Palms that will grow in Melbourne, South Australia and Victoria

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Palms that will grow in Melbourne have to  tolerate frost and  acute changing weather conditions, Melbourne has a moderate climate but also known for its occasional days of extreme heat and  frosts. This is mainly due to Melbourne's location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean.

Palm trees that will do well in Melbourne are:


  • These palms can tolerate extreme frosts,
  • Chinese windmill (trachycarpus)
  • European Fan (humilis)
  • Wine (butia)
  • These palms can tolerate moderate frosts,
  • Ponytail
  • Canary island date
  • Dwarf date
  • Cotton palm
  • Bangalow
  • Cocos
  • Foxtail
  • Rhapis
  • Nicholai
  • dypsis baronii (common name unclear, very similar to a Golden Cane)
  • Majestic (will tolerate minor frosts)
  • Kentia (will tolerate minor frosts)
  • Bismarkia (will tolerate minor frosts)

There are many more harder to find species, palm nurseries tend not to stock, that could also be added to this list.

Palms that grow in Melbourne also grow well in the Western Suburbs of inland Sydney. For more information see our "Palm Growth Chart".


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