Trachycarpus fortunei



(Chusan Palm, Hemp Palm, Windmill Palm)
Award of Garden Merit
Family Arecaceae
Originating from N Myanmar to C China

Introduced to the UK in the 19th century, by the great plant hunter Robert Fortune, from seeds collected from the small Chinese island of Chusan, Tracycarpus fortunei sparked the craze for exotic flora in the Victorian era. It has been grown for over a hundred years in the UK and has withstood many severe winters (and cool summers) during that time and is now the most widely cultivated palm in the UK.
It is an extremely attractive and compact palm with a slim trunk, covered in fibres, which can be stripped revealing a smooth, ringed surface. It looks equally attractive left, as nature intended with its woolly coat left intact. It is satisfyingly fast growing, and happy, well-fed individuals can grow a whopping 30cm of trunk a year.
The leaves are circular, fan-shaped, deeply divided, sometimes held erectly or sometimes drooping at the tips, and up to 1.2m in diameter. In summer it erupts into flower producing huge, drooping yellow panicles from the trunk followed by, on female plants, grey/black fruits. It is not uncommon for Trachycarpus seed to germinate and produce offspring. Look out for seedling palms around the base of the plant.
Trachycarpus prefers a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in shade or part shade.

Eventual mature plant size :
Height 15m
Spread 2.5m

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Additional information




45-50cm Triple stem, 60cm, 80cm, 1m 35cm trunk, 1.2m 60cm trunk, 1.3m 70cm trunk, 1.5m 80cm trunk, 545, 45-50cm