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European Fan Palm in Tampa Bay

The European Fan Palm has been gaining popularity on the landscapes of Tampa Bay homes over the past few years because of its cold hardiness.  The only palm tree native to Europe, it thrives in zones 9-11, surviving in low temperatures down to 10 degrees.  The European Fan Palm is named for its blue green palm leaves that resemble the shape of a fan.  It can grow a single or have multiple trunks.  Slow growth and a relative short mature height make it great to cluster in open space or serve as a barrier.  They are very popular around churches since their leaves are traditionally used in religious ceremonies such as Palm Sunday.

European Fan Palm in Tampa

Keep it Green European Fan Palm

Names European Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilis
Plant Type Evergreen Tree
Hardiness Zones 9-11
Blooms Yellow Flower in Spring
Light Needs Part Sun, Part Shade
Water Needs Steady While Young
Soil Needs Moist, Well-Drained

Care Information

Plant the European Fan Palm in a location that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight per day.  The tree likes a lot of water, especially in the beginning of its life, but dislikes soggy soil.  Since it becomes a multi-trunk tree as it matures, remove the suckers on the base of the main trunk if you choose to limit the growth of additional trunks.

Design Ideas

As mentioned before the European Fan Palm grows slow and not extremely high so it can be a great accent to a large shrub area.  Their hardy characteristics regarding cold, salt, shade, moisture and pests make it a great choice to fill in part of your garden or yard that is hard to care for. Abundant fertilizer and water while young can accelerate it into becoming a faster growing tree. Come to the Keep it Green tree nursery to choose from our European Fan Palms.  We have potted trees you can take home with you or we can deliver larger trees to your landscape and plant them for you. Our store is very convenient to anyone living in:

  • Bloomingdale
  • Riverview
  • Brandon
  • Lithia
  • Apollo Beach
  • Gibsonton
  • Temple