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Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm)

This ubiquitous and well-loved fan palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, is native to China. Here winters can be severe and very cold! The Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) is the best-known and most common palm for the cooler climate.

The Chusan palm was brought to Europe over 150 years ago and has long been a feature of Europes parks and gardens. It is incredibly resistant to cold (mature palms have been known to recover from temperatures as low as -18C) and highly attractive.


The Trachycarpus fortunei actually palm prefers cooler, temperate areas, and does not manage very well in the tropics. It is not fussy, is easy to grow and adapts well to most situations, providing the soil is not prone to waterlogging. Growth is initially quite slow but once it reaches trunking size growth is quite rapid! You may expect trunk growth up to 0.5m (1.5 feet) per year. The palm dislikes wind and should be planted in a wind-free part of the garden or it will look untidy. If the garden does not have shelter from wind we would strongly recommend Trachycarpus wagnerianus as an alternative.

Together with Trachycarpus wagnerianus this is the easiest and most trouble free palm suited to our climate.


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Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei