Saturday, November 16, 2013

Palm Central

My obsession for plants originated about 10 years ago with an obsession for palms.  Instead of just moving to Hawaii (I didn't have any money and was still in college), I figured the next best thing was to at least make my yard look like a tropical paradise - even if it didn't always feel like one.  So my love affair with palms began.  Below are the different species of palms currently growing in my garden, ordered by easiness to grow in the Seattle area.  The last three palms are not reliable hardy, but do spend the vast majority of their time outside.

Trachycarpus fortunei (Windmill Palm)
Trachycarpus fortunei var. wagnerianus
Rhapidophyllum hystrix (Needle Palm)
Jubaea chilensis (Chilean Wine Palm)
Butia capitata (Jelly Palm)
Chamaerops humilis (Mediterranean Fan Palm)
Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm)
Sabal mexicana
Sabal minor
Brahea armata (Mexican Blue Palm)
Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm)
Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm)


  1. Beautiful palms Justin! I was late to appreciate their charms and have only in the last couple of years started to plant them in my own garden. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  2. That's an impressive collection (still dislike that word, collection, by the way). I had a beautiful Chamaerops humilis that was happy for several years, until the PKW's of 2008/09 and 2009/10. Hope you suffer no losses this winter.

    1. Chamaerops humilis will do that on you. I completely buried the few that I have in snow in 2010, which I think made the difference between them living and dying.