Windmill Palms

Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)

The Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus Fortunei) is one of the most cold hardy palm trees available it can even be grown in Alaska. It is easy to maintain and has a little problems with insect infestations. The Windmill Palm Tree works well in containers or planters or on patios and decks; it is a good plant for indoor and outdoor uses. The Windmill Palm Tree has a slender trunk being thinner at the base than at the top, this hairy trunk resembles and elephant’s leg.

  • Temperature & Best Weather
    • Can grow in weather as cold as 5°F or even lower
    • Grows best in full sun but will tolerate shade they will just be a smaller more compact tree
    • Moderate drought tolerance
  • Soil Types & Tolerances
    • Clay, sand, alkaline
    • Likes to be well drained
  • Tree Height (Tall & Wide)
    • Can reach 40 feet in height but typically only 10-20 feet
    • Can spread from 6-10 feet wide
    • Trunk is usually around 1 foot in diameter at most
  • Leaf, Flower & Fruit
    • Light to dark green leaves, lighter almost silver color on the underside(do not change in fall)
    • Leaves can grow from 18-36 inches long
    • Yellow, white, cream, grey flowers
    • Non-edible round ½ inch blue fruits
  • Growth Rate
    • Slow growing
    • 6 inches a year
  • Pests & Diseases
    • Trunk or root of tree may rot when in wet soil and may infect tree with diseases
    • Cycad scales can infest tree