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This new website feature will list desirable species that we have just obtained or are very desirable and requested species.  It will be a "blog-like" presentation with photos of the plants and, if available, pictures of larger specimens.  It will be expanded every day or two with comments on the species.  Posted species will remain for about two weeks, with new species added at the top of this page.  Note that some offerings will only be available in very limited numbers.  Sometimes we'll show smaller plants, other times larger.  This will enable mail order customers to review items they could purchase and have easily shipped.  Most recent posts will appear at the top of this thread, with the older ones below.

If you regularly follow this page, you'll learn a lot about palms and see photos of what we have and mature specimens.  Comments will be brief.  Feel free to email me with questions or requested species.  .  

Where possible, pricing will be mentioned.  Remember, other sizes at different prices may be available as well.

We will occasional post special pricing in this section.  Special prices will last only as long as they are posted here.

It is possible to ship or deliver any plants seen on these pages.  Just call us to set up an order.  We ship within the U.S.  Some state require Phyto Certificates.

This website section will change frequently, with new species being described every day or two.  Watching what we offer here will enable you to tell what's new at our nursery. 




Some cold hardy plants. 

This is a single trunk fan palm from
Mexico that has a silver color to the
leaves.  Surprisingly, It can grow in
filtered light conditions.  it is not as
cold hardy as other well known Brahea,
but will take temperatures probably into
the low 20's F and looks different from
others in its genus.  It never gets much
above eight to ten feet tall.  So, for those
in cooler areas, this is an alternative
species to try.  Shown is a 5g plant and
a more mature garden specimen.  I
particularly like the wide flat leaves,
reminiscent of more tropical genera
like Licuala.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis


While we are on Brahea, I thought I'd
mention another very rare and hard to
find species, B. decumbens.  This is a
dwarf blue species that, unlike the dulcis
above, likes full sun.  It's cold tolerant
into the upper teens and never gets over
about five feet tall.  And, unlike others in
the genus, it suckers!  This is a very
cool species.  Because this is such a
great species, I am showing multiple
garden plants and a close up of the leaf.
We also have larger 5g plants for sale.
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens leaf  


This species is not as rare as the two
above, but is very popular, especially with
those who live in cold areas.  It tolerates
lows to about 15 degrees and is very blue
in color.  It is a slow to medium grower and
reaches an overall height of about 15 feet
in many years.  It is drought tolerant and
water conserving.  It loves heat and full sun.
Shown are some 5g plants and a mature
specimen in a coastal area.  Had the latter
been in a more interior hot area, the blue
color would be much more intense.    
Brahea armata


By most, this species is felt to be
a different species than its cousin,
Chamaerops humilus.  We say this
because it is very blue in color and
tends to be more compact and shorter.
It is similar, however, in that it is very
cold hardy, down to about 15 degrees.
We have 5g, 15g, and boxes for sale.
Shown is a very shippable 5g and a
mature plant showing the color.  This
species loves sun and heat.  It is
very easy to grow.  
Chamaerops cerifera




This is a rather small and fern-like
appearing cycad from South Africa.
At maturity, its caudex is usually no
larger than six to seven inches.  The
leaves are typically under four feet,
often just two to three feet.  So, it is
a nice cycad for a small area.  And, it
is un-armed and user friendly.  Shown
is a citrus pot size, which is coning size.
This plant has a female cone.
Many of our plants have coned.  This
size is $175 to $200.  We do have smaller
sizes as well.  A mature plant is shown
in the second picture to the right. 
Along the coast, this species tolerates
sun or near full sun.  Inland locations
find filtered light the best.  Cold
tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.
The third photo shows a close up of the
leaf and its fern like appearance.  The last
photo is of a band size, about 3 years old.
This size is $45 to $55.  Try one of these,
they are very cool plants.
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria
Stangeria Stangeria eriopus  
In the "old days", this species was
known as Opsiandra maya, a name that
I really enjoyed.  It is a single trunk palm
that can be grown in Southern CA.  It
has the interesting habit of getting a very
swollen base.  This swelling will truly
"disappear" when the plant ages, actually
shrinking away.  Shown is a rare boxed
specimen.  We have several of these
as well as smaller sizes for sale.  Along
the coast it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance
is into the mid-twenties F.  The plant you
see saw temperatures outside in 2007 of
24 degrees.  The third photo is of a
containerized plant in the greenhouse.
Note the swelling at the base, typical
appearance for this species.  
Gaussia maya Guassia maya
Gaussia maya    


This is a medium sized rare cycad from
South Africa.  It is most known for two
characteristics: it's leaves look line a
Holly Fern and the bright red cones that
this species produces.  I've found that
the female cone tends to be red and the
male more of an orange-red color.  But,
this is variable.  This plant prefers filtered
light in most areas but can take full sun
right along the coast.  Cold tolerance is
into the low 20's F.  Mature size will
typically be a caudex that is 10 to 15
inches with a crown spread of six to eight
feet.  The leaflets are dark green and
armed with small spines.  Some different
varieties show variation in the leaf form
with some plants having more narrow
leaflets and others wide.  Some leaflets
are even curled or almost tubular.  The
third and fourth pictures show this
curly leaf form.  The last photo shows
the famous red female cone.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox curley Encephalartos ferox cone



This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate
palm from New Caledonia.  This island is
where other great species like Chambeyronia
and Burretiokentia come from.  Height in
Southern California is about 25 feet with a
rather thin trunk for this height.  The leaves
and crown tend to be upright.  Cold tolerance
is into the mid to low 20's F. and it prefers
sun along the coast.  Inland areas should be
given part day sun or strong filtered light. 
This species is fairly easy to grow with good
growth rates.  Shown to the right are first a
5g plant and then a 15g plant.  We only have
a few 15g still left.  Below are a few photos
of larger trees in gardens.  The second photo
shows a plant that is just starting to show
trunk but illustrates the upward nature of
the crown of leaves.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis
Kentiopsis mature Kentiopsis  


This is a single trunk, pinnate palm from
Lord Howe Island.  It is the other type of
palm known as the Kentia Palm.  It is most
distinguished by the curved leaves that give
the crown an "umbrella shape".  By report,
it is a bit more cold hardy than the Howea
probably good to about 23 to
24 degrees F.  Speed of growth is slow.
Mature height about 25 feed with a some-
what skinnier trunk than the standard
Kentia Palm.  Shown is a very large 1g
plant: SPECIAL, reg. $40, special price
$30.  We also have smaller ones for $25.
Also available, 5g and 15g.  
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
howea belmoreana  


This is a real king among palm
trees with the thickest trunk of any
palm species.  It is extremely cold
hardy and sought after by collectors
from all over the country.  It tolerates
temperatures of about 15 degrees,
is pinnate, gets to about 60 feet and
has a trunk diameter of four feet or
more.  Shown is a very large 15g
plant, price $200, basal diameter 10
inches.  We also have nice 5g (easily
shipped) and box specimens.
The specimen photos speak for
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea Jubaea



