Fan palm

Fan palm
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Desert fan palm
Desert fan palm
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.

genus name
  • Washingtonia
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
  • 20 feet or more
  • 8-12 feet wide
problem solvers
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

More varieties for Fan palm

Desert fan palm

Desert fan palm

(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

Mexican fan palm

Mexican fan palm

(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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