Windmill Palm

Common name(s): Windmill Palm, Chinese Fan Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm, Fortunes Palm

Scientific name: Trachycarpus fortunei

Plant family: ARECACEAE

Origin: Central and eastern China

Description: An evergreen hardy palm tree with a compact crown with large, fan-like, green foliage and hairy black fibers covering its trunk. Reaches 25 to 30 feet tall with an 8 to 10 feet wide crown. The leaf bases are dark brown to black and turn a shade of gray over time in full sun.

Growing Conditions: Best grown in rich, fertile, and evenly moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Blooms in the summer. It is capable of growing and thriving in diverse climates, ranging from Southern California to the snowy northern hemisphere. Grows moderately fast at 6-12 inches per year.

Wildlife: No serious insect problems. Susceptible to scale and palm aphids.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: C7

Additional Information: Excellent for making a tropical statement in smaller landscapes and rock gardens. Works well in group plantings and containers. Fibers from the leaves are often used in weaving.

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