California Fan Palms

california fan plams

California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera)

The California Fan Palm Tree, Washingtonia Filifera, is named after our 1st President, George Washington. The California Fan Palm is also known as the Desert Fan Palm, and the American Cotton Palm. It can grow and survive under moderate climates, and even grow and survive in temperatures as low as 15 degrees and possibly colder depending on the age of the tree. California fan palms are among the most popular palm trees in subtropical climates because they are not only beautiful but they are fast growers and require little maintenance. California Fan Palms not only are beautiful outdoor plants but they also are a great indoor plant.

  • Temperature & Best Weather
    • Can grow in weather as cold as 15°F
    • Needs full sun
    • High drought tolerance
  • Soil Types & Tolerances
    • Clay, sand, alkaline
    • Likes to be well drained
  • Tree Height (Tall & Wide)
    • Can range from 40-60 feet tall
    • Can spread from 10-15 feet wide
    • Trunk can grow to 3 feet in diameter
  • Leaf, Flower & Fruit
    • Green leaves (do not change in fall)
    • Leaves possibly grow up to 4 feet or longer
    • Yellow, white, cream, grey flowers
    • Non-edible oval or round red-black fruit about ½ inch big containing a single seed in each
  • Growth Rate
    • Moderate
    • 1-2 feet per year
    • Under perfectly ideal conditions this tree could grow more than 2 feet a year
  • Pests & Diseases
    • Trunk or root of tree may rot when in wet soil and may infect tree with diseases
    • Palm weevils in an older tree, and cycad scales in younger trees
    • Palm leaf skeletonizer (a moth in which the larvae feeds on palms) can infest palm trees at any point in the growth