Trachycarpus takil has been a real life mystery plant following a series of seed collecting expeditions to its home at 7,000' elevation in remote northern India over the past few decades. Most expeditions wound up at a population of Trachycarpus fortunei, now known as the cultivar Trachycarpus 'Nanital'. Finally, seed collectors made their way back to the real Trachycarpus takil, and we are thrilled to finally make it available. Our original plant of Trachycarpus takil in the garden (1 of 2 known to exist east of the Mississippi) was planted in 1994 and is now 11' tall including 6' of trunk. It has endured a winter low of -1 degree F (-18C) in 1996. The main difference between Trachycarpus takil and Trachycarpus fortunei is that Trachycarpus takil has no long brown "chest hair" at the crown and has dramatically more leaf segments than Trachycarpus fortunei.