European Fan Palm Tree

Chamaerops humilis 11 reviews
  • This European native and winner of the Horticulturist Award for Garden Merit is cold-hardy down to 10°F and tolerates drops down to 5 °F.
  • Deep green fan-shaped fronds form a bushy canopy atop attractive multiple trunks with markings resembling a pine cone, it also comes in a single trunk version.  
  • It is a visually striking, compact and elegant palm that adds a tropical flair to your yard wether it is planted in the ground or in a container on a pool or deck.
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Besides adding an instant tropical appeal, European Fan Palms are cold-hardy down to 10°F, drought-tolerant, resistant to pests and diseases, slow-growing and don’t require much in the way of maintenance to look fabulous. The palm also graces the landscape with its year-round lush greenery and deep green color, upgrading any landscape with its striking beauty. 

Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Hardy Zone: 8-11
Cold Hardy: Yes, down to 20° and 15° for a short duration
Mature Height: 8-15'
Spread: 6-10'
Shape: Tree
Growth Rate: Slow, approximately 6" a year
Sun Preference: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Maintenance: Easy
Water Needs: Average
Soil Preference: Well Drained
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

This Palm Tree is a great fit for almost any landscape! Awarded the Horticulturist Award for Garden Merit because of its availability, adaptability, ease of growing, pest resistance, and outstanding beauty. It gets its praise not only because of its unique look resembling a sculpture, but also because it is so easy to care for.

Why Choose a European Fan Palm?

If you’ve always desired to bring a bit of tropical paradise home with you but feel your location gets too cold in winter then a European Fan Palm is the tree that makes your dreams a reality. Check your USDA zone and minimum temperatures to see if the European Fan Palm is a good fit for you.  

European Fan Palms are sure to stand out in the landscape with their bushy canopies of fan-shaped fronds filled with finger-like and deeply divided leaflets. Each blue-green or grayish-green frond grows around 2 feet long and wide and is attached to a leaf stalk that is around 4 feet long. 

If the attractive and elegant canopy wasn’t enough, the brown curving trunks resemble a pine cone as they’re lined from top to bottom with scales. As the palm matures it develops multiple trunks, adding to the tree’s appeal. These slow-growers obtain a mature height of 8 to 15 feet and a spread of 6 to 10 feet when in USDA zone 7b-8.

The palm can also be trained to become a single trunk specimen. The single trunk look makes the palm a good option for areas where you would want a single trunk palm but have height limitations.

Adding to the palm’s colorful appeal are the panicles of bright yellow flowers that bloom in spring. The spent flowers  develop into small round orange or yellow fruits that ripen to brown in fall. All stages of the palm bring interest and color to the landscape throughout all the seasons of the year. 

If your idea of fun gardening doesn’t involve the constant care of a fussy plant then you can’t go wrong with a European Fan Palm. When planted in preferred conditions this tree is a breeze to care for and makes a superb specimen or accent plant. 

Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?

Many types of palms require a subtropical or tropical climate to thrive in winter but European Fan Palms have evolved to survive the hot dry summers and cooler winters in Europe. These trees grow well throughout USDA hardiness zones 7b through 11, making them suitable additions to landscapes that experience cooler temperatures in the winter.

European Fan Palms tolerate winter lows of 10°F with short drops to 5°F, and although its fronds may suffer damage from the cold drops, if the palm is still alive the fronds will grow back. It is a good idea to protect the fronds if cold or extreme cold weather is on the horizon.

Adding a thick layer of organic mulch over the root zone helps insulate it and keep it warm. You should also give the palm a deep drink of water the day before cold weather arrives, as it also helps insulate the root system keeping it warm. 

Since the European Fan Palm does not grow too large, you can cover it with sheets or burlap to protect it from cold winds.

How Big Does It Get?

European Fan Palms grow slowly (a rate of 6 inches per year) and will eventually obtain a mature height of around 8 to 15 feet and a width of 6 to 10 feet in USDA zone 7b-8. This makes them suitable additions used in smaller landscapes or smaller areas of the landscape like a side yard. 

How Much Sun Does It Require?

The palm is versatile when it comes to the amount of sun it requires for healthy growth. It grows well situated in a site receiving full sun to partial shade. However, if planted in too much shade the palm loses a bit of its compact shape. 

What About Soil and Water?

Although European Fan Palms tolerate a range of well-drained soils, growing it in fertile soils that drain well produces the best growth. 

Once established, the palm is drought-tolerant. However, while it establishes itself in the planting site you should water several times weekly for the first few months. Thereafter, you can water weekly, depending on your local weather conditions. If you forget to water don’t worry because the palm’s growth won’t suffer.

Is It Easy to Maintain?

If you’re looking for a tree that’s easy to maintain then a European Fan Palm is the right choice. These hardy and durable palms aren’t bothered by pests or disease so you won’t be spending hours and cash keeping it healthy. 

The only maintenance involved is trimming off the fronds when they turn completely brown and are dead. It’s best to wait for the fronds to completely die before removing them as the palm is still gaining nutrients from them. 

Although palms are relatively easy to care for yourself, we encourage our professional maintenance service 3 times a year. We offer the Perfect Palm Maintenance Service with only the best products and professionals for your palms.

What About Fertilizing?

European Fan Palms will benefit from regular applications of a fertilizer specific to palms three to four times yearly. Starting in spring, apply a slow-release blend spread evenly under the canopy, always following label instructions on amounts. Water the fertilizer into the soil after applying. Apply the last application in September. 

