It's a post about Chaemerops humilis, the European fan palm, one of only two European native palms*. I have one in the rear garden.
|Chaemerops humilis in the rear garden, June 2013|
It was only a baby when I planted it in 2002 but it's grown a little since then. We've had mild winters, cold winters, warm and cool summers, torrential rain and, this year, the coldest spring since 1891. It hasn't turned a hair. Not bad for a palm from the Mediterranean coastline, from places where winters can be cold and wet but summers are guaranteed to be long, warm and dry. It's a tough plant, along with Trachycarpus fortunei, one of the two palms almost certain to succeed anywhere in lowland Britain.
Not only tough but good looking. The palm fronds on mine have remained in good condition for years, clothing my - relatively - young plant to the base as the central growing point atop the stem gradually gets further and further from the ground. In time, I'll need to trim the oldest away, slowly revealing the stem, and producing a far more palm like palm. Having said that it will be a good few years yet before it reaches the sort of height and appearance shown below.
|Trimmed Chaemerops humilis, Italy|
|Multi stemmed Chaemerops humilis, Italy|
|Chaemerops humilis, female flowers|
|Chaemerops humilis in fruit, Italy|
As always, click the pictures to embiggen.
*The other European palm being Phoenix theophrastii, native to Crete.