The Miniature Chusan Palm Tree, scientific name Trachycarpus wagnerianus, is a great palm for indoors or outdoors because of its durability and cold hardiness that makes it perfect for landscape in USDA zones 7-11. It is also requires no maintenance and is disease free. The Miniature Chusan Palm is also known as Wagner’s Windmill Palm, Waggie Palm, and Waggie. It has a lot of similar characteristics to the Windmill Palm.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus is a medium size palm that can grow up to 30ft tall and 10ft wide. It grows slow at first but after 3-4 years explodes in growth. It has single brown trunk 8-14 inches in diameter, covered in leaf base fibers.
Leaves are round, stiff, deeply-cut, dark green. They are relatively small, about 2ft in diameter, born on 2-3ft long petioles which gives the palm a more compact look. The leaves of younger Miniature Chusan Palm are nearly circular, but get hemispherical as the leaves get older.
The Miniature Chusan Palm produces small yellow flowers. Flowers are dioecious, male and female flowers are born on separate plants. Fruits are not edible and are oblong in shape. They turn purple black when ripe.
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