The Chinese fan palm or latania, as its name suggests, is a native palm to China. It has a maximum height of 10 meters and fan-shaped leaves. The dates that it produces, looking olives, blue-green at first, become black when ripe. Its botanical name pays tribute to Patrick Murray, Baron of Livingstone, founder in 1680 of the Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
For mainly ornamental use, the Livistona sinensis was introduced in Europe in 1818 and is cultivated since shortly after in the eastern Iberian Peninsula and southern regions.
We highlight the presence of this palm in the Prince's Garden, named after the birth, in the near room with views to this space, of the son of the Catholic Monarchs in 1478, Prince Juan of Aragon. In the words of Maria Dolores Robador, this space would originally, when there weren’t latania palm trees, a private garden of Queen Elizabeth, who would enjoy the lush vegetation and unique aromas of Seville, all of which she lacked in Castile.