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At Big Plant Nursery, we stock a large range of hardy palm trees, most of which are suitable for outdoor cultivation in the UK. By far the hardiest of these palm trees is the Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan Palm) which originates from China, and can tolerate temperatures at least down to -12?C or even less. If you are looking for a palm to grow in a pot then consider Chamaerops humilis (Mediterranean Fan Palm) which makes a lovely bushy palm and is relatively slow growing, it is also one of the best palms for coastal environments.
Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm or Torbay Palm (but not actually a palm) should always be considered for coastal and windswept areas due to its remarkable ability to survive well in both environments. The Blue Needle Palm, Trithrinax campestris makes a majestic specimen palm suitable for most sunny situations with incredibly stiff, blue foliage. The Jelly Palm, Butia capitata is an often under-used palm but is proving to be hardy in the milder regions of the UK, but may need to be wrapped for the winter months in colder areas. For more information on wrapping up your palm tree for extra winter protection, we have a photographic guide of how to wrap up your palm tree for the winter.
An excellent, fast growing and value-for-money palm is the Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis; it works really really as an impressive palm in a pot or as a feature palm in the lawn. It is not fully hardy and will also need some winter protection in the colder parts of the UK. These are some of our favourite palms, but we do stock a few others in smaller numbers at the nursery, so if these is a particular palm you are trying to get hold of, please just contact us and we will try our best to help.
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Mexican Blue Palm
Brahea armata, the Mexican Blue Palm originates from Mexico (surprise, surprise!) and is a beautiful, slow growing palm with large blue-grey leaves. It can withstand heavy frosts once established but is best planted in full sun and very well-drained ...
Brahea edulis is a superb fresh looking, fast growing fan palm with large, shiny fan shaped leaves, which grows in high altitudes on the Guadalupe Island, Mexico, becoming rare partly due to young plants being a chosen food of goats! Can be grown i...
Butia capitata, the Jelly Palm. This is a stunning feather palm from South America, which is becoming more and more popular due to its remarkable hardiness. It produces large fleshy fruits (which are very tasty) after a good hot summer. It will need ...
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, is the only truly European palm and one of our most popular due to its remarkable ability to withstand most situations. Its robust nature makes it a good palm for coastal conditions and windy sites and ...
Chamaerops humilis 'Vulcano'
Dwarf Mediterranean Palm
Chamaerops humilis 'Vulcano' was discovered growing on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily and is remarkable for it's tight compact habit and really tough rounded leaves creating wonderfully architectural roseates of foliage. Closely related to regula...
Chamaerops humilis cerifera
Blue Mediterranean Palm
This super blue Chamaerops, Chamaerops humilis 'Cerifera' is every bit as tough as its cousin but tends to be slightly smaller and slower growing. This palm was fairly recently introduced into the UK originally from the high Atlas mountains in Morocc...
Torbay Cabbage Palm
Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm is not actually a palm, but fits in well with them. It is one of the easiest exotic plants to grow. It is very tolerant of wind and coastal exposure and can reach heights of up to 5 metres in the right spot. When...
Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler'
Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm is not actually a palm, but it's a good fit with them. It is one of the easiest exotic plants to grow and 'Torbay Dazzler' is a particularly striking variety with green and cream stripes. It is very tolerant of w...
Cordyline australis 'Torbay Red'
Cordyline australis 'Torbay Red', the Cabbage Palm is not actually a palm, but fits in well with them. It is one of the easiest exotic plants to grow. It is very tolerant of wind and coastal exposure and can reach heights of up to 5 metres in the rig...
Japanese Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta is a beautiful slow growing palm-like tree. Produces a solitary trunk, which after many years can reach 2m. Much prized as an exotic container plant in which it will grow quite happily given adequate water nutrients. Tolerant of low li...
Chilean Wine Palm
The hardiest of all feather-leaved palms. This is a slow growing species and is characterised by its elegant, smooth grey trunks and long architectural leaves. With fully mature specimens reputedly hardy down to -10C (14F), this palm is well worth a ...
Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis, the Canary Island Date Palm is perhaps one of the most familiar sights in the Mediterranean and almost instantly recognizable. It is proving to be quite hardy, with mature specimens tolerating heavy frosts. It is a hungry and thi...
Silver Date Palm
New to the UK, a very striking palm from the Canaries. Will do best in a sunny sheltered position with very well drained soil. Should be hardy to around -12 degrees C when mature. Will need protection when young. Particularly reliable on the co...
Cretan Date Palm
Cretan date Palm. A very striking palm from southern Greece. Will do best in a sunny sheltered position with very well-drained soil. Should be hardy to around -10 degrees C when mature. Will need protection when young. Position: Full Sun / ShadeSoil...
“Needle Palm” from S E USA, native to swamps. This is a very hardy, to minus 20c, very slow growing palm. Bushy habit reaching 1.5 metres height, very rarely available in the UK. Plant in damp soil away from winds Position: full sun, shelter fro...
Dwarf Palmetto Palm
Sabal minor, the Dwarf Palmetto Palm, is an almost trunkless palm from the USA. It is relatively hardy in most parts of the UK, but prefers a sunny, sheltered position - ideally being wrapped up for the winter in colder parts of the UK. When happy it...
Trachycarpus fortunei, the Chusan Palm or Windmill Palm, is the best hardy palm that you can own. Robert Fortune discovered the Chusan Palm in the middle of the nineteenth century and it has been growing strongly in the UK since then. Happy in all bu...
Dwarf Chusan Palm
A compact species of our well known Chusan palm. 'Waggies' differ by having much smaller and compact leaves that are stiffer and more wind tolerant.They are just as hardy as their well known cousins and offer an interesting alternative as an upright...
Blue Needle Palm
Trithrinax campestris, the Blue Needle Palm, is an awesome palm from Argentina which produces incredibly stiff, blue-grey leaves atop a stout, spiky bleached trunk, making this one of the most impressive palms we are able to grow in the U.K. We have...
Washingtonia robusta, the Skyduster Palm, is a fast-growing palm from the USA with a thick, reddish trunk and big, beautiful, dark green leaves. It is not particularly hardy and so will need to be wrapped in colder areas or taken inside for the winte...