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About Washingtonia

Washingtonia is a genus of palms, native to the southwestern United States (in southern California, southwest Arizona, (Nevada) Texas) and northwest Mexico (in northern Baja California and Sonora).

Both Washingtonia species are commonly cultivated across the Southern United States, the Middle East, southern Europe, and north Africa, where they have greatly hybridized.Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm or Mexican Washingtonia) i

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Mexican fan palms.
Maximum Reachable Height 30m in its native habitat
Difficulty Level Medium.

Planting and care

It is probably one of the fastest-growing palm trees in the world even in cool weather but for it to really shoot up, it likes heat during the summer months. Washingtonias are happier in a less humid climate than ours, so pick a sunny, well-drained place where the palm will get good breezes. Soil amendments aren t really necessary. Beware of the sharp teeth on the palm s leaf stems.

Washingtonia care

Plant at least 6 to 8 feet away from the house to give the big fronds room to spread out. If planting in a row, place them at least 6 feet apart. For using along a drive, come out at least 5 or 6 feet so the young palm s wide crown isn t in the way. This palm is too fast and too big to make a good container plant.

Sunlight Full sun, sheltered aspect.
Watering it appreciates regular waterings to keep it moving.
Soil Good drainage, alkaline gritty soil.
Temperature it will manage temperatures to -6C but needs care and extra protection through the winter months.
Fertilizer Fertilize in spring, summer and fall with a good palm fertilizer containing micronutrients.

Washingtonia uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Landscape uses for washingtonia palm lining the property border in groups as architectural accents for a tall house anchor or backdrop for groupings of smaller palms and shrubs in a row along a fence, walk or driveway

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Washingtonia ?

Washingtonia is commonly known as Mexican fan palms.

How tall do Washingtonia grow?

On average Washingtonia grows 30m in its native habitat

How hard is Washingtonia to grow?

A Washingtonia is Medium.

How much sunlight does a Washingtonia need?

A Washingtonia prefers Full sun, sheltered aspect.

How much water does a Washingtonia need?

A Washingtonia prefers watering it appreciates regular waterings to keep it moving.

What kind of soil does a Washingtonia need?

A Washingtonia prefers Good drainage, alkaline gritty soil.

What temperature does a Washingtonia like?

A Washingtonia prefers it will manage temperatures to -6C but needs care and extra protection through the winter months.

How often should I fertilize my Washingtonia ?

To encourage Washingtonia growth, Fertilize in spring, summer and fall with a good palm fertilizer containing micronutrients.

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