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Palm Trees in Puerto Rico

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palm treepalm treepalm treepalm treepalm treeStefan 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.


8 thoughts on “Palm Trees in Puerto Rico

  1. Soe

    Hi guys, we’re in Florida, so same tropical climate as you, and have bought a new home that we are also landscaping…good times…anyway, we planted some queen palms…and I have to say, even though they shed a bit and don’t have the “sleek” look, they are pretty fabulous! They grow super, duper fast AND when we have a windy day, the sound their long, wispy leaves make is really relaxing. Especially if you have a comfy hammock, a good book, and a nice, cold cocktail!! We got them at a local nursery really cheap – $40 for a 8 foot plant that has already grown 2 additional feet this year! Oh, and our nursery guy also mentioned that they root very well so they hold up during the tropical storm season — always important to think about especially since you are planting during the season. 🙂 Good luck!

  2. Vicious Summer

    Stevievep – Really? You wouldn’t find my email address? How the hell do thousands of spammers have it then…haha. Thanks for the link. Im currently trying to block out how f*&^ed the world is, so I just skimmed it. I’m still on the fence on what course of action I will be taking…

    Soe – That’s good to know that the Queen Palms grow so fast! That’s definately a selling factor for us since we want lush foliage asap. I’m also happy to hear about them rooting well, it’s been pretty windy lately.

    Lever – Haha…you crack me up :). That fan was killing me the other night (which is when I made the video)…

  3. ken sommers

    we own a home on parcelas beach in rincon. We have a seen few light blue or grey fan palms in the area, but have not been able to learn the name of it or to find out where we can buy one. Can you help? Thanks, ken

  4. Drew

    How about Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia robusta) (skydusters) and California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) in Puerto Rico? Do they not grow there? Or are they not allowed in PR? And how about other palm varieties such as blue and silver palms?

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