Mexican Fan Palm

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Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta
Mexican Washingtonia
80

100 feet
10

15 feet
Baja California
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Birds

About This Plant

Full sun. A desert fan palm, made most famous by its use on the boulevards of Southern California. It’s much taller and slimmer than the similar California Fan Palm, and much more drought tolerant. It can be distinguished from similar species by the tendency of its drooping leaves to remain green about the skirt.

As its desert heritage implies, Mexican fan palm is not tolerant of subfreezing temperatures, especially when combined with ice; dead robustas can be found after record freezes in San Antonio. (Allowing the shaggy skirt of leaves to remain around the trunk may help insulate the trunk, but it’s difficult to protect the crown.)

Maintenance

Good drainage required. Reseeds readily in garden settings. Skirts of dead leaves can be pruned, but teeth on the branch petioles require careful handling of the leaves.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Palm
Size:
80-100' H, 10-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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