A genus of eleven species of palms native to Asia, from the Himalaya east to eastern China. They are commonly called Windmill or Chusan palms. New explorations are being conducted in the mountainous regions, where it is expected to occur. This will likely lead to additional species being identified.
Many species have remarkable cold tolerance and can survive freezing temperatures. They can also tolerate high heat. They are also quite forgiving about their water needs. Good drainage is necessary.
They have a single trunk, with fan leaves. The leaf bases produce persistent fibers that often give the trunk a characteristic hairy appearance. All species are dioecious, with male and female flowers produced on separate plants although female plants will sometimes produce male flowers, allowing occasional self-pollination.
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Name Derivation: from the Greek words trachys meaning rough and karpos meaning a fruit in reference to the fruit of some species
Common Name: Windmill or Chusan Palms
Trachycarpus is in the family Arecaceae.