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Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

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The Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm is almost as variable as the plain species in terms of colour, habit and size. They are similarly robust, taking, when established, any degree of drought or wind and are, if anything, slightly more hardy to cold than their plain green cousins. They are perfect companion plants for the hardier succulents like yucca, dasylirion and nolina. Choose a position in full sun for best colour, also valuable in the hot, dry conservatory where they will take any amount of heat.

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera Identification Sheet

Atlas Mountains of Morocco
humilis var cerifera
Common name(s)
Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis var argentea
Full sun, dry, well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Hardy to -10C or lower
Skill level

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.

Plant height

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.


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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Product 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 location

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. 


Rated 4.89 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 9 customer reviews
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First time buyer. Beautiful plants, well protected and not a brown speck to be seen. First class!

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It is the first time have bought anything from the Palm shop, I would advice anyone to buy from them, the palm is just what I wanted it looks great the

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Magnificent palm. Well protected and arrived safely.

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Great healthy looking palms delivered promptly

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My blue palm arrived today it's beautiful, I immediately went online to ensure I planted according to instructions (only to find it had been reduced by £10) unlucky, ah well still it is beautiful and very well packed.

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Makes a stunning centre-piece to our recently landscaped front garden. Lovely colour and well shaped.

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All I can say is they are amazing ...this is my fourth purchase and everyone was fab cheers palm centre

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My 2nd purchase from palmcentre and as usual exceptional quality palms. This cerifera is beautiful specimen looks great against my black fencing

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I now have 6 of these. Stunning blue foliage. A great hardy alternative to Brahea Armata.

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