Chamaerops humilis 'Vulcano' was discovered growing on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily and is remarkable for it's tight compact habit and really tough rounded leaves creating wonderfully architectural roseates of foliage. Closely related to regular Mediterranean Fan Palm it is just as, if not more resistant to coastal wind than other palms. Best planted in a sunny position where it is happy in most soils though avoid waterlogged areas. Very happy when grown as a container plant.
As with all palms enjoys a regular feed during the growing season of seaweed fertilizer.
It is tolerant of heavy frosts when sited in full sun and free-draining soil and will mature into a large, bushy specimen. Will also be quite happy in a conservatory or sun room.
- Position: Full sun to part shade tolerant of salt and wind
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas drought tolerant once established
- Eventual Size: Up to 3 metres tall, about 2 metres wide
- Habit: Multi-stemmed dense, bushy growth
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Common Names: Mediterranean Fan Palm
Other: Palm Trees
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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K.Jeff on 23 May 2016
Re-potted as per your instructions and it looks Fab!
S Beckett on 17 Apr 2016
Very pleased with it and much more compact that my humilis. Excellent