Mexican Fan Palm, washingtonia robusta

Mexican Fan Palm, washingtonia robusta
Item# DA-mxfanpalm
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Product Description

Inventory as of March 31, 2017: 2000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 98%; Where Harvested (location) - California

Mexican Fan Palm or Mexican Washingtonia is a palm native to northwestern Mexico. It grows to 75 feet tall, rarely up to 100 feet. The leaves have a petiole up to 3 feet long, and a palmate fan of leaflets up to 3 feet long. The inflorescence is up to 9 feet long, with numerous small pale orange-pink flowers. The fruit is a spherical, blue-black drupe, 1/2 inch in diameter, It is edible, though thin-fleshed. Like the closely related Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm), it is grown as an ornamental tree. Although very similar, the Mexican Washingtonia has a narrower trunk (which is typically somewhat wider at the base), and grows slightly faster and taller; it is also somewhat less cold hardy than the California Washingtonia, hardy to about 14F. Unlike the Washingtonia filifera, which has been cultivated as far north as Oklahoma and Southwestern Utah, the Mexican fan palm can be grown mainly around areas of the southwestern United States, such as California and the extreme south coast of Oregon(up to Gold Beach), Arizona, southern Nevada, and southern New Mexico. It may also be seen along the Gulf Coast from Texas and Louisiana to Florida, though specimens in that region will not be as tall as those along the West Coast due to a more common occurrence of deep freezes and also uprooting caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. The Mexican Fan Palm is cold hardy to USDA Zone 8.

Recommended Planting instructions:

Scarfication: let stand in water for 12 hours. Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days, some seeds may germinate during stratification. Germination: sow seed 1/4" to 1/2" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist.