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NEW BLUE CYCAD COLLECTION
Just arrived - Only Encephalartos
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(See Introduction Below 13th May)

 

THURSDAY, 24 MAY, 2018

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL
A GREAT CANOPY FORMING PALM TREE

HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
 

Although this is not the tallest of all Fishtail Palms, be aware that it is much taller than C. gigas.  But, the trunk is more thin.  As an estimate of trunk diameter, think "telephone pole" size, white in color, and easily heights over fifty feet.  This is one of the quickest growing palms known.  A plant like shown here will be thirty feet tall in a few years.  Leaves are not as long or wide as Caryota gigas.  Their leaf color also is not as dark a green.  Brown tipping of leaflets can occur, especially if not given enough water.  Another important point:  All Caryotas are "monocarpic".  This means that, after a period of fifteen to twenty years age, the plant will blossom.  It flowers, hopefully produces seeds, and slowly dies over three to four years.  

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  So, acclimate your plant to sun and give it plenty of water, especially after first planting.  Shown here is our 25 gallon size which we have in limited numbers.  These will form canopy in a matter of a few years.

 
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Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia which we also have for sale.    However, most enthusiasts prefer the blue form.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens here, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Most will die.  This also applies to buying Bismarckia by mail order.  Bare root plants usually die.  Fortunately, we ship plants in their pots with soil.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  For more information on this species, check out this link:

http://www.junglemusic.net/articles/Bismarckia nobilis/bismarckia_nobilis.html


Shown below are two sizes of Bismarckia, trash can and 25 gallon.  Also shown are some garden specimens.

 
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Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  When I started with palms about forty years ago, enthusiasts frowned when I mentioned this species and said "unfortunately, Phil, you can't grow the Royal Palm here".  Well, I didn't buy that and instead had optimism over it's possibly doing well here.  And, exactly the latter has proven to be the case.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.

There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Natives to Florida are chagrined with the fact that "Roystonea elata" was determined not be a unique Royal Palm native to Florida but rather at most a variety of Roystonea regia.  Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk. 

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available.  I hope you like the photos I'm showing here.  Note how the base of the Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.

Of note, we always have smaller sizes of this species available.  And, sometimes, we can offer 15g and boxed sized plants.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID
TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our citrus pot size on special.  I'd estimate average caudex size is 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE $135


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price. 


 
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS  

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
THE MOST CLASSIC OF THE BAMBOO PALMS
MATURE, FLOWERING SIZE 15G
FILTERED LIKE, SHORTER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It is sought out as one of the most popular interior palms.  This has been the casae for about 100 years.  A good thing is that it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 15g on sale here are about ten or more years old and locally grown. They shouldn't get any taller and have about as many canes as a 15g pot will support.  And, they are much more sturdy and hardy than imported plants.  They've seen all of our cold weather. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160


Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.   Thanks to RPS for the last photo.

 
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII Chamaedorea seifritzii

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but hopefully more will become available over time.  Mention this Special for your discount. 
 

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Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form
Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM

INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This sought after and very rare pinnate palm is native the Keys in Southern Florida.  It has a tidy silver trunk with very prominent rings as shown below.  Leaves are slightly plumose and not too long.  The prominent thing about this palm is that it has a very slow rate of growth here in California.  It may be quicker in south Florida, but not here.  The 1 gallons on special here are four years old!  Expect a mature height of no more than fifteen feet.  And, in this area, this height will take forty years to achieve.  It is a full sun palm in most areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase. 
 
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Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER

5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Mature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived but not fragrant.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The last photo shows our 15g size of the green form of this species which is not on sale right now.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!

SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  The first garden photo below shows how spectacular, strong and powerful this species is. 
The little King Palms to the right are regular cunninghamiana.  Note how the teracarpa is more robust, taller and has a darker green color - all the same age!


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Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpar
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM
FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have nice 5 gallons on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a few of these left.

Dypsis lucubensis DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS Dypsis lucubensis

 

TUESDAY, 22 MAY, 2018

 

PRESENTATION OF ANOTHER BATCH BLUE CYCADS
ALL BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS NOT PREVIOUSLY SHOWN
SOME SPECTACULAR SPECIMENS
ALL GROWN IN CONTAINERS IN SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON PLANTS THIS BATCH

On the 13th of May (see presentation two threads ago) I presented almost two dozen blue cycads that we have on special.  You can see them with their prices below today's post. 

Separate from these and this past weekend, I got in another wave of fantastic blue cycads - all blue Encephalartos.  These are different new plants that you haven't seen yet.  Container size is 15g to 25g pots.  All were grown locally.  Most were seed grown in full sun.  None have been dug.  All are ready for the garden and shipping/delivery is available on all plants below. 

And, for ten days, we're offering a discount of all of these cycads shown below.  These plants want full sun in most areas and are cold hardy to bout 22 degrees F.  Rarely do you see plants of this size and quality for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  20% OFF PRICES SHOWN BELOW

SPECIES, POT SIZE,
CAUDEX SIZE, COMMENTS & PRICE
20% OFF PRICE SHOWN BELOW FOR TEN DAYS

PHOTOS OF THIS PLANT



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ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS

Container:  15 gallon pot
Caudex: 4 inches - no pups
Comments:  Good blue color - Some recurve to leaves.  This species is extremely rare and difficult to find.
Price:  $1400
ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS
ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

Container:  15 gallon pot
Caudex: 4 inches - no pups
Comments:  Good blue color - Some re-curve to leaves
Price:  $600
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

Container:  25 gallon pot
Caudex: 12 inches
Comments:  Great blue color - coning size - very nice specimen
Price $1600

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

Container:  18 inch box
Caudex: Caudex 7.25 inches wide, 8 inches tall (vertical height)
Comments:  Blue plant with nice curl at the end of the leaves.  We would like to hold this plant for a few months for observation, but it is for sale.
Price:  $1200


ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS Encephalartos trispinosus

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS


Container:  25 gallon
Caudex: 6.5 inches
Comments:  Nice blue color, approaching coning size.  Leaflets have some but not prominent barbs.
Price:  $1050
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS


Container:  25 gallon
Caudex: 8.5 inches
Comments:  A very beautiful blue cycad.  Great caudex, great color, coning size.  This plant is a winner.
Price:  $1350
Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS    

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS


Container:  25 gallon
Caudex: 8.5 x 9.5 inches male with old cone
Comments:  Another fine specimen blue cycad.  Nice caudex, full crown of leaves, curved leaves, keeled, good color.  Note old male cone dying off.
Price:  $1600
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS


Container:  25 gallon
Caudex: 10 x 8.5 inches with 6.5 inch pup
Comments:  To me, this is the most spectacular plant of this presentation.  The color is fantastic, great leaflet form and a very nice and good sized sucker.  Ready for an upscale garden.
Price:  $1900
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS    

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES

FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last two pictures are from the late Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  The nursery plants shown are 5g plants on same but we also larger plants available.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  These plants can be shipped or delivered if needed. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.

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Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
RARE MADAGASCAR PALM SPECIES
OFTEN SING TRUNK - SOMETIMES SUCKERS
SILVER-GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This sought after and rare species of Madagascar Dypsis is medium sized mature with a trunk about 6 to 8 inches in diameter and is prominently ringed.  The trunk is a silver-green and the crown shaft is silver to silver-green.  Leaves are pinnate and arching.  It tolerates coastal sun and gets to mature heights of about 15 to 20 feet.  It is very attractive as you can see.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain but probably in the mid-twenties F.  The first two garden specimens are located in inland Encinitas where, in 2007, a severe freeze was seen.  This size can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80

Mention this Blog Special when you purchase for this price.


Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES
OFFERING NICE 5 GALLON SIZE


This endangered semi-dwarf palm species is from the Comoro Islands, close to Madagascar.  It has a very thin trunk. Although reports of twenty foot palms in habitat exist, in most domestic gardens don't expect anything over ten feet in a lifetime.  Trunk diameter is two to three inches.  Leaf size is three to four feet.  Most have grown this species in part day sun or filtered light.  However, I have one customer growing it well in full sun.  Cold hardiness is in the mid-twenties F.

Below I am showing our offering of the 5 gallon size which we have available.  This 5g size is easy to ship.  Or, if you live locally, drop by the nursery.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height.  Also shown in the last photo is a 25g plant which we sometimes have available.


Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii


CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM
SUPER RARE - SIMPLE LEAVES
NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
NEW ARRIVAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This dwarf understory palm species has entire, small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and hard to find.  The seedlings we're offering this year came from domestic plants in San Diego County.  They are about a year old.  We got these in last year and about ten sold out quickly.  I rarely have them for sale.  They need a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available!

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 1.5 gallon plants which are about 4 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $39

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

CEROXYLON VOGELIANUM
HIGH ELEVATION PALM FROM THE ANDES
GROWS WELL IN COLDER CLIMATE
THIN TRUNK, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This tall, single trunk species of Ceroxylon comes from the Andean Mountains stretching from Venezuela through Columbia and Peru and down into Bolivia. Natively it is found in elevations up to 10,000 feet.  The trunk is very light colored, often white or a light gray.  The leaves are plumose with drooping leaflets.  It can get over fifty feet tall.  The first specimen photo below was taken reportedly in a garden in the Sunset district of San Francisco.  Planted out, we've found Ceroxylon do best growing into sun as opposed to being planted directly in sun when young.  They do like moisture and water.  I just have a handful of these for sale.  They are about two years old.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $37.50


You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price. 

CEROXYLON VOGELIANUM CEROXYLON VOGELIANUM CEROXYLON VOGELIANUM
Ceroxylon vogelianum by Dr. A.K. Palmpedia
Photo by Dr. A.K., Palmpedia
Ceroxyolon vogelianum by TS RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Ceroxylong vogelianum by Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipediad

 

DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI
SINGLE TRUNK - WHITE CROWN SHAFT
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZED PLANTS

This single trunk palm in native to forest regions in southern Madagascar.  It is known for its powdery white crown shaft.  Mature it is a medium sized palm with a rather thin trunk and height of about twenty feet.  It is being grown well in Southern California.  Leaves are arranged in a tristichous pattern and are plumose (fluffy).  It tolerates sun or part sun.  The exact cold hardiness is not well established.  We have two year old seedlings that we are putting on special. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI
DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI JD KEW
DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI jeff white PACSOA DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "STEPPED TRUNK"
PLANTS FROM A DOMESTIC PLANT IN VISTA, CA
SINGLE TRUNK USUALLY - NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
INTERESTING STEPS ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

A collector in Vista, CA that has an interesting and different Dypsis in his yard that has set seeds.  The plants being offered are from this plant and in band size.  There are some photos of the mother plant below.  He says it doesn't sucker but "split" above the ground.  So, in the photo, you see two trunks.  The interesting thing about this plant is the trunk.  It is medium sized, about six or seven inches thick.  But, there is a "step off" at each growth ring.  One normally doesn't see this with Dypsis.  Leaves are keeled and about six feet long.  Overall height is twenty feet.  They are growing in sun.

REGULAR PRICE BAND THIS DYPSIS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS THIS DYPSIS $35

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Dypsis species stepped trunk Dypsis species step trunk Dypsis species step trunk
Dypsis step trunk    

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT

LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM
LARGE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FOR FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15 GALLON PLANTS

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably better.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 15 gallon on sale here are super large plants for their pots.  The trunk bases fill more than half of the container on many.  They stand nearly eight feet tall or more in their pots.  They are really too big for standard mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 15 GALLON $170

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  My thanks to Gaston Torres and Andrew Henderson for usage of their photos below.


PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Gaston Torres

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM
EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
SMOOTH CROWN, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Euterpe edulis is a fun palm to grow because it is super attractive, has a narrow trunk and a beautiful, smooth crown shaft.  I have had several in my garden.  On mine, the crown shafts were a purple-green color but it's more common to see them as a lime green.  Maximum height is about thirty feet with about a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves tend to arch down and leaf color is green.  This species likes to start in filtered light and work it's way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Anticipate a plant life of about thirty years.  Also of note is the fact that the hearts of this palm are edible and a delicacy in many areas.   

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

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Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis
25 gallon at nursery
Euterpe edulis
Note thin green crown shaft
Euterpe edulis Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

  

FRIDAY, 18 MAY, 2018

 

JACARANDA MIMOSIFOLIA
LINING THE STREETS OF SAN DIEGO
BLOSSOM EVERY MAY, EVERY YEAR
NEIGHBORHOODS LIT UP WITH PURPLE

If you like color, than you'll love spring - when all the flowers bloom and many of the trees come into blossom.  Here in San Diego, May is a special month because that's when our thousands of Jacaranda blossom all over town.  These trees are deciduous and, during the winter, lose all their leaves.  Then, as winter moves forward, the trees set leaves.  Then in May, if it's been a warm spring, all the trees simultaneously go into florid blossom with their lilac-purple trumpet shaped flowers.  After a cool spring, they blossom in June.  These flowers are in clusters and fill the tree with color.  Along some streets, from any single vantage point, you may see ten to twelve trees in blossom.

The Jacaranda became our City's honorary flower in the year 2000.  The original plants were introduced by one of our famous horticulturists, Kate Sessions. She planted hundreds of them around older areas of town.  Now, especially in these older parts of town like downtown, Hillcrest and Mission Hills, Little Italy and Pacific Beach, you'll find them lining the parkways by the hundreds along many city streets.  The roots are not invasive and preserve the sidewalks.  Neighborhoods are very proud of their Jacaranda.  Interestingly enough, these trees tolerate drought quite well.

So, on a previous expedition to look at these beauties, I just had to take some photos and share them with you.  I merely drove a few blocks from where I live to take all these pictures.  The best pictures are taken either early morning or late in the day.  The purple color is more pronounced at these times.  During mid-day with bright sun, the blossoms are more blue.  As this month goes on, the flowers will cover the sidewalks with "purple snow".  This creates quite a mess but is also a treat to see.  I hope you like these pictures.  Although it's not one of our stock trees that we carry, I can source them for anyone interested.

Jacaranda tree in San Diego    Jacaranda
    Jacaranda
     
     
     


ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
QUITE RARE AND POPULAR
GNARLY & SPINY LEAFLETS
15G PLANTS SHOWN


It is quite amazing how popular and sought after this blue South African cycad is despite its pokey and unapproachable leaves.  Native to the Eastern Cape region, a very old plant can get a bit over three feet of trunk.  This means that it'll never be very large in a garden.  Leaflets tend to be quite barbed and spiny.  Leaf color is silver to blue.  This is why so many people like this plant.  It prefers full sun along the coast and part day sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We have presently an exception selection of 15g size of this species.  This is quite rare as often we run out of E. horridus. In the first three rows of photos you'll see examples of 15g plants.  In the last row are more mature specimens.  I've found over many decades of growing this species that all are unique and rarely are two identical.  This species tends to sell out quickly. 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
PRESENTING TWO RED TI'S - WIDE AND NARROW LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Sever cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  We've found that the darker leaf varieties do better in our area.  Shown here are two red varieties - one with wide leaves, the other with more narrow leaves.  We just got them in and are putting both on sale.  The first four photos show the wider leaf variety - the next four photos show the narrow leaf plants.  All the nursery plants are 3g size.

