Want to add a stunning focal point to your landscape? Or, perhaps, you want to bring a little bit of that tropical vacation feeling to your home. Whatever the reason, palm trees are the perfect choice for adding value to your home as well as creating a beautiful view. Palm trees grow well in our warm Arizona weather and love the sun. We have plenty of that! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom grow our palms to thrive in our local Arizona area – meaning they are the best you can find and ready to update your yard. Below are our top five palms that are perfect for landscapes.
Pineapple Palm: Also known as the Canary Island Date Palm, it is characterized by its dense canopy of dark green fronds, a stout trunk, and a pineapple-like crown – where the name Pineapple Palm came from. The distinct diamond pattern on the trunk lends to its majestic look. This low maintenance and slow growing palm loves full sun exposure and warm climates, just like what we have in Arizona! When planted in groups, this palm provides a nice shady spot. No matter the size you get, this palm is sure to bring a majestic presence to any landscape. Pineapple Palms will add long-lasting character to any landscape.
Date Palm: A great addition to any landscape, Date Palms bring the look and feel of the upscale resort. Ours are certified disease free. We love planting them around swimming pools, where their reflection can be admired in smooth water. Uplighting creates a stunning silhouette against light colored walls and adds nighttime drama in any landscape. We also love to plant these palms in groupings and line them up along a long driveway or create regal accents by using staggered heights. Date Palms are also the perfect specimen for landscaping larger areas. Planting them in groups and rows creates a cool canopy of shade, a welcome relief from the sweltering heat and harsh sun.
Mediterranean Fan Palm: The Mediterranean Fan Palm features blueish gray, fan-shaped fronds and a unique multi-trunk vertical growth – making it one of the best landscape palms for night lighting! It is considered the hardiest of all palms. It is a low maintenance palm, requiring minimal cleanup; so, place a few around swimming pools or spas. And since they are slow growing, they will rarely out-grow their space. We like to use Mediterranean Fan Palms as fillers underneath larger palms or as a tropical barrier or hedge. These palms are also a great choice for containers, too. A Mediterranean Fan Palm is a must-have for anyone with a tropical or Mediterranean-themed yard!
Piru Queen Palm: Our Piru Queen Palms are grown from superior seedlings with better genetic traits, so you get the hardiest palm you can find. These palms are heat tolerant and feature dark green palm fronds and a fuller crown which provides shade. These are low-maintenance trees that can fit into any landscape style. They are also prized for having a look that complements all styles and types of landscapes. Add curb appeal by planting them in the front yard as a focal point or lining a driveway, creating a grand entrance. Our Queen Palm is perfect to create a tropical paradise around pools and backyards. Make them even more stunning by adding nighttime lighting!
Pygmy Palm: This is the palm to use to fill those tight spaces in your landscape. This versatile dwarf palm has a slow growth rate and can develop into a small sized palm topped with a dense head of fine-textured, curving, bright green pinnate leaves. A fantastic option to add a tropical feel to your yard. The Pygmy Date Palm is our most popular selling dwarf palm and for good reason. This fine, feather leaf palm can grow both indoors and outdoors. Pygmy Palms can grow in a variety of different soils, is drought tolerant once mature, and requires low to moderate water use once established.
As fall gets closer, it’s time to start planning for the fall planting season. Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location to select the perfect palms for your landscape and book your fall planting date! While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some Super Palm Juice to help your new or existing palms to flourish in the fall season and recover from the summer stressors.