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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
My second order from the Palm Centre. Like my first order, the Trachycarpus came well packaged, and in excellent condition.
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!!
Order 2 Trachy palms great delivery and palms in great condition We are in the yorkshire pennines this will be test over winter
Quality company, quality service, quality delivery and quality products. Will without hesitation buy from here again.
I am impressed on how much care and attention was made in packing my Trachycarpus Fortunei. The packing made sure that there was no damage to the plant in transit. The quality of the plant was excellent - very green and healthy.
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.
Just had our Trachys delivered. Look great ... now to instal them. Very good service from Chris.
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>
Healthy plant and a very decent size
I Recently received my palm tree and free gift palm. IMy order arrived quickly within 5 days and in good order. We've planted them and I will post pictures on instagram when they have settled into the North East.
Very pleased with my 8ft trachycarpus well packed healthy tree would pay double at garden centres, I would definitely recommend The Palm Centre I'm thinking about purchasing a black bamboo next time
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!
Many thanks for my palm which was delivered safely and quickly. Looking at it through my sitting room window, it's a small piece of the Mediterranean in London
The whole process from ordering to delivery went really well and the quality of the tree is amazing , the only downside: should of had two, thankyou.
Bought this plant along with a few others. Very speedy delivery and delighted with all the plants arriving in good nick. They look fantastic in the newly landscaped garden.
Great service as usual and a bigger than expected palm in great condition. Thank you Palm Centre
Excellent tree, excellent service, excellent company!
My palm was on time good service good size great condition very good price. Looks great in my garden.thank you all at the palm centre.
My plants arrived in first class condition, sooner than I had expected and are now doing very well in containers. The service from the Palm Centre has been terrific, I have bought plants from them before and both times I have been very pleased
My Trachycarpus Fortunei arrived promptly and very well packaged. I am very pleased with the size and condition of the tree. I would certainly use the palm centre again.
Very impressed with the three palms that were delivered promptly and well wrapped - great condition and loads of leaves - good price too - my local garden centre here in Newquay, Cornwall, couldn't compete .... wanted another Â£100 each!
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.
Lovely palms - they came very well packed and in good condition - will purchase from you again
Very pleased with the cost and delivery speed. The quality of the trees is exeptional
a lovely palm in great condition exactly as described that was delivered quickly and very well packaged - many thanks!
such wonderful promp service,quick delivery and very well packaged with thought and consideration for the plant ,bought as a present for my Daughter,very happy x
Excellent. Ordered Saturday evening and arrived the following Wednesday. Palm wrapped securely and in very good condition. I got the 80/100 and it is as tall as me with plenty of fans and new growth too. Very pleased
Loving my two mini Palm trees .My garden now looks like my own piece of a tropical paradise . They arrived within the week and securely wrapped.
Brilliant service and a speedy delivery of my beautiful healthy looking palm tree will definitely be buying more
My second purchase from the Palm Centre was one of the 160/180 size palms which was delivered on time and to the size as promised and looks outstanding.
This is my second visit to the palm center and the quality and service is as always A1
Excellent service. The plant was in fantastic condition. Great price too. Will be using again in the future.
I ordered the tree one day and it arrived the next, very well-packed and healthy. It is now happy planted out in the garden.....
Bought 2 they were so. Nice re ordered 2 more bigger than I expected excellent service I would recommend them ??
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.
Fantastic buy and larger than described with excellent packaging. Planted in the garden and looking great. Would definitely recommend this supplier.
Plants arrived in great condition and well packaged. They are now planted in my garden and look fantastic. They make me smile whenever I walk passed them!
Slight problem with plant size but quality superb. Emma sorted everything great service.
I bought this with a cordyline and both plants bigger and in great condition. First time I have bought palms like this but would recommend it. Much better and cheaper than our local garden centre
Super service from start to finish. Brilliant palms. Look great in my raised bed.
Beautiful palm, healthy and happy in it's new position. Great service too, thanks Palm centre
I'm really pleased with this palm. I bought this as a gift for someone living away and it was delivered less than 24 hours after I made the order. It arrived well packaged and the tree itself is beautiful.
Outstanding palm for the price. Bought the 18l reduced palm and local garden centres are twice the price for same size. Fast delivery and very well packaged. I'm so impressed with the quality and service I'm looking for an excuse to buy another.
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.
Beautiful plant, doesn't even seem to mind the snow. Great service. Love the palm centre!
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.
Very disappointing. Despite being told the order had been dispatched on Thursday on next day delivery it did not come until Monday. When it arrived the pot was broken and many leaves bent over. Not a supplier that I would recommend on my experiences.
this palm is beautiful. I did order it on Saturday it was delivered Wednesday. the palm tree came in its own pot but will need a lager one. I think it was just to support the tree.
Thank you for adding an extra dimension to my garden ! Lovely size and quality Very well wrapped ,so perfect condition when delivered.Now just need to find pots to do them justice
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.
Ordered on Saturday and arrived on Wednesday. Great service, well packaged and bigger than expected lovely Palm. Theses guy's seriously know their stuff!
Bought the Â£49.95 size - great looking and a very large, healthy specimen. Worth looking through all in that price range, as they vary in size. Get the biggest one and you feel like you've nabbed more of a bargain. Transformed a very boring patio corner.
I bought two of these fifteen years ago for two separate gardens both have survived the harshest of winters in Newcastle(cold).You don't see many stunning palm trees growing quite happy especially on the North East coast.
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).
Fantastic palm . have bought from the palm centre before they have always been very knowledgeable and given advise freely . great value too 5 stars .
I am very happy with this palm. It is beautiful and so far it has been easy to look after. I purchased one in an 18 litre pot. I would have bought a larger size if I could afford it, but the size I got works really well.
Fantastic palm!!! Fully hardy in my Hampshire garden (has taken -12c with ease), copes with all aspects of the winter wet and is very fast growing. Small yellow flowers in early summer are an added bonus and the bees love them!
Superb looking palm! So easy to look after and grow. I bought the 90ltr pot as I did not want to wait until I'm old and grey to admire a tall mature tree! Great value and I love it!