Trachycarpus wagnerianus

Waggy, Dwarf Chusan Palm

(44 customer reviews)

From £329.95 £247.46

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.

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!

44 customer reviews for Trachycarpus wagnerianus

Great plants that have weathered the ravages of this awful winter superbly

Juliet M.

Delighted to have acquired this wonderful plant. It’s going to well at home here on the Isles of Scilly. No easy feat to get plants of this size here but everything arrived beautifully wrapped and in excellent health.

Maureen B.

Very impressed with this plant. Well packaged and arrived on time. It’s a really good size and is doing great in my garden, in Sheffield, up to now!

Claire R.

first class service from the palm centre very well packed very high level of service from the palm centre

David M.

Palm great, packaging falling apart on delivery. Really disappointed that there was no plant care information included.

Lynda B.

I am so happy with my waggie . Good communication from the palm centre and delivered very well packaged and very good size. Have potted for now as not easy to dig in our garden. Would highly recommend company and will buy again.

luke B.

Again, a top class service, from placing the order, prompt safe delivery and excellent product

Paul M.

This is my 2nd palm I have brought from the palm center and it wont be the last. Delivered on time and again the palm tree is better than I could have imagined, would highly recommend.

Chris C.

Lovely palm as always from the palm centre.

David W.

Delivered on time. Packaged extremely well and received in perfect quality. Thank you Palm Centre

Amanda F.

My plants were received very well packaged and healthy. My one disappointment is that the plants received were much smaller than those pictured so they won’t go where I planned so don’t really know what to do with them


Very pleased with palm delivered quickly, packed well good value for money

Kim S.

Having made my first purchase with The Palm Centre and experienced such excellent service and a really healthy plant, I decided almost immediately to have a second go. Again the service was excellent and the 2 plants purchased were in excellent health. Would very highly recommend using The Palm Centre. Roll on third time around.

William H.

I bought 3 wagnerius palms and the quality is absolutely superb – very happy with my purchases indeed.

Antony T.

Very pleased with purchase and speedy delivery. A good looking healthy trachycarpus . I look forward to seeing it mature.

Simon Millard

beautiful plant. thank you

charlotte H.

Excellent plant , healthy, well packed and on time plus with a care guide. Many thanks to all involved!

Greg M.

Lovely plant and well protected for delivery


this is my third palm purchase and once again I was not disappointed. Beautifully packed, arrived the day it was due, and a lovely lovely plant. I live in the East Anglian Fens so get harsh cold winds but all my palms have stood well and even the Beast from the East had not effect on them whatsoever. So I would recommend these and the Palm Centre

maggie darby

Very well wrapped without excessive packaging. Beautiful plant, lovely shape & very sturdy. Very pleased & will definitely purchase from the Palm Centre again.

Eileen Franklyn

It was well packaged and the palm was healthy and green. I purchased the 7ltr pot. The palm was slightly smaller then expected and the root system was not a 7lt pot tree. When I went to plant it and removed it from the pot the soil just fell off because there was not enough root system to hold it together. If palm was a bit bigger and a better root system it would be a 10/10 purchase but because of these slight issues its a 7/10.

Justin summers

Arrived well packaged. Have potted it outside and so far its doing well!


Delighted with my new palm! Larger than expected, very healthy and looks stunning on the decking, thank you. Speedy delivery too.


Very pleased with my palm tree. It is in the green house at the moment waiting for bit warmer weather before I venture out to plant it. Delivery and packing was efficient.

June Line

Lovely plant arrived well packaged and in good condition


Two beautifully healthy palms, arrived quickly and could not have been better packed. Many thanks

Jean Planitzer

beautiful plants arrived quickly and in excellent condition.

Lynda Young

Arrived earlier than expected in excellent condition – will be buying more from yourselves

Gareth Rose

Prompt deliver, well packaged with plant in an excellent condition.

Gordon Collett

Arrived promptly and in very good condition. Its now in my front garden, where its hardiness to cold winds will certainly be tested!

Martin Blake

Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged & finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!


Very happy with the palm trees well packaged and delivered when said very happy with service


Nice quality 25 ltr Dwarf Chusan arrived with several other plants ordered from the Palm Centre. All nicely packed, delivered on a pallet. We planted this one, which is about a metre tall, in the front of our house with some ferns and a phormium. Were in a quite windy spot, which is why we ordered the dwarf version. So far the leaves seem to not be affected by the wind at all.

Qamar Z

The plants arrived well wrapped up and they are amazing …this is the third time I have ordered from the palm centre and it keeps getting better …Im just waiting for a plant to be in stock so I can order again

Louise green

Very pleased. Excellent quality and arrived when stated. Would have appreciated a leaflet containing instructions for planting and caring for product.

Ron Ralph

Well packed and now planted. Looks good and will look forward to seeing it grow! Great service.


My order of 2 Trachycarpus Wagnerianus arrived quickly, well wrapped & looking very healthy. Very pleased with them & also the free one I received with the order. Thank you Palm Centre

S Davis

I purchased a Trachycarpus wagnerianus for my mother on-line. The plant arrived on the day stated and was well packed and protected. The delivery driver was very helpful and carried the tree to the bottom of my mothers garden. The plant itself is lovely and very healthy and is perfect for my mothers needs. We are very happy and would recommend The Palm Centre if you are looking for a tree of this type.

Margaret Walters

Superb plants better quality and size than I expected and delivered the next day and very well protected with the packaging.

Robert Baggaley

I purchased a Trachycarpus wagnerianus for my sons birthday and rang the Palm Centre for help in choosing one. I received very helpful advice and we are delighted with the palm that arrived in such good contion and delivered exactly when promised. Thank you for your great service.

Mrs Susan Hodgson

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