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At Big Plant Nursery, we stock a large range of hardy palm trees, most of which are suitable for outdoor cultivation in the UK. By far the hardiest of these palm trees is the Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan Palm) which originates from China, and can tolerate temperatures at least down to -12?C or even less. If you are looking for a palm to grow in a pot then consider Chamaerops humilis (Mediterranean Fan Palm) which makes a lovely bushy palm and is relatively slow growing, it is also one of the best palms for coastal environments.
Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm or Torbay Palm (but not actually a palm) should always be considered for coastal and windswept areas due to its remarkable ability to survive well in both environments. The Blue Needle Palm, Trithrinax campestris makes a majestic specimen palm suitable for most sunny situations with incredibly stiff, blue foliage. The Jelly Palm, Butia capitata is an often under-used palm but is proving to be hardy in the milder regions of the UK, but may need to be wrapped for the winter months in colder areas. For more information on wrapping up your palm tree for extra winter protection, we have a photographic guide of how to wrap up your palm tree for the winter.
An excellent, fast growing and value-for-money palm is the Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis; it works really really as an impressive palm in a pot or as a feature palm in the lawn. It is not fully hardy and will also need some winter protection in the colder parts of the UK. These are some of our favourite palms, but we do stock a few others in smaller numbers at the nursery, so if these is a particular palm you are trying to get hold of, please just contact us and we will try our best to help.
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Mediterranean Fan Palm
Second only to Trachycarpus fortunei, Chamaerops are a spectacular and hugely versatile hardy palm for British Gardens. Often known as the Mediterranean Fan Palm, we simply call them Chamaerops - less of a mouthful and for most, easier to spell! ...
Chamaerops humilis 'Compacta'
Mediterranean Fan Palm
This Chamaerops palm is a recent introduction from a spectacular palm grower in Italy. It is a superb selection of the well known form Chamaerops humilis 'Volcano', differing from 'Volcano' by consistently growing very compact, dense and uniform le...
Chamaerops humilis cerifera
Blue Mediterranean Palm
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 Morocc...
Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm is not actually a palm, but fits in well with them. It is one of the easiest exotic plants to grow. It is very tolerant of wind and coastal exposure and can reach heights of up to 5 metres in the right spot. When...
Japanese Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta is a beautiful slow growing palm-like tree. Produces a solitary trunk, which after many years can reach 2m. Much prized as an exotic container plant in which it will grow quite happily given adequate water nutrients. Tolerant of low li...
Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis, the Canary Island Date Palm is perhaps one of the most familiar sights in the Mediterranean and almost instantly recognizable. It is proving to be quite hardy, with mature specimens tolerating heavy frosts. It is a hungry and thi...
Trachycarpus fortunei, the Chusan Palm or Windmill Palm, is the best hardy palm that you can own. Robert Fortune discovered the Chusan Palm in the middle of the nineteenth century and it has been growing strongly in the UK since then. Happy in all bu...