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Chinese Fan Palm

Livistonia chinensis

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Zone 10

Most often you will see the Chinese Fan Palm, Livistonia chinensis, in the landscape as a smaller individual although rated at up to 25 feet. They are also very nice in groups.

Native to China and parts of Japan, this is a popular palm in the landscape and often used by landscapers, one reason being slow growth.

Tolerant of many soils, it grows best with added food. Not fussy about water, no pests to speak of and has a nice olive green color. Moderate feeder but best grown with proper fertilization.

It looks a lot like the Washingtonia palm, Washingtonia robusta, but the Chinese Fan Palm has fronds whose edges droop at the tips whereas the Washingtonia holds its frond tips straight.