Inventory as of Oct 3, 2016: 2000 Seeds
Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 98%; Where Harvested (location) - California
The California Fan Palm, also known as Desert Fan Palm, American Cotton palm, or Arizona Fan Palm, is a palm native to the desert oases of Central, southern and southwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, extreme northwest Mexico and the inland deserts of Southern California. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree. The California Fan Palm grows up to 75 feet (exceptionally 100 feet) in good growing conditions. It is the only palm native to the contiguous United States west of the Balcones Fault Zone in Texas. The leaves have a petiole up to 6 1/2 feet long, bearing a fan of leaflets 3 1/2- 6 1/2 feet long, with white, thread-like fibers between the segments. When the leaves die they bend downwards and form a skirt around the trunk. The shelter that the skirt creates provides a microhabitat for many invertebrates. The California Fan Palm can live from 80 to 250 years or more. The genus name honors George Washington. The plants grow best in warm temperate climate with dry winters and wetter summers. The plants are tolerant of considerable frost and it will survive temperatures of 14 °F with minor damage, and established plants have survived brief periods of temperatures as low as 10 °F but with severe damage to the foliage. The California Fan Palm is cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Recommended Planting Instructions:
Scarfication: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Stratification: None required. Germination: sow seed 1/4" to 1/2" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Germination tends to be slow, germinates faster in warmer temperatures.