wide costapalmate leaves and is popular for its exotic look, stout height of 30 to 36 feet and exceptional, bright green canopy.
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This palm thrives in arid, semi-hot to temperate climates and tolerates a range of fast draining soil types, full sun or partial shade in elevations up to around 2600 feet. It does not tolerate humidity or full shade well. Nor does it require much water. Its tendency to shed dead leaves keeps the Guadalupe Palm looking beautiful and tidy throughout the year.

Jelly Palm Butia capitata, Pindo Palm, Jelly Pam, Wine palm, Brazilian Palm
The Butia capitata, Pindo Palm, Jelly or Wine palm, is a hardy tree resistant to cold and drought that boasts feathery, graceful silver-blue-green pinnate leaves.
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The Butia. Yet another palm ideally suited for Southern California. It is among a small number of pinnate palms with a reduplicate leaf form that does well in hot, dry climates. Resistant to drought, cold and coastal salt air, this palm will take full sun or partial shade. It will grow in containers or in the ground and thrives in the inland heat -- possibly even into the desert regions -- tolerating short spells as low as 15 degrees. It is adaptable to most soil types. Frequent watering is...

Chamaerops humilis
Chamaerops humilis, the Mediterranean fan palm, is highly sought after due to its hardiness, multiple trunks, slow growth, and its striking, exotic look.
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The Mediterranean fan palm is drought resistant and tolerates a variety of environments, from sea level to a few thousand feet elevation. It is found as far north as San Francisco and south to the Mexican border. Able to withstand temperatures well below freezing, and in some cases temporary stress down to 15 degrees, this palm thrives equally well in the hot desert sun with decent soil and regular watering. Few palms are so forgiving given any combination of poor soil, drought, wind, full...

Triangle Palms in Newport Beach, CA
Neodypsis decaryi
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As with the majority of pinnate palms, (phoenix excluded) this palm does best in warm temperate to tropical climates.

Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana
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Kentia are a tropical looking palm that does well on the coast, but not necessarily directly on the water as they are only moderately tolerant to salt in the air. This palm will suffer and die with prolonged exposed to the desert or inland valley sun and heat, surviving in such conditions only if grown under the canopy of a large tree, in shade or indoors. It will grow with low light levels, but its crown of leaves will be more bountiful provided indirect light. If growing indoors, the Kentia...

Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis
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This palm does well at the Grove in Riverside, CA, in the heat and full sun or with slight shade from neighboring trees. This palm is resistant to drought, tolerates temperatures into the low 20s and will thrive from the Inland Empire to coastal Southern California, where it prefers full sun. The Chinensis will do poorly and likely brown and eventually die if exposed to the intense heat and full sun of the California desert.

Actually - a L. saribus
Livistona decipiens
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Native conditions for this palm are tropical to temperate in moist soil with good drainage. However, this plant thrives at our grove in Riverside, where temperatures range from the 30s in the winter up to 112 in the now hotter than ever summer. These palms thrive in heat, with adequate water, loam soil in full sun. Their water requirements will very depending on costal to inland conditions. It is unknown if the palm will endure the extreme heat of the desert, though it is doubtful absent...

Taraw Palm Livistona saribus, Taraw Palm
Livistona saribus
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The Taraw fan palm will thrive in moist, heavy soil rich with organic matter most similar to the tropical climate of it native habitat. Surprisingly, we have had tremendous success with this plam in the heat of Riverside, CA. Offered partial shade protection in their formative years, this palm is said to even tolerate the Southern California deserts. Hardy to about 20-24 degrees, but as a practical matter, our grove has rarely experiences tempuratures below 29-30 degrees in the last 20 years. ...

Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
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A heat and sun loving palm, the Dactylifera does well in the desert, inland valleys and coastal areas of California. The date palm requires intense desert dry heat to flower and fruit properly, and will not produce dates in humid areas, along the coast or in inland areas benefiting from the cool coastal breeze.

Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm, Phoenix Roebelenii
The Phoenix robelenii, commonly call pygmy date or dwarf palm, has a soft, feathery appearance and is a hardy and somewhat ubiquitous landscape palm.
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Native to humid Indo-China, this plant is surprisingly tolerant of full desert sun and temperatures down to 18 degrees when established. Greenhouse or indoor plants moved outdoors without proper acclimation will succumb to temperatures in the mid to high twenties.

Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum
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The tree excels in the loam soil of the Riverside Grove, grown in full sun with intense heat (an good irrigation) during the summer and cold nights during the winter.

Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
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This palm thrives with regular water in the loamy, well drained soil and summer heat of Riverside, CA. It is said to tolderate drought well, and can thrive in a range of soils and climates, preferring a dry heat in the summer and eduring the coldest inland winters down to 22 degrees before sustaning damage.

Sabal Casarium Palm Tree
Sabal causiarum with papery ligule
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The tree excels in the loam soil of the Riverside Grove, grown in full sun with intense heat (an good irrigation) during the summer and cold nights during the winter.

Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana
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The tree excels in the loam soil of the Riverside Grove, grown in full sun with intense heat (an good irrigation) during the summer and cold nights during the winter. Cold hardy down to 15 degrees.

Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside
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The tree excels in the loam soil of the Riverside Grove, grown in full sun with intense heat (and good irrigation) during the summer and cold nights during the winter.

Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei
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This palm has the distinction of being the hardiest of all the palms. Capable of growing far into the Northern hemisphere, it is not uncommon to see images of this palm covered in a layer of snow. This palm perfers a loam soil, with a perference for clay over sand and good drainage. Our collection in Riverside responds well to the loam soil and hot summer temperatures.

Trithrinax acanthocoma
Trithrinax acanthocoma
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Does well in a variety of environments, though the literature on this palm regarding ideal growing conditions seems to be, well, all over the place. The native habitat is found in mountain areas of South Brazil at around 2100 to 3200 foot altitude and in Paraguay.We know that the palm does well at the Grove in Riverside, at 800 feet of elevation, growing next to neighboring plants in loam soil with periodic watering. It has a slow growth rate of 4-6 inches per year in temperatures well over...