Cold Hardy Palm Trees In New Jersey

elman23February 5, 2012

There are a few varieties of cold hardy palm trees that do well with a little protection during the winter months. I have been doing this for years now and have had great success. Contact ELMAN23@aol.com if you want more details on how to bring the tropics to NJ.

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gardengr

are you kidding would love to know more

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 8:51PM
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elman23

Banana palms are the easiest ones to grow with little maintenance. They die down after the first freeze every year. I just mulch over a few inches and every spring they pop up. They love full sun. The one in front of my house gets to 12' tall every summer. Windmill palms also do very well in NJ. I cage them in for the winter months to proctect from snow and ice. They are cold hardy to 0 degrees. Shoot me an email at elman23@aol.com I sell these palms out of my house in the spring time. Eric

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 9:16AM
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jimy(7b)

Bananas are not palms, they are large perennials that die to the ground every winter like cannas. Trachycarpus (windmill) palms do ok with protection from wet snowloads. Mine planted in 1996 as a 2 year old seedling is 13 feet now.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 6:55AM
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jimy(7b)

Bananas are not palms, they are large perennials that die to the ground every winter like cannas. Trachycarpus (windmill) palms do ok with protection from wet snowloads. Mine planted in 1996 as a 2 year old seedling is 13 feet now.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 7:05AM
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elman23

Wow, 13 feet....thats pretty impressive being grown from a baby tree. The key to growth and survival in NJ is definitely placement in relation to the sun. You are right, bananas arent palm trees but a perennial plant. However, they resemble a palm tree which is why i refer to them as such. If we want to get technical, they are called the musa bajoo. Great, low maintenance plant to bring that tropical feel to your yard. The one in my front yard gets to 12-14 feet every summer. Let me ask, do you still protect your 13' windmill in winter? Eric

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 10:28AM
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jimy(7b)

I don't protect it anymore, i just go out at all hours of the night during blizzards to keep the heavy wet snows from bending the fronds. it is sighted on the east side of the house protected from winds, and gets only an hour or two of morning sun in winter.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 7:41AM
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RafaelNJ

Hey Guys,
I just ordered a few Windmill and Needle Palm trees from TyTy to plany by my pool. I live in Newfoundland, NJ and read up a lot on these palms before buying. One thing that struck me odd when I spoke to their sales rep they said they do not recommend to protect the tree at all once they are 3 feet or larger. I bought a couple that are 4 to 5 feet so now I am not sure if I should protect them in winter, I do some people online protecting even much bigger speciemen. They said in all the years only one time they had to replace a tree that size and it was due to -40 degree weather in Idaho. Also they suggested not to use any fertilizer after planting. Do you guys have any input to this? I would love to talk about the plants you have for sale elman, was thinking to plant some musa basjoo as well.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 3:09PM
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fabaceae_native

Just to warn you Rafael, TyTy has a horrendously bad reputation, and I've heard their advice is just as awful as their service and plants. I hope you get lucky though...

I doubt you'd have trouble with a windmill palm in NJ, but regardless of size it's probably a good idea to protect it somewhat the first few winters. I've seen loads of them in botanical gardens in the NY/NJ area with no winter protection though...

My small windmill croaked from a freak -23 night last winter (I'm in zone 6 so usually have few nights that even get to zero). I don't imagine -40 is needed to kill even a very large specimen however.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 1:31PM
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mrvideo

Hi,
I just purchased a property on the Bay in South Jersey. I am interested in growing Palm Trees in large Pots on my deck. I have Southern exposure, and full sun all day. Can someone suggest the best palms, and the size of planters I should consider. Also, is it possible to bring the palms inside over the winter, or is it better for them to die off, and restart in the spring ?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 3:26PM
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steve_nj(7-a)

Trachycarpus can be grown in containers and brought in when temps fall below 20. Containerized palms will not survive hard freezing of their roots.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 7:30AM
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subtropix

In a container, you will have to protect any palm in NJ . Probably the best for containers in full sun and a LONG outdoor season woud be....

Queen palms. (probably the most tropical--my neighbors love them)
Mediterranean fan palms
Calif. or Mexian fan palms
Canary island or pygmy date palm (of these two, the Pygmy makes te better house plant)
Windmill palms (Trachycarps)

I don't grow bigger than in the 20 gallon size. Queens are in these are they are pretty tall (twice my height st least)

You might also consider bananas as they are quick and tropical and can be stored in the basement over winter.

I don't do

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 4:33PM
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r.l.c

i had purchas my wind mill palms from ty ty i do not think i would purchas there again they arived in pore condition i could only save 3 fronds on each tree out of about 10 they tell me that they do not ship on the weekends but acording to shiping records they sat in a back room over the weekend i called them and was asked well what do you want me to do about it. should i cut off the remaining fronds and hope for the best i live in upstate ny i have a sago palm that made it through last winter with no protection at all the fronds died off i clped them and it came back beautiful i was amazed

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 2:51PM
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r.l.c

i had purchas my wind mill palms from ty ty i do not think i would purchas there again they arived in pore condition i could only save 3 fronds on each tree out of about 10 they tell me that they do not ship on the weekends but acording to shiping records they sat in a back room over the weekend i called them and was asked well what do you want me to do about it. should i cut off the remaining fronds and hope for the best i live in upstate ny i have a sago palm that made it through last winter with no protection at all the fronds died off i clped them and it came back beautiful i was amazed

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 2:52PM
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rkrasseltjr

I transplanted a Thompson Yucca in late July. It was about 8 feet tall. I live in PA. Does anyone have any recommendations for trying to get it through the winter?

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