Palm Tree Comparison
Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis. This is by far the best value outdoor palm, where you get the biggest size for the best price. It has the really iconic palm tree shape and is excellent in the wind. Its only downside is that in really cold winters you will need to tie up the fronds to protect from snow.
Chusan or Windmill Palm
The hardiest of all palms, a tall upright palm tree with a thick chunky trunk and fan-shaped leaves coming from the top. If you want a tall palm tree in quick fashion, this is the one. If planting in really windy environments use its sister plant (below).
Miniature Chusan Palm
Same as the windmill palm, except the fronds are much tougher and keep condition in exposed environments. Doesn’t grow quite as quick as the Chusan Palm. The miniature in the name doesn’t refer to its size, but to the leaf size which is slightly smaller that that of the Chusan Palm.
Dwarf Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis. A really good all rounder. Unusually for a palm tree this one doesn’t grow above head height. Very hardy, and excellent in windy conditions. One of the better palms for low light situations. A great choice of palm if you are looking for something compact.
Dwarf Fan Palm ‘Cerafera’
This Blue Fan Palm is a close relative to the Fan Palm above, the only real difference is the colour of the leaves.
Butia capitata. A graceful palm with long arching fronds. Can grow very tall but does take a very long time. A beautiful palm, its fat trunk a real feature. Excellent potted specimen.
Chilean Wine Palm
Jubaea chilensis. Similar in form to the Jelly Palm, a good solid hardy palm.
A very hardy, reliable palm, with huge fan shaped leaves. Best kept out of very windy exposed environments as the leaves will shred.
Livistona. The hardiest of the Livistona palms, much underrated and still relatively rare in cultivation. A tall, slender palm with long fan-shaped leaves.