Pala Mesa Nursery offers windmill palms in a number of different sizes and styles including 15 gallon, 24″ boxes, and 30″ boxes (up to 12 feet of trunk). As one of the largest suppliers of windmill palms in the Western United States, we have enough inventory to fulfill any size order. Stop by the nursery to see some of our specimens or call for details.
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The windmill palm is one of the hardiest palm trees available, allowing you to add a splash of tropical flavor to your yard even if you live in a cold area.
The botanical name for this palm tree is Trachycarpus fortunei and it belongs to the Arecaceae (palm family). The species name was given in honor of Robert Fortune, a horticulturist from Scotland.
This is known as the windmill palm, hemp palm, Chusan palm, Nepalese fan palm or the Chinese windmill palm. Windmill is in reference to the shape of the leaves. Chusan is after Chusan Island in China.
Preferred USDA Hardiness Zones:
This species tolerates frost quite well considering it is a palm tree and can be grown in Zones 7B-11. It originates from Burma, China and India.
This tree can be from 10-40' tall and 6-10' wide.
For optimal growth, find a location in your yard that offers partial shade. This tree can also tolerate full sun or full shade.
The windmill palm has fan-shaped leaves that are 3' in diameter. The leaf shafts produce fibers that cover the trunk and can be made into ropes, mats, brushes, brooms, hats and other fibrous products. The leaves are also sometimes used in thatched roofs.
This tree is dioecious and you will need at least one male and female for fruit production. The flowers are yellow and will perfume the air around them.
After the female flowers are pollinated, clusters of purple drupes (stone fruit) are formed in the summer.
As long as there is good drainage, the windmill palm will grow in most soil conditions and pH levels. It does not like to have wet feet.
You can use the seeds to propagate new trees. They may take two to three months to germinate.
There are no pruning requirements for this tree except for the standard upkeep of removing parts that have become dead, damaged or diseased.