WASHINGTONIA

FAMILY: Arecaceae

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

Plant Details

These fast-growing fan palms are too tall for most suburban gardens; they are best suited to large properties, avenues, parkways. The two species often hybridize if growing near each other. Widely grown in Florida.

desert fan palm

washingtonia 'Filibusta

  • A fast-growing hybrid between the two species listed here; intermediate between them in size and appearance.
  • Said to be at least as hardy as Washingtonia filifera; more tolerant of humidity.

washingtonia filifera

  • From California, Arizona.
  • Hardy to 18F.
  • To 60 feet tall, 20 feet wide, with thicker trunk than Washingtonia robusta.
  • Long-stalked, 3- to 6 feet, light green leaves stand well apart in open crown.
  • As leaves mature, they bend down to form a skirt of thatch.

thread palm, mexican fan palm

washingtonia robusta

  • From Mexico.
  • Hardy to 20F.
  • To 100 feet tall (though more like 6080 feet in Southern gardens), 10 feet wide; trunk is slightly curved or bent, slimmer than that of Washingtonia filifera.
  • Head of bright green foliage is more compact; leafstalks are shorter, with a red streak on the undersides.
  • Good plant for the beach.

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