Tall Plants for Containers

Updated February 21, 2017

Tall plants grown in containers give you the option of moving the plants indoors during the cold months and placing them outside during warm ones. Spice up a porch, patio or walkway with a tall plant in a container. Place one inside your home to draw attention to a specific room. You have your choice of grasses, palms, shrubs and trees when looking for a tall plant that will grow in a container.

Palm Grass

Palm grass, a plant native to parts of India, makes an excellent container plant. Palm grass may achieve heights of 8 to 10 feet in warmer regions of the United States and possess leaves as long as 3 feet. Even in temperate zones, it can get to 5 feet high. Palm grass will grow in the sun or in the shade. Keep the soil in its container moist and never leave palm grass outside when temperatures get to around 4.44 degrees Celsius. Frost will kill the plant down to its roots. Plant palm grass outside in the spring and then dig it up during the fall after it develops. Put it in a container and keep it out of the cold during winter.

Bottle Palm

Few plants will match the bottle palm for its uniqueness, as this small tree possesses an odd shape. The base of the bottle palm’s trunk is so rounded that the rest of the tree appears to be growing out of a genie’s bottle. Plant the seeds of a bottle palm in a large container and keep the soil damp. Place the container where it will have shade and wait as long as six months for the seeds to sprout. Your reward in time will be a tree that can grow to 12 feet tall, with the strange trunk and a crown of palm leaves. While a bottle palm is the perfect container plant for a patio or a poolside, remember that freezing temperatures will do it much harm, so bring it indoors in colder climes.

Silver Buttonwood

Silver buttonwood can attain tree size, but in a container setting it will stay a shrub. Its best features are its evergreen leaves, which are a silver-grey shade. Silver buttonwood is an option for you if you live in a city, as it tolerates polluted air. Keep silver buttonwood in the full sun if you can but realise that partial shade will not cut down its growth too much. The flowers of this shrub are not gaudy but it does produce red-brown cones in attractive clusters. This plant requires little maintenance once established in its container.

Kumquat Tree

The kumquat tree features evergreen leaves, aromatic flowers and orange fruit that you can eat. Plant this tree, which typically grows no higher than 10 feet, in a container with soil that is average in moisture content. Put it in the full sun outside during the spring and wait for the flowers and fruit once the plant matures. Kumquats are native to China and they have a reputation as being one of the hardiest citrus trees when it comes to the cold. Kumquats can survive temperatures that dip well below freezing. According to the Floridata website, the fruit will persist on a kumquat tree from October through March.

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John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.