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Trachycarpus fortunei

Chusan 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

Origin
China
Genus
Trachycarpus
Species
fortunei
Common name(s)
Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm
Synonym
Chamaerops excelsa
Situation
Full sun
Eventual height
7-8m
Eventual spread
2-3m
Hardiness
Fully hardy
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. 

Customer reviews

5
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My second order from the Palm Centre. Like my first order, the Trachycarpus came well packaged, and in excellent condition.

3
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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!

5
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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!

5
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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!

5
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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!!

5
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Order 2 Trachy palms great delivery and palms in great condition We are in the yorkshire pennines this will be test over winter

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