Trachycarpus fortunei, the Chinese windmill palm, is one of the most cold-hardy of palms. Gardeners in London, Vancouver, and Tokyo grow this palm to perfection. It looks really neat in the snow.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus, a close cousin we like to call the “waggie” palm, makes an durable container specimen. Isn’t this little family of fan palms endearing?
It’s also a palm that produces fascinating flowers this time of year. Ours here in the nursery are pushing out new flowers right now.
The bracts are the pale-yellow, leathery structures enclosing the mass of flowers.
Waggies are such pretty, durable palms. They look particularly nice in groves. Even in a small city garden they can make a lovely grouping.
We were pleased to see how popular they are in Japan (where they originated) — and how well they fit into tiny Tokyo city gardens. Their Japanese name is “toujuro.”