THE WINDMILL PALM
The Best "COLD HARDY TREE"
If you've always longed to grow your own palm tree in New York, but thought they were only meant to grow in tropical islands, you will find the Windmill Palm to be a dream come true. It is one of the most cold hardy palms available on the market today and can withstand temperatures as low as 5 degrees. The tree does not even mind the snow!
These trees have been successfully growing in much colder climates then New York, even as far north as Canada with proper winter protection. Not only is the Windmill Palm cold tolerant, but it is also unbelievably low maintenance and naturally pest resistant, too.
Magnificent in stature, the Windmill Palm has beautiful fan-like fronds that are arranged symmetrically in a bunched group. This forms a crown of stunning green foliage that grows atop the trunk and can get to about 10 feet wide.
The oblong finger-like leaves sway on the rustic brown trunk and gives that quintessential palm look that we expect to see when we think of gorgeous palm trees. The texture of Windmill’s upright trunk resembles burlap and gives an aged appeal to this palm that lends a magnificent presence and elegance.
A slow-growing species, the Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortune) can grow up to 40 feet. However, it is more commonly purchased and planted at heights of 6 to 10 feet. It is better to plant a tree with a height of 6 feet or more to help insure survive ability. The slow growth of this palm makes it ideal for use as an accent piece, so don’t hesitate to buy several and use them to frame your deck, pool or driveway.
If you are going to want to plant your Windmill Palm it is best to plant the tree in the early Spring time to help the roots take hold. The Windmill Palm grows well in full sun to partial sun. It is able to adapt to many soil types as long as it’s well-drained.
You can also pot a Windmill Palm in a large container and grow it on a patio or front porch. It’s wonderfully situated on a pool deck since it creates next to no debris that can land into the water. It is recommended if you pot your tree to bring it indoors during freezing weather. You do not want the soil in the pot to freeze. It takes longer for the soil in the ground to freeze then the soil in a pot.
Besides the need for Winter protection during an extreme cold snap the Windmill Palm is fundamentally easy to care for, simple to grow and giving instant tropical appeal to any landscape, it is no wonder the Windmill Palm is considered the best choice of cold hardy palm tree to plant in the New York area. The opportunities to use this gorgeous tree are endless, so order your very own Windmill Palm today.