- Common Name: Palm Tree
- Total Species: 2,600+
- Genra: 181
- Subfamilies: 5
- Family: Arecaceae
- Order: Arecales
- Distribution: Tropical and Subtropical Climates
18 Palm Tree Facts for Kids
- Palm tree is a common name for thousands of flowering plants in the Arecaceae family.
- The Arecaceae family has 181 genera with over 2,600 species of plants that share the common name pine tree.
- Most species of palm trees are native to tropical and subtropical climates.
- However, palm tree species are found in a wide range of habits, from rainforests to deserts.
- Palm trees are evergreens and do not lose their leaves throughout the year.
- Don’t let the name fool you, palm trees aren’t technically trees. They do have a tree-like appearance, but botanically palm trees are a type of woody herbaceous plant.
- In botanical terms, a palm tree is more of a type of grass than a type of tree.
- A palm tree is more related to bamboo and grass than a traditional tree.
- Palm trees are most recognizable by their leaves and unique characteristics.
- Palm trees are known to produce coconuts, but they do produce other fruits, like dates and betel nuts.
- The leaves of a palm tree are known as fronds and have a fan-like appearance.
- The smallest palm tree species is the Dypsis minuta with an average height between 5 and 20 inches.
- The tallest palm tree species in the world is the wax palm (Ceroxylon quindiuense). The average height of a wax palm tree is 148 feet, with verified specimens reaching 200 feet.
- The diameter of a palm tree’s truck varies by age and species, with a range between 0.5 inches and 4 feet.
- Some palm trees have a lifespan of up to 100 years.
- Fossil evidence shows palm trees started to appear around 80 to 95 million years ago.
- Many palm tree species have important commercial qualities for humans.
- The fruit of many palm tree species, like coconuts, are a popular and widespread food source.
Pictures of Palm Trees
A picture of the leaves of a few diffferent palm tree.
A picture of some palm trees and the Miami skyline.
A picture of some palm trees and the Los Angeles skyline.
Additional Resources on Palm Trees
- Types of Palm Trees – Learn about some of the popular types of palm trees on the Green and Vibrant website.
- List of Palm Tree Species – View a complete list of all the palm tree species in the world on the Trebrown Nurseries website.
- Pictures of Palm Trees – Find tens of thousands of pictures of palm trees from around the world on the Flickr website.
- Arecaceae (Palm Trees) – Wikipedia – Discover more about palm trees and the Arecaceae family on the Wikipedia website.