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Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

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Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera) at All Seasons Nursery

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera) at All Seasons Nursery

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera) at All Seasons Nursery

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm foliage

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7

Other Names:  European Fan Palm

Description:

This very hardy and robust fan palm eventually forms rounded clumps of beautiful silvery-blue foliage; can grow in poor soils and is quite drought tolerant once established; an excellent screen, and does particularily well in containers

Ornamental Features

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm has attractive silvery blue foliage with hints of grayish green. The palmate leaves are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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