Scientific name: Washingtonia robusta
- Order: Arecales
- Family: Arecaceae
- Genus: Washingtonia
- Species: W. robusta
Growing several feet a year, the Mexican fan palm is a popular ornamental tree native to northern Mexico. The palm’s crown is made up of fan-shaped green leaves that are stiff and shiny. As the tree grows, past leaf bases drop off, revealing a slender gray trunk, while dead leaves droop and form a “skirt” just below the crown.
Mexican fan palms can reach over 100 feet (about 30.5 meters) tall and enjoy well-drained soil, as well as lots of sunshine. They are tolerant of drought and wind, but still require a stable water supply and sufficient potassium and boron for a full and healthy canopy.