Palm Tree Roots Guide
The root systems undoubtedly serve these thriving palm trees well. Whenever the tree grows, the part that goes into the ground is known as the initiation zone. The initiation zone is where the roots will start to form. The roots are typically very fine but sprawl horizontally, which forms a root ball. More roots will then develop off the root ball.
Palm tree roots continuously spread horizontally in order to get as much nutrients and moisture as possible. A horizontal root system helps to anchor these trees to the ground. The system will come in handy when the trees face high winds, especially during monsoon season.
Palm Tree Roots Grow Horizontally
Most trees feature roots that grow straight down. This is not true for palm trees, though. Palm tree roots will spread out within the topsoil area, limited to about 12-36 inches deep. Roots are spread far away from the tree’s trunk in order to absorb as much water and nutrients as it can. If you plan to plant some large palm tree cultivars, it’s recommended to keep them 11-12 feet apart and away from underground drainage pipes.
The Root Ball
The root ball will not grow as large as the tree itself. It will, however, keep the same circumference even as it grows longer. As roots expand horizontally away from the trunk, a root ball forms. For a short palm tree, measuring nearly 16 feet, the ball’s diameter should be about 24 inches.
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