Washingtonia robusta     
Mexican fan palm   
Palmae Family     

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


Mexican fan palm
Washingtonia robusta
Form: tall palm with fan fronds and thin trunk
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 75ft or more, frond spread 10-12ft, trunk diameter may be only 12-14in
Leaves: fan 3-4ft wide, petioles are typically toothed, bright green
Flowers: large stalks extend beyond fronds with small white/cream flowers, bloom in early summer
Fruit: pea-sized black/blue seed
Stems/Trunks: distinctively narrow, sways in wind
Range/Origin: northwest Mexico
Hardiness: leaf damage at 20°F, recovers quickly; hard freezes may completely kill even mature specimens




palm tree fronds
grows rapidly (6ft per year) when young
most people prefer shaved trunk look, frond removal and shaving best done professionally

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