Needle PalmRhapidophyllum hystrix
Needle Palms are native to wet woodlands, slopes, ravines and stream bottom-land areas in the Southeastern U.S. They get their name from the long, needle-like, black spines that project from the leaf sheaths. Since they are nearly trunkless, Needle Palms are most often described as shrub-like. Several stems grow from a single base. These stems grow very slowly and tightly together, eventually forming a dense base.  These palms grow best in a sheltered location, and can tolerate the cold down to 18ºC with winter protection.