Not only in Florida, but all around the world, there is an abundance of palm trees. There are some 20,000 plus different varieties of palm trees in all.
Fortunately, for ease of maintenance, these 20,000 palm tree species can be further subdivided into a few major types of palms. This is done based on such characteristics as their trunk shape, leaf structure, flower buds, cold tolerance and so on. Most palms grow in warmer climates but some varieties can even withstand sub-zero temperatures.
Common Varieties of Palm Trees
Here are some of the most common palm tree varieties:
Palm Tree Root System
People often assume that since palm trees have such a rugged exterior that they are a very strong tree. This can be misleading because of their smaller root structure. Their roots do not grow deep like most other species of trees. A palm tree root ball actually grows very little as the size of the palm tree itself becomes larger. This makes palms popular because their roots don’t expand out and damage foundations, driveways and sidewalks like some other tree roots often do.
Choosing and Maintaining Your New Palm Tree
If you are like most people when you want to plant a new palm tree you will go to a nursery and choose a palm that has already started to grow in a container. In order to keep that palm healthy after planting it you need to consider several factors.
They are as follows:
Common Palm Tree Pests and Diseases
There are many different types of palm trees. Like any other, tree palms are susceptible to insect damage, disease, fungus, and bacteria.
Here are some of the more common palm tree pests that you need to be aware of:
Here are some of the more common diseases that will threaten your palm’s health if they contract them:
At Aardvark Tree Service, we are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the palm trees in your yard. Our arborists have expert knowledge on all the different varieties of palm trees found in Florida.
For help with your palm tree project, please give our team a call 24/7.