Windmill Palm Tree

Windmill Palm Tree

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  • Cold hardy

  • Drought tolerant

  • Salt tolerant

Regular price $34.95 Sale price $24.95 29% off

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Get Tropical Vibes Even in Cold Weather With This Cold Tolerant Palm Tree!

Say hello to the Chinese Windmill Palm Tree! Trachycarpus fortunei is the solution to adding a touch of paradise to your landscape no matter how far north you live!

The small Windmill Palm tree is one of the most cold tolerant palm tree cultivars available and we have even seen it grown as far north as Tennessee and Virginia and the pacific northwest. The Windmill Palm features lush, green fronds that fan out from its branches with oblong leaves. It may lose its dark green color in cold weather.

Perfect for planting around your pool and can be grown in a variety of locations. While it has no edible fruit, it does flower. This windmill tree produces yellow bushy, cascading flowers on both male and female flowering plants. These yellow flowers appear higher up the trunk of the ornamental tree near the hairy black fibers from old leaf sheaths on growing palm trees.

Chinese Windmill Palm Care

The Chinese Windmill Palm prefers full sun to partial shade and can adapt to a variety of soil conditions as long as its well drained soils. It can be susceptible to root rot if the soil for windmill palm is not well draining. This tree is drought tolerant and exceptionally pollution tolerant as well. It is very easy to care for palm trees!

Plant this cold hardy palm tree in a location where it can grow strong shallow root systems. It is very easy to grow and the fan shaped, dark green foliage brings an instant tropical vibe to any landscape, even colder climates.

The potted windmill palm tree grows best across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 7-11. In USDA zones below this, it will need winter protection or be planted in a container to bring indoors for winter. The Windmill Palm cold tolerance can handle temperatures down to 5 F. Learn how to plant a palm tree!

The best time to plant is in early spring or fall! You can use Perfect Plants Palm Fertilizer (which is the best fertilizer for Windmill Palm trees) to enrich the soil for this tropical palm tree plant.  This is a slow release fertilizer that should be applied every 3 months during the spring and summer growing seasons. Be sure to keep adequate moisture in the soil while the roots are established in the first year. A regular watering schedule is best for these slow growing trees.

How Fast Do Windmill Palms Grow?

This evergreen palm cultivar is low maintenance and will grow to an average of 25 to 30 feet tall in maturity. The Windmill Palm height is most commonly seen around 10-15 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide. This species of windmill fan palm, sometimes called the Chusan Palm from Chusan Island where Robert Fortune first saw cultivated specimens, has a slow growing growth habit. The Windmill Palm growth rate is less than 8 inches per year.

Best known for its pest and disease resistance, slow growth rate, and cold temperature tolerance. One of the hardiest palm trees out there! It even received the prestigious award of garden merit from the Royal Horticulture Society in the UK.

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Shipping information

Once your Windmill Palm Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Trachycarpus fortunei

Partial Sun/ Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
6-10 ft

Mature Height
25-30 ft

Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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Great I have bought several plants from them and every time with the exceptional

Tilae E.
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Beautiful, healthy palms trees

They came packed very well, healthy and beautiful! We're very excited to see them grow in our backyard.

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Mitchell S.
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Windmill palm

We were pleased with the condition the plants arrived in

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Great trees!

The palm trees are poly planted in the ground in North Carolina waiting for warm weather. Thanks

David H.
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Windmill Palms

Good Windmill Palms are difficult to find at times. I went on the word of their descriptions and am so satisfied I did. These small trees came well beyond my expectations for health and fullness and are weathering the colder temperatures here in Piedmont NC with continued new growth. You want to give these folks full consideration for all of what they offer.


Perfect Plants

Hey David, Thanks again for the awesome review and for the purchase of our Windmill Palm Tree. Best, Shirley

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