Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm

About This Plant

Grows best in partial sun. A thin, single-trunked palm with rounded, evergreen leaves held stiffly upright, hence its common name. The trunk is covered in a loose mat of brown fiber, like burlap — a useful identification tool. Leaves are silvery underneath, with petioles containing two rows of small thin spines. Flowers appear in late spring, with fruit ripening over the summer. Windmill is a compact palm, frequently used as a foundation plant in landscape beds and around houses where it can shade an entry. It can grow up to 40 feet, but 10-20 feet is more common in Texas landscapes (so it is commonly planted in groupings). Though slow growing, it is extremely cold-hardy.

Origins: East Asia


Grooming to remove spent foliage.

A cold-hardy Chinese palm for smaller spaces.

Min. Height: 10'

Max Height: 30 feet'

Min. Width: 8'

Max Width: 10 feet'

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