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Mexican Fan Palm Trees for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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The Mexican Fan Palm Tree has attractive fan-shaped leaves that can span up to five feet in width. This tree thrives in hotter climates where it can reach 100 feet tall in some cases. One of the main benefits of caring for this tree is that it has very few needs. Meanwhile, it survives well, even in some harsh settings. Here are some other characteristics of Mexican Fan Palms:

  • Attractive, broad fan-like leaves.
  • Minimal maintenance requirements beyond removing dead leaves.
  • Tolerant of challenging growing conditions, including areas of high salt or low moisture.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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Grows in full sunlight or areas of partial shade.

Watering

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Water just after planting to encourage establishment. Once the plant is mature it has low water needs.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize regularly, about once every three months with a fertilizer that has plenty of nitrogen and potassium.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on January 24, 2022

Planting instructions

When planting a Mexican Fan Palm Tree, be especially careful not to damage the leaves. Their leaves can break somewhat easily while you are handling the tree, which will decrease the plant’s chances of success. Be sure to dig a wide planting hole and to give a Mexican Fan Palm plenty of water during the planting process. While this palm does not need much water once it is established, watering during the planting phase remains a necessary measure.

Watering and nutrients

Since Mexican Fan Palms love areas where the soil has great drainage, water is not a major concern when caring for this plant. After the first few years, this palm will not need any additional watering. Regarding soil characteristics, Mexican Fan Palms prefer a sandy or loamy soil. They can adapt to soils that are dry for relatively long periods. They also show little preference for any specific amount of soil acidity.

Pollination

Mexican Fan Palm Tree flowers are monoecious, meaning that they have both male and female parts. The presence of those sexual organs allows this plant to self-pollinate. This pollination process usually takes place in the summer after the flowers have had time to mature.

Pruning

Pruning is the only maintenance task that you will have to do continuously for your Mexican Fan Palm. When you notice a dead leaf, you should remove it. This act supports the tree’s growth and reveals an intriguing crosshatch pattern on the trunk.

Pests and diseases

In most instances, a Mexican Fan Palm Tree will live its entire life without having any serious pest or disease issues. Still, there are some issues that can afflict this tree occasionally. If an issue occurs with a Mexican Fan Palm, it will most likely come in the form of an infestation of mealybugs, aphids, scale, or spider mites. Otherwise, root rot is the only potential concern for this plant.

Harvesting

Although fruit production is not the primary reason that someone would plant a Mexican Fan Palm, the plant does have edible fruits. These fruits are tiny dark drupes that have a mild sweet flavor. In the spring, this tree puts forth long clusters of small flowers. After the flowers die back, the fruits take their place. You can eat these fruits raw or use them for a jam.

FAQs

Why is the Mexican Fan Palm Tree a fire hazard?

Pruning a Mexican Fan Palm Tree is not simply a matter of good plant care and aesthetics. It is also a serious safety precaution. The dead leaves of this tree are highly flammable. That is why it is so critical for you to remove the leaves as soon as they have died. Neglecting this pruning could prove to be detrimental if the leaves catch fire.

Where can Mexican Fan Palm Trees grow?

There are only a few regions in the U.S. where the conditions will accommodate a Mexican Fan Palm Tree. These regions exist in the southernmost parts of the country, where the weather is hot year-round. Mexican Fan Palms need a hot climate to grow, such as zones 8 through 11. With that restriction, this species can only survive in states like Florida, California, and Texas.

How fast do Mexican Fan Palm Trees grow?

Compared to other trees, Mexican Fan Palm Trees tend to have an exceptionally fast growth rate. This growth rate is what allows this tree to reach its impressive height so quickly. Some Mexican Fan Palms can grow as much as five feet in a single year. To exhibit that level of growth, this tree will need to live in its optimal growing conditions.

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I Love It. Arrived In Great Shape And So Far So Good!

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Awesome It was packaged so nicely. Very healthy tree. Can't wait to watch it grow.

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  • deer-resistant
    Deer Resistant
  • fast-grow
    Fast Growing
Mature height
30-50 ft at 10 years  
70-100 ft Mature
Mature width
6-10 ft at 10 years  
10-15 ft Mature
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Washingtonia robusta
Shipping exclusions
AZ,NM
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 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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