The Latan Palm (Latania sp.)is one of the best ornamental fan palms. While young plants have beautiful red petioles and leaf margins, mature plants produce a compact crown of very leathery, stiff, blue fan leaves with leafstalks covered in thick, white wool. Latania sp. likes moderately moist soil and needs some watering during the drier months. In warm climates, it may require fortnightly watering. In cooler climates, it should be watered only enough to keep it from drying out, but still allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. In colder regions, it can tolerate periodic frosts and requires only minimal protection from frost, such as a thick mulch layer. During the winter months, do not fertilize or too much water.
Once fully matured, a Latan Palm tree can grow from 15-20 ft tall with a trunk diameter of up to 6-9 inches. At the bottom of the trunk, the leaves grow about 3-4 ft wide. Its crown becomes rounded with a slight taper to the top. The petioles and leaf margins are very beautiful, giving the tree a lush, full look.
The Latan Palm is a great choice for those looking for a robust, tall, and ornamental fan palm suitable for larger gardens. With proper care and maintenance, it can serve as an impressive addition to any home setting.