The Q&A Archives: cold hardy palm

Question: I received a palm as a gift. It says cold hardy. (How cold?) There are descriptions on the planter.
1 - Tropical Foliage 14

Answer: Your new palm is a Chamaerops humilis, also called a European Fan Palm. It is relatively hardy, as palms go - hardy to 20F. Chamaerops humilis is native to the hot dry hills and mountains of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Its native range extends from Africa's Atlas Mountains in Morocco to Spain and France and eastward to Turkey.

The European Fan palm is very adaptable to many kinds of well drained soils; it prefers bright sunny locations, but it also does well in part shade with some direct sunlight. It will survive in rather heavy shade but "stretches" to lose its compact shape.

Provide adequate moisture for fastest growth. This palm is very drought tolerant once established and iI dislikes soggy soils, so make sure the soil drains well and allow it to dry out slightly between waterings.

It is hardy in USDA Zones 8-10. You are in USDA Zone 7 (Zone 7 low temperatures are listed as 0 to 10 F), so the European fan palm will need some protection if the temperatures drop below 20F.

Good luck with your new palm!

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