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Windmill Palm

Windmill Palm

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Perfect if you want a tropical look in your backyard, courtyard or around the pool... even in colder climates!

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Windmill Palm

The Best "Cold Hardy Palm Tree"

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If you've always longed to grow a palm tree, but thought they were only meant to grow in balmy tropical islands, you will find the Windmill Palm to be a dream come true. It is one of the most cold hardy palms available on the market today. 

Those of you living in northern gardening climates as high as zone 6 are still able to grow this stunning island beauty. Not only is Windmill Palm cold tolerant, but it is also unbelievably low maintenance and naturally pest resistant, too. 

Magnificent in stature, the Windmill Palm has beautiful fan-like fronds that are arranged symmetrically in a bunched group. This forms a crown of stunning green foliage that grows atop the trunk and can get to about 8 feet wide. 

The oblong finger-like leaves sway on the rustic brown trunk and gives that quintessential palm look that we expect to see when we think of gorgeous palm trees. The texture of Windmill’s upright trunk resembles burlap and gives an aged appeal to this palm that lends a magnificent presence and elegance. 

A slow-growing species, the Windmill Palm can grow up to 40 feet. However, it is more commonly found at heights of 10 to 20 feet. The rise of this palm makes it ideal for use as an accent piece, so don’t hesitate to buy several and use them to frame your deck, pool or driveway. 

You can pot a Windmill Palm in a large container and grow it on a patio or front porch. It’s wonderfully situated on a pool deck since it creates next to no debris that can land into the water. If you’re wondering where you've spotted a Windmill Palm before, it may very well have been at the entrance of one of the picturesque tropical hotels you've vacationed at previously. 

The Windmill Palm grows well in full sun to partial sun. It is able to adapt to many soil types as long as it’s well-drained. It truly takes very little effort on your part for this tropical beauty to flourish. 

Windmill happens to be highly pollution resistant as well, so you can plant it right next to your sidewalk and up against the street or in a road divider. It will not be the least bit bothered by car exhaust or other types of pollution that could easily kill other trees. 

Fundamentally easy to care for, simple to grow and giving instant tropical appeal to any landscape, it is no wonder the Windmill Palm is considered best in class when it comes to palm tree choices. The opportunities to use this gorgeous tree are endless, so snap up your very own Windmill Palm today.

Growing Zones: 6-11

Mature Height: 25-30 ft.
Mature Width: 6-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-11
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-11
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Yes... Your Windmill Palm can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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It's Easy to Plant your Windmill Palm

Specific Directions for Windmill Palm

Place your Windmill Palm in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Windmill Palms are very shade tolerant and prefer shade to direct sunlight. Your Windmill Palm will adapt to your natural soil as long as it's well draining, even if your soil is sandy or heavy in clay.

Water your Windmill Palm Tree every other day for the first three months after planting it. After that water your Palm once a week. Keep the soil moist, not over saturated and make sure that your Windmill Palm doesn't sit in any standing water. Windmill Palms only need extra water during times of drought.

Fertilize your Windmill Palm once Every Spring, Summer and Fall. Use a slow release palm specific fertilizer. If the leaf blades are yellow your Windmill Palm needs a fertilizer that's high in magnesium.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Windmill Palm.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Windmill Palm gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Windmill Palm again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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By: Shelly in Michigan
I planted these palm trees on the beach next to my pond, I live in Michigan so I am hoping they will do alright in our cold climate. They give my beach a tropical look, they arrived in very good condition, and were quite tall already. I am very pleased, I will be ordering more later.

By: Skylar in Olathe, MI9
At Worlds Of Fun In Kansas City, MO there are some Windmill Palm Trees planted and everywhere I go I see them in pots now. If only they would grow faster.

By: Walter Danowski
I purchased 4 windmills in early spring this year and planted them in back of my pool between basjoo banana tree. It looks great. So far they are all happy and doing great. I had one by my waterfall for the past 4 years and wrap it in burlap and stuff it with leaves in the winter,and it does fine.

By: Michelle
I admit that I was a bit skeptical but this beautiful palm survived the winter in Northern Virginia and is spectacular on my deck.

By: david
Its December here in VA I planted two windmills out front and I have two in large pots n the back yard. They r the only things still green n still growing. I love them n all my neighbors think iam nuts. We'll c when they get judge

By: Doug Hecker
bought 2 windmills last fall. was under the impression the trunk would be taller than 10 inches...they were listed as 4 to 6 ft but its all fronds. i live in NY and they did make it through the winter but they do have a lot of brown ends.

By: Ben
I love the Windmill Palm Tree. I live in Massachusetts where one you buy a palm, everyone buys a palm. My grandma bought one for her pool. I bought one too, but i'm going to put it in a pot. Tip don't but Palm Trees from tyty nursery in Georgia because it will die.

By: mary
I bought 3 of the windmill palms and they came in very good condition...I was just wondering if I need to do anything for the winter to protect them ...I live in Oklahoma and our winters can be very cold and snow sometimes.

By: Sara
I love palm trees, I purchased 5 of them. This year we had a mild winter so my palms are looking good. But I wish they would grow faster.

By: John McCutcheon
Nice tree, but slooooooow growing

By: Ron
Palm arrived in perfect shape and is doing great.

By: Marie Berkoski
Beautiful tree! Would love to have a yard full of them.

By: kent
Awesome little tree. We had the hardest winter last year when we took our "silos" off the trees we weren't sure they were going to make it but they better this summer than last!

By: Patrick Bush
Purchased one last April-we are in Zone 6-40 miles west of Pittsburgh PA. Grew nicely last summer. "Overwintered" it in early December.
We had one of the coldest Winters ever-many nights close to zero to -5 and -10 degrees.
Unwrapped it in early April and it survived very well. It now has 5 new huge healthy fronds and looks GREAT!

