Trachycarpus fortunei

Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm

(106 customer reviews)

From £9.95

Certainly one of our favourite palms, Trachycarpus fortunei has become so beloved because of how well it thrives in the cooler temperate climates of UK gardens.

The Windmill Palm is an exceptionally hardy evergreen tree that forms a single hairy trunk and attractive large palmate leaves, which form an impressive crown as it grows. In summer it produces drooping panicles of yellowish flowers which add to its exotic appearance.

Origin: China
Genus: Trachycarpus
Species / Cultivar: fortunei
Common Name: Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm
Synonym: Chamaerops excelsa

Plant Biography

Native to South Central China, these palms grow in a range of environments – from exposed wooded hillsides to forests where young plants live in low light conditions until they mature. It’s from these variable roots that the Chusan Palm is hardy enough to thrive in our climate.

As well as its common names, you may hear them often referred to as ‘Trachys’ for short. This part of its name comes from the Greek word ‘trachys’, which means rough, referring to the fibrous trunk. Together with the Greek word ‘karpos’, meaning fruit, and the species named to honour Scottish horticulturist Robert Fortune – and you have Trachycarpus fortunei.

This is a perfect palm to bring a classical tropical appearance to any UK garden with a hardy palm that can survive in a range of lighting conditions, and stays attractive all year round. They work well as individual specimens or in small groups, can frame an entrance or doorway, or even kept in a large container.

Trachycarpus fortunei
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially 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 to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 7-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5m
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

You can strip the trunk of your Trachycarpus fortunei to create a more classically tropical feel.

Care & Size Guidance

Trachycarpus fortunei performs best in part shade, but it is still happy with full sun. Planted in full sun in the ground and Trachys will grow very fast, whilst in a pot in the shade they will grow very slowly. The most important consideration is to try and choose a location for it that is protected from winter winds.

Of all the arborescent (trunked) palms, T. fortunei has the best winter hardiness, with mature plants surviving down to -12C.

When happy, this palm grows 30 centimetres or more of trunk per season.

"Great service as usual and a bigger than expected palm in great condition. Thank you Palm Centre"

Cheetah Breaks

"Great service as usual and a bigger than expected palm in great condition. Thank you Palm Centre"

106 customer reviews for Trachycarpus fortunei

We are absolutely over the moon with our purchase. The palm trees are stunning. Great value, good service and delivery. We used The Palm Centre as they were recommended to us by a family member and I can see why, we’ll be recommending in future too.

Carra G.

Very pleased with my palm tree. Already growing new palms, quick arrival.

Emma H.

Had reservations about such a big purchase on line but the tree arrived very well wrapped and in fantastic condition. I wouldn’t hesitate to order from this company again

Michaeln A.

plant arrived quickly very, well packed and healthy

Andrew R.

The palm arrived healthy and a good size. It has been planted in the ground from the day it arrived and it looks great. This is my second order from now and it WONT be my last one.

Paul G.

Beautiful healthy palm trees, great customer service, easy to order. Will definitely be ordering more of these trees. Thanks

Wendy S.

Very good service, great palms. Very good communication. Will and have ordered again. Thank you

Robbie S.

I have purchased several plants via the website over the last year – not being able to go to the nursery.
Very pleased with this latest specimen. Well packed and looks very healthy. Looking forward to planting it out in the spring.

John L.

Superb communications about dispatch/delivery. Brilliantly wrapped & arrived in perfect condition.

Emma B.

I received my Trachycarpus Fortunei on time and it was well wrapped and protected. It is a beautiful specimen and looks healthy and vibrant. Thank you!

Stephanie P.

I don’t often write reviews but I just had to give this company a massive thumbs up

Jane D.

Fast service, excellent quality of plant and good value

Peter C.

Thank you Palm Centre for a first service. Im delighted with the speed & quality of this plant. It will be gift & Im sure the recipient will be as delighted as I am. This was my first order from you and certainly wont be my last. Many thanks again.

Janet C.

I am delighted with my new acquisition. Excellent plant, much admired!

Maureen B.

I have ordered from Palm Centre for 25 years . Never had a problem, plants always in great condition. Packaged well, good courier service.

They used to have a greater selection of rarer palms but I suppose it became unviable.

