What Is a Chinese Fan Palm Plant?


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The Chinese fan palm is a large, slow-growing species of palm tree that is native to China and Japan. It has distinctive fan-shaped leaves that droop. The plant grows to a full height of 30 to 40 feet.

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Although it is only native to Asia, the Chinese fan palm is extremely hardy and can grow in a variety of different climates. It is even considered an invasive species in Florida due to its ability to thrive and reproduce in that particular climate. It is a very popular landscape plant due to its strength, attractive leaves and yellow flowers. The plant has the nickname fountain palm.

The tree normally takes a very long time to mature, so it is important not to plant the trees too close together to avoid crowding as they grow. However, these trees can also be kept much shorter with proper trimming, and many people keep Chinese fan palms as potted plants indoors.

These palm trees are also drought-resistant, and they can grow in very dry climates, such as New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. In addition, it is one of the only frost-resistant species of palm tree and can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

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