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Washington palm

Washingtonia spp.

Also known as


Jardi botanic de barcelona washingtonia filifera by Jvhertum (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


This plant has no fragrance

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Washington palm Overview

Washingtonia is a genus with just 2 evergreen palm species in the palm family, Arecaceae. Typically their stems do not branch and they are grown for their foliage, ornamental appearance and stature. Foliage is fan-shaped, leathery and deeply lobed, leaf bases are retained on the trunk after their leaves are spent. In cultivation, these are commonly removed to mitigate fire risks. Flowers are small, white-pink, with 3 petals, tubular in shape and borne in feathery clusters. Originating from dry, rocky environmental in the Southwestern USA and Northern Mexico, these may be grown as specimen trees in warm climates. In frost-prone climates, they are better grown in temperate or warm greenhouses or young specimens may be kept as houseplants.

Common problems with Washington palm

How to harvest Washington palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Washington palm


Special features of Washington palm

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

If growing under glass, use a loam based compost with added leaf mould and sharp sand.

Other uses of Washington palm

These architectural palms can be used to give structure to a range of locations from urban courtyards to a tropical garden. It can also be grown in containers indoors when young.

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