Specie: L. chinensis
Chinese fan palm or fountain palm
Name in Latin: Arecaceae
Name in English: Palm Tree Family
Origin: native to Southern Japan, Taiwan and several islands in the South China Sea
Growth Habit: Big fan leaves divided about halfway to the middle, and with these divided sections drooping.
Flower: inflorescences hidden within the crown and are followed by oval or round seeds that turn dark blue to blue-gray when ripe.
Blooming Period: Summer
Leaf: fan shaped, deeply divided into about 75 segments that droop downward to give a gracefully fountain-like aspect inspiring its common name Chinese fountain palm
ornamental plant, It is becoming common to see young Chinese fan palms used in masses as ground cover in both outdoor landscapes and interiorscapes - especially in shopping malls.
Care and Handling
Soil: not particular about soil
Amount of water: This palm forms a long tap root and can survive extended periods of drought.
Nutrition: Fertilize twice a year in spring and summer with a good quality slow release fertilizer that contains micro-nutrients.
Special handling: Likes direct sun
This plant can become a weed, or in some ecosystems an invasive species - such as in Florida wetlands and on some Caribbean Islands.