Palms and cycads
These fast-growing fan palms are too tall for most suburban gardens; they are best suited to large properties, avenues, parkways. Species often hybridize if growing near each other.
To 60 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide, with thicker trunk than W. robusta. Long-stalked, 3–6-ft., light green leaves stand well apart in open crown. As leaves mature, they bend down to form a “skirt” of thatch. In native stands in desert, this species always grows near springs or other moist spots.Washingtonia robusta
To 100 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide; trunk is slightly curved or bent, slimmer than that of W. filifera. Head of bright green foliage is more compact; leafstalks are shorter, with a red streak on the undersides.
From China. Though this loquat produces edible fruit, it’s most often used as an ornamental. Gro...
Grows 3 ft. tall and wide, with gray-green, slightly cupped leaves and light blue flowers.
Dense grower to 5 ft. high and wide, with bright green leaves and lavender flowers.