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Chamaerops humilis

Plant Type

Family

Common Names

Mediterranean Fan Palm
European Fan Palm

Alternate Latin Names

Hardiness Zones

Plant Characteristics

Origin:

Europe

Height:

8-12', very old specimens can grow to 25'

Width:

10-15'

Exposure:

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Elevation:

Cold Hardiness:

5-10 F

Heat Tolerance:

Irrigation:

Moderate

Growth Rate:

Bloom Color:

Orange to White

Bloom Time:

Insignificant
Foliage:

Evergreen

Toxicity Info:

N/A

Cultivation Notes

Chamaerops humilis, the beautiful and hardy Mediterranean Fan Palm is the only palm endemic to Europe and grows abundantly along the Mediterranean Coast. It can handle strong winds once established and often re-sprouts if subjected to wildfire. It is a wonderful low-maintenance accent or container palm and functions well as a windbreak or privacy barrier, providing a tropical feel in a wide range of climate zones.  Very well-established specimens can be hardy down to 5-10 F.

Good drainage is essential for this plant to thrive. It needs low amounts of supplemental water once established. Irrigate by watering deeply and then allowing the top several inches of soil to dry between waterings. This encourages the plant to send roots deep into the earth in search of moisture, helping it to become established, prevent root rot, build drought tolerance, and resilience to heat and cold. The length of time between waterings will vary depending on your growing conditions and environment.