Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Livistona

Specie: L. chinensis


English Name:


Common Name:

Chinese fan palm or fountain palm

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Arecaceae

Name in English: Palm Tree Family

The Plant

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

Special feature/remarks:

This plant can become a weed, or in some ecosystems an invasive species - such as in Florida wetlands and on some Caribbean Islands.