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ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE TO DARK OLIVE GREEN
A WHOLE ARRAY OF LEAF COLORS

As most of you are aware, it's very difficult to get information on plant species, especially with lots of photos demonstrating the species.  This includes internet articles and reference books.  So often you're left wanting more photos.  This morning I decided to help alleviate this problem and illustrate the wide variety of leaf color with the South African cycad species Encephalartos longifolius.  I'm showing you lots of photos of nursery plants and garden specimens.  Especially note that leaf colors vary from blue like an Encephalartos horridus to the darkest green.  And, you'll see every combination in between.  I think the photos here will demonstrate this.

A few key facts about this species include:
•  Leaf color blue to green with sometimes a striking bluish ploom on new leaves.
•  Like with other blue cycads, the blue color is the result of a blue waxy substance produced by the leaflets
•  A blue leaf's wax can be rubbed off showing a dark green leaflet below
•  Stem height up to 15 feet in centuries and up to 18 inches thick
•  Leaves 3 to 7 feet long, sometimes prominently keeled with leaflets pointing upwards
•  Leaves often curved downward at the end and bowed.  See third photo.  Sometimes this can be a 270 degree curve.
•  Prefers sun in most coastal areas
•  Cold tolerance about 22 degrees
•  Huge female cones, up to 80 pounds.

I absolute love this species and highly recommend it.  I decided to write this because a few days ago a customer was interested in this species and asked for photos of some medium sized plants.  And, it went from there.  Be aware we have plants of all sizes and these are easily shipped anywhere in the country.  I've not shown smaller plants here.
 
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
BEAUTIFUL PALM FROM RAOUL ISLAND

There is an argument among taxonomists about whether this "species" deserves it's own species status.  Some include it as a variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  Others feel that, because it's habitat is isolated on Raoul Island, and is quite a distance from New Zealand, that it should be a species to itself.  And, it has much larger fruit and a prominent brown and sometimes purple color to its crown shaft.  Enthusiast absolutely adore this species.

Palm collectors will also point out that this species is faster growing than baueri and perhaps more cold hardy.  Anticipate a palm that will peak out under thirty feet, has a gorgeous crown shaft often with color and a medium sized trunk that will stay green if not exposed to full sun.  Along the coast this species does tolerate near or total sun but needs protection inland.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is easily being grown in the SF Bay area. 

We have limited supplies of this species for sale.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5 gallon sized plant
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
15gallon sized plant
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
crown shaft on a smaller garden plant
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii photo by Cloudforest.com website
photo by Cloudforest.com Website

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THIN LEAFLETS, NEW LEAVES EMERGE RED-BROWN


This cycad is native to the state of Tamaulipas in Mexico.  Stems of usually solitary but can sucker as shown in this old mature specimen at the nursery.  Stem size is typically under ten inches.  The boxed specimen here has three suckers, the largest ten inches.  Leaves of this species are three to five feet long and have long narrow leaflets as shown here.  New leaves often emerge reddish-brown or copper colored.  Photos demonstrate the new leaf color below. 

This is a filtered light species although it tolerates full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is being grown in northern California in coastal areas.  We have a reasonable supply of these for sale including several 25 year old boxed specimens.  One is shown to the right and for sale.  I wish to thank the worldwide friends and contributors for their photos of mature specimens.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
female cone on different plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
A different 15 gallon plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Red-brown new leaves on a different nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by RainForestRobert Palmtalk
by RainForestRobert Palmtalk
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Ian Edwards PACSOA
by Ian Edwards PACSOA 
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Colin Wilson PACSOA
 by Colin Wilson PACSOA 

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150


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Arenga engleri    
 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This tall Australian fan palm has a trunk about 12 inches in diameter and in many years can get over forty feet tall.  It is armed on the petioles.  Leaflets ends droop downwards giving it the name of Ribbon Palm.  It is an easy grow, likes sun and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
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Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH HOLLY FERN-LIKE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


This is a South African cycad species that prefers part day sun or strong filtered light.  It's easy to grow. Leaflets are shaped like the popular Holly Fern.  Also, cones are fire engine red, especially the females.  Sometimes they are bright orange.  Leaves get to about six feet and trunks are rarely over 2 feet.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100


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Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is native to the Gulf states of the U.S., especially Texas.  It never gets much over six or seven feet tall.  It has blossoms that come up above the leaves and produce an ample supply of small black seeds.  And, it tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens F.  We're offering our 5g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


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Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
TALL, THIN TRUNK NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Many palm enthusiasts prefer a tall palm that is elegant appearing, has a thin trunk, is pinnate and has a nice colored crown shaft.  Cyphophoenix nucele certainly meets all these criteria and gets to a height in habitat of about fifty feet.  But, such heights may take many decades to achieve in your garden.  This species is native to the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia.  It's growth habits are about the same as Cyphophoenix elegans but it is said to tolerate soils that are more limey (higher pH).  I've found that it's best to begin it in filtered light and let it grow up into more light over time.  Inland areas demand continual filtered light.  The trunk is about six, perhaps eight inches thick.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Leaves are flat and a nice green color.

Shown here is first a nice 15g plant of good size.  The mature plants shown here are from gardens, mostly in Southern California.  Note how most of these are in somewhat protected areas.  Cold tolerance is at best into the mid to upper twenties F.  We have limited numbers of this species for sale. 

Compared with the Cyphophoenix elegans, I find that the leaves of this species are more upright, have very little arch to them.  The leaflets themselves are wider than C. elegans and more crowded on the leaf stem.  Trunk diameter is about the same, six inches.  Overall height is similar as well.  We have both species available at the nursery.
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
5 gallon sized plant
Cyphophoenix nucele
juvenile garden plant in Southern CA
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

DIOON MEJIAE
BOXED 15 YEAR OLD SPECIMEN
VARIEGATED OR NUTRITIONALLY CHALLENGED?

I've been growing this Honduran cycad for well over ten to fifteen years.  In the past several years it's been doing something quite unusual.  The terminal portion of the leaflets are uniformly yellow.  The question is whether this is true variegation that has developed or if it's just a nitrogen deficiency.  The appearance is similar to the Cycas revoluta aurea (last two photos) that I offered for sale during the summer. 

Plant variegation is a peculiar thing.  Many collectors have a passion for it and collect only variegated plants.  It seems to occur spontaneously with plants.  In other words, a plant appears "normal" and then suddenly new leaves show the variegation.  Some feel it's a genetic thing and others think it could be a viral problem or the result of a plant injury.  In any case, it gives leaves or leaflets that contrast yellow with green.  If you remember a few months back I introduced a lot of cool variegated Rhapis excelsa. 

