European Fan Palm

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European Fan Palm

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Common Names European Fan Palm,  Dwarf Fan Palm
Scientific Name Chamaerops humilis
Hardiness Zones 8b-11
Mature Height 15 Feet
Growth Rate In Late Spring/Early Summer
Flower Prominence Inconspicuous
Water Needs Drought Tolerant
Cold Tolerance Cold Hardy
Light Needs Full Sun Ideal, Shade tolerant but with a more spread out fan of leaves.

Typically found in southwestern Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Malta) and northwest Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), the European Fan Palm is the northernmost naturally growing palm in the world. Each leaf is up to 3-3.5 ft. long. The leaflets are 1-3 inches long. Its growth pattern is in clusters of “trunks,” which almost resemble stems, but perfectly proportioned to its height and fan size. Interesting about this palm is the fact that it takes a specific insect to pollinate it. No, you won’t have to find and purchase them; they’ll find it… The tree has such a fascinating shape, it might be perfect as the center piece in a garden, surrounded by and creating a 1 or 2 ft. bed of white chip gravel to emphasize it’s profile. Remember to put it in a full-sun area and, as with any plant, it likes water, but you can be stingy with it. They have a very graceful look. If you need a little grace, here’s your plant.

European Fan Palm

European Fan Palm

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