Palm Trees

In 2011, Las Cruces survived one of the coldest winters an decades. this left many plans dead or damaged to the point of no survival. The most noticably infected were the palm trees. Many survived but many did not. Since then, the local plant nurseries have been bringing in more cold tollerent as well as drought tollerent palm trees.

Pictures Common Name/ Botanical Name Description Water Needs

Mediterranean Fan Palm

Chamaerops

Ht. up to 8'-15'   Spread: 12’ 

Leaves: Palmate fan 3' in length

Trunk: It is a shrub-like clumping palm, with several stems growing from a single base.I

t is the only palm species native to continental EuropeFrost damage can occur at temperatures below 14 °F.

 

Water use: Medium

Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta

Ht. up to 20   Spread: 12’ 
 
Leaves: deep semiglossy green  20”-60” long
 
This very symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny, dark green leaves on a thick shaggy top.
 
 Frost damage can occur at temperatures below 14 °F. Trunks can branch multiple times, thus producing multiple heads of leaves.
Water use: Medium

Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

Ht. 40'-60'   Spread: 10’ 
 
Leaves: deep semiglossy green  55”-75” long
 
Although not the northernmost naturally occurring palm in the world it is one of the hardiest, as it grows at much higher altitudes, up to 7,874 ft in the mountains of southern China. Frost damage can occur at temperatures below 10 °F.
 
Water use: Medium

California Fan Palm

Washingtonia filifera

Ht. up to 60   Spread: 12’ 

 

Leaves: Palmate fan 3' in length

Washingtonia filifera is the only palm native to the Western United States, and the country's largest native palm. Frost damage can occur at temperatures below 14 °F

 

Water use: Medium

Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta

Ht. up to 80   Spread: 12’ 

Leaves: Palmate fan 3' in length

The Palm was originally introduced to Los Angeles to beautify the town for the 1932 Summer OlympicsFrost damage can occur at temperatures below 14 °F.

 

 

Water use: Medium

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