Contrast this with plants that are challenged nutritionally and have a shortage of nitrogen or other elements.  Such plants tend to be diffusely yellow although any pattern can appear.  The fifth photo below shows an older leaf from last year's growth where this variegation is first starting to appear.  Surrounding plants next to this cycad are all normal and this plant has been fertilized three to four times a year with a balanced preparation.

Only time will shown whether this plant is truly variegated.  It is very attractive and striking.  Trunk size is a foot thick and a foot tall.  For at least ten years it has been outdoor grown in basically shade.  And, it is for sale
 
(note as of 12/30/13 this cycad has been sold)
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Previous leaf from 1 to 2 years ago 
Cycas revoluta aurea
 Cycas revoluta aurea 20g 
Cycas revloluta aurea
Cycas revoluta aurea 20g 



RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA 
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM OR FEATHER DUSTER PALM
A SUPERIOR PALM WITH BULGING CROWN SHAFT

Plain and simply put, this is a superior and great palm for Southern California.  It is fairly cold hardy and the only thing you have to decide is how much sun to give it.  Up to about eight miles from the ocean, it tolerates full sun.  Further inland it needs part day sun.  Far inland requires filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  This species is an easy grow up in the SF Bay area. 

Shown here is a large and nice 25 gallon plant along with other assorted sizes we offer.  This species is most known for it's large, bulging crown shaft and upright leaves.  The crown of leaves is "V-shaped" as shown on large specimens below.  Maximum height is about 30 feet.  Growth rate is slow, especially when young.  I've found that I can't get a vertically trunked plant in a 24 inch box no matter how long I grow it.  To get trunk, this species really has to be in the ground.  Native habitat is New Zealand.

Remember, large specimens in the garden move poorly.  Don't dig one to move to your garden as your chances for success are less than ten percent.  We have a pretty good supply of this (and other Rhopalostylis species) for sale.
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida
band sized seedling
Rhopalostylis sapida
5g size plant 
Rhopalostylis sapida
 15 g sized plant
 Rhopalostylis sapida
photo shows bulging crown shaft and flower
 Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
plants in sun in Balboa Park, San Diego 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 


 
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
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REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


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Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 


DIOON SPINULOSUM WITH MULTIPLE HEADS
HOW DO CYCAD TRUNKS FORK?

Shown here is a Dioon spinulosum at the nursery that is forming about five different heads of leaves at the top of about a 20 inch tall trunk.  Such behavior can lead to a 'branching" cycad trunk.  The last two photos below shown two older cycads with forked trunks.  But, you might ask "how does this occur"?

It is very common for cycads to form basal suckers or offsets.  Some call these "pups".  These are at ground level and will form a cluster of trunks over many years. But, this is not true "branding" of the trunk.  Also, cycads can make small offsets on the side of a trunk.  Occasionally these will survive and lead to forked trunks.  Usually they die off.  But, the most surefire way to get a forked trunk is to have the apical end of the trunk make multiple heads.  This is often the result of some type of injury or infection.  The primary crown of leaves dies and new offsets are formed.  This is what has happened with this plant shown here in the clay pot.   

In many years this particular plant may end up being spectacular.  Time will tell.  I've tried to show close up views so you can see what's happening.  Also shown are two pictures from other sites of mature forking cycads.  By the way, this plant is for sale.
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads 
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads 
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum
nursery specimen typical single head appearance 
Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii forming multiple heads 
Branching Cycas Outreacholodgy Website India
Branching Cycas from Outreacholodgy Website,
India
Branching cycad Rio de Janeiro Bot Gard website 
Branching cycad Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
website
Sago box
This nursery plant Sago has multiple trunks
which have formed from basal suckers,
not "branching" as discussed here
 
Dioon spinulosum
Nursery plant with normal trunk 
Dioon merolae branching JO
Many centuries old Dioon merolae in habitat with
branching trunks, photo by J.O.
 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

Please see description at blog from today.

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TEN DAY SPECIAL $25


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LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.
 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

Please see description at today's blog.  Very desirable cycad.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $175 - $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145

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Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We just got in some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana recently discussed.  The two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013
(don't miss the blue cycads from 2 days ago)

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM
GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

The first palm shown here is a nice, large 25 gallon size Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  Very similar to the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa, it is popular and a favorite.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you're are not too far inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new red leaves and there's no way of predicting this.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

We have available an assortment of sizes.
 
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri
outddor grown in LA.,  In sun, nice red leaf by D.L.
Chambeyronia hookeri
5 gallon size at nursery
Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri by RP
juvenile in garden, photo by RP
Chambeyronia hookeri

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
THIN TRUNKED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Shown here is a good sized 15g plant of this rare and hard to find species.  Native to mountainous areas of New Caledonia, this species is not that difficult to grow in Southern California.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Thin trunk about 6 inches in diameter, sometimes thicker
•  Typical height about 30 feet although in habitat gets over 50 feet tall
•  Crown shaft is silver-green
•  When juvenile in a pot, the crown shaft is triangular in shape, reminiscent of the Triangle Palm
•  Can tolerate part day sun along the coast
•  Cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.
•  Growth rate medium, faster in the ground
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5g nursery plant
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONICA
AKA CYCAS SEEMANNII
ATTRACTIVE CYCAD WITH NO LEAF SPINES OR PRICKLES

Being a friend of the island of New Caledonia, I am going to show you the only cycad native to their country.  It is Cycas neocaledonica.  They are quite proud of it.  But, taxonomists have in more recent years declassified it as a species and now call it Cycas seemannii.  Most remarkable is the fact that this cycad essentially has nothing sharp or pointed to poke you.  The leaf stems are without prickles or spines.  Leaves are green and shiny. 

Crowns can hold as many as fifty leaves with lengths up to 7 feet.  Trunks are 8 to 12 inches thick at maturity and overall height of centuries old plants can be over 40 feet.  Most grow this species is part day sun or strong filtered light although it takes full sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 24 degrees F.

The two nursery plants to the right and below are about ten to twelve years old.
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica
a different nursery specimen
Cycas neocaledonica
note absence of spines or prickles on leaf stem
Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas seemannii by Australia govenment website
photo by late Ken Hill at Cycad Pages website
Cycas seemannii  on stamp
pstage stamp, Fiji, with Cycas seemannii

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
SPECIES?  VARIETY?  BEST FOR COLD?

