Some Palm Trees Can Survive Freezing Winters
Palm trees usually symbolize warm and tropical climates. From Hollywood, we know the streets of Los Angeles and Miami are lined with beautiful palm trees. Hollywood portrays New York and Chicago as cold and windy, which they are for part of the year. But, there are real palm trees in both New York and Chicago.
New York has had palm trees in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden since the 1980s. Chicago has palms at the beach on Lake Michigan.
Although we closely associate palms trees with warm climates, there are a some palm species that can survive freezing winters.
Any variety of palm that can survive colder geographies that are not usually considered palm regions, are called “hardy palms.” Many of them are native to higher elevations in Asia and survive freezing weather with little or no damage.
The hardiest of the hardy palms is the Chusan Palm, which can been found in areas of England, Canada and Japan. It can survive winters as cold as -18 °F (-27.5 °C). There is also the Mediterranean Fan Palm, which is the only palm native to southern Europe. It’s hardy to 10.4 °F (-12 °C).
Another popular cold climate palm is the Needle Palm, it’s found in places such as New York, New England, the Ohio Valley and Midwest areas with hot summers. It will tolerate winters as cold as -9.3 °F (-23 °C).
If you’ve always dreamed of having a plam tree in your garden but thought your winters were too cold, may your dreams now come true.
Broken Secrets | By: Chad Upton
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