Chinese Fan Palm
Chinese Fan Palms make slow-growing, but striking landscape specimens. The Chinese Fan Palm is tolerant of poor soils, but does the best when regularly fertilized.
For those in the northern areas of Florida, this palm is very hardy and can withstand several degrees below freezing without appreciable damage.
Chinese Fan palm should be planted in full sun as the fronds tend to get “leggy” and weak in anything more than light shade. Of the tribe Corypheae, and subfamily Coryphoideae it is also known by the botanic name Livistonia chinensis.
Common Name: Chinese Fan Palm
Botanical Name: Livistonia chinensis
Plant Type: Solitary Fan Palm Tree
Origin: China, southern Japan
Zones: 9 – 11
Rate of Growth: Slow
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Soil Requirements: Widely adaptable
Water Requirements: High drought tolerance
Nutritional Requirements: Moderate
Light Requirements: Moderate, High
Form: Solitary fan palm, canopy of 30-50 leaves
Leaves: Costapalmate, divided to 2/3 into 60-100 deeply split segments that are pendant in their lower half, olive-green in color.
Inflorescence: 6′ long, produced from among the leaves
Fruits: Grayish-blue. 1/2 – 1″ long
Pests or diseases: None of consequence
Uses: Specimen plant
Bad Habits: Slightly susceptible to lethal yellowing
Cost: $$ – $$$ — reasonable to expensive
Propagation: Seed, germinates in 1-2 months
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