We consider them to be the best and most hardy of all Trachycarpus! Stiffer leaves than fortunei with silver undersides - really wonderful to behold. The fibre and leaf shape seem much more similar to Trachycarpus princeps, manipur and oreophilus, than to fortunei. This palm grows quite close to the permanent snowline and the locals have confirmed they can experience several months of snow in winter at the higher elevations, so it promises to be one of the cold-hardiest palms in existence!
Following the travels of Martin Gibbons in the early nineties to 'rediscover' this plant we regularly undertake journeys to find the Takil ourselfes and have harvested our own seeds from high in the Himalayas! We have been cultivating our own plants since 2007.