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Chamaerops Humilis

Chamaerops Humilis, more commonly known as the European fan palm tree, is a plant with large fan-shaped leaves and incredible bark textures. This tropical shrub thrives in warm regions but will survive indoors as well. The broad foliage of the European fan palm tree can create a reliable privacy screen, while the adaptability and moderate size of this species allow it to grow well in containers. Anyone who chooses to grow this versatile plant will find that it is low-maintenance, pest-resistant, and incredibly attractive too. 

  • 24-inch leaves give this plant the quintessential tropical look.
  • Interesting textured trunk.
  • Thrives in indoor and outdoor growing settings.
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Plant Care



Grows well in both full and partial sunlight conditions.



Water once per week or more to ensure consistent soil moisture. Avoid getting leaves and trunk wet.



Use a palm tree fertilizer once per year.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on February 28, 2022

Planting instructions

Soil moisture is vital for the European fan palm tree. Use a hose to soak this plant’s root ball before planting. Then dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the root ball is tall. Continue watering while you backfill the planting hole. The location you choose for your European fan palm tree can have full or partial sun exposure. This plant does not grow as large as other palms. However, it needs ample space into which its roots can spread horizontally.

Watering and nutrients

The European fan palm tree has high water needs, as is the case with many palm tree varieties. After planting this tree, you should give it water every other day until it establishes itself. After that, you should provide water about once per week, more often during hot spells. Give this species fertilizer once per year after it has exited its dormant phase. Generally, any palm tree-specific fertilizer will encourage this tree to put forth more healthy new growth. Still, the European fan palm tree is slow-growing overall.


Prune your European fan palm tree to remove fronds that have become diseased or significantly damaged. Begin by evaluating which leaves are in healthy condition and which are detracting from the tree’s appearance and growth. After identifying a leaf you wish to remove, find the point at which it meets the trunk. Make your pruning cut within 1 inch of the frond’s base. The cut should be as clean as possible, as should your pruning tools.

Pests, diseases, and animals

One of the main advantages of growing a European fan palm tree is that this species is incredibly pest-resistant. That resilience makes this plant much easier to maintain. Despite that, there are some insects that can occasionally affect this plant, including spider mites and scale. However, those instances are generally rare. You can also treat many infestations by applying insecticide soap to your palm tree. Fungal diseases are also rare but can occur in European fan palm trees. Leaf spot is among the most common of those afflictions.

Achieving maximum results

European fan palm trees need a lot of water. However, they also prefer dry air. As such, you should avoid getting the leaves and trunk wet while watering. Overhead watering is particularly likely to cause this plant’s leaves to rot. You should also know that this plant develops sharp spikes on its trunk. The large leaves can often conceal these spikes — and the entire trunk. The hidden presence of those strong points means you should use caution whenever you handle this plant.


How large does a European fan palm tree grow?

At most, the European fan palm tree grows to about 10 to 15 feet tall. Its spread can equal that size or exceed it. However, this species is also relatively slow-growing, meaning that it will take many years to reach its mature size. Because of that moderate mature size and slow growth rate, European fan palm trees can grow well in container gardens and in indoor settings. Just be sure to use a relatively wide container to give the roots enough space to spread.

Is the European fan palm tree cold-hardy?

The European fan palm tree is somewhat cold-hardy. However, this plant grows best in regions that are warm year-round. Zones 8 through 11 represent the regions in which this plant can grow outdoors. You can grow this plant in colder regions too. The difference is that you'll need to bring it inside during the colder parts of the year. Fortunately, this is easy to do, as the European fan palm tree remains healthy while growing in containers and adapts well to indoor growing locations.

Do European fan palm trees have deep roots?

Generally, European fan palm trees, like other palm trees, do not have deep root systems. Rather than penetrating down into the earth, the root system of a palm is more likely to spread horizontally, creating a mat of roots below the soil's surface. Rarely do palm roots reach depths greater than 3 feet. For that reason, it is essential that you give your European fan palm tree enough space on all sides so that its roots can develop properly.

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Botanical name
Chamaerops Humilis
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Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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