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Fan palm

Washingtonia selections

Fan palm

Stately fan palms really stand out in the landscape with their large, star-shape leaves. Most types of fan palms are hardy, single-trunk palms that grow fast.

Many of these palms hold onto their leaves as they age, creating a brown, shaggy "beard" underneath the fresh foliage. These old leaves can be a fire hazard, so some communities require you remove them.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
50-80 feet tall
Plant Width:
8-12 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Drought Tolerant
Top Varieties

(Washingtonia filifera) is native to the American Southwest, where it grows in the desert near water sources. The trunk can reach 3 feet wide and, unless trimmed, is covered with a petticoat of old leaves. Leaf stems are armed with sharp teeth. It grows 50-70 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide. Desert fan palm makes an excellent street tree in dry climates. Zones 9-11
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(Washingtonia robusta) is similar to desert fan palm, but is slightly taller and thinner. It grows 60-80 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide, with a trunk up to 18 inches thick. Old leaves cling to the stem, creating a reddish brown petticoat. Mexican fan palm can be used as a street tree or in a grouping. Zones 9-11
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