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Discover the surprising ability of palm trees to thrive in the warmer zones of Washington state


With its unique combination of a maritime atmosphere in the west and a continental climate in the east, Washington offers a diverse environment for these exotic trees. Spanning from the icy temperatures of 8°F (-13°C) to the balmy highs of 92°F (33°C), the state showcases a remarkable climate range.


While the Cascades Mountains act as a natural divide, the western district experiences average January temperatures between 20°F (-7°C) and 48°F (9°C), with July temperatures ranging from 44°F (7°C) to 80°F (27°C). Meanwhile, in the eastern district, January temperatures fluctuate between 8°F and 40°F (-13°C to 4°C), with July temperatures soaring from 48°F to 92°F (9°C to 33°C).


Although Washington is known for its lush rainfall between October and March, it also sees an impressive annual snowfall ranging from 11.4 inches (29 cm) to 49.4 inches (125.5 cm). The state has experienced both extreme heat, with a scorching record high of 118°F (48°C), and bone-chilling cold, with a historic low of -48°F (-44°C). USDA toughness zones in Washington vary from 4a to 9a, accommodating a wide range of plant species.


Remarkably, certain cold hardy palm tree varieties have adapted to the specific conditions of zones 8 and 9 in Washington state. These resilient palm trees have found their home among the captivating landscapes of the region. Prepare to be amazed by the palm trees that flourish in the extraordinary climate of Washington.

Palm Trees That Can Survive In Washington


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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