Washingtonia - Plant
Description for Washingtonia
Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm or Mexican Washingtonia) is a palm tree native to western Sonora and Baja California Sur in northwestern Mexico. The fruit is a spherical, blue-black drupe, 6â€“8 mm (0.24â€“0.31 in) diameter; it is edible, though thin-fleshed
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Mexican fan palms.||-||-||30m in its native habitat||Medium.|
Planting and 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.
|Full sun, sheltered aspect.||Good drainage, alkaline gritty soil.||it appreciates regular waterings to keep it moving.||it will manage temperatures to -6C but needs care and extra protection through the winter months.||Fertilize in spring, summer and fall with a good palm fertilizer containing micronutrients.|
Caring for Washingtonia
- 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.
Typical uses of Washingtonia
Ornamental use: Landscape uses for washingtonia palmlining 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