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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

Origin
Mediterranean Europe
Genus
Chamaerops
Species
humilis
Common name(s)
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Situation
Full sun to part shade, dry, well-drained soil
Eventual height
2-3m
Eventual spread
1.5m
Hardiness
Hardy to -10C or lower
Skill level
Easy

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.

GENERAL CARE

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. 

PLANTING

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. 

Reviews

Rated 4.90 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 48 customer reviews
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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

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I have just received my order of 14 palms today all very healthy. I asked could i have them held for me until the always looked forward to payday and they did no problem. The second time i have ordered and it won't be the last, great company and great prices. I even got a call off a man called Tudor and he was great and a very pleasant man and was a pleasure to deal with. :)

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I received the two palms I ordered exactly when advised. The condition of both plants and how they had been packed was outstanding. I have since ordered two Yuccas from this company on the strength of this order.

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First time I have ordered plants online and was delighted with the efficiency and especially the quality of the plants. Will def order more from The Palm Centre. Many thanks

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Received my 2nd batch of the Chamaerops Humilis palms last week (6 plants) Very nice specimens, very well packaged and in very good condition, also some golden ferns which are already thriving. Highly recommended. Will keep an eye out for some from the Palm Centre.

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Just received my Chamaerops humillis along with several others - what a magnificent palm, it is about 5 foot tall, super robust and healthy. My plants arrived well packaged with a very friendly courier who was interested in the delivery, I jokingly said I hoped he had been talking to the plants in transit and he replied yes, he had even sung to them lol. Every plant is in tip top condition, I will have no hesitation in placing further orders and recommending The Palm Centre to others. Thank you so much.

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Fabulous healthy plants and fast, well packed delivery. Will look great with our Phormiums and Cordylines. THANK YOU.

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I ordered two Chamaerops humillis and was so surprised how fast the delivery was (24 hour's). The plant's were extremely healthy and a good size, also they were packaged in such a way that they would not be damaged in transit. I was so happy with not just the plant's, but the delivery and packaging that I ordered three more and will definitely be ordering more plant's from here. Well done Palm Centre for your excellent customer service and customer experience. I will definitely recommend you to other's.

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We have bought from Palm Centre before and made a bigger order this time - including 2 Chamaerops humilis. Again, the order arrived beautifully packaged with plants in lovely condition. Can highly recommend the Palm Centre.

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We visited the Palm Centre for the first time today though we've bought quite a lot from them via the Internet over recent years. We were greeted by an incredibly helpful young lady and as we knew what we wanted, we selected a really beautiful Chamerops Hubilis within about 15 minutes. We feel like expectant parents and can't wait to get the spikey devil into its new home. Thank you SO much all at the Palm Centre, your second to none and everything we've had from you has been healthy and really thrived.

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Bought 2 Chamaerops Humilis which arrived in excellent condition with loads of packaging to keep them safe, very pleased with these plants

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Fantastic palms in superb condition as usual

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Beautiful palm, very delighted with the quality and size. I rang for advise about re-potting, the lady I spoke to was extremely helpful, with a very nice manner. I would highly recommend this centre, and hope to order again in the near future.

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Two very helpful lady members of staff helped me make my purchase at the Palm Centre of a 45 litre Chamaerops which was wrapped and loaded into my car by an equally helpful gent. 5 hours later the palm was in the ground at home looking stunning with its meter-plus of trunk. A really beauty and at a good price. Very happy.

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Just received two beautiful Chamaerops Humilis and two ferns in perfect condition. Excellent value for money. Thanks.

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Palm tree showed up quickly and in excellent condition. Delighted with the quality and with the service.

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Delighted with my 12 Ltr Chaemerops humilis. I took telephone advice from a very helpful member of staff before deciding on my purchase. I placed an order on line, it arrived quicker than anticipated was very well packaged but above all was in excellent condition. Thank you very much.

