The European Fan Palm tree, which is silver-green and very hearty, is known by the scientific name, Chamaerops humilis. It’s very popular in the Southern Florida region although it hails from the Mediterranean. Also known as the Mediterranean Fan Palm, Dwarf Fan Palm and Palmito, the European Fan Palm tree grows in multiple trunk clumps. The palm almost looks more like a shrub. The trunk is covered in old leaf bases and the tree takes about 10-15 years to reach a height of 7 feet.
The leaves are triangular of fan-shaped – hence the name. They are also blue green or silvery gray in color. The leaves grow out first then they go upwards, giving the tree a full look. Be careful because the stems of the leaves are covered with thorns that are very sharp. You should use extra caution when pruning them.
These slow-growing palms thrive in both full sun and full shade. The fronds grow a bit larger in shadier areas. The European Fan Palm tree is drought-intolerant once the palm is established and it’s partially salt-intolerant so it can handle a coastal area like Florida.
This plant is extremely low-maintenance. You don’t need any soil amendments to have one in your landscape. You should avoid placing the plant in a moist area because it likes to dry out between the times you water it; otherwise, it’s very simple to take care of. You can fertilize it once in the spring, summer and fall with regular palm fertilizer.
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