Chamaerops humilis (2)

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File:Chamaerops humilis7-01.jpg
Figure 1. Leaf close-up.


Common Names:

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

Figure 2. Figure 3.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,

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