Without creating a microclimate, it is very hard to grow and sustain palm trees in West Virginia. The state has is a muggy mainland atmosphere with a few territories situated in a sticky subtropical atmosphere. The summers are muggy, warm to sweltering with normal July temperatures go from 67 °F (19 °C) to 76 °F (24 °C) while winters are cool to cold with normal January temperatures go from 26 °F (−4 °C) to 41 °F (5 °C).
Thick hazes are normal for the state. By and large West Virginia gets around 34 inches (86 cm) of snow yearly. West Virginia USDA zones 5a to 7a.
Palm Trees in West Virginia
If you are going to have palm trees here, you need to build an enclosure around them for the winter months. You also need to carefully choose cold hardy palm trees that will have a better chance of survival. Here are some listed below:
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)