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Livistona chinensis (Chinese fan palm)

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skill rating
2 hours care
per year
12m
Max height
5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Livistona chinensis

Other names

Chinese fan palm

Genus

Livistona Livistona

Species

L. chinensis - L. chinensis is a medium-sized palm with a large trunk, swollen at the base, and short, spiny leaf stalks bearing glossy, deep green leaves divided into linear segments. Panicles of cream flowers bloom in summer followed by spherical to oval, glossy blue-green to grey-pink fruit.


Livistona chinensis is: Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Upright

Toxicity

Though not toxic, sharply-toothed leaf stalks may cause injury.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage if desired.

Propagation

Sow seed at 23 degrees Celsius in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Livistona chinensis (Chinese fan palm) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect in winter. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost full or bright light. Water moderately and feed monthly in growth. Keep almost dry in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

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Botanical name

Livistona chinensis

Other names

Chinese fan palm

Genus

Livistona Livistona

Species

L. chinensis - L. chinensis is a medium-sized palm with a large trunk, swollen at the base, and short, spiny leaf stalks bearing glossy, deep green leaves divided into linear segments. Panicles of cream flowers bloom in summer followed by spherical to oval, glossy blue-green to grey-pink fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Upright

Toxicity

Though not toxic, sharply-toothed leaf stalks may cause injury.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage if desired.

Propagation

Sow seed at 23 degrees Celsius in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Livistona chinensis (Chinese fan palm) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect in winter. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost full or bright light. Water moderately and feed monthly in growth. Keep almost dry in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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