I have bought T. fortunei, C humilis, B. capitata, Dicksonia and others, plants never failed. (North West coast) UK

I bought a Trachycarpus fortunei about 25 years ago. I think it cost me about 8 pounds, juvenile, kept it in UK for many years. I moved to France in 2003 and planted it outside. Now it is a magnificent specimen with thick trunk and 2.5 metres tall. Since moved back to UK and looking to acquire a few more palms.

Highly recommended .

stephen J.

Received well packaged and much bigger than I expected. Very healthy looking trees and half the price of local garden centres

Albert D.

I brought my palm and needed amended delivery date they guys helped me out massively and moved the date. the palm arrived and its lush in such good health and delivered in tact. really pleased with it.

mark C.

Absolutely thrilled with my 1st 2 palm trees! Expertly packed, arrived in brilliant condition on the day stated that I would receive them! Thankyou very much! Im sure I will be back for more in the future!

Katie V.

these palms are absolutely gorgeous so healthy and true to the description will definitely be buying more thank you for such a good speedy service and wonderful plants

Mischa L.

Amazed at how efficient the whole process was

Ian D.

Strong, healthy palm and taller than expected. This is my second order I’ve had from The Palm centre and couldn’t be happier with the product and packaging. Thank you

Rebecca H.

The palm turned up in the time they said it would. It was very well packaged with no damage and once opened I was very happy with what I received .Good quality palm for a good price

david G.

Delivery was on the day promised. The Palm Tree was better than I could have ever expected really good quality I would 100% recommend will definitely be making more purchases

Chris C.

Really pleased with my new Palm that came on time.
Very healthy looking and well wrapped for protection.
Look forward to watching this palm grow

Julie G.

Great quality as always

Paul L.

Good quality palm, well packed and delivered quickly

Kim S.

From order to receipt exceptional product and service.

Mark C.

I brought these 2 palms from the palm center lovely condition and really well packaged I love them best around

Anthony W.

An absolutely beautiful palm tree – makes me feel like I somewhere totally exotic, great service! Thank you so much.

Helen W.

Ordered a palm last week and was really looking forward to it coming and it didn’t disappoint when it came, tip top condition and looks amazing in my garden

Luke D.

Excellent service and terrific plant. Would thoroughly recommend.

William H.

This is my 2nd Trachy from Palm Centre, well packaged and no damage. I put in the ground straight away and couldnt be more pleased. It has a good thick trunk and looks fantastic. Thanks.

Matthew D.

Ordered a large specimen which was delivered quickly, the Palm was well wrapped and protected on arrival, once unwrapped the quality was amazing and a very healthy palm. First time ordering plants from here, extremely happy with the service, delivery and plant quality. Highly recommend the palm centre, thanks for a great palm

Kay L.

amazing plant great delivery

Jean E.

I’ve had a number of trachycarpus fortunei from Palm Centre. They are all thriving A*

Michael Fletcher

Very pleased nice little plant and good supplier the only reason for knocking off a couple of stars is that the one I ordered is 40cm from the top of the pot to the leaf tips so well short of the 50 to 60cm I ordered so disappointing in that respect but the plant is good quality just not quite what I was expecting

Nick G.

Ordered 5 of these trees along with some other plants. All were healthy looking plants. Arrived well packaged and I damaged. Quick delivery. Plants better and larger than expected was definitely not disappointed. Customer service at the palm Centre is amazing. I have sent through a few email enquiries and always had a fast helpful response from Rob. Will not buy plants anywhere else.

Becky M.

Absolutely fantastic plant. Way better than Id hoped for. After looking at many different plants from various suppliers this was far superior quality and a real bargain price. Really lovely tall healthy plant. Cant recommend palm centre highly enough.

Alistair L.

Bought TFO-50/60. The delivery was very fast and efficient, I ordered on a Thursday and the plant was delivered on Bank holiday Monday. I live in the west of N. Ireland. I already have another specimen that I bought about seven years ago. Decided to go for a bigger one this time. Good hardy palms that do not need any maintenance. My winter temperatures rarely go below -5 Deg C. Enjoyed doing business with the Palm Centre.

Basil J.

Great specimen, rapid delivery, good price. Recommended

Seth S.

Very pleased again with the quality of the items. Pre and post purchase service is outstanding and I would unhesitatingly recommend the Palm Centre to anybody.

