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European Fan Palm, Mediterranean Fan Palm
European fan palm has large, rounded, palmate leaves that are deeply divided and sit atop long, sharply toothed petioles. Foliage is either green or blue-green on top and has silver-green undersides. Its trunk(s) is clothed in a sheath of fibers and old leaf bases. In summer, these palms bear bright yellow flowers that rise from short stalks among the leaves. These are followed by ovoid brown to yellow fruit.
European fan palm requires well drained soils and can tolerate partial shade, but prefers full sun in cooler climates. A bit of afternoon shade is good for more southerly residents. This tough, slow growing palm may be used in containers or as an accent plant. The silver/blue-leaf form of this palm, from Morocco (variety cerifera), is particularly beautiful. It is slightly slower growing than the already slow-growing green-leaf type.
12 - 10
8 - 14
H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Palm or Cycad
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m
3'-20' / 0.9m - 6.1m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Mediterranean, Northern Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Brown, Sandy Brown
Green, Blue Green, Gray Green
Green, Sandy Brown
Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical
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