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    Clear Trunk Height:

    How we measure palms

    Conditions for Growth

    This palm has the distinction of being the hardiest of all the palms. Capable of growing far into the Northern hemisphere, it is not uncommon to see images of this palm covered in a layer of snow. This palm perfers a loam soil, with a perference for clay over sand and good drainage. Our collection in Riverside responds well to the loam soil and hot summer temperatures.

    Growth Rate and Size

    The Windmill palm has a moderate to fast growth rate of 6 - 12 inches per year, with the faster rate being the standard among specimens in our Riverside grove. Total height can vary from 15 to 30 feet or more.


    Solitary trunk with persistent, fiberous, dark brown to black leaf bases that turn a shade of gray over time in the full sun. The net-like leaf bases form a cheesecloth, wholly matting. Not only is this an identifying characteristic of this palm, but it is also quite useful as a liner for the bottom of planter pots! Palmate leaves 2-3 feet across, stiff, dark green segments deeply divided atop relatively short petioles of 1.5 to 2 feet. When neglected, this palm looks a bit like a slightly taller version of Mediteranian Fan palm, but with solitary stem habit and blunt teeth on the petiole.

    Trachycarpus fortunei

    Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm

    Landscape Environment

    Grow Region: 7b-11

    Origin: Himalayas to Northern Thailand and China

    Drought Tolerance: High

    Cold Tolerance: Very high, 5 F

    Salt Tolerance: Moderate

    Soil: Extremely adaptable

    Light: High to Moderate


    Mature Height: 30 to 35 feet

    Trunk: , solitary

    Leaf: deeply and variously divided almost to base, rigid segements, slighly bifid at tips, forming petticoat below crown

    Leaf Petiole: 1.5 feet long, slender

    Armature: teeth on margins

    Color: Dark Green


    Fruit: 1/2 inch, kidney shaped

    Human Uses:


    Subfamily: Coryphoideae

    Tribe: Corypheae

    Subtribe: Thrinacinae