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Windmill Palm Tree
Trachycarpus fortunei 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-11  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Of all the cold hardy palm trees we've grown since the late 1980's, we've found Windmill to be the most hardy in the outdoor landscape. It is reliably cold hardy in USDA Zones 7b-11 and has survived temperatures near zero Fahrenheit here in north-central Georgia. The Windmill is taller growing tree with an elongated trunk topped with a beautifully compact crown of green, palmate fans that can be 3 feet across. Bright yellow inflorescences (flowers) erupt from a packet-like bud in late winter and early spring from within the crown. Our favorite of the hardy palms and one that is sure to bring a taste of the tropics to your landscape!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to a height of 20 feet in colder regions and 40 feet in subtropical regions, with the crown spreading from 8 to 10 feet, the Windmill Palm is ideal for use as a specimen or clustered in groups in landscape borders. A fine accent tree that fits in smaller spaces to frame corners or accent entryways in home foundation plantings and outdoor living spaces. Plant in rows to line a drive, street or property line. Really nice around swimming pools and other bodies of water. Also suitable for growing in large containers that can be situated on sunny patios and decks. A fine addition to rock and tropical-look gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing: 12' or more for space between trees




Cultural Preferences

The Windmill Palm is easy to grow in a wide variety of soils provided there is good drainage and full sun to light shade. We've had no problems growing it in the clay-based soil we have here in Georgia. That said, we suggest amending compacted clay generously at a 50/50 ratio with bagged top soil, sand and/or small gravel. As with many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy soil or standing water is problematic. So just make sure the planting area drains well.




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Tree
Height at Maturity:  20 to 40' depending on climate
Width at Maturity:  8-10' 
Spacing: 12' or more for space between trees
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Arching
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Yellow, White/Cream/Gray
Flower Size:  
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  
Berry Color:  
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Mildew, Heat, Insect



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