Common or vulgar name: Washingtonia, Mexican Palm, Pritchardia, Palm of Mexican fan.
Family: Arecaceae (formerly Palmaceae).
Origin: Northwest Mexico and California.
It is the fastest growing palm, more rustic and more economical. It differs from the other Washingtonia (W. filifera) because it has a thinner trunk and is taller. Therefore, Washingtonia robust, thin trunk (the opposite of what its name would make believe). When they are young, it is not easy to distinguish them, the difference becomes evident as they mature. It exceeds 30 m in height. The bark is grayish brown. Very large leaves and up to two meters in diameter bright green, the old leaves do not have threads or filaments or have very few. The dry leaves are kept in the palm tree falling towards the trunk. Small hermaphrodite flowers of white color and small fruits less than one centimeter and brown. It is used in groups and alignments. Suitable for large flowerpots.
Rustic species that tolerates very well the transplant and the lack of water, as well as poor soils. It needs full sun. The robust Washingtonia resists frosts of up to -5ºC; the W. filifera resists more, up to -10ºC.At those temperatures some leaves can be disfigured but then it regresses.It adapts to the most diverse soils.Resistant to drought.They require watering in summer to develop properly.The transplant was very good, even "bare root".