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.
This palm can be grown in states like Alaska, Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and more. It is also requires no maintenance and is disease free. It has a lot of similar characteristics to the Windmill Palm.
Miniature Chusan Palm Tree Profile
Scientific name: Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Common names: The Miniature Chusan Palm is also known as Wagner’s Windmill Palm, Waggie Palm, and Waggie.
Origin: It is native to central and eastern China.
Appearance: 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.
Flowers/Fruits: 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.
Growth Rate: Slow. Trachycarpus wagnerianus is a medium size palm that can grow up to 10-20 ft tall and 1-5 ft wide.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.
Cold Tolerance: Miniature Chusan Palm is very cold hardy palm that can tolerate cold down to 0F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 7a (0 to 5 F) to 11 (above 40 F).
Light Req: Partial sun to Full sun.
Water Req: Moderate. Grows well especially in rich, moist soil.
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.
If you don’t live in the warm climate and still want to have beautiful palm trees in you backyard, get this book “Betrock’s Cold Hardy Palms.” It has comprehensive profiles and photos for 82 palm species that can grow in climates colder than USDA Hardiness Zone 10.