Chusan Palm

Common Name: Chusan Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm

Description: One of the few moderately hardy true palms. The Chusan Palm develops a single trunk, thickly clothed in fibrous hairy remains of old leave stems. The large fan-shaped leaves are up to 1.5m across. Each leave is sub-divided into 40-40 segments. The flowers are yellow followed by brown fruits containing single palm nuts.

The Chusan Palm is native to upland areas of Central and Southern China. It likes a sheltered moist location and is intolerant of wind. It is slow growing and popular in Victorian times and is now enjoying renewed interest.

Introduced by Philipp von Siebold in 1830 and Robert Fortune in 1849.

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