Chamaerops humilis ‘Etna Star’

Mediterranean dwarf palm, European fan palm, African hair palm

(20 customer reviews)

From: £23.95

Chamaerops humilis ‘Etna Star’ is a particularly compact clustering palm, with distinctive, huge green leaves which grow spread out in a very attractive fan form.


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Origin: W and C Mediterranean
Genus: Chamaerops
Species / Cultivar: humilis "Etna star"
Common Name: Mediterranean dwarf palm, European fan palm, African hair palm
Synonym: Chamaerops humilis var. humilis

Plant Biography

Chamaerops humilis is the only species in the genus Chamaerops, though the genus is closely related to the Asian genus Trachycarpus, differing in the spined petioles, and its multi-stemmed clustering habit.

The Dwarf Fan Palm is a beautiful specimen plant for any garden. Unpruned it grows into an attractive shrubby form. If pruned, it will grow into a single trunk tree form. This palm works perfectly to add an accent to the border of the garden, or particularly well in a container for a patio or deck.

Chamaerops humilis ‘Etna Star’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

If a Chamaerops humilis is grown in too much shade it will lose its signature compact form.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

If grown in a colder area, Chamaerops humilis it can be kept in a container to bring indoors when necessary, so long as it’s in a bright, sunny spot.

It prefers a bright and sunny location, but will tolerate part shade. However, if it’s grown in too much shade it will lose its compact form.

We couldn’t be more happy. The plant arrived well packed and in excellent condition, there was nothing to disappoint.

Anne H

We couldn’t be more happy. The plant arrived well packed and in excellent condition, there was nothing to disappoint.

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20 customer reviews for Chamaerops humilis ‘Etna Star’

Delivery service and packaging was excellent. Plant condition was very good and is already shown signs of growth. Will certainly buy from here again.

Gordon Collett

Prompt delivery. Fantastic strong plant. Pleasure to deal with. Thank you.

Diana Stoimenova

Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged & finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!


Good strong palm great value.

john shaw