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Chamaerops humilis

Mediterranean Fan Palm

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The Mediterranean Fan Palm is an extremely variable plant in colour, habit and size with several different forms being recognised.

It ranges from a dwarf, ground-hugging multi-stemmed suckering shrub to a tall single trunked plant with small stiff leaves or drooping tipped large leaves, themselves of varying colour.

Whichever type you choose they are tough and undemanding plants taking, when established, any degree of drought or wind.

When cut back by severe cold they will almost invariably come back from underground and are perfect companion plants for the hardier succulents like yucca, dasylirion and nolina.

Brilliant in conservatory too.

Chamaerops humilis Identification Sheet

Mediterranean Europe
Common name(s)
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Full sun to part shade, 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. 

Customer reviews


After my previous purchase, I bought another 2 smaller ones to compliment the larger one. Equally excellent quality & they look great. Another two very healthy plants.


Fantastic plant - bigger than I anticipated & really healthy. Great value for money. I love the fact that they always package their plants really well & the courier they use handles the parcels with respect. Will definitely order from Palm Centre again.


Ordered two Chamaerops Humilis - 7ltr pots. Received 2 days after ordering, well packed, perfect condition. Totally delighted with the product and service. What more can I say?


Fantastic value 7l plants. Bought 10 for rooftop pots do hoped they'd all be roughly equal sized/ shaped. Couldn't be happier with the high quality - and yes they are all v similar so look superb. Healthy on delivery especially good bearing in mind the heatwave we were having


Received my 2 50ltr palms last week and have to say I am very impressed with the quality and size, much bigger than anticipated. They arrived in perfect condition. Now planted in my newly landscaped garden and look stunning, very happy. Highly recommend the Palm Centre.


Good service and healthy plants though bit of a difference on size

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