This slow grower is one of the most cold-hardy of all palms. The distinctive fan-shaped fronds are composed of stiff, blue-green to gray-green leaflets. These eventually form a compact head at the end of each curved stem. In Arizona, the bushy, multi-trunked type is the most commonly used form of this highly variable species. The suckering habit eventually results in pleasing stem groupings and much landscape interest. This small palm makes a striking accent plant against architectural features. It is one of the best species for containers as well as for massing at the base of taller growing palms.
Climate Zone: 4, 5
Light Exposure: Part shade to full sun
Water Use: Low, medium or high
Growth Rate: Slow
Trunk Width: clumping
Cultural Requirements: Mediterranean Fan Palm survives much neglect but grows best in rich soil with ample water. Some pruning may be necessary to limit the number of stems and to remove old fronds.
Problems: None recorded in Arizona.