LIVISTONA

FAMILY: Arecaceae

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These slow-growing fan palms somewhat resemble Washingtonia but generally have shorter, darker, shinier leaves. They are generally hardy to about 22F. All make good potted plants.

australian fan palm

livistona australis

  • From coastal forest of eastern Australia.
  • To 4050 feet tall, 15 feet wide.
  • Trunk is clean and slender, marked with interesting-looking leaf scars.
  • Dark green, 3- to 5 feet-wide leaves.

chinese fan palm, chinese fountain palm

livistona chinensis

  • Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11.
  • From Japan, Taiwan.
  • Very slow growing; eventually reaches 40 feet tall, 15 feet wide.
  • Roundish, bright green, 3- to 6 feet-wide leaves droop strongly at outer edges.
  • Hardy to about 15F.

weeping fan palm

livistona decipiens

  • From northeastern Australia.
  • To 3040 feet tall and 15 feet wide in 20 years.
  • Stiff, open head of leaves that are green on top, bluish beneath, 25 feet across; leaves are carried on long, spiny stems.

bronze fan palm

livistona mariae

  • From hot, dry, interior Australia.
  • To 1015 feet tall and 15 feet wide after many years (ultimately may reach 80 or even 100 feet tall, 25 feet wide).
  • Leaves 34 feet wide.
  • Young plants and those grown in containers have attractive reddish leaves and leaf stems.
  • Little to moderate water.

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