Native to: Unknown - the coconut palm can still germinate after months floating in the ocean, so it is difficult to determine where it first started.
Fruit: The coconut we know is actually the seed of a drupe - similar to the pit of a nectarine or cherry. The outside is covered in fibrous layers. Coir, which used in gardening, is taken from these outer layers.
Size: The coconut palm tree is 20-50' tall under cultivation, and can reach as tall as 100' in the wild.
Hardiness: Zones 10-11. Coconut palm trees are very tropical and cannot tolerate frost. It will also die if exposed to degrees under 50F for too long.
Propagation: Seed. It will take 5-6 months before it will germinate.
Uses: A hole can be cracked in the coconut and the milk consumed fresh. The inside white meat (called copra) is used in a multitude of recipes. Oil can be extracted for many uses.