Palm trees are available in various forms and dimensions, which means the price for trimming them varies based on their species, height, and the quantity of fronds (the leaves) requiring removal.

The average cost of palm tree trimming (single palm) is $210 based on national averages so far this year, but realistically it can cost anywhere from $129 to $560 to trim a palm tree.

Below we have outlined the cost of palm trimming in relation to the tree’s height, tree trimming price per hour, and species of the palm tree.

Palm Trimming Estimates by Tree Size

Small Palm 10 – 15 feet palm trim

Expect to pay $60 – $75 for a single palm tree trim on average. If you had more than one palm tree that needed trimming, it would cost less per palm. You might pay somewhere in the range of $230 to prune five (5) palm trees.

Medium Palm 15 – 25 feet palm trim

This would be an ‘average tree’ when it comes to height. You can expect to pay $100 for a single tree and $400 for up to five trees.

Large Palm 25 – 40 feet palm prune

The cost to trim a 30-foot palm tree would be about $200. There will be a discount for multiple trees but the size of the tree is a lot more work for pruning.

X Large Palm – 50 feet or taller palm prune

These massive palm trees will likely need an elevated work platform to carry out the pruning.

A single regular palm tree this size will usually cost anywhere from $300-$600 for a single tree pruned.

This is a fairly wide price range because the location and accessibility can vary, greatly affecting the overall cost.

mexican fan palm large and small comparison

Affordable Palm tree trimming near me

Finding an affordable palm trimming service near you can be tough at times. You can do a few things to increase your odds of a good deal.

  1. Look on page two of Google – Websites don’t show up at the top of page one of Google by accident. Companies spend a lot of money to be there. They also charge higher prices to recoup their marketing costs.
  2. Dispose of waste yourself – Half the cost of palm tree trimming and removal comes from waste disposal, as it can not be shredded like other timber. Ask for a quote with and without the removal of debris.
  3. Free palm tree trimming – Some companies offer large discounts or even free palm tree trimming for veterans or seniors. Ask around local associations for recommendations before getting estimates from local services.
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Palm tree trimming cost by state

StateLow EstimateHigh Estimate
Las Vegas$200$1,035
San Diego$110$690

Palm Tree Trimming Cost Factors

Several factors contribute to the cost of trimming a palm tree. Some of the main ones are:

Tree height/size – The height and size of the palm tree, the more expensive the trimming will be. Below is an outline of prices by palm tree height.

Access to the tree – If the palm tree is easy to access, it is going to be much quicker to trim and cheaper. If your palm is in your backyard with poor access, it will cost more.

Number of trees – This is a no-brainer. The more palm trees you have that need trimming, the more it is going to cost to trim them all.

Type of palm – The type of palm tree being trimmed is a huge cost factor. This of the difference between a Queen Palm and a Date Palm. The size and number of branches become a factor.

Debris cleanup – This generally goes hand in hand with the palm tree species and the number of branches that need trimming.

Travel time – This can be an extra expense, but if you get a local company, you should negate this extra cost.

Emergency service – If the trimming job is an emergency and you expect the company to drop everything and come out after hours, expect to pay a much higher price.

The company used – The tree service you contract is a big cost factor. Companies just come up with the price on the spot. You can save up to 40% between three estimates. So be sure to shop around.

Palm tree removal for free

Free palm tree removal is possible, but not in all cases. To get free palm tree removal, you must first identify your palm tree is a desirable species. Nurseries and landscapers are always on the lookout for palm trees they can sell they can get for free from you and sell to customers. It’s a win-win for both parties.

Some desirable palm trees include:

  • Date palm
  • Mexican Blue fan palm
  • Mediterranean Fan Palm
  • Guadalupe Palm
  • Pindo or Jelly Palm
  • Senegal Date Palm

Palm Tree Pruning Cost Per Hour

Palm tree trimming services generally do not charge by the hour. They charge by the job or annual maintenance.

The reason is that each business has a different setup and number of workers. If you were to have 10 palm trees pruned by a company with 2 workers as opposed to a company with 6 workers, the time taken to complete the job would differ greatly.

The price would probably end up being similar, though, it’s just a tree trimming company with 5 workers will do it a lot faster. This is why they charge by the job.

To get an idea of what tree trimming of a regular tree might cost check out the tree trimming cost guide here.

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