This genus of fan palms is made up of about six species from subtropical Asia. The usually single-stemmed, evergreen palms are good in courtyards and as specimen plants because their size is small enough not to overwhelm the garden. They have terminal, fan-shaped leaves, cup-shaped flowers with white or brown bracts, and round or kidney-shaped fruit.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFan-shaped leaves give a tropical feeling to the garden.
CareWell-drained, fertile soil in full sun or dappled shade, with shelter from strong or cold, drying winds.
PropagationSow seed in spring or fall at 75°F.
ProblemsLeaf spots and root rot may affect seedlings. In the greenhouse, watch for spider mites and scale insects.