Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)


Mediterranean Fan Palm

Chamaerops humilis

  • Hardiest of all palms
  • One of the best palms for night lighting
  • Small to medium-sized palm tree
  • Unique, multi-trunk vertical growth
  • Blueish gray fan-shaped fronds
  • Great used as a lush privacy hedge
  • A favorite in Southern California landscapes

The Mediterranean Fan Palm is the hardiest of all palms, featuring blueish gray, fan-shaped fronds and a unique multi-trunk vertical growth that makes it one of the best landscape palms for night lighting! The only palm native to Europe, this small to medium-sized tree is found growing on rocky hills in countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. Chamaerops humilis is noted for its cold hardiness and has an attractive compact crown, so it is an excellent candidate for bringing home a bit of the tropics, whether you live in cooler climates or the hotter parts of the Southwest! We love to plant Mediterranean Fan Palms as a tropical hedge, barrier planting or to fill in empty spots between large trees! This evergreen is perfect for containers too!

A must-have for anyone with a tropical or Mediterranean-themed yard, the Mediterranean Fan Palm has a slow growth rate, so it will rarely outgrow its space. It is a low maintenance tree requiring minimal cleanup, so place around swimming pools or spas where you can admire its shape reflected by the heat and glare on the water! Once established, it can become drought tolerant with low to moderate watering needs. Its ability to survive periods of freezing weather with little or no damage is a testament to its durability.

Chamaerops humilis grows well in part shade or part sun. We love to trim the leaves up to clear the trunk, where this beautiful specimen can become a natural sculpture perfect for patios or entryways! Of course, Mediterranean Fan Palms are just as attractive in their shrubby form too, where its lush look can block out unwanted views and keep nosy neighbors at bay. Install up lighting to create a dramatic silhouette that is sure to impress your friends and make your yard the envy of the block!

Visit our huge Palm Paradise nursery today and let our nursery pro’s help you select a perfect specimen. We custom-grow Mediterranean Fan Palms on our farms, in our local climate, only grown from our premium quality seedlings. This process allows us to offer superior palm trees that you won’t find anywhere else! We do what no one else does – we assure their quality!


Beautiful resort-style miniature fan palm

Most cold hardy palm known for the area

Very wide variety of landscape applications

Great for patios and planters