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Chinese windmill palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

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One of the hardiest palms, Chinese windmill palm has single stems with large, 4-foot-wide fans of sword-like leaves. It produces large plumes of yellow flowers in early summer; the flowers of female plants transform into bluish-black fruits. Chinese windmill palms may be shoot-hardy to Zone 6 if protected with 10 inches of mulch. With their rich fans and handsome habits, they make attractive specimens for formal outdoor spaces. These evergreen palms are native to the mountains and temperate regions of subtropical Asia. Plants can grow to 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

CareProvide fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Tolerates clay soil. Shelter from strong winds. 

PropagationSow seed at 75°F in spring or fall.

ProblemsSpider mites, scale insects, leaf spots, root rot.

  • Genus : Trachycarpus
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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