Enter another type of Butia.  Over three decades ago, I began hearing about Butia bonnettii.  Many questioned whether it's actually a species or just a variety of Butia capitata at best.  Reference books typically don't even mention it  at all.  Some believe it is a definitely different plant.  The Northern California Palm Society website describes it and claims it's a great palm for up there.  I don't really know for sure, but can recite here what others have said about it.

It does
n't get as tall as capitata, usually just to 10 feet
It is more green than capitata, i.e. less intensely blue
It has a smaller crown and shorter leaves than capitata
It might be the most cold hardy plant in the genus


In any case, I got in a few really big 15g plants of what is said to be Butia bonnettii.  I am showing them here.  I have also borrowed an internet photo of a specimen plant in Northern CA from the Palm Society Northern California website.  This plant is apparently in Vacaville, CA.. 
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
Photo by Dennis Valdez from PSNC website

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM  

About twenty-five years ago, I was one of the first nurserymen in the U.S. to grow this species.  There was talk at the time that this would be "the palm of the future".  This did not evolve except that it has been mass produced in large numbers and sold through many wholesale nurseries.  But, inherent problems kept it from being the most sought after species.  First, it needs lots of nutrition (fertilizer).  If it is not fed and watered regularly, it becomes yellow and can even turn white.  (see photo below).  Also, it likes a lot of water.  Finally, it is super fast growing and needs a fair amount of space.  This species can get to heights of 50 feet with trunk bases as big as a Royal Palm (30 inches). 

Because of these short comings, in more recent times depot stores are trying to market this species with three plants in one pot and sell it as a "house plant".  Unfortunately, it doesn't do great inside the home.  It's ok, but there are much better interior palms.  So, popularity has backed off and many stores no longer carry Ravenea rivularis. 

But, it does have its attributes.  It is quick and, when treated well, can make a nice specimen plant as shown. in the photos below.  The photo with the woman at the base was taken from my garden in 1985.  It now has over thirty feet of trunk today. That's my wife standing next to the trunk in the photo.  Some of the photos below are from habitat in Madagascar.  You can tell which ones. Cold hardiness is into the lower twenties F. and along the coast this species can take full sun.  Far inland areas must give some protection from full sun. 
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Nutritionally challenged plant, unknown photographer
Ravenea rivularis
In my garden, about 1985, with my wife
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis ravenea rivularis

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
A SILVER, DROUGHT-TOLERANT SPECIES

This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.

Shown to the right and below are containerized plants of
Ravenea xerophila.  Citrus pot plants take us about five years to produce. The larger plants below took eight years.  I'm showing a juvenile plant the garden of a friend of mine, Jeff Searle.  The final habitat photo is from Tobias Spanner at Rare Palm Seeds.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   I apologize, but there are so few pictures of mature plants of this species available, so I hope you enjoy those that I can provide to you.   Be aware, availability of this species very limited.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila with Jeff Searle
R. xerophila with Jeff Searle, photo by J. Searle
of Searle Brothers Nursery in FL
Ravenea xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
R. xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
   

 

RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About twenty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the specimen they used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We recently obtained some 5g plants that are six or seven years old.  The close up of the base shows how this species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first two habitat photos were taken by Henk Bentje and are from the Kew Gardens website.  The last photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, and is from PACSOA.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known abut its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the twenties F.  I anticipate it will tolerate coastal sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae 5g
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae by H. Beenjte Ravenea julietiae by H. Benjtee at kew Gardens
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOAu
photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA
   

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2013

 

ATTENTION CYCAD ENTHUSIASTS!!
INDIVIDUAL BLUE AFRICAN CYCADS, HUGE DISCOUNTS - UP TO 40% OFF!


Santa visited the nursery yesterday and left us a batch of great cycads including some very nice blue Encephalartos species.  The deal with Santa is that we have to sell these plants at a good discount or he'll get annoyed.  So, below are really great blue Encephalartos at super discounted prices.  These species are never easy to find or readily available.  Each plant shown is the plant you'd get if you select it for purchase.  These prices do NOT reflect prices of other cycads in general inventory, but rather steep discounts on these plants.  Most of these below were recently repotted into new soil and can be shipped with their soil in the container right to your door with all the needed Ag permits.  Just call to order.  Prices do not include sales tax when applicable or s/h charges.  There are no more in this sale group other than a few one gallon plants not shown.  So, don't miss out. These prices end in 10 days or when plants are sold, whichever comes first.
                Christmas snoopy  
Update on sold plants below, but replacement plants coming, similar prices    
Encephalartos lehmannii
7g pot, 3.5 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $500
SALE PRICE $300
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii    
Encephalartos lehmannii
7g pot, 4.5 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $625
SALE PRICE $375
(12/27 this plant has sold but replacement coming)
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii  
Encephalartos lehmannii
5g pot, 2.5 inches
REGULAR PRICE $225
SALE PRICE $175
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii    
Encephalartos lehmannii, plant #2
5g pot, 2.5 inches
REGULAR PRICE $225
SALE PRICE $175
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii    
Encephalartos lehmanii
1 gallon sized plants
REGULAR PRICE $65
SALE PRICE $50
Encephalartos lehmannii 1g Encephalartos lehmannii 1g
Encephalartos horridus
5g pot, 3 inches
REGULAR PRICE $375
SALE PRICE $225
(12/27 this plant has sold but replacement is coming)

5G PLANT IS ON THE LEFT
eNCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
eNCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS  
Encephalartos horridus
7g pot, 2.5 to 3 inch
REGULAR PRICE $375
SALE PRICE $225
(12/27 this plant has sold but replacement is coming)
Encephalartos horridus
7g plant is on the right
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus  
Encephalartos horridus
1g pot size, caudex about 1 inch
Bigger and older than seedlings/band plants
Many to chose from
REGULAR PRICE $75
SALE PRICE $50
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  
Encephalartos trispinosus
7g pot, 4.5 inches
REGULAR PRICE $675
SALE PRICE $375
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus    
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
5g pot, 4 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $450
SALE PRICE $275
Encephalartos frederici-guilielmii Encephalartos frederici-guilielmii
Encephalartos frederici-guilielmii Encephalartos frederici-guilielmii  
Encephalartos arenarius
blue or blue-green form
7g pot, 4.5 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $625
SALE PRICE $400
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  
Encephalartos arenarius
Should be blue-green when mature
5g pot, 2 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $225
SALE PRICE $175
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
   
Encephalartos arenarius
1 gallon size, caudex size appr. 1 to 1.5 inches
Several available
REGULAR PRICE $80
SALE PRICE $55
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius    
Encephalartos arenarius
Should be blue-green mature
5g pot, 1.5 inch caudex
REGULAR PRICE $225
SALE PRICE $150
Encephalartos arenarius

Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Cit Pot size, caudex 1.5 inches
Two to choose from
REGULAR PRICE $300
SALE PRICE $150
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  


BUTIA X SYAGRUS
MULE PALM OR BUTIAGRUS

One of the most popular hybrid palms in the world is a cross between Butia capitata and the common Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana. I wouldn't doubt that the first cross of these two species was serendipitous.   But, when enthusiasts figured out that this cross was not only beautiful but super cold hardy, enthusiasm grew.

