Syn. Neowashingtonia robusta, Washingtonia filifera var. robusta
Common name: Mexican fan palm, Washingtonia palm, Sky duster
Native to: Mexico
The Mexican Fan Palm is a tall, vigorous palm that quickly grows a stout trunk, albeit thinner than its sister species Washingtonia filifera. Widely grown worldwide, the Skyduster is probably most familiar from the avenue plantings in California. Trunks are topped by a crown of large (1.5m wide or more) fan leaves that have loose threaded margins and often a purplish brown patch at the base of the leaf stalk.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Inflorescence of small white flowers on bracts
Foliage: Evergreen, costapalmate, induplicate, split about half the blade length into numerous segments with stiff tips and threads (marginal fibers) hanging between segments. Many bright green leaves form a full crown.
Growth habit: Upright, tapered stem, roughly twice as wide at the base than the crown, and bright green leaves forming a dense crown.
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 20 metres
Spread: Up to 0.8 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils.
Uses: Large structural planting in areas with a lot of space and impressive accent features in large space.