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TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 2019

SPECIMEN SIZE KENTIA PALMS
HOWEA FORSTERIANA


FROM FIVE TO FIFTEEN FEET OF TRUNK
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES
SALE PRICE THESE SPECIMEN PALMS


For several decades we've worked with an associate grower who offers old specimen Kentia Palms.  Starting in the late 1980's, these were field grown here in Encinitas, CA.  Over time, many have been dug and put into boxes.  Usually this is into 36 inch box sizes - rarely into 24 inch boxes.  Some are still in the growing fields.  Even if dug from the grower's and moved to your garden for immediate planting, most do just fine.  And, these have been sun grown only getting shade from adjacent Kentias.

Kentia palms dig quite easily.  The ones shown in boxes below were typically dug three to four years ago.  Several hundred trees are available.  All need heavy equipment to lift and handle - and a flatbed truck for delivery (at least 25 feet long).  Delivery can be arranged as needed.  Call or email us for more information.  Random photos below were taken recently of plants available.

SPECIAL PRICE THESE LARGE KENTIAS - $125 PER TRUNK FOOT

Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana  Howea forsteriana

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM
SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG BAND SIZED PLANTS

This is one of my favorite Sabal species.  It's native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico and Cuba.  It can get to height of at least 35 feet and has a trunk that is smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks are thick, up to about 30 inches.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The bands on sale are nicely sized and easy to ship.

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

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Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM


WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  This species will retail old leaf bases for a while and give a "knobby trunk" over time.  The last photo shows a close up of a trunk with attached leaf bases.  Overall height can get over fifty feet although often shorter.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnauba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 5g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75


Remember, mention this Special!

Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

CARYOTA RUMPHIANA
THE AUSTRALIAN FISHTAIL PALM


SMALLER THAN CARYOTA URENS
YOUNG PLANTS AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This is a single trunk, monocarpic (when it flowers, the tree dies) species of palm that is native to northeastern Australia, PNG and the Philippines.  It has a more slender trunk and doesn't get as tall as Caryota urens.  The trunk is about 12 inches thick, less than a robust Queen Palm.   Leaves are green and about 8 to 10 feet long.  In my yard it has gotten to a height of about 35 feet.  And, it may have a longer life in the garden than either C. urens or gigas.  In my garden it has outlived all of the urens and still looks great after thirty years.  The  urens lived about 18 years.   

Another difference is cold hardiness.  I suspect it doesn't take the cold as well as urens.   Mine has seen temperatures at worst into the mid-twenties.  I'd estimate it'll maybe go into the low 20's F.  The problem is that you hardly ever see this species for sale.  This is because it's rare in cultivation and a tree has to die to get the seeds.  This means that seeds are rarely available.  But, available now are some young plants in one gallon pots in very limited numbers.   


REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Remember:  Mention this Special to get this price.

Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA


LIKE C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Below are plants that are about seven years old, grown from seeds.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  I am showing photos of both the male and female flowers below.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.  It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available.   Some pots have two or three plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species to find.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped. 


Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei male blossom
male blossom
Chamaedorea benzei female blossom
female blossom
Chamaedorea benzei
15 gallon at nursery

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 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 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 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 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM

 
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
EASY SIZE TO MAIL ORDER
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 2 GALLON PLANTS

Jubaea chilensis is a difficult species to germinate and grow from a sprouted seeds.  What I’m offering here are healthy, outdoor grown four year old plants.  The Chilean Wine Palm, as most know, is unbearably slow to grow and getting 15 gallon takes ten years or more.  But, many still really love and want this palm.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  Ultimate tree height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 2G AS SHOWN $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, is easy.  BTW, these are over twice as big as any one gallon we have.


Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING BAMBOO PALM


COLD HARDY - NEVER OVER EIGHT FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This suckering Chamaedorea has very thin canes, somewhat wide leaflets, green leaves and an overall small to medium size.  Mature plants are rarely over 8 feet tall.  Often leaves can have an iridescent sheen and sometimes are glaucous on the back side.  This species wants filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  The 2 gallon on sale are nicely sized and suckering already.  They are equivalent to a 5 gallon plant.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $60
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $47.50

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  These can be mail ordered.  The plants on special are shown in the first two rows of photos.  The last row shows a 15g at the nursery.

Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering
Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering

 

STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATA
EPIPHYTIC FERN THAT LIVES IN TREES


ANTLER TYPE LEAVES - MOUNTED PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL MOUNTED AND LARGER PLANTS

Country or area of origin:  South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia and PNG
Mature height:  Form epiphytic clumping plants that in many decades can reach several meters width
Sun Requirements:  Part sun or filtered light
Cold Tolerance:  Low 20's F. by estimate
Water Requirements:  Low, but don't allow to go totally dry
Rate of Growth:  
Slow
Sizes Available: 
 Mounted on wood as shown
Regular Prices:  See below
Size shown:  Mounted on wood, assorted clusters


Comments:  This species grows in trees.  Often all you see when you look up in the rainforest, all you see is a large clump of leaves with their brown shields.  We sell them mounted on wood (sort of epiphytic) where you'd hang them on a branch or a nail in a fence. Or, you can remove the wood and apply them right on a trunk as shown below.  Give them part sun.  Spray them about ever week or two with water and fertilize them every few months with liquid fertilizer.  They are reliable performers.  The plants shown here are good sized as shown.  They can be shipped but may take an oversized box.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE STAGHORN $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60
 

Just mention this special when you purchase.
 
Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted
Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted
Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum wood mounted Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum

 

DIOON MEJIAE
LUSH AND TROPICAL APPEARING


NEW WORLD CYCAD
SPECIMEN SIZES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

This is a more tropical appearing species of Dioon and is native to Central America in Nicaragua and Honduras.  There it is found among thick deciduous forests.   Leaves are long, green and arch minimally.  In cross section the leaves are flat.  They are similar to the lush leaves of Dioon spinulosum but typically, on mature plants, lack any spines on the leaflets.  Trunks ten to be somewhat narrow, usually under twelve inches.  But, a mature plant in habitat can reach heights of over 20 feet in a century or two.  An attractive thing about this species are the super soft, wooly and yet fragile new leaves as they emerge (last photo).  One is so tempted to feel them.  Leaf color is green with a length of about six feet. 

This is a super attractive plant for morning sun or strong filtered light.  It is possible to grow it in half day coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  The plant shown is in a 15g and has a caudex size of ten inches.  We do have both smaller and larger plants for sale.  All can be mail ordered or delivered within the U.S.  I'm showing you two nursery plants below with some garden photographs.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  20% OFF REGULAR PRICE ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

 
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Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae 
dioon mejiae  dIOON MEJIAE  dIOON MEJIAE 
Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae new leaves emerging

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA - THE SAGO PALM
MOST COMMON CYCAD IN THE WORLD


TAKES FULL SUN - COLD HARDY WELL INTO THE TEENS f.
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


The Sago Palm is the most common cycad in the world.  At one point, about 150 years ago, it was quite rare.  But, mass propagation and marketing have made it common nowadays.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to somewhere around 16 or 17 degrees F.  These are a green cycad.  It forms basal suckers.  Sometimes you'll see large trunks fork as below.  The 5g on special are about softball sized.  Easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $65

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Cycas revolua Cycas revoluta  Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta Cycas revoluta Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta Cycas revoluta Cycas revoluta

DYPSIS BARONII - RARE MADAGASCAR PALM


THIS CLONE HAS SHORT PETIOLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


Dypsis baronii is a super attractive, suckering palm from Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 15 feet.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun - but not full sun.  Colder tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameters are about two to three inches.  The plants on special are a clone that has rather short petioles.  It's not evident at this time.  We have limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $37.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for this discounted price when you purchase.

Dypsis baronii short petiole Dypsis baronii short petiole Dypsis baronii short petiole
Dypsis baronii short petiole Dypsis baronii  

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by cloudforest website Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!


