NAME: California Fan Palm
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Desert Fan Palm / California Palm / Petticoat Palm / Arizona Fan Palm / Maul
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Washingtonia Filifera syn. Brahea Filamentosa / Neowashingtonia Filamentosa / Neowashingtonia Filifera / Pritchardia Filifera / Washingtonia Filamentosa
COLOR: White Flowers / Reddish Black Fruit
PLANT SEEDS: When soil temp warms to 70F
BLOOM TIME: July - Aug
HARVEST: Nov - Jan
HARDINESS ZONE: 8 - 11
PLANT HEIGHT: Up to 70'
PLANT SPACING: 40'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Dry
QUANTITY: 30 Seeds
OTHER: This beautiful Palm is native to the deserts of the US & Mexico, but always near a water source. Think of a beautiful desert oasis! The trees have a single unbranched trunk, & are topped with huge 3 – 6’ wide fan shaped leaves. The leaves are evergreen & they are stiff, not drooping. Cottony leaf threads stay on plant, & if the old leaves are not removed, they will cover the trunk of the tree. This is not a bad thing. This ‘Petticoat’ provides a great protected tiki hut-like shelter for all kinds of small wildlife seeking refuge. This skirt actually creates a microhabitat within its protection for small birds & invertebrates.
The California Fan Palm has huge drooping clusters of flowers from July to August. They turn into a sweetly flavored fruit that is used to make jellies & drinks. Birds & other wildlife will enjoy eating the fruit too. Native Americans used the fruit & nuts of the fan palm, & its leaves for woven baskets & thatched roofs.
These palms can be grown in containers as a houseplant, or they can be transplanted from a container unlike a like of palms. They are also very tolerant of coastal conditions like wind & salt.
Did you know … Washingtonia filifera is the only palm native to the Western United States, and is the country's largest native palm.
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