Habitat: Rocky headlands and low hills around the Mediterannean coast. A very variable species, usually clumping, however, also occasionally single trunked, to about 10ft high. Small, palmate leaves, to about 20" across. One of the most cold tolerant palm species, withstanding even heavy frosts, so it is very popular in Europe. Prefers full sun in a very well drained position. Not suited to the tropics, quite slow growing. A very good container plant.