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South Carolina as a whole is pretty good climate-wise for sustaining palm trees. South Carolina has a moist subtropical atmosphere, with sweltering summers and gentle winters. The normal July temperatures run from 89-92°F(31-33°C) while the normal January temperatures run from 50-59°F(10-15°C). In the dog days of summer, this state gets violent storms and twisters. During winter South Carolina gets overall around 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow away from the coast. 


The state gets around 64 days of t-storms every year. The state also gets tornadoes in some of the stronger storms that roll through, as well as hurricanes in the fall. The hottest temperature at any point recorded was 111°F (44°C) and the most reduced was – 20°F (– 29°C). South Carolina USDA  zones range from 6b to 9a. 

Palm Trees in South Carolina 


If you reside in the warmer part of zone 8 or 9, you shouldn't have any issues having palm trees. There are a ton of hardier palms that will develop and survive in those zones. Here is a portion of the palms that will last in South Carolina: 


California Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b - 11 (15 to 20 F) 

Canary Island Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b - 11 (15 to 20 F) 

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

True Date Palm Tree – Zones 8b - 11 (15 to 20 F) 

European Fan Palm Tree – Zones 7b – 11 (5 to 10 F) 

Mexican Fan Palm Tree – Zones 8b - 11 (15 to 20 F) 

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

Saw Palmetto Palm Tree – Zones 7a - 11 (0 to 5 F) 

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