When it comes to hardy exotics, one of the most frequently asked questions by our customers is which is the best palm tree for the UK climate, with our many years of experience we know that our range of hardy palms really are suitable for the UK. One of the hardiest is Trachycarpus Fortunei or the Chusan Palm, huge specimens growing around the UK are testiment to it’s hardiness.
With it’s solitary stem and beautiful fan shaped leaves it provides a wonderful focal point in any garden.
It’s growth is relatively fast but it’s worth investing in the largest specimen you can afford for maximum impact, in a very good year and optimum conditions Chusan palms will grow around 15cm per year but on average it will be less.
The irregular division of the leaves which can be a metre across give a stunningly tropical silhouette atop a tall fibrous stem. Trachycarpus originates from China and was brought back to the UK in the 19th Century and is prized by UK gardeners creating a tropical planting scheme.
It loves the sun and will tolerate drought conditions once it is established after planting, the main consideration is NOT to plant in an area prone to waterlogging during the winter.
Complimentary planting for a tropical scheme should include tree ferns, cordylines, gunnera mannicata and butia capitata or pindo palm
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We recently visited Heligan in Cornwall, where some of the oldest Chusan palms in the UK are still surviving to this day.
Read our blog on Chusan Palm Trees – the Heligan Survivors