This super blue Chamaerops, Chamaerops humilis 'Cerifera' is every bit as tough as its cousin but tends to be slightly smaller and slower growing. This palm was fairly recently introduced into the UK originally from the high Atlas mountains in Morocco the blue mediterranean fan palm and is proving very popular. It is proving very hardy whilst being very architectural with it's stunning blue-grey leaves and compact habit.
All of our plants are seed grown and are not collected from the wild. Perfect for a sunny position in the garden and excellent as a container plant.
- Eventual Size: Up to 2 metres tall, about 2 metres wide
- Position: Full sun to part shade tolerant of salt and wind
- Foliage: Blue-grey leaves
- Habit: Multi-stemmed dense, bushy growth
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas drought tolerant once established
- Common Names: Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis, Mediterranean Fan Palm
Sun – part-shade, most soils except water logged, great in a container, tolerant of wind and coastal conditions
Chamaerops are tough bushy palms originally the only true palms found in the Mediterranean mainly originating from the Island of Crete. Chamearops cope with full sun, a little shade and are fairly tolerant of windy sites making them great candidates for coastal planting, roof gardens and terraces. In our garden they just about cope with the heavy clay here growing well in the 12 years they’ve been planted. During cold winters, combined with heavy snow the foliage can be damaged but recovery is fairly fast during the summer. For that reason if the forecast is bad and snow is forecast I tend to cover the crowns with. So I’d say best in milder parts of the UK, excellent in urban areas and coastal zones.
There are a few different forms of Chamaerops humilis available such as Chamaerops humilis ‘Cerifera’ or ‘Argentea’ as it’s sometimes called. Originating from the high Atlas Mountains in Morocco Chamaerops humilis ‘Cerifera’ is a dwarf form with superb bluish grey leaves, which I consider to be even hardier than the species. Another is the stunning Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ discovered growing on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily with really stiff congested leaves, a mature specimen of ‘Vulcano’ is spectacular. I’d say from experience that Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ is slightly less hardy.
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Kev on 25 Apr 2017
top quality palm tree arrived quickly and looks spot on!