Growing up to 50′ in its native locations, but only to 10′ generally in cultivation, Trachycarpus fortunei is a slow growing single stemmed fan palm. At full height, the diameter of the trunk is up to 12″. It has a shaggy trunk, caused by the persistent leaf bases clasping the stem as layers of coarse fibrous material. It has fan-shaped leaves that are 3 feet in length, which give the tree its name.
Pronunciation: trak-ee-KAR-pus for-TOO-nee-eye
Species Meaning: Named for Robert Fortune, 19th century Scottish horticulturist and collector in China
Trachycarpus fortunei is native to China.
It is typically grown in organically rich, moderately fertile, evenly moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best performance is in part shade. Site in protected locations that are sheltered from winter winds.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20131
Found in Garden of the Giants,
At the junction of the boardwalk and the lower entrance area.
We acquired this plant from Bear Valley Nursery.