Washingtonia robusta
Mexican Fan Palm
Palmae (Palm Family)
Origin: Southern California - Mexico

SPECIES CHARACTERISTICS:
Evergreen, Fan Palm tree. Fast growth rate, 60 - 100" in height,
10 - 20' spread. Tallest of all the Palms. Tan slender, single trunk.
FOLIAGE:
3 - 4' palmate fronds on 2 - 3' long doubly armed petioles. Whorled arrangement, bright green above dull green beneath with a tawny patch on the underside of frond where it meets the petiole.
FLOWER:
Perfect; creamy white, 1/4" on 2 - 4' long stalks.
FRUIT:
Succulent, indehiscent, drupe, edible, white to purple, 1/2 " egg-shaped.
STEM/TRUNK
:
Long and slender, single trunk, wider at base. Dead fronds persist to form a 'skirt'.
BARK:
Smooth and gray.
EXPOSURE:

Full sun, wind, heat, and cold;
Hardiness: Sunset zones: 8, 9, 11 - 24.
SOIL:
Any.
WATER:
Low water needs.
PRUNING:
To remove dead fronds.
PROPAGATION:
Seed.
USES:
Accent, right of way, specimen.
COMMENTS:
When dead fronds are pruned, petiole bases leave a distinctive criss-cross pattern along the trunk.

 

 

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