Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’

Dwarf Mediterranean Fan Palm

(26 customer reviews)

From £19.95

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 ‘Vulcano’ 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.

Origin: Sicily
Genus: Chamaerops
Species / Cultivar: humilis 'Vulcano'
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 patio or deck.

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’
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: 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.
'Vulcano' Cultivar

'Vulcano' Cultivar

The Vulcano cultivar of Chamaerops humilis is a particularly small and compact form, only growing to a maximum height of 2 metres. The fronds also appear stiffer than its sister species, with flashes of silver on the undersides.

It is said that this cultivar was discovered growing wild on the island of Vulcano, just off the coast of Siciliy.

Its small nature makes it particularly suitable for container growing.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’ 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.

Lovely wee palm in great condition. Compact and perfect for its reserved spot in the garden. Well packaged, quick delivery, thank you.


Lovely wee palm in great condition. Compact and perfect for its reserved spot in the garden. Well packaged, quick delivery, thank you.

26 customer reviews for Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’

thank you another healthy plant ,good size , good value ,fast delivery

kris (verified owner)

I ordered two for the front garden. They arrived in good time and well packaged. Great value for two very nice looking palms. Thank you

Guy Walker (verified owner)

The plant arrived very well packaged and is a beautiful and healthy specimen. However the delivery company did not enable me to track the package and I had no idea that it had arrived until a neighbour informed me. Nil points to APC!

Susan Colquhoun (verified owner)

Lovely little specimen, superb packaging and arrived in perfect condition.

Roger C. (verified owner)

Ordered the 90l and received a 50l. Now been arranged for a return. And the correct plant is being sent. Disgusted as it was a wedding anniversary present for my wife. How can someone not tell the difference between a 50l and 90l pot. Probably someone who knows nothing about plants, and it looks like palm centre have those type working for them. Used to be centre of excellence and is now like a b&q at best. Look for other suppliers if I was you.

Richard C. (verified owner)

This is the second order from The Palm Centre. You cannot have enough palms if you have the room. All aspects of the purchase and delivery were excellent and the palms are beautiful. They are in my kitchen just waiting for some better weather and avoiding this late frost. I loved the information tag which accompanied the palms and to be able to trace their origins from Mt. Etna. Many thanks to The Palm Centre.

Elizabeth L.

My palm arrived sooner than expected so well packaged in excellent condition
Looking forward to planting it in a big pot for impact in my tropical garden
Thank you palm centre.

Roberta V.

Speedy delivery under present circumstances. Palm was very healthy, & packaging was inspired. Perfect way to package that kind of plant. Very impressive.

Mary F.

Plant arrived with great protection wrapping. It is very healthy with good roots. I would use The Palm Centre again.

Debbie B.

Received this plant in good order, healthy and a good size. Communication was good, received regular updates on when it was due to arrive.

Deana O.

It took a long time getting here but it’s exactly what we were expecting. Lovely quality. Very pleased indeed.

Jane S.

From the Easy to use website and helpful and courteous staff placing and amending our order was simple and hassle free.

We were kept informed of estimated and actual delivery information and the palms came well packaged delivered by a lovely helpful driver.

The palms themselves were healthy and were much larger and established than we expected

All in all a wonderful Experience

Thank you would recommend and will be buying again

Sharon C.

Top class customer service. Delivery was swift given these testing times. The product was excellent

Thank you


Paul M.

My palm arrived so well packed with no damage,although heavy, it was also easy to move. It is an obviously healthy and cared for plant.I would recomend buying this palm from this nursery. I have gone on to buy more.

Ann Hughes

Beautiful plants, very heathy and packed really well. Would not hesitate to buy from The Palm Centre again


The palm was delivered in good condition by the designated corier. When unwrapped, I was delighted with the purchase. The plant was a superb specimen, exactly as descibed on the website.
Specifically, the plant had a dense and tight foliage and had good heigh .
I shall certainly be purchasing from this company again and wouldnt hesitate to recommend to friends and family.

Andrew M.

Plant arrived on time, in excellent condition with a care guide. Superb service and quality plants. Many thanks.

Greg M.

Well packaged and protected. Prompt delivery. Lovely palms


This is a superb little plant. Arrived in perfect condition. It is actually the second I have bought from Palm Centre. The first was superb as well!


Excellent plant great condition well packaged. Placed into its new position & seems to be like its new environment.


Excellent service and beautiful, healthy, well packaged plant. Highly recommend! Thank you


Had bought one of these plants previously and then they came on at a special price so bought another one! I live in a windy location so these will withstand the elements. Arrived as usual well packaged and in top condition.


Lovely wee palm in great condition. Compact and perfect for its reserved spot in the garden. Well packaged, quick delivery, thank you.


great delivery time cant complain, stunning palm i must say deffo a must for any exotic garden lovely compact form just a slow grower so giving it 5* but must say seeing form the picture it does look atad smaller than the actual picture but i cant complain for the size i got anyway for the price ( £39.95) , deffo would recommend to anyone! 😀

Dave Jones

A stunning really hardy palm, will tolerate drought of tons of water! maybe the best alrounder small palm!

Marc Kenny

I bought a young one of these last year. It is a superb quality specimen and is thriving. An interesting addition to my collection and garden.

Colin of Cheshire