Trachycarpus fortunei

Scientific name: Trachycarpus fortunei

Synonym: Chamaerops excelsa, Chamaerops fortunei


Common names: “Chusan” “windmill palm” “Chinese windmill palm” “hemp palm”
“Nepalese fan palm”

Plant Type: Evergreen tree


Zone: 9-10

Light: Full sun – light dappled shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold drying winds

Soil: Fertile, doesn’t like clay

Moisture: Evenly moist well drained


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Plant Size: H70′ W 8′

Leaf and Stem shape: Stout, fibre-covered trunk bearing a terminal tuft of deeply divided, large fan-shaped, dark green leavesChinese windmill palm

Flower: Arching sprays of small, light yellow flowers

Pruning: Cut off old leaves after they turn brown with pole pruners or a pole saw

Maintenance: Medium, may need protection from winter cold

Landscape use: Tropical garden, architectural, container

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria, can sometimes house rats in the nest

*Deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner, “They always look strange” , best in groups of 3, creates a tropical look

Cultivars: T. takii -hardier

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