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Plant description:

This is a small, multi-stemmed palm growing to 3m in height with fan shaped leaves up to a metre wide. An ideal palm for small gardens. Good container subject. Drought tolerant. The leaf colour may vary from blue-green to grey-green. It is slow growing, but is one of very few palms that can be grown throughout the country.

Family: Arecaceae

Synonym: Chamaerops humilis var. elegans

Botanical Pronunciation: ku-MEE-rops HEW-mil-liss

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Botanical name

Chamaerops humilis

Plant Care



Common name(s)

European fan palm



Forms fan-shaped leaves up to a metre wide.

Uses in landscape design

This palm is ideal for small gardens and townhouses. It makes a good container subject for the pool or patio area. It is both hardy to cold and drought-resistant.
Small gardens

Drought tolerance


Planting instructions

Planting: Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water when dry, and feed regularly until the plant is well established. It does  not need a lot of attention once it has settled.
Pruning: Not necessary except for removal of spent leaves.

Interesting info

Good container plant

Other languages

 Europese waaierpalm (A)

Forms fan-shaped leaves up to a metre wide.

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