Jim T.

I ordered 2 x larger T.Foetunei palms and also paid extra for delivery almost £500 in total. The delivery was then a day lates that what I was initially told. One of the palm trees looked as expected however the second looked smaller with very sparse foliage. If the picture looked like the palm tree I received I would not have purchased the item. This is the first time I’ve ever had anything negative to say about this company but I am disappointed with what I received. The option below will also not work as the image is too big.

Gregor H.

Just wanted to thank you for the very speedy delivery of beautiful, healthy looking plants, a trachycarpus fortunei, cordyline australis, and 2 olive trees. I ordered them on 18th March and received delivery on 20th March. I look forward to watching them mature in my garden.

Alison B.

Dealing with the Palm Centre was a pleasure. Service over the phone was friendly and helpful. Their courier followed my instructions exactly and called to tell me it had been delivered safely.
Lastly, the palm is perfect and I definitely recommend Palm Centre.
Thanks again.

Tim F.

My second order from the Palm Centre. Like my first order, the Trachycarpus came well packaged, and in excellent condition.

Dave

I recently purchased 2 Trachycarpus Fortunei for identical facing islands in my garden. I specifically asked over the phone and in email for 2 matching palms with good canopies, as these would face each other. The palms arrived a few days later, one nice specimen the other sadly a smaller rather ragged and sparse one. Certainly not matched. I emailed a week ago expressing my disappointment and to date havent even received the courtesy of a reply. Unimpressed!

Stephen Hall

I have recently received my two palms from the palm centre. The way they were packaged was amazing, they arrived in tip top condition and are excellent value for money – my local garden centre was charging nearly twice as much for plants of a lower standard. I am happy to recommend this company, nothing short of excellence!

Karen Stacey

My fortunei, Wagnerianus and smaller Chamaerops plans all arrived exactly when advised and well wrapped. On unwrapping they all look absolutely amazing. Im looking forward to planting them but in the meantime they give a stunning look to the patio. So impressed, Im now looking to buy olive trees to accompany the look!

Joanne Francombe

Would just like to pass on a kind work regarding our experience. My girlfriend and I have a very good friend of ours who lives in Cheshunt and we knew a palm tree would make the very best gift ever, but we had never shopped abroad before. My gf found your site and decided to give it a try and we are so glad we did! She contacted customer service on two occasions regarding the order and was delighted with the friendly, helpful service both times. Thank you for being patient and courteous with us!!

Tim Ackerman and Crystal Day

Order 2 Trachy palms great delivery and palms in great condition We are in the yorkshire pennines this will be test over winter

Chris hampshaw

Quality company, quality service, quality delivery and quality products. Will without hesitation buy from here again.

Martin

I am impressed on how much care and attention was made in packing my Trachycarpus Fortunei. The packing made sure that there was no damage to the plant in transit. The quality of the plant was excellent – very green and healthy.

Angelo

another fab trachy palm, beautifully packed too! Although I bought the smaller palm I know that once it gets its roots into my fen soil it will gallop away as my last one has. My garden is hot, south facing and dry but this palm loves it particularly as its sheltered from the biting east East Anglian winds.

margot darby

Just had our Trachys delivered. Look great … now to instal them. Very good service from Chris.

Andrew

My 3rd palm from The Palm Centre, all different varieties. Ordered the smallest this time and what arrived was much bigger than anticipated. Was a bit concerned as it was sent on a Friday but not delivered until the Monday, worried about it wilting over the warm weekend. Not to worry though, arrived well packaged and healthy. Really pleased with the new addition, thank you.

Fiona

The palm arrived safely and on time. However it had been damaged in transit and several leaves have been fractured leaving slits in too many areas. This damage has resulted in a disappointing appearance.

The Palm Centre response: Were so sorry to hear your plant got damaged in transit. We make sure all the plants have the best wrapping and packing so that we can deliver our plants in perfect conditions. Sometimes though, the delivery transport company we use may have any incident during the transport that we cant control. Trachycarpus fortunei is a strong palm tree and it will recuperate very well once settled. If you are really unhappy, please send us pictures of the state of the palm tree and we can discuss the way we can help you. Thank you.

David Wright

Healthy plant and a very decent size

Lisa

I Recently received my palm tree and free gift palm. IMy order arrived quickly within 5 days and in good order. Weve planted them and I will post pictures on instagram when they have settled into the North East.

