Washingtonia filifera

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

California fan palm, Desert fan palm, Petticoat palm.
South-western United States (California, Arizona).

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Washingtonia filifera Drude
California fan palm, Desert fan palm, Petticoat palm.
South-western United States (California, Arizona).
Very common

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Palmate
More than 15 m.
Yes
Less than 10 m.
No
Less than 50 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

-12ºC
All types
Medium
Light
Pleno sol
Not recommendable
High
Yes
High
Low difficulty
High

Its natural habitat is in valleys and gorges in desert regions.

It is notable for being a palm which reaches a great size with a very thick trunk which can, moreover, remain covered by its dead leaves almost indefinitely unless they are pruned away.

Its leaves are a greyish green with very thorny petioles.

It can tolerate all kinds of soil, even very poor types, although if they are too clayey or damp it can fall victim to Phytophtora.

It can hybridize very easily with Washingtonia robusta.