Whats the perfect gift if you want to make a statement and still be remembered for years to come? Why not a gift that grows, is quite useful and beautiful? We are talking about palm trees, of course, the type that gives your garden a lovely appearance and a thoughtful spot of shade. And yes, they do make a wonderful gift as well, particularly for recipients that prefer functional yet spectacular land fixtures. The palm tree has been around for many centuries and is mentioned in many ancient writings. As such, it has become a symbol for many civilizations. The palm branch, for example, symbolizes victory and triumph in ancient Rome and was even used to reward heroes coming from the war or winning in the games. There are several varieties of palm trees that make beautiful gifts, from the impressive (Texas Sabal Palms, Canary Island Dates and California Fan Palms) to the compact (Needle Palm). Palm trees delivered, despite their association with the tropics, actually do have varieties that thrive quite well in colder climates. As long as they are well cared for, palms can grow and flourish and provide protective and decorative value for many years. The first thing to keep in mind when choosing palm trees is the seller. A reputable seller will have sufficient knowledge of the species and varieties of the trees and thus will be able to give you the correct recommendations as to re-planting, growth and care. Second is the variety of the tree itself. Look for one that is the perfect fit in terms of full-grown size, age and climate tolerance. With correct understanding of its nature, a palm tree gift can grow healthy and be your pride and joy for many years to come.