Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Livistonia chinensis

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. This palm is very cold hardy and can tolerate drought which makes is great for desert conditions. This palm can grow in states like Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Chinese Fan Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Livistonia chinensis

Common names: The Chinese Fan Palm is also known as Chinese Fountain Palm and Fountain Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to China and southern Japan.

Appearance: 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.

Flowers/Fruits: 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.

Growth Rate: Slow.  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 and 5-10 ft wide. This palm will grow faster if fertilized.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: It’s cold hardy and can tolerate cold up to 10F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 8a (10 to 15 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

There is a great book, written by David A. Francko that I really like, it’s called “Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas”. It goes into the details on how you can grow cold hardy palms in zones 7, 6 and even 5. This is the perfect foundation book for the gardener who would like to see a banana next to his cherry tree and a palm between his maples. It got great reviews and 5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.

Light Req: Partial shade to full sun.

Water Req: Moderate. Prefers moist but well drained soil. Chinese Fan Palm tolerates drought very well.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

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We don’t sell palm trees on this site, but you can buy it from one of my favorite palm nurseries – Real Palm Trees. It has beautiful palm trees at discounted prices and offers a Free Shipping. This is one of the few sites that I trust, because each palm tree comes with Certificate of Authenticity that guarantees highest quality of the tree. All of their palm trees are properly grown and acclimatized to the correct hardiness zone.

Most importantly, you will receive a tree in perfect health and wouldn’t have to worry about it dying few weeks later. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or you money back. 

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~Susan Brian

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3 thoughts on “Chinese Fan Palm Tree – Livistonia chinensis”

  1. The Chinese Palm can tolerate single digit temps (6F) as the one I have had for 7yrs now standing tall at 6ft from a seedling without any visible cold damage to the foliage. I have since moved to another state, however, I still posses ownership of the property and have the benefit observing the growth of that particular Palm. As this article states, the Chinese Palm can handle drought extremely well even in the Sandhills of Sc. In addition, It is no where near a building, nor does it receive any special protection from me. An extremely reliable Palm for even zone 7b!

  2. I was wondering if Chinese Fan palms are easily transplanted. We have (5) 20-25′ palms and want to move them to make room for a new neighborhood front entrance sign.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Lori True

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