Wondering about the worlds tallest palm trees? Some of them are in Tucson Arizona, where we live. These palm trees go sky-high!
Stand next to them, and you crane your neck to see the crown. What types of palm trees might they be? Some wonderful looking palm trees throughout the world grow to huge heights. We'll take you to them.
Including THE world's tallest palm tree of all!
Which of the worlds tallest palm trees interests you most?
People who love palm trees often just like to know which palms they are looking at. To be able to Identify the Palm Tree.
Only one reason why somebody wants to know about the tallest palm trees in the world. There are several other reasons:
Have you deciding on buying a tall palm tree? For planning, think of how you'll use it.
Are you doing research, evaluating the tallest palms in specific areas?
We'll be taking you through Multiple Categories of the Worlds Tallest Palm Trees. To get into more details on the varied species.
When you think of tall palm trees, exactly how tall are we speaking of?
When fully grown, at maturity, a tall palm tree will be measured at least 60 feet high (that's 18.29 meters). That's the height to begin, when thinking of the worlds tallest palm trees.
If you're thinking of buying a tall palm tree, you'll get some ideas here. Those you're likely to find around local nurseries. Of course that still depends on where you live. In particular, your hardiness zone.
The places Where Palm Trees are Endemic are almost entirely in the tropics & subtropics. If you live in a temperate area you're not out of luck! There are still some Types of Palms that can do well where you are, including tall varieties.
Not planning to buy? You'll still see some of the world's tallest palm trees, that may interest you. Including the one that is the Tallest Palm Tree in the whole world!!
See what there is!
QUINDO WAX PALM - Ceroxylon quindiuense is native to the Columbian Andes Mountains.
It's amazing that as the world's tallest palm tree, the trunk alone gets to 200 feet high.
But not only that! Growing between 6000-10,000 ft. up in the Andes, means they take a record for surviving at the highest world elevations.
Borassus aethiopum originates from African tropical grasslands. Palmate leaves are deep green, about 6' long.
Cocos nucifera has been around forever. They're not even fully sure of its origins. Except likely in the South Pacific somewhere. But everyone knows it as that tropical symbol.
Now many varieties, even some considered "dwarf" - if you consider 60' small! Guess it's all relative!!
The basic original grows 90'-100' tall. So prepare to crane your neck upwards! Large varieties are Tall Jamaican, Panama Tall & Maypan (smallest of these). Plantations grow them commercially for the coconut fruits.
Jubaea chilensis has a bit more flexible growing zones.
A handsome, hardy choice among the world's tallest palm trees. They're even growing in Belgium. Also in their native Chile, as well as among the tall palm trees in California.
Mature Chilean Wine Palm specimens slowly reach 100' up. Easily in Zones 9-11. Although not too well in hot, humid areas.
Phoenix canariensis is a regal beauty with some hardiness.
You can say that among the world's tallest palm trees, some are Super Tall. Then there are some that are massive. We'll let you in on which are which!
These palms grow to at least 60 feet tall at maturity. Many are much taller!
Archontophoenix alexandrae is also known as King Palm. Light gray single trunk ringed with scars of old leaves. 70 feet when fully grown.
Arenga pinnata has a finite life span. Flower stalk (inflorescence) sprouts high up at maturity. Each thereafter lower down, until the final one.
When it's done the job, the palm dies!
Gets to 60+ feet at maturity.
Bismarckia nobilis has a lovely look with huge upright palmate fronds. Grows to 60 feet+.
Bismarck palm trees reach over 70 feet tall when fully grown.
Borassus aethiopum has multiple common names. Others are African Palmyra Palm, Ron Palm & Toddy Palm. As you've guessed, native to tropics of Africa.
Iriartea deltoidea has other common names: Stilt Palm & Copa Palm. Once common name is based on an origin locality. Gets nearly 100' with growing conditions it likes! Only 1' diameter trunk.
Locally used in many ways: home construction, canoes, etc.
When people see photographs of California, and especially SoCal's Los Angeles, palm trees are all around. One Tall Palm Tree in California is traditionally associated with the state, because it's native.
Many more have been imported, and cultivated to grow there. Usually quite easily, because the climate suits them well!
Did you guess why Washingtonia filifera is the tall palm tree most associated with California? This is the one palm that's native to the state.
Kentiopsis oliviformis is seen in a range of places in Southern California. Particularly coastal counties.
That's the common name for Sabal mauritiiformis. But called that in Belize. An area where its widely seen. Its aboriginal area is Mexico, Central America, N.South America & Trinidad. Their round shape forms a gorgeous crown.
Specimens around San Diego County. Some seem small for their age, though. But there's a good tall palm at the San Diego Zoo!
Livistona decora is an Aussie native. Loves swampy forest areas in Queensland. Before 2004 the species epithet was decipiens.
Now has moved along to Southern California, too! Zones 9-11 are suitable.
There are many very tall palms throughout the world. Think carefully before planting one in your own garden or yard. They're especially suitable for widespread landscaping throughout a city or town. But for your own property, it may be overwhelming.
Still they are fascinating species. Be careful when looking up a their crowns, you don't wrench your neck!