Chinese Windmill Palm
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen tree, a palm, may grow to 30 ft (~9 m) tall, but usually shorter, trunk about 10 cm in diameter, usually narrowest at the base, clothed in loose, stringy, brown-black fibers from disintegrating leaf sheaths. Leaves circular, fan-shaped, about 1.25 m across, deeply incised and pleated, with 40-50 segments, ends drooping; petiole 1 m long, margin sharply serrated to only rough and bumpy. Flowers yellow. Fruits rounded, about 1 cm, black, covered with a white bloom.
- Sun to partial shade; grows in many soils except wet, tolerant to drought, wind and salt. Small plants can be grown inside in indirect bright light.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7. Native to northern Myanmar (Burma) and central and eastern China.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Ocean Administration, 26th and Arnold Way.