California Fan Palm

Palm Trees of the southwest

Palm Trees in and around Las Cruces area.

Palm Trees of the southwest. The Mediterranean Palm (Chamaerops humilis) Is a slow growing palm tree but will reach about 15ft. – 20ft. tall and wide. Very cold hardy palm can take temperatures down to about 10degrees Fahrenheit. It is an evergreen tree so it has good year-round color. Excellent around ponds or pools and is drought tolerant once established. Very hardy palm tree. It can actually do quite well in a large container but will require more water during the hot summer season.


The palm tree will do very well in Desert Southwest. The fronds will stay green year round giving it a much more eye-pleasing look during the cold season. Be sure to follow a regular watering schedule when first planted. This will help establish a deep, extensive root system.

How much water

Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose palm tree fertilizer (Carl Pool Palm Food) before new growth begins in spring. This is one palm tree that Color Your World Nursery in Las Cruces, NM will have available on a year-round basis.

Do not trim off palm older fronds until after the last frost.  The older fronds surrounding the tree will help protect the tree from the colder temperatures during winter.

Visit this page for more information.  Care of Palm Trees.

California Fan Palm

The California Palm tree

It is a hardy tree and can tolerate temperatures down to 20° or so.  The tree will grow to about 20-40 ft. tall and the fronds will reach about 20 ft wide.  It is drought tolerant once it gets established usually around the third or fourth year. California palm trees will get wide at the base up to 3-4 ft. wid.  So give it room to grow place it at least 20ft. from a wall.

Mexican Fan Palm

Palm Trees of the Southwest

Mexican Fan Palm Scientific Name: Washingtonia robusta 

It can take Full USDA Zone 7-10
Can grow to about 100ft tall. Fronds must be cut back from winter frost damage in the southwest. Low water once established. Always plant in full sun. It is much taller than its cousin the California fan palm.

Palm Trees of the southwest
Photo Credit – Pindo Palm in Pot

The Pindo Palm: USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 – 11.

Pindo Palm, it tolerates colder climates, with 3-foot long silvery green arching fronds. Stout, thick trunk with bold foliage sprays from the top. In warmer climates, 3 to 4 feet long creamy yellow to reddish flower clusters produce a sweet, edible fruit called Pindos.  Need to know your hardiness zone?  Hardiness Zone. 


Windmill Palm
Windmill Palm – Photo Credit

The Windmill Palm. Trachycarpus fortunei:

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 – 11. A very hardy palm tree with distinctive hairy black fibers covering its slender, graceful trunk. A good-looking compact crown that makes it a good garden or patio tree, or container specimen. It may reach 25 ft. tall and the crown will get about 10ft. wide.

Palm Trees of the southwest
Image Credit: Doreen Wynja

The Canary Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)

Also called the Phoneix palm.  A long-trunked Palm with gracefull arching fronds. It makes a bold statement around the swimming pool or in a desert landscapes. Good on slopes, in parks or along streets. It will do well in a large decorative pot.  Drought tolerant once established.


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