European Fan Palm Tree

Chamaerops humilis
  • European native that is cold-hardy down to 10°F and drops down to 5 °F. 
  • Deep green fan-shaped fronds form a bushy canopy atop multiple trunks.
  • Medium sized compact palm adds a tropical flair wherever planted.
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Available for preorder. Estimated fulfillment within a month after purchase.
Available for preorder. Estimated fulfillment within a month after purchase.
Available for preorder. Estimated fulfillment within a month after purchase.


Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 Patio / 7b-11 Outdoors
Mature Height: 8-15 ft (Zone 7b-8)
Mature Width: 6-10 ft (Zone 7b-8)
Sunlight: Indoors: Bright Indirect Light Outdoors: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Shape: Tree
Placement: Indoors, Patio, Outdoors

Q: How big do European Fan Palms get?
A: European Fan Palms can grow 8-15ft tall and 6-10ft wide.  

Q: What is the growth rate for a European Fan Palm?
A: European Fan Palms grow at a rate of 6 inches per year.

Q: What is the difference between the European Fan Palm and the Mediterranean Fan Palm?
A:  There is no difference, Mediterranean Fan Palm is just another name for European Fan Palm.  

Q:  Is the fruit from the European Fan Palm edible?
A: Yes, both the fruit and the heart of teh European Fan Palm are edible.

1. Sunlight:  European Fan Palms prefer full sun, but they can tolerate locations with partial sunlight as well However, if planted in too much shade the palm will lose its compact shape.

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: European Fan 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: European Fan 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 European Fan 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 ot ostly brown. Pruning this palm encourages new growth. 

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