Mexican fan palm, Skyduster
A vigorous, spectacular palm with a wide crown of impressive fan shaped fronds on a tall stout trunk. An impressive specimen for a large conservatory but also survives outdoors in mild gardens with winter protection, as any frost scorched leaves can be quickly replaced by rapid new growth in Spring.
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The Mexican Fan Palm is a tall, vigorous palm that quickly grows a stout trunk, albeit thinner than its sister species Washingtonia filifera. Widely grown worldwide, the Skyduster is probably most familiar from the avenue plantings in California. Trunks are topped by a crown of large (1.5m wide or more) fan leaves that have loose threaded margins and often a purplish brown patch at the base of the leaf stalk – another feature lacking in Washingtonia filifera. Although often scorched by frost below around -5C or so Washingtonia robusta quickly regrows when the weather improves and replaces the damaged leaves.
Care & Size Guidance
Although tender to frost when young, Washingtonia robusta acquires hardiness with age. Mature plants can now be seen growing throughout the milder regions of the U.K.
Responds well to regular feeding with a palm fertiliser from April to September.
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