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MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
Chamaerops humilis

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Photo Locations: River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Barbara City College

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Mediterranean Fan Palm is a beautiful multi-trunked palm, usually reserved for temperate coastal climates and southern California. Its graceful trunks gradually develop large clumps, and it needs ample room to spread, though it is very slow growing. Once established, it tolerates heat, poor soils, dryness and wind. It requires a moderate amount of water and is hardy to 25ºF.

Native to the Western Mediterranean.

Family: Arecaceae

Tree Characteristics

Fan Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 20 feet.

Width: 10 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Palmately Compound with Linear Leaflets, Blue Green or Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Bright Green, Yellow to Brown Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Fibrous.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good to Moderate Inland and Good on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chamaerops humilis Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 20, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/chamaerops-humilis >

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