Palm tree, Coconut tree & The coconut fruit
Regardless of the travel experience, it is safe to say that nearly everyone knows what a palm tree looks like because of the prevalence of the tree in pop culture. However, a common misunderstanding is that all palm trees are coconut trees. Even though a coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a species of the palm tree family (Arecaceae), there is a great variety of palm trees not bearing coconuts.
So in short: A coconut tree is a type of palm tree, but not all palm trees are coconut trees.
Although there is only one species of palm tree that can bear coconuts (Cocos nucifera), there is a large variety of different coconuts. These varieties can be divided into two main types:
- Tall: Up to 30 meters (98 ft)
- Dwarf: Up to 6-18 meters (20-60 ft)
One tree yields up to around 75 coconuts per year, if well maintained.