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PlantFiles: Hayes Stiff Windmill Palm
Trachycarpus 'Hayes Stiffie'

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trachycarpus (trak-ee-KAR-pus) (Info)
Cultivar: Hayes Stiffie


over 40 ft. (12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SuburbanNinja80 On Jan 31, 2012, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

My hayes stiffe is doing well.... i which it into a 3 gallon pot last week.... i need to redo the repot again the i didn't get it in the middle of the pot. It grows very fast.... now my seedling i grew from seeds in a month there was two up.

Well am growing Seedling to this Palm now I have at least 15... Would of had more if a Chipmick didn't eat the seeds.

Positive gtr1017 On Feb 13, 2009, gtr1017 from Roanoke, VA wrote:

With near 0 F here in Roanoke VA which is supposed to be a zone "7A" , severe dieback to all existing fronds to within a few inches of the ground, although the center frond still looks viable, the plant is probably 3 - 4 years old. I do not protect my palms, except for mulch around the base and maybe a layer of leaves.

After last winter I pulled this up and replanted it in a spot with more wind protection, survived this winter much better, more snow, less wind. center frond came thru intact.

by the way, this is not a fast growing palm as some would have you believe.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Brierfield, Alabama
Plainfield, Indiana
Lookout, Kentucky
Charlotte, North Carolina
Forest City, North Carolina
Grove City, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Roanoke, Virginia

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