California Fan Palm

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California Fan Palm

Washingtonia filifera
Cotton Palm, Washington Palm, Petticoat Palm
50

70 feet
10

15 feet
Southwestern North America
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun. Evergreen, with a stout, barrel-shaped trunk that immediately sets it apart from the taller, thinner Mexican fan palm. The leaves have peeling fibers, or “cotton,” giving the tree a wispy appearance. California fan palm is a palm of desert oases: drought-resistant, freeze-hardy, and disease resistant. The pockmarked trunks resemble Greek columns in the landscape; in San Antonio, these are prominently displayed at Alamo Stadium, the Spanish missions, and throughout historic neighborhoods.

Maintenance

Sharp teeth arm the leaves, making pruning a delicate business. Pruning off the skirts of dead leaves may require a professional with spikes, a belt, or a crane cab. Avoid blasting fan palm with sprinklers in winter — freeze damage may erode the wood and leave it looking pitted.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Palm
Size:
50-70' H, 10-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin, Well drained
Wildlife:
Bats, Birds
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
Yes
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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