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Washingtonia robusta

Mexican Fan palm, Sky Duster

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The Mexican Fan Palm is a tall, vigorous palm that quickly grows a stout trunk, albeit thinner than its sister species Washingtonia filifera. Widely grown worldwide, the Skyduster is probably most familiar from the avenue plantings in California. Trunks are topped by a crown of large (1.5m wide or more) fan leaves that have loose threaded margins and often a purplish brown patch at the base of the leaf stalk - another feature lacking in Washingtonia filifera. Although often scorched by frost below around -5C or so Washingtonia robusta quickly regrows when the weather improves and replaces the damaged leaves.

Washingtonia robusta Identification Sheet

Northern Mexico
Common name(s)
Mexican Fan palm, Sky Duster
Full sun, well-drained soil

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. 


Rated 5.00 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 15 customer reviews
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I ordered a trachycarpus (one with a 50-60cm trunk). It arrived only a few days later, well-packed and was very easy to plant. He looks fantastic at the side of my lily pool and is making me want to buy more exotics!

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Bought one of these in a 40L pot. Great customer service & got a full refund on my delivery cost as I never received it the next day, I received it the following day on Saturday. The tree was well-packaged, and once unwrapped absolutely beautiful. I've got it in my front garden and am delighted. Fantastic place to buy your item from.

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Bought one of these 40L, I ordered it next day it never arrived. I spoke to customer services & they got it delivered the following day Saturday. I received a full refund on my delivery charge, " Thank you very much " Great customer service & I fully recommend them. Once unwrapped absolutely beautiful in my front garden.

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Bought one of these in a 40L pot. What can I say - arrived within 2 days, well-packaged, and once unwrapped absolutely beautiful. I put it in a large pot, and am delighted.

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Arrived promptly and in good condition, now happily planted and looking great in the garden.

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Lovely plant great service. Happy days

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My Robuster has just arrived. Wow,it looks amazing. Couldn't recommend this company more. Thank you

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great palm for the price bigger than expected arrived in perfect condition thankyou palmcentre

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Purchased this tree last week, came well packaged. Bigger than I first thought but looks brilliant especially for the price. Looking forward to seeing it grow over the years! Great product, great service.

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Ordered a 10 litre Mexican Fan Palm along with several other plants (palms, bananas, tree ferns). Arrived very securely packed along with the other plants. I was surprised by how tall this was (perhaps 4-5 ft). One negative was one of the leaves being in quite a bad state. Otherwise the plant is a beautiful architectural delight. Repotted in a new, larger pot it enhances our outer space significantly.

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Bought the 30 Ltd a few weeks ago and really happy with this purchase and highly recommend. Buying another plant today.

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I bought 30Ltr pot, very beautiful palm! Fat trunk and huge leaves. Also very good costumer service and fast delivery. Thank you!

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Bought the 15 ltr pot and is ample. Really nice palm and superb colour with excellent palms on it. Can't recommend these guy's high enough, will definitely be buying again.

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Bought the 70Ltr pot, repotted into a 120Ltr pot. Looks amazing, nearly 3metres tall! Kept in sheltered corner with 5 direct hours of sunlight a day!

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Bought one of the larger ones and it is an absolute beauty. Huge lush green leaves and a good amount of trunk. Thanks, Palm Centre!

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