It is important that you remember when making a cross, the parent that "produces the seeds" is a critical thing.  The seed-bearing parent is mentioned first when quoting the cross.  If it's a cross between two pure species, this is called an F1 cross.  So, the mule palm is an F1 cross between the Pindo Palm and the Queen Palm with the Pindo producing the seeds.  The opposite cross is not nearly as desirable and just results in a funny looking Queen Palm.

The Mule Palm is unique in that it really doesn't look like either parent.  It is quite tropical appearing and surprisingly cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.  Because of the latter hardiness, it is quite sought after by people in cold areas.  It gives a cold hardy pinnate palm that looks tropical.  This hybrid likes full sun, can even take desert sun in areas like Phoenix, and is pretty fast growing.  We were lucky enough to get in some very nice 20g plants as shown in the first six photos.  The larger ones are plants we've had in the past and on occasion are available.  The mature plants show how robust this hybrid is (hybrid vigor) and how tropical they look over time.  We only limited numbers of these available. 
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm  

 

 

BUTIA YATAY
A VERY COLD TOLERANT BLUE BUTIA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We were very lucky to obtain some gorgeous 5g Butia yatay that really show their blue color.  This species, native to Southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, is the tallest Butia and has the longest leaves and biggest crown.  A well grown Butia capitata gets to about an average of 20 feet height.  Butia yatay reaches close to 40 feet by report.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F. and is felt to be equal to B. capitata.  Leaf color is similar, many times blue in color. 

As this is a species not commonly found or grown, there are very few pictures available of mature plants.  Shown here are the gorgeous 5g plants we just got in.  Please note the blue color and leaf shape.  Shown are two photos of domestic plants, one by T.S. of RPS.  If you like this species, get one now as I suspect they'll be gone quickly.  We can ship these right to your door.  Be aware, we're almost running out of this species.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


By the way, this species is being successfully grown in the United Kingdom. When purchasing, mention this Blog only special to obtain this sale price.
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
   
 

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  The first photos in the third row below shows a fairly small plant in a garden.  The photo by Tobias Spanner shows a much larger plant. 

We have available extremely nice 15g plants.  I have shown one that is a "double" with two plants in one pot. 

Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am anticipating that I might have some 5g of this species available as well.  Shown are only the 15g size. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
A double specimen, 2 plants in one pot
Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis by TS RPS
Butiaparaguayensis by TS RPS
 

 

SABAL URESANA
ATTRACTIVE BLUE, MEDIUM SIZED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE
 

This extremely blue species of Sabal is from northwestern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua.  In fact, I had a collector in New Mexico who told me he thinks the natural distribution of this species extends across the U.S. border into New Mexico.  But, this is not documented.  This species has very long petioles with divided fan leaves attached at their ends.  The leaves are blue or blue-green on both sides.  The ends of the leaves flex downward, so the leaves appear as if they are hanging down toward the ground. 

If you ever get one, it's important to get a blue one.  Seeds collected at botanical gardens are often hybrids and usually give you a green plant.  Wild collected seeds usually give blue plants.  When you get the real thing, super blue, they are blue from infancy.  Even first leaf seedlings are blue.

Plants can get over thirty feet tall and in habitat are much taller than this.  Trunks get up to eighteen inches thick.  They like heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is good, into the upper teens F.  But, cold along with wet weather can be difficult for this species.  We just got in some 5g and 15g plants.  They are not huge plants but a very nice clone of this species.  Note the nice blue color.  We may also have a few seedlings available.  The last photo is a habitat picture by Jeremy Spath.

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


Mention this Blog only price when purchasing to receive this price.  
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 15g
15g size
Sabal ursesana Sabal ursana locality Jeremy Spath
Habitat photo by Jeremy Spath

 

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAVES

This smaller Ceratozamia is a tropical appearing cycad that comes from eastern Mexico where it grows in cloud forests at an elevation of about 2500 feet.  Its trunk is usually less than a foot tall.  Leaves are three to four feet long.  When new leaves emerge, they are a bronze or red-pink color.  This color lasts for about a month.  The first five photos here show three newly emerging leaves on a 5g plant about 3 inch caudex size.  Nothing is quite as exciting as seeing newly emerging red leaves.  Imagine, with a large specimen, how spectacular this appears. 

This is a filtered light or part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is easily into the lower 20's F.  People in the San Francisco Bay area can easily grow this plant.  The last photo shows leaves about three weeks after emerging.  You can see how the red color is changing to green.   I'm also showing several other nursery plants including an old photo of a boxed specimen.  We typically have a good supply of this species.  It's a nice addition to the floor of the garden under overhead canopy.  

Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves
Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves cERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013

 

COCCOTHRINAX BORHIDIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CUBAN FAN PALM
MOST SOUGHT AFTER COCCOTHRINAX?


This endangered species has a small native population in only one location near the ocean in northern Cuba.  Until about fifteen years ago, getting one of this species was essentially impossible.  Now, there are a few around.  Many feel it is the most interesting and attractive species in the genus Coccothrinax.  It is a small to medium size mature tree with a thin trunk as shown in the last photo. 

The crown of leaves is compact, the petioles are short and the leaves are rigid and well divided.  The trunk does have a petticoat (which can be removed) and a fibrous substance attached.  This is a sun loving species and cold tolerance is unknown.  However, I suspect it is in the mid to upper twenties F.

Shown here are the limited numbers of 2g which we have available.
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidian Rolf Kyburz PACSOA
habitat photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA

 

BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
A FEW 5G PLANTS JUST AVAILABLE

The blue Butia capitata which we've been carrying for about a year are super popular.  About three month ago we ran out of the easily shippable size five gallons.  Well, we just got in a small number of them and can offer them once again.  But, they'll sell out quickly.  Just call if you wish to mail order one.  Or, drop by.  The photos to the right are representative.

