Livistona chinensis (Jacq.) R. Br. ex Mart.
Livistona oliviformis (Hassk.) Mart.
Saribus oliviformis Hassk.
Chinese Fan Palm
Chinese fan palms are native to southern Japan, Taiwan, and some of the islands in the South China sea. They are not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Trees are 30-50' (9.1-15 m) high and up to 12' (3.7 m) around. Fan-shaped leaf clusters have swordlike leaves up to 6' (1.8 m) long. The leaves have tapered ribbon-like segments that sway in the breeze, suggesting an effect like a fountain. The petioles, or stems that connect the leaves to the tree, have sharp spines. Flowers are inconspicuous and mostly hidden. Fruits are bluish-black, resembling olives.
Livistona chinensis on FLORIDATA
Livistona chinensis at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Livistona chinensis on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
Livistona chinensis at the Palm & Cycad Society of Florida’s Plant to Palm site
Livistona chinensis on Forest & Kim Starr's Plants of Hawaii site
Livistona chinensis on eFloras
Livistona chinensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: