The lady in the picture brought a 3 gallon Trachycarpus home from a local sale in 2006 and I planted it for her. The picture here was taken in January of this year. I have several Trachys in my yard. I have grown 3 or 4 different species of them from seed and most of the ones I have planted out have grown well - but this palm of hers is incredible. It's become a joke. After 8 years of explosive growth the original leaves have finally turned brown. It has flowered and produced seed for the past 3 years. I don't know of any other flowering Trachys within 5 miles of this palm and I wonder if a female palm will produce infertile seed without a pollinator. I tried sprouting a handful and got no germination at all. This palm is so contrary to my experience and reading that I have to brag about it a little. What's going on here?