(garden of Ed Moore, San Diego)
This is a very desirable tropical plant, an
Anthurium species from a long time friend
of mine in San Diego, Ed Moore.  It ends up
with leaves about 4 feet long.  The seeds are
small and red.  I do not know the species
name.  It likes filtered light and is a great
companion plant and a fine addition to
the garden.  Photos shown are of strong
5g plants, $45.  I'd estimate cold hardiness
into the upper 20's F.  BTW, Ed Moore was
one of the first members of the International
Palm Society. 
Anthurium Anthurium
Anthurium anthurium  


This South African cycad species makes a
very large mature plant, so it needs some
room in the garden.  It prefers full sun along
the coast and takes temperatures into the low
20's F.   Mature plants can have several meters
of trunk and the crown width is about 8 to
10 feet.  It is a quick grower.  It's leaves are
green in color and the trunk can get 2 feet in
diameter.  Shown here is a chunky 15g plant.
We have plants of this species available in all
sizes with very nice seedlings starting at
$35 to $45.  Also shown are a box specimen
from the nursery, leaf detail close up, and
a mature specimen in a garden. 
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalarto altensteinii
Enceph altensteinii Enceph alt leaf Enceph altensteinii


This palm is native to Australia and is
also known as the Ribbon Palm.  It is a
fan palm.  The terminal leaflets hang
downwards, thus given the ribbon
appearing look to the leaves.  It is a fast
palm and easy to grow.  Cold hardiness
is into the teens, F.  It prefers full sun. 
Shown here are a 5g plant as well as a
15g.  Also shown are a picture of a
mature specimen in a large nursery box
and one in a garden.  In a nursery plant,
I like to recognize this species by
looking for the typical curved spines
on the petiole, a thin leaflet fan palm,
and wispy strands of hair hanging
randomly from the leaves. For those
is a colder area, this might prove to be
not only a good looking palm, but one
you can grow.  It's a piece of cake in
areas like San Francisco and Houston.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens   



I am very excited about this hard to find variety
of King Palm.  As I mentioned previously, there
are about six (or more) species of Archontophoenix.
And, in my opinion, all of the more unusual types
are more desirable than the common King Palm seen
so commonly in landscapes.  The reason why the
A. maxima excites me is: 1) It is a great grower,
perhaps faster than the ordinary King  2)  Its trunk
and crown are more rubust.  3)  The crown shaft
is a beautiful yellow/gold color  4)  In full sun along
the coast one sees less brown tipping at the end of
the leaves.  The specimen in my yard has a basal
caliper that approaches what one would expect with
a Royal Palm.  And, I think the cold hardiness of the
maxima is equivalent to the ordinary King Palm.  So,
this is THE King Palm to get.  A friend and previous
customer of our nursery (now deceased) grew a grove
of this species in the Escondido area and raved about
them. I visited his garden and they were gorgeous.
So, give one a try.  They are super.
Shown are several 15g plants.  I should have them
available from 2g to 15g size.  The crown shaft
color will change when mature and grown outside.
If possible, I'll try to post a photo of the large one
later from my garden.
Archontophoenix maxima

This is another great species to grow in the garden.
Known as the Blushing Palm, the Red Leaf Palm or
the Flamethrower, this species is a must for all
enthusiasts.  It is a reliable grower with a gorgeous
crown shaft, wide leaflets that are very thick to the
touch, and a burgundy colored new emerging leaf.
There are several varieties, but today I am talking
about the one with the dark green crownshaft,
C. macrocarpa.  This species is from New
Caledonia, an island with many very nice species
for us in Southern California.  The only complaint
I've ever heard about it is that growth rate is rather
slow.  Most grow it in filtered light, but along the
coast it will take full sun.  Cold tolerance appears
to be to the low 20's f.  It is more cold hardy than
the King Palm.  Shown are several nursery plants
showing the new red leaf, and a more mature
garden specimen. We have available a whole
assortment of sizes at the nursery.
Chambeyronia  Chambeyronia 
Chambeyronia  Chambeyronia  chambeyronia 

This is a slow growing New World cycad species
that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One
of the things that is particularly nice about this species
is that the crown size is compact and not that large. 
For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location
in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its
leaves are a silver-green in color and it holds many 
leaves.  An extremely old plant might have a foot or
two of trunk.  In the wild there are specimens that are
possibly a thousand years old with many meters of
trunk, often leaning over toward the ground.  But,
from a practical point of view, it is a small plant. 
Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. and it prefers
full sun except for harsh desert climates.  We offer
many sizes of this species from seedlings up to
trunked plants that are many decades old. 
The last photo is a citrus pot size.  For mail orders,
this is a perfect size to ship.
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 


Just available are two fantastic blue species being
sold in seedling stage.  Both are very
difficult to find.  E. horridus remains the
number one sought-after cycad species.
We are offering them for sale at $55.  Also
available is the most desirable form of the blue
Encephalartos lehmannii.  This is the kirkwood
form with its good size and nice re-curve to the
leaves.  These are also $55 each in the band size. 
Our supplies are limited.  So, if interested, contact
us soon.  We can ship these anywhere within the U.S.
Shown here are first a picture of a mature E.
with a close up picture of the spiny
leaf.  Then I have several pictures of Encephalartos
with one close up of the leaves.  Both
species are intensely blue, especially in full hot
sun.  These species are easy to grow and cold
tolerant to the low 20's F.
pictures below of these new seedlings and
also shown another great blue species,
Encephalartos trispinosus.  The latter are
3-4 you seedlings, ready to be bumped into
larger containers.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus leaf
Encephalartos lehmanii Encephalartos lehmanii Encephalartos lehmannii
E. horridus
E. horridus, band size seedling
E. lehmannii kirkwood
E. lehmannii, kirkwood, band
E. trispinosus, seedling band
E. trispinosus, seedling, band
This genus is mostly native to Hawaii, but some species
extend into the South Pacific.  At our nursery, we
specialize in the native species from Hawaii because
they are more cold tolerant and easier to grow in
Southern California.  All are tropical fan palms
and all are very desirable.  For those of you who "only
like feather palms", think again.  These plants are
gorgeous and add a real diversity to the garden.  There
are about 25 or so species in this genus, and at any time
we typically offer ten or more species for sale.  They
tend to be small to medium sized palms, typically
under 20 feet of height with thin or medium sized
trunks.  The leaves are near entire and often flat in
their shape.  They are easy to grow and some tolerate
temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  In coastal areas
they take full or part day sun.  Inland they may be grown
in strong filtered light.  We have all sizes from seedlings
to boxed sized plants.  Shown here are an array of sizes
and species.  Come visit us and you'll be pleasantly
surprised to see that we have hundreds of this genus
for sale.  Over the past 3 decades we have sold
thousands of Pritchardia  of all species and
everyone loves them.  We are one of the only nurseries
in the country that offers so many species and
sizes of Pritchardia.   By the way, Pritchardia are
the only true palm species native to the Hawaiian
Islands.  All other palm species were introduced by man!
Pritchardia pritchardia
pritchardia leaf pritchardia pritchardia 5g


