Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta

A tall, slender, tapered trunk topped with an attractive rounded crown of large, fan-shaped, deep green fronds. The striking form adds significant tropical atmosphere to the landscape. An excellent street tree. Superb in groupings or lining long driveways in larger landscapes. Evergreen.
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8 - 11

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Full sun

Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationwosh-ing-TOH-ni-a roh-BUS-tuh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 50 to 60 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide; up to 100 ft with age.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis is the tallest of all Palm and typifies the skyline of Hollywood. Best used against very tall buildings to bring down oppressive walls. Good street tree in coastal neighborhoods if well tended. On larger estate properties, plant it in groups for a more natural appearance. Rugged and very drought resistant, it is excellent in desert communities and hot inland valleys.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureNorth American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.

Provide average to lean, well-drained soil in an area allows ample space for mature height. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought, particularly in coastal regions. Feed in early spring before new growth emerges. Remove old foliage periodically.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

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