Palm Trees In Alaska
Explore the Unexpected: Growing Palm Trees in Alaska
You may be surprised to learn that palm trees can thrive in the unlikely territory of Alaska. While many people assume that Alaska experiences cold temperatures year-round, the truth is that, like much of the United States, Alaska has four distinct seasons. Summers can reach soaring highs of 90°F, while winter temperatures can plummet to a bone-chilling -60°F.
With such extreme temperature ranges, it's no wonder that Alaska's climate spans from USDA Zone 1 to 7b. The state can be divided into five major zones: Southeast, South, West, Interior, and North.
Let's take a closer look at each zone and the unique climates they offer:
Southeast: Juneau and the southeast areas of Alaska experience a "cooler version of Seattle" climate. This region is the warmest and wettest part of Alaska, with slightly cold winters and cool to mild springs, summers, and falls.
South: Southcentral Alaska boasts a mild climate, with short, cool summers and strong southeast winds. Temperature ranges from an average high of 65°F in July to a low of 10°F in December.
West: Despite its northern location, the West region experiences somewhat moderate temperatures. This area offers a wide range of climate conditions, particularly in terms of precipitation.
Interior: The interior of Alaska showcases an extreme subarctic climate. Summers can see temperatures soaring into the 90s°F, while winters can drop below a bone-chilling -60°F.
North: The North region experiences a classic Arctic climate, with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. Even in July, the average low temperature barely reaches above freezing in Barrow, at 34°F.
Given Alaska's diverse climates and USDA Zone 1 to 7b range, it's possible to cultivate some incredibly resilient palm trees in the state. One such palm is the Needle Palm Tree, which can survive temperatures as low as -10°F when mature. Needle Palms can be grown in Zone 5. For other cold hardy palms that thrive in Zone 7, click the links below.
Embark on a fascinating horticultural journey and discover the unexpected beauty of palm trees thriving in Alaska's unique climates.
European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
Pindo Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
Sago Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)
Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a-11 (0 to 5 F)
Windmill Palm Tree – Zones 7b-11 (5 to 10 F)