Palm Tree Facts



  • Palm Trees are a group of 2780 species of tropical trees and shrubs.
  • Palm Trees have a few very large leaves called fronds.
  • The fronds grow from the main bud at the top of a tall thin trunk.
  • If the main bud at the top of the trunk is damaged, the tree will stop growing and die.
  • Palm trunks do not get thicker like other trees; they simply grow taller.
  • Some Palm Trees have trunks no bigger than a pencil; others are 60 m high and 1 m across.
  • Palm fruits vary enormously. Some are no bigger than a pea. The fruit of the coco-de-mer coconut palm is the biggest seed in the world, growing over 60 cm across.
  • The world’s largest leaves are those of the
  • Raffia palm, which grow up to 20 m long.
  • Palm trees are a very ancient group of plants, and fossil Palm Trees have been found dating back 100 million years to the time of the dinosaurs.
  • Date Palm Trees have been cultivated in the hottest parts of North Africa and the Middle East for at least 5000 years. Muslims regard it as the tree of life.