MUCH BETTER F
OR SOUTHERN CA THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  If you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm.  Plain and simple.  You might ask why a certain depot type store only sells the Bottle Palm.  It's because the Spindle Palm can't be imported into CA from Florida because of lethal yellow disease.  So, one has to grow them from seeds here in California. And, that takes a long time.  But, that's exactly what we'd done.  So, we can offer you a Hyophorbe with a bulging trunk that you CAN grow and is on sale!

And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The five gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights of 3 to 4 feet size.  They are ready for a 15g pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase


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Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

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 2 year old germinated seedlings that we have put into 1.5 gallon pots.  Most have an additional leaf since these photos were taken.  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

 

ALOCASIA MACRORRHIZA
THE GIANT TARO PLANT


HUGE, LANDSCAPE READY PLANTS FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This attractive tropical and clumping plant with large heart shape leaves is native to southeast Asia, habitats spreading from Malaysia down to Queensland and including an assortment of Pacific Islands.  Most would group this species into the "Elephant Ear Plants".  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  It appreciates adequate water and is cold hardy into the twenties F.  Mature height gets to about 8 feet or a bit more.  They do clump.  We have grown our plants up to an almost mature size.  They are overhead as shown and in 15g pots. We are putting them on sale.  They are nice size.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.
 
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza  

TILLANDSIA SPECIES
AIRPLANT WITH YELLOW BLOSSOM


CLUSTERS WITH THREE TO FOUR PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


Recently we got in three Tillandsia clusters that we've not had before.  Our supplier told us they have yellow blossoms.  I don't know the species name (nor did the supplier) but they look reminiscent to Tillandsia fasciculata.  I've not seen them blossom as of yet.  The leaves are blue. These clusters can be mounted on a fence, post, tree trunk or you can just hang the wooden mount anywhere.  These are on sale for ten days.

To learn more about usage of Bromeliads in the landscape, see today's Blog elsewhere at this Website.

REGULAR PRICE THESE MOUNTED TILLANDSIAS $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40


These should be easy to ship but remember to mention this Special to get the discounted price.

Tillandsia species yellow blossom Tillandsia species yellow blossom Tillandsia species yellow blossom


SATURDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS AT NURSERY
EMPHASIS ON NEOROGELIA
DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF COLOR


INTERIOR OR GARDEN COMPANION COLOR
ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW


For those of you have visited our nursery, you are aware that we usually have a nice assortment of super colorful Bromeliads.  One of our favorite types is the Neorogelia.   We say this because the plants don't get too large, usually show great color and are easy to grow.  They tend to like filtered light although a few tolerate coastal sun.

The color of Neorogelia vary quite a bit in terms of how they display the colors.  Below I'm showing three different types of coloration patterns.  There are others:

LONGITUDINAL STRIPES GOING DOWN THE LEAVES
HORIZONTAL OR IRREGULAR COLOR MARKINGS
SOLID COLOR THROUGHOUT THE LEAF


Below are examples of these three groups with examples.  Our nursery selection of Neorogelias changes week by week.  Do drop in to see in person these great additions to the garden.

 

LONGITUDINAL STRIPES DOWN THE LEAF


This is where the colors contrast with different colors going side by side as stipes directed down the leaf.  Below are the species demonstrating this.  I'm showing varieties photographically in the same order as the photos, one row per variety.

Neorogelia margaret
Neorogelia orange crush
Neorogelia kahala dawn
Neorogelia arde
Neorogelia raphael


Neorogelia margaret Neorogelia margaret Neorogelia margaret
Neorogelia orange crush Neorogelia orange crush Neorogelia orange crush
Neorogelia kahala dawn Neorogelia kahala dawn Neorogelia kahala dawn
Neorogelia arde Neorogelia arde Neorogelia arde
Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael

 

HORIZONTAL BANDS OR IRREGULAR PATTERNS ON LEAF


This would be a type where the markings go horizontally across the leaves.  Or, coloring could be in an irregular pattern.  You'll see this type less commonly.  Photo of the varieties below are shown in the same order.