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<p>Received 2 12ltr pots of the chamaerops and musa basjoo. Great looking plants. Did have one or two issues but these were very quickly sorted out in a very professional manner. Will definitely be using your company again! Well done and thank you.</p>

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<p>Ordered a single trunk chamerops humilis and stated on the order that i want to single trunked like the one in the picture,a few days later my parcel came and was dissapointed as a multitrunked chamaerops with a giant crack right through middle of pot.1 star for bad service online,will next time order on phone or go to shop.</p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;">Palm Centre replies:</strong> Dear Nathan, the palm tree that was chosen for you was exactly like the picture. As my colleagues explained to you over the phone, the suckers that grow next to the main trunk are not other trunks, and they will shoot out regularly from the ground. Chamaerops humilis is a well known species for its "bushiness", which require regular pruning. <br />We do apologize for the pot being cracked on arrival, it's unfortunate what happened. We have forwarded the complaint to the courier. <br />However, the pots we u<br /> se to deliver the plants are nursery pots used only to hold the root ball in place until the plant reaches its final place (a new pot or ground), they are not ment to keep the plant for long, as it might stress it out pretty quick.</p><p></p>

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Extremely well packed, arrived in excellent condition and is thriving

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plants arrived day after i ordered them. larger than i expected .healthy and beautiful.i am very happy

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Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged &amp; finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!

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Very nice healthy plant, arrived quick, came in very spacious box. Replant it a week ago - seems slowly growing good. Thank you! Definitely will visit your centre soon.

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Superb service. The Palm arrived well packaged and I was amazed at the size and condition of the tree. It was a real bargain and I would say to anyone thinking of buying this tree to go for it as you won't be disappointed.will certainly use the palm centre again.

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Superb service. The Palm arrived well packaged and I was amazed at the size and condition of the tree. It was a real bargain and I would say to anyone thinking of buying this tree to go for it as you won't be disappointed.will certainly use the palm centre again.

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Lovely plant, very healthy and well packaged, will be buying from you again 5*

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Bought the 35 litre version in early May. The plant that arrived was a superbly bushy, healthy, multi-stemmed version. Planted in our "exotic" corner next to a tree fern, a banana, and a Japanese maple. Looks great, and at what a great price as well.

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Fantastic plants ! I ordered two of the 55 litre size and they are both great quality. Far superior to any I have seen in my local nurseries or garden centres. They look the business in their new huge black pots. Two of my friends have been to see them and are both going to order from you. I too will definitely be ordering again. My next purchase will be this week in fact. Maybe a large sago palm. Can't wait to see it.

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We are very pleased with this plant and the excellent service we received from The Palm Centre. Our plant was delivered very securely packaged and the plant was beautiful, so thank you!

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I ordered 6 plants including this one and all are excellent and now living in my "exotic" garden near York.

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Great service, great tree, thank you. All you can ask of a website. Quality and service

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Another healthy looking Palm to complement my garden. Once again a very good price for such a quality plant, good delivery, prompt service as always. Ronnie

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Beautiful Palm, looks great in my new raised bed. I am ordering another one. Price is unbelievable for such a quality plant. Ronnie.

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Another stunning palm, thank you.

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Another stunning palm, thank you.

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A1 service and Palm in excellent condition

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Palm just arrived, beautifully packaged and amazing value for money - thank you

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Palms arrived as arranged. Absolutely beautiful specimens - far superior to any that we've looked at in our local garden centres. The Palm Centre is definitely somewhere that we will be buying from again!

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Excellent service. Ordered a Mosa Basjoo banana tree and got a Palm tree free , which i deffo wasn't expecting , a big thank you . Wife not happy as i know have in my garden 10 palms , 3 olive trees and 1 Banana tree. oh happy days :):):)

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I have several of these that I bought 20 years ago from the Palm Centre. They look wonderful. Mine are in free-draining, rather poor quality soil. They have grown very well and are surprisingly big now. They have survived the harshest winters without batting an eyelid. The leaves always look great, no amount of wind or cold seems to trouble them. You might need to trim off runners occasionally if you want to have a few big trunks rather than lots of small ones. Apart from that, they just

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Beautiful palms. Arrived strong, healthy & in perfect condition. I bought the 7.5 litre, bigger than expected. Bargain price. They look great. Very good service too.

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This is my second purchase from The Palm Centre and I am very satisfied. This is a lovely palm that looks great in the garden. I like its shorter height/shrub appearance, which compliments my other taller palm tree. I purchased the 3 litre pot which is a nice size plant and Im looking forward to watching it grow. It arrived in excellent condition.

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I bought a nice youngish specimen to replace an older one which I lost in the harsh winter two years ago. It is a good quality plant and is coming along nicely. I have it in a tub and it is starting to get some shape now.

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