Whenever you see Florida featured in a movie, a television show, or in magazines, you always see those tropical skylines with one type of plant showing the most: the palm tree. There are over 2,500 species of palm trees, and quite a few of them can make great additions to your own Orlando home’s landscape design.
Just like any other plant you hope to add to your yard, you first want to consider its purpose. Do you want it to provide shade or be the main stand-out in your yard? This will help determine the type of palm tree you might want. You also want to consider the appearance of the plant. There are single trunk and multi-trunk varieties, plus whether you prefer a palmate (fan-shaped) or pinnate (feather-shaped) leaf formation. Also consider the size. Anyone who lives in Florida knows that palm trees can be quite tall, and some species can just be a few feet above the ground.
You also want to consider how it can handle the elements. Since we mostly see sun, rain, and wind in Orlando, your palm tree should be able to handle those with ease. Don’t forget that we’re prone to being hit by hurricanes, and just because it’s been a while since we’ve seen one come through doesn’t mean you shouldn't be mindful of that. While Florida isn’t known for cold winters, we have seen temperatures dip low enough in Orlando that we’ve had to cover our plants with blankets. Some palm trees can tolerate temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lastly, as you would with any landscape design, Orlando residents want to think about what plants they want to go with the palm trees. Since a palm tree is the staple behind a tropical theme, you’ll want to keep that in mind. Ask your landscape designer what plants would compliment your palm tree. He will be able to tell you not only what plants would fit in the theme, but how well they can be maintained and kept up throughout the year.
In the end, palm trees are a perfect addition to any Orlando landscape design. You know it will last in the environment and you can rest assured that it will stand out. Talk to our landscape designer and find out how we can get create your own tropical paradise right here in Orlando.