Washington Palm

(55 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Washingtonia robusta

Common Names: Washington Palm, Mexican Fan Palm, Skyduster

Overview: The Washington Palm is so fast growing, it can conjure up a tropical look in record time. It is also one of the most cold-tolerant palms you’ll find. Its fan-shaped leaves give the plant its common name, the Mexican Fan Palm. Left in a natural state, the browned fronds form a “petticoat” of thatch, which many gardeners trim off.

Once established, the palm is moderately salt and drought tolerant. It prefers a sunny, well drained spot, and loves a breezy location.

Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships December 9th - December 16th.

This product is not California Certified.

$ 62.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Description

The Palm That Makes a Presidential Statement

Washington Robusta is known by several names, such as Washington Palm and Mexican Fan Palm. This plant is a flowering species of the famous palm family of Arecaceae. Despite its name, the plant is not native to the United States or even Washington.

Washington palm is loved because of its unique leaves and easy-to-grow quality. People can grow it at home to create an aesthetic ambiance or in a park for shade. The best part is that this plant can grow 2 to 4 feet per year. 

Washington Robusta is native to northwest Mexico and Baja California Peninsula. This plant is reportedly naturalized in California, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, France, Italy, Israel, parts of the Canary Islands, etc. It was named after US president George Washington. 

As it is native to Mexico, the plant is popular with the following names:

  • Mexican Washington
  • Skyduster 
  • Mexican fan palm

Care

Washington Palm can reach more than 98” if you give them good care. Here are some things that you need to consider while caring. 

Light

If you want to grow them well, you need to keep them under the full sun. However, they can also thrive under shade. Fortunately, Mexican fan palms are also winter hardy, and you don’t need to worry about them in freezing temperatures. Your plant can tolerate temperate of -8° C or 18° degrees Fahrenheit. 

Soil

This plant can grow in several types of soils but healthily grows in fertile soils only. These lovely plants can grow in slightly acidic or alkaline soil. You need to check that the soil is well-draining, as your Washington Palm can’t tolerate waterlogged or soggy soils.

Fertilizer

The fertilizers you use for the Washington Robusta depend on the soil. But in general, you need to use 1 ½ pound of 8-1-10-4 palm tree fertilizer for 100 sq feet of area. You also need to apply fertilizer every three months. 

In the case of fertilizers, make sure that your fertilizer contains a good portion of phosphorous, nitrogen, micronutrients, and potassium. Also, it’s best to use controlled-release fertilizer every month when they are growing.

Water

Though Mexican Fan Palm is considered a desert plant, it thrives in areas with subsurface or permanent surface water. In other words, it doesn’t have high drought tolerance until it grows fully. 

Water your plant moderately throughout the year, except for freezing days. Try to keep your tree completely dry in cold weather. 

Common Issues

Since these Mexican plants have a habit of living in difficult conditions, you have to worry less about pests and diseases than other plants. 

Pests

Washington Robusta is susceptible to several pests such as scales, aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. You can control pests by using insecticidal soap spray. If you plan to have a good height that makes it impossible to reach every leaf, you can go for the systemic insecticides drenched in plant soil. Just make sure to check the instruction before using them. 

Disease

These plants are highly susceptible to diseases, but potassium deficiency can lead to some problems. For instance, you can notice leaf tip necrosis, premature death of some levees, and lead discoloration.  

Don’t remove the discolored or partially necrotic leaves, as they provide potassium to your plants. Poorly draining soil or excessive watering can lead to root decay and rot. So, water your plants accurately. 

Pruning

Your Washington Palm surely needs a pruning session once in a while. The older and dried palm leaves serve as a home to many harmful creatures like rats. 

Therefore, it’s vital to prune the plant to get rid of dead fronds. But the plants themselves will begin to shed leaves when they are 30’ feet. This means you don’t need to prune larger plants. 

Propagation

Whether you want to grow Washington Palm in your garden or outside your office, you can begin the journey with the plant seed. They will easily grow through seeds and don’t require great effort. 

When you keep them warm and uniformly moist, between 29° and 35° C, the seeds will germinate in less than two weeks. 

Potting/ Reporting

You can plant these species directly in a pot or ground. Spring and early summers are the best time to plant them, as they will get excellent sunlight to grow. 

Don’t plant your tree deep in the ground than the growing point of the tree. Remove or add soil as needed. 

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Mature Height

40 ft

Spacing

40 ft

55 reviews for Washington Palm

  1. Colleen C. (verified owner)

    I ordered 2 Washington palms and was a little nervous because they were being shipped after the hurricane. A slight delay which is totally understandable but when they arrived,PERFECTION! I know I will be ordering from this company again!!

  2. Frank Valentino (verified owner)

  3. Dinon Phillips (verified owner)

  4. Rebecca (verified owner)

    Looked like photo

  5. Dennis H. (verified owner)

    Had issues with delayed shipping on 1st palm but customer service shot me another one out and it’s huge and beautiful

  6. MUYIWA (verified owner)

    Received plant in very good condition. Healthy looking plant. This is my second Washington Plant. Love it.

  7. Laura (verified owner)

    It has already grew 3 more fronds. Doing well transplanted in Florida.

  8. Alan Baughn (verified owner)

    Always risky to buy sight unseen but we are completely satisfied with our palm

  9. Jeff (verified owner)

    Plants were of good size and packaged very well.

  10. MUYIWA (verified owner)

    Arrived in great conditon, freshly packaged. So far all good!

  11. michael mislan (verified owner)

    nice size and healthy palm

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    So far all good! It arrived in great condition 🪴

  13. Dennis E. (verified owner)

    I liked it so well my wife is getting me another one for my birthday 🎂

  14. Brian L. (verified owner)

    Healthy plant great quality, looks amazing poolside.

  15. Harry (verified owner)

    It perfect came on time and is the exact plant 🪴 at was pictured the photo you guys sent me ahead of time. I will definitely be ordering again. I’ve had a good experience with you guys.

  16. Elizabeth Thompson (verified owner)

  17. Ryan Dohrwardt (verified owner)

    Just Beautiful!

  18. Kay M. (verified owner)

    Packaged great!! Was in great condition when received! Hoping I can keep them alive!

  19. david b. (verified owner)

    Awesome palms ! Exactly what we were looking for !!

  20. Benjamin G. (verified owner)

    My Washingtonia Robusta arrived in great condition. It was the large size, and I’m impressed!

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The plant came beautifully. Happy with my purchase.

  22. Sean P. (verified owner)

    Great Trees

  23. Ryan Pranghofer (verified owner)

    Love it! And thank you for monitoring the weather to make sure my palm tree arrived safe!

  24. Larry (verified owner)

    Plants were at my home 2 days after shipping notification. They were packed well and healthy

  25. Stephen Giovanelli (verified owner)

    Well packed beautiful plant

  26. Alice

    How big is the extra large washingtonia?

  27. Rich Jennings (verified owner)

    Very nice palm. Very well packaged.

  28. Jorge R. (verified owner)

    Good price, the plant was very well packed and delivered

  29. Miriam Green (verified owner)

    The Large size has plenty of impact! I put it on a low plant stand and it is right up to my eye level.

  30. Brian (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Washington Palm

Beautiful palm trees

Tropical garden in backyard

I recently moved to NYC from LA and I want to have the California feel back to my home

Adding a tropical vibe to my pool deck

I am so excited to have a palm I can put outside in the spring and fall

I had two lovely Mexican Fan Palms and purchased another elsewhere. It did not survive. I am hoping this extra large will fit in more closely to the size of my other two.

We needed one more palm tree to add the final touch to our yard.