With more than 2,600 known species, palm tree heights can vary greatly. Growing on every continent except Antarctica, palm trees have been documented to grow anywhere from 10 feet to 200 feet tall. The average height of these trees is between 32 feet and 50 feet tall.
Tallest Palm Trees
The world’s tallest known palm species can be found in the Andes mountains of South America. This is the Quindio wax palm, which grows up to 200 feet tall. The Mexican fan palm, native to northern Mexico, ranks among the tallest palms at 100 feet tall. The California fan palm is the only species that grows naturally in the western United States, with a typical height of 66 feet.
Medium-Sized Palm Trees
The majority of palm trees will stand between 10 feet and 50 feet tall. On the shorter end of this range is the triangle palm of Madagascar. These species will only grow to a maximum height of 15 feet. They are ideal for providing shade to small home gardens.
Indoor Palm Plants
If you wish to grow a palm plant indoors, it’s recommended to get a plant that only grows to a maximum height of six feet tall. One option is the pygmy date palm, which grows slowly, eventually reaching six feet tall. The Thailand lady palm is another plant that is suited for indoor use.
Palm Growth Rates
You will be able to look forward to having healthy growing palm trees once the watering, fertilizing, location, and pruning have all been worked out. Each species of palm trees has their own rate of growth. Continue reading below to get a better idea on what the average rate of growth for palm trees are.
When planted within the USDA hardiness zones 9 – 11, will grow at the rate of about 2-feet per year. Thus, a 15-gal. Queen Palm plant will give you a 25-foot Queen Palm in approximately 10-years. In all, you can consider this to be a fairly high speed of growth.
The King Palm is also a rapidly growing palm. They will grow rapidly in soil with good moisture and lots of nutrition. The King Palm will grow at a rate of almost 2-feet per year. Which means that it grows a little bit slower than a Queen Palm. The growing rate for a King Palm can be increased by planting it where it only gets a small amount of shade for the sun will help it to grow faster.
Mexican Fan Palm
The Mexican Fan Palm tree grows faster than most of the other palm trees. It is also one of Arizona’s more common palm trees, which can get as high as 70 to 100-feet in height, being taller than most of the residential yards can handle. Under normal conditions the Mexican Fan Palm tree will grow as much as 4-feet per year. However, because of their rapid growth and drastic heights they are popular for the use in public parks and for commercial uses.
These are also known as European Fan Palm trees and they are slow growers, growing around 6-inches per year, and reaching full maturity of 20-feet in height at a very slow pace. They are however, popular due to their fronds beauty and also their bark. These palms make a nice addition to many residential landscapes for they will not over power the landscapes visual presentation of the landscape itself or of the home.
As a fast-growing palm tree, the Foxtail Palm will grow 2 to 3-feet per year under normal (ideal) conditions, and reach a height of 30-feet in total height within a 10-year period. A good option for those seeking a rapid growing palm tree for shading. It has a deep root stem feature that gives it the ability to withstand drought conditions.
Palm Trees For Sale
If you live in the East Phoenix Valley and are looking for palm trees for sale for your property’s landscape, A&P Nursery can help! We grow our plants locally, so they’re already accustomed to surviving in the heat and common conditions in the Phoenix Valley. We have all of the most popular types of palm trees, and partner with the best landscaping companies to offer delivery and planting services at your home or commercial property. For more information please call one of the locations below or stop by to see the selection at any of our 4 east valley locations in Mesa, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.