Palm trees are used frequently in landscaping and gardening all over the Costa del Sol. We have many in our tropical gardens at Quartiers Marbella Apartments. But, there are many different kinds of palm trees. 

Quartiers and view over gibraltar

Our exotic gardens, palm trees and stunning views of Gibraltar

All about exotic palm trees

Palm trees have separate male and female flowers. Sometimes they’re on the same plant, and sometimes the male and female flowers are found on different trees.

Below you can read about the most common palm trees in parks and gardens all over the world. Let’s go for a walk in exotic palm tree gardens!

Palm trees on the Costa del Sol

King Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae)

Widely used as an ornamental plant, the Australian King Palm, scientifically known as Archontophoenix Alexandrae, is appreciated for its graceful ringed stipe and for reaching heights of up to 30 meters. The specimen is native to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia,  and it is common in Hawaii and parts of Florida as well as in the gardens in Marbella.

Fishtail Wine Palm (Caryota urens)

Despite being an exotic plant, the Fishtail Palms are suitable in gardens for the visual impact it offers. It is so pretty! Smaller Fish Tail Wine Palms can also grow in flower pots. Characteristics that identify it are its numerous stripes and its crimson-red fruit, similar to a cherry.

Different palm trees in the garden at Quartiers Marbella Apartments

The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera)

The coconut tree, or Cocos Nucifera,  is one of the best-known plants on the planet thanks to its great-tasting fruit and its innumerable utilities. These palm trees are easy to recognize with the naked eye by looking at the lower part of the birth of their large and elongated leaves, where their big green or yellow seeds emerge. Now, you will not find any coconut palm trees in Spain. The coconut tree grows in warm weather, without significant temperature variations. The suitable temperature is between 28ºC and 30ºC, maximum and 22ºC minimum, with variations from 5ºC to 7ºC. The night temperatures in winter in Spain are too low for this palm tree. Sorry, no coconuts in our gardens! :)

Beautiful palm tree with big leafs

Chinese fan palm or fountain palm (Livistona Chinensis)

The Chinese fan palm is an ideal plant for the Mediterranean and tropical gardens, and it also grows well in pots. It is a medium-sized evergreen palm tree with emerald green leaves. It is native to eastern Asia. Today it is found across the world because of its adaptability and toughness.

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

The date palm can grow in arid, mountainous and tropical climates. The Phoenix dactylifera is called common palm in Spain. This palm tree is perfect for gardening and landscaping because of its ability to withstand frost, soil low in nutrients, and high levels of salinity. It is an ideal plant for almost any type of garden, and it grows well close to the sea.

Palm tree in the exotic tropical gardens of Quartiers Marbella Apartments in Marbella on the Costa del Sol

California palm trees (Washingtonia Filifera)

The palm tree Washingtonia Filifera is also known as California Fan Palm and Desert Fan Palm. It is a flowering plant, native to the far southwestern United States and Baja California. The Washingtonia Filifera or California Palm Tree is easily recognizable for its barrel-shaped trunk. It is widely used as an ornamental plant in coastal gardens and parks.

Parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Chamaedorea Elegans, or Parlor Palm, is mainly used to decorate interiors and tropical gardens. The evergreen palm is recognizable for its exotic appearance and for being relatively small in size, reaching a maximum height of 2 m.

Palm Tree and beautiful sunset

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

The Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens or Areca palm is one of the best-known palm trees for ornamental use; thanks to the little care it needs and elegance that it brings to the gardens. The multiple stems are one of its most notable characteristics of the plant. It is native to Madagascar. The Areca Palm goes by many names: Areca Lutescens, Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens, Dypsis Lutescens, Butterfly Palm, Yellow Palm and Golden Cane.

Royal palm (Roystonea regia)

Originally from the Caribbean, the Roystonea Regia or Royal Palm is known for reaching heights of up to 30 m. Roystonea regia is also known as Cuban royal palm and Florida royal palm. It is native to Mexico, parts of Central America, the Caribbean and southern Florida. These palm trees are highly ornamental, and they grow in many tropical parks and gardens.

Palm tree and clear blue sky

European Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)

Being the only European wild palm, the Chamaerops Humilis or European Fan Palm typically grows in Mediterranean gardens. It is a small and robust little tree; identifiable by its dense leaves and decorative fruits.

Palm trees growing in Spain

Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix Canariensis)

The Phoenix Canariensis or Canary Island Date Palm can reach a height of 20 meters and a trunk of 1 meter in diameter. Its attractive crown can measure up to 10 meters and provide ample shade.  It is a relative of Phoenix Dactylifera, the real date palm. It is common in Spain.  The Canary Date Palm is one of the most commonly grown, and appreciated ornamental palms in the whole world.

Palm trees are one of the species that have been most used by humanity throughout its history. Formerly they were used to design cave dwellings, make fires and consume fruits, dates and coconuts. However, over the years, experts in landscape design and botanists began to classify each of them and give them specific uses; from the ornamental practice, to the food industry and even for the construction of buildings.

So, now you know all about palm trees. Ready for a nice walk in our tropical gardens to see if you can identify some of them? Life is better under a palm tree: life is better at Quartiers Marbella Apartments!






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