Washingtonia robusta     
Mexican fan palm   
Palmae Family     

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Mexican fan palm
Washingtonia robusta
Form: tall palm with fan fronds and thin trunk
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 75ft or more, frond spread 10-12ft, trunk diameter may be only 12-14in
Leaves: fan 3-4ft wide, petioles are typically toothed, bright green
Flowers: large stalks extend beyond fronds with small white/cream flowers, bloom in early summer
Fruit: pea-sized black/blue seed
Stems/Trunks: distinctively narrow, sways in wind
Range/Origin: northwest Mexico
Hardiness: leaf damage at 20°F, recovers quickly; hard freezes may completely kill even mature specimens

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NOTES:

palm tree fronds
grows rapidly (6ft per year) when young
most people prefer shaved trunk look, frond removal and shaving best done professionally


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