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Tampa Queen Palms

The stately Queen Palm is the classic urban palm tree throughout Tampa area landscapes.  The tree is graceful and grows extremely fast while nothing seems to bother it.  It does not easily succumb to disease and is cold hardy down to about 22 degrees. The single trunk of a Queen Palm is smooth with the scars of previous leaves left behind.  The five to fifteen foot leaf branches extend up and out with approximately three foot, glossy, bright green, soft pinnate leaves.  The graceful canopy can be a great shade provider, especially when combined with a few more Queen Palms.

Types Queen Palm, Cocos plumosa
Plant Type Palm Tree
Hardiness Zones 10-11
Height 50 Feet or more
Light Needs Full Sun
Water Needs Moderately Drought Tolerant
Soil Needs Well-Drained

Care Information

Make sure you plant in a area with full sun, partial shade is tolerated if not preferred. Water every day after planting for a few weeks to give roots the best chance  to develop a solid foundation.  Switch to watering every other day for the next few weeks.  After that, summer rain should take care of things or water twice a week in the winter. Fertilize your Queen Palms two or three times per year.  Critical minerals for the tree are manganese, iron, copper, and magnesium.  A shortage of manganese is what causes the frizzy top you sometimes see on these trees. The Queen palm needs the strength of its leaves to develop a strong structure so minimal pruning is recommended.  You should, however, get rid of old, yellow, dry fronds that can cause problems.

Design Ideas

The quick growth of Queen Palms make them a great tree to plant along a fence line, a road, or any place that needs a “Florida” look.  They will also provide copious amounts of shade to a yard or a park.  When planting in line along a sidewalk, road, or yard, we recommend 15 foot centers to account for the size of the mature canopies.  Keep it Green can help you with Queen Palms in many sizes.  Give us a call or stop by to see our selection.  We are minutes from:

  • Apollo Beach
  • Riverview
  • Tampa
  • Temple Terrace
  • Gibsonton
  • Brandon
  • Lithia
  • Bloomingdale