Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)


Needle Palm

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

  • Very cold hardy palm trees (may be the hardiest palm in the world!)
  • Excellent for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Naturally pest and disease free
  • A small and slow-growing accent palm
  • Adds a splash of the tropics to any area

We like to use this shrubby, slow-growing, nearly trunkless Needle Palm to block unwanted views! Native to the moist to wet woodlands, slopes, ravines, and stream bottomland in the southeastern U.S., Rhapidophyllum hystrix (botanical name), is one of the most cold hardy palm trees you can find. They feature glossy green leaves that provide a tropically display of greenery all year long. These palm trees can be hard to find fully grown, but the good news is that Big Tex Tree Nurseries is the grower that can assure their quality and has fully grown needle palms for sale! We like to plant them to bring the lush look of the tropics to any property in Houston!

Since these needle palm trees grow slowly and never really get too big, they are an excellent choice for indoor use or in your landscape. When used indoors, they can act as a natural humidifier that also detoxifies the air - use them to bring the freshness back to your indoor air quality! Outdoors, they tolerate a wide range of soils and can grow in full sun or shade. Once established, Needle Palm trees have low to moderate water requirements and are easy to care for, so we also like to plant them outdoors near swimming pools, where they are the perfect addition to any private backyard retreat!

Plant more trees such as Needle Palms and enjoy the greenery while helping the environment and adding value to your property! Visit any of our Big Tex nurseries throughout Houston, and we will be glad to help you handpick the perfect palms, trees, and other plants for the perfect spot in your yard!


Small, slow growing accent palm

Clumping style growth adds lots of character to compact areas

Very easy to grow and requires little maintenance

Tolerates wide variety of conditions - high heat and very cold resistant