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Needle Palm -
Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 5-9

Needle palm trees are very slow growing palms, and that characteristic makes the tree very cold hardy for growing in Northern States successfully in below zero degrees temperatures. This palm tree grows into large clusters, the mother plant growing tallest with an encirclement of smaller needle palms. This native American palm tree is very popular to grow in New York, where it has survived ice storms for more than 50 years. Needle palm tree seed quickly sprout when planted to grow more trees.
Windmill Palm -
Trachycarpus fortunei

Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 6-10

For palm planting around pools in Northern locations, the Windmill Palm tree is a top contender for it's cold hardiness (Canadian plantings) and clean habit with little or no leaf drop and a lack of maintenance requirements. The salt water tolerance makes this palm tree O.K. to plant on coastline gardens like Long Island, New York. Planting Windmill Palm trees less than 3 ft. do not survive winters. The Windmill Palm tree has a moderate growth rate and can be expected to grow 1 foot in a year.

Golden Rhino Horn Banana

Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 7-11

Many gardeners search for a cold hardy banana that can be grown next to a pool or either to plant beside a patio landscaped spot. The Golden Rhino Banana tree adds a dramatic tropical looking specimen when it is planted poolside, and the shading achieved by the giant banana leaves will locate a fast growing tree nearby to an entertainment nook. If a large Golden Rhino Banana tree is planted, you can expect to watch the development of huge clusters of dessert bananas there for poolside eating.

Grand Nain Banana
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USDA Zones 8-10

Try growing a Grand Nain Banana tree, if you have been trying to identify a fast growing plant to liven up your back yard, a plant that will grow to a substantial size in a short growing season. Grand Nain bananas are one of the most important eating banana cultivars imported into the United States from South America, Why not grow your own tropical landscape setting near your pool and enjoy harvesting fresh bananas from your personal banana plantation? The flavor is sweet fresh off the tree.

Euorpean Fan Palm -
Chamaerops humilis
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USDA Zones 8-10

European palm trees are frequently planted in very large clumps near swimming pools. These palms are not really fast growing trees, and if a single trunk specimen of European palm tree is planted - a cluster of small palms usually will offset from the mother plant added, as an interesting angular plantings. A European palm tree is very salt water tolerant and is a top selection for landscape plantings at Coastal resorts. This palm tree is often referred to as a Mediterranean tropical palm tree.

Saw Palmetto Palm -
Serenoa repens

Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 6-10

The Saw Palmetto Palm Tree is an excellent tropical specimen for planting near a patio or swimming pool. The plant is very slow growing and cold hardy enough to grow in Ohio and New Jersey.This dwarf tree has a very clean growth habit, rarely shedding leaves. As the Saw Palmetto palm tree matures it ordinarily forms offsets of small palms that form a cluster surrounding the mother tree. The roots are not invasive and can be grown in full sun or shady spots. Palms are great privacy screens.
Pindo Date Palm -
Butia capitata 'Pindo'

Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 7-11

For landscaping purposes, the pindo palm tree has been documented to grow as far North as Columbia, S.C.and it is not uncommon for them to sustain some leaf damage at temperature drops to zero degrees F. The trees are very slow growing until they reach a height of about 6 feet, then growing about l foot per year.

Medjool Date Palm-
Phoenix dactylifera
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USDA Zones 8-10

The unique leaf arrangement on the Medjool Date Palm tree is very desirable to Landscapers, because when removed, the rugged, sculptured, gray trunk is softened in appearance by the feather-like leaves in the canopy that seemingly angle upwards at a 45 degree angle, distinguishing the Medjool Palms from all other palm trees. Not only are these palm trees a 'sought after' resort tree for establishing near poolside, but the delicious dates will please any guest being entertained at a pool party.


Cold Hardy
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USDA Zones 7-11

Oleander shrubs are excellent containerized plants to grow near pools and patios, where evergreen plants are desirable, and especially important for the continuous burst of flowers of purple, red, white yellow and pink. The flowers puff out a peasant subtle perfume, and as a landscape plant oleander shrubs grow into 15 foot bushy tree clumpers that are very salt water tolerant and especially are prominently valued in Coastal Georgia and Florida seaside resorts. The clean green leaves love sun.