Washingtonia Filifera For Sale
The Washingtonia Filifera and Washingtonia Robusta are similar palm species. Palmco only offer the Robusta, however a discussion of the similarities is always an eye opener.
They are both salt and drought tolerant and grow quite large.
Although the Washingtonia Filifera grows in Florida, it may not survive in soil that is too wet. The Washingtonia Robusta palms we have for sale at Palmco will flourish in Zones 8B-11. Washingtonia Filifera is commonly known as the Desert Fan Palm or the California Fan Palm.
As the name implies, it is well-suited to deserts and arid regions but is capable of growing in a wide range of soils and climates. Even small specimens will thrive in full sun, but the Filifera also grows well in part sun/shade.
The palm does not like “wet feet,” so landscapers in the Southeast should consider it only for sandy, well-drained soils. Damp cold and frost may cause the leaves to brown and discolor, but Filiferas in fast-draining soil are more cold-hardy.
The fast-growing Washingtonia Robusta, also known as the Mexican Fan Palm, is a great fast growing palm choice. It can reach heights between 70 feet and 100 feet, which makes it ideal for street planting or large open areas where height isn’t a problem.
They are also cold hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although native to the Southwest, they will grow anywhere in Florida and the southern parts of Texas and South Carolina.
Fan palms are visually appealing, and come in all shapes and sizes.
They have a distinctly tropical feel and also provide shade. The leaves on a fan palm are palmate instead of pinnate. Palmate means that the leaves radiate from the center of the base of the leaf.
Both types of Washingtonia palms are fan palms.
Other Fan Palms Include:
- Silver Bismarckia – This palm is also known as “Pure Silver” for its unique coloring. It has a silvery, almost blue, appearance and is one of the largest and most desirable fan palms available. It can reach heights of 60 feet tall, and its leaves are very large. However, it is still dwarfed by the Washingtonia Robusta, which can reach 100 feet in some areas.
- Sabal Palmetto – Also known as the Cabbage Palm, this palm tree is the State of Florida’s official tree. It is very common in Florida, and is often seen in the wild. The palmate leaves on this palm are not as distinctive as those on the Mexican Fan Palm or the Pure Silver.
- European Fan Palm – This is probably the shortest fan palm available, reaching only about 10 feet tall. It is very hardy, but is also a slower grower. It can tolerate frost and a wide range of soil conditions. One unique aspect about these palms is that no two are alike. They can be very compact and thin or very shaggy and chubby-looking. They are a great alternative to shrubs or hedges.
- Chinese Fan Palm – The Chinese Fan Palm is one of the most cold-hardy palms available. It can withstand temperatures as low as 0°F for short periods of time. This fan palm is somewhat unique in that its leaves will generally bend down instead of sticking outward and upward. It gives the palm a graceful yet weepy appearance.
- Windmill Palm – This fan palm is a slow grower. It may eventually reach up to 40 feet in some areas, but will usually average about 25 feet as a maximum height. They are also relatively cold hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as 5°F.
Palmco is the Florida palm tree expert.
We offer more than 30 varieties of spectacular palms for sale to landscapers, designers and other wholesale buyers across the U.S.
For more information about Washingtonia Robusta, and other fan palms we offer, please call us at (239) 283-1329.