60-80cm trunk height
Full sun or partial shade
Moist, well drained soil - out of the wind
Chinese Windmill Palm/ Chusan Palm
The Trachycarpus fortunei is the hardiest palm, its such a wonderful plant that looks fantastic all year round and will come through any winter. At this size, it makes a great architectural statement and is really wonderful value for money and is so easy to care for, the ultimate low maintenance plant! Trachycarpus has big dark green leaves on top of a large hairy, hesian-like trunk. We love to plant this in a semi-shaded border with other evergreen plants with foliage of different sizes and texture, but of course it will grow equally as well in a sunny spot or simply as a specimen plant in a pot. Plant into a moist-free draining or well drained soil in a shady or sunny position. We say keep out of strong winds simply beacause they leaves can look a bit battered after the winter, but it doesn't harm the tree just looks a bit untidy, we recommend Chamaerops humilis if the planting position is very exposed to strong winds.
We send out a care note with every order and if you would like a planter or pot then we can recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for great terracotta pots.
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Situation Open Close
This palm does best in dappled shade, but tolerates full sun and dense shade very well. Strong winds can damage the leaves, so plant in a sheltered site if possible.
Feeding Open Close
Enjoys lots of nutrients, so pile on the well rotted manure or liquid feed regularly though the growing season.
Pruning Open Close
Remove old tired foliage as required.
Compost/Soil Open Close
Good rich well drained soil is ideal; however it will also tolerate a heavier clay soil too.
Watering Open Close
If possible water copiously through the summer, it will greatly benefit the plant, little if any water is needed in the winter.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
None to note, palms can suffer with Spider Mite, but those grown outside will be unaffected.
Winter Care Open Close
Very cold tolerant, will withstand temperatures as low as -15C without damage.