Q: Do you deliver?
A: We deliver within a 60 mile radius of our Alpharetta, GA nursery location. We offer two pricing tiers for delivery. For delivery up to 30 miles from our Alpharetta, GA nursery location the cost is $95. For delivery 31-60 miles of our Alpharetta, GA nursery the cost is $195. For potential delivery beyond 60 miles, please call us at (770) 400-9897.

Q: Do you install?
A: Yes. However, we currently only install in the greater Atlanta area. Installation cost varies by product. Once you place your products in the cart, it will display delivery and installation costs. We only install palm trees and plants. Installation requires delivery by us.

Q: Do you offer a warranty?

A: Yes 

Perfect Palm Guarantee™: We guarantee you will receive healthy, high quality palm trees and plants. If you're not satisfied with the health or quality of your purchase within the first seven (7) days of receiving your plants, please give us a call at (770) 400-9897 or email us at so we can make things right!

60-Day Warranty: Atlanta Palms offers a free 60 day warranty on all plants and trees. If your plant dies during the 60 day warranty, please give us a call so we can discuss a one-time replacement. Replacement plant shipping cost, taxes, delivery, and installation is at the customer's expense.

Purchase a 2-Year Extended Warranty 

We also have an extended warranty option on most items available at checkout.

Plants and trees are subject to the forces of nature and may not survive due to extreme drought or temperature extremes. We offer a two-year warranty to ease the worry of these acts of God and protect you from loss. At checkout, you can easily add a two-year warranty to any or all of your plants for an additional fee (determined at checkout).

This is a two-year, one-time replacement warranty. Shipping costs, taxes, delivery, and installation are at the customer’s expense. We do require you to submit a photo to verify that your plant has not survived. Once we have verified your claim, we will issue a store credit to order your replacement.

In order for our trees and plants to thrive they require adequate watering, fertilization, and suitable planting conditions. Neglect or purchasing plants that are not suitable for your growing zone void our warranty guarantee. Submitting a warranty claim is easy. Simply give us a call at (770) 400-9897 or email us at

Want to add our 2-Year Warranty to an existing order?

Contact us within 7 days of receiving your order and we will get you set up!

Q: Do you accept returns?
A: All sales are final. We do not accept returns of plants and trees.

We do accept returns of non plant and tree products within 60 days of receipt. Shipping and delivery fees are non-refundable.

Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept all major credit cards and cash.

Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Monday - Friday: 8:30-5:00 / Saturday: 9:00-2:00

Q: How often should I water my palms?
A: Newly planted palms should be watered 3-4 times a week for the first month or until the root system is established. The amount of water used depends on the size of the palm. 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. Make sure the soil is draining correctly, adding sand to the soil mixture allows water to drain more effectively. 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 it to rot.

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.

Palms in a container or Pot: Palms in a container or pot need more frequent watering than those in the ground. 1-3 times a week depending on the season and weather.

Q: When do I apply fertilizer to my palm tree?
A: Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until they put out a new spear. Apply fertilizer only during the growth season (between April 1 and August 1).

Q: It is a good idea to correctly support larger, newly planted palms?
A: Some large palms will require bracing to maintain stability during the first eight months after installation. Three equidistantly-spaced braces are used to support the palm. If Atlanta Palms installs your palm tree, we will handle the bracing.

Q: When should I prune my palm tree?
A:The only time you should prune your palm tree is when the fronds are discolored, broken or pointing to the ground at more than a 90 degree angle with respect to the trunk. Palms get most of their energy from their fronds, so it’s important to be careful not to remove too many, especially if they are still partially green.

Q: Why are drip irrigation systems preferable to sprinklers?
A: Both drip irrigation and sprinklers are good irrigation systems for your palm trees. Drip irrigation is designed to have deeper saturation into a specific area. Sprinklers (spray irrigation) will only saturate the top 3-5 inches per watering cycle whereas Palms root balls are 2-3 feet deep and require a deeper water saturation to develop new roots. Newly planted palms can suffer root loss in deep water saturation especially during the hotter and drier summer months.

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23 Feb 2023
Booker H.
United States United States

Satisfied customer

No hassle,great service,follow up after sale and they look great in my yard. Thanks Mr.Willie

15 Dec 2022
Ricardo Gordon Jr.
United States United States

European Fan Palm

I wanted a European Fan Palm to add to my tropical garden. I requested to pick up my palm tree from the store. I was amazing on the health, beauty, sizes and numerous selections of palm trees at Atlanta Palms. I also enjoyed reading the email article about “Everything You Need To Know To Care For Your New Palm Trees”. I feel this article addressed customer’s concerns about their palm trees. Highly recommend this store.

07 Dec 2022
Thelma W.
United States United States

Beautiful Tree that adds so much to our yard!

I look forward to continuing to add lovely natural and exotic trees from Atlanta Palms!

25 Aug 2022
Jesus P.
United States United States

Love the palms

Job well done. Enjoying the palms.

14 Jul 2022
Mark B.
United States United States

European Fan Palm

We received great advice from Ricky Hleap regarding our recent purchase of a European Fan Palm which we planted on our newly constructed outdoor patio. It looks great and together with 3 windmill palms they make a great statement in our backyard.

08 Jul 2022
Troy W.
United States United States

Tropical Paradise found

Finally, a reputable palm tree nursery here in the Atlanta area ! Waited many years for this place to open ! Now I have 10 palm trees and 2 more coming. My favorites are Sabals, European, Mules, Pindo's and Windmill's. They have sago's too that are pretty hardy. Ricky helped me decide which palms to purchase and educated me on care. They delivered each of them and installed them precisely where I wanted. I have a company building a pond with waterfalls that will compliment my palm trees and make me feel as though I have a slice of tropical paradise in my backyard ! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I love this place, Ricky and his incredible staff.

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