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Chinese Fan Palm

Updated on March 26, 2010
The beautiful evergreen Chinese Fan palms(Livistona Chinenssis)
The beautiful evergreen Chinese Fan palms(Livistona Chinenssis)

Chinese Fan Palm

This hardy palm makes a good houseplant and needs little care. Place it into a sunny location of your house and water it regularly as this one is a bit thirsty plant. Now lets have a look at some of the details about it.


These palms can easily be propagated from seeds.

Once your Chinese fan palm is big enough to give fruit, you can propagate it. It has a berry-like fruit which is less than 0.5 inches in length. Each fruit has a seed. Just take this fruit of, place the fruit in water for a couple of days so that it will be easy for you to remove the edible part to free the seed. If you still can't pull the fruit off of the seed, soak them into the warm water for 24 to 48 hours more. Once you have the seed, make sure to wipe all the fruit particles away from it, or else the chances are quite strong that fungi will affect it.

Now you can germinate these seeds either in zip-lock bags or in small pots with soil. Let me tell you how.

fill the bags with dampened growing media and place palm seeds in it and the seeds will germinate. If you instead choose to place them in soil then make sure you keep the soil damp to allow the growth.

Scientific Name

Their scientific name is Livistona Chinensis which is pronounced as liv-iss-TOE-nuh chih-NEN-sis.

Stats & Facts

These trees belong to the family Arecaceae.

Can reach a height of 30 to 50 feet and can spread up to 10 to 12 feet.

Although a hardy plant which can thrive almost anywhere, the Chinese fan palm grows best in sunny locations to locations partial shade. Young specimens should be placed in partial shade.

Water it regularly.

Its fruit is used in Chinese medicine as anti cancerous element.


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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      Good to know about your Chinese Fan palms. Would love to see some pictures or maybe you can write a hub about it.

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      BroncoBob27 5 years ago

      I planted 3 very close to each other about 10 years ago and they have grown into a very nice looking arrangement, now about 25' tall. I didn't know the fruit was edible.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      This plant is heat tolerant and thrives in direct sunlight, so I believe it will be able to survive in desert, provided you can water it regularly. These plants need some real watering.

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      rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      I haven't seen these out here in the desert where I live. We have a few varieties that can survive this heat, Is this palm one of them?

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Ann, glad to see your comment. I have this plant and its leaves are so coarse and hard, still it looks beautiful.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      This is very interesting. Never heard of this plant before but it looks so lush and vibrant. Thanks, Ultimate Hubber!