Please do not let the name turn you away. This beautiful palm looks much like a dwarf or bushy form of a windmill palm. However, it is truly the most cold tolerant palm in the world. The Needle Palm Tree can withstand temperatures down to -20ºF. The leaves of this under-used palm are similar in appearance to the windmill palm holding a deep green color, even through the harshest winter.
Okay, now we get to the 'Needle' part. The bristle or needle palm has a short stubby trunk with protective bristles all around it. However, these bristles (needles) are brittle and are rarely even noticed due to the plants abundant bouquet of dark green leaves. If the lateral leaves are pruned and much time given, it can grow a predominant trunk and form a small tree up to 10' tall. The primary uses of this elegant palm are as a shrub, bush or hedge.
Again, this plant is no more dangerous than many other plants that likely already exist in your landscape. The Needle Palm Tree is perfect for a low growing palm look in a harsh northern climate. Try it and you'll love it! (Grows in Zones 5 -10. Refer to Zone Map.)