Chamaerops humilis     
Mediterranean fan palm   
Palmae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: multiple or single stemmed fan palm; suckers form clumps of 8-10 trunks
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 5-15ft, spread (crown) 5-20ft; very slow growth rate (requires 10-15 years to achieve 8ft)
Leaves: fan with narrow petiole; sharp teeth on petiole; frond color may vary, gray to dark or yellow green
Flowers: not ornamental
Fruit: on terminal portion of trunk, clusters of small, 1in round to oval reddish brown fruit
Stems/Trunks: attractive trunk with age, fuzzy material between stubs of cut fronds
Range/Origin: Mediterranean (Europe and North Africa)
Hardiness: to mid teens with no damage, hardiest of all palms used in Tucson

close-up of trunk
trunk detail
note fuzziness between frond stubs



Mediterranean fan palm
Chamaerops humilis in concrete planter

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