This is an absolutely different and striking
cycad species that was introduced to the
market in the last ten to fifteen
years.  Like a Fishtail Palm, it's leaves
branch and are multipinnate, to the third
order.  This is very unusual for cycads.  Pictures
shown here give you a good look at this species
and the characteristics of the leaves.  The
third photo shows what the entire plant looks
like.  The leaves are rather full and extend
upward to about 10 feet height maximum. 
This species likes filtered light and is cold
hardy into the mid twenties F.  It is very rare
and hard to find.  This is not an inexpensive
cycad.  Just over a decade ago, a mere
seedling was so rare that it sold for a
small fortune on the international
market.  If one looks back about 15 to 20
years there were only rare accounts of
cycads with branched leaves and they
were grouped together in the "Cycas
complex, but since that
time true species names have been
worked out.  Cycas debaoensis is one
of the most exciting species from this
previous complex of species.

cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis



The plant shown here is a very special plant.
Not only is it gorgeous, but it also very
different.  We are not quite sure what it is.
It shows features of both Dioon merolae and
Dioon edule.  The leaflets are not spiny but
reflex downward like D. merolae.  This
specimen is very full and has many leaves. 
Its caudex is about 8 inches and it's in a 7g
container.  I'll show a close-up of the leaf.
If similar to other similar plants, its cold
hardiness would be into the low 20's F.  It
wants full sun in most areas.  I only have
one such plant as shown.
Dioon species Dioon species
Caryotas are a Fishtail Palm.  This species is
a rather recent arrival to the nursery trade.  It
is from northern Thailand.  It is known for its
very beautiful appearance and for the thickness
of the trunk.  Known previously as the "Thai
Mountain Giant Palm", the "Black Stem
Caryota" and the "King Kong Fishtail", it is
a very sizeable palm that needs room to grow
and tolerates full sun in most areas.  It's growth
rate is fast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees.
Trunk diameter is 2 to 3 feet and typical overall
height is 35 to perhaps 40 feet.  Shown is a good
sized 15g plant, perfect to plant in the garden.
Also shown are several photos a a mature
specimen and a close up of the leaf.   Note that
the leaves are very large, sometimes up to
15 feet in length and very wide.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Carytoa gigas  


This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-
shafted palm species from northern
Australia.  It gets to 40 feet or more and
has a rather thin trunk.  It is a fast grower.
Cold tolerance is slightly below a freeze.
It is uncommonly seen in Southern CA.
It is a species that should be started in
strong filtered light and then allowed to
grow upwards into full sun.  Shown is
a 5g plant and a mature specimen.  This
species is seldom seen for sale in CA.
I am also showing a close up photo of
the crown shaft and red fruit.
Carpentaria acuminata Carpentaria acuminata



This is a rare species of Encephalartos from the
Transvaal area of northern South Africa.  It is
medium sized when mature and has either a blue
color to the leaves or is blue-green.  It is very
sought after by collectors and likes full sun and
heat.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Desert
locations may require only part day sun.  It is slow
growing when young and takes at least 4 years to
offer a good seedling.  Shown here is a 7g plant
with a six inch caudex as well as a mature specimen. 
We also have band and citrus pot size plants for sale.
The mature plant is from a botanical garden in
Hawaii and really shows the blue color.   
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 7g Encephalartos eugene-maraisii



This single trunk, pinnate palm comes from
Mt Lewis mountain area of Queensland.  It
grows right next to native stands of

Archontophoenix purpurea.  It is
surprisingly cold hardy and can temps
into the mid twenties, F.  It has a bronze-
silver color to the underside of the
leaves, thus giving it its name.  Trunks
are about 12 inches and overall height,
similar to the Purple Crown Shaft King,
is about 35 feet.  Shown is a 5g nursery
plant for $75.  We also have 15g plants
for sale.  The second photo is from
habitat and shows the bronze color to
the underside of the leaves.
Oraniopsis apendiculata Oraniopsis appendiculata


CYCAS panzhihuaensis
This is a very cold hardy yet tropical
appearing cycad.  It is native to China
and in sun the leaves have a blue-green
color.  It tolerates temperatures easily
into the low 20's F. Overall size is
medium.   The last photo shows
several specimens at Montgomery
Foundation in Miami, FL.  We have
small to large plants available.  This
species is known to grow in northern
California and even in parts of Great
Cycas pansihuanensis  


This cycad species is from Mexico and is
known for its very thin leaflets.  You will
see this cycad as a single trunk plant or as
a cluster with multiple stems.  The overall
crown size is not large, typically with a
spread of four feet.  A plant with a cuadex
of 12 to 18 inches is a very old plant.  Cold
tolerance is definitely into the low 20's F.
It likes full, hot sun.  This would be a good
sun species of cycads for those who live in
a colder climate.  It is closely related to
Dioon edule.  I am showing several plants
from the nursery.  Note the leaf and leaflet
appearance.  Also note that one specimen
shows how this species can sucker and make
a clustered plant.   the boxed specimens
are at least 20 years old.  So, you can
see this species is also ideal where
an enthusiast needs a plant that will not
get tall and needs to fit into a smaller area.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia


This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-shafted
palm from the Mt. Lewis area of Queensland,
Australia.  It is a species in the group of palms
commonly known as "King Palms".  Most
people don't realize that there are actually
five or six different types of "King Palms",
and A. purpurea is one of them.  This species
is known for the purple like color of the
crown shaft.  The underside of the leaflets
are silver as contrasted to the dull green of
the common A. cunninghamiana.  It can be
planted as a single or as a multiple.  Cold
tolerance is not quite as good as the common
King, probably about 26 degrees.  The color
of the crown shaft is variable, some being more
purple than others.  This species is also known
by the older common names of "Archontophoenix
Mt. Lewis" and "Purple Crown Shaft King Palm".
Shown are a 5g plant, a 15g plant and some more
mature specimens.  Also, be aware that the
purple color won't appear until the plant is
in the garden several years and has some trunk
height.  The last photo is of a fruiting mature
specimen in the San Diego area.  Note the
silver color to the underside of the leaflets.
5g plants are $65, 15g $175.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea


