Chamaerops humilis (2)
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European Fan Palm
Rocky headlands and low hills around the Mediterannean coast
A very variable species, usually clumping, however, also occasionally single trunked, to about 3m high. Small, palmate leaves, to about 50cm across, at the end of a heavily spined peiole.
One of the most cold tolerant palm species, withstanding even heavy frosts, so it is very popular in Europe.
Prefers full sun in a very well drained position. Not suited to the true tropics but does grow surprisingly well in places like South Florida and other wet humid summer subtropical climates. Quite slow growing. A very good container plant