The Q&A Archives: Cornish Palm

Question: We recently brought back from holiday a Cornish Palm tree.

We have no information for looking after it. Can you help, please?

Answer: Trachycarpus fortunei, the Cornish Palm, is native to southern China. Commonly grown as a landscape specimen in central and northern Florida, southeast U.S. coast, the gulf coast, and California. From Lake Como in Italy to the Cornish coast of Great Britain to Washington D.C., this popular palm makes a handsome addition to any landscape.

This small palm grows to about 20' with a crown width of 10'. Windmill palms grown in full sun and/or poor conditions may have a much smaller crown. The trunk is covered with heavy brown fiber and is often narrower at the base than at the top. Leaves are palmate, about 3 feet wide and range in color from yellow-green to green. This is a hardy palm and can withstand subfreezing temperatures.

Grow in partial shade in rich, well draining soil. This palm makes a great accent that fits well into small areas and grows well in containers.

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