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Chamaerops humilis

Mediterranean Fan Palm

from £34.50

4.9 / 5 based on 7 customer reviews
RHS Award of Garden Merit
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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
  • Habit: Multi-stemmed dense, bushy growth
  • Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas drought tolerant once established
  • Hardiness: Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
  • Origin: Europe (Mediterranean)
  • Genus: Chamaerops
  • Species: humilis
  • Common Names: Mediterranean Fan Palm, European Fan Palm,
  • Suggested planting locations / garden types: Architectural Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

You may also like: Chamaerops humilis 'Vulcano', Chamaerops humilis cerifera

Other: Palm Trees

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Plant Care

Chamaerops humilis Care Information

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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Customer Reviews

on 28 Jan 2018

5 / 5

We popped into the nursery for coffee at the new tearoom and ended up falling in love with this palm, perfect timing as we didnt realise there was a sale on. Lady who served us was very friendly and helpful. Many Thanks.

on 28 Jan 2018

5 / 5

Delighted with my new chamaerops humilis palm tree, looks amazing.

on 20 Aug 2016

5 / 5

Followed advice and re-potted into a 50L pot with soil recommendation, used seaweed extract as per instructions - Cannot be happier with the results.

on 20 Aug 2016

4 / 5

dealt with issue /Good customer service

on 23 May 2016

5 / 5

Truly stunning palm tree, very pleased with my purchase :)

on 15 May 2016

5 / 5

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.

on 24 Mar 2016

5 / 5

Fabulous plant, bigger than expected and very fast delivery too. Well done Big Plant Nursery!