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Trachycarpus wagnerianus

Waggy, Dwarf Chusan Palm

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Not known from the wild, all Trachycarpus wagnerianus in cultivation are themselves from cultivated trees. They were originally introduced into Europe from Japan early in the 19th century but have remained in comparative obscurity until recently when their qualities as garden plants were at last realised. The striking thing about Waggies is their small and stiff leaves, much tougher and more wind tolerant than 'regular' Trachycarpus fortunei, which it may well usurp in popularity as it becomes more widely available. The small leaves give it a jaunty and attractive look and, of course, make it easier to accommodate in smaller spaces.

Trachycarpus wagnerianus Identification Sheet

From horticulture in Japan
Common name(s)
Waggy, Dwarf Chusan Palm
Sun or part shade, moist rich, well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Hardy to -15C or lower
Skill level

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.


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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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


Lovely plant and well protected for delivery


this is my third palm purchase and once again I was not disappointed. Beautifully packed, arrived the day it was due, and a lovely lovely plant. I live in the East Anglian Fens so get harsh cold winds but all my palms have stood well and even the 'Beast from the East' had not effect on them whatsoever. So I would recommend these and the Palm Centre


Very well wrapped without excessive packaging. Beautiful plant, lovely shape & very sturdy. Very pleased & will definitely purchase from the Palm Centre again.


It was well packaged and the palm was healthy and green. I purchased the 7ltr pot. The palm was slightly smaller then expected and the root system was not a 7lt pot tree. When I went to plant it and removed it from the pot the soil just fell off because there was not enough root system to hold it together. If palm was a bit bigger and a better root system it would be a 10/10 purchase but because of these slight issues it's a 7/10.


Arrived well packaged. Have potted it outside and so far it's doing well!


Delighted with my new palm! Larger than expected, very healthy and looks stunning on the decking, thank you. Speedy delivery too.

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