Palms Trees in Adelaide
Palms (and Cycads) have always been associated with the idea of a tropical oasis. Our Jungle in Willunga is testament to the variety of Palm Trees which thrive in Adelaide gardens. We stock a wide range of palms suitable for coastal conditions, Adelaide Hills or suburban backyards. We have both young and advanced palms available, such as Cocos, Bangalow and Majestic, and also more unusual varieties eg Chinese Windmill, Triangle and Golden Cane.
For a coastal garden in Adelaide or surrounds, there’s a few varieties that grow well. Our favourites are Dwarf Date Palm, Wine Palm and Cocos.
If you’re looking for an Indoor Palm to brighten up a dark corner or add beauty and ambience to any room, we can help you there as well. Our favourites include Kentia, Rhapis and Parlour Palms.
Cocos Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana)
Cocos Palms are one of the best adapted palms for Adelaide. They grow quickly to about 5 metres and will tolerate most growing conditions, as long as they are kept moist and fertilised every summer.
They have a tall, straight trunk and fine, glossy, dark green fronds which look very tropical. They tolerate strong wind and mild frosts, but may need some protection on the coast.
Bangalow Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamii)
This is the classic luscious palm everyone in Adelaide wants in their backyard. It grows to approximately 4 metres and has large, broad fronds. It is “self cleaning” in that the old fronds will drop off naturally as the trunk grows.
They are often planted in a cluster to create a dense, deep green, tropical look. They grow in full sun or part shade conditions, but like protection from strong wind.
Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebellini)
Dwarf Date Palms are a smaller palm with very fine leaves and a narrow trunk of only 150 mm in diameter.
Slow growing to about 3 metres, this palm is ideal to fill in between Cocos Palms as they have similar leaves, providing lush green foliage between the majestic trunks.
Grows very well in Adelaide, in full sun or shade and will cope with coastal conditions or the Hills climate.
Majestic Palm (Ravenea rivularis)
This palm is slower growing and likes a sheltered spot in Adelaide. It has a statuesque, tapering trunk to 3 metres with a symmetrical balanced head of lush green leaves.
Overall this palm is a very good feature palm because of it’s neat appearance, smaller size and self cleaning properties. It is best grown in frost free areas.
Wine Palm (Butia capitata)
A grand palm to 5 metres with greyer foliage and beautiful, large, arching fronds. This palm gets it’s name from the fruit which smell like passionfruit and are used to make wine in South America, where it comes from.
It is slow growing in Adelaide and needs an area approximately 2 metres in diameter to grow well. It loves full sun and will handle frost, coastal winds and a bit of neglect.
There are some striking examples growing in Hahndorf.
Chinese Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)
This hardy, tropical looking palm is very well adapted to Adelaide conditions.
It grows to about 5 metres and has a lollipop type crown of glossy, green, fan shaped leaves. It grows quickly with little nurturing in well drained composty soils in full sun to part shade. It is particularly attractive when it’s young.
Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi)
This spectacular Triangle Palm is so called because of it’s distinctive 3 sided triangular shaped trunk. It has upright grey green leaves which reach 2 metres. Grows well near the coast in Adelaide in full sun and should be kept moist, but not wet.
A good container plant for large courtyards and patios due to it’s size.
Golden Cane Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Golden Cane Palm is an attractive multi trunked palm with golden stems and full, green fronds.
In Adelaide, it grows to 3 metres and likes sheltered conditions in warmer areas. It enjoys rich soil and plenty of moisture.
This dense clumping palm grows best as a patio plant, or indoors with sufficient light. However it will grow outdoors in warm, sheltered sites such as between buildings as a screen near the coast.