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Trachycarpus nanus  Dragonhead Palm, Yunnan Dwarf Palm

Trachycarpus nanus – Dragonhead Palm, Yunnan Dwarf Palm
Product Code: Y1-72400
Ornamental Value: Pretty
Availability: Out of stock

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The smallest member of the (Trachycarpus) genus, and one of the most sought after, this diminutive, very adaptable, and extremely cold hardy palm does not grow a trunk--or, at least, grows only an underground or a shortly emergent one. From Yunnan, in western China, the Yunnan Dwarf Palms are pretty palms, not unlike Chamaerops at first glance, and are often an attractive bluish color. A further interesting feature is the fact that the inflorescences are held upright, an adaptation to keep them off the ground. Unfortunately, this makes them very vulnerable to the goats, with which the area is over run; consequently, very few plants set seed. For the story of our rediscovery of this unique palm after 100 years, see PRINCIPES, April 1993, Vol. 37, pages 64-72.
Cultural Requirements
Sun Exposure Full sun from early age
Light shade when young
Light shade in dry, hot climates
Frost Tolerance Excessive
Water Requirements Moderate
Drought Tolerance Yes
Wind Tolerance High
Growth Rate Very slow
Growth Form Palmlike Tree
Ornamental Value Pretty
Properties Dioecious
Hazards Child and Pet Friendly
Gardening Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Plant Group Palms
Botanical Order Arecales
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