I love palms. When I purchased my home, the first trees I planted were two Jacarandas and three Queen Palms. Nothing says “hello tropical” better than a bank of palm trees.
Even though I am in Florida, there were palms that I purchased here in Pasco that didn’t survive their first winter because they needed to be in zone 10 or higher. Of course, you may be able to if you’re closer to the Gulf or Ocean or you happen to be in a warmer microclimate. I know Orlando has a ton of plants that grow there that I simply can’t, despite the fact that we are in the same agricultural zone… and they have a paid gardening staff!
Wonderful palms in my yard are:
Roebellini / Pygmy Date Palm
Chinese Fan Palm
Washingtonia/Mexican Fan Palm
Sago Palm (actually a cycad)
And, while we’re on cycads, Coontie…
Some of the next palms on my list are:
Sylvester Palm: stunning silver palm that is next on my list!
Canary Island Date Palm: I’ve seen many of these with lethal yellowing
European Fan Palm slow growing
potentially fish tail palm.
Some of the palms that failed for me are: traveler’s palm, coconut palm (although it is possible it just didn’t get enough sunlight), adonina (christmas palm), and even young roebellini palms if not protected their first couple of winters. Actually, I still protect mine four years later, but they are starting to get pretty large.
I had a few others that died, not due to cold, but because they are a grass, and the horses ate them. Most of you won’t have to contend with that issue.