Common Name: Windmill Palm
Scientific Name: Trachycarpus fortunei
Origin: Central China, Northern Japan, Northern India
Bloom time: Late Spring - Early Summer
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.