Trachycarpus fortunei


Wagner palm, Windmill Palm

  • Trachycarpus fortunei 'Wagnerianus'

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep in a well drained soil mix (perlite for example). Keep at warm but not hot temperature.

Discover the unique charm and horticultural history of Trachycarpus fortunei 'Wagnerianus', also known as the Wagner Palm or Windmill Palm. Originally discovered by horticulturalist Albert Wagner in the late 19th century, this cultivar may have originated in Japan, yet was nurtured into prominence within the steam-heated greenhouses of Germany. Its appeal lay dormant for many years until its garden qualities were finally appreciated.

The Wagner Palm, characterized by unusually small, stiff leaves, is distinct from its parent plant Trachycarpus fortunei. Young plants sport near-circular leaves, while those of mature specimens adopt a more hemispherical shape, always maintaining a relatively small size - between 18" to 26" wide. The palm's trunk can grow up to 30ft tall with a diameter of 8"-10" and is often coated in leaf base fibers.

The Wagner Palm is slower growing yet remains more compact than Trachycarpus fortunei, making it an ideal choice for Bonsai creation. Green thumbs will also appreciate its salt resistance, darker-hued, spherical leaves, and refined aesthetics, making it a favored choice for more exclusive gardens. Embrace the Wagner Palm or its sibling, Trachycarpus fortunei, with its larger, playful leaves – there’s a palm to meet every gardener's style.

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