What do you get when you cross a pindo palm with a queen palm? A rare mule palm — one of the most beautiful of all pinnate-leaved palms. Its extreme cold hardiness and fast growing habit are a result of both parents’ best traits (like the animal, the palm is sterile and would not normally reproduce). The mule palm’s rarity and useful size make it a lush coconut palm-like feature for warm, Southwest Florida gardens. When established, mule palms can be expected to survive low temperatures to near 10 degrees Fahrenheit depending on its unique inheritance.
Compact enough for small courtyard gardens or entryways, the mule palm possesses majestic proportions as it ages. It thrives in sun or light shade and will tolerate drought conditions. A range of soil types (from clay to sand) with good drainage is most important to grow this rare beauty (it’s also salt tolerant). Ask your professional landscape designer if the mule palm is suitable for your landscape. Once you see one, you may stubbornly resist any other choice!