Chamaerops humilis, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, is the only truly European palm and one of our most popular due to its remarkable ability to withstand most situations. Its robust nature makes it a good palm for coastal conditions and windy sites and the slow growth means that it is ideal as a specimen palm for a pot. 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. RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Eventual Size: Up to 3 metres tall, about 2 metres wide
- Position: Full sun to part shade tolerant of salt and wind
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Habit: Multi-stemmed dense, bushy growth
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas drought tolerant once established
- Other common names: Dwarf fan palm, European fan palm, African hair palm
- Hardiness: Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
- Suggested planting locations / garden types: Architectural Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal
- Common Names: 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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Fairbanks on 20 Aug 2016
Followed advice and re-potted into a 50L pot with soil recommendation, used seaweed extract as per instructions - Cannot be happier with the results.
A.H on 20 Aug 2016
dealt with issue /Good customer service
gayle h on 23 May 2016
Truly stunning palm tree, very pleased with my purchase :)
Claire & Rich on 15 May 2016
Amazing palm, looks stunning and has added a tropical look to our garden. Really good quality plants, great price and excellent advice and service. Many thanks, we will be back.
Melanie Rogers on 24 Mar 2016
Fabulous plant, bigger than expected and very fast delivery too. Well done Big Plant Nursery!