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European Fan Palm Tree

Chamaerops Humilis

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


15-20 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Chamaerops Humilis

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Hardy Palm Suitable for Indoors or Out

Durable and vibrant, the European Fan Palm is one of the most versatile of the palm species, and is cold hardy up to 5 degrees. It is also drought resistant and rugged, so this beauty with its robust demeanor is sure to capture hearts.

In warmer southern zones, European Fan Palm can live happily in your outdoor landscape; but those in cooler climates need not miss out on this island delight.

Simply pot your Fan Palm in a large container, and you can keep it out in summer and then bring it indoors when the temps begin to drop. Uniquely shaped, the European Fan Palm forms trunks that can grow up to 15 feet in height.

The brown textured trunks resemble a pinecone with scales running the entire length.

Long, fan-shaped leaves grow up to 24 inches long and provide dramatic appeal that gives that undeniable tropical look. Stunning in color, the leaves of the European Fan Palm bring various greens, blues, grays and yellows to your landscape.

When the European Fan Palm matures, it boasts numerous trunks which encircle the main trunk. This layering effect provides interesting depth to any area. Low maintenance and hardy European Fan Palm is super versatile and can be grown in numerous settings.

Grown in containers or outdoors, this species can be used as a pruned decorative addition or left in its beautiful natural shrubby state. Either way, European Fan Palm is sure to be a striking sculptural element in your landscape.

Planted in groups, European Fan Palm forms a fantastic privacy screen that not only creates an intimate setting, but offer superb texture. Another excellent option is to plant this species side by side to create a splendid natural fence.

While it does not require fertilizer to thrive, if provided with some and a bit of moisture, the growth rate of European Fan Palm will increase. As a display of its versatility, this palm flourishes in various types of soil as well.

So, it isn't terribly picky about where you put its roots. Naturally pest resistant, the European Fan Palm does not require any harmful chemicals to flourish.

This species is also known to be disease free. Providing effortless beauty to your landscape, European Fan Palm is an all around winner. Given its gorgeous looks, it is sure to fit into any design scheme and will provide you will a multitude of uses.

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came packaged nicely with no damage this is a beautiful palm tree even in its minature size right now (about 3 feet) it has mutipal trunks and beautiful green fonts actualy has shown external growth all ready hope it servies the winter it is planted in the ground i will protect it if the weather gets below freezing I have other older palms that have done well here in North Carliona so i am keeping my fingures crossed I will update this if i can next summer and see how its doing very sastfied right now
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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Highly recommended left outside here in NJ till October than brought indoors for winter.
July 26, 2016
Haddon Twp, NJ
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your European Fan Palm Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

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

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.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your European Fan Palm Tree 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 European Fan Palm Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Love Palm Trees!
Michael M on Nov 21, 2016
Plan to keep trimmed to a more ornamental, less shrubby look.
Lori D on Mar 19, 2016
Love Palm Trees!
Michael M on Nov 21, 2016
I like the looks and doesn't seem to require a lot of care . It will fit my vision for my landscape design
Catherine H on Jun 9, 2016
Plan to keep trimmed to a more ornamental, less shrubby look.
Lori D on Mar 19, 2016
It's disease- and pest-free.
Lee C on Mar 16, 2016
Love the look of different palms around the pool.
Luis D on Mar 9, 2016
I like the looks and doesn't seem to require a lot of care . It will fit my vision for my landscape design
Catherine H on Jun 9, 2016
It's disease- and pest-free.
Lee C on Mar 16, 2016
How do I distinguish additional trunks from runners that should be pruned? Do the new trunks come out of the ground or from the base of the first trunk?
Steve P on Jan 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Additional trunks come grow alongside the main trunk and can be pruned away. Just make sure you can distinguish the main from the pups.
The main trunk seems to have died but there are trunks coming out of tthe main trunk, do we cut back the main trunk?
Louis H on Nov 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can prune off the main trunks and one of the other trunks growing out of the main trunk will take over as the lead. You may have to do some additional pruning to shape your tree once the leader takes over. I hope this information is helpful. For more information on your palm tree please visit:
when is the best time to plant this in zone 7b?
guido 7 on Jul 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree is not recommended to be planted outside in your zone.
How fast does this tree grow?
Linda on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not very fast. I have had it a little over six months and it grew about two inches.
Can this palm tree be planted outdoors in zone 5?
Donna S on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no this cannot be planted in zone 5 outside. The recommended zones for outside planting of this European Fan Palm would be zones 8 to 11. If you wanted to purchase this plant you would have to plant it in a pot and bring it inside in the Winter.
Is this plant fatal for pets?
Cassandra on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No this plant is not fatal for pets. I have two European Fan Palms, two dogs and two cats and I've had no issues with my pets becoming ill due to my plants.
Shipping time? Will you ship it today?
B Wheeler C on Oct 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We ship out next business day and it typically takes a few days in transit depending on your location. Here is a map of transit time:

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