Palms & Palm Trees – Learn, Buy, Grow & Find the best palms for sale in the UK

Palms are integral to your exotic garden, and probably the main feature of your garden that screams ‘exotic garden’ (other than the now famous Musa Basjoo Banana). Palm trees have that distinctive silhouette that can’t be mistaken for anything else, and adds height and permanence in your garden that features through the winter too as a backbone. We have a list of the best Palm Trees below and the best place to buy palm trees for sale UK

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All palms belong in the Arecaceae (previously Palmae) family, which are monocotyledonous plants. Palms are easy to recognise, but are often confused with other exotic plants such as  The hardy cordylines, yuccas, and sometimes even the humble Musa Basjoo.  Cycads also look quite palm-like, so we have some information on Yuccas here.

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm)

Top recommendations for palm trees

Phoenix canariensis - Canary Island Date Palm

Phoenix canariensis – Canary Island Date Palm

Some of our top recommendations for palm trees would be the Camaerops humilis or European Fan Palms, or the Cordyline australis – Cabbage Tree or Torbay Palm or Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm). Also there is the Trachycarpus wagnerianus.

Palm trees are a great addition to any garden in the UK, a great feature to complement your new exotic garden. Palm trees create a stunning architectural feature to your garden, a striking example of an exotic plant that can be easily grown with a bit of care in a British garden.

If you are looking for cheap Palm Trees for sale in the UK you’ve come to the right place. We can show you a great selection of palm trees for sale, palms you can actually grow in a British garden and keep it alive all year round.

History of growing palms in the UK

From about the 1980s experimental gardening understood that not all palms need hot tropical climates to grow successfully. There were found to be many perfectly hardy palms that one would find growing at higher elevations, mountainous areas and other chilly areas that didn’t have year round warmth from coastlines and water.

These days there has never been more choice for finding the perfect palm tree for your garden, even in the coldest parts of the UK and Scotland. Any borderline palms can still be grown with minimal winter protection and the right site, keeping just frost free with the right amount of water can get through from any conditions here in the UK.

It is known there are well over 100 different species of palm tree that can be grown in the UK, and the garden staple of the exotic garden, the  Trachycarpus fortunei (windmill palm) will take lows of  minus 15 – 17∞C, however the majority are not quite as hardy as this so be warned.

How to grow palms in the UK. 

The age of the palm you are planting out has great importance to how well it will survive in this colder, temperate climate. We would always advise growing small specimens in pots for a few years to make sure they are established and have a strong root system. This age will allow them to improve their hardiness for a few years before you eventually plant them outdoors.

The type of soil you have makes a big difference, so make sure you know all about yours before planting out your palm. Palms can take much lower temperatures if they are sitting in draining, sandier soils, so the water doesn’t sit around the roots and eventually rotting the plant (and keeping them much cooler). Add grit and sand to your soil to help aid this drainage. Palms still love water and food though, so don’t skimp here.

Lots of well rotted organic matter such as compost of rotten manure will always be great for the palms. So in summary, well draining soils mixed in with grit is the best for palms, as well as regular watering and organic matter addition. How fast do trachycarpus palm trees grow?

Palm tree health

Brahea armata - Blue Hesper Palm Tree, Mexican Blue Palm Tree

Brahea armata – Blue Hesper Palm Tree, Mexican Blue Palm Tree

When you are buying palms, check for yellowing leaves and stunted growth, and try and knock the plant from the pot to make sure they are not too root bound, as when plants are too root bound they take much longer to get established in the ground.

Always choose plants that look healthy and strong, all the obvious signs that I’m sure you already know – just be aware that this is exacerbated with palms due to the slower speed that some of them grow, so will take longer all round if there are issues before planting out.

A good tip is that avoid plants that have a whole forest of weed growing in the pot, unless you’re getting an absolute bargain of course!

Extended cold weather and the impact on Palm Trees

As we have mentioned, some palms can tolerate lower temperatures than others, but one thing to be aware of is that just because a palm may say a low temperature, this is always impacted by the time it spends at this temperature.

The palm may be able to withstand -17 degrees for a day or two, but might keel over of it’s sitting at -17 for a full week or two (and this is where the soil type, drainage and water logged substrate makes the difference between life and death).

For instance an overnight of -10c would be likely better for the palm than a full week at -3, as within a few days the cold would have penetrated deep into the heart of the palm.

Where to position Palm Trees in your UK garden

The position in your garden, as well as the soil type will have large implications to the health of your palm. If you can find a sheltered south facing aspect, the palm will do so much better than an exposed North facing, shadow filled area, where the ground never warms up on those winter days. Palm planted next to larger, taller trees might survive so much better.

The same applies to tree ferns, leave them out in the exposed open and expect half sized fronds the next year – I have seen this myself in my own garden! It’s easy to underplant palm trees, I have heuchara around the base of mine.

Like all plants grown in pots and containers, the temperature variations are far wilder, they heat up quicker, and cool down faster, so an extended cold snap can kill a palm far quicker than had the root system been safely protected under the soil. If you really must keep it potted all year, bubble wrap and insulate the pot for adequate protection. Personally, I dig up and repot all the more tender palms and bring them inside the poly tunnel (assuming they fit…)

How fast do palm trees grow?

