The attractive little European fan palm (Mediterranean Fanpalm) has become very popular in recent years, mostly due to its cold hardiness. Not only can it resist temperatures below 20°F but it is fairly fast growing and drought resistant too!
The European fan palm forms clumps than can grow up to 15 ft in height. The triangular, fan shaped leaves grow to about 20-24 in long by 24 in wide. They are deeply divided into multiple segments that are themselves split at the tip and they are supported on 3-4 ft stems. This is an extremely variable plant both in color (the leaves range from blue green to grey green to yellow green) and in shape. Some plants form suckers more freely than others to become very shrubby plants that may reach 15 ft in width. Other individuals can be seen that are almost dwarf growing just 5 ft tall by 4 ft wide. These days it is popular to remove all but a few of the suckers and to prune the leaves to form a cluster of clear trunked "mini" palms
Hardy zone 7-11
Sow in well drained sand/soil mix, keep moist and war in bright light. Germination occurs between 1-2 months