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Description

One of the most graceful fan palms – particularly if grown in a shaded position – the Chinese Fan Palm is hardier than it looks and deserves to be grown more often.  With drooping tips to the leaves it has a very tropical look.

 

Origin

Japan, Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands.

 

Form and size

Solitary fan palm to around 10m.

 

Preferred habitat

Outdoors in both sunny and shady positions.  Looks best however if grown in shady, sheltered gullies where the arching fronds grow even larger.  Also suitable for indoor use when young.

Livistona chinensis

Chinese Fan Palm

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Growth rate

 Slow-Medium

Outdoors

 Yes

Indoors

 Yes (well-lit position)

Wind

 Good tolerance

Sea winds

 Some tolerance

Sun

 Good tolerance

Dryness

 Good tolerance

Frost

 To -5°C

Livistona chinensis, Chinese Fan Palm

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