Trachycarpus fortunei on our nursery
Trachycarpus fortunei on our nursery
Unusual yellow panicles/flowers produced by Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei planted as a feature tree in the landscape
Palmate foliage of the Trachycarpus fortunei up close
Small Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm from this batch
Medium Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm from this batch

Trachycarpus fortunei

Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Please note: Smalls are approximately 1.5-2m in 150L containers. Mediums are approximately 2-2.5m supplied in 250L containers, large are approximately 3-3.5m supplied in 350L containers

Trachycarpus fortunei is a genus of hardy Palm trees that were introduced into the UK by Robert Fortune in 1849.  The Chusan Palm is native to Central China, Burma and India and won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Windmill Palms are considered to be the hardiest palm for the UK, at Barcham we grow this interesting specimen on a single trunk, with deep green leaves that are fan like, with the leaflets towards the end of the leaf.  The bark is rough and dark brown, with the left over leaf bases giving a coarse appearance to the trunk.  At maturity the trunks remain fairly slender, with even the tallest of mature trees only having a 30cm diameter trunk!  The flowers can be both male (yellow) and female (lime green) and are produced in hanging panicles that can reach 1m long in the spring; the female and male flowers are borne on separate trees.  The fruits are blue black and produced in late summer to ripen by mid autumn.

Whilst it is recommended as a hardy Palm, Trachycarpus fortunei is best planted in sheltered areas where the large leaves will not be damaged by the wind.  It is best suited to soils that are well drained.  This interesting tree is quite unlike many other specimens that we stock at Barcham Trees, it is the only Palm that we truly recommend to survive our winters and indeed it is generally thought to perform better in cooler climates than very hot ones.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Acidic, Chalk/Alkaline, Well drained,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.