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Chamaerops humilis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Chamaerops humilis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Chamaerops humilis

Mediterranean Fan Palm
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Europe’s only native palm, this also grows on Mediterranean islands and in northwest Africa. Having survived brief temperature drops to 0°F (–18°C), it is among the hardiest palms. Curving offshoots develop clumps to 20 ft. tall and wide. Growth is slower in the cooler parts of its range. Green to bluish green fans form on spiny leafstalks. Works in containers, massed under trees, or grown as an impenetrable hedge. Tolerates poor soil and strong winds. C. h. argentea (C. h. cerifera) has silvery blue foliage. 

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