In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to choose palm trees.
1. Eureka palms can be planted close to home without fear of damage to structure.
2. Use tall solitaire palms in clusters to create vertical enclosure leading to front door.
3. Use three 2x4 stakes to brace newly planted tall palms; leave braces in place until roots become established.
4. Foxtail palms can be used as a screen to help block view from neighbors' yards.