10 Palm Tree Facts

If you’re looking to learn about palm trees, then you’re in the right place. In many peoples eyes, the palm tree is an essential part of their tropical paradise. But did you know that not all palm trees need the sunlight, and some of them actually do quite well growing in the shade? So, let’s take a look at some facts about palm trees.

Palm Tree Facts

  1. There are estimated to be around 2,600 different species of palm tree.
  2. Palm trees can grow in excess of 200 feet tall! This species is called the Wax Palm tree, and it grows in the Andes.
  3. The smallest palm tree grows as small as only 12 inches, known as the Dypsis minuta, which is native to Madagascar.
  4. Not all palm trees need the tropical heat the grow. There are several types that will grow in the shade, like the Chusan palm tree and the Needle palm tree.
  5. The lifespan of a palm tree does depend on it’s species. However, on average they can typically last between 70-100+ years.
  6. The oldest tree seed ever successfully planted was a date palm tree named Methuselah. As of 2020, this palm three is more than 3.5m in height.
  7. We can trace palm trees back thousands of years, all the way to the Romans, who used a palm tree and a victory symbol.
  8. The largest seed in the world actually belongs to a palm tree. This is from the Coco de mer, which is native to the Seychelles.
  9. Palm trees are actually evergreen. This means that they don’t shed their leaves in any particular season!
  10. There are many different fruits that grow on palm trees. This includes coconuts, dates, acai berries, peach palms and various others.

Common Questions about Palm Trees

How many species of palm tree are there?

There are more than 2,600 different species of palm trees out there. The majority of these species live in tropical or subtropical climates and like the heat. The most well known of these species is probably the coconut palm tree, which is what everyone’s stereotypical palm tree looks like! There is also the date palm tree, which is also very well known.

Can palm trees grow in the shade?

Contrary to popular belief, not all palm trees need tropical heat. There are some species of palm tree that grow just fine in the shade. One example of this is the Chusan palm tree, also known as the Trachycarpus Fortunei, which is popular in the United Kingdom (if it can grow there, it can grow anywhere!).

Are palm trees poisonous to cats and dogs?

This is a difficult one to answer, because the correct response is that yes, SOME palm trees are poisonous to your pets. The Sago palm tree, which is one of the most popular palm trees( although not technically a palm!), is actually toxic to dogs. All parts of the Sago palm are considered to be poisonous for a dog. So if you’re going to get a palm tree for your garden, make sure you check it’s species beforehand.

What are the benefits of palm trees?

Palm trees are not just some of the most attractive trees – they also have many practical uses too. Aside from bearing fruits, they can also be used to make sugar, wines and other beverages, as well as providing the material to make many different items, like broomsticks.

Are palm trees trees?

The reason why people ask whether palm trees are really trees is that palm tree don’t typically branch out, and in the definition of a tree is specified that it ‘branches’. However, some species of palm tree do actually branch out. Either way, the majority of people will agree that a palm tree is a tree. However, they are not always referred to as palm trees.


Overall, these are just some interesting facts about palm trees! There is much to learn about this interesting type of palm tree, which typically does best in tropical climates.

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