Trachycarpus martianus 

Trachycarpus martianus Natural Habitat: Naturally found in two locations, and in two forms. The first forms, from the Khasia Hills in South West Asia, know as the Khasia form. The second from the Himalayas in Nepal know as the Nepal form. Description: Both forms are very similar with small differences and natural environment. We are unsure which form these seedlings are. The martianus is a tall slender solitary fan palm that can reach heights over 30 feet tall. This palm has a long smooth and skinny brown/gray trunk. The crownshaft appears a large bulge at the top of the palm covered with a thick fibrous coating, similar to burlap. The crown shaft is self-cleaning, but only after the old leaves age on the tree for a while and eventually fall off. The leaves emerge from the crownshaft in distinct layers giving the palm an open organized appearance. The leaves are fan shaped with many smaller finger like segments. The leaves are attached to the end of very long branches that are covered in thin white fuzz, which is very visible when the palm is younger. Since the leaves are so far from the crown, due to the long braches, you can clearly see all aspects of the crown. Environment: The martianus enjoys a sunny moist and well-drained area where it can get plenty of sun. It is very cold tolerant and can handle frost, freezes, and temperatures into the low 20’s. Very well suited for sub-tropical and temperate environments. Zones 7-10 As a seedling it should be kept in a shady area where it can get regular moisture, preventing the palm from drying out. It should also be protected from harsh weather as a young palm, to insure good health and fast growing.