Chinese Fan Palm

(Livistona Chinensis)

The Chinese Fan Palm originated in East Asia but is a fantastic choice for your Charleston home or office. Scroll down to see why it’s one of the most common palm varieties we sell.

Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona Chinensis)

Other names: Fountain Palm

  • Recommended for Charleston
  • Cold Hardy to 20F
  • Slow
  • Normally 30 ft.
  • Can handle full sun
  • Can handle droughts

About the Chinese fan Palm:

The Chinese Fan Palm Tree, also known as the Fountain Palm, is one of the most unique of all of the palm tree varieties. The tree is able to reach 40 feet in Florida but usually maxs out at 15 feet with a 10 to 12-foot spread. Chinese Fans can have a single straight trunk or multiple trunks with large, six-foot-long glossy leaves which have drooping tips. Specimens with multiple trunks will stay shorter than the maximum height which makes the Chinese fan palm suitable as an understory planting. 

The Chinese fan palm will not perform well in full sun. It is best suited for shady enviornments with dappled sunlight.

Its divided leaves have long, tapering, ribbon-like segments which gracefully sway beneath the leaves, creating an overall fountain-like effect. The petioles are armed with sharp spines. The inconspicuous flowers are hidden among the leaves and are followed by small, blue-black, olive-like fruits.

The Chinese Fan Palm Tree is recommended for Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Kiawah SC and surrounding areas.

Caring for your Chinese Fan Palm

We’ll be adding detailed information for taking care of your Chinese Fan Palm. For now, though check out our general tips for palm tree care.

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