The Chinese Fan Palm Tree, scientific name Livistonia chinensis, is getting very popular in Florida landscapes. It is also great for indoors and can be used as a houseplant.
In its native habitat Chinese Fan Palm can grow up to 50ft tall, but in cultivation it usually doesn’t get taller than 20-30ft. Livistonia chinensis has a single straight grey-brown trunk ringed with old leaf scars. It is slightly swollen at the base, about 17-18 inches in diameter.
Trunk is topped with an evergreen dense crown of palmate, or fan shaped, leaves that droop downward creating fountain-like effect. Large, partially segmented leaves can grow up to 5ft long and 5ft wide, and range from bluish green to glossy olive green in color. The petioles are armed with sharp thorns.
The Chinese Fan Palm produces yellow-cream flowers that are held by, shorter than the leaves, inflorescence. Flowers are bisexual, male and female flowers grow on the same plant. Flowers are followed by small, oval fruits 1 inch long. Green fruits turn dark blue to blue-gray when ripe.
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