Neorogelia red tiger
Neorogelia speckled hybrid
Neorogelia cosmos


Neorogelia red tiger Neorogelia red tiger Neorogelia red tiger
Neorogelis hybrid speckled Neorogelia hybrid speckled Neorogelia hybrid speckled
Neorogelia cosmos Neorogelia cosmos Neorogelia cosmos

 

SOLID COLORATION OF THE LEAVES


This type is more commonly seen.  Displayed colors, especially on new leaves, are found in all shades of the rainbow.  Often these colors fade and turn to green on the older leaves shown below.  This "turning green" is variable, variety to variety.  Some of these persist in showing their color.  Also note that sometimes the central portion of the plant is colorful while the outer part is green.  Photos in the same order as the listed varieties.

Neorogelia megali
Neorogelia shocking pink
Neorogelia donna
Aechmea little harv
Neorogelia red parfait
Neorogelia large purple
Neorogelia red throat

Neorogelia megali Neorogelia megali Neorogelia megali
Neorogelia shocking pink Neorogelia shocking pink Neorogelia shocking pink
Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna
Aechmea little harv Aechmea little harv Aechmea little harv
Neorogelia red parfait Neorogelia red parfait Neorogelia red parfait
Neorogelia large purple Neorogelia large purple Neorogelia large purple
Neorogelia red throat l Neorogelia red throat Neorogelia red throat l

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
THE WHALE TAIL PALM

VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM


TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
FIVE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

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.  Below I'm showing mostly our 5 gallon plants, but we may also have some smaller ones.  Most are several plants per pot.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  The first three photos are of our 5 gallon size.  We've found this species to look best when planted as a small colony of three to five plants.  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.  Presently we have a nice assortment of 5 gallon plants – singles and multiples.  But, we may also have a few other sizes available.

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

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A FAVORITE CYCAD BY MANY - CAN BE GROWN INSIDE



HUGE OLD ONE GALLONS - PERFECT FOR MAIL ORDER OR GIFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE INCLUDING SHIPPING!


We're doing something we've never done before.  We offering a great price on huge one gallon Dioon spinulosum that are about 8 years old with 3 inch caudexes.  And, shipping is included with this special (but only within the U.S.)  They need to be repotted.  This cycad is native to southeastern and does best with a bit of sun or strong filtered light in our area.  Many have grown it inside the home.  In the ground and after a few centuries, plants can get over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are green and mildly armed. 

SALE PRICE WITH UPS GROUND SHIPPING $79 - ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.

The box will be over two feet tall on most of these, so they are a bit large for USPS.  It'd be a great gift for the plant enthusiast.  The first four photos show our one gallon plants on sale.


Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE THREE GALLON PLANTS

This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower.  

We're offering here 3 gallon plants.  They are nice plants for starting in the garden.  They are not wimpy little plants.  Many have more than one good sized caudex.  Some are coning as shown below.  We do have larger plants that are not on sale right now.  But, this size can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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


Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad
Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad
Zamia furfuracea - Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT


NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  We’re offering our 5 gallon size on a Ten Day Special.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners. These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you buy!


Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS "TRIPLES"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The triples we're putting on sale are triples in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slow the growth rate of all.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125


Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale. 

King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 

 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'
COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO
GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES


MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.  We also have nice 5 gallon available and would give a discount on them as well.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND PLANTS


Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The last row of photos shows a larger nursery specimen and two garden plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $52.50

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHACOMA
AKA TRITHIRNAX BRASILIENSIS
SPINY TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM


EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk tropical fan palm is noted mostly for its spiny trunk.  The spines are long, randomly directed and almost needle sized.  It is native to South America and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Unlike Trithrinax campestris, the leaflet tips on this species are not sharp nor pointed.  It is a medium rate grower.  These plants are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $60

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 5 gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.


Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 1g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This size is shown in the first row of photos below. This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color. 

Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 23 - 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our 1g size on special.  Yes, they are slow growing!  The second row of photos shows 12 year old 15g plants which we also have for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G $42.50

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  

 

WEDNESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

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 some type of size in stock.  Right now this includes bands through 5 gallons and some 15 gallon 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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA - DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
LARGER, "USER FRIENDLY" CYCAD


GREEN LEAVES
NO SPINES AT ALL
NEEDS PLENTY OF ROOM TO GROW


Native to Queensland and northern New South Whales, Australia.  In habitat, plants have been known to reach heights of over thirty feet with trunks up to two feet wide.  But, realize that such trees can be centuries old.  It holds a crown of several dozen glossy green leaves.  The petioles and leaflets are totally spine free.  They are soft to the touch.  Leaf length is typically six to nine feet and have a gentle downward arch.  New leaves emerge vertically.  Trunks typically have old leaf bases attached.  Cones are very large.  Male cones are cylindrical, long and upright. 

Overall appearance of this cycad is lush and tropical.  Because of the long leaves, it does need adequate room in the garden to grow.  It can be grown in full sun near the ocean but does quite well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Growth rate is slow.  From germination, it take us eight to ten years to grow a nice, large 15 gallon plant.  The specimens shown below would be considered "massive" nursery plants. They were all part of a thirty-five plant collection we obtained in several years ago.  Container sizes are mostly 35 gallon.  We do have smaller for sale.

 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm, is native to two locations.  Norfolk Island (an Australian island) is the home of the classic Rhopalostylis baueri but there is also a population in Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand territory.  In my experience, this species does best in less than full sun along the coast.  Half day morning sun is about perfect.  It has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F. and is being grown in the SF Bay area.  Those growers in Florida where there is heat and high humidity, tend to have problems with any Rhopalostylis. A significant difference between this species and R. sapida is the lack of the prominent bulging crown shaft.  Trunk diameters are about the same.  Anticipate a height typically of about 25 feet mature.

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

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


WHITE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol of New Caledonia) 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.  These are very nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species available that often.  And, rarely one sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185

We only have a few of these.  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

 

SABAL LOUISIANA
A RARE FORM OF SABAL


SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
CAN TAKE SOME SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

On the Internet there is a bit of discussion about this unusual type of Sabal.  It's much smaller than Sabal palmetto (like you'd see in Florida) but bigger than Sabal minor (like you'd see in Texas).  Searching shows that plants can develop five or more feet of trunk and they do tolerate full sun in Louisiana.  Leaves are medium sized mature and green in color.  The last photo shows a specimen that is in filtered light.  It's near impossible to find this "species" for sale. I have plants from apparently native seed that I'm offering on special here.  These would be easy to mail order.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana  
Sabal louisiana
Close up of base of plant 
Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana FreakPalmGuy at PalmTalk
photo by FPG PalmTalk 

 

CHAMAEDOREA GEONOMIFORMIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK, DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM


SMALLER SIMPLE LEAVES
NEVER OVER SEVERAL FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This species has a native distribution that spreads from Southern Mexico down throughout Central America.  There are some minor differences in plants from the various areas.  As mentioned above, Chamaedorea geonomiformis is single trunk and has a simple, bifed leaves as shown here.  It's mature height ranges from two feet up to about five feet tall.  When trying to identify this species, particularly look at the leaf size, shape, length and width.  You'll note that the leaves of this species are longer than they are wide.  Compare this to C. ernesti-agusti that has very wide leaflets.

Leaf color is green.  Vertical growth is slow.  We only have a few of these for sale.  I'd estimate cold hardiness into the mid to upper teens F.  This species does not like direct sun.  We have limited numbers available in the 1.5 gallon size.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount!

Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis

 

VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
TALL PALM WHEN MATURE
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands.  It can attain a mature height of over fifty feet.  Leaves are green, about eight feet long with somewhat drooping leaflets.  The trunk is gray in color and medium thickness.  This species makes bright red seeds.  It can tolerate full coastal sun and has been grown well by some in Southern California.   But, because of it's tropical nature, should only be tried by those in good climates.  We're offering nice 1 gallons on sale.  They've done well with our temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.

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

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.

Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin Veitchia winin  
Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin  

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII


A BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN COLORED CYCAD
RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE CITRUS POT PLANTS


Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves, but these should be more of the blue leaf type.  Overall, the leaf color is variable but I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus

Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The citrus pots size on sale are good, strong plants.  Caudex sizes are about 1.5 to perhaps 2 inches.  This is the caudex size on sale.  They came from super blue domestic parents.  These can be mail ordered but not outside the U.S.  

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CIT POT $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $210


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.


Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS

FILTERED LIGHT ATTRACTIVE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 8 INCH PLANTS

The Birds Nest Fern gets its common name from the fact that, over time it is bowel shaped - resembling a "birds nest".  It has wide, glossy green leaves.  It is native to many areas of the world stretching from Asia through the tropics, tropical islands, India and Africa.  It grows epiphytically in trees.  It does great in the garden and wants warmth, humidity and adequate water.  You have to keep snails away!  It can be grown as a patio plant or inside the home if enough humidity is provided.  We're putting very large 8 inch on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

We also have one gallon and occasionally 15g plants.

Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern

 

TASSEL FERN
POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM

 

UNDERSTORY SHADE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This fern species is native to Japan and North Korea.  It gets its name from the fact that stiff leaves emerge and the tips hang down like a tassel.  It is an understory companion plant that wants shade and humidity.  It is fairly cold hardy into the twenties F.  Leaf stems are a bit red.  Mature size is two feet wide, two feet tall.  It can be used as a ground cover.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.


Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern

 

MAIDEN HAIR FERN
ADIANTUM SPECIES


LACY, FINE LEAFLETS, VERY ATTRACTIVE
POPULAR HOUSE AND GARDEN FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


This popular and sought after fern is native to North America and, with good care, survives both indoors and in the garden.  If one searches the Net for information on this fern the first thing you'll find is that there are many different species and types.  On the one we grow, leaves are green.  It is the classic Maidenhair Fern with very small leaflets.  Plant height reaches 2 feet and leaf color is green.  They like shade or filtered light and need humidity and adequate water.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50


Mention this Special at the time you buy to get this price.


Maidenhair fern 1g Maidenhair fern 1g Maidenhair fern 1g
Maidenhair fern 1g Maidenhair fern 1g Maidenhair fern 1g

 

SATURDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
CLEAN, EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT


FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

We have a limited selection of this desirable form of King Palm which is known for its clean, emerald green crown shaft and more tropical appearance compared to the common King Palm.  It is native to the region around Myola in the Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia.  It has a silver color to the back of the leaflets and does not have ramenta (hairs).  Growth rate is quick and mature height can be 40 feet or more.  Our special is on the 5g and 15g size shown in the first four photos below. 

Along the coast, it looks the best in part day sun but can take full sun if you give it lots of water.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  

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

REGULAR SIZE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.  Of note, limited numbers available - may sell out.

Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis aRCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS TS AT RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


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


This is a suckering dwarf to semi-dwarf simple leaf palm that is 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 have very limited numbers of five gallon plants I'm putting on special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of pictures below.  I highly recommend this species.  

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON ONE GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $85


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

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON

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 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

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

Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana by Justen Dobbs
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana wikibpedia  

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM


SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

This interesting palm, known as the Dwarf Chusan Palm, does not have a well known natural habitat.  Some think it may have originated with a dwarf cultivar of T. fortunei.  It is very slow growing with a hairy trunk.  Leaves mature are about two feet across, stiff and flat and do not flex down at the ends.  A decades old plant may have a trunk under ten feet tall.  It wants full sun and may be equally as cold hardy (down to 15 degree F. or colder) as the common Windmill Palm.  The 5 gallon on special are about five years old and showing their fan leaves. 


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

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Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus by MG

 

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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


THINNER TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
NICE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  There is grows on mountainous slopes.  Of the genus, perhaps this species is the easiest for us to grow here in California.  It is very sought after and most of the garden photos below are from California.  Along the coast, I'd recommend giving this species half day morning sun, a few hours of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. 

In my experience, mature height is usually about 30 feet but it can get a bit taller.  Trunks in shade are green, prominently ringed and medium diameter.  Leaves are green and pinnate.  This size can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this discounted price.


 
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala HJD Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 1 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

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
And, sometimes there's a flush of light red on the new leaves


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 in the photo are the smaller and  regular cunninghamiana.  Note how the teracarpa is more robust, taller and has a darker green color - all these Archontophoenix the same age!
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpar
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MORE RARE SPECIES OF THIS GENUS

GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

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

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.

