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Washingtonia filifera (Palm, Washintonia)

Palm, Washintonia

Palm, Mexican Fan

Washingtonia filifera

An attractive upright growing palm that sways easily in the wind as the gray-ringed trunk is at maximum twelve inches thick; this palm sways easily in the wind. Greatly appreciates rich, fertile soils but can tolerate worse and even withstand periods of drought.

The large palmate leaves have a slight drooping effect on the ends, and grow up to five feet in length and width. The leaf steams are light green with orange streaks, and have prominent spines along both edges. Once the older leaves die, they lay down flat and begin to form a highly attractive skirt or curtain around the trunk. Several years’ worth of leaves will continue to fall and pile on each other, which although attractive, can become the home of rats and other vermin -- great care must be taken when pruning old dead leaves.

Creamy white inflorescences appear in the early summer on stalks up to ten feet in length, growing out beyond the leaves. They produce black berries that easily attract wildlife, or germinate quickly after falling to the ground.  

Speciman Tree

Flower Color:

Creamy White



80-100 Feet



5-10 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Washingtonia filifera

The collection of old leaves around trunk can become home to rats and other vermin. 

USDA Hardiness Zone 8a

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Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs