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Trachycarpus fortunei


Chinese Windmill Palm

Ideal for creating a tropical feeling area in your garden

A hardy palm, which creates an instant tropical feel, along with year round structure. Its tall stout trunk is crowned with broad, green, finger-like fronds. In early summer, once it's well established clusters of tiny flowers appear.


Best in a sunny or lightly shaded spot, sheltered from cold winds. Ideal as a focal point in a border, or use in a container.


Best in a moist, well-drained soil. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. New leaves may need protection from frost, just cover with horticultural fleece.

Native to central China, south to northern Burma and northern India this is the only reliably hardy palm throughout the UK.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, Mediterranean garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September