The history of Palm trees and people can be traced back to early civilizations, when Palms were grown in Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago. Known for providing high fuel fruit, shade from the desert sun, and the material for constructing tools, the Date Palm is often credited for playing a major role in the proliferation of the human population.
In Roman times, the Palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory, and its fronds were awarded to champions and war heroes. It was even an ancient Roman unit of measurement.
Not long thereafter, the Palm was given it's own day: Palm Sunday. Though mainly a Christian event meant to celebrate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the Palm represents peace and plenty in Judaism, and is mentioned more than 22 times in the Koran, demonstrating its ability to cross cultures.
As modern civilization began to form, the Palm endured as an important symbol, adorning the national flags of Haiti, Guam, and Somoa, as well as the state flags of Florida and South Carolina.
Today, the Palm tree might not have as much importance to the survival of the human race or the religious significance it once had, but it remains a cultural touchstone. In America, the Palm is often associated with a laid back, carpe diem lifestyle and used by marketers who wish to associate their products and services with relaxation, calmness, vacations and beaches. If you want to your interior project to elicit a laid back atmosphere, design with silk Fishtail Palms trees.
The Palm also remains an important provider of tools and food in today's society, including beverages, building materials, fertilizer, oil and fruit, clothing, furniture, jewelry, medicine, and more.