This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate
palm from New Zealand.   Some would group
this with Rhopalystlis baueri as a subtype.  It
is from Raoul Island.  It's crown shaft has a brown
or purple color and is quite attractive.  It is
a somewhat slower grower when small but
picks up speed once planted.  It's trunk is about
10 inches.  The leave droop with a gentle arch. 
This species tolerates full sun right on the coast
and would prefer filtered light in inland
locations.  Shown is a 15g specimen, price $175,
followed by a 5g plant, $65.
Below are two garden specimens.  These are
not very old plants and are just showing a bit
of trunk.   Cold tolerance is into the
mid-twenties F.  Some feel this is the most
beautiful of the Shaving Brush type palms.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii, 5g
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii


This is good sized, crown shafted pinnate
palm from New Caledonia.  It comes from Mt.
Koghi in the central area of the island.  Mature
trees obtain a height eventually of 40 feet or more.
The leaves tend to be upright in the crown and the
crown shaft has a white color.  It is more difficult
to find than other species of Burretiokentia.
An interesting thing about this species is that
younger plants have a triangular shape in the
crown shaft area below the leaves.  Shown here
is a 15g plant as well as mature specimens from
the wild.   One photo shows a blossom on a
fruiting tree.  We also have 5g nursery plants
at the nursery for sale.
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis blossom  



This cycad has an exotic look to it and has minimal
armor or spines.  When mature, it gets quite tall and
can sucker and form a cluster.  It is quick growing and
will tolerate sun along the Southern California coast.
Inland it would like partial sun.  When mature it can
throw up to 40 leaves 2 meters long or greater.  Trunk
diameter is 12 to 18 inches.  Shown is 5 gallon

plant which is normally $135 and on special
now for $85.  We also have larger 15g and box
specimens and some 1g plants.   Note how the
5g plant almost looks like a palm tree.  But, in
the larger container it's obviously a cycad.

Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.  It likes good
drainage and can be grown as a containerized
specimen.  Some have even grown it as a houseplant.
It is much more exotic appearing than a Sago and
has softer leaves, making it a more ideal interior
plant.  Also shown are a 15g plant and a garden

Cycas thouarsii Cycas thoarsii 15g
Cycas thouarsii garden    


This is a crown shafted, single trunk pinnate
palm that is native to the Mascarene Islands.
It has a very pretty crown shaft.  There are several
varieties of this species.  One is entitled
Dictyosperma album rubrum because of
the red color in the leaves and petiole.  Some
taxonomist feel there is also a variety
"furfuracea" that has a lot of silver color to
the leaf bases and crown shaft.  Shown here
is a 15g plant.  Price is $175. Also shown
are a picture of a mature plant and a close up
of the crown shaft.
Dictyosperma album


This is an unusual type of Screw Pine that
is not seen that often.  I have typically grown
Pandansus utilus over the years.  In fact, I
have a 20 foot branching specimen in my
garden.  About 6 years ago I got seeds of
P. furcatus.  I have found them to have a softer,
less spiny leaf and to be good growers.
And, their cold hardiness is pretty good as
well.  I think they are mid-twenties F. plants.
Shown here is a 5g specimen. It's a bit yellow,
probably because it's a huge plant in a 5g pot
and needs more nutrition.  I have no photos
of mature specimens and checked on the Net
and there are no good photos there that I could
find.  This species, like the utilus, will form
thick stilt roots at the base.  price is $85,
height of this plant about 5 feet.  I only
have a few plants.
This is a South African cycad species that
has green leaves and makes a medium sized
adult plant.  By this I mean you, over several
decades, will get a plant with perhaps 4 feet of
trunk.  It's crown width is about 8 feet.  It likes
full sun and heat unless you are in a desert
locality.  It is a quick grower and has cold
tolerance to the low 20's F.  It can go even
to lower temperatures if you give it some cold
protection.  Shown first here is a coning sized
boxed specimen.  Also shown are a smaller
containerized plant and a few photos of a
mature garden specimens and the adult
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis  



On Monday I talked about this species
and showed a one gallon plant.  We also
have for sale 15g and 5g plants.  To the
right is an example of a 5g. You can see
that the leaves have a 360 degree pattern
to the leaflets and, if you look carefully
on the petiole, you can see the beginnings
of the very prominent hooked spines.   If
you  skip down a few posts, you'll see
photos of a mature specimen.  Although
somewhat slow growing, these are very
impressive plants that get these huge
leaves with a full array of leaflets.
livistona saribus  

This is a palm that makes a huge
mature specimen.  It can be single
trunk or multi-stemmed.  The most
interesting thing about this species
is the overwhelming length of the
leaves.  There are reports that leaf
length can exceed 50 feet!  There
are examples of this species growing
in Southern California.  I'd estimate
that the species will not tolerate a
freeze.  It likes full sun.  Shown is
a 15g plant for sale and a picture of
a mature specimen.  It is next to
impossible to find this species for
sale at a nursery.  Note the red-
orange color of the leaf stems.
Raphia farinifera Raphia farinifera

Previously in this thread I discussed this
miniature Chamaedorea species.  I
mentioned how it rarely gets over about
six feet and has a metallic sheen to the
leaves.  The 15g specimen to the right
is an example of multiple plants in one
clump.  They are very attractive when
grown like this.  This example was dug
from a private collection and is about
20 years old.  I am also showing a small
nursery plant for comparison.  Cold
tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.
and preference is for shade.  The type
of leaf you see on this species is a
"simple leaf".  It in entire and solid.  This
is opposed to the classical "feather palm"
leaf commonly seen.  As time goes by,
we will discuss more simple leaf
Chamaedorea metallica  


This is a dwarf cycad species that never gets
over about 2 perhaps 3 feet tall.  It is a small
plant and forms a cluster of plants through
division.  It is very rare and almost never seen.
It is similar to Zamia kickxii.   The plant shown
here is a coning sized specimen.  They don't
get much larger than this.  For this reason, I
am only showing this one photo.  I have
perhaps one or two of these for sale.  Regarding
cold hardiness, little is known but I'd suspect
it is into the mid twenties F.  It can take
coastal sun but prefers part day sun or strong
filtered light. 
Zamia species dwarf cuba  

Ceratozamia hildae
Like the species above, this is also a dwarf
cycad species.  I find C. hildae to be very
charming and quite a "feminine" plant.  It is
known for grouping of the leaflets to the
petiole, almost as if you tied "bows" to the stem.
It's height is seldom over 4 to 5 feet.  It prefers
filtered light.  Normally the are separated
groups of leaflets.  But, on occasion, you'll
see plants with single opposing leaflets rather
than a group.  I am going t show a series of
photos of various plants and forms.  We always
have these in stock in an assortment of sizes.
Shown also is a 15g plants with a bit of twisting
to the leaflets.  Cold tolerance is into the low
20's F.  You'll note the variation in
leaf appearance as you look at these plants. 
This is one of the interesting things I've noted
about this species.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae 

