Trachycarpus wagnerianus

Waggy, Dwarf Chusan Palm

(55 customer reviews)

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Not known at all in the wild, Trachycarpus wagnerianus is a close relative of Trachycarpus fortunei, and is particularly close to our hearts. The Dwarf Chusan 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.

It differs from T. fortunei by its smaller leaves which maintain their upright form, unlike T. fortunei’s which bend over time. The Dwarf Chusan Palm is more compact, making it more suitable for container growth, and is much tougher and more wind resilient than T. fortunei.


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Origin: China
Genus: Trachycarpus
Species / Cultivar: wagnerianus
Common Name: Waggy, Dwarf Chusan Palm
Synonym: Trachycarpus fortunei

Plant Biography

Trachycarpus wagnerianus was originally introduced into Europe from Japan in the 19th century, where it was a domestic cultivar not known to the wild. It remained in relative obscurity until recently when its qualities as a garden plant were realised.

The wagnerianus is particularly close to our hearts as we played major a part in its European reintroduction. After acquiring some seeds from the very few UK nurseries which had them at the time, we grew our own mother plants and ended up distributing its seeds all over Europe.

The specific cultivar of wagnerianus we selected is particularly compact, and now, years later, we can see those traits in the specimens grown across the continent.

Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth 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: 5-6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 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

You can strip the trunk of your Trachycarpus wagnerianus to create a more classically tropical feel.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Trachycarpus wagnerianus performs best in part shade, but it is still happy with full sun.

Unlike Trachycarpus fortunei, T. wagnerianus can handle some winds.

In summer it produces drooping panicles of yellowish flowers.

Just taken delivery of my two large Trachycarpus Wagnerianus Palms and what beauties they are! Mike Coney
Just taken delivery of my two large Trachycarpus Wagnerianus Palms and what beauties they are!

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55 customer reviews for Trachycarpus wagnerianus

Just taken delivery of my two large Trachycarpus Wagnerianus Palms and what beauties they are. They were so well wrapped it took me an hour to very carefully unwrap them. Although we brought some of our palms with us, we purchased these to make up for some beloved palms I had to leave behind on our recent house move. Thank you Palm Centre and the great guy who delivered them.

Mike Coney

I love this palm. I bought several from the Palm Centre 20 years ago, and they are all looking large and magnificent now. They have shrugged off the harsh winters with no problems at all. Mine are planted in very free-draining soil that is perhaps quite poor quality soil – yet they seem to thrive. The growth rate is slower than the normal Trachycarpus, which could be an advantage. Mine are about 15 feet tall after 20 years. The leaves look perfect – much more so than the standard Trachycar

Gary Parker

Great specimen for the garden. Its been planted out through the winter months of last year. It survived very harsh frosts and it has no damage what so ever. A friend bought me this palm from the palm centre last summer and its growing very rapidly. I would definitely recommend this palm!

Thomas Bach

This is a new variety to me. I bought a beautiful one last year. It is compact and looks great in a tub on the patio. The specimens from The Palm Centre were the nicest I saw when researching this plant.Fabulous.

Colin in Cheshire