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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.