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Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Trachycarpus fortunei

Other names

Chusan palm, Hemp palm, Nepalese fan palm, Windmill palm

Genus

Trachycarpus Trachycarpus

Species

T. fortunei - T. fortunei is a hardy evergreen tree palm with a hairy trunk and deeply divided, fan-shaped leaves and small yellow flowers in summer.


Trachycarpus fortunei is: Evergreen

Tree shape

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring or autumn at a minimum of 25C.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 2.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Drought Tolerant, Mediterranean, Containers, Sub-Tropical, Greenhouse, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Ensure you protect from strong and cold drying winds and from hard winter frosts.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

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.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Trachycarpus fortunei

Other names

Chusan palm, Hemp palm, Nepalese fan palm, Windmill palm

Genus

Trachycarpus Trachycarpus

Species

T. fortunei - T. fortunei is a hardy evergreen tree palm with a hairy trunk and deeply divided, fan-shaped leaves and small yellow flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Tree shape

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring or autumn at a minimum of 25C.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 2.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Drought Tolerant, Mediterranean, Containers, Sub-Tropical, Greenhouse, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Ensure you protect from strong and cold drying winds and from hard winter frosts.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

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.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8

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