This is a gorgeous single trunk, crown shafted
pinnate palm from the mid-elevation of the
mountains of Lord Howe Island (home of the
Kentia Palm).   It has an umbrella shaped crown
of leaves, is small to medium sized, seldom over
20 feet tall.  It can take full sun along the coast
but would like filtered light inland.  It is slow
growing and is also known for its silver trunk and
crown shaft.  It's cold tolerance is into the mid-
twenties F.  Shown is a 15g from the nursery,
various photos.  We have smaller plants as well.
Also shown are pictures of mature plants. 
This species is rather hard to find in good size. 
The one shown is $195.  Ripe fruit is large and
red in color.
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe


This is a New World cycad from
Mexico.  It is lush and tropical appearing
and has fairly horizontal or dependent
leaves.  In most areas, it prefers filtered
light and never gets more than about 6 to
8 feet vertical height (top of leaves).
Growth is slow and a plants with a 12 inch
caudex can be over 20 years old.  Cold
tolerance is into the low 20's F.  As with
other Ceratozamia, new leaves may
emerge a brown or reddish color.  They
fade to green within a month.  Shown is
a nice 15g specimen.  We have larger
and smaller plants.  I will show extra
photos of this species as it is quite
attractive.  The third photo shows
fairly newly emerged leaves.  Note how
soft they are.  They will harden over time.
 The last photo shows a garden specimen,
a slightly thinner leaflet variety.  We
offer many types of Ceratozamia for
sale.  They are a perfect plant for
gardens that have overhead canopy and
the need for more lower profile yet
tropical appearing plants.  Of note
cycads are water conserving in general.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia Ceratozamia mexicana  
This is a Central African species that has
rather neat and small leaflets.  It is an ideal
species for someone who wants a powerful
Encephalartos but one that doesn't get too
large.  Note how the spines on the leaflets
are not that aggressive.  Over many decades,
this species can eventually put on s meter or
two of trunk, but leaf size is usually no
more than 4 to 6 feet in length.  Shown is
a 15g plant with close-ups.  Also shown is a
garden specimen.  We have various sizes of
this species for sale.
Encephalartos concinnus


This species is interesting because its leaf
is almost a complete circle of leaflets.  It
is single trunk and comes from Asia,
extending from China down to the Philippines.
It gets quite time, but because it is slow
growing, few very tall specimens are located
in Southern California.  A most prominent
feature of this species are the large hook-like
spines on the petiole.  Once you've seen them,
you will respect their size and vicious tips. 
Sometimes spines are dark brown/black and
other times green, causing growers to call
them the "green" and "black form".  I suspect
this may be a misidentification of the green
form.  Most of my plants always have dark
spines and a darker petiole.  Shown is an
affordable 1g plant, $35.  We should also
have 5g, 15g, and perhaps some boxes.

Also of interest are the seeds, which are a
dark blue color and quite beautiful.  Cold
hardiness of this species is definitely into
the twenties and perhaps the low 20's F.   
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus seeds   


THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

This is a simple leafed striking palm
that comes from Asia, specifically in
Southern Thailand and northern
Malaysia.  It is very coveted because of
its unusual appearance and beauty.  It
is an understory palm that likes filtered
light.  Shown is a 5g plant, $75, about
6 years old.  Also shown is a mature
specimen in a garden.  Of note, Joey Palms
are not easy to grow and very slow.


This is a very interesting hybrid that we
have been carrying intermittently for a
year or two.  It combines the large trunk
of the Jubaea with the cold hardiness of
the Butia capitata.  Interestingly enough,
this hybrid appears to be more cold hardy
than either of the parents.  We have reports
this hybrid tolerates 13 to 14 degrees F
Also, this hybrid grows much faster than
the plain Chilean Wine Palm.  So you can
have a huge trunked palm species that
grows rather fast!  In the nursery we
presently have only a few 7g plants of this
hybrid.  Shown are the tree pot size of
this hybrid from last years crop (sold out)
On the mature specimen from the LA
Arboretum, please note the retained
leaf bases, a good way to differentiate
this hybrid from the pure Jubaea chilensis.
Jubaea X Butia \
Jubaea X Butia    

This is a monotypic genus of a single trunk palm
from Brazil.  It is medium sized, up to about
35 feet with a trunk diameter of 8 inches. 
When I first saw a mature specimen of this
species, I was struck with the beautiful
orange-yellow large fruits all clustered together. 
Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F. 
The new spear is striped silver/green.  Shown is
a 5g nursery plant, $65.  These simple leaves will
eventually become pinnate.  The underside of
the leaves is silver.  Although the picture of the
fruit is still green, it will turn orange/yellow in
time.  The last photo shows the underside of the
shown nursery plant's leaf.  We also have smaller
and larger sizes for sale.
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos
polyandrococos caudescens fruit Polyandrococos caudescens  


Addendum for
SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

I thought I'd show another "blue" arenearius,
this one with about a 10 inch high caudex
in a large plastic pot.  Note how the foliage
is quite blue; it's not quite like a horridus,
but close.
Encephalartos arenarius blue E. arenarius, blue


This South African cycad species from the
region of Natal is a spiny cycad with leaf
color that varies from olive green to blue.
Very often the color is between these two.
It is a fast growing species and will tolerate
full sun along the coast but can also thrive
in half day sun.  In the domestic garden, a
specimen with three feet of trunk would be
considered very large.  Cold tolerance is
into the low twenties F.  Shown is a very old
specimen we have in a 30g container.  It is
about 25 years old.  This plant demonstrates
how this species is a blue-green color.  Its
appearance is reminiscent of E. horridus in
a way because of its spiny leaflets. However,
most E. horridus are a more blue color.
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

In contrast to the species above, this is a dwarf species of
Ravenea that never gets over about 8 to 10 feet tall and
has a thin trunk.  It tolerates filtered light and in coastal
locations full sun.  We have a limited supply of one gallon
and five gallon plants for sale.  I'll show several pictures of
garden specimens as well.   
Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea species hildebrandtii 
This is an undetermined species that
reportedly has huge leaves with long
petioles.  It is not a small palm.
We have several smaller sizes for sale. 
Shown is a band container, although we 
also have 2g and possibly some 5g.  The
only photo I can show is one from
Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA and
which may or may not be the same
species.  His plants have not set viable
fruit as of yet.  For a true collector of
rare palms, you might consider this one.
Ravenea species giant   

This is an absolutely fantastic species for those who have
adequate sun and don't get below about 20 degrees F.
It has a nice blue-silver look to the leaves (there is a
green form as well) and likes heat and sun.  To "old
timers", they probably already have one.  But, to new
enthusiasts, this species is a must.  We offer all sizes
from one gallon up to large boxes.  I'll show multiple
nursery plants as well as two mature specimens
as this is one of my favorite palms for a garden.
Of note the color of this palm is determined by genetics
but also by the amount of heat and sun that it receives.
For inland locations, consider planting one of these
"show stopping" palms.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
Bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis
Donated photo Bismarckia
Donated photo Bismarckia T.B.


