California Fan Palm - Washingtonia filifera
A slender desert tree with a single trunk, this palm is restricted in range to southern California and Arizona. Reaching nearly 60 feet in height, it is the largest North American palm and the only native western palm species. It is found in isolated populations, often near streams or in canyons. The palmate leaves are broad and borne on long stems. The leaf margins have white fibers; when they leaves die they form a wide "skirt" around the trunk. The fragrant flowers are whitish, very small, and borne in long clusters; the fruits are dark blue. These are long-lived palms.