Trachycarpus fortunei

Windmill Palm

Evergreen Shrub, Tree

Outstanding Qualities
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.

Culture Notes
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.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low, Regular / Even


Size: 96 - 360 tall x 96 - 180 wide
Shape / Form: Irregular, Columnar / Narrow
Foliage Texture: Bold, Coarse
Foliage Quality: Bold, Coarse

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise

Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Shape: Palm-shaped

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest
Position / Role: canopy
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos