Trachycarpus fortunei ' Windmill Palm' - Named one of the most cold hardiest palms; the Windmill Palm can withstand mild freezes with little or no damage. T. fortunei is native to China where it was sometimes covered with snow and ice. This palm is slow growing. The single trunk is covered with hairlike fibers and is narrower at the base than at the top. The cingular leaves on this palm are dark green above and silvery on the underside. For best growth, plant in partial shade and water regularly. Makes an excellent container, indoor, deck or patio plant.
Palms are the universal symbol of the tropics. Palms are very important agricultural commodities in the tropics and are second only to the grasses or grains in economic importance. As landscape plants, palms are prized for their unique architecture and the intricate texture and form of their leaves and stems. Their beauty, durability, and variety rank then among the most highly valued of all landscape plants in subtropical and tropical regions. Palms are great for landscaping.
Palms are not typical trees. Instead of branching out, they grow huge leaves from a giant bud at their apex. The palm grows taller as this bud keeps producing new leaves and the lowest leaves die and fall. Next to the grasses, the palm family is most important in its usefulness to man. In some tropical countries the entire economy is based on palms, with the trees supplying food, shelter, and clothing. Worldwide, palms are an important source of food, vegetable oil, and sugar. They also provide timber, fiber, rattan cane, carnauba wax, and button ivory. We use them for everything from fuel and shampoo to the coconut seasoning of cakes and curries. Palms are planted as ornamentals for indoor and outdoor use to provide a tropical atmosphere.