Growing Zones: 7-11 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Trachycarpus fortunei
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The Best Cold Hardy Palm
Thanks to this crisp and cool cultivar, the Palm isn't relegated to only tropical locales. Because the Windmill Palm is one of the most cold hardy palms available on the market today, it's a dream come true.
Northern gardening climates as high as growing zone 7 are still able to grow this stunning island beauty. And not only is Windmill Palm cold tolerant, but it's also unbelievably low-maintenance and naturally pest resistant, too.
Best of all? It's got the good looks to match its effortless ease. Magnificent in stature, the Windmill Palm has fresh, 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 grow 6 to 10 feet wide.
The oblong finger-like leaves sway on the rustic brown trunk and give that quintessential palm look, while a textured trunk resembling burlap provides the ideal contrast and extra elegance.
A slow-growing species, the Windmill Palm can grow up to 30 feet. However, it's more commonly found at heights of 10 to 20 feet, so it's well-suited as an accent piece framing your deck, pool or driveway.
Plus, you can pot a Windmill Palm in a large container and grow it on a patio or front porch. It's wonderfully curated since it creates virtually no debris and grows well in full sun to partial sun. Furthermore, it's able to adapt to an array of soil types, as long as it's well-drained. It truly takes very little effort on your part for this tropical beauty to flourish.
Even better, the 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.
Fundamentally easy and exotic, giving instant tropical appeal to any landscape: the Windmill Palm is considered best in class when it comes to landscape picks. The opportunities to use this gorgeous tree are endless, so order your very own Windmill Palm today!
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So far i like it l transferred it to a little larger pot And keeping it the house till spring then I plan to transfer it to a place around the pool. I plan on getting a couple more thank you for the great and quick service......Clyde
Very Fine Windmill Palm
I ordered one 3-gallon Windmill Palm and it arrived on time and in exceptional condition. Very good size and health and it is growing very well.
Excellent experience shopping trees online
This was my first experience buying trees online. Honestly I thought that at least one of the four palms would die in the delivery truck and another one during the first week after planting. However what was my surprise! All of them arrived in very good condition and after plant them none of them died. I am so happy with my palms. I love them.
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These are great! Definitely go with the bigger size - it is a nice sturdy little palm tree. The smaller one is significantly smaller so for the price go for the 3 gallon.
The palms arrived in great condition. We are very pleased with the quality of the trees. I have purchased trees from Heather site and ended up with draft at twigs. Not the case here once again 100% satisfied thank you. I'm a bit hesitant they will survive the Nebraska Winter's so we decided to keep them in pots.
Planting & Care
The Windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) is the answer for those looking for a touch of the tropical look but live in a far colder area than most tropicals can survive. Commonly grown in USDA growing zones 7-11 the windmill palm is a drought tolerant, full to partial sun lover that can grow up to 30 feet and a width of 6-10 feet wide. However, it is more commonly found at heights of 10 to 20 feet. They're quite tolerant of pollution making them popular to accent along streets and good for urban areas. Windmill palms are also highly disease and pest resistant. They can be successfully container grown as well but will need periodic re-potting to ensure they do not become root bound.
Selecting a location: Choose a spot that will offer your Windmill Palm partial sunlight. Direct sunlight is okay, but partial is optimal because it will enable soil to maintain adequate moisture to promote better growth. The chosen location should also provide sufficient protection against cold winds. Make sure the soil in the planting area drains well.
Planting directions (in ground):
1) Visually inspect the roots of the tree then dig the hole wide enough so that it can encompass the entire root spread without bending any of the roots. Add some extra width to the hole to enable the tree to grow more easily, breaking away any compacted soil on the sides. The hole should be deep enough to accommodate the entire root system.
2) Gently place the tree in the center of the hole, maintaining an upright position while carefully spreading the roots.
3)A mix of 20% sand 80% dirt will give the Windmill Palm the planting conditions closest to its native environment.
4) Begin filling in the hole with soil covering the roots. Lightly tamp down the soil then water the area to help the soil settle around the roots.
5) Add more soil as necessary, repeating the process of patting it down slightly and watering to help the soil settle and fill any air holes that may have formed. Fill in up to the ground level.
Planting directions (potted):
1) Select a pot 2 times larger than the pot the tree initially came in. This will allow the roots to spread out a bit.
2) Situate the palm into the pot and fill in with a well draining potting medium.
3) Tamp down the soil as you back fill to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Place the tree next to bright window where it will get the appropriate sun exposure needed.
5) Provide water when the top two inches of the potting soil has dried slightly.
Watering: 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.
Pruning: Palms do not need much pruning except to remove damaged fronds. Be careful not to pull off dead or damaged frond as that can leave a wound behind. Always remove any damaged fronds by pruning them off with a sharp pair of sterilized pruners.
Fertilizing: Windmill palm trees require soil rich in nutrients. If necessary, apply a slow-release, palm specific fertilizer (granule form or spikes) in the spring, summer and fall. If leaf blades become yellow it’s a sign that nutrients such as magnesium are depleted and fertilizer should be applied.
Mulch: Apply 2-3 inches of mulch around the base of the tree to act as a protective barrier from weeds and insulate during colder months. Adding mulch will also help maintain moisture to reduce watering needs. You can apply Cypress Mulch or Pine Straw and add as necessary as it decomposes.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|