Chamaerops humilis/Mediterranean Fan Palm

Chamaerops humilis / Chamaerops humilis
Specimen multi-trunked palms in Jackson Square, New Orleans
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Specimen multi-trunked palms in Jackson Square, New Orleans

Mature specimen

A clumping habit of growth

Close-up of trunks

Young palm before trunk become prominent

Fruiting plant in Italy

Clusters of fruit

Close-up of fruit

Beautiful multi-trunked specimen in the Vatican Gardens, Rome, Italy

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Scientific Name: Chamaerops humilis
Common Name: Mediterranean Fan Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: One of the more cold hardy palms. This clump forming species is used as a specimen, accent, and a tub planting. Old specimens normally form several basal trunks that are covered with old leaves unless removed to expose trunks. Will tolerate temperatures of around 15 degrees F. for short periods. Tolerate of light salt spray back of primary dunes or ocean front. Considerable seedling variation in foliage color. Palm is more shrublike for nearly ten years before it forms a major trunk.