Gardening 101: Palm Tree Replacements

A palm tree cannot heal itself if you cut the trunk. But you can always replace it.

Video Transcript

- The record cold weather of last February nearly wiped out many tropical and subtropical plants that are here in North Texas. If you have a palm tree, you know what we're talking about. You've seen it, you're dealing with the headaches. Jeff Ray has some palm replacements to suggest for you.

JEFF RAY: Perhaps no group of plants took a bigger hit from February's record cold than palm trees. If you have one, don't give up just yet.

So now we wait.

STEVE HUDDLESTON: Yes, Jeff, we are waiting on this. This is the Chinese windmill palm. It's a cold-hardy palm for us, but we're waiting to see how well it comes back and to what extent it comes back from that Arctic blast that we had in February.

JEFF RAY: Cut back the damaged foliage. Steve recommends waiting until June to see if your palm leaves out on the crown. If it doesn't, it will have to be replaced.

Let's give them advice on, if they like that palm look, what they could put in.

STEVE HUDDLESTON: Well, Jeff, this is one that survived very well. This is our native palm. This is sable minor. Sable minor. This gets about six to eight feet tall. There is no trunk. All the stems come from the crown. But it's perfectly cold-hardy.

JEFF RAY: Also called dwarf palmetto, they can take sun or shade, and prefers low wet spots. Only maintenance it needs is to remove the blooming stock after it flowers. And of course, remove any dead fronds as the plant grows out. Another cold-hardy palm--

STEVE HUDDLESTON: This is the needle palm. This survived unscathed.

JEFF RAY: This plant was not protected in any way back in February and stayed green.

STEVE HUDDLESTON: This gets about six feet tall. There is no trunk on this one, either. All the chutes come from the crown. And those chutes come out and they're very sharp. That's why it's called needle palm.

JEFF RAY: This plant is evergreen, low maintenance, and can take full sun or light shade. You can have your palms and a cold winter, too. Two great choices to put that tropical texture into your landscape. Jeff Ray, Gardening 101.