This is a single trunk pinnate palm from
Madagascar.  It is the most recent species
from this genus that has been named.  It
makes a medium to large palm and has a
fair amount of cold hardiness.  Estimates
are that it will tolerate temperatures into
the mid twenties F.  I have had other species
of this genus tolerate 25 degrees at my
nursery.  Some has coned the name "California
Coconut" as a common name for this species.
Shown here is a 5g plant.  I do not presently
have a good photo of a mature specimen.
I am showing a picture of the leaf of the
"windows form" of Beccariophoenix.  The
B. alfredii does NOT have such windows.
Beccariophoenix alfredii  Beccariophoenix 

This slow growing species is known to have
the thickest trunk of any palm species, often
to four feet diameter.  It likes full sun and
is cold tolerant into the mid-teens F.  One
seldom sees these for sale at nurseries because
it takes so long to have a sellable product. 
Shown is a 5g plant for $65 and a colony of
older plants in Mission Bay Park in San Diego.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

This is a blue suckering palm from Morocco.  It is similar
to Chamaerops humilus but blue in color and appears to be
shorter in stature and slower growing.  It is quite cold hardy,
tolerating temperatures to 15 degrees F. or colder.  With intense
heat and sun, the blue color is more prominent.  Shown is a
5g $65 and 7g $95.  We don't have a picture of a large specimen
plant presently.   Sorry.  We also have boxed specimens for sale. 
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

This species of cycad gets enormous!  I mean
really tall.  There are specimens with heights
to almost 60 feet.  Leaves are six to ten feet
long.  Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly
cycad.  But, you must give it adequate room to
grow.  Shown is a cit pot size of this fairly rare
cycad.  Compared to the Lepidozamia perofskyana,
the hopei leaflets are wider.  This is the best way to
tell them apart when they are young.  Shown is a
mature specimen but realize over centuries they
get taller than this plant.   We have available citrus
pot size $175 and much larger plants up to boxed
coning size.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei



This is a very unique cycad; it is the only
Ceratozamia known to be from the western
side of Mexico.  It has long, rather dependent
leaves with wide leaflets.  Shown is a 5g
plant.  It is very exotic appearing.  I apologize
but right now have no pictures of a mature


This is another Mexican cycad.  It is a medium
sized plant when mature.  It has a full head of
leaves that get to about 4 feet long, will slowly
over decades developed several feet of trunk, and
prefers full sun.  It's cold tolerance is into the
low 20's F.  Shown to the right is a 15g plant
with about a five inch caudex.  It is similar yet
distinct from such other species as Dioon califanoi
and merolae.  I have also shown close-up pictures
of the leaflets and trunk.  It is fairly rare and hard
to find with any size to the caudex.  The last
photo shows a mature plant in a garden.
  Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenii


This is a South African species from the
region of Natal, Republic of S.A.  It is a
medium sized cycad that can take full sun
in many area, but in the hottest localities
likes strong filtered light.  As you can see,
the leaflets are quite spiny.  The crown is
medium sized.  It is similar in appearance
in some ways to the blue Encephalartos
But, the cone and color are
different.  Color of the leaves of E.
arenarius ranges from dark green to blue.
The plant pictures is a blue green color and
about 20 years old with a 16 inch caduex.
I have shown a close-up of the trunk and
the leaflets. 
Encephalartos arenarius

This is a type of Needle Palm from the
southeastern area of the United Sates.
It is a fan palm, suckers, and would be
considered a "dwarf" species as it rarely
gets over 8 feet tall.  A most noteworthy
characteristic is its unbelievable cold
tolerance.  It has been known to tolerate
temperatures below 0 degrees F.  It's color
is typically green, darker when grown in
filtered light.  Shown is a 5g plant and
a mature specimen.  The last photo below
shows the trunk.  Note the needles
protruding out from the trunk.  Thus we
get the name of Needle Palm.  This species
is a very popular mail order item for
our nursery.
rhapidophyllum hystrix]



This species is a type of King Palm.  The normal
King Palm which everyone knows is A.
cunninghamiana.  All King Palms are from
Australia.  The thing that is very nice with the
A. myolensis is the beautiful emerald green
crown shaft.  The trunk is also quite nice.  Cold
tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  If one can
give this palm partial or part day sun, it will be
the most exquisite appearing. Along the coast
it will tolerate full sun.  Shown is one of a very
few 15g plants which we have.  These are 8 to 9
feet tall, $175.  So, if you want a type of King
Palm, this is many people's favorite one to use.
Archontophoenix myolensis King Palm



This is one of my favorite species of rather
new introductions from Madagascar.  Known
as the Teddy Bear Palm, this is a single trunk
species that gets to about 20 - 25 and has a
reddish fuzzy crown shaft.  The trunk can be
a beautiful silver color when properly grown.
It's cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's
F.  It can tolerate full sun along the coast.  Shown
is a 15g plant.  We only have a few.  These are
$195.  This species is somewhat hard to find

Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos


This is a suckering species of Dypsis that is
desirable because it doesn't get too tall.  Most
specimens in the San Diego area are between
12 and 18 feet.  it will typically produce
anywhere from five to 20 stems.  It tolerates
temperatures into the mid-twenties F. and
prefers good sun if along the coast.  Shown
here is are 20g plants about 8 to 9 feet tall.  We
also have 3 g plants and 15g plants for sale.  This
is a good "neighbor blocker" type of plant
because of it's fullness.  If one wants a "thinner"
plant, stems can be removed.
Dypsis lutescens



This is a single trunk, medium height pinnate palm
from New Caledonia.  It throws a new red leaf and
is very slow growing.  It prefers filtered light and
gets to about 15, perhaps 20 feet of height.  It takes
us about six years to produce a 5g plants because it
is so slow growing.  It's cold tolerance appears to be
into the mid-twenties F.  Shown to the right is a 1g
and 5g plant.  The smaller plant is $40, 5g $75.  Other
pictures below show mature specimens in the wild
with the last picture surprisingly in open sun in a
garden in New Caledonia.  Note the seeds on the
last specimen, hanging close to the ground. 
Actinokentia Actinokentia divaracata
actinokentia divaracata actinokentia actinokentia


