Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’

Dwarf Mediterranean Fan Palm

(41 customer reviews)

From: £30.95

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.


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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.

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41 customer reviews for Chamaerops humilis ‘Vulcano’

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