Originally Posted by BG918
^ If they're going to die possibly every other year why plant them in the first place? Why not just stick to native plants and trees?
In addition to being a skyscraper fan and a member of this forum, I am also a palm afficianado and member of the International Palm Society forum. There are several palms that are 100% hardy for Austin/SA. Some are hardy as far north as Dallas. These types will recover fine in the spring. The damaged fronds (leaves) will simply need to be trimmed off in the spring, and they will resume growth. I have numerous palms in my yard. Here is a short list of palms that are completely hardy, some of which are 40' tall and have been around for 50 years or more. Sorry, but this is one of my other favorite topics, not trying to hijack this thead. Pics attached for reference.
Washingtonia Filifera (California Fan palm) - as someone mentioned completely hardy, I have some 50 footers in front of my office, that are at least that many years old. Hardy to 10-12F.
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan palm) - 99% hardy, unless we have another cold snap like we had in Dec 1989, which killed many of them. Hardy to 15-18F. The tall thin ones you see in movie shots of L.A.
Sabal Palmetto/Mexicana (Florida Cabbage/Texas Sabal palmetto) - 100% hardy, to 8F. You see alot more of the Sabal Palmettos in FL, but they are hardy here.
Phoenix Canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm) 100% hardy. Distinguished by the big long drooping fronds. Hardy to around 10F, but will defoliate below 18F or so.
Butia Capitata (Pindo Palm) Hardy to single digits F. Sorry, no pics.
Syagrus Romanzoffianum (Queen palm) - marginally hardy, but commonly planted due to thier tropical looks resembling a coconut palm. Hardy to 18-20F. Below this will defoliate of kill them.
There's more, but those are the main ones you see. Again, sorry, but this is one of my other favorite topics.