Regardless of which palm you choose for your exotic garden, they are mostly all slow growing so be aware of this when you purchase.

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What is the best time of year to plant a palm tree?2022-01-24T10:13:09+00:00

The best time to plant a palm tree is in spring and summer so it has time to acclimatise for as long as possible before the winter sets in. 

Are palm trees easy to maintain?2022-01-24T10:12:16+00:00

Palm trees are a low-maintenance plant and are very easy to maintain with occasional watering, feeding and pruning. Trachycarpus fortunei needs no attention other than watering and feeding when you remember!

Do palm trees need lots of water?2022-01-24T10:11:27+00:00

Palm trees thrive in moist soil so they constantly need water to remain hydrated. While growing a Trachycarpus fortunei in the UK I would suggest giving a good water at the same time you do the rest of the lush growth in your garden, it will appreciate it!

Can palm trees grow in shade in the UK?2022-01-24T10:10:02+00:00

Trachycarpus fortunei Chusan palm trees are one of the few palm tree species that can grow shaded in the UK without any issue. 

What is the easiest palm to grow in the UK?2022-01-24T10:09:19+00:00

According to many horticulturists, Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm) would be the best choice. Super forgiving and impressive palm tree

Do palm trees bloom?2022-01-24T10:08:10+00:00

Not all palm trees bloom but most outdoor palm trees bloom to produce flowers of some kind

What is the life span of a palm tree in the UK?2022-01-24T10:07:30+00:00

The lifespan of a palm tree growing under reasonable conditions in the UK is 7 to 8 decades.

Where do palm trees grow best?2022-01-24T10:06:46+00:00

For your UK garden, a Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm) can cope with most spots,  they are tougher than people give them credit for! If they are in a sunny position in well draining soil they will do well regardless. In the wild, palm trees thrive in warm tropical climates and some of the most favorable regions to grow palm trees are North and South America, some parts of Asia like Japan and India, South Pacific Islands and Australia.

What palm trees can grow in the UK?2022-01-24T10:05:08+00:00

Palm trees are tropical plants and though they can be grown in other climates, not all can be grown everywhere. In the UK a number species of palm trees have a track record of successful growth. The obvious choice here is the Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm),

Cheap palm trees for sale?2022-01-24T10:04:45+00:00

Though some palm trees are expensive, others are cheap even as low as £20 for a couple of year old palm. One of the cheapest and best value is the Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm).

Which mature palm trees are for sale?2022-01-24T10:02:54+00:00

You can either choose to grow a palm tree from a seedling or you can buy a mature palm tree and transplant it to your garden space in the UK. Some mature palm trees that are in popular demand are Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm), Pygmy date palm trees, Bamboo palm trees, Bamboo palm trees, Areca palm trees, Windmill palm trees.

Which outdoor palm trees are for sale?2022-01-24T10:01:20+00:00

Many palm trees are sold all year round. The top selling and most suited to your UK garden is the Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm). You can buy indoor palm trees or outdoor palm trees. Some popularly sold outdoor palm trees are Dwarf farm palm trees, Jelly palm trees, Grass palm trees, Mountain cabbage trees, Sago palm trees, Cabbage palm trees, Chilean wine palm trees.

Which large palm trees are for sale?2022-01-24T10:00:12+00:00


Some of the largest palm trees in the UK that are usually sold are the Trachycarpus fortunei or Cabbage palm trees, Mountain cabbage palm trees, Chilean wine palm trees, Blue Hesper palm trees, Chusan palm trees or Canary island date palm trees.

What are the different types of palm trees?2022-01-24T09:59:12+00:00

There are over one hundred species of palm trees and most of them have similar characteristics but are easily identifiable by their leaves. Each type has a distinct frond shape, usually either feather-like or fan-shaped fronds. 

The most common types of palm trees are Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm),Cat Palm (Chamaedorea Cataractarum), Pygmy date palm, Pindo palm, Triangle palm, Mediterranean dwarf palm, Christmas tree palm, bottle palm tree.

How To Grow Palm Trees From Seeds

Growing palm trees from seeds is the easiest and most common method to cultivate a palm. Though it requires a lot of patience because germination of palm tree seeds is often a matter of months and sometimes years rather than the regular couple of days or weeks that other types of seeds require for germination.

This article will explain how to grow a palm tree by seed propagation in 5 simple steps.

5 Steps to grow a palm tree from seed propagation

  • Step 1 – Select a deep clay pot as this will allow water to drain off, thus preventing waterlogging and also allowing air to reach the seedling roots. 
  • Step 2 – Fill the pot with a fine mix of compost and grit, water heavily and leave to drain. Plam seed germination will need a high temperature of 30-35 degrees Celsius and high humidity. To achieve this, use a propagator, or cover the pot with a plastic bag and secure it with an elastic band.
  • Step 3 – Watch your seeds closely and water weekly without allowing the soil to dry out. You can mist or spray the surface of the compost lightly. It takes between 3 weeks and 18 months for germination to occur. 
  • Step 4 – After germination has occurred, gently transfer the seeds to a 2-3 inches pot of fresh compost. Handling the seedling by the seed is the option for the young seedling.
  • Step 5 – Water regularly and position the pots in bright but dappled sunlight or partial shade. Avoid placing the young palm in direct sunlight for the first 2 to 3 years of growth. 

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