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Trachycarpus fortuneiChusan Palm, Windmill Palm
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Palms are one of the essential ingredients of an exotic garden and, since its first introduction into cultivation in the UK in 1843, Trachycarpus fortunei has proved to be an exceptionally hardy and tolerant palm. It will grow pretty well anywhere but to keep it looking in tip-top condition try to plant the Chusan palm in a moist but well-drained soil in good sun or part shade and, most importantly, out of the wind. When happy it will grow 30cm or more of trunk in a season. Branched heads of flowers are produced in early summer, adding to the exotic effect.
Trachycarpus fortunei Identification Sheet
- Common name(s)
- Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm
- Chamaerops excelsa
- Full sun
- Eventual height
- Eventual spread
- Fully hardy
- Skill level
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.
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.
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.
I recently purchased 2 Trachycarpus Fortunei for identical facing islands in my garden. I specifically asked over the phone and in email for 2 matching palms with good canopies, as these would face each other. The palms arrived a few days later, one nice specimen the other sadly a smaller rather ragged and sparse one. Certainly not matched. I emailed a week ago expressing my disappointment and to date haven't even received the courtesy of a reply. Unimpressed!
I have recently received my two palms from the palm centre. The way they were packaged was amazing, they arrived in tip top condition and are excellent value for money - my local garden centre was charging nearly twice as much for plants of a lower standard. I am happy to recommend this company, nothing short of excellence!
My fortunei, Wagnerianus and smaller Chamaerops plans all arrived exactly when advised and well wrapped. On unwrapping they all look absolutely amazing. I'm looking forward to planting them but in the meantime they give a stunning look to the patio. So impressed, I'm now looking to buy olive trees to accompany the look!
Would just like to pass on a kind work regarding our experience. My girlfriend and I have a very good friend of ours who lives in Cheshunt and we knew a palm tree would make the very best gift ever, but we had never shopped abroad before. My gf found your site and decided to give it a try and we are so glad we did! She contacted customer service on two occasions regarding the order and was delighted with the friendly, helpful service both times. Thank you for being patient and courteous with us!!
another fab trachy palm, beautifully packed too! Although I bought the smaller palm I know that once it gets its roots into my fen soil it will gallop away as my last one has. My garden is hot, south facing and dry but this palm loves it particularly as its sheltered from the biting east East Anglian winds.
My 3rd palm from The Palm Centre, all different varieties. Ordered the smallest this time and what arrived was much bigger than anticipated. Was a bit concerned as it was sent on a Friday but not delivered until the Monday, worried about it wilting over the warm weekend. Not to worry though, arrived well packaged and healthy. Really pleased with the new addition, thank you.
<p>The palm arrived safely and on time. However it had been damaged in transit and several leaves have been fractured leaving slits in too many areas. This damage has resulted in a disappointing appearance. </p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><span style="color:#00a2e8;"><strong>The Palm Centre response:</strong> We're so sorry to hear your plant got damaged in transit. We make sure all the plants have the best wrapping and packing so that we can deliver our plants in perfect conditions. Sometimes though, the delivery transport company we use may have any incident during the transport that we can't control. Trachycarpus fortunei is a strong palm tree and it will recuperate very well once settled. If you are really unhappy, please send us pictures of the state of the palm tree and we can discuss the way we can help you. Thank you.</span></p>
I am delighted with my Trachycarpus Fortunei. The Palm Centre was very helpful when I phoned for advice about a substantial hardy plant for Scotland, and the one they chose for me is a lovely addition to our garden. It arrived when expected, in excellent condition. He is now settling into his new home: we and Hamish the Palm look forward to growing old together!
Purchased a Trachycarpus fortunei 24yrs ago from the Palm centre after four house moves and out growing its final pot it was planted in the garden it now stands 12ft high a magnificent specimen. We are on the move again and sadly leaving it behind because of its size and root ball. We will defiantly purchase the replacement from the Palm centre. I hope the new owners appreciate what we are leaving behind.
Plant exactly as described. Received very shortly after ordering. Extremely well packed and protected from transit. Slight confusion over that as in the ordering proces, I asked for it to be left in garden or behind bins if no reply. Did not realise that it had to be signed for. It certainly was't mentioned in the order confirmation email. However, quickly sorted and wife very very pleased wih plant.
Bought a 15L one early Jan, looked miserable in the porch for the first few days so decided to plant it 5 days after delivery in the garden. Looks much happier, has some damaged leaves but mainly because the week of planting, gale force winds hit the country. Since it has survived heavy rains, sub zero temperatures and still going strong. Some leaves looked scorched but I new ones to flourish in the spring. Came in decent condition and fast delivery. I am looking to buy a Waggy soon and another Fortunei.
Within the last week I posted negative feedback after poor service and receiving an unsatisfactory plant. The Palm Centre reacted quickly and rectufied the situation. The test of a good company is not always getting it right but being able to remedy the situation when things go wrong. The Palm Centre pass this test admirably.
Upon receiving the palm I was very impressed by the size! It was extremely well wrapped and protected meaning it arrived in perfect condition. The Palm is very healthy and looks spectacular on my patio. This is my first purchase from the palm centre and I am very impressed. The customer service I received was excellent. I bought the Â£69.95 size, it looks great and is a beauty! This is my first palm and I am excited to see how I get on.
This is a great palm for UK gardens. I bought several from the Palm Centre 20 years ago. They are huge now - they grew surprisingly fast even in poor, free-draining soil. They have shrugged off the harsh winters with no problem at all. They look very good, although if I'm being very fussy I'd have to say the leaves always look a little wind-battered (if you live in a windy area, consider Trachycarpus wagnerianus - I have those too, and they look smarter, although not as tall).