Chusan palms have elegant fan shaped leaves atop an exotic hairy trunk. The Trachycarpus fortunei is frost hardy down to -9°C (mature plants can tolerate even lower temperatures) and easy to care for.
Also called: Chamaerops excelsa, Chinese Windmill Palm
- Position: Partial shade or full sun.
- Watering: Water regularly during growing season. Do not overwater. There is normally no need to water Chusan palms during the winter, only make sure the root ball does not dry out.
- Hardiness: Frost hardy down to -9°C (mature plants can tolerate even lower temperatures). Protect from severe frost and cold drying winds. It is one of the hardiest palm trees and one of a select few that will grow well in large parts of the UK.
- Pruning: Remove lower leaves as they become brown or tatty. Cut close to the trunk.
- Soil: Well-drained. Fertile. Repot every two to three years.
- Feeding: During growing season top dress regularly with slow release Palm fertiliser. There is no need for fertiliser during the winter period. Avoid high concentration of fast acting liquid fertiliser.
- Also called: Chamaerops excelsa, Chinese Windmill Palm
- Origin: Central China, East Asia and Himalayas
- Foliage: Evergreen. Fan-shaped leaves. Brown hairy trunk.
- Flowers: Yellow flowers in summer.
- Award of Garden Merit (AGM): This award indicates that the plant is recommended by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).