Lately we’ve written a lot about noxious weeds or the native cacti of Las Vegas and other Nevada areas. But there is another plant that is just as interesting and is just as common. I’m talking about palm trees. Nevada is one of the hot spots for these tropical trees and there are four in particular that grow in abundance here. Keep reading to learn more and who knows? Maybe you’ll decide a palm tree is the right addition to your own landscape.
1. CALIFORNIA FAN PALM
Also known as the Washington Palm, or Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palms can be found throughout south western United States. They can grow to be between 49 and 66 feet tall, so if you’re looking for big this is the way to go! The fronds themselves can grow up to 13 feet long and, when the leaves die, they stay attached but droop down to create something that resembles a “skirt”. The big threat to the sturdy California Fan palm, however, is the Dinapate wrightii which is a beetle that eats the palm trunk.
2. CANARY DATE PALM
The scientific name for the Canary Island Date Palm is Phoenix canariensis. It’s found in the warm environments of the United States and parts of Australia. It can grow to be about the same height as the California Fan Palm at 66 feet, but some smaller specimens will only reach 33 feet at the tallest. One was once recorded at 131 feet however. They grow yellow or orange fruit on them, but watch out. If the tree becomes too burdened, it will drop the fruit and the splatter has been likened to a blood splatter. So you might need to keep your property cleaned often to avoid some questions.
3. MEXICAN FAN PALM
The Mexican Fan Palm is also known as Washingtonia robusta. And if that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a cousin of the California Fan Palm, or Washingtonia filifera. This palm tree, however, is found all over the word from right here in Nevada to Hawaii, Spain, and even the Canary Islands. It grows up to 82 feet tall so it is also larger than the California Fan Palm. The Mexican Fan Palm will bloom little orange or pink flowers that turn into blue and black fruits. If you’re daring, you can attempt to eat the fruit as they are edible. However, they’re not very tasty and offer little nutrients, so we don’t suggest it.
4. DATE PALM
Phoenix dactylifera is our last common Las Vegas palm tree. It’s more commonly known as the generic Date Palm, but don’t dismiss is as a boring plant. It can reach heights of up to 75 feet. More impressively, its leaves can grow to be 20 feet long. That’s quite a bit of shade. And, of course, as the name implies, it grows dates! In fact, a mature date palm can produce up to a whopping 300 pounds of dates during a singular harvest season. How’s that for a haul?
I bet you never expected to know this much about palm trees in sunny Las Vegas! But now you do and what are you going to do with that information? Are you going to have a palm tree planted in your own backyard? Comment below and tell us which palm is your favorite and then share this information with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever you go social. Don’t keep all this palm tree knowledge to yourself!