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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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European fan palm

Chamaerops humilis

This slow-growing palm can reach an approximate height of 8 to 15 feet and a spread of 6 to 10 feet. It prefers a soil pH that is slightly acid to slightly alkaline, 6.0 to 7.2. Any soil texture is fine, from clay loam to sandy loam, from sand to sandy clay. Well-drained soil moisture is needed.

The European fan palm has high drought and medium salt tolerance and is wind resistant. This palm performs best in full sun and well in partial shade. It is a very cold hardy, clumping palm, whose petioles have sharp teeth.

For information on this palm, please see “Chamaerops humilis European Fan Palm” by Edward F. Gilman at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FP/FP12300.pdf.

We hope you will stop by the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County to see the two European fan palms we have in the Discovery Garden.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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