The European Fan Palm, botanically known as Chaemerops humulis, is popular for its exceptional cold hardiness and wind tolerance. Belonging to the Arecaceae plant family, this stunning palm grows in clusters of multiple trunk clumps, giving it a charming shrubby appearance. The trunks are covered in leaf bases and brown fibres that can reach over 20cm in diameter, adding to their unique allure.
This slow-growing palm takes approximately 10-15 years to reach a height of 2.5m, rewarding you with a graceful and captivating addition to your landscape. Its triangular fan-shaped leaves range from green to silvery grey, creating a picturesque display. The leaves grow outward and upward, enhancing the palm’s visual appeal. While pruning, exercise caution, as the stems are covered with sharp thorns.
Moreover, the European Fan Palm delights with small yellow flowers, adding a touch of brightness to its foliage. These flowers are followed by green fruits that eventually turn brown when ripe, although it’s essential to note that they are not edible.
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European Fan Palm
Palms – Cycads
2.5 – 4 meters depending on conditions
The European Fan Palm adapts well to various lighting conditions, making it an excellent choice for outdoor spaces. This palm will easily thrive with a sunny patio or a partially shaded garden.
This palm is relatively low-maintenance when it's been established. It displays excellent drought tolerance. During the growing season, water deeply once a month and increase the frequency to fortnightly during mid-summer.
The European Fan Palm exhibits remarkable adaptability to various soil types. However, ensuring the soil has good drainage is recommended for optimal growth and health. This will prevent waterlogging and promote a thriving root system.
To support its growth and development, the European Fan Palm will benefit from an application of an All Purpose, Slow-Release fertiliser every 9-12 months.
One of the European Fan Palm's greatest attributes is its impressive cold and heat tolerance. It can comfortably withstand temperatures as low as -10°C, making it an ideal choice for regions with cooler climates. Providing shelter from strong winds will contribute to its successful growth during its establishment phase.