Chinese Fan Palms make slow-growing, but striking landscape specimens. The Chinese Fan Palm is tolerant of poor soils, but does the best when regularly fertilized. In zone 8 it will likely die back to the ground due to the freezes and frosts, but will re-emerge in the spring. It may be possible to grow this plant in zone 7 as well, with a good mulch. It can grow in nearly full shade, but will stretch if grown under these conditions.

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Chinese Fan Palm in SC

Chinese Fan Palm in SC

Chinese Fan Palm, Fountain Palm (Livistona Chinensis) Image

If grown indoors, the Chinese Fan Palm requires heavy watering, so be sure to keep the soil moist at all times, but at the same time, do not over water.

You don't want the soil to become soggy. Soggy soil is always a good candidate for root rot.

Spider mites can be common with this houseplant. If bugs appear on your plant, simply mist with a soapy water mixture twice daily until gone.

The fronds will also grow sharp "spines" - so use care when handling this plant.

Additional Classification Data

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Livistona
Species: Chinensis
Cultivar: None Identified

Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Plant Height

Height 6-8 ft.

Height 8-10 ft.

Height 10-12 ft.

Height 12-15 ft.

Height 12-18 in.

Height 15-20 ft.

Height 20-30 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Light - 40% to 60% Shade

Light - 60% to 80% Shade

Light - Full Sun

Growth Rate

Rate - Moderate

Published/Updated on: 01-20-2021