It is a sun plant, cold hardy to 15 degrees F.
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata by Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
   

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
ATTRACTIVE BOX SPECIMEN WITH SHORT, WIDE LEAFLETS

Yesterday, while going through our specimen cycad inventory, we came across a very attractive E. natalensis that is different.  This is a very old plant.  It has been outdoor grown in this box for about ten years.  Caudex size is eleven inches thick and about a foot tall.  It's been in full sun and seen temperatures into the mid-twenties F. already.

I've tried to show in these photos how it is different.  The leaflets are wider than normal, fairly short for this species, overlapping to some extent, and glossy green.  If you look carefully you will see how the leaves do NOT come to a symmetrical tapered apical end.  Rather they curve upwards to form a bit of a blunt tip.  Remember, in habitat, there are at least seven different varieties and appearances of this species.  This fact, with this species' various forms, makes it a very nice garden plant. 

I find this plant super appealing.  It is for sale and would look great in anyone's garden.  Mail order?  No problem.  I can figure out how to get it to you in it's container and with it's soil!
Blue Butia capitata Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet
Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet
Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet Encephalartos natalensis wide leaflet  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
BOXED SPECIMEN
GREEN NOW, BLUE LATER!

I've discussed this before but will mention it again now.  How is it that a blue cycad species can be green?  Well, remember that the blue color is from a blue wax given off by the leaves to protect the plant from desiccation.  So, in a hot and dry environment, it puts out lots of this wax and is blue.  But, if that same plant is put inside a greenhouse where it is more humid and it is not in hot direct sun, the plant isn't in threat of dehydration.  So, it doesn't need the wax.  Without the wax, the leaves are green.  Consider the blue  waxy color to be a raincoat to protect the leaves from the rain.  No rain, no raincoat.

This is what happened to this beautiful E. princeps specimen shown here.  It has about a foot of trunk.  But, it was in the greenhouse in a shady spot.  When you take it outside and plant it in the sun (after acclimation of course), it will become beautiful blue just like the last photo.  We have a limited number of large specimens like the one shown.  This species is nowadays near impossible to find, especially in good sizes.
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
INTERESTING THICK TRUNK TROPICAL TREE

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  A fellow who ran this nursery, Bill Seaborne (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they have the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine; but the trunk is massive.  It has a green snake skin type of texture and is a fast growing tree.   I have a few 15g trees and some 5g plants for sale.  The 15g size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F.  
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris by
photo by anbg.gov website
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia website
 by Adelaide Zoo website, Australia

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA VAR HAVANENSIS

Coccothrinax miraguama is only found on the island of Cuba.  There are several varieties of this species.   The variety of this genus that has a natural habitat near Havana, the capitol, is called C. miraguama variety havanensis.  They are medium sized species, up to about thirty feet. This is a fan palm with a crown width of about twelve feet.   All plants within this genus are mostly known for the interesting pattern of woven fibers on the trunk as shown below.  This woven mesh is mostly right below the trunk.  Further down the trunk of an older specimen, the trunk is clean and bare.  As a species, Coccothrinax miraguama is often felt to be one of the prettiest of the genus. 

Shown here is a 7g plant of the variety havanensis.  It is about six years old.  Although I don't have any pictures specifically of this mature plants of this variety (it is super rare), I am showing several photos of the species C. miraguama.  This is a sun loving species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.   Of note, compared to the Coccothrinax barbadensis previously described, this species has thinner leaflets, is somewhat shorter and has the interesting woven pattern on the trunk.    

 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax miraguama trunk by SF landscape and gardens website
by SF Lanscape and Gardens website 
Coccothrinax miraguama roseocarpa   

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALM
THICK TRUNK, BIG LEAVES

Native to the island of Bermuda, this nearly extinct species is a medium sized fan palm that gets to about twenty feet in height and has a one foot thick trunk.  Its leaf color is green or blue green.  It tends to be larger than Sabal palmetto.  It has round leaves and a fairly clean appearing trunk.  Growth is quite slow for a Sabal.  It prefers full sun and is remarkably cold hardy, probably into the mid teens F.  There are reports of it going to about 16 degrees.  Shown here are some 15g plants.  An interesting thing that I found, while taking these photos, was the presence of long, white wispy hairs around the leaves and petioles.  This is similar to the hairs you see with Livistona decipiens.  I have not seen this characteristic in print, but have photographed it hear for you to see.  I've also seen such hairs on Sabal ursesana.  Another interesting thing is the very clean and sharp edged petioles of Sabal bermudana.  They are cupped on the ventral side. 

Over the years many have asked for this species and I've only been able to supply smaller sizes.  Now we can offer nice sized chunky 5g in addition to the smaller plants.  
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013

PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII
SUPER RARE SPECIES FROM HI
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND FOR SALE

 In 1985 Don Hodel described a new, very tall species of Pritchardia native to the island of Hawaii.  His article was published in the journal of the International Palm Society named "Principes" at that time.  (Now called "Palms").  When he described it there were less than a dozen plants left in the wild.  Habitat elevation gets up to almost a half a mile.

This is an extremely tall species of Pritchardia.  There are reports of specimens over 100 feet tall.  Trunk diameter is about a foot.  Leaf width is 5 to 6 feet.  Leaves are prominently segmented with division half way into the blade.  Petioles are long, up to six feet.

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We only have a few of these and actually though we had sold out.  I'm showing this to you because you so rarely get to see this species.
Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii
Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii
Pritchardia schattauerii by Al Bredeson
plant in habitat, photo by Al Bredeson.  Note the
small person at the base of the palm.
Pritchardia schattauerii by Wikipedia Commons Coco Cranter
by Wikipedia Commons taken at Coco Crater Botanical
Garden in HI
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This is the most popular cycad species sold by nurseries that sell rare cycads.  Yes, it's super blue in color if it gets enough sun.  Shown here is a band size seedling.  We have limited numbers of these.  It is a small to medium sized mature species with leaves that average three feet long.  Leaves are often curved downwards.  Leaflets are prominently lobed or barbed.  Caudex size is two to three feet tall when mature.  This species will pup (offset) and that's a common means of propagation.  It is a sun loving species in most areas.  Desert climates require part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees.  We have all sizes for sale.
Encephalartos horridus band Encephalartos horridus
horridus Encephalartos horridus
Leaf of larger nursery plant
Encephalartos horridus
Larger boxed nursery plant

 

NICE ENCEPHALARTOS PLANT
A PUZZLE, PERHAPS A HYBRID
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS?

When you grow a lot of plants, sometimes you come up with a plant that you just can't positively identify .  This is particularly true with cycads.  Shown here is an obvious Encephalartos with an eight inch caudex in a 15g pot.  It was growing outdoors in full sun.  My staff pulled it out and asked me what I thought it was.  I am not sure but can give some guesses.

