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The 7 Best Palm Trees for Landscaping in Hawaii


Who in Hawaii isn’t a fan of palm trees? After all, they’re durable, handsome and full of character. They obviously grow well in our warm, moist climate, too.

Here are 7 great palm trees you can enjoy indoors or outdoors (and yes, we carry them all!):

Areca Palm


Origin: Madagascar Also known as: bamboo palm, golden cane palm, butterfly palm Growth rate: moderate/fast, about 30″ per year

Rhapis Palm


Rhapis palms are slow-growing and shade tolerant — more so than arecas. It actually takes us about 3-5 years just to get them ready to sell!

Origin: China, Taiwan Also known as: lady palm, broadleaf lady palm Growth rate: slow, about 8″-12″ per year

Manila Palm


Manilas are also low maintenance and easy to grow (indoors is okay, too). They make good focal points in small gardens and can become an elegant statement palm when they become more tall and mature.

Origin: Philippines Also known as: Christmas Palm, Dwarf Royal, Growth rate: fast, about 12″-36″ per year

Fishtail Palm


You might want to plant fishtail in an area where you’ve considered bamboo. It gives the same kind of tropical look and privacy without the quick spreading. Indoors is fine, too, as long as you have a large, bright area.

Origin: Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, South Pacific Also known as: Clustered Fishtail Palm, Hawaiian Fishtail Palm Growth rate: medium, about 12″-24″ per year

Foxtail Palm


Foxtail is striking and beautiful, and make for excellent standalone trees or lined up along driveways and avenues for a more regal look. It’s very durable, adaptable and loves sunshine.

Origin: Northern Australia Growth rate: fast, about 24″-36″ per year

Kentia Palm


Kentia also thrives outdoors, where they grow tall and resemble a coconut palm. They are shade tolerant and do not prefer direct sunlight.

Origin: Australia Also known as: Sentry Palm, Paradise Palm Growth rate: 8″-12″ per year

Macarthur Palm


If low maintenance is your thing, consider a macarthur palm — they practically thrive on neglect! Partial shade or full sun will do. Just water occasionally and you’re good to go.

Wondering about that name? It’s from notable Australian botanist Sir William Macarthur of New South Wales.

Origin: New Guinea, Northern Australia Also known as: Macarthur Feather Palm, Cluster Palm, Hurricane Palm Growth rate: 8″-12″ per year

More palms on the way!

Geobunga is also expanding our palms in the near future to include a total of about 20 varieties, including chamaedoreas, parlor, bamboo and more.

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