Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’
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 ‘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.
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.
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
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.