Washingtonia filifera
California Fan Palm
Palmae (Palm Family)
Origin: Desert Oasis throughout Southern California, Eastern Arizona & Northern Baja California, Mexico.

SPECIES CHARACTERISTICS:
Evergreen, Fan Palm tree. Moderate growth rate, 40 - 60' in height, 15 - 20' spread. Upright Palm.
FOLIAGE:
Palmate leaves 3 - 6" on 4 - 6" armed petioles. Coriaceous surface texture, gray-green in color.
FLOWER:
Perfect; creamy-white, 1/4" on 6 - 10' long stalks.
FRUIT:
Dry, indehiscent, drupe, edible, white to Purple-black at maturity. 1/2" egg-shaped.
STEM/TRUNK
:
Thick single trunk, many times covered with persistent dead fronds.
BARK:
Smooth and gray.
EXPOSURE:

Full sun, wind, heat and cold. Sunset zones: 8, 9, 11 - 24.
SOIL:
Loam, sand, moist, well drained.
WATER:
Moderate.
PESTS/DISEASES:
Pink bud rot.
PRUNING:
To remove dead fronds.
PROPAGATION:
Seed.
USES:
Accent, background, edible fruit, right of way, specimen.
COMMENTS:
If left unpruned will develop large 'skirt' of dead fronds. These skirts may become a fire hazard.

 

 

 

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