 

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

            WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS HYBRID
SAPIDA X BAUERI


SHOWING HYBRID VIGOR - SHOULD BE A WINNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For those of you with growing experience, you understand that palms, even monoecious palms, can hybridize.   We got in some plants and were told that they were "sapida".  But, looking at them you'll know they are not pure sapida.  Seeds came off a Rhopalostylis sapida seed bearing tree.  The dark petioles (brown) and downward flexing leaves show that they are a hybrid - baueri blood.   Sorry, but I have no photos of a mature garden tree of this hybrid.  They can take part day sun or filtered light in most areas.  Cold hardiness will be about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS HYBRID $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170.

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Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g
Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g  

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


INSIDE THE HOME OR IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Lord Howe Island and is a worldwide popular plant for both inside the home or in the garden.  It gets to about 30 feet tall in 30 years if sun grown.  It tolerates coastal full or part day sun.  Far inland plantings are best in a few hours of sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  This size can be mail ordered although it takes a tall box.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Note we also have one gallon, 15 gallon and larger at the nursery.
 
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE

15 GALLON SIZE IN FLOWER RIGHT NOW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G ORANGE-RED TYPE


We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  Over 99% of the trees you'll see have the orange or red-orange blossoms.  There is also a rare yellow blossoming form (last photo).  In our area, this makes a medium sized tree as shown below.  This species is usually a summer bloomer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  The garden shots are from a tree a few blocks from our nursery.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

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Spathodea campanulata orange Spathodea campanulata orange Spathodea campanulata orange
Spathodea campanulata orange Spathodea campanulata orange Spathodea campanulata orange
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
VERY RARE CYCAD FROM TANZANIA


CUPPED GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This species is from the Usambara Mountains, in the Tanga district of Tanzania.  The climate is dry and hot.  This species is medium sized and has fairly long leaves, measuring up to two meters in length (though this can vary with cultivar).  Stems van vary in height anywhere from two to four meters in height.  There are two distinctive cultivars within this species which vary in vigor, appearance and size.  There seems to be two distinctive cultivars of this plant.  The first type is green emergent, has fewer spines and is less cupped.  The leaves and leaflets on this species tend to be more robust and longer.  This is a very tropical looking species, which has cupped (concave) leaflets.  They can be moderately or heavily spined depending of the cultivar.  The second type is reddish brown emergent, has leaflets which are more cupped and angled (away from the caudex), is more heavily armed and is slower growing and less robust. 

In coastal areas, this species is tolerant of full sun or partial sun.  For areas which are more inland, I recommend either partial sun or filtered light.  This species works well below larger species of plants in the mid-range of the garden.  It will certainly add a tropical element to the landscape and is quite rare to see in cultivation.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES $145 PER INCH OF CAUDEX
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $125 PER INCH OF CAUDEX

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get the discount!  Note, the smallest we have of this species is 5 gallon size.


Encephalartos sclavoi 5g 4 inches Sept ( Encephalartos sclavoi 5g 4 inches Sept ( Encephalartos sclavoi 5g 4 inches Sept (
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI

FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a faster growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  The last photo below is from my garden in San Diego to show potential height.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are a bit thinner.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.  The nice garden shot is from Plantlust Website.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.


Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Plantlust Website
photo by PlantLust website
Australian Tree Fern

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS

5 GALLON ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa.  Cold tolerance is between five and ten degrees F.

Most specimens in many decades get to a height of 25 to 35 feet.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here is our 5 gallon size on Special (first five photos).  They aren’t super big so we’re selling them at a great price.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $47.50

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  Note – Easy to mail order.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
UPDATED PHOTOS 15G PLANTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


See our post from September 1st.  We put our 15g size F. macdougalii on sale.  I mentioned in that post that the photos were a bit old and plants are fuller and taller now.  They are above the heights of our female employees at the nursery.  We just took these photos a few days ago. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $165


Furcrea macdougalii 15g Sep Furcrea macdougalii 15g Sep Furcrea macdougalii 15g Sep
Furcrea macdougalii 15g Sep Furcrea macdougalii 15g Sep  

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE

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 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 is an assortment of sizes of this species at the nursery.  Smaller plants can be mail ordered.  Be aware some below require delivery or being shipped in pallets. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15% OFF REGULAR PRICE - ANY SIZE WE HAVE

Remember:  Mention this Special!  Shown below are 15g and 25g sizes.


