Artificial Palm Trees Complete Buyers Guide
Artificial Palm Trees can be found in many varieties, sizes, and shapes. Palm trees can come with synthetic or natural trunks as well. This guide will help you sort out the difference.
The first issue to address is whether you need a floor plant or a full size tree. Generally floor plants will be 2-4′ tall and trees will start at 5′ tall. There is a wider choice ranges of trees than there is plants.
Most table fake palm tree floor plants are approximately 3′ tall and are small versions of the full sized tree. They are great for setting on top of a table or putting in a entryway or reception area that has limited space. Almost all of these will be potted in a basic basket or pot. I recommend buying a decorative planter that is slightly larger and dropping the plant into it. Make sure the to cover the top with moss or greenery (like a decorative artificial grass).
Full sized artificial palm trees typically can be found from 5′ to 12′ tall. 5-6′ trees are the most popular. Fake Palm trees are sold both potted and unspotted. For unspotted plants, place the trunk in a planter and surround it with decorative rock. For potted trees, I recommend buying a decorative planter and dropping the tree into it. Make sure the to cover the top with moss or greenery. Large trees will give you more area to fill so greenery can be a very nice touch.
Despite the Hollywood perception, there is a large variety of Palm Trees. The two most popular varieties are Areca Palms and Coconut Palms. The following is a breakdown of the most common Artificial Palm Trees:
Artificial Areca Palm: Areca palms are found in either multi trunk or single trunk versions. The multi trunk versions are very popular in homes and offices because they are very full and green. The single trunk versions look more tropical. Areca Palms can be shaped to be tall and skinny or wide.
Artificial Birds Nest Palm: The birds nest palm has wide leaves instead of fronds. It is a very tropical looking palm tree. It has bright green leaves. This is typically found in a multi trunk version.
Artificial Coconut Palm: The coconut palm is the typical “Gilligan’s Island” palm tree. It is what most people imagine when you say the words “Palm Tree”. These are found in single trunk versions and can be found with or without a bendable base. Bendable bases are great for recreating a wind swept island look. The trees have a wide flat canopy. These work well in areas where the canopy is not in the way like and atrium in a mall or an open space in an office or home.
Artificial Cycas Palm Tree: The Cycas Trees have pointed narrow leaves which give them a really unique appearance. The fronds are very distinct. These are typically found in a single trunk but multi-trunk versions are available.
Artificial Date Palms: Date Palms are similar in look to the coconut palm. The have a wide flat canopy on a single trunk. Date palms are what you typically see in Southern California. The trunks are very distinctive as they are very thick near the canopy. These are very popular in homes and offices in the southwestern US.
Artificial Fan Palms: The fan palm looks exactly like what it sounds like. The fronds look like a fan. The fan palm is found in single or multi trunk versions. The multi trunk versions are great for filling corners.
Artificial Fishtail Palm: The fishtail palm has fronds that look like a fish tail. It is a bushy looking palm so it really shows off the green fronds. This is typically found in a multi trunk version. These are very full looking so they work great in reception areas and entries.
Artificial Fountain Palm: These are very similar to a fan palm. They are typically found in a single trunk version.
Artificial Lady Finger Palm Tree: This has fronds that look like long fingers. Usually found in a multi trunk version.
Artificial Kentia Palm Trees: The Kentia Palm is one of the most versatile palms. It does not look overly tropical so it works well in most home or office decor. It is almost always multi-trunk. It has long showy fronds so it looks great. This works well in almost any room.
Artificial Parlour Palm: The parlour palm is very similar to the Areca Palm. It is busy and showy. This looks great in almost any room. These are especially popular floor plants.
Artificial Phoenix Palm Tree: The Phoenix palm tree has a distinctive trunk that makes it stand out. This is used primarily in Southwestern themed decorating. The fronds are long but not very showy. This tree works well in areas where you don’t want an overpowering green look.
Artificial Robellini Palm Trees: The Robellini Palm has a unique trunk like a Phoenix Palm but has a narrower canopy. These trees work well is a tight corners.
Artificial Travelers Palm Tree: The Travelers Palm is a very showy tree. It has wide leaves like a Birds Nest Palm but the leaves fan out. They a very bright and these look great in entries or a long a flat wall. These are sold as a single trunk plant.
Synthetic vs. Natural Trunks: Artificial Palm Trees are sold with both types of trunks. Natural Trunks will look more realistic up front but they are more delicate. Artificial Trunks typically look real until you are very close. Bendable trunks are typically synthetic and most synthetic trunks give greater flexibility in shaping.
Source by D Randolph