Livistona - - Semi-mature and mature Livistona chinensis

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Livistona chinensis - Chinese Fan Palm





Japan, Taiwan

Plant Type:

Evergreen tree-like soft wooded perennial - palm.


To 8-10m tall, to 4m wide with a straight trunk of approx 25 cm diameter.

Habit/ Form:

An attractive, solitary, rounded canopy fan palm to about 10m x 4m with distinctive drooping tips to its leaves.


The 3m long star shaped leaves on 1.2m spiny petioles, which split into many ribbonlike segments (costapalmate) drooping from the middle of the leaf giving a fountain like effect en masse


Inconspicuous white flowers in Spring/Summer. Flowers are bisexual, male and female flowers grow on the same plant


Bunches of small (15mm) blue olive-like aging to black fruit (seeds)

Bark / Trunk:

The young trunk is very rough with the persistent leaf bases clasping the stem. Eventually they self clean revealing a ridged grey-brown trunk ringed with old leaf scars. It is slightly swollen at the base.

Vigour / Longevity:

Slow growing and long lived

Environmental Requirements:

Prefers a shady position when young, then requires a full sun, moist position. A relatively tough, easy to grow palm, tolerant of a wide range of conditions.


Tolerant of short periods of drought although canopy suffers, reasonably cold tolerant. Can tolerate light frosts to -3

Soil / Drainage:

Any reasonably fertile well drained soil (including alkaline). Will benefit from an organic mulch.


The palm is self-cleaning of old leaves and will require little or no pruning.


Best growth with reliable watering. Not drought hardy.


Fertilise 2 - 3 times in the growing season with slow release ferts to improve growth rates and keep good quality palm crown

Pests / Diseases:

Mostly disease resistant. Some scale pests.


Its elegant form makes it well-suited to use as a specimen tree. Tropical effect plants, avenues, singularly or in small groups for their round weeping crowns and straight trunks.



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