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Discover the Climate of Nebraska for Palm Trees


Nebraska, known for its chilly temperatures, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of palm trees. The state is divided into two distinct climate regions: a humid continental climate in the east and a semi-arid climate in the west. Summers can be hot, with July temperatures averaging around 76°F (24°C), while winters are cold, with January temperatures reaching an average of 22°F (–6°C).


On average, Nebraska receives 25-35 inches (65-90 cm) of snowfall annually. The highest recorded temperature was a scorching 118°F (48°C), while the lowest plummeted to an icy -47°F (-44°C). The USDA zones in Nebraska range from 4a to 6a.


Despite the challenging climate, there are options for palm tree enthusiasts in Nebraska. Most of the state falls within zones 4b and 5a, which can be too cold for palm trees to thrive outdoors. However, with careful planning, potted palm trees can be enjoyed during the warmer months and then moved indoors before the first frost. 

Consider These Palm Trees In Nebraska

Areca Palm Tree – Zones 9a – 11 (20 to 25 F) 

Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8a – 11 (10 to 15 F) 

Kentia Palm Tree – Zones 9b – 11 (25 to 30 F) 

Lady Palm Tree – Zones 8b – 11 (15 to 20 F)

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