Chinese Fan Palm – Livistona chinensis
Livistona is a large family of palms which originate in Southeast Asia and south to Australia. Chinese Fan Palm actually originated in Japan’s Ryukyu islands and is also referred to as ‘fountain palm.’ It is grown in tropical- to temperate climates and can tolerate moderate freezes.
Young plants have a glossy appearance and work well as potted plants and as understory trees.
They are very slow-growing, and this can be used to the landscape designer’s benefit if used correctly. It is an excellent choice for dense screening as the new fronds stretch out to open above the last to collect as much sunlight as possible.
Chinese Fans can tolerate heavy rain and frequent irrigation but should be planted in a well-draining location.
As the palm ages, the fronds have a less glossy appearance — usually when the trunk has grown a couple of feet. This palm seeds very heavily, and the fruit is blue when ripe. In the nursery trade they are grown as single- or multiple-trunk specimens.
PalmBoss highly recommends this species for its durability and versatility. Chinese Fans are fairly common in the trade, especially as smaller plants. Everyone would enjoy watching these grow and should have success fairly easily.