Las Vegas has four main types of palm trees:

  1. Mexican Fan Palm – These palms are slender but can grow to over 75 feet tall.
  2. California Fan Palm – They have a larger diameter than the Mexican Fan Palm, but don’t grow quite as tall.
  3. Canary Date Palms–These palms don’t grow as tall, but do have large, bushy fronds.
  4. Date Palm–This type of palm has a trunk about 18 inches in diameter and grows to be approximately 60 feet tall.

You have to care for each type of tree a little differently.  With the Mexican Fan Palm, for example, that type of tree can handle more drastic pruning.  Generally, you’ll be okay if you prune from a 10 o’clock to a 2 o’clock position, but you do have to make sure you leave enough fronds to maintain the health of the tree.

California Fan Palms require a little extra caution because the fronds and seed pods grow larger and are heavier.  If you hire a tree service, they cost a little more to trim.

With Canary Date Palms, you have to prune them between early May and early June.  If you trim them earlier, they’ll grow new date stocks and make a mess of your yard.  If you trim them later than that, the fruit has already ripened and makes trimming more difficult.

The Date Palm is more sensitive to pruning.  Trim these palms too much, and you’ll harm the tree.

If all this sounds too complicated for you, remember you can always hire a professional tree service to do the care for you instead.

Las Vegas Palm Tree Care

Other General Palm Tree Care Tips

Besides those specific tips, here are some additional tips to keep in mind when caring for your own palms:

  1. Watering:  If you plant a new palm, make sure you use a 30-50% sand/soil mix.  Water it every day of the week also.  The tips of the fronds will turn brown if your palm isn’t getting enough water.  For an established palm, watering twice a month during the summer and once every six weeks during the colder season will suffice.
  2. Fertilizing:  Don’t fertilize a new tree for the first 3-4 months.  You could harm the tree more than anything else.
  3. Use Good Soil:  Canadian peat moss is one of the best soils for palm trees to grow in.  Remember, the cheaper the soil, the worse the results.  Don’t ever buy soil mixed with fertilizer.
  4. Pruning:  In most cases, fronds are shed naturally.  However, if you notice yellowing or browning fronds, remove them.  They take much-needed nutrients away from other parts of the tree.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be okay.  And remember, if you need palm tree removal or tree trimming done for you, you can always contact Nevada Tree Service at 702-433-4700.

Nevada Tree Service

2062 Falcon Ridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89142

(702) 433-4700

Date PalmDate Palm

The date palm, or Phoenix dactylifera, is very common in Las Vegas. It can grow up to 60 feet tall and produces a sweet, edible fruit.

If left untrimmed this fruit can be a problem. As it ripens it will fall to the ground and can be quite messy. Nevada Tree can consult with you and help you determine the best time of year to trim your date palm to keep it looking its best.

If you have any questions contact Nevada Tree at 702-433-4700.

Nevada Tree Service

2062 Falcon Ridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89142

(702) 433-4700

The Mexican Fan Palm (or Washingtonia robusta) is native to Northwestern Mexico. It was first introduced in L.A. during the 1932 Summer Olympics and has since become popular across the southwest. It is one of the most common palm trees in Las Vegas today.

It has a long narrow trunk and can grow to about 80 ft tall. It grows quickly and can grow by as much as 6 feet a year if it is getting proper water and sunlight. Old leaves should be trimmed yearly, but be careful to never cut new growth on any palm tree.

If you have questions about Mexican Fan Palms, or need yours trimmed by a professional tree service in Las Vegas, contact Nevada Tree at 702-433-4700.

Palm trees in Las VegasBy Patrick Pelster (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Nevada Tree Service

2062 Falcon Ridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89142

(702) 433-4700

Canary Date Palm

The canary date palm or Phoenix canarienis is one of the most common palm trees found in Las Vegas. It can grow to be 30-60 ft tall and is slow growing. It is considered to be a hardy palm tree and can be grown wherever the temperature doesn’t drop below 14 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time.

The canary date palm produces a fruit that should be trimmed off yearly. If left too late in the year the fruit will drop to the ground and burst.

Sometimes the canary date palm is mistakenly called a pineapple palm. It is not related to pineapples in anyway, but this name comes from its appearance which does resemble a giant pineapple.

If you have any questions about canary date palms call Nevada Tree at 702-433-4700. Our professional team can help you determine the best time to trim your canary date palm to keep it looking its best!

Nevada Tree Service

2062 Falcon Ridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89142

(702) 433-4700