By: Jim
Great tree even after transplanting at our new house. Bought over 8 years ago and transplanted almost 6 years ago. Was 2 ft new and now is over 9 ft

By: Linda
I purchase a windmill palm about a year ago as a gift for my dads birthday. I figured I would get him one, see what it looked like, and I was going to order about 6 for my own backyard.... Well thank goodness I didn't. I purchased the larger one, and without exaggeration, it's a large twig with one small fron on the top. It will take many MANY many years to get to the size that fast growing trees shows in their picture. BUYER BEWARE!!!! I am regretful that I did not return it. On the upside, they are correct, it is cold hearty... My dads twig survived the winter.....

By: Roland Holder
the first palm I bought did not withstand the cold temp bought another palm but will take it in when cold must be more specific as to temperatureungamsam

By: Dave
I bought 2 Windmill Palms in 3 gallon pots, I live in NH and like to push the limits. Both came packaged very nicely, I gave 4 stars because one came with lots of leaves and the other has 4 leaves so they dont match.

By: Jillian
this was a gift I sent to some one else and they were very pleased

By: Ira
I live on Long Island, NY which is zone 6 and bought my first windmill palm over a year or so ago. It died after a few months as the winter approached. I was given a partial refund and bought another more mature windmill. It looked great all summer then winter came and it shriveled up and died too. Wasted more money as these trees are not hardy at all in winter. Friend of mine had one in pot on his patio and same thing happened in winter. Stay away from these if you live in zone 6.

By: Ronnie Logan
OMG...the $70 tree was 10 inches at the most and shoved in a box with 3 other trees...one was broken in half by the time it made it to my house. PATHETIC waste of money

By: joe castels
we bought two four years ago, planted them around our pool and they are both doing great. both of them are growing like weeds. we live in georgia , we really love our palms. will be buying more next year.

By: John Patterson
The palm arrived in perfect condition. I couldn't believe how well it was packed. The plant really took off and showed fantastic growth this spring and summer. I am from one of those areas where the myth "palms won't grow here" exists (6b). I'll let you now how it goes in the spring.

By: clyde mcleod
Trees came nicely packaged no damage and in good shape they are pretty young about 3 ft tall planted them in the spring they did not show much growth above ground but i think palms estalablish their root system first too early to be able to give a complete review we will see how they servive this winter and see how they are doing next summer plan on protcting them if their is any cold snaps this winter we are in North Carliona between zone 7 b and zone 8 so we shall see how they do will add to this review if i can to update their progress

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Is it possible to plant these trees into a large container and if so what is the recommended size ? Thank you
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: Yes,I live in Michigan and when I planted it( 5ft Palm)in the ground it did not make it the winter.So the next one they replaced it(2ft palm) with is alot smaller so I put in a pot.I keep in the house in the winter and outside for the summer.I planted mine in a pot about 13 inch round so that I can move it around easly. I hope I helped.Good luck.
Reply · Kelly S on Jun 3, 2014
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Will the windmill palm grow in zone 6?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes the Windmill Palm will grow in zone 6.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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price and availability for 5 - 8 foot windmill palms?
greg m on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: We currently only have the 2 to 3 ft size in stock. Unfortunately I can't give you a price estimate for larger sizes at this time.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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when is the best time to transplant palm trees? I live in Las Vegas, NV and it's June 26th and I have a bunch of seedlings that sprung up and I want to put in containers. Is now a good time to do so, if not - when?
penygwen on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: It should be fine to go ahead and transplant your Windmill Palms into containers. Make sure they're properly watered after being transplanted.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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how often should you water?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: Water your Windmill Palm every other day for the first three months, then once a week for the remainder of the first year after planting. A constant source of water is imperative to ensure the required nourishment for healthy frond growth, to battle stress common among newly planted trees and to promote a strong root system. Watering after the first year depends upon the moisture retention in the planting area. Make sure the soil remains moist but not soggy. Warm summers may require more frequent watering, sometimes as much as twice weekly. It’s best to monitor the watering requirements during hot dry periods.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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Do windmill palms do well in zone 7Do windmill palms do well in zone 7?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: I am in zone 6, but have not wintered my palm outside yet. Quite slow-growing, so mine is planted in large pot which I overwinter in my unheated basement. I grow 'Musa Basjoo' banana outside here though, and I mulch well with a wire cage filled with straw. It does fine. Since it has similar requirements as Windmill Palm, I'm expecting mine to do fine when I eventually plant in ground.
Reply · christina w on Jul 2, 2014
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Do you need to feed the palm trees?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: I just planted mine in miracle grow tree and shrub soil and they have been just fine and growing great
Reply · Tim R on Jul 11, 2014
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Will the Windmill palm do well in Northwest Ohio?
Nina O on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: It depends on where exactly you are in Northeast Ohio. If you're outside of zone 6 then it gets too cold for this tree.

Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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is there any warranty when I purchase this palm tree?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: There is an optional one year warranty the can be purchased.

Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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sprouts of branches growing from inside out of the tree?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes it grows from the inside, but it's not a fast growing palm. Mine has only grown about an inch in the year I've had it.
Reply · George F on Jun 11, 2014
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do the roots grow more downward or outward at full growth?
STEVE M on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Windmill Palms have shallow Noninvasive roots. They grow downwards and laterally in sort of a crown shape. The roots are slender and grow as far as the crown of leaves.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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are these trees toxic to pets?
Becky J on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Windmill Palm is nontoxic to cats and dogs, but it shouldn't be fed to them if you plan to use your palm for any type of cooking.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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