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Trachycarpus fortunei

Common Name(s):
Windmill palm
Category:
Trees
Comment:

A palm tree in the Arecaceae family brings a tropical flair to any landscape.  Makes a great specimen plant or is effective in small groups. Use it to frame an entry way or garden path.  It has a solitary trunk that appears shaggy and hairy with left over dried pedioles from shed leaves.  Fibers from the leaves are often used in weaving.  The leaves spiraling out in all directions from the top of the plant resemble a windmill, hence the common name.  It can be grown in large contatiners and overwintered indoors in colder climates. It a protected location it is hardy to zone 7.  

Seasonal Interest:

Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: Summer, June-July Bark: Winter 

 

Wildlife Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or dieases problems.  For a palm it has excellent winter hardiness but it may suffer in the cooler parts of the state.

Height:
15-35 ft.
Flower:
Long (2' ft) Yellow panacles drooping. Female flowers turn into dark blue drupes if male flowers are present
Zones:
7b - 10
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Its best performance is in some shade and it needs wind protection. Mulch heavily in the winter to protect roots.
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Palm
Width:
10-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
Large (3' ft), dark-green, palmate, fan-shaped leaves
Tags:
specimen, winter interest, container, tropical, evergreen, palm, deer resistant, showy

NCCES plant id: 2225

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
C. Löser, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Trachycarpus fortunei Flowers
Megan Hansen, CC-BY-SA-2.0