Chamaedorea radicalis is a new world dwarf palm that also
has a trunking form that gets up to about eight to ten feet
in height.  Both are fairly cold hardy, the dwarf form known
to be able to tolerated temperatures into the upper teens F.
When plants are larger, it is quite easy to tell these two forms
apart.  But, when they are small, it's much more difficult. 
Shown to the right is a 5g of the dwarf form.  Next to it is
a trunking form.  We have 1g, 5g, and 15g sizes of C. radicalis
but availability is very limited.  Surprisingly, this species will
tolerate sun in many areas, unusual for a Chamadorea.   Of note
the dwarf form seldom gets over 3, perhaps 4 feet in height.
Many enthusiasts are growing this species in rather cold areas
of the country with good success.  Characteristic to both forms
are the long flower spikes coming from the trunk.  You can see
one forming on the 15g plant to the far right.
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form



Cycad enthusiast get really excited when
they see differences in the plant they have. 
There are so many species where variations
in morphology cause excitement and desire
to obtain a particular appearance of any
given species.  These variability's seem to
represent genetic variations in the species. 
Thus, we have such things as "wide leaf ferox",
"dwarf horridus", "spiny sclavoi", etc.   From a
nurseryman's point of view, this is a good
thing because it creates interest and
hopefully demand.  With this said, in some
cases the "variety" may be a good thing
with a more interesting plant.

Such is the case with Encephalartos
, "blunt tip" variety.  It's a plant
that has a more blunted terminal tip to the
leaflet.  We have some of these for sale in
band size, $65.  There is also the "fishtail"
form of this which we also have.  In the
latter's case, the end of the leaflet is forked
like a snake's tongue.  These plants will end
up with a blue-green color.  The second picture
to the right shows an E. longifolius with a
more blunt tip leaflet.  Below you see
pictures of a blue longifolius with a more
typical pointed leaflet.  The last photo
shows you a green plant, same species. 
In the area of Natal, South Africa, the dark
green form seems to be more difficult to find
that the blue green or blue form.
We only have these in the seedling stage.
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius, blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blue E. longifolius E. longifolius, green
This is one of the four "basic blue" Encephalartos coming
from the Natal province in South Africa.  This group of four
species includes E. lehmanii, princeps, horridus, and trispinosus.  
All are brilliantly blue in color of the leaflets.  E. horridus and
trispinosus are known for their spiny and barbed leaflets. 
E. lehmanii and princeps are more simple leaves with pointed
leaflet tips. I've previously shown pictures of some of these below,
but thought I'd show the seedling E. lehmanii here.  they are
normally $55 but if you mention this website promotion, they are $45. 
A mature specimen is shown to the right. We have
many sizes of this species for sale, so if you
want a mature or larger plant, let us know.
Encephalartos lehmanii Encephalartos lehmanii
This species of cycad gets enormous!  I mean,
really tall.  There are specimens with heights
to almost 60 feet.  Leaves are six to ten feet
long.  Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly
cycad.  But, you must give it adequate room
to grow.  Shown is a cit pot size of this fairly
rare cycad.  Compared to the Lepidozamia
, the hopei leaflets are wider. 
This is the best way to tell them apart when
they are young.  Shown is a mature specimen
but realize over centuries they get taller than
this plant.   We have available citrus pot size
$175 and much larger plants up to boxed
coning size.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei



This single trunk Pinanga gets much
taller than the coronata and is single
trunk.  It comes from Java and can
grow in Southern California.  Shown is
a 1g plant, $35.  To the right is a larger
15g at the nursery.   Like the
P. coronata
, it is lush and tropical
appearing and likes filtered light.
pinanga javana


This is an exotic suckering pinnate palm
that is really beautiful.  It likes filtered light
and gets to about 10 -12 feet tall, perhaps
a bit taller in the tropics.  It tolerates
temperatures into the upper 20's F., likes
rich well draining soil and ample water. 
I've had several specimens in my San Diego
yard that have made fruit for years. 
5g, pictured, is $65 with a mature clump
to the right.  It is closely related to the
"species" Pinanga kuhlii, but the coronata
has more regular width and spaced leaflets.
pinanga coronata pinanga coronata


This is another dwarf South African species. 
Often referred to as "cute", this species
always stays small and is a green cycad
with a touch of gray or blue to the leaves. 
It's another sun loving species for that
small spot in the garden.  Shown is the
band size of caffer, about 3 years old. 
These are normally $85, but mention this
special and they are $65.
Also shown is a mature garden specimen. 
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer


I talked about this species a few days
ago.  I just wanted to show another garden
shot of this species and remind you that
we are having a special on seedlings.
I can ship these anywhere in the U.S.
Shown to the immediate right is a band sized
seedling.  Normal price for these is $65. 
Special price for one week is $45. 
Just mention this website to get this price.

Perhaps this will become one of your favorites
as well.  See post on this species below for
more pictures.
Dioon califanoi dioon califanoi



This is a single trunk species of
understory pinnate palm that gets to
about 12 to 14 feet tall, has dark green
trunks with prominent rings.   It has a
crownshaft and most people really like
the ringed trunks.  They are fast growers
and make good houseplants if you have
the ceiling height needed.  Shown is a
15g plant with three plants in one pot.
Shown to the right is a single trunk
specimen.  I'd estimate cold tolerance
to be the mid-twenties F.  It is known
that this species can grow in the
San Francisco area.  Plant this species
in an area where they don't grow and
get into full sun, which they hate.
Chamaedorea tepejilote


This is a single trunk, thin trunked
pinnate palm that tolerates full sun
in many areas of Southern California.
It's typical trunk diameter is about 1.5
inches and the leaves are very plumose.
I think this is a species that looks best
if you plant several close together.  It
gets fairly tall, typical to 12 to 14 feet.
The main difference between this
Chamaedorea and others is its ability
to tolerate some sun.  Cold tolerance
is the mid-twenties F.  Shown is a
good sized 15g triple which is about
10 feet tall.  Price is $175. 

Chamaedorea plumosa  


This is a rare sun loving species
of Dioon from Mexico.  It is a small
to medium sized plant when mature. 
Its hallmarks are the thin leaflets that
are widely spaced with a gap between
leaflets.  Maximal trunk height in ones
life would not be over several feet.
Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  They
like full sun.  shown is a citrus pot plant
about 10 years old.  This species was
historically impossible to obtain and
nowadays is very difficult to find as
well.   We have shown a close-up of the
caudex as well as the plant.
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi


This is a dwarf species of Zamia from
Cuba.  It is not exactly the same as Zamia
kickxii, but very similar.  It will not get
over 2 feet tall and can carry a fair amount
of leaves.  Shown is a coning sized plant
in a citrus pot.  This is an ideal species
for a filtered light species where temperatures
do not get lower than the low 20's F.  It is
very rare and hard to find.
Zamia cuban dwarf  


