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How to Grow Washingtonia filifera Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Desert Fan Palm

desert fan palm

Washingtonia filifera-Desert Fan Palm photograph by Laura Camp.


Washingtonia filifera Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Washingtonia filifera
  • Common Name: desert fan palm
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 480 to 720
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 180
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: White, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Palm, Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: palm boring beetle
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Pests
  • Best Garden Use: Container Garden, Specimen, Large Garden, Wildlife Garden, and Street Tree
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Washingtonia
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here