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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Customer Reviews & Photos
So far so good
Need to see what will happen, they just got in the ground about two weeks ago
they all died
I'm in zone 7. The three I planted last summer all died. They were all alive going into the winter. If there were specific winter instructions, I could not find them. I emailed the company but did not hear back.
We're so sorry to hear that your windmill palms didn't make it! It doesn't look like your email came through, we do apologize. Please attach some photos and we'll be able to offer some options for replacement trees!
So far so good! Middle TN!
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windmill palm trees
I ordered these trees for my husband's birthday and prayed that they would be healthy since I was ordering them online sight unseen. These trees were beyond expectation! They shipped quickly and were intact when they arrived. I love the way they were shipped! The trees are healthy and beautiful. We have not planted them outside yet but will update when we do! Will definitelty buy again from this site! Great experience
Did not survive : (
When I got the palm - 3 gallon w/the organic planting mix and root rocket - it came in great shape. I was very happy. I put it in a new pot and followed all the instructions that came with it. When it got warm enough, I put the palm outside in full sun as it states it needs 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. I live in Michigan so when the weather was turning cold, I brought the palm in and placed it by the window that got a few hours of sunlight and mostly indirect sunlight. About 3 months ago I noticed the palm leaves were turning brown. I called Fast Growing trees and they are the ones that told me the tree needed a grow light because it was not getting enough sunlight. I invested in one. It only got worse. I called back and was told to cut off all the dead palms and to keep the soil moist. It has just gotten worse. I am very disappointed because I was so excited when I got it. It did flourish over the summer, but it didn't last through the winter even though it was inside. Now, I only get a refund which I have to spend within a year at Fast Growing Trees or else lose the money. I don't get a cash refund. I am sorry to have bought anything that I can't get my money back.....but I also acknowledge that I didn't read "the fine print". So now I will spend the money on anything on the website besides a plant. I don't want to have this happen again.
We are so sorry that your windmill palm didn't work out for you!We have very knowledgeable plant specialists here so anytime you have issues just let us know and we're happy to help. We hope that you have a much better experience with your replacements!
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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