Trachycarpus latisectus - Windamere Palm This recently-found and now officially described palm is one of the most exciting new discoveries for temperate area palm enthusiasts. It has large, robust, nearly circular, fan-shaped leaves like a Livistona. It sheds them naturally, leaving a smooth, slender trunk. It grows fast and easily and withstands snow and heavy frosts, coming, as it does, from high altitudes up to 2400m (8000ft), but it is equally suitable for sub-tropical climates.
In the heart of London, Christine created a micro rain forest of hardy, shade resistant plants in her backyard. For more, see "The Reluctant Gardener: Christine's Oasis in London." Photograph by Christine Hanway.