Washingtonia filifera is an evergreen, flowering, large scale, perennial fan palm with a clean, graceful form. The stem is cylindrical, wider at the base and covered with older leaves that leave scars on the barks when cutoff. Leaves are stuff, fan-shaped with hairy filaments, bright green and have a long stalk with spins. Fruits are oval, fleshy berries, black when ripe with small, white fragrant flowers.
This palm does not develop a crown shaft. Usually grows 10-12m tall, with a spread of 3.5- 4.5m. The stem is thick and heavy and can reach 1m in diameter. Noted as reaching 18-25m tall in its native habitat. Slow growing.