Chamaerops humilis ‘Vigo’

Dwarf Mediterranean Fan Palm


The Dwarf Mediterranean Fan Palm is a particularly compact clustering palm, with distinctive, huge green leaves which grow spread out in a very attractive fan form.

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vigo’ is tolerant of drought once established, suited to sun or part shade, a cold garden or hot conservatory, exposed gardens or balcony planters – even as hardy palms go this one is remarkably easy to look after and grow.


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Origin: Sicily
Genus: Chamaerops
Species / Cultivar: humilis 'Vigo'
Common Name: Dwarf Mediterranean Fan Palm

Plant Biography

A Sicilian cultivar of Chamaerops humilis, the northernmost naturally occurring palm in the world.

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 Mediterranean 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 sunny patio or deck.

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vigo’
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: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
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

Give Chamaerops 'Vigo' the sunniest position you can to bring out the silver hues in the leaves.
The 'Vigo' Cultivar

The 'Vigo' Cultivar

If you’re already familiar with Chamaerops ‘Vulcano’ then suffice to say that Chamaerops ‘Vigo’ is an even more compact and striking form. With even smaller, stiffer leaves than ‘Vulcano’ and an extremely heavy coating of white/silver wax, it is a stunning plant for dedicated palm enthusiasts.

For those not familiar with either, we source these Chamaerops cultivars from a world-renowned nursery on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Founded by the Marquis Lorenzo Vigo, for generations this nursery has been growing Chamaerops humilis in the volcanic soils of the east coast of the Italian island. Cultivating these plants year after year, decade after decade, some natural genetic variations were refined by cross-pollinating plants that showed particular traits and thus several cultivars were born.

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vigo’ is comparable to Trachycaprus wagnerianus in the sense that the leaves are incredibly rigid and wind-resistant, and the crown is upright. We are proud to be the only UK nursery to offer this cultivar.


Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vigo’ 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. However, if it’s grown in too much shade it will lose its compact form.

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