Cold Hardy Palms, Cycads, and Other Tropical Plant Books
Scott's Backyard Habitat Enhancement
You’d be surprised at the number of palms, cycads, and tropical or tropical-looking plants that can grow even in cool climates. With the right protection some can withstand very cold winter temperatures; this includes USDA zone 8 (8a, 8b), USDA zone 7 (7a, 7b), USDA zone 6 (6a, 6b), and maybe even into USDA zone 5 or USDA zone 4. You can also just bring them inside for the winter. Some of the most promising ones to try include: Sabal spp. (palmettos or Cabbage palms), Rhapidophylum hystris (Needle palm), Trachycarpus fortunei (Chinese windmill palm), Chamaerops humilis (European fan palm), and Jubaea chilensis (Chilean wine palm).
Other books related to growing tropical-type plants in cool climates:
rarepalmseed.com – A great source for cold hardy and cold tolerant palm, cycad, and banana seeds.
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Last Update 01/12/07 SMH