Chamaerops humilis

Mediterranean Fan Palm

(130 customer reviews)

From: £18.95

A beautiful and extremely tough palm, and deservedly one of our most popular.

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

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 is remarkably easy to look after and grow.

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Origin: Mediterranean Europe
Genus: Chamaerops
Species / Cultivar: humilis
Common Name: Mediterranean Fan Palm

Plant Biography

Native to the Mediterranean and Southwestern Europe, Chamaerops humilis is the northernmost naturally occurring palm in the world, found as north as the south coast of France.

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

Chamaerops humilis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
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 to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
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.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Chamaerops humilis 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.

"Beautiful Palm, looks great in my new raised bed. I am ordering another one. Price is unbelievable for such a quality plant."

Ronnie Smith

"Beautiful Palm, looks great in my new raised bed. I am ordering another one. Price is unbelievable for such a quality plant."

130 customer reviews for Chamaerops humilis

I have several of these that I bought 20 years ago from the Palm Centre. They look wonderful. Mine are in free-draining, rather poor quality soil. They have grown very well and are surprisingly big now. They have survived the harshest winters without batting an eyelid. The leaves always look great, no amount of wind or cold seems to trouble them. You might need to trim off runners occasionally if you want to have a few big trunks rather than lots of small ones. Apart from that, they just

Gary Parker

Beautiful palms. Arrived strong, healthy & in perfect condition. I bought the 7.5 litre, bigger than expected. Bargain price. They look great. Very good service too.

Carol

This is my second purchase from The Palm Centre and I am very satisfied. This is a lovely palm that looks great in the garden. I like its shorter height/shrub appearance, which compliments my other taller palm tree. I purchased the 3 litre pot which is a nice size plant and Im looking forward to watching it grow. It arrived in excellent condition.

Andrew Babbage

I bought a nice youngish specimen to replace an older one which I lost in the harsh winter two years ago. It is a good quality plant and is coming along nicely. I have it in a tub and it is starting to get some shape now.

Colin in Cheshire