You must buy the amazing Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm – Windmill palm) – Probably one of the most essential plants for the exotic garden and certainly one of my favourites for giving your personal plot that truly tropical feel.
Trachycarpus fortunei is the most readily available palm tree you can buy in the UK, often sold under its more common name of Chusan or Windmill palm. The cold hardiness of this palm is legendary. Hailing from the foothills of the Himalayas this venerable palm can take temperatures down to -17C for short periods and has taken -12C in my garden with no sign of winter damage.
It has a very hairy trunk made up of dead leaf frond bases giving it a very appealing look. This delectable palm looks excellent in your garden weather small or tall and of course all sizes can be bought in the UK from trunk-less specimens to many meters high depending on the depth of your pocket! This venerable palm has been grown in the UK for more than 100 years, hence has a very good cold hardy provinens.
The crown is a typical fan palm with rounded fronds up to 3ft across on long (petioles) leaf stalks in a shade of mid to dark green. Once established it will flower every year and if a male and female is bought countless seedlings will appear in the garden which can be potted on and moved around the garden.
Common Name: Chusan Palm – Windmill Palm
Latin Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Tenderness Rating: hardy
Ease of growing: Very easy
Position: sun,dappled shade,
Soil Condition: fertile, well drained soil
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