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Trachycarpus fortunei/Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei / Trachycarpus fortunei
Specimen windmill palm growing in a swimming pool planter
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Specimen windmill palm growing in a swimming pool planter

Close-up image of a stalk of windmill palm flowers

A relatively young palm growing in a ground cover of yellow lantana

Close-up image of the large, fan-shaped fronds and a stalk of flowers draping near the trunk

Specimen palms growing adjacent to brick wall

Base of fronds where flowers are formed

Large, mature windmill palms with aging fronds that need to be removed each year

Tall, mature palms with old dried fronds hanging next to the trunk

A cluster of palms growing at varying heights

Palms growing much too close to a house

Mature planting that need grooming

Developing flowers

Flowers forming within the crown of a Windmill Palm

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Scientific Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Common Name: Windmill Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Purple, Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Comments: This is a popular fan palm that is quite cold hardy and can tolerate freezing temperatures. It is a palm that is easily managed in residential landscapes, especially in outdoor spaces like around swimming pools and patios where falling leaves from trees might pose a problem. Periodically old fronds should be removed as part of the grooming work to keep palms tidy.