Chamaerops ceriferas Chamaerops ceriferas Chamaerops ceriferas
Chamaerops ceriferas Chamaerops ceriferas Chamaerops ceriferas
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

GUZMANIA BROMELIADS
ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBLOW


WE CAN SPECIAL ORDER THESE FOR YOU
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY GUZMANIA


At the onset I must admit that Guzmania are not one of our favorite Bromeliads.  This is because we've found that they don't perform as well in the garden as other types of Bromeliads.  But, many people love them.  As shown here, they come in a diverse assortment of colors.  They are also good inside the home for color.  Flowers are star shaped - looking from above.  If interested, we can special order what you are looking for.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE ALL GUZMANIA - SPECIAL ORDER

Guzmania bromeliads, various colors Guzmania bromeliads, various colors Guzmania bromeliads
Guzmania Guzmania bromeliad  

 

COLORFUL CROTON PLANTS
IN A NON-FREEZE GARDEN OR INTERIOR


BRILLIANT LEAF COLORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

Crotons are a colorful group of plants that are very popular in tropical areas.  Some species can be grown in our locality but it can be a challenge.  The problem is always winter cold.  Crotons are Codiaeum variegatum.  There are many species and varieties.  Some enthusiasts only have Crotons in their gardens in the tropics.  Most are super colorful with emphasis on red, orange, yellow, green and black.  Leaves have prominent veins and leaf shapes are variable.  The curly or thin leaf varieties are the best for our area and take lower temperatures.  The plants shown here are the Maple Leaf variety.  If you don't freeze, you have a chance at growing them.  They can take part day sun or very strong filtered light.  Some grow them in bright areas inside the house.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Mention this Blog Special for this price.

Croton maple leaf Croton maple leaf Croton maple leaf
Croton maple leaf Croton maple leaf Croton in landscape

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
NARROW LEAF WITH SILVER COLOR


IT IS A CLIMBING SPECIES - SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


We got this species as a cutting from a Botanical Garden that we trade with.  No one at the Garden knew what species it was.  It came from an expedition to habitat.  We established it and can now sell a few 2 gallon plants.  It'll want filtered light and has withstood a mild freeze at our nursery.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $42.50

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Philodendron species narrow silver leaf Philodendron species narrow silver leaf Philodendron species narrow silver leaf
Philodendron species narrow silver leaf Philodendron species narrow silver leaf Philodendron species narrow silver leaf

 

SUNDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER, 2019

FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS

 
CORRECT?
I DON'T THINK SO.

All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of one species or another.  I've not labeled them because I'm presenting them as a group.  From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk.  I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like "I don't like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans".  Or, "Fan palms look like "desert palms".  Or, "Fan palms are so boring; I like normal palms".  If you were like me and had studied palms for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I usually just say something like "I understand" and show them typical pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color and textures.  I've tried to demonstrate their varied appearance here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.  Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax crinita Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax species Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm hemithrinax ekmaniana
Fan Palm licuala grandis Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Licuala elegans
copernicia baileyana Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax montana copernicia macrogossas
Cryosophila kerriodoxa Licuala species
Rhapis subtilis Serenoa Fan Palm
licuala ramsayi' licuala ramsayi variegated rhapis
Fan Palm Fan Palm Coccothrinax

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light. 

Shown here is a nice 25g plant along with other sizes.  You'll notice that the leaf color in the sun is blue-green in a way.  It is certainly not a lime green color.  Also, some new leaves may emerge with a hint of red color.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  This species is highly recommended. 

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kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS Kentiopsis oliviformis by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
  by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS

 

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 $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  Last photo by friend Rolf Kyburz.