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Plant Details

Trachycarpus fortunei

Windmill Palm
Zone: 10a, 10b, 11, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Plant Category: Tropical & Foliage Plants
Height: Minimum 15 feet , Maximum 35 feet
Width: Minimum 6 feet , Maximum 12 feet
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Forming near circles measuring about 3' across and on stalks as long, this palm attains a height of 12-30' depending on cultivation. It is undemanding, but with water and feeding will exhibit moderately fast growth. The thick, dark trunk has a coarse, hairy texture. In May or June, long, dense clusters of small yellow flowers appear. Grows well as an indoor plant in cold areas, as it adapts well to container cultivation.

"For a decidedly exotic appeal, plant windmill palm, Trachycarpus fortunei. This palm is the most widely available of dependably hardy temperate palms. Giant fan shaped leaves 3 to 4 feet across can't help but attract attention. The leaves sit atop a single trunk that is covered with the fibrous remains of old foliage.

A very accommodating plant which will grow in full sun in most well draining soils and is drought tolerant. Plants survive transplanting well with relatively small root balls though the fibrous root systems are extremely difficult to cut through. Most plants are sold in containers from one gallon to 6 foot boxes."

(Source: Great Plant Picks)

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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

One of the hardiest palms growing up over 15' tall with a spread of 6-8'. on a coarse fibrous trunk. Tropical looking but hardy.


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

Hardiest and best palm for Portland. Medium growing to 20 ft or more. Best in full sun with ample moisture. Site out of wind to prevent tattering of leaves. Frost hardy to anything Portland can give it, easy in USDA zone 8; zone 7 and upper 6 with protection.


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

My website is totally acting up and not letting me add pictures and this is such a great plant I will send you to a website with info and pics.


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4 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

Listing Key

Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Jaycee Newman Inc. Boring, OR Email now 503-663-7373 BB: X Container: X
Macleay Hills Nursery Salem, OR Email now 503-871-8027 Container: 1
Rocky Mountain Nursery Independence, OR Email now 503-838-4222 Container: 1
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  • Secret Orchard LLC Boring, OR Email now 701-290-9221 Container: 1