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Syagrus romanzoffiana

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

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The Queen Palm, truly is the ‘queen of palms’, and a well-grown specimen is one of the most beautiful palms there is. It has a graceful, smooth, gray trunk, topped with arching leaves that are formed like plumes. It also has large clusters of orange berries that are very attractive, as they hang from the tree. It makes an elegant lawn specimen, or an avenue, or planted in a group of three it fills the corner of your property beautifully. This is also one of the hardier palms, and it grows well in warmer parts of Zone 9, so this is a tree that can be grown in many more places than most other palm trees. It can also be grown in a large indoor space for a long time, especially if it is a ‘great room’ with a high ceiling.

  • Spectacular arching palm tree
  • Hardy throughout zone 9b
  • Rounded, plume-like fronds
  • Elegant smooth gray trunk
  • Large clusters of showy orange berries

Plant the Queen Palm in a sunny location, in well-drained soil. It will do best in soil that is not too alkaline, and it should be fed regularly with palm fertilizer with a high Potassium value and added micronutrients. Once established it is drought-resistant, and usually free of pests or diseases, particularly if regularly fertilized. The only maintenance needed is to remove old fronds once they turn yellow and old seed clusters too. It can be grown in a large container, where it should also be regularly fertilized, and for many years it will make a graceful specimen for a terrace, patio, around a pool or even indoors in a room with a high ceiling.

Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11
Mature Width 20-25
Mature Height 50 ft.
Soil Conditions Average
Sunlight Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Zones 9-11

If you live in a warmer area – but perhaps not in southern Florida, or around San Diego, California – you probably would love to grow a palm tree, but you are afraid that it is too cold. The good news is that there is a palm tree – the Queen Palm – which is among the hardiest of palms, and grows well in areas where winter temperatures can be as low as 25 degrees for short periods. This spectacular palm has full, gracefully arching fronds from the crown, and a tall, smooth trunk in an attractive soft-gray color.

With its great beauty and elegant habit, it is no wonder this is indeed the queen of palms. Planted in a sunny place in almost any kind of well-drained soil, it will bring that tropical look to your garden, and be a spectacular lawn specimen, even if you live in slightly cooler areas. Imagine an elegant avenue of these trees along your driveway, welcoming you home each day. This palm will of course also grow well in the warmest parts of the country too.

Growing Queen Palm Trees

The leaves of the Queen Palm are easily identified, because unlike other palms, where the leaves are flat, with the leaflets more or less horizontal to the central stem, in the Queen Palm the leaves radiate out all around the stem, so the leaf looks like a plume, giving a very full appearance to the crown of the tree. Once a tree has matured, it will begin to flower, producing beautiful, very large sprays of flowers that ripen into clusters of up to a thousand orange seeds, making a beautiful display. The flowers are creamy-white and each fruit is up to an inch long. The trunk will be 8 to 15 inches thick, usually slightly thicker at the base than the top, but palm trees are not like most other trees, and the trunk is more or less straight from top to bottom.

Planting and Initial Care

When planting your Queen Palm, choose a sunny location that has ordinary soil. It is moderately tolerant of salt spray, so it can be planted near, but not directly at, beach-front locations. If properly fertilized it has few problems, as those that are seen are often not diseases, but nutrient deficiencies. Always feed your tree regularly with a high Potassium (K) palm-tree fertilizer, that has supplementary nutrients added, especially Iron (Fe) and Magnesium (Mg). A full range of micro-nutrients is also desirable. This tree grows best on soils that are not very alkaline.

Growing Indoors

If you have a large, well-lit indoor space, you can grow the Queen Palm indoors too. It will thrive for many years, especially if you have an atrium or tall space where it can be accommodated. A large palm indoors is a very exciting thing to see, and really gives your space a spectacular feel. Grow your tree in a large pot with drainage holes, and when watering, always water thoroughly, until water flows from the drainage holes. Allow the soil to become almost dry between each watering. Fertilize regularly with a high-Potassium fertilizer with added Iron and Magnesium.

Care and Maintenance

To care for your Queen Palm, be sure to fertilize it regularly, and remove the older leaves once they are completely yellow. Do not remove leaves while they are still partially green, as nutrients are re-absorbed from them back into the tree. Old flower stems can be removed at the same time. Trim the leaves back, leaving a short stalk still attached to the tree. In time this will fall, gradually revealing more of that beautiful smooth, gray trunk.

History and Origins of the Queen Palm Tree

The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) comes from South America, growing naturally in an area from Paraguay and Argentina north into Brazil and Bolivia. Its interesting name comes from Nikolay Rumyantsev, an Imperial Chancellor of the Russian Empire in the 18th century. He encouraged and sponsored voyages of exploration by Russians, particularly the first circumnavigation of the globe by a Russian, Adam Johann von Krusensternm, between 1803 and 1806. This tree was probably introduced into Florida shortly before 1900, and it has been grown widely there ever since. Our trees are grown from top-quality seed, selected only from the best and healthiest specimens.

Buying Queen Palms at The Tree Center

The Queen Palm is a very popular palm tree, and always in high demand. Although we have a good stock of trees, we know they will not last long, so order now and grow one of the best and hardiest palm trees available. You may also want to consider other palm varieties, like the Windmill Palm and the Pygmy Date Palm.

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Queen Palm

Syagrus romanzoffiana

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