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Chamaerops humilis

Dwarf Fan Palm

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Chamaerops humilis

Plant details

This is the only palm native to Europe which gives an exotic focal point in any garden with its evergreen fan-shaped leaves. It is naturally slow growing and rarely exceeds head height. Given a warm, sheltered position it's safe to plant outside, but in colder areas it's best grown in a large tub and brought indoors during the winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Palmae

Genus: Chamaerops

Species: humilis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 350cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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