Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

(25 customer reviews)

From: £310.95

A breathtaking silver-blue form of the classic palm, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera is aesthetically a perfect companion for other hardy arids such as yucca and dasylirion, or along side olives and other Mediterranean classics in a sunny border.

The European Fan Palm is a small, clustering palm with distinctive large leaves which form a very attractive spread out fan shape as they grow.


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Origin: Atlas Mountains of Morocco
Genus: Chamaerops
Species / Cultivar: humilis var. cerifera
Common Name: Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm
Synonym: Chamaerops humilis var argentea

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.

This 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 corner of the landscape, or in a container for a patio or deck.

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
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: 3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
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.
Cerifera Variety History

Cerifera Variety History

Native to the Morocco, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera grows up to 2000m above sea level on the Atlas Mountains, where it has evolved a waxy coating on the leaves to survive, which also gives it its silver-blue sheen.

Placing C. humilis var. cerifera in a spot with more heat and sunlight will result in the plant developing stronger silver-blue coating.

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera is also known as Chamaerops humilis var. Argentea.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Chamaerops humilis is tolerant of drought once established, suited to sun or part shade, a cold garden or hot conservatory, exposed gardens or balcony planters – this palm remarkably easy to look after and grow.

Notably, it has better winter hardiness than most other palms, tolerating brief dips to -6 to -9C. If grown in a colder area, 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.

Absolutely love my two blue Chamaerops Cerifera. Size was as big as stated if not a little bigger and very beautiful / healthy looking plams. Very pleased with my order.

Jake P

Absolutely love my two blue Chamaerops Cerifera. Size was as big as stated if not a little bigger and very beautiful / healthy looking plams. Very pleased with my order.

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25 customer reviews for Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

Makes a stunning centre-piece to our recently landscaped front garden. Lovely colour and well shaped.

Mark Curtis

All I can say is they are amazing …this is my fourth purchase and everyone was fab cheers palm centre

Louise green

My 2nd purchase from palmcentre and as usual exceptional quality palms. This cerifera is beautiful specimen looks great against my black fencing

Sean Walker

I now have 6 of these. Stunning blue foliage. A great hardy alternative to Brahea Armata.