Popular as a backdrop to pools and other water features, the pygmy date palm reaches its full height of 8 to 12 feet in 5 to 10 years. Native to subtropical areas, they grow best in zones 10 and 11, unable to tolerate frost on cold nights. In colder climates they can be grown in containers and overwintered indoors as a houseplant.
One of the most popular ornamental palms used in landscaping, the Queen Palm tolerate a variety of climates in hardiness zones 9 to 11. Specimens grow about 6 feet per year, topping out around 50 feet tall and spanning 25 feet wide. Fronds grow out of the top of the trunk to form the distinguishable “crown”.