Advice needed! Which palm to use?
I would like to use the vast amount of experience here to make the right decision on which tree to buy for a spot I have. It is an open spot in my deck (I had a tree removed). It would grow right in the hole in the deck. It gets very hot on the deck with full mid day sun. However, I am in the woods so morning and late afternoon would be shaded. We are zone 8b, with the lowest temp over the past 15+ years being 16F, but rarely below 20F. HOWEVER, we DO have fairly wet winters and snow is a possibility. Rain is pretty consistant year round (3-5 inches a month), but that particular spot may get a little less due to trees blocking from the North. Not much wind, either if that matters.
The "finalists" I have in mind are Canary Island Date Palm, Washingtonia Filifera or Blue European Fan Palm. If any other great sub-tropical plants are out there that you think are worth considering, please share those as well!