Windmill Palm - Trachycarpus fortunei
The Windmill Palm or Trachycarpus fortunei are one of the most popular palm trees grown in gardens. The Windmill Palm is regarded as cold hardy and is therefore useful in cooler states. Suitable to grow in containers on patios with a single trunk this ornamental palm tree has a growth rate of a little less than 1 1/2 ft a year in good conditions.
Windmill Palms are popular in Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and California
Windmill palms are one of the best palm trees for cold climates. Probably as far as Zone 6. So exactly how much cold can Trachycarpus Fortunei or the 'Windmill palm' tree take? In Switzerland they grow them in the sheltered valleys and as it is originally from Eastern China it is used to cold winters. It produces its own insulating (hairy) trunk, is salt tolerant and in warmer areas grows well in shade.
Windmill Palms are available for sale from the following nurseries
THE JURASIC GARDEN at A & A CYCADS
11801 Stagg Street North Hollywood , CA 91605
Phone: (818) 759-0600 Fax: (310) 859-0137 Cell: (310) 770-9657