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EVERGLADES OR PAUROTIS PALM

The Everglades Palm, Acoelorrhaphe wrighti is a tall clustering fan palm.    About 25 leaves are arranged into crowns that sit above thin (3-4" in diameter) stems.  These slender stems can grow to 30 ft high and lean away from one another to create attractive informal clusters. These can become a very dense tangle of foliage if suckers are not routinely trimmed.     Our Paurotis Palms are field grown and balled & burlapped. 

SENEGAL date

Senegal date palms or Phoenix reclinata make superb specimens.  At maturity, expect it to measure 35' in height and have a 12'-20'  spread.   The palm is elegant when lit from below at night.   It is best used as an accent for large landscapes and parks.  Plant them in the open where they have room to stretch their graceful stems in all directions.   

canary island date

The Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis, is the largest of the date family. Growing to about 40' in height, the trunk is very thick - up to three feet in diameter. A mature Canary Date has a distinctive diamond leaf scar pattern. Give this species ample room to grow. Hardy to zone 8B, the Canary Date is very adaptable to both poor soils and dry conditions. Be sure to plant it in a well-drained location. 

silver med fan

The Silver Mediterranean Fan Palm is a sub-species of med fan.   It can be identified by  its silvery leaves and black thorns.  Silver meds are slower growing and more cold hardy than regular med fan palms.   Ours are field grown and balled and burlapped.

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Pindo palm

The Pindo Palm is the most cold hardy feather palm.   It handles the harsh north Texas winters with little or no damage.   Pindos are a short stature accent palm.    Its foliage leans to the blue-green or silvery-gray color.  They are graceful and will retain a large quantity of green fronds, up to 40 or 50. 

Even though many of the books say otherwise, we have found that pindos are particular about their soil, preferring a sandy loam.   In soils with more clay particles, they tend to yellow.  Our pindos are field grown and balled & burlapped.    The ones currently availably have 2 feet or less of trunk. 

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clustering fishtails

Simmons Oak Farms now has Clustering Fishtails from 8' to 12' tall overall. They have a heavy main trunk and lots of branches. This palm is hardy to zone 9B or about 25 degrees Farenheit.  In most areas, it would be best grown in a container or a protected part of the landscape. You can expect a mature clump to be about 15' wide by 20-25' tall.  What a striking specimen for your clients!  Our Fishtail Palms are field grown and balled & burlapped.

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queen or  cocus

Queen or Cocus Palms are the most commonly used feather palm in Southern Texas. It has solitary trunks and long, arching leaves. A fast grower, it is not unusual for a Queen Palm to grow 2 to 2-1/2 feet a year. Used as a specimen, it is especially attractive planted in groups of three. Originally from Southern Brazil and Argentina, this palm is hardy to zone 9B. According to Betrock's Cold Hardy Palms, it is damaged but recovers from 24 degree temperatures. In Texas, Queen Palms can be grown as far north as San Antonio. These are field grown, balled and burlapped, and sold by the clear trunk foot.


Silver date palm

This is my current favorite palm. We installed one at our home and it put on at least 4 sets of fronds the first growing season. The silver date palm, Phoenix sylvestris, looks much like a Canary Island date but on a smaller scale - much more appropriate for most home landscapes. A mature Sylvestris will have up to 100 fronds in its canopy. Leaf color is blue-green, thus the Silver Date name. Originating in India, this date palm is hardy to zone 8B. It's a slow grower that will reach a mature height of 40'. It has a solitary trunk and I think it looks great planted by itself. We placed ours in front of a large brick wall with only low-growing plantings below it. Watch out for the spines on the petiole. Betrock says there are not irritants on this palm, but when pricked with one of the spines, you may blister at the site.

pygmy date palm

Phoenix roebellini is a small feather palm with light and airy leaves. It looks striking against a blank wall or fence and is often used in foundation plantings. Multiple planting at a building's corners is another use. Our Pygmy Date Palms are being grown as doubles, triples, and large singles. They measure over 6 feet tall. All material is balled and burlapped. Pricing is as singles, doubles, or triples.    

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Chinese fan

Chinese Fan Palms can withstand several degrees below freezing with no damage. Hardy to Zone 9, it can be safely grown as far north as San Antonio or Houston. This palm is a slow grower, only adding about 6 inches of height each year. It's mature height of 25' makes it a terrific palm for an average home landscape. I do notice it in more commercial projects than home projects.   Ours are available either booted or shaved.  As you can see below, ours are quite tall.  Chinese Fan Palms are the best deal on our farm. 

true or edible date

A True Date Palm or Phoenix dactylifera is native to the deserts in North Africa. This date variety is becoming more widely used in landscaping. It is highly adaptable but is said not to fruit well in tropical or humid environments. It often has suckers at the base which are typically removed to retain its single trunk. Hardy to zone 8B, this palm is a slow grower that will reach a height of 70'.

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cLIFF date

Cliff Date Palms or Phoenix rupicola, is a tidy tree that tens to have a smooth trunk ringed with narrow scars at the former point of leaf attachment.   Its canopy sets it apart from the rest of the date family.  The leaves are a bright green color and are arranged on the stem to give of fronds a flat appearance.   They have a natural curve that results in a very graceful palms.   Native to India, Cliff Dates grow among the rocks and cliffs of the Himalayan Mountains.    Since it grows naturally in rocks and cliffs, it tolerates poor soil.   

windmill palm

Windmill Palms are considered to be one of the most cold-hardy palms, hardy to zone 7b. In their native habitat, Windmills receive light winter snow. This palm has a standard trunk with smallish fan leaves. Expect a mature Windmill Palm to reach a height of 25'. It has a high drought tolerance and moderate salt tolerance. Our trees are field grown and sold balled and burlapped. Ours currently have 2 -4 feet of clear trunk.

Washingtonia

Washingtonia Palms are probably the most common palm in the Rio Grande Valley. They line our highway system and decorate many of the large buildings and developments. Washingtonia filibusta is a cross between the California Fan Palm and Mexican Fan Palm. It is cold hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and have a thick trunk. Washingtonias have naturalized in Deep South Texas. Once established they are extremely drought tolerant.

Mediterranean fan

The Mediterranean Fan Palm is one of the most successful palms for general use in landscaping under a wide range of conditions. Its broad spread, multiple trunks, and dark green foliage make it an excellent choice as an accent tree. One of the most cold-hardy of all palms, the Med Fan can tolerate temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Our Dallas customers tell us that the Med Fans were unfazed by the brutal Winter 2010 temperatures. Med Fan also do well in hot, dry desert regions. Native to southern Europe, it is typically found in poor rocky soils. It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, provided they are well drained. Also known as European Fan Palm, this is a relatively slow growing palm. A Med Fan grows at a rate of six inches per year. It can be expected to reach a height and canopy spread of about twenty feet. If you are into silver plants, ask about our silver cultivar. They are about hip-high and very cold tolerant.

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Texas sabal

Texas Sabal is the only palm native to Texas. It can be identified by its thornless leaf margins and the fact that it tends to hang on to its leaf bases (or boots). More robust than Florida's Sabal palmetto, the Texas Sabal is a sturdy fan palm that will reach a mature height of about 30'. It is very slow growing and an excellent choice for either commercial or home landscapes. One of the most cold hardy palms, Texas Sabal performs well as far north as Dallas-Fort Worth. Betrock's Cold Hardy Palms states that it is "hardy to at least 5 degrees F and reported to survive sub-zero temperatures".   Ours have 4 to 10 feet of clear trunk.  

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