REGULAR PRICE HAWAIIAN TI $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS $37.50


Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti Red
Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti Red
Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti
Hawaiian Ti Hawaiian Ti Red Hawaiian Ti

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM SIZE - LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We just got in a handful of super blue, overly large 5g Brahea armata which we're putting on special.  This species is native to Baja California and reaches a mature height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are intensely blue.  Petioles are armed with small hook shaped spines.  The trunk is fairly thick and flowers are spectacular.  They reach far out from the crown of leaves.  It's cold hardy to about 15 degrees, loves dry heat and is slow growing.  The hotter, sunnier and dryer you are, the more blue they get.  When planting, be super careful not to disturb the roots.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50


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Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR
QUITE COLD HARDY
FRUITS WITH MATURE PLANTS UNDER SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


We are not tropical fruit growers.  But, we appreciate how popular growing bananas is.  So, we're offering a banana cultivar that offers two nice qualities:  Short stature and pretty good cold hardiness.  The Cavendish Dwarf cultivar hardly ever gets above six feet tall.  We have a few 20 gallon, older plants where the top of the leaves at most get to your face.   This banana wants full sun in most areas.  Cold hardiness is at least to the low 20's F.  If cold does kill the growth above the ground, it typically comes back when weather warms.  And, yes it does produce edible bananas.  In fact, this variety of banana is often sold in organic farmer's markets. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5EG $40

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Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Wikipedia
Photo of Cavendish Bananas by Wikipedia
Cavendish banana

 

ZAMIA PUMILA
THE COONTIE PALM / COONTIE CYCAD
DWARF, GREEN LEAVES, LOW PROFILE
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE

The Coontie Cycad is native to Florida and the West Indies.  Plants are never very large with leaves from two to four feet long.  Leaflets are green and stems are not armed.  Plants tend to cluster over time giving a small clump.  Along the coast they take our full sun.  Cold hardiness is easily into the twenties F.  This is an ideal cycad for someone who wants something small.  We're putting our 3g size on special.  Caudexes are 3 to 4 inches.

REGULAR SIZE 3G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G $75

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Zamia pumila Zamia pumila Zamia pumila
Zamia pumila Zamia pumila Zamia pumila
Zamia pumila Zamia pumila Zamia pumila


WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis.  

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species.  

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here.   

We have very limited numbers of this rare species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $70


But, remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
 

Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 
Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 
Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DESCRIBED, MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM


HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because is may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is rather hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 5g plants on ten day special.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.

Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII RPS Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM


NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY MULTIPLE 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS


We recently got in some very large and over-sized one gallon multiples of this species.  We might have a few singles.  On most, this means there are three, sometimes four plants per pot.  Average height is about 18 inches.  They can be easily shipped.  This is one of the most sought after house palms around.  But, they are also a great garden species.  They are slow growing and have dark green leaves.  In the garden, they take full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  Mature garden height is about 30 feet.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island, also the home of Hedyscepe and H. belmoreana.  This size is simple to ship for you folks a long ways away.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1g $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

To get this discount, remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm

 

BEAUCARNEA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM, ELEPHANT FOOT PALM


SUPER SWOLLEN TRUNK BASE
INTERESTING PLANT FOR FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH STARTER PLANTS

The Pony Tail or Elephant Palm is not actually a palm at all.  For some reason it received this common name and most people think it's a real palm - but it's not.  It is native to the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi in eastern Mexico.  Beaucarnea recurvata is known for a super swollen base, a much more narrow ascending vertical trunk and strap like green leaves of heavy substance.  The base of this species can take on very peculiar and distorted forms.  The vertical woody trunk can fork and give multiple heads of leaves.  Or, multiple stems can arise from the swollen base.  It prefers full sun and is cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  Cold may damage the leaves but typically plants come back.  I've seen photos of bases so large that a small Jeep in parked on the base.

Four photos show these starter plants on sale.  I'm also showing other sizes of nursery plants we have for sale and a photo from Wikipedia of a specimen plant.  But, they do get much larger and more swollen at the base than this photo shows. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 4 INCH PLANTS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 4 INCH $20

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Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata

 

THURSDAY, 17 MAY, 2018

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat with what appears to be over 20 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  Photos below shown some nursery plants as well as plants in gardens.
 

Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  dIOON SPINULOSUM
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum 

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD
WE HAVE A FEW 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND

This morning I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, it's native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga 

It's not a small Arenga.  It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

Shown here is a 15 gallon nursery plant.  A habitat photo by T. Spanner along with a photo by Eric at CFDPACS  are also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.

Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha TS RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Arenga micrantha Eric CFPACS
Photo by Eric, CFPACS
Arenga micrantha
15 gallon size

 

PHOENIX ROEBELENII, SUCKERING VARIETY
FROM HABITAT COLLECTED SEEDS, LAOS
SOMETHING YOU RARELY SEE
THIS IS NOT A HYBRID
A FEW PLANTS AVAILABLE

Shown here is something you won't see every day.  About twenty years ago (From Inge Hoffman, the "seed lady") I received some wild collected seeds of a suckering variety of the Pygmy Date Palm.  Some have called this Phoenix roebelenii var. reasoneri.   When I researched it at that time, I came to find that many of the native Pygmy Dates in Laos do sucker.  And, don't confuse this with a hybrid that may occur in areas like Florida when there are lots of Phoenix.  This native species makes a dwarf palm that has soft, gentle leaves, small spines on the stems and is slow growing.  The photo by Tobias Spanner shown below may or may not be this form from Laos.  The plants in the 15g shown here is at least fifteen years old and only three feet tall.  I have a few of these for sale.  It's extremely rare to find these.

Phoenix roebelenii  suckering Phoenix roebelenii  suckering Phoenix roebelenii  suckering
Phoenix roebelenii  suckering Phoenix roebelenii  suckering Phoenix roebelenii  suckering TS RPS

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA
RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO


Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen.  

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species.

Shown here is a very nice sized 15g.  It is for sale.  I've also shown a few photos of mature specimens.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.


Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana

 

RAVENEA JULIETTIAE
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
GENTLY ARCHING LEAVES
SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ESTABLISHED 15G SIZE


This is an endangered species from eastern Madagascar.  There are perhaps just fifty trees remaining in the wild.  It gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet.  It has no crown shaft.  Leaves are green and arch gently downwards.   Leaflets are narrow and trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  The fifteen gallon plants I'm putting on sale are eight to ten years old and very nice.  We only have a few.  It likes full sun and is being well grown by serious collectors in our area.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $170


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Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae
Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA OR BUTTERFLY PALM 
CLUSTERING PALM WITH THIN TRUNKS
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NEW BATCH OF 7 GALLON PLANTS

The Areca Palm is another sought after palm once people are exposed to it.  It is native to moist areas of eastern Madagascar.  It is a suckering species that has thin trunks and a yellow like color on the leaf stems and trunks.  Mature height is typically around fifteen feet in Southern California.  The tallest one I've seen in our area is 18 feet. with an age of about 30 years.  Cold tolerance is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  I'm giving a link below to a comprehensive article on this species.  We're putting a size on special that you don't see that much - 7 gallon.  They are starting to get full and about head height in the pot.
 
REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON $110

Link to comprehensive article on the Dypsis lutescens.



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Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA
GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite it's beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165
.

I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!


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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM
NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The band size shown below are between three and four years old.  This is the only size we currently have available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $32.50

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  My thanks to Wikipedia for the more mature plant photo below. 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
     


AECHMEA HYBRID
POSSIBLY AECHMEA INCA
SPINELESS & RED BLOOMING BROMELIAD
VERY DESIRABLE AND ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POT

We are not quite sure of the exact parentage of this attractive Bromeliad with silver green leaves, no spines on the leaf edges and an upright red blossom as shown below.  We think it may be a hybrid known as "Aechmea Inca".  The plants shown here should flower this summer.  They'd prefer a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  They seem easy to grow.  They can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE SIZE SHOWN $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN $35

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Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca
Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca
Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca Aechmea fasciata spinesless hybrid poss Inca

 

SABAL RIVERSIDE
MEDIUM SIZED SUN LOVING FAN PALM
FAIRLY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

In recent times it's been difficult to find this species/variety of Sabal.  Originally the plants came from a domestic tree in Riverside, CA.  But, no one knows for sure what it is.  It seems similar but different to Sabal bermudana.  It gets to a height of about twenty feet and loves sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30


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SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid
SABAL "RIVERSIDE" HYBRID Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Balboa Sabal riverside Balboa park Sabal riverside Balboa Park

 

SUNDAY, 13 MAY, 2018

 

NEW BLUE CYCAD COLLECTION
ONLY ENCEPHALARTOS
ABOUT TWO DOZEN BLUE CYCADS
LARGE TO SMALLER PLANTS
5 GALLON TO BOX SIZES
ALL ON SALE UNTIL 31 MAY, 2018


A FEW EXAMPLES SHOWN BELOW
CLICK TO SEE FULL COLLECTION

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS

Container: 
15 gallon pot

Caudex: 2.75 inches
Comments:  Nice blue color.  Smaller plant, more affordable
Regular price $412.50 
Sale price $330
Encephalartos horridus 15g 2.75 inches Encephalartos horridus 15g 2.75 inches
Encephalartos horridus 15g 2.75 inches Encephalartos horridus 15g 2.75 inches Encephalartos horridus 15g 2.75 inches
ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS

Container:  20 gallon pot

Caudex: 9 inches, basketball size
Comments:  Great specimen, no suckers
Regular price $1350 
Sale price $1050
Encephalartos horridus 20g 9 inches
Encephalartos horridus 20g 9 inches Encephalartos horridus 20g 9 inches Encephalartos horridus 20g 9 inches

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

Container:  15 gallon pot
Caudex: 4 inches - no pups
Comments:  Good blue color - Re-curving leaves
Regular price $600 
Sale price $475
Encephalartos lehmannii squat 15g 4 inches Encepkhalartos lehmannii squat 15g 4 inches
Encepkhalartos lehmannii squat 15g 4 inches Encepkhalartos lehmannii squat 15g 4 inches Encepkhalartos lehmannii squat 15g 4 inches

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS

Container:  5 gallon pot
Caudex: 2.5 inches
Comments:  Easy to ship starter plant
Regular price $412.50 
Sale price $300
Encephalartos princeps 5g 2.5 inches Encephalartos princeps 5g 2.5 inches
Encephalartos princeps 5g 2.5 inches Encephalartos princeps 5g 2.5 inches Encephalartos princeps 5g 2.5 inches

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CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM


TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall mature although occasionally you'll see them taller.  The first 5 photos show are 5g size.  A name sometimes used for this species is the "Whale Tail Palm".  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.


Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice 15 gallon on special and they are very nicely sized.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants in this size pot are too big to ship by traditional carriers.  But, we can arrange delivery.  And, we also have 1g and 5eg sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  All photos but one show plants on sale while the garden shot was provided by T.S.  
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa by TS RPW Chamaedorea plumosa

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $175


We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.

Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS
SUPER RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NATIVE TO THE TRANSVAAL DISTRICT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This sought after and very rare blue to blue-green South African cycad is native to the Limpopo Province in northern RSA.  There it is critically endangered with a few hundred plants remaining.  It lives on granite mountain slopes at an elevation of about 2000 feet.  It prefers full sun and is an average speed growing species.  Mature size is over ten feet in habitat in centuries.  Leaf color in full sun is typically blue.  It is considered one of the more rare of the "Transvaal" South African cycads.  Shown here are 1 to 2 year old germinated seedlings that we have put into 1.5 gallon pots.  They were grown from domestic seed and pollinated by a very knowledgeable enthusiast.  Most have two leaves.  I'm showing five pictures of these plants we're putting on sale as well as several specimens we have or have had at the nursery.  Also shown are several garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $95


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase. 

 
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
THE MANAMBE PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


VARIABLE SPECIES - WITH NUMBER OF TRUNKS AND LEAF/CROWN SHAFT COLOR

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


As with many species of palms from Madagascar, it seems that they represent more of a "complex" than an exact species with a consistent appearance.  By this I mean, if you pick a species like, let's say, Dypsis baronii, you'd think they'd all look alike.  But, this is not true.  Some sucker, others don't.  Some have silver crown shafts, others are green or yellow.  Some have droopy leaves, others are upright.  Thus, we have a "complex" where we'd call it a Dypsis baronii, but recognize there are lots of variations within that species.

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  My overall impression is that most will sucker.  But, in the wild with less nutrition and water, you tend to see more single trunk plants.  In domestic gardens they are more likely to have more than one trunk. 

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F and maybe into the upper teens F.  Because of this, many people in colder areas are trying them.  When repotting or planting, be super careful with the roots.  Trauma can kill them.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  It takes 5 to 6 years for me to grow a good sized 5g plant.  We are putting this size on sale for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $69.50


The first five photos show the 5g we're putting on Special.  The next row shows plants in the Encinitas area with silver crown shafts.  The last row has two plants in habitat, one suckering.  The very last photo is also from a garden in Encinitas and suckered.  Remember:  Mention this Special for this discounted Blog Only Price when you purchase to get the discount. 


DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Pacific coastal mountains from Central Mexico down to Guatemala.  It has circular leaves that tend to be flat and a very glossy green on the upper side.  The underside of the leaves can be a bit silver.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches and specimens can reach 30 feet of height after many decades.  

Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go into the upper teens F.  It is more tolerant of moisture and can be grown in filtered light if there's good drainage.  In the latter conditions the leaves are large, flat and shiny.  They sort of look like a Licuala leaf.

We just got in a limited number of nice 1g plants.  They are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase

Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Just available is a new batch of very nice 15 gallon Ravenea glauca.  On smaller Ravenea, R. hildebrandtii is the smallest - a true dwarf.  This species Ravenea glauca is not that small, but it isn't super big at maturity.  It should max out at about 25 feet.  The trunk is narrow.  Leaves are green and soft to the touch.  In most areas it likes full sun.  In the desert, filtered light would be better.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness seems to be down to the mid to low 20's F.  These 15 gallon plants are very nice.
I wish to thank Palmpedia and RPS for photos below.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175


Remember:  You must mention this website special for this price when you purchase.

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca unknown author Palmpedia Ravenea glauca TS RPS

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST
FANTASTIC PATIO OR HOUSE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  Shown here are our 5 gallon size.  Most are singles although we may have a few multiples.  Of note, singles put on vertical height growth faster than multiples.  This size can be mail ordered.  We are putting them on a Ten Day Special.

