Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

Tracheocarpus fortunei (Windmill Palm) - full view

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Tracheocarpus fortunei (Windmill Palm) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 30'; Spread: 10'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Evergreen; narrow palm.

  • Foliage:

    Fan-shaped fronds, nearly 2', with 30-50 folds.

  • Flower:

    Small clusters of creamy white flowers on 6-12" long stems.

  • Fruit:

    Blue to black fruits follow flowers on female trees in summer.

  • Bark:

    Fibrous, black or dark brown.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Any soil, some shade, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Does not need extensive watering or fertilizer, but does well with it. May look haggard in areas with high winds.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to China. Great for narrow spaces.