Washingtonia filifera     
California fan palm   
Palmae Family     

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palm tree fronds
stringy fronds of Washingtonia filifera
Form: large palm with fan fronds and stout trunk
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 45ft or more, frond spread to 15ft; fast growth rate (15ft in 10 years)
Leaves: fan-shaped fronds, 3-6ft across, gray-green; margins more stringy than W. robusta; tips of fronds arch down; most attractive when old yellowed fronds are allowed to accumulate against trunk
Flowers: on stalks extending beyond foliage, small off-white flowers
Fruit: pea-sized black berries
Stems/Trunks: fatter trunk than W. robusta
Range/Origin: southwestern Arizona and California
Hardiness: to high teens; recovers from damage quickly, more cold hardy than W. robusta

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California fan palm
Washingtonia filifera
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NOTES:

differs from W. robusta by width of trunk, erectness of fronds, presence of strings on frond margins, gray-green color, and cold hardiness


Mexican fan palm roadside stand of Washingtonia palms

variation in form probably reflects failure to obtain original seed from isolated stock


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