Windmill Palm

Common Name: Windmill Palm

Scientific Name: Trachycarpus fortunei

Origin: Central China, Northern Japan, Northern India

Family: Arecaceae

Bloom time: May - June

Cultivated in China and Japan for thousands of years, the windmill palm has long been used to make rope, sacks and other strong, course cloth. One of the hardiest palms – perhaps second only to the European fan palm, which survives even cooler winters – the windmill palm is dioecious, which means male (yellow) and female (greenish) flowers are produced on separate trees, and they can grow to be 3 feet long.