Personally, this is one of my favorite
Dioons.  I really like the appearance
of this species.  Note that the leaves
are "keeled" with a V-shape in cross-
section.  It is a medium sized plant.
Shown here is a 7g plant with an
approximate 5 inch caudex and
about 20 leaves.  Also shown is
a matures specimen from habitat.
This species likes full sun and is
cold tolerant to the low 20's F.
It has a very primitive appearing.
Although not "fast" growing, it is
a good growing cycad. 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi 

This dwarf species of Heliconia has a
red and white blossom and gets a maximum
height under 3 feet.  It likes filtered sun and
is an easy grow.  Shown is a 2g, 2 you plant
from a rhizome.  The pictured flower was
taken by Eric Schmidt, a member of the
Heliconia and Palm Societies.  I'd estimate
cold tolerance perhaps into the upper
20's f.  We offer about 7 species of
Heliconia but only species that will grow
and flower in Southern California.
heliconia angusta  heliconia angusta Eric Schmidt 



This is a blue palm from Mexico related to Brahea armata
Some feel that this is the same species, while others argue it
is different.  B. clara seems to have longer petioles and
culturally most grow faster than B. armata
Shown is a 5g plant, $65 and a garden juvenile plant. 
Cold tolerance is into the mid teens F.  They like
full hot sun and heat.  We have very limited numbers
of this species.
Brahea clara Brahea clara

Two days ago I showed a band sized seedling of this species.
I thought it would be interesting to show a 2g and 5g of as
well so the reader can see what it looks like as it gets
larger.  A seedling was shown before.  2g are $45 and
5g are $65.  To my eye, it resembles D. decipiens but is
not the same.  With this in mind, we should all remember
that many of the species in Madagascar appear to be a
"complex" with great variation within the "species".
Dypsis betafaka Dypsis betafaka
We have been carrying more and more of the
colorful tropical "companion" plants when we can obtain
them.  This includes the genus of Ti plants with their
many forms and colors.  Shown are several that we
presently have at the nursery.  These are typically in
the price range of $35, sometimes a bit more for larger
plants.  Some are 3 to 4 feet tall.  Most Ti's that
one finds in Southern CA are imported from
South Florida or HI.  Our plants, like other
nurseries, are imported.  So, the availability
will change over time.

Ti, tricolor Ti, 15g
Ti Ti, assorted ti


I mentioned recently our seedlings of this species.
To the right is the band size of the blue African cycad,
E. trispinosus.  The price for this 3 you seedling is $55.
This batch of seedlings are very strong and growing quite
well.   A picture of a larger mature female plant in cone
is shown to the right.
For a beginner to cycads, this is a great
species to grow if you want a "blue plant".
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus female cone



This is a suckering fan palm with a unique
spiny trunk.  It is hard to locate this species
and shown is a nice, well grown 5g that has
seen cold weather.  Cold tolerance is about
28 degrees, perhaps a bit lower.  They like
sun and sandy soil.  This 5g is $65.  The
other pictures show the mature plant and
it's famous trunk appearance.
Zombia antillarum Zombia
  Zombia antillarum  


Shown here are band size of two unusual
species.  Both are fairly new to
cultivation, but should do well

in Southern California.  First to the right is
"betafaka".  Little is known
about it.  As a seedling it is similar
appearing to Dypsis decipiens, but as it
gets larger, the differences are showing. 
Second is Dypsis species "dark mealy bug",
referring to dark spots on the stem. 
No mature specimens are available on
either of these "species" at this time, so
time will tell what your plant would look
like.  On the betafaka, we also have 2g and
perhaps some 5g size available.
Dypsis betafaka Dypsis species dark mealy bug



It is quite amazing that the number one selling
cycad in most cycad nurseries is the
blue species, Encephalartos horridus.
This species is very blue in color and
the leaflets are very prickly.  The crown
is compact in size.  Even with this "knarly"
appearance, people love this plant.
We do have seedlings available from time
to time, but also have a great inventory of
15g to large boxed specimens. 

There is a very similar species, looking
almost the same, that we do have in seedling
stage.  This is the Encephalartos trispinosus.
They are very blue and prickly.  Many people
cannot distinguish these two species. The
seedlings we have are 3 to 4 leaf and priced
at $55.  Age is 3 years.  Soon we will be
repotting these, so if interested in getting a few,
contact us right away.

Shown to the right is a containerized E.
Below on the left is another horridus
next to a blue trispinosus on the right.
See how similar appearing they are?

Both species like hot sun and good drainage. 
Plants grown in the shade or greenhouse show
less of the blue color. Cold hardiness is
into the low 20's F.  In the desert, both like
part day sun as full sun can burn even these
 Encephalartos horridus  
  Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus



This single trunk species from New Caledonia
has a thin trunk, nice crown, height of perhaps
30 feet and a desire to be grown in filtered
light with soil that doesn't really dry out. 
It is very elegant and exotic appearing. 
Shown is a 15g plant has some trunk and costs
$195.  We also have 20g and 5g plants for sale. 
I'd estimate cold tolerance into the upper
20's F.  Also shown is a mature specimen in
the wild.
Alloschmidtia glabrata Alloschmidtia glabrata


Brahea decumbens has long held
enthusiasts interest because 1) It is
a dwarf species 2) It has a nice blue
color to the leaves 3) It suckers, rare
for a Brahea  4) It is quite cold hardy,
probably into the low 20's. People grow
this species in TX and the Gulf states.
They are hard to find, slow to grow and
must be a 5g size in sun to show the blue
color.  But, they will.  Shown is a 1g
plant, normally $45, special $35.  We
also have 5g for sale.  A mature specimen
is shown as well.  This special pricing
is a website special and must be
mentioned when purchasing.  The 1g
shown is 3 to 4 years old.  They are slow! 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens



This is a small to medium sized,
single trunk pinnate palm from
Madagascar.  It is proving to be
quite popular because it has a thin
trunk and doesn't get too tall.  It is
easy to grow, rather fast growing, and
tolerates full sun unless you live in the
far inland areas.  Mature height is to
about 20, perhaps 25 feet.  Cold
tolerance is the low 20's f.  We just
got in some oversized 15g, a special
purchase. They are about 7 feet tall.
These are really nice plants so I am
showing several photos.  The last
photo is a plant in a garden in Encinitas,
CA.  It is not yet mature.
ravenea glauca ravenea
Ravenea glauca


We are very excited about these plants that
we just got in.  They seem to resemble a
species we previously had called "Ravenea
species New",
but also resemble Ravenea
  These are huge plants for their
15g size.  We anticipate these will peak out
at a height of 25 to 30 feet and have a
medium sized trunk.  Cold tolerance is
not known for sure, but would anticipate
this species taking temps down into the mid-
twenties F.  We only have a few
available.  The last photo shows a fruiting
Ravenea monticola.  On the close-up
of the base of the nursery plant, note
the "foot" adjacent to the trunk base. 
Many Ravenea have this "foot". 
Ravenea species Ravenea species



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