California fan palm

Washingtonia filifera & robusta

he genus name Washingtonia pays homage to the first American president, Georges Washington (1732-1799). 


Species characteristics

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: Southwestern United States

Characteristics: Washingtonia (W. robusta and W. filifera) have palmate leaves. The tallest palm in the garden is a W. filifera. Its trunk is more columnar than that of W. robusta, which resembles an elephant’s leg, smooth and grey.

Flowering period: Washingtonia produces hermaphroditic flowers.

History and oddities

Its genus name is after Georges Washington (1732-1799), first President of the United States.