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Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei

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Zones 4-24, 26-31
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Regular Water

Trachycarpus fortunei

Chinese Windmill Palm
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Medium-size, very hardy fan palm (to 10°F/–12°C or lower). Moderate to fast growth to 30 ft. high, 10 ft.wide. Trunk is usually thicker at top than at bottom and is covered with dense, blackish fiber; as trunk elongates, fiber falls off its lower portion. Toothed, 1/2 -ft. stalks carry 3-ft.- wide leaves. May look untidy in high winds. May be sold as Chamaerops excelsa. Young plants can be grown indoors in bright indirect light; plant them outdoors when they become too big.

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