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Hi. Can anyone identify this plant please. Also, how can I prune/ reduce the height please without damaging it? Thanks

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,629
    I think it's Trachycarpus fortunei.  I'm afraid there's no way of reducing its height - cutting off the bud at the top of the stem, from which the fronds emerge, will kill the plant.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Hi thanks for your reply. I’m not sure it is the above, I’ve posted another photo view of the plant
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 695
    Well it looks like one to me too .If you want to keep it you’ll have to move it somewhere with more space .
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,207
    Me too. It just hasn't developed a trunk yet.  

    You have options:

    Leave it as it is.

    Try and move it somewhere more suitable in autumn.

    Dig it out and bin it.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,629
    Hmm.  Could it be Chamaerops humilis, the European fan palm?  What do you think, @Obelixx

    That's a Trachycarpus behind it.  But once again, you can't change the height of the plant, though you can tidy it up by cutting off any brown fronds.  
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,207
    I must admit @Liriodendron that I find ithard to tell the difference and, as you say, the same advice applies.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,629
    I don't grow either of them.  But it's definitely a palm, and I believe they are all alike in that if you damage the growing point, they die.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 1,402
    I think you're right @Liriodendron.  I've grown both palms, Chamaerops humilis tends to grow in that way while Trachycarpus has a more distinct trunk, like the mature one behind. 

    You can selectively remove any fronds to reduce the bulk of the plant without damaging it @Emontheuseless, but it's important to leave the central growing point intact, as mentioned above.  I often remove lower fronds to give my palm a less dense look.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,780
    edited 30 July
    It doesn't look like Fortuneii. Could it be one of the Chinese palms?
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