Mexican fan palm
Range: Northwestern Mexico
This is the iconic, astonishingly tall “sky duster” palm of the Los Angeles skyline, reaching nearly 100’ tall under ideal conditions. Here in South Florida it doesn’t grow as tall, possibly because of our frequent hurricanes, but is nevertheless a popular landscape plant. Producing large quantities of seed, it is becoming weedy and invasive in some parts of South Florida and other warm parts of the world. In its native range, its leaves are used to make baskets, ropes, and roofing material.