"Waggie" or Miniature Chusan Palm
Trachycarpus wagnerianus is the VERY BEST Trachycarpus for general cultivation.
Its many attributes include the following:
Small and very stiff leaves - only about 60cm (24in) across -
and compact habit
Jaunty and charming appearance from a very early age.
Young plants have a gorgeous, bonsai-like appearance with enormous
Ideal for the smaller garden, and for container use
Adaptable to all kinds of climates, from cold temperate to dry
Great cold tolerance, down to -17°C (1°F)
Great tolerance of wind, the major enemy of T. fortunei
The perfect choice for coastal situations
Easy germination: should be at least 95% at room temperature
tolerant of transplant at any size with zero set-back and practically
no leaf loss
Speed of growth: once in the ground it can grow more than 30cm/1ft
of trunk per year
Excellent resistance to all kinds of diseases and pests
Trachycarpus wagnerianus will grow almost anywhere. The toughest one
we have seen grows in Iceland (!), and the most tropical ones grow in
Costa Rica. In both places they were doing great.
We are 100% convinced that it will replace T. fortunei if it has a chance
to become more widely available.
It is not known in the wild, only in cultivation, and Japan is generally
considered to be its native country. Seeds have never been available in
any quantity before, but we have managed to obtain the best and purest
Japanese T. wagnerianus available. Grab this chance to be amongst the
first to offer plants of Trachycarpus wagnerianus to your clients!
Americans please note: This plant is often incorrectly referred to as
'T. takil', especially on the West Coast. T. takil is in fact a much bigger
palm, bigger even than T. fortunei. Trachycarpus wagnerianus is the small,