Stefan and I really want to get our yard/landscaping going since greenary makes SUCH a difference for a property (plus it takes years to grow into the lush tropical jungle we imagine our property being, so the sooner the better).
In California, I always thought “a palm tree is a palm tree”, but now that we’re actually looking closer into plants/landscaping, there are hundreds (thousands?) of different types of palm trees to choose from. And everyone seems to call the same palm tree by different names, here in Puerto Rico, which makes it difficult when you’re trying to tell someone what kind of palms you want. Stefan and I love the royal palms. And we’ve been told that they are queen palms, king palms, christmas palms and royal palms (the palms we like are ROYAL PALMS). So I did a little research on palms on the internet and put together the pictures here.
Coconut Palms – Coconut palm trees are VERY common here in Puerto Rico, because they grow like weeds. Any where we go there are coconuts chillin’, with roots and leaves growing out of them. Hills, valleys, beaches, etc, you will find coconut palms. They’re so common that here in Puerto Rico, people rip them out of their lawns and toss them over their fences (or tell us to come get them…haha). I call them the “messy palms” because they are kind of scraggly and not as neat looking as many of the other palms, but hey, I’ll take what I can get when my yard looks like this
King Palms – I’m still confused on what exactly makes a King Palm, a King Palm. They look very similar to what I’ve been told are Christmas Palms and Royal Palms…hmmmmm.
Queen Palms – Queen Palms look similar to the coconot palm (to me at least) but are a little cleaner looking, but still kinda scraggly. They grow fast though (2 – 3 ft a year), which is great for our barren property.
Royal Palms – Royal Palms are one of my favorites. They are very clean, symmetrical and neat looking palms. You see them all over the place in Puerto Rico, since they are very aesthetically pleasing.
Areca Palms – Areca Palms are also one of my favorite types of palm trees. To me, they look like a cross between a royal palm tree and bamboo, since they grow in patches. You can get 2′ Areca Palms at Home Depot for $14 and they have a decent growth rate, so we are stocking up.