First glance and you  might say "Encephalartos villosus".  Some leaves look about right (fourth photo) but other shots show the leaves are cupped and not spiny.  E. villosus has thin leaflets that are quite spiny along the margins.  But, because it "looks like villosus but not quite", one automatically thinks of hybridization.  That would be my guess; an E. villosus hybrid.  But, "with what?"  The cupping of the leaflets makes you think of a cross with something like tegulaneus or sclavoi.  What king of weird hybrid would that be?

I can't be sure, but this plant is quite attractive and for sale.  How about putting it in your garden.  Maybe over time you can tell me what you think it's turned into.  And, this plant seems to be a vigorous growing plant.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
FANTASTIC SILVER FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE



Many of you are familiar with this rather large, brilliantly silver-blue fan palm from Madagascar.   Our 15g palms are showing their color quite well as you can see.  They are about four feet tall.  Mature height of this species is supposed to be forty feet, but we'll have to wait and see if they get this tall in California.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and possibly lower 20's F.  They demand full sun and are a great species for desert climates.   During the winter it is better not to over-water them.  Enthusiasts in Northern CA are also giving this species a try.  At the nursery we also have larger and smaller sized Bismarckia for sale.


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Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia nobilis 15g
Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia by TB Bismarckia nobilis

 

SABAL MINOR
A TRUNK-LESS SABAL SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This dwarf palm is native to the southwestern U.S. and establishes minimal if any trunk.  It is a fan palm with leaves about three feet across.  Overall height is rarely over six feet.  It can take full coastal sun but also tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 15 degrees F.  When in fruit, the blossoms thrust above the leaves, an easy way to help identify this species.  The mature plant here shows this if you look carefully at the seed blossoms above the leaves.

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Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
LARGE, SUN LOVING GREEN CYCAD

 I have always been quite fond of this fast growing, sun loving South African green leaf cycad.  Native to Natal and the Eastern Cape region, this species can produce a trunk up to sixteen feet tall that is quite thick in diameter and has leaves over six feet long.  One of the hall marks and a distinguishing characteristic of this species is the lack of prickles or spines at the base of the leaf stem.  One can grab this area with the bare hand and not be poked.  E. natalensis, a similar appearing species, is loaded with prickles and you could not grab it.

It is a sun loving species unless you are in a desert area.  It is cold hardy to the low twenties F. and is very fast growing.  If you like an easy to grow species that performs well, this might be the one for you.  Shown here are a whole assortment of plants from the nursery.  We have all sizes for sale.  I've also shown a few garden plants. 
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  An example is shown here. Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet. 

The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently the only size we have available are the 15g plants.  But, we do have other Brahea species in smaller containers.

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Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
A LICUALA THAT CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

If you're reading this and live in a tropical area or a place like Miami or Hawaii, good for you.  This species is a piece of cake for you as are most Licualas.  But, if you live in our locality in Southern California, there are only a handful of Licualas that are possible here.  Licuala ramsayi is one of them.  It's not a slam dunk to grow but many are succeeding  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  It prefers to get some sun and doesn't tolerate total dark shade.  It'll stall with lack of light.

Native to the Cairns area of Queensland, Australia, this species will with  time grow over head, sometimes forming trunks fifteen feet or more.  It has circular flat leaves with prominent division of the segments as shown on the mature trees below.  We are offering a limited number of 5g plants.  Call us and we'll coach you on how to succeed with this species.
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA IN BAND SIZE
5g and band size available

Copernicia baileyana is the king of the Copernicia genus. The trunks are thick, tall and almost white in color.  It is a gorgeous plant.  And, anyone who has ever germinated or grown this species knows that they are unbearably slow.  For three years after germination all you see are a few blades of grass.  And, it is extremely difficult to find this species for sale anywhere.  The seedlings shown here are six years old, already showing a few palmate fan leaves.  They are large for a band container.  And, they can be easily shipped.  We also have nice 5g available.

This is a full sun species. Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes good draining, sandy soil.  Growth rate is super slow.  This species is near impossible to find for sale.  Some of the large specimens in the last photo were from Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami and were lost during Hurrican Andrew about two decades ago.  
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN AFRICAN CYCAD
CONSIDERED A "CYCAD COMPLEX"

When I think about African cycads, I like to divide them into two groups: those from the Republic of South Africa (farther south) and those further north from Central Africa.  The cycads from RSA are more studied, described and better classified than those from the north.  Central African cycads have, for decades, been more confusing to the collector and often come with variability in form and overlap of "species".

Such is the case with Encephalartos manikensis.  There are multiple forms, varieties and "species" that some taxonomists just lump together in the "Manikensis Complex".  Taxonomic descriptions in references point out that there are differences between different populations and that one can observe these differences in overall appearance, leaf and leaflet forms.  Classically, this species gets a three to five foot tall caudex, has four to six foot long leaves and is glossy green in color.  Stems of leaves tend to be white and wooly when emerging, a clue to ID'ing this species.  Caudexes tend to be more light colored and wooly than South African species. This is particularly seen at the top of the trunk near the base of the leaves.  Leaflets have several small spines at their margins with less as the plant matures. 

At our nursery, we have a vast assortment of E. manikensis, from seedlings to mature coning plants.  Shown here is an assortment of this species.  Along the coast this is a sun-loving species but definitely wants partial sun far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  It is fast growing and an ideal choice for someone who wants a good sized green cycad that doesn't get overly large.
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis by Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson, PACSOA

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This desirable, single trunk pinnate palm was introduced for the first time about twenty-five years ago from Madagascar.  It will tolerate full sun along the coast, has a silver, prominently ringed trunk, has a fuzzy, orange-brown crown shaft and gets to a height of about twenty five feet.  It is a medium rate growing species and has a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F. 

