Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei
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This palm tree is one of the most cold-hardy palms available anywhere and will survive typical Atlanta winters. 

Cold-hardy palms provide yearlong greenery and look good even after a snowfall.

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  • Cold-hardy palm that grows tall
  • Fan-shaped fronds form an evergreen canopy atop a single slender trunk 
  • Stunning when planted alone or in groups
Current delivery method: In-Store Pickup


Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Grows Well In Zones: 7-11 Outdoors
Mature Height: 18-30 ft
Mature Width: 7-10 ft
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Shape: Tree
Placement: Outdoors

Q: How big does the Windmill Palm get?
A: The Windmill Palm can reach heights of 20-40 ft, depending on the conditions where it is planted.

Q: Can the Windmill Palm be planted near a house?
A: Yes! One of the benefits plants have over trees are that they have fibrous root systems (thin and short root system that grows superficial) that will not damage plumbing, sidewalks or any other structure. 

Q: Can Windmill Palms be planted close to each other?
A:  Yes! In fact, one of the nicest combinations for Windmill Palms are planting them in staggering sizes very close together, that way they grow tall together but the fronds do not crash into each other.

1. Sunlight:  Windmill Palms prefer full sun, but they can tolerate locations with partial sunlight as well.

2. Watering: When newly planted, be sure to water your palm 3 times a week for the first month. After it is established, it is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered once a week unless it rains. Make sure you water thoroughly to make sure the bottom roots receive water at every watering. The amount of water per palm may range from 2 gallons for small containerized material to 15 gallons for larger palms. 

Watering varies depending on the time of year and the outside temperature and weather. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season:

Winter: (60 degrees or less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation.

Spring: (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week.

Beginning of Summer: (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week.

Heat of Summer: (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week.

Plants in a container need more constant watering than those planted on the ground. 

Overwatering or bad drainage can cause permanent damage to the roots over time. Placing mulch over the roots can help with water retention. Use caution not to allow the mulch to touch the base of the palm, otherwise it can cause rot.

3. Fertilization: Windmill Palms should be fertilized three times a year in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Use a general purpose blend specific to palms, and be sure to follow the instructions on the label. 

4. Soil: Windmill Palms tolerate most soils, as long as they drain well. If necessary, add some sand to the soil mix to help it drain better. 

5. Pruning: It is not necessary to prune your Windmill Palm. When a frond dies, it will detach and fall off on its own. If you do decide to prune your palm, be sure to prune the fronds that are damaged to mostly brown at the base of the stem. Do not cut any green fronds, as this can weaken the palm.

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