You may be wondering if you should be planting a Chinese fan palm in your garden, but you’re not sure if it’s the right plant for your garden. Here, then, is a list of some of the common traits of the plant, so you can decide if it will work for you:
- As the name (somewhat) suggests, the tree is native to many parts of Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, and southern China. It’s also been domesticated in South Africa. However, in America, it’s most commonly found in Hawaii and south Florida.
- The tree can sometimes grow as high as 50 feet, and its fan-like leaves provide a great deal of shade to whatever lays beneath it. This is what makes it beneficial to those living in warmer climates. However, be careful not to plant any other type of flower(s) or plant(s) beneath this shade.
- Many horticulturists suggest planting these trees for decorative and/or ornamental purposes, as they don’t bear fruit.
- In the Florida wetlands, the Chinese fan palm is not a decorative tree…rather, it’s invasive (and as such, is classified as a “weed”) because it prevents other forms of plant life from propagating.
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