10 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Partial Shade and Sheltered
- Soil: Well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Flowering Period: May – June
- Hardiness: H4
- Eventual Height: 1.5 – 2.5m
- Eventual Spread: 1 – 1.5m
Chamaerops Humilis, also known as the ‘Dwarf Fan Palm, and holder of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit is a small, slow growing palm tree. Its fan-shaped leaves divide into several segments, making it a popular choice for gardens, landscapes, and natural areas. With its ability to tolerate cold temperatures and drought, this hardy plant works well in containers, rock gardens, or as a specimen plant reaching heights of up to 2.5 meters, with a single trunk covered in a dense thatch of fibres. In Spring and Summer, on mature plants, small yellow flowers appear.
The history of Chamaerops Humilis can be traced back to its native Mediterranean region. It is believed to have been present in the region for thousands of years, with evidence of its use in ancient cultures such as the Greeks and Romans. The palm was used for its fibrous leaves, which were woven into baskets, mats, and other household items.
During the Middle Ages, the European fan palm was used as a symbol of victory and triumph, and was often planted in the gardens of castles and palaces. It was also used in religious contexts, with the palm leaf symbolising righteousness and triumph over evil.