How to Draw a Palm Tree Step by Step

This step by step tutorial shows how to draw a simple palm tree with illustrated examples and drawing tips for each step.

Palm tree drawing step by step
Palm tree drawing step by step

It’s recommended that you use a pencil and draw light lines until the finals steps of this tutorial as you will need to erase some small parts of the drawing before you finish. Making light lines will also help you correct any potential mistakes.

Step 1 – Draw the Crown of Leaves

Palm tree leaves drawing
Palm tree leaves drawing

Start the drawing of the palm tree with the outlines of the leaves.

Palm leaves drawing step by step
Palm leaves drawing step by step

Firt draw the leaves that are facing towards the front. Then draw the next set of leaves behind them followed by the next set behind those. Finally draw the leaves (or in this case leaf) at the very back.

Step 2 – Draw the Trunk

Palm tree trunk drawing
Palm tree trunk drawing

Below the leaves draw a curved trunk that is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. You can do this with just two pairs of curved lines.

Step 3 – Draw the Center Parts of the Leaves

Palm tree rachis drawing
Palm tree leaves middle part drawing

Draw a line through roughly the center of each leaf to show the rachis (the middle part of the palm leaf).

Step 4 – Draw the Stripes Along the Trunk

Palm tree trunk stripes drawing
Palm tree trunk stripes drawing

Add some stripes along the trunk to give the palm tree its characteristic look. Space the stripes farther apart toward the bottom and closer together as they go up the trunk.

Step 5 – Finish the Line Drawing

Palm tree line drawing
Palm tree line drawing

Finally to make the leaves look more palm tree like draw some little “cuts” along their sides. Try and draw these at random intervals and of lightly different sizes. Generally they should be slightly smaller towards the base and tips of the leaves and larger near the middle.

Once done you can go over the entire drawing with either darken pencil lines, black pen or marker. You can also erase the outlines around the parts of the leaves where you drew the little “cuts”.

Step 6 – Color the Palm Tree

Palm tree drawing
Palm tree drawing

To color the palm tree you can make the leaves a yellow/green color and the trunk a light brown. You can do this with paints, colored pencils or markers.

Conclusion

Palm trees have a very specific shape which makes them fairly distinct from other trees and somewhat easier to draw. If you want to try drawing some other tree types also see: