Item #: 4948-1
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Native to China and southern Japan, this palm sports a broad crown with elegant leaf stalks supporting wide, robust rounded leaves with graceful, hanging leaflet tips that shimmer in the sun and whisper in a light wind. A perfectly relaxing and tropical feel for any yard, the leaf is folded at the middle with deeply divided segments (though not nearly to the extent of its L. decipiens cousin) which are relatively firm for two thirds the length of the leaf, after which they droop dramatically.

An excellent and rare find, this palm grows at a moderate to slow pace, eventually reaching a height of 25 to 30 feet, with a foot-wide trunk that is often bulbus at the base. This palm has an elegant, flowing, breezy look and is also referred to as a Fountain Palm.

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    Conditions for Growth

    This palm does well at the Grove in Riverside, CA, in the heat and full sun or with slight shade from neighboring trees. This palm is resistant to drought, tolerates temperatures into the low 20s and will thrive from the Inland Empire to coastal Southern California, where it prefers full sun. The Chinensis will do poorly and likely brown and eventually die if exposed to the intense heat and full sun of the California desert.

    Growth Rate and Size

    Slow growing palm for first 10 years or so, and commonly seen used as a potted plant. Later growing about 6-8 inches a year to reach a height of 25 to 30 feet with a large, robust crown. Trees in their natural subtropical environment may reach 40 plus feet in height.


    Closely ringed brown, solitary trunk that eventually grays with exposure and age. Broad and rather large 5-6 feet wide leaf on similar sized petioles, deeply folded, costapalmate bright green, shiny leaf 4 feet long, divided about two thirds down, in a dense canopy of 30-50 leaves, with 60-100 segments that dramatically droop at the last one third of the leaf. Armature is present on lower half of petiole. The leaf bases are not persistent, and the fronds are self-cleaning, falling off with time and never forming a skirt.

    Livistona chinensis

    Chinese Fan Palm

    Landscape Environment

    Grow Region: 8-11

    Origin: China, Japan

    Drought Tolerance: High

    Cold Tolerance: High to 10 F

    Salt Tolerance: Moderate

    Soil: Adapatable

    Light: Moderate to high


    Mature Height: 25'

    Trunk: Corky, rough rings, brown to gray with age , Solitary

    Leaf: deeply divided, heavily drooping, with many segments, 6 feet wide, 3 to 4 feet long

    Leaf Petiole: 6 feet long

    Armature: sharp teeth along lower half margins



    Fruit: 1 inch globose to ovoid

    Human Uses:


    Subfamily: Coryphoideae

    Tribe: Corypheae

    Subtribe: Livistoninae