Coconut Palm

Common Names Coconut Palm
Scientific Name Cocos nucifera
Hardiness Zones 10-11
Mature Height 50 Feet, but up to 100 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast, depending on water
Fruit Coconut
Water Needs Moderately Drought Tolerant
Cold Tolerance Very little Cold Tolerance, No Frost
Light Needs Full Sun
Salt Tolerance Excellent
coconut tree
Coconut. Click to enlarge.

Aligned in rows along the coast or silhouetted against a sunset sky, the Coconut palm is a visual symbol of Miami.

This distinctive tree can grow to 100 feet in height. Lush green fronds as long as 18 feet grow in a symmetrical spiral pattern from the crown. The smooth and slender trunks are often gently curved from wind, the weight of the fruit or settling of the soil. The white flowers are sweetly scented.

One of the oldest cultivated trees, Coconut palms provide an important food source in tropical regions around the world. Seeds, husks and fibers from this useful palm are used in dozens of products including cooking oil, cosmetics, rope and medicines.

These sturdy palms prefer sandy, well-drained soil and plenty of sun. The trees grow quickly and fruit out in 4 to 6 years. Coconut palms can live to be 100 years old and produce for 80. They are salt and wind resistant and enjoy moderate rain.

Coconuts need plenty of room to grow. Plant them in areas where they won’t interfere with rooflines or overhead wires and deep enough to keep them upright.

These beautiful trees instantly conjure the magic of the tropics. Create a private paradise with Coconut palms.