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Trachycarpus princeps

Stone Gate Palm

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From a remote area of China - where China, Burma and Tibet meet - Trachycarpus princeps grows on near vertical limestone cliffs high above the Salween River in an area of unspoilt natural beauty known as the 'Stone Gate' after which the palm has been named.

It has a tall, slim, bare trunk and kidney shaped seeds but its most characteristic and instantly recognisable feature is the brilliant white waxy underside to the fan-shaped leaves.

It is arguably the most attractive trachycapus and, indeed one of the most attractive palms that can be grown in a temperate garden, proving adaptable and hardy since its recent introduction into cultivation.

Trachycarpus princeps Identification Sheet

Common name(s)
Stone Gate Palm
Full sun to part shade, moist, rich, alkaline, well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Fully hardy
Skill level

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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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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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. 


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Trachycarpus princeps

Plant arrived in excellent condition, carefully packaged and on time, plus with a guide for looking after the palm. Very many thanks to all at the Palm Centre.

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I have four other species of Trachycarpus, and this is quite the prettiest. Seeing the place of origin is limestone cliffs, it should be an ideal palm for those who have to make their garden on nine inches of topsoil over hundreds of feet of solid chalk.

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I bought the smallest princeps but it still looks great & look forward to watching it grow

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Only small but beautiful shaped palm can't Wait to see it grow.

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