Mexican Fan Palm

Mexican Fan Palm

Washingtonia robusta

General Information

  • Full Sun
  • Very Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Evergreen
  • Attracts Birds
  • Deer Resistant

Common Names

Mexican Washingtonia

Plant Description

Full sun. A desert fan palm, made most famous by its use on the boulevards of Southern California. It's much taller and slimmer than the similar California fan palm; but like its cousin, robusta is drought tolerant. It can be distinguished by the tendency of drooping leaves to remain green about the skirt. It's less tolerant of poor drainage and subfreezing ice; dead robustas can be found after record freezes in San Antonio. (Allowing the shaggy skirt of leaves to remain around the trunk may help it survive.)

Plant Details


coupon eligible: No

watersaver: Yes

flower color: White

freeze hardy: Yes

wildlife: Birds

sunlight requirements: Full Sun

soil types: Clay, Sandy

invasive: No


Reseeds readily in garden settings. Skirts of dead leaves can be pruned if desired.

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