Mediterranean Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
When it comes to a tropical themed backyard or even a Mediterranean theme, a must have for every homeowner from Southern California to the Arizona deserts is the Chamaerops humilis, also known as the Mediterranean Fan Palm.
This striking medium sized palm is the only palm native to Europe and it is prized for its unique multi-trunk vertical growth, fan-shaped fronds, and aesthetically pleasing growth pattern that looks fantastic around pools and as centerpieces to any landscape. The reason why the Mediterranean Fan Palm can serve as a centerpiece is due to its growth pattern. The trunks of the Chamaerops humilis palm clump together, giving the palm a full thick look. Because they can be grown to display a full look, many homeowners have planted these palms in a cluster to create a barrier wall. Mediterranean Fan Palms also can fill in empty spots between large trees or in containers as well.
The fronds on this palm jet out and are a few feet across displaying a blueish-green color that gives it a stark contrast compared to its darker trunks.
One of the best aspects of this palm is its durability. It requires minimal water once planted and over time it can become drought tolerant once established. The Mediterranean Fan Palm can tolerate both cold and heat and it can survive periods of freezing weather will little or no damage. And finally, the palm requires minimal maintenance and cleanup. No need to be spending those weekend days pruning this palm! This makes these palms a perfect addition to any landscape type, near pools, walkways, patios or as a focal point in your yard, the Mediterranean Fan Palm is sure to impress.
If you’re looking to take this palm to the next level, install night-time lighting effects, especially when spotlighted, illuminate the multi-trunk structure well, while the fronds cast unique shadow patterns on nearby walls.
Beautiful resort-style miniature fan palm
Most cold hardy palm known for the area
Very wide variety of landscape applications
Great for patios and planters