Common Names: Chinese Fan Palm, Chinese Fountain Palm
Synonyms: Latania chinensis, Latania borbonica, Livistona oliviformis, Saribus oliviformis
Description: Livistona chinensis is attractive, solitary, fan palm with distinctive drooping tips to its leaves. In the wild these fan-leaf palms can develop into tall trees, but those grown in pots do not usually become big enough to produce substantial single stems, and they remain small, stemless shrubs. Their fan-shaped leaves have toothed stalks, are up to 30 cm long and 30 cm wide and are deeply cut along much of their length into many 3 – 4 cm wide, pointed segments. The tips of these segments droop for the last 5 – 8 cm of their length. The uncut lower portion appears pleated.
Livistona chinensis require no special attention and is easy to grow it indoors.
Foliage – green
Shape – bushy
Watering in rest period – sparingly
Watering in active growth period – moderately
Light – bright filtered
Temperature in rest period – min 7C max 16C
Temperature in active growth period – min 16C max 24C
Humidity – low