This palm was first introduced at around the same time as Trachycarpus princeps in the late 1990,s. Seed was wrongly sold as Trachycarpus princeps and there was a lot of disappointed people.
Today ,many of those disappointed find solace in the fact that this is a very different and fast growing palm tree. It is probably the fastest growing palm tree you can grow in the UK.
Since the late 90,s it has been found that there are actually mature wild populations of this palm in the same area as Trachycarpus princeps. The area obviously supports 2 distinct species. Whether Trachycarpus nova is another cultivar of fortunei or worthy of its own species name is open to debate and differing opinion. What is certain is that it is indeed a different looking palm to fortunei , looking more like Trachycarpus martianus. The wild populations have a silver colouration to the backs of the leaves , although not as distinct as Trachycarpus princeps. The palm however is worthy of its place in the exotic garden due to its fast growth, long petioles, and extra large leaves with silvery backs.
Hardy in most parts of the UK, it is an easy and trouble free plant, and can be confidently used to provide a stand out plant in the tropical garden.
Best planted in the ground in a well drained spot , they are not fussy although will not appreciate poor drainage. Dig them into the ground with a mix of garden soil and organic matter , and make sure they are watered regularly during the first year. A common mistake is to not water them , they will need regular watering until the roots go down into the ground.
It is not recommended as a pot plant long term, they dont like long term pot culture without regular repots.
You should also avoid planting them in windy locations as the wind leaves them looking tatty, they do need a sheltered spot.
Once planted , 2 or 3 dressings a year with a good Slow Release palm fertiliser is all thats needed to keep them healthy.