Chamaerops humilis 'Etna Star'

Plants are supplied in standard nursery pots.

Chamaerops humilis 'Etna Star'

Mediterranean dwarf palm, European fan palm, African hair palm

Chamaerops humilis 'Etna Star' is from the same nursery as Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ and yet another gorgeously compact growing form of the European fan palm. 

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Chamaerops humilis 'Etna Star' is from the same nursery as Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ and yet another gorgeously compact growing form of the European fan palm. 

This retains the spine edged leaf stalks and narrow, strongly divided leaflets of the type but consistently has a strong silvery reverse to the leaf making it, indeed, look like a star when seen from below. 

Just as hardy and drought-proof as the others and usefully different in appearance.

Chamaerops humilis 'Etna Star' Identification Sheet

native to continental Europe
Species / Cultivar
humilis var. Etna Star
Common name(s)
Mediterranean dwarf palm, European fan palm, African hair palm
Chamaerops humilis var. humilis
Outdoors, full sun preferred
Loamy, good drainage
Eventual height
1.5-2.5 metres / 1-1.5 metres
Eventual spread
1-1.5 metres
Flowering period
down to -10 degrees once established
Skill level
Very easy
Rate of growth
Humidity needs
can withstand long periods of drought once established
Frequently asked questions about garden palm trees

When should I plant a palm tree in the ground?

In the UK, it's always ok to plant a palm tree in the ground. As long as the soil is not frozen, with a bit of preparation you can plant your palm tree anytime. 

However, ideally you would plant either in early spring or late autumn.

If planting in the middle of the summer, you may have to be careful with watering: soak the root ball of the plant for a few hours before planting, water the hole thoroughly and once the hole has been backfilled, water again to ensure a good contact between the soil and the roots. Water frequently as the soil tends to dry really fast in summer. A couple of times a week should be ok for newly planted palm trees.


Most palms need tropical or subtropical temperatures, but there are some suitable for planting outdoors in the British Isles. Hardy palms are invaluable as structural plants in tropical-style gardens and look effective when planted with bananas, bamboos and New Zealand flax. 


Hardy palm trees can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during spring and summer. 

Try to dig a hole a good deal bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a good soak before planting. Back-fill the hole with a free draining mix

Water thoroughly. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the root system. If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow to drain, plant, back-fill, and then water again. 

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Outdoor plants pot sizes
Outdoor plants pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plants measurements
Plant measurements

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Plant warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery information

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed. Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 

Please make sure you leave delivery instructions, at checkout, in case you won't be at home when the courier delivers.







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Reviews (7)

Rated 5.00 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 7 customer reviews
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Just had delivery of this beauty. Delivery was super fast , the plant was extremely well packed and in top condition. Cannot wait to plant it. Would highly recommend the palm centre.
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Stunning, healthy plant. Bargain price. Superior quality and service. Definitely buy from them again.
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Beautiful palm arrived in perfect condition and was bigger than expected. Looks magnificent, and I am a very happy customer who will definitely be buying more from this company.
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Delivery service and packaging was excellent. Plant condition was very good and is already shown signs of growth. Will certainly buy from here again.
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