REGULAR PRICE  5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for you discounted price.

 
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm howea forsteriana

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM


THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
CURVED LEAVES - UMBRELLA SHAPED CANOPY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm is native to medium elevations on Lord Howe Island.  At one time is was possible to import seeds of this desirable palm along with Hedyscepe and Lepidorrhachis.  Because of conservation laws, the island can no longer legally export seeds or seedlings.  This has created a shortage of the more rare species from this locality.

Howea belmoreana is different from the Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) as it has curved leaves and an umbrella-shaped crown.  It also might be a bit more cold hardy.  It prefers filtered light or a little sun inland and can take more sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.  Growth rate, like the Kentia, is slow.  The 5g shown on special here are fairly nice.  They were potted up in early winter from over-sized one gallon.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65


Remember:  Mention this special for your discount when you purchase

Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS


TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This attractive shrub is from Mexico down to South America and has typically green leaves.  The plants were offering today in 5g size although we also have 15g variegated plants available.  They will produce weeping purple flower clusters in summer.  The flowers have white edges and are very fragrant.  These flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 

This tree can be shaped and trained.  Left alone, it can get to about ten feet tall.  It prefers sun but does well in part day sun.  It's an easy way to add color to the garden.  Cold hardiness is well into the 20's F.

We are offering very large 5g on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.  The final photo is c/o bcliving.ca website.

 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta bcliving.ca 

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM


SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G POTS

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abbreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $165

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  Be aware these are huge band plants, well rooted.  They are not wimpy seedlings.  Note they are already going palmate.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

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Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY, 2018

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The Citrus po1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.  Plants on sale are shown in photos 1, 2, 3 & 5.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $145

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order.

Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN


IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG 
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This may prove to be the perfect cycad that one can buy when he wants an easy to grow sun species that, in his lifetime, will never get too big.  It's estimated that, in 40 years, you'll not get a trunk more than about 2 feet tall.  The old boxed nursery specimens shown here are "pre-cites" plants that were brought into the US in the early 1970's.  The plant below in La Habra was planted 30 years ago.  The last picture by JO shows a plant in the wild in Mexico that is estimated to be 1000 years old.  So, you get the point - slow growing!

We're offering 1 gallon at a great price.  These are nice plants with some size for the container.  They are 3 to 4 years old.  This species easily takes full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.  The habitat photo is by J.O.  Also shown are very old nursery specimens.

Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I have previously discussed this extremely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) but can be single trunk.  It is from the island of Crete.  It is a bristly palm with lots of spines.  It has a pronounced yellow color in its petioles.  But, for most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix (Date Palm), even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactyliferaand the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have limited numbers of 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase.  The mature tree below is c/o RPS. 

Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS Phoenix theophrastii PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
MEDIUM SIZED ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This good looking fan palm comes from southern Mexico as well as various countries in Central America.  There is variability in this species: Some plants are green, others blue.  Some specimens get to twenty feet, others remain shorter. And, some even sucker to make multiple trunks.  But, all are attractive.  Over time, leaf bases fall away to give a smooth trunk.  We're offering our band size on these at a good discount.  Easy to ship.  The first band shown is a double, not suckering.  This species likes part sun or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30 OR
THREE FOR $75 


You must mention this special to get this price.

BRAHEA DULCIS BRAHEA DULCIS BRAHEA DULCIS
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES


SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, if you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.  The first two rows show our plants on special.   We also have several nice 15g, one shown below.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Only a few available at this price.
 

 
Encephalartos ituriensis  Encephalartos ituriensis  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS 
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS

 

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO
DESIRABLE VARIEGATED FORM


GREEN STRIPES ON YELLOW STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I am not a Bamboo expert in any way.  I grow some plants but do not specialize in it.  But, I've always liked looking at the trunks of the variegated Timber Bamboo.  This species is a large bamboo and can get over thirty feet tall.  The stems are yellow with green stripes.  It likes sun and needs lots of water.  Nursery plants are from divisions of existing plants.  Such is the case with this seven foot tall plant we have for sale.  I can get more of these by special order.  But, right now I'm offering them at a discount.  This type of bamboo is never inexpensive.  Also, the trunks get thick, up to at least three to four inches thick. I've heard it can be grown as a houseplant in a bright room. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  We only have a few available.
     
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo, photo by FiberElement Website
Variegated Timber Bamboo, 
photo by FiberElement Website
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS

This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their under side

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $27.50
OR, FOUR FOR $95


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  These little guys are easy to ship and do make a great houseplant.
 

Chamaedorea microspadix  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX 
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale 
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species 
Chamaedorea microspadix
Mature clump in sun 
 

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS

USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY BAND SPECIAL $30

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

 Dypsis lanceolata dYPSIS LANCEOLATA BAND Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
GREEN FORM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON

This single trunk South American pinnate palm is very durable and cold hardy.  It loves sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  If you've been following our Blog, you know that there is a green form and the popular blue strain.  Both are Butia capitata.  Today I'm showing you the green form.   Most would consider this to be the "standard form".  Mature heights on both are typically15 to 20 feet in this area.  Leaves arch downwards as shown.  Mature leaf color will be green to blue green.  The blue form has definite blue leaves.  The fruit of both are edible and some people make a jelly from the fruit, thus giving a reason for one of the common names for this palm.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 25g on sale here are about seven years old. The photos of the mature palms below were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210


Just remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.

Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green
Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40

Mention this Special for your discount

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Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF


PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.

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Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN


CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asperigus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

SUNDAY, 6 MAY, 2018

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  When I started with palms about forty years ago, enthusiasts frowned when I mentioned this species and said "unfortunately, Phil, you can't grow the Royal Palm here".  Well, I didn't buy that and instead had optimism over it's possibly doing well here.  And, exactly the latter has proven to be the case.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.

There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Natives to Florida are chagrined with the fact that "Roystonea elata" was determined not be a unique Royal Palm native to Florida but rather at most a variety of Roystonea regia.  Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk. 

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available.  I hope you like the photos I'm showing here.  Note how the base of the Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.

Of note, we always have smaller sizes of this species available.  And, sometimes, we can offer 15g and boxed sized plants.  Further down during April's posts, you can see photos of 5g and 1g plants.

To read a bit more about the Cuban Royal Palm, click to see

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Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL
A GREAT CANOPY FORMING PALM TREE
HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS

 

Although this is not the tallest of all Fishtail Palms, be aware that it is much taller than C. gigas.  But, the trunk is more thin.  As an estimate of trunk diameter, think "telephone pole" size, white in color, and easily heights over fifty feet.  This is one of the quickest growing palms known.  A plant like shown here will be thirty feet tall in a few years.  Leaves are not as long or wide as Caryota gigas.  Their leaf color also is not as dark a green.  Brown tipping of leaflets can occur, especially if not given enough water.  Another important point:  All Caryotas are "monocarpic".  This means that, after a period of fifteen to twenty years age, the plant will blossom.  It flowers, hopefully produces seeds, and slowly dies over three to four years.  

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  So, acclimate your plant to sun and give it plenty of water, especially after first planting.  Shown here is our 25 gallon size which we have in limited numbers.  These will form canopy in a matter of a few years.

For those interested, here's a link to an article I wrote about Caryota Palms about twenty years ago.  Click to See Caryotas.


 
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Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia which we also have for sale.    However, most enthusiasts prefer the blue form.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens here, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Most will die.  This also applies to buying Bismarckia by mail order.  Bare root plants usually die.  Fortunately, we ship plants in their pots with soil.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  For more information on this species, check out this link:

Bismarckia nobilis


Shown below are two sizes of Bismarckia, trash can and 25 gallon.  Also shown are some garden specimens.

 
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Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

ALOCASIA PORTORA
UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
ELEPHANT EAR LEAVES
SUPER EXOTIC APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I'm showing here our 15g size of this very attractive understory companion plant.  It has prominently veined deep green leaves.  They are diamond shaped and a little bit ruffled.  Leaf size will reach about three feet.  These plants do sucker and are easily divided.  Mature height is about six to seven feet.  They like filtered light but along the coast can take some full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  They also make a nice patio plant and are un-armed.  They do like water.  We have about ten for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for your discount.

 
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI

DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH & 15 GALLON SIZES

The plants shown here are two sizes of the Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F.  These plants are super exotic, green in color and quite attractive.  But, you do have to keep snails away from them. BTW, these make a great patio plant.  I don't have much experience growing them inside of a hourse but they should do fine.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 8 INCH PLANT $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40
REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $150


You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.  The first four photos are the 15g size and the next four are the 8 inch size.


 
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Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri  

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID
TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our citrus pot size on special.  I'd estimate average caudex size is 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE $135


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price. 


 
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS  

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but hopefully more will become available over time.  Mention this Special for your discount. 
 

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Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form
Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!

SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  The first garden photo below shows how spectacular, strong and powerful this species is.  The little King Palms to the right are regular King Palms.

 
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Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpar
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM
FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have nice 5 gallons on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a few of these left.

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DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS Dypsis lucubensis

 

TUESDAY, 1 MAY, 2018

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The 15g plants on special are chunky and nice.  I am also showing mature trees in gardens.  We do have smaller and some larger nursery plants for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $165

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK

RETAINED OLD LEAF BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single stem fan palm is native to northern and western Mexico.  It is not a tall palm.  Heights vary from 12 to 25 feet with an 8 to 10 inch thick trunk.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  Old leaf bases will persist for some time on the trunk but eventually fall off making a smoother trunk.  The crown is not overly large.  Growth rate is medium.  It is a full sun species with cold tolerance down to the lower 20's F.  The special today is for the 5g size.  I've previously but bands on sale as well.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special as this price is not posted anywhere else.
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Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

We at the nursery are very proud that we offer a good selection of these interesting New World fan palms.  This species is native to the Caribbean region and gets to heights of about 30 feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green to silver-green and trunks are typically six inches thick or a bit more.  This species loves full hot sun and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  Many are growing it with good success.  In pots, all Coccothrinax are painfully slow.  It's taken us five to six years to produce the 5g plants you see here.  We do have other sizes for sale and multiple other species of this genus.  In the ground they are much faster.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase to get this discount.

Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL


EASY TO GROW, GOOD COMPANION PLANT
5G AND 15G - TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Those who have been following this Blog have seen this great and easy to use companion plant in previous threads.  Customers love this plant because it stays small and is so easy to put in shady areas of the garden.  Yet, it looks so tropical and lush.  It can take coastal full sun but looks its best in half day sun or strong filtered light.  It's cold hardy into the 20's F.  But, it does like water.  We're putting two sizes on sale.  These can be mail ordered.

Photos below:
First Row, 5g size
Second Row, 15g size
Last Row, plants in a garden setting


REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.

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Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

CHAMAEREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


This is a suckering, semi-dwarf simple leaf understory palm.  Native to Mexico, it suckers, rarely gets over six feet tall, has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  Often they'll wildly shoot out of the pot, then turn upwards to form a new vertical stem.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  We do have several mother plants for this purpose (shown below).  We have very limited numbers of five gallon plants I'm putting on special.  This 5G size is shown in the first two rows of pictures below.  I highly recommend this species. 

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON $75


Remember:  mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION
CONSIGNMENT SALE - VERY RARE CYCADS
ALL PLANTS IN THE GARDEN
WE DIG AND PUT INTO CONTAINERS
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
WE'LL TRY TO GET YOU THE BEST PRICE WE CAN


A long time customer and friend of our nursery has decided that he must sell his home.  His garden is full of rare cycads.  He has asked that we help market his plants.  It's mostly a collection of Encephalartos.  I am showing just some of them today in this thread.  Trust me, there are a lot more to come.  I'll show you more in the near future.  All plants are in the ground.  Our nursery staff will dig any plants you want and put them into appropriate containers.  If any particular plant(s) interests you, just contact me by email or phone.  I'll get you the best price I can on the plants you like.  Many of these plants are twenty or more years old.  Some have over two feet of vertical trunk.  All are outdoor and sun grown in northern San Diego County.

So, we'll work our way through the collection.  I'll give species name, caudex size and make some comments where needed.  For price, contact me.  Offers welcome.


PICK PLANT(S) YOU LIKE
INQUIRE OR MAKE OFFER
JUNGLE MUSIC DIGS FOR YOU

By the time you see this post, realize some items may have already sold


DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIUM
CAUDEX 11.5 X 13 INCHES
SEVERAL SUCKERS
THIN LEAFLET SPECIES
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
Dioon angusitifolium Dioon angusitifolium
DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIUM Dioon angusitifolium Dioon angusitifolium
DIOON EDULE TYPE
CAUDEX 9 X 14.5 INCHES
VERY BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PLANT
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
RARELY GET MUCH BIGGER THAN THIS
Dioon edule type Dioon edule type
Dioon edule type DIOON EDULE TYPE DIOON EDULE TYPE

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES UNKNOWN

HABITAT NEAR E. PAUCIDENTATUS
CAUDEX SIZE 12 X 10.5 INCHES
WE FEEL THIS IS NOT A HYBRID
BUT UN-DESCRIBED PLANT
VERY DIFFERENT
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Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat
Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat Encepahalartos species paucidentatus habitat

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE

CAUDEX SIZE 12 X 14.5 INCHES
NICE BLUE COLOR
VERY OLD & LOVELY SPECIMEN
DOES GREAT IN FULL COASTAL SUN
Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue color 13 X 14.5 inches

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE

VERY BARBED LEAFLETS
CAUDEX SIZE 10.5 X 11 INCHES
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
ATTRACTIVE BLUE CYCAD
Encephalartos arenarius blue color with gnarly leaves 10.5 X 11 Encephalartos arenarius blue color with gnarly leaves 10.5 X 11
Encephalartos arenarius blue color with gnarly leaves 10.5 X 11 Encephalartos arenarius blue color with gnarly leaves 10.5 X 11 Encephalartos arenarius blue color with gnarly leaves 10.5 X 11

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER

DWARF SPECIES
CAUDEX SIZE 5 INCHES
LOVES SUN
PLANTS NEVER OVER ABOUT 4 FEET
This plant has sold
Encephalartos caffer 5 inches Encephalartos caffer 5 inches
Encephalartos caffer 5 inches Encephalartos caffer 5 inches Encephalartos caffer 5 inches

ENCEPHALARTOS DWARF HORRIDUS

SMALL FORM OF E. HORRIDUS
CAUDEX SIZE 9 INCHES
SOUGHT AFTER PLANT
VERY LARGE PLANT FOR THIS VARIETY
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
This plant has sold
Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning
Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning
Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning Encephalartos dwarf horridus 9 inch may be coning  

ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID

LATIFRONS X ARENARIIUS

GREAT CYCAD CROSS
CAUDEX SIZE 8.5 INCHES
TAKES FULL SUN
DARK GREEN LEAVES
Encephalartos latifrons X arenarius with heavy veining 8.5 inch ball Encephalartos latifrons X arenarius with heavy veining 8.5 inch ball
Encephalartos latifrons X arenarius with heavy veining 8.5 inch ball Encephalartos latifrons X arenarius with heavy veining 8.5 inch ball Encephalartos latifrons X arenarius with heavy veining 8.5 inch ball

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

SOUGHT AFTER BLUE SPECIES
CAUDEX SIZE 13.5 X 16.5 INCHES
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
NEVER GETS OVERLY LARGE
ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches
ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches
ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches ncephalartos lehmanii very blue with twisted leaflets bearing some spines 13.5 X 16.5 inches Encephalartos lehmannii

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS

RARE BLUNT TIP VARIETY

CAUDEX SIZE 11 X 19 INCHES WITH THREE INCH PUP
SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS
STRIKING AND DIFFERENT!
SUPER ATTRACTIVE - GREEN LEAVES
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip 11 X 19 inches with one 3 inch pup

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS

CAUDEX SIZE 9.5 X 8 INCHES
BEAUTIFUL BLUE SPECIES
SOUTH AFRICAN
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
This plant has sold and was dug by our staff
Encephalartos princeps TG 9.5 x 8 inches Encephalartos princeps TG 9.5 x 8 inches
Encephalartos princeps TG 9.5 x 8 inches Encephalartos princeps TG 9.5 x 8 inches Encephalartos princeps TG 9.5 x 8 inches

ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD
CAUDEX SIZE 16 X 15.5 INCHES
HARD TO FIND SPECIES
RARELY SEE THIS BIG
CUPPED LEAFLETS

 
Encephalartos sclavoi male 16 X 15.5 inches Encephalartos sclavoi male 16 X 15.5 inches
Encephalartos sclavoi male 16 X 15.5 inches Encephalartos sclavoi male 16 X 15.5 inches Encephalartos sclavoi male 16 X 15.5 inches
Encephalartos sclavoi male in cone  

ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
LIKELY E. LONGIFOLIUS X HORRIDUS
CAUDEX SIZE 9 X 13 INCHES
4.5 INCH PUP
GREAT COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE SUN CYCAD
Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup ( Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup
Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup
Encephalartos species poss. longifolius X horridus 9 X 13 inches with 4.5 inch pup (    

ENCEPHALARTOS "SPOONER"

UNUSUAL VARIANT
PROBABLY TYPE E. NATALENSIS
CAUDEX SIZE 17 X 30 INCHES
CUPPED AND CURVED LEAFLETS
SUPER RARE TO SEE - UNUSUAL
A TREASURE OF A PLANT
Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches
Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches
Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches Encephalartos species spooner 17 X 30 inches  
ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
CROSS OF E. ARENARIUS

CAUDEX SIZE 16 X 23.5 INCHES
DARK GREEN LEAVES
GROWING IN FULL SUN
Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches
Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches
Encephalartos species unknown poss. arenarius hybrid 16 X 23.5 inches    
ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
SUPER LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
CAUDEX SIZE 22 X 25 INCHES
MAGNIFICENT SPECIMEN
GROWING IN FULL SUN NOW
Encephalartos whitelockii 22 X 25 inches Encephalartos whitelockii 22 X 25 inches
Encephalartos whitelockii 22 X 25 inches Encephalartos whitelockii 22 X 25 inches Encephalartos whitelockii 22 X 25 inches

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I'd like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 15g and bigger.  We also really appreciate 7g and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!

15g pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  

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SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

Shown here is how we typically "palletize" plants for customers.  You can see that plants are secure and travel safely.  Also note that some plants are over eight feet tall.   These are "non-stackable pallets".   


pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY

SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
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A Quick Look at Some Cold Hardy Species

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

This pinnate palm rarely gets over six feet tall, is native to coastal Brazil and has fluffy leaves (plumose).  It's a sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.

Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

This suckering Asian species doesn't get over about ten feet tall and has silver color to the back of the leaflets.  The leaflets have chopped ends.  It'll take coastal sun and part day sun inland.  Cold tolerance about 18 degrees F.  
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri 
BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - YES, BLUE COLOR!

This variety of the South American Pindo Palm is super color because of its unusual blue color.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet in three decades and is single trunk.  It loves full sun and is cold hardy to 15 degrees F.
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
 
BRAHEA CLARA
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY

This palm is quite similar to the more common Brahea armata.  It loves sun, takes cold to 15 degrees and is blue in color.  It gets to a height of no more than 20 feet.  Compared to the common Mexican Blue Fan Palm, it has longer petioles and is faster growing.  Another curious difference we've discovered is the stem armor.  Rather than simple, uniform curved spines, the armor is more like a bad set of shark's teeth as shown here.
Brahea clara Brahea clara 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

This suckering species of fan palm develops a blue color with age and sun.  Shown is a 5g.  We never can keep them in stock to get them to 15g.  They love hot sun, get to a height of no more than six feet and sucker.  this is an ideal palm where views are a concern.  They are very slow growing.
 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens 
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULE PALM
HYBRID THAT LOOKS LIKE NEITHER PARENT

This surprisingly very cold hardy palm is being grown in areas that routinely see bad weather.  When Queen Palms die in Tucson, AZ, this one survives.  It gets to 25 feet and loves hot sun.  Some say that, when mature, they look a little bit like a Coconut.  It's also a very good growing hybrid with lots of vigor.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to about 16 or 17 degrees.
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm  Mule Palm by Mark Heath 
COPERNICIA ALBA
TALL THIN TRUNK
SINGLE STEM FAN PALM


Copernicia is a rare genus of fan palms mostly native to Caribbean Islands such as Cuba.  This species has a thin trunk and gets over 40 feet tall.  For an exotic genus, it's surprisingly cold hardy perhaps into the upper teens F.  It loves sun and heat.
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba 
JUBAEA CHILENSIS
CHILEAN WINE PALM
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM

This thick trunked pinnate palm is slow growing but manages to get a trunk fatter than any other palm.  Native to Chile, it can reach a height of 40 feet and trunk diameter of 4 feet.  It loves hot sun and is cold hardy to 16 degrees.  The 15g plant shown here is 10 years old.  This is why this species is more costly than other palms.  The trunk is also smooth as shown here with no attached leaf bases.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

This Asian species never really gets to a height much above 25 feet.  It's so slow growing that anything over ten feet seems to take an eternity.  It has a twelve inch thick trunk and flat green leaves.  In most areas it takes full sun but also tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.
lIVISTONA CHINENSIS lIVISTONA CHINENSIS 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
MEDIUM TO TALL HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK

This Australian fan palm can get over 40 feet tall, has a thin trunk and droopy leaflets.   Because of the latter fact it's known as the Ribbon Palm.  Leaflets hang toward the ground.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It's quite handsome.
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens 
PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
CLUMPING SPECIES MEDIUM SIZE

This is a type of Date Palm that clusters.  It gets its name from the fact that trunks recline (lean) with age and height.  It has a variable height.  But, you can count on at least 15 feet.  Some clumps get taller.  It loves sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

This Date Palm is native to the island of Crete, southern Greece and some nearby islands.  It is a suckering palm and not quite as tall as the Phoenix dactylifera.  Its dates are not edible.  Leaf color is typically lime green.  Height can get up to thirty feet.  Leaves are quite plumose.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees or lower and it loves full and hot sun.  

