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Trachycarpus wagnerianus - Dwarf Chusan Palm

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Palm
Family: Arecaceae (Palmae) (Palms)
Origin: Himalaya Mountain Region (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Trachycarpus takil, Hort.]
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Trachycarpus wagnerianus (Dwarf Chusan Palm) - This fan palm is similar in appearance to the Windmill Palm, Trachycarpus fortunei but its overall appearance is more dainty and many think it the best Trachycarpus for general cultivation. Trachycarpus wagnerianus has small (~2 feet wide), stiff, deeply-cut dark green leaves that are rounded in outline and held on shorter petioles than T. fortunei, which gives the plant an overall more compact look. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. It is very hardy, tolerating temperatures to 1F, and is tolerant of more wind and coastal conditions than T. fortunei. This plant is unknown in the wild and is thought to have originated in Japan; some believe it is a variant of Trachycarpus fortunei. It was listed as a synonym of Trachycarpus napalense in the Huntington Botanic Garden collection by curator William Hertrich in his book "Palms and Cycads: As Observed Chiefly in the Huntington Botanic Gardens" (1951) and has previously been sold in the California nursery trade as Trachycarpus takil, which is a valid name for a larger Trachycarpus species. It reportedly was named for Albert Wagner, a German plant collector and nurseryman who brought this plant back from Japan in the early 1870s. We have Trachycarpus takil and Trachycarpus wagnerianus planted in our nursery garden for those who wish to compare these very different palms.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Trachycarpus wagnerianus.