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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS "SUPER SILVER"
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TREE POT SIZE AVAILABLE


I am again offering our tree pot size of this cool species as well as an assortment of other sizes.  But, the size shown here is easy to ship.  I have very limited supplies.  This type of Dypsis deicpiens is known for having red in the petiole and new stem and matures into a pinnate palm with a silver-white crown shaft as shown.  It is cold hardy to the upper teens (variable) and can take full sun along the coast.  This is one gorgeous collector palm.  Mature height about twenty five feet.  It is very slow growing.  If this size is too small for you, let me know.  We also have 5g and 15g plants.
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
LIKE A "SUCKERING KENTIA PALM"
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This attractive, suckering pinnate palm is from Australia and has thin trunks and mature height of about fifteen feet.  Its leaves are about four feet long.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun; further inland part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is a medium rate growing species that has bright red fruit at maturity.  It is very attractive appearing and reminds many of the Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) but smaller in size and suckering.  It is fairly rare and hard to find.  The form offered today is the more cold hardy and freely suckering mountain variety and survives in the SF Bay area.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
THIN TRUNK, TALL, SILVER-GREEN FAN PALM

As you might expect with the name, this species is native to the Island of Barbados, but is also found in Trinidad, Tabago and northern Venezuela.  This is a medium to tall height, thin trunked fan palm that can get up to forty feet in the right environment.  Trunk diameter is always less than six inches; leaves are three feet across.  The color of the leaves is green to silver-green.  The underside of the leaves is more prominently silver than the dorsal side.  This is a sun loving palm that can be grown in Southern California.  Cold tolerance is perhaps to the mid-twenties F.  Coccothrinax are known to be slow growing, especially in pots.  The plant shown here is in a 7g plant and probably about six to seven years old. It is about four to five feet tall.  Also shown are several mature specimens.
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbdensis
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
TROPICAL TREE WITH HUGE PLEATED LEAVES
RARE, UNUSUAL, AND COLD HARDY

It really doesn't matter what your area of plant specialty is.  Everyone who sees this medium sized tree falls in love with it.  Native to New Guinea, it has the most spectacular and unusual leaves of almost any tropical tree.  They are green in color, huge in size, with prominent pleats in the texture and irregular leaf edges.  Also, note the red veins in the pictures.  In terms of size, I've read they can reach two feet wide and three feet long.  My personal tree's leaves haven't gotten quite this large.  Overall height of this species in my experience is about twenty feet.  The canopy of leaves is open with secondary limbs reaching out a distance with a cluster of leaves at the end.  Or, one can prune it to make a more compact tree that is shorter.

This rare species is almost impossible to find.  This is because it cannot be propagated by tip cuttings and seeds are usually not produced by it's prominent "figs".  Air layering (or similar technique) is the only successful means of making new plants. In my garden I've got two reasonable large trees and I can vouch for the fact that tip cuttings do not root out.  My trees do produce about 3 inch sized figs, but they've never had seeds.  BTW, these fruits are reportedly edible although I've not had one. 

I am presently offering 5g size.  The price is $175 (net).  I got them in yesterday and figure they'll sell out by the weekend.  This is a very good price for a near impossible species to find.  A few have already sold.  I can mail order them.  They take partial or full sun in our area.  Cold hardiness is uncertain to me, but probably into the mid twenties F. and perhaps lower.  I can mail order any of these plants, weather permitting.  Once these are gone, it'll probably be a year or two before I can offer them again.  And, this is the first time they've been seen at this Blog.
UPDATE: By 3:00PM today all were sold.  Watch the Blog as I'm going to try to get more in several months.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis by Matt Bradford
photo by Matt Bradford, PalmTalk
Ficus dammaropsis by Wikipedia Commons
photo by Wikipedia Commons 

 

SABAL URESANA
ATTRACTIVE BLUE, MEDIUM SIZED PALM

This extremely blue species of Sabal is from northwestern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua.  In fact, I had a collector in New Mexico who told me he thinks the natural distribution of this species extends across the U.S. border into New Mexico.  But, this is not documented.  This species has very long petioles with divided fan leaves attached at their ends.  The leaves are blue or blue-green on both sides.  The ends of the leaves flex downward, so the leaves appear as if they are hanging down toward the ground. 

If you ever get one, it's important to get a blue one.  Seeds collected at botanical gardens are often hybrids and usually give you a green plant.  Wild collected seeds usually give blue plants.  When you get the real thing, super blue, they are blue from infancy.  Even first leaf seedlings are blue.

Plants can get over thirty feet tall and in habitat are much taller than this.  Trunks get up to eighteen inches thick.  They like heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is good, into the upper teens F.  But, cold along with wet weather can be difficult for this species.  We just got in some 5g and 15g plants.  They are not huge plants but a very nice clone of this species.  Note the nice blue color.  We may also have a few seedlings available.  The last photo is a habitat picture by Jeremy Spath.  
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 15g
15g size
Sabal ursesana Sabal ursana locality Jeremy Spath
Habitat photo by Jeremy Spath

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX

I have previously discussed this extremely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) and 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, most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix, even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactylifera and the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  The last photo shows a single trunk plant (RPS website), perhaps pruned this way or perhaps naturally single trunk.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This very attractive type of King Palm is native to Queensland, just west of Cairns in northeastern Australia.  It was first recognized as a species by John Dowe in 1994 and is rare, hard to find and endangered in habitat.  I think it may be the most beautiful of all King Palms.  It has a green to blue green crown shaft that is usually free of other markings.  It is somewhat smaller than A. cunninghamiana and has more tropical appearing, dependent leaflets.  This species, along with A. maxima, are two Archontophoenix that I tend to recommend as the best species to grow  Along the coast I'd recommend full sun with protection inland.  Cold hardiness should match the regular King Palm at about 25 degrees F.  We're offering the limited numbers of the 15g that we have presently at a reduced price.  Don't miss out as they'll be gone soon. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


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Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis by RPS, TS
photo by TS at RPS
Archontophoenix myolensis

 

COCCOTHRINAX ALTA

I thought I'd discuss a New World fan palm today.  Coccothrinax alta is from Puerto Rico and several other nearby islands.  It has flat green leaves that are silver underneath.  The ends of the leaf segments can droop downwards a bit.  It gets to a height of ten to twenty-five feet.  It is rarely discussed in palm reference books.  This species prefers full sun and is very slow growing.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  Shown here is a 5g and a 15g  (already sold)  plant.  Pictures of the larger plants do show how this specie's leaves are flat but don't demonstrate how they can droop downwards.  
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta 5g
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta University of Florida FIAS
photo by University of Florida, IFAS
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A MULTI-STEMMED, SIMPLE LEAF DWARF PALM
BOTH SEXES AVAILABLE IN ONE POT

This dwarf palm is one of my favorite shade loving species.  I say this because it is very easy to grow, doesn't get overly tall, has very cute simple leaves (one segment, no individual leaflets) and finally because it has the most interesting fashion of propagating itself.  Most palms simply make another stem at the base, adjacent to the mother stem.  This species sends out a runner just on top of the soil.  This mall "running" stem then dives under the soil and emerges a short distance away and grows vertically as a new stem.  It's crazy to watch.

