Where do you find a desert with palm trees? Many continents have deserts, but not all of their deserts support conditions for palm trees to grow. What conditions support palms in deserts?
Only specific types of palms find tolerable desert climate conditions for good growth. The soil must have some supportive vegetative nutrition. In other words, not be just rolling, dry rocky sand dunes.
There must be some water. That could be typical desert amounts of yearly rainfall, amounting up to 15 inches. Or it could be they're growing adjacent to an oasis, supplying good groundwater.
The temperature lows must not be too low. Plus when it gets to the lowest temp a palm tree can endure, it can't last too long. Or the palm tree will be damaged and can die.
Some deserts are Cold, categorized as Semi-arid Deserts. Where winter temperatures are consistently lower than palms can hack.
Think of polar deserts. The Arctic & Antarctic, which get little precipitation. That's not the only problem there, these deserts without palm trees. They're way too cold!
FINDING A DESERT WITH PALM TREES
So let's find some deserts with palm trees. We'll look to subtropical deserts and coastal deserts. So many we can show you! Even right where We Live, in Tucson Arizona.
A palm tree in the desert will thrive if given the right conditions.
But not only that, they must be palms suitable for full sun. And desert climates provide quite strong sun, especially during the summer.
For instance Phoenix is a city in the desert with palm trees plus cactus. 85% of the year there it's totally sunny.
IMPORTANT TEMPERATURE FACTOR
Typically in a desert winter, the degree drop can be as much as 20oF once the sun sets. How far then, did it drop? And for how long will an extreme drop last? Probably the most important detail.
This data tells you if a palm tree in the desert is suitable for the area.
Which specific species of palm trees are good to go in a desert climate? And what are the particulars for it?
CANARY ISLAND DATE PALM:
Yes, Phoenix canariensis is native to the Canary Islands. Majestic, slow-growing, specimen. Among the tallest palm trees.
Loves the sun, but still can go limitedly to 15oF.
Bismarckia nobilis has bluish tinged fronds that love full sun. Be cautious if temps go into the 20sF, which can damage them, if it's too long.
Medium sized. This photo shows a wonderful specimen growing inside the Palm House at Adelaide Botanic Garden in South Australia. When we were in Adelaide, we didn't get to stop in. We were on our way to Outback desert areas, north of there!
But you can Stop In to See This Amazing Palm House.
Phoenix dactylifera has historically been the palm most cultivated for date Fruit Production.
Nannorrhops ritcheana is small, but pretty. A clumper with either bluish or green fronds.
MEXICAN BLUE FAN:
Brahea armata is maybe the ideal inland desert palm.
DESERT FAN PALM:
Washingtonia filifera loves the inland desert hot sun. Can even go as low as 15oF. Native to northern Mexico & low deserts in So-Cal.
Dypsis decaryi is uniquely shaped. You can't miss it! Native to Madagascar, so it loves heat. Sun is good, too - but some recommend a bit of shade. Can go occasionally to about 26oF without injury.
Brahea edulis has a fat trunk that takes it right through those springtime desert winds. Full sun is okay. Same with temperature as low as 18F.
The immediate answer to does California have palm trees is YES!
Maybe you've seen photos of, or have visited Los Angeles. More often than not palm trees were wherever that took you!
Likely you've also seen photos of palm tree lined streets in Palm Springs. Have you visited there? To a palm tree filled resort for relaxing enjoyment!
Have you ever heard of Palm Desert?
Palm trees in Palm Springs are all along the main street, named Palm Canyon Drive. With those names, how could there not be palm trees in this California city! And along many of the major streets, too.
Strange to think, now-a-days, that the city's not originally named for palm trees. When Spanish explorers José María Estudillo & Brevet Captain José Romero came through this area.
They called it La Palma de la Mano de Dios. In English: The Palm of God's Hand. So originally it was an altogether different palm!
DESERT FAN PALM
California's native palm, the Desert Fan Palm, is also nicknamed the California Fan Palm. It's not the palm trees all along the town's main street, though.
That California palm native is found nearby in Palm Canyon. Also in the most southerly part of town in a subdivision called Indian Canyons.
People who aren't familiar with the true geography of AZ may ask:
DISCOVER PALMS IN ARIZONA
So it's no wonder if they've never been to Arizona, or if they've never researched the area - that they'd ask this question.
Does Arizona have palms? The answer certainly is YES!
Much of Arizona has climes where a desert with palm trees can thrive. Particularly the right types of palm trees.
Where we live in Tucson, there's no escaping our Sonoran Desert with palm trees in your view. Left & right, backwards & forward!
PHOENIX & MORE
Visit Phoenix to discover it will be the same.
Still plenty of other desert areas exist where palm trees easily live, throughout the state. For instance:
Mostly it's drought-tolerant species in the Arizona desert. With them you must use caution about overwatering palm trees in Your Landscaping.
Some people plant other Palms That Love Sun, yet need a bit more water. Yet it's preferable to give much thought to xeriscape landscaping for your desert area palm trees.
We've said, we live in Tucson Arizona. Anytime we drive anywhere we have views of palm trees all over town. Out our back door we see at least four palm trees.
VIRTUAL TUCSON PALM TOUR
Let's take a virtual drive to begin figuring out where palm trees in Tucson can be found. Here are some samples from around town.
Many, many places are in the Phoenix area where you'll get that tropical feel in the desert with palm trees there.
We take the 1-1/2 hour drive up to Phoenix on numerous occasions. Can't miss noticing palms trees while you're there!
We love that during the holidays. How the sports' stadium plazas have Christmas Lights On Palm Trees.
But not only there!