These fan palms from Mexico resemble Washingtonia palms, but are shorter growing and less cold hardy. Fanlike leaves reach 36 ft. across. All of the species listed here can tolerate drought.
B. armata. BLUE FAN PALM. Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. Hardy to 15F. Grows slowly to 40 ft. tall, with top spreading to 1520 ft. Leaves are a silvery blue in color, almost white. Creamy flowers in summer. Takes heat and wind.
B. brandegeei. SAN JOSE HESPER PALM. Zone TS; USDA 10-11. Hardy to 26F. Slow grower with slender, flexible trunk. Reaches 40 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Light gray-green foliage. Trunk sheds oldest leaves.
B. dulcis. MEXICAN CLIFF PALM. Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. Hardy to 18F. To 20 ft. high, 8 ft. wide. Trunk may be solitary or suckering, foliage green or silvery blue. Fronds are smaller and more delicate than those of most fan palms. Tough and drought resistant; often grows right out of rocky cliff sides in its native range.