Trachycarpus takil grows to 10–15 metres (33–49 ft) tall, with a rough trunk covered in fiber from the old leaf bases. It is one of the cold hardiest palms to produce a tall trunk, tolerating temperatures down to −14 °C to possibly −20 °C, but with leaf damages or total defoliation. 
It is easily distinguishable from Trachycarpus fortunei from its infancy by:
- the young plants having the tendency to growing obliquely.
- the young trunk being distinctly conical
- the adult trunk covered with very tightly clasping (not ruffled) chestnut brown fibers.
- the short, triangular, erect ligulas on the leaf sheaths of the terminal shoot.
- the leaves more spreading and those of the previous year being placed just below the last flowering spadices,
- reflexed, although still alive, by the leaf blade being irregularly divided only down to about the middle.
- the fruit being more distinctly uniform or considerably broader than high.
- the first leaves of sprouting T. takil seeds are duplicate (having only two ridges differing from T. fortunei with its quadruplicate first leaves.)
Please contact West Coast Trees for information and availability on Trachycarpus takil.
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