Phoenix theophrasti  Phoenix theophrasti 
SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL FAN PALM
THICK CONCRETE LIKE TRUNKS

This Caribbean fan palm can get rather tall, up to fifty feet.  Its remarkable characteristic are the thick, concrete colored and appearing trunks.  They are really impressive and get up to two feet thick.  Leaf color is blue green.  This palm loves sun and is cold hardy into the mid to upper teens F.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum 
SABAL MINOR
THE SMALLEST SABAL
DWARF PALM - SIX FEET TALL

This fan palm is native to the southeastern part of the U.S.  It rarely gets over six feet tall.  It puts out blossoms that are taller than the leaves, producing many small black seeds.  Leaves are sort of large compared to its dwarf height.  It can take sun or shade and is cold hardy to 15 degrees.  
Sabal minor Sabal minor 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

This Asian species of Windmill Palm is quite difficult to find.  That's because it's very slow growing.  The 15g plant shown here is about 8 years old.  They typically don't get tall.  In a few decades, a ten foot palm could be expected.  They love full sun and are cold hardy to 15 degrees F.  Leaves are quite small and flat as shown here.
 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA

THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

We don't know as of yet the cold hardiness of this very handsome hybrid palm developed in Thailand.  It's quite a new thing.  It is prettier than both parents.  Anticipated height is 30 feet, so it's shorter than a standard Queen Palm.  It likes full sun and appears to be cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F.
Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm by JI

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

This South American, single trunk fan palm is unlike some of its suckering kin below.  This plant gets to a height of about 20 feet and has a random pattern of long spines protruding from the trunk.  Leaves are green, medium sized.  It likes sun and is cold hardy well into the upper teens F.  The trunk is indeed different - liked by some, hated by others.
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

This South American species is nothing like T. acanthicoma above.  It suckers, has a prominent blue color and has sharp points on the end of its leaf segments.  But, it is attractive and cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of ten to twenty feet.
 
Trithrinax capestris

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Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma, one of the staff.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  We're showing these photos so you get a feel for our Nursery.

 
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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  In the group of palms below,  I left off the most common species that, it seems, everyone knows about.  So, there are no Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms below.  But, this group includes species that may be a bit unusual and more interesting.  This is not a complete list.  For instance, within any given genus, there may be dozens other species that do well here.  If I showed every species that you can grow, it would be too overwhelming.  So, I've kept it simple and show representative pictures.  I think, for a starting point, this will suffice.   

I have chosen to show mature plants in gardens.  I tried to use mostly pictures from gardens in Southern California to show examples.  Some are from elsewhere.  This provides a quick view of species that you may want to try.  Some are for sun, others for shade.  Some are more difficult to grow than others.  I'm not commenting on each species presently.  But, throughout my Blog, there are comments on almost all of these.  If you don't live here in Southern California, realize that many of these species may live in your area as well.      

I hope you enjoy this.  We, of course, have most or all of these palms for sale at the nursery in an assortment of sizes.  And, for your enthusiasts, we probably have several hundred other cool species for you to try.

       


king palm
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Coccothrinax
Coccothrinax species 
copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens mr
Dypsis decipiens (habitat) 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana 
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis 
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata 
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species 
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species 
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena 
sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos 
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 

On all the genera above there may be many more species within the same genus that also grow well for us here.  I apologize if I haven't included your favorite species in this group, but this is meant to be a brief introduction and I wanted to keep it simple.  I have utilized these species in a brief article summarizing Palms for Southern California elsewhere at this website 


 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZES

For growers here on the West Coast, there are black plastic containers that most of us use on our plants.  Surprisingly, there are differences between the pots used on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S.  Here we refer to most containers by "gallon size"  On the East Coast pots are referred to by "diameter in inches".  So, back East you might find a plant in a "14 inch pot".  Here is might be called a "15 gallon pot".  If you visit our price and availability catalog, plants are shown by their pot size.  I'm hoping that this Blog post this morning will help clarify what individual pots look like. 

CONTAINER SIZE PHOTO EMPTY CONTAINER PHOTO OF PLANTS IN 
THIS CONTAINER
BAND SIZE CONTAINER
This pot is 3 x 3 x 9 inches, square in shape.  It is used for seedling plants.  For most growers, it has replaced the one gallon pot.  It is a bit deeper and easier to place in carrying trays.  It also conserves space on benches because these can be placed close together.  You can get a pretty nice plant in a band container, sometimes up to 30 inches tall.
band container chamaedorea in band
ONE GALLON POT
This is a very common pot used, especially by flower growers and those producing small shrubs.  It's a typical first step after germinating a seedling.  We prefer using the band containers above as they conserve table and bench space more efficiently and are deeper.  Diameter of this pot is six inches but it's only about seven inches deep.
one gallon pot plants in 1g pots
     
TWO GALLON POT
This pot is 7 to 8 inches wide and about 8 inches deep.  It is a nice size to move a band plant into.  But, it is not particularly deep, so you have to make sure the roots fit into the container. This pot will produce an average plant that is about 2 feet tall. We grow a lot of palms in these pots.
2g pot empty plant in 2g oot
FIVE GALLON POT
This pot is 10 inches wide and about 10 inches deep.  It produces a plant that is one of the most common sized palms that we sell.  It is popular because it's not too heavy to lift and plants are typically three to five feet tall, depending on the species.   
5 gallon pot plants in 5g pots
SEVEN GALLON POT
We really like this container because it produces a good sized plant but isn't as heavy to carry as a 15g.  But, for some manufacturing reason, this pot costs twice as much as a 15g.  Therefore, most growers aren't buying this sized pot very much nowadays.  It is 12 inches wide, and about 12 inches deep.
7 gallon pot palm in 7g pot
FIFTEEN GALLON POT
This is the most popular sized purchased by people who want a landscape or near-landscape ready size of plant.  This container typically supports a palm from four to eight feet size.  Weight of this size of container with soil and plant is usually sixty to ninety pounds.  It's size is 15 to 16 inches wide and 16 inches deep.  Note how this size pot usually has a nice carrying lip at the top of the pot.     
15g pot plant in 15g pot
TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE GALLON POTS
This is the next size up from a 15g.  These pots are typically about 18 to 20 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep.  They weight anywhere from 125 to 150 pounds with their soil.  They can produce a plant larger than the 15g, typically 8 to 10 feet. They usually have a flat lip on the top as shown. The pot shown here is actually a 25g pot.  20 g are a bit smaller.
25 g pot plant in 25g pot
24 INCH BOX CONTAINER
This box is 24 inches wide, square in shape and about 22 to 24 inches deep.  The weight of this container depends on the mix, but is anywhere from 175 to 300 pounds (this heavier weight is if one is using a very heavy soil).  It takes two men to lift one of these.  We prefer plastic boxes as shown here, but they are much more expensive than wooden box.  They last a very long time.
24 inch box plant in 24 inch box
ALL POT SIZES IN A ROW
This pot shows all the sizes lined up in a row.  In order, left to right are:

band size
one gallon
two gallon
five gallon
seven gallon
fifteen gallon
25 gallon
24 inch box









SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE


Deep band containers
Citrus pots
25 gallon
30 gallon
35 gallon
45 gallon
30 inch boxes
36 inch boxes

Note:  Larger pots/boxes can get very heavy and are too heavy to mail order by usual means - independent trucker needed for these.

empty pots in a row 
Pots sizes lined up in a row - see text to left

cycad in 36 inch box
Cycad in 36 inch box

 

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