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Mexican Fan Palm

Cold Hardy Mexican Fan Palm Tree Overview

Soaring to over 100 ft (30.5 m), this skyscraper of the palm world is a striking sight. Mexican Fan Palms have:

  • A gray trunk ringed with closely set leaf scars although usually at least part of the trunks remain covered with dead leaves that hang in a thatch.
  • The solitary trunks, about 10-12 in (25.4-30.5 cm) in diameter, bulge at the ground and become slender as they approach a crown of large palmate leaves with gracefully drooping leaflet tips.

Cold Hardy Mexican Fan Palm Trees Description

Large, rapid growing, and hardy all describe the Mexican Fan Palms.   Native to the riparian washes and gullies of Northern Mexico, Baja, Southern California and Arizona Mexican Fan Palm trees are very drought and salt tolerant once established.  Adapted to a wide range of soil types, and climates.  This species easily hybridizes with the California/Desert Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) and a wide variation in phenotypes (outward appearance and growth characteristics) occurs under cultivated conditions. 


This is a spectacular palm for landscaping large areas.  Mexican Fan palm trees are also frequently seen guarding the entrances to upscale housing developments and standing in regiments along boulevards. +

Mediterranean fan palm


The Mediterranean fan palm forms clumps than can grow up to 15' in height. The triangular, fan-shaped leaves grow to about 20-24" long by 24" wide. They are deeply divided into multiple segments that are themselves split at the tip and they are supported on 3-4' stems. This is an extremely variable plant both in color (the leaves range from blue-green to gray-green to yellow-green) and in shape. Some plants form suckers more freely than others to become very shrubby plants that may reach 15' in width. Other individuals can be seen that are almost dwarf growing just 5' tall by 4' wide. These days it is popular to remove all but a few of the suckers and to prune the leaves to form a cluster of clear-trunked "mini" palms.

Chamaerops is as versatile as it is beautiful! With the leaves trimmed up to clear the trunk it makes a beautiful specimen plant - a delightful natural sculpture to grace your patio or entryway. Unpruned, they assume an attractive shrubby form. Use them as a screens or plant several side by side to form barriers. Planted in groupings they will accent that hard-to-garden, bare corner of your yard. The Mediterranean Fan Palm is excellent in containers and urns. And thanks to it's drought resistance and durability to heat it can thrive in harsh urban conditions. This palm is somewhat salt resistant and may be grown near the ocean if given some protection (behind a dune, building, etc.)

Beauty, ruggedness, versatility, cold hardiness and drought resistance add up to make Chamaerops a winner. If this isn't enough, the Mediterranean Fan Palm is also fairly fast growing when supplied adequate moisture and fertilizer

Windmill Palm

Windmill Palm is one of the most cold hardy palms available. It is beautifully compact and grows to heights of 20 to 40 feet. Windmill Palm has a rather slender single stem that is 8 to 10 inches in diameter and is typically a bit narrower at the base than at the top. Trunks are usually covered with a loose mat of coarse gray or brown fiber. In older individuals the fiber sloughs away to reveal a smooth ringed surface. Chusan Palm, as it is also commonly called, has light to dark green palmate leaves that are lighter, almost silvery (glaucous), on the underside. They are held on thin 3 foot flattened stems that are finely toothed along both edges. Leaves are circular, about 3 feet in diameter and segmented about halfway. They are flat with leaf segment tips held stiffly, but occasionally you will see individuals with droopy tips. Leaves are arranged into a symmetrical crown that is about 8 to 10 feet wide. Specimens grown in full sun and/or under poor conditions may have much smaller, more compact crowns.

Usage: This palm makes a great accent which fits well into small areas like courtyards and entries. It is a tough plant and survives in hot urban landscapes and even thrives there if watered and fed. Chusan Palm is perfect for containers if care is taken that they are well drained. It is very attractive planted in groves and groupings especially when plants of different heights are staggered in irregular patterns (plant the tallest palms in center of the groups and shorter ones at the edges).

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