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Palm Trees Native To Different Countries

The Palm tree is one of the most distinctive trees in sub-tropical and tropical locations. There are a variety of species, and many differ in appearance and size. When you think of this plant specie, a beautiful island or a warm sunny climate will probably enter your mind.

Awhile back, Herbee visited the Botanical Gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, in Fort Myers, Florida. The size of some of these tropical beauties amazed him, and also how they were planted in a row. Below are a few pictures that may interest you of these tropical trees and where each specimen has its origin.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

A Tropical Paradise Row

Full Coconut Palm

Coconut Palm

Close Up Coconut

Close Up Coconut Palm

The Coconut is a gorgeous shaped tree that is considered native to the Southern Pacific. The tree is seen in many Caribbean islands as well as in Florida. It is very well known in the beautiful island of Seychelles off the east coast of Africa.


Bottle Palm

Babassu Palm

Babassu Palm


Bismark Palm

The Bottle tree is a true native to Round Island in the Mascarene Island group in the Indian Ocean. The Bottle will do well in zones ten and eleven and this particular tree adapts well to a variety of different soil conditions as well as partial shade.

Babassu tree is native to Southern Africa and has a high economic value in Brazil. The branches are used to provide income within this country. Babassu is a wonderful specimen for shade. Notice the different structure of the trunk.

Bismark is native to Madagascar, an island in southern Africa. I love the look of this specimen and it would suit any tropical location. This is a picture of a very young Bismark tree.

Questions From Our Readers

Herbee Greenthumb

By David Sebastian
Is coconut variety native in the Caribbean? Has the coconut variety been transplanted from the southern pacific onto the Caribbean Islands? I recall reading several years ago about someone (perhaps Donald Street?) planting coconuts on several Caribbean Islands and I have always wondered if they were not native. I grew up in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, FL, and my favorite tree was the coconut specimen tree.
Thank you, David Sebastian.

Herbee here.
Hi David, thank you for asking the question on the Coconut Palm tree. This is an excellent question that has been asked for many, many years. There is no definite record of the Coconut variety. From all the resources I have seen, nothing states for sure if this specie originally was native to the Caribbean Islands. Researchers have had fossils found in New Zealand.

Coconut varieties are native to the Southern Pacific and found also in South Africa and Cooks Island. Tom and I have been to the Caribbean and have seen the Coconut in Mexico and Dominican Republic. It's also in southwestern Florida.

The Coconut specimen is considered subtropical and tropical. So, to answer your question on the Coconut specimen, like many others, nobody is really sure if the Coconut member was really native to some Caribbean Islands.

My Ailing Tree? By Gwen Bailey, St.Catharines, ON Canada

I recently was given an indoor palm tree (4 1/2 ft. tall), one trunk, narrow leaves near the top. It's leaves have some spots and a couple turned yellow. I added 10-15-10 fertilizer in a litre of water two days ago and it doesn't look any better. Should I give it new soil? I understand you water it again when the top ground is dry to the touch. I'm not sure of the amount of water after you've given it the first one litre treatment. I appreciate your help. Gwen

Hi Gwen.
Many indoor plants, especially tropical in nature will go through a shock period in a new environment. The yellow leaves are a sign of this. Make sure you have the palm in a sunny location and don't over water. You can check the soil to see what type of soil was used. Palms enjoy a part sand and light weight soil. If there isn't any sand in the soil, you might want to consider new soil.

I would recommend moving the plant first to another location and see what this does. Track your watering schedule for a few weeks. To me, it sounds like the specie is in some form of shock. Go through these steps to test for shock.

1. Watering techniques
2. Sunlight
3. Soil

I hope this helps, Herbee!


Palmyra Palm

Cycad Palm

Cycad Palm



Palmyra is native to India, Africa and Asia. These specimens have many different functions and are used to make rugs, mats, and hats. The young Palmyra branches make a wonderful vegetable. This is a tall tree that can reach twenty five to thirty feet.

Cycad tree is a popular tree to Australia. The Cycad is not technically considered this specie, but is closely related. It is also native in Southern Pacific, Japan, China, India, Africa, and Madagascar. To me, this is a very unique plant specimen.

Carpentaria is a splendid tree, native to Australia, and also grows well in Florida. This is a fast growing tree and after five to seven years, ornamental fruit will appear in groups underneath the branches. It's a very colorful tree and one that can reach thirty to forty feet tall.

Herbee's Hot Buzz Tropical Treasures

Sago Variety

Potassium Spikes

Great Resource Book

One of Herbee's favorites, the Sago variety, is a great indoor or outside plant. Happy Plants gives you high quality products for a good price. Potassium spikes work great with all of these family members. Check out the reviews, as their customers love this product. Your complete book of information on cultivated palms is a great resource to keep on hand.

European Fan

European Fan Palm

King Sago

King Sago Palm

European Fan is an excellent tree for a container garden or in a landscape area. It is native to Mediterranean Regions and its beauty is seen in many gardens in this stunning location. This tree also can grow well in other subtropical and tropical regions as it is one of the most cold hardy of this family of trees.

King Sago plant on the right is a very popular native plant in Japan. It can also be grown and put in containers in zones seven through twelve. Notice how low the trunk is to the ground. It's a very different specimen.

Above are just a few pictures and native countries that grow these wonderful plant specimens. This was such a wonderful educational trip to the Fort Myers Botanical Gardens. Thomas Edison's Estate is known for the banyan trees.

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Outdoor Features --- Evergreen Plants

Unique Banyan Trunks --- Warm Weather Plants Beside Palm Trees

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