Chinese fan palm cold hardy in SC?

joefalco(z8 MB SC)April 24, 2008


I purchased 3 chinese fan palms from walmart $10 each. The tag says livistona chinensis and cold hardy to 30 degrees.

I am in Little River SC and was wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect from this plant? I am hoping it will survive outside.

Thanks for any advice.

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I would say that no, they aren't hardy in SC. The farthest north I've seen them growing is Panama City very close to the water. They're only hardy til about 20 degrees, and they don't grow very fast, so if you do get winter damage, which you will, they will take forever to recover. You'd be better off with a Mexican Fan palm.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:18PM
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Could not agree more with islandbreeze i am in zone 8 and had one get damaged i finally got tired of watching it die and pulled it up !

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 11:22PM
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Interesting, why dr D. Francko recommend to grow this species as "die-back perennials" in cold climate?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 2:30AM
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I'm in upstate S.C. and agree with all previous responses.
Use them for house plants and more hardy palms for your landscape.

Here is a link that might be useful: Polar Palm Palace

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 4:35PM
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I would also agree with the above views. I overwinter a lot of palms in a minimally heated garage (winter max 48-60 F./min 38 F.). Under rather chilly conditions, I experienced no problems with Phoenix canariensis, Pindo palms, Chamaerops humilis, Sabal mexicana, and even Phoenix roebellini. My Livistona chinensis did, however, burn (more so than I would bave expected).

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 11:08PM
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Mine proved to be hardy enough to survive with protection but it was only partially successful. 3 of the 5 trunks had spear pull. I removed the three dead trunks after I dug it up and potted it a while back and now its growing pretty fast. So D.Francko was right but its just not worth the stress on the plant. I may try this again in the future and make sure it stays completely dry. I think that is the key to overwintering as a die back perennial. As far as frond hardiness goes I would guess nothing less than 20f for more than a few nights a winter and not in a row. (Pics of my experiment)

Winter protection

After potting with new spears pushing up


    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 12:28AM
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Good job Jay!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 1:48AM
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Blooming_annie(z 8/9, Chas, SC)

There are several on the pennisula of Charleston that have been in the ground for decades. Although a rare extreme winter will kill back the top growth, they are evidently root hardy. You'll have to adjust this for your slightly different climate but I'm getting ready to plant some myself across the river in Mt. Pleasant.

I'm a far cry from a palm expert but I know Charleston and I know people who know palms!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 4:52AM
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