Trachycarpus Fortunei, an elegant and easy to grow palm

Trachycarpus Fortunei, a palm with palmate leaves, is a great favourite in our European ornamental gardens. This tall, slender tree is hardy and can become a major part of your garden for many years to come. The easiest palm to grow in our climate!


Trachycarpus Fortunei is native to eastern China, where it is subjected to harsh winters. It is also known as Chinese Palm, Hemp Palm or Windmill Palm. This palm prefers cold areas and adapts well to various conditions. It has been grown and planted successfully in countries with much colder climates such as Canada and Sweden. It is an ideal palm for Nordic gardens. With a little protection, it can endure temperatures of -17 ° C.
This palm tree prefers to grow in wind-sheltered areas. When planted in rich and fresh soil, its growth will be optimal.

At the beginning growth will be slow, but once the trunk has been formed, the tree can grow one meter (3 feet) in height every two years, to up to a total height of 12 meters (36 feet). Its trunk will be covered with brown fibers which give it its characteristic look.
If your garden is too exposed, we recommend Trachycarpus wagnerianus as a good alternative.

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