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Windmill Palm Tree

Windmill Palm Tree

Hardy Enough to Endure 10ºF!
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Highly ornamental fan-like leaves can measure up to 3' wide and create a tropical look for a feature planting. One of the most cold-hardy palms for the garden!

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Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height: 15 - 35'
Deer Resistant
Bloom Time: Late spring.
Spread: 8 - 15'
Zones: 7-10

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Botanical Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height/Habit: 15 - 35'
Spread: 8 - 15'
Spacing: 8 - 15'
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Foliage Type: Fan-like circular leaves up to 3' that is segmented about halfway.
Flower Form: Inflorescence 2-3' long. Male and female flowers born on separate plants (dioescious).
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Date: Late spring.
Planting Requirements: Plant in a protected site with adequate moisture. Common areas are sheltered courtyards and entryways
Soil Requirements: Average soil, except soggy.
Growth Rate: Slow.
Unique Characteristics: Tropical palm that can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees F. Highly ornamental palm perfect for a feature planting in a highly visible area. Enjoy tropical looking leaves to create a mediterranean garden. Does not like extremely hot, dry locatio
Additional Information: Photo used in the catalog with snow covered palm was taken north of Olympia Washington, January 1998.
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Planted in 2005 and still growing Review by Alex - Chicago-Metro, IN
Posted on 2014-02-23 06:29:42

This palm is incredible. I planted this in 2005 in my backyard and, with winter protection, it is still growing today. Towering at about 9 feet in height, we have guests take pictures with it in disbelief that a palm tree could grow in Northwest Indiana. I wrap it with a strand of rope lights and throw some plastic wrap to protect the spear and its good to go. Leaves will burn up 75%+ in winter, but what can you expect when it gets below zero? Keeps growing year after year. Here's a picture of mine before I transplanted it in 2012. I believe this was winter 2010-11.

OK plant Review by Thomas K - Lake Forest, IL
Posted on 2013-11-30 14:31:24

I revived the plant with a couple dead leafs but then the plant came back and grew very well in the clay rich soil that was from my backyard (we are 30 miles north of Chicago) and the plant doubled in size! When I ordered this plant I was expecting a medium sized 4-5 foot windmill palm but I got a seedling. Now it's winter and the palm has survived 4 snow storms so-far but has visible burns. Overall I had a good experience with this website and the ordering process.

fan palm tree Review by cheryl - cincinnati, OH
Posted on 2013-04-25 03:06:45

I just ordered this palm tree. It was a little smaller than I thought. Just planted it outside and can't wait to see what it does. Will keep you posted on how it grows. Can't wait to see what my neighbor's say. Thanks Michigan bulb.

Hopeful, but disappointed Review by Chris - Cumming, GA
Posted on 2012-11-21 07:42:34

I liked the idea of having a small palm in my backyard. I was pleasantly surprised to get FOUR of these is an end of season grab bag. However, they all died in the winter. They're too small to make it through a zone 7 winter. I should have potted them first.

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Add a tropical vibe to your home by planting a couple of Windmill Palm Trees in your yard. These tall, slender beauties are highly valued for their tolerance of both warm and very cold temperatures. It is, in fact, one of the most cold hardy Palm species out there. Known in the botanical world as Trachycarpus Fortunei Palm, this tree has a slow growth that contributes to its hardiness to cold climate. It also features a very rough trunk that is insulated by the dense layer of fibers that cover its surface. The waxy, bright green leaves of the windmill palm tree complement the rugged look of its trunk. Fan-shaped and naturally arranged into a symmetrical crown, the leaves of the Trachycarpus Fortunei Palm can grow to about 2 feet long and 2 feet wide.

One of the most important things to remember when planting a Windmill Palm Tree is that the soil should be well drained. To prevent the soil from getting soggy, you may add some dirt and a little sand for better drainage. It prefers areas with partial sun and ample protection from gusty winds. A well-maintained Trachycarpus Fortunei Windmill Palm can grow anywhere from 10 to 30 feet. Windmill Palm Trees make great garden accents , especially when placed by a front entryway.

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