Trachycarpus wagnerianus – Miniature Chusan Palm. This interesting small palm is reminiscent of a Trachycarpus fortunii, but more diminutive in foliage. It grows to a height of 3–7m, slowly at first, but after three to four years explodes into growth, especially in moist, rich soil and if well fed. It has small, stiff, pinnate dark green fan-shaped fronds up to 0.75m long on a mature plant, though more like 30cm long when juvenile. The leaf segments are edged with white woolly fibres. The leaves are so stiff, that they are unaffected by windy conditions, hence are excellent for exposed locations and also work well as container plants. Another excellent palm for temperate gardens.
Common Name: Minature Chusan Palm
Latin name: Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Tenderness Rating: Hardy down to at least -15C and works well in windy locations.
Ease of growing: Easy.
Position: Prefers full sun but will also grow well in dappled shade.
Soil Condition: Well drain neutral soil and responds well to a high nitrogen feed in the spring. Fast growing once established.