See what we've written about the closely related Trachycarpus fortunei but bear in mind that these have significant differences. It's all to do with the leaves. They're smaller and stiffer and therefore, far from being highly unsuitable for windy gardens, they're remarkably well suited to windy gardens. We've planted a load of them at the new nursery at the top of the drive (unfortunately often hidden by parked cars) in a constantly windy spot and they look perfect. They're rare and slow growing but if you like palms and spiky plants, grab them when you can - they're always in short supply. We tend not strip the hair on the trunks of these plants. We could, but have never felt a great need to.
Leonardslee garden in West Sussex is no longer open to the public but past visitors may remember a clump of 5 of these, 25ft tall at the top of the rockery near the house. Exposed to winds from every quarter, they were perfect.
Grown from seed.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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