Native to high elevation in Mexico where it grows at 2500 feet, stem diameters are a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short with a short petiole.  Leaf length and width is under a foot.  They are simple, bifed at the end and green in color.  They are known to be somewhat difficult to set seeds on as a domestic plant.  You need both a male and female plant to set seeds.  You must time your pollination of the female flower just right.  To facilitate hobbyists who want to set seeds, I potted up male and female plants into the same pots about a year ago.  These plants came from cane divisions of known parents of both sexes.  They aren't big yet (not shown here), but will someday give people the chance to propagate this species.  Culturally, it is a shade plant with cold tolerance into the low 20's F.  We have other sizes available, limited numbers.
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
THE MAZARI PALM 

If you go to any palm reference book, it will describe Nannorrhops as a "monotypic type of fan palm".  This means there is only one species in the genus.  As a nurseryman, I have always known that there is the "green form" and the 'blue form" of the Mazari Palm.  Interestingly enough, the blue form has been found to be more cold hardy.  It is a suckering palm that gets to about ten feet tall.  Habitats include Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

About five years ago another type of Nannorrhops was introduced.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you'll note that the color of this plant is a white-silver.  This has become known as Nannorrhops arabica in the trade.  I don't think that this is widely recognized as a new species as of yet.  But, the color is dramatically different.  It comes from a different area in the Middle East.  I do have both the classical "blue" (more of a gray color) and the "arabica" for sale.  The five gallons shown just arrived and are the gray form.  They are six year old plants.  It's hard to find the Mazari with any age.  On the N. arabicas, we only have one gallon size for sale.  This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F. 

A good way to recognize this species is this: Note that it's a suckering fan palm, not too tall, with shades of blue or gray to the leaves.  Note that the ends of the leaflets are stiff, but not dagger quality.  Then look at the upper stems, just where the lower leaves have emerged.  If you see wooly, tan colored tomentum, it is a Nannorrhops.  The last picture shows this wooly tomentum material.    
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhopsarabica Nannorrhops ritcheana

SABAL CAUSIARUM
MAGNIFICENT THICK TRUNKED FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color.  Like the Copernicia baileyana which I discuss below, the trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.  Available are 5g and 15g.  I might even have a few bands.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE WE HAVE
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   
 
 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZED PLANTS


This tall, thin trunked species of Brahea is native to Baja and northwestern Mexico where in grows on hillsides and in canyons.  It has a trunk over thirty feet with a thin one foot diameter.  It is exotic and fast growing for a Brahea and has very long petioles.  Leaves are green, three feet wide and circular in shape as shown.  It has an open, airy appearance.  It is a sun loving species that thrives in our area here.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  We are offering nice 5g plants on special.  This species is quite hard to find.

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei    

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


This was the third and most recently described species of Beccariophoenix and is quite possibly the easiest to grow of the three and with the most cold hardiness.  It makes a medium to large palm with a think trunk and a dense crown of leaves.  As shown, the base of the leaf stems form an interesting arrangement.  There are reports of this species growing in the SF Bay area.  It is a sun or part day sun plant.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Among collectors, this is a very hot species to obtain.  We're offering our 2g plants on ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


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Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
CLUSTERING MADAGASCAR PALM WITH NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a medium to large clustering palm from northern Madagascar.  Its trunks are hairy with old leaf base fibers.  New leaves emerge a prominent red to red-brown as shown here.  Overall height can get to well over thirty feet.  Leaves are six to eight feet, elegant and have long stems. Leaflets are droopy and leaf color is shiny green.  This is a sun to part sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F. 

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Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita  

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXTREMELY RARE, LARGE LEAF TROPICAL TREE FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is one of the more tropical appearing trees you can utilize in Southern California.  It, when grown well, gives a thin trunk with long, wide leaves. It is extremely rare and near impossible to find.  We have a small number of band and one or two gallon plants for sale. 

This is a dioecious species; you must have a male and female to set seeds. Mature trees can get to over fifteen feet tall.  The leaves are huge.  It almost looks like an "Anthurium" with a vertical trunk.  I cannot comment on cold hardiness but multiple people are growing this in our coastal environment near the nursery.  I'd suspect temperatures below a freeze could be hard on it.  It likes filtered light.  Mature specimen pictures here are from other websites.   Presently we have available a few 5g size, very limited numbers.  

Myryta balansae Myryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae  Meryta balansae by TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
Meryta balansae by Endemic.NC
photo from Endemia.NC website 
   


BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 5g and 15g plants for sale.  Examples of each size are shown here. Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  (Guadalupe Island).  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant. 

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


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Brahea edulis 15g
15 gallon size
Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7
Brahea edulis 5g
5g size above on special for ten days
Brahea edulis
5g size
Brahea edulis

 

WHEN ORDERING PALMS OR CYCADS BY MAIL:
SHIPPED WITH SOIL AND IN THE CONTAINER?
OR BARE ROOT WITH CHOPPED OFF LEAVES?
HOW JUNGLE MUSIC IS DIFFERENT


When most people order plants by mail order, they don't really consider how the plant will be sent to them.  But, it's critical to realize that bare root plants, whether a palm or cycad, have a much higher immediate mortality rate and usually have at least a one year setback To make things worse, leaf and/or root pruning is also needed when plants are sent bare root.  And, specifically with cycads, this means you most likely will get a plant with chopped back leaves that must go into pumice, not soil. It is far from ready for the ground.  The leaves are cut back to prevent dehydration of a stressed plant.  I would say that the majority of Internet plant providers ship plants to you  bare root.

So, why would a nursery do this?  It could be to "save money" on shipping, but what a high price to pay for small savings.  More importantly, it could be that the sending nursery is not really a certified nursery and is forbidden from sending a plant with its soil.  "Certified Nursery" means that a nursery's state agricultural department checks the nursery and their plants on a regular basis to make sure plants are disease and insect free.  If you've ever ordered plants by mail and didn't receive agricultural permits with your order, you bought plants from such a bootlegging nursery.  It's required by state laws that such permits accompany the plants sent.

To comfort you about Jungle Music, we are a California Certified Nursery and almost always ship our plants in their container, soil and all, and do include all required Ag permits.  Only when someone demands it will we ship bare root.  Bare rooting cycads means leaves have to be cut back, roots pruned back, and the customer has to re-establish the plant in pure pumice for one year.  Only after this can plant into the soil or cycad mix. 

I am going to show you some bare root cycads here and how the leaves must be pruned off. (we rarely do this)  I will also show you how we almost always ship our plants: in their containers with soil.  We feel our shipping policy and techniques are second to none.  You decide which plants you'd rather get.  Also, I'll show a few photos sent to me by customers of cycads received after they took them out of their shipping box.
Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Bare rooted cