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Growing palm trees in Kansas can be challenging due to the fluctuating and often cold climate.


The state experiences three different types of atmospheres: moist subtropical, moist continental, and semi-arid steppe. Summers can be hot and humid or hot and dry, with temperatures reaching up to 91°F (32°C) – 93°F (33°C) in July. Winters vary from cool to mild, and occasionally even warm. The average maximum temperature in January ranges from 36°F (2°C) – 40°F (4°C).


Kansas receives an average of 46 inches of precipitation each year, with snowfall ranging from 5 inches (130 mm) to 35 inches (900 mm) depending on the region. The state is also prone to tornadoes and thunderstorms. The highest recorded temperature was 121°F (149°C), while the lowest was -40°F (-40°C). The USDA zones in Kansas range from 5a to 6b.


If you are determined to grow palm trees in Kansas, there are two options. Firstly, you can create a warm microclimate in your yard that reflects a zone 7 temperature. Alternatively, you can cultivate palm trees indoors and bring them outside during the warmer summer months. By implementing these strategies, you can successfully grow select palm tree varieties in your Kansas landscape.

Palm Trees To Be Grown In Kansas

Needle Palm Tree – Zones 5b-11 (- 15 to - 10F)

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)

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