Elsac

Very pleased with my 8ft trachycarpus well packed healthy tree would pay double at garden centres, I would definitely recommend The Palm Centre Im thinking about purchasing a black bamboo next time

Jo

I am delighted with my Trachycarpus Fortunei. The Palm Centre was very helpful when I phoned for advice about a substantial hardy plant for Scotland, and the one they chose for me is a lovely addition to our garden. It arrived when expected, in excellent condition. He is now settling into his new home: we and Hamish the Palm look forward to growing old together!

Paul Conrad

Many thanks for my palm which was delivered safely and quickly. Looking at it through my sitting room window, its a small piece of the Mediterranean in London

Chris

The whole process from ordering to delivery went really well and the quality of the tree is amazing , the only downside: should of had two, thankyou.

TERRY COOMBES

Bought this plant along with a few others. Very speedy delivery and delighted with all the plants arriving in good nick. They look fantastic in the newly landscaped garden.

Doug B

Great service as usual and a bigger than expected palm in great condition. Thank you Palm Centre

Cheetah Breaks

Excellent tree, excellent service, excellent company!

James Morgan

My palm was on time good service good size great condition very good price. Looks great in my garden.thank you all at the palm centre.

Kenneth

My plants arrived in first class condition, sooner than I had expected and are now doing very well in containers. The service from the Palm Centre has been terrific, I have bought plants from them before and both times I have been very pleased

J sanders

My Trachycarpus Fortunei arrived promptly and very well packaged. I am very pleased with the size and condition of the tree. I would certainly use the palm centre again.

Tim Sweeting

Very impressed with the three palms that were delivered promptly and well wrapped – great condition and loads of leaves – good price too – my local garden centre here in Newquay, Cornwall, couldnt compete …. wanted another £100 each!

Richard

Purchased a Trachycarpus fortunei 24yrs ago from the Palm centre after four house moves and out growing its final pot it was planted in the garden it now stands 12ft high a magnificent specimen. We are on the move again and sadly leaving it behind because of its size and root ball. We will defiantly purchase the replacement from the Palm centre. I hope the new owners appreciate what we are leaving behind.

Colin Sherwood

Lovely palms – they came very well packed and in good condition – will purchase from you again

Diane Crowther

Very pleased with the cost and delivery speed. The quality of the trees is exeptional

Jennifer Eaton

a lovely palm in great condition exactly as described that was delivered quickly and very well packaged – many thanks!

Martin Booker

such wonderful promp service,quick delivery and very well packaged with thought and consideration for the plant ,bought as a present for my Daughter,very happy x

Mrs Anne Campbell

Excellent. Ordered Saturday evening and arrived the following Wednesday. Palm wrapped securely and in very good condition. I got the 80/100 and it is as tall as me with plenty of fans and new growth too. Very pleased

Susan

Loving my two mini Palm trees .My garden now looks like my own piece of a tropical paradise . They arrived within the week and securely wrapped.

Louise Davies

Brilliant service and a speedy delivery of my beautiful healthy looking palm tree will definitely be buying more

Sandra Harding

My second purchase from the Palm Centre was one of the 160/180 size palms which was delivered on time and to the size as promised and looks outstanding.

Graham Girling

This is my second visit to the palm center and the quality and service is as always A1

eric

Excellent service. The plant was in fantastic condition. Great price too. Will be using again in the future.

John & Sue

I ordered the tree one day and it arrived the next, very well-packed and healthy. It is now happy planted out in the garden…..

Jane Romyn

Bought 2 they were so. Nice re ordered 2 more bigger than I expected excellent service I would recommend them ??

lynne

Plant exactly as described. Received very shortly after ordering. Extremely well packed and protected from transit. Slight confusion over that as in the ordering proces, I asked for it to be left in garden or behind bins if no reply. Did not realise that it had to be signed for. It certainly wast mentioned in the order confirmation email. However, quickly sorted and wife very very pleased wih plant.

Jennifer White

Fantastic buy and larger than described with excellent packaging. Planted in the garden and looking great. Would definitely recommend this supplier.

Olly

Plants arrived in great condition and well packaged. They are now planted in my garden and look fantastic. They make me smile whenever I walk passed them!

Sam Wood

Slight problem with plant size but quality superb. Emma sorted everything great service.

Richard Jarvis

I bought this with a cordyline and both plants bigger and in great condition. First time I have bought palms like this but would recommend it. Much better and cheaper than our local garden centre

Maeve

Super service from start to finish. Brilliant palms. Look great in my raised bed.

Karen

Beautiful palm, healthy and happy in its new position. Great service too, thanks Palm centre

sue

Im really pleased with this palm. I bought this as a gift for someone living away and it was delivered less than 24 hours after I made the order. It arrived well packaged and the tree itself is beautiful.

Stephanie

Outstanding palm for the price. Bought the 18l reduced palm and local garden centres are twice the price for same size. Fast delivery and very well packaged. Im so impressed with the quality and service Im looking for an excuse to buy another.

jonathan howe

Bought a 15L one early Jan, looked miserable in the porch for the first few days so decided to plant it 5 days after delivery in the garden. Looks much happier, has some damaged leaves but mainly because the week of planting, gale force winds hit the country. Since it has survived heavy rains, sub zero temperatures and still going strong. Some leaves looked scorched but I new ones to flourish in the spring. Came in decent condition and fast delivery. I am looking to buy a Waggy soon and another Fortunei.

Sharm

Beautiful plant, doesnt even seem to mind the snow. Great service. Love the palm centre!

Echilds

Within the last week I posted negative feedback after poor service and receiving an unsatisfactory plant. The Palm Centre reacted quickly and rectufied the situation. The test of a good company is not always getting it right but being able to remedy the situation when things go wrong. The Palm Centre pass this test admirably.

Philip Whiston

Very disappointing. Despite being told the order had been dispatched on Thursday on next day delivery it did not come until Monday. When it arrived the pot was broken and many leaves bent over. Not a supplier that I would recommend on my experiences.

Philip whiston

this palm is beautiful. I did order it on Saturday it was delivered Wednesday. the palm tree came in its own pot but will need a lager one. I think it was just to support the tree.

dawn

Thank you for adding an extra dimension to my garden ! Lovely size and quality Very well wrapped ,so perfect condition when delivered.Now just need to find pots to do them justice

Mark

Upon receiving the palm I was very impressed by the size! It was extremely well wrapped and protected meaning it arrived in perfect condition. The Palm is very healthy and looks spectacular on my patio. This is my first purchase from the palm centre and I am very impressed. The customer service I received was excellent. I bought the £69.95 size, it looks great and is a beauty! This is my first palm and I am excited to see how I get on.

Scott

Ordered on Saturday and arrived on Wednesday. Great service, well packaged and bigger than expected lovely Palm. Theses guys seriously know their stuff!

Wayne

Bought the £49.95 size – great looking and a very large, healthy specimen. Worth looking through all in that price range, as they vary in size. Get the biggest one and you feel like youve nabbed more of a bargain. Transformed a very boring patio corner.

Sam

I bought two of these fifteen years ago for two separate gardens both have survived the harshest of winters in Newcastle(cold).You dont see many stunning palm trees growing quite happy especially on the North East coast.

Richard Muir

This is a great palm for UK gardens. I bought several from the Palm Centre 20 years ago. They are huge now – they grew surprisingly fast even in poor, free-draining soil. They have shrugged off the harsh winters with no problem at all. They look very good, although if Im being very fussy Id have to say the leaves always look a little wind-battered (if you live in a windy area, consider Trachycarpus wagnerianus – I have those too, and they look smarter, although not as tall).

Gary Parker

Fantastic palm . have bought from the palm centre before they have always been very knowledgeable and given advise freely . great value too 5 stars .

simon greenwood

I am very happy with this palm. It is beautiful and so far it has been easy to look after. I purchased one in an 18 litre pot. I would have bought a larger size if I could afford it, but the size I got works really well.

Andrew Babbage

Fantastic palm!!! Fully hardy in my Hampshire garden (has taken -12c with ease), copes with all aspects of the winter wet and is very fast growing. Small yellow flowers in early summer are an added bonus and the bees love them!

James Barnet

Superb looking palm! So easy to look after and grow. I bought the 90ltr pot as I did not want to wait until Im old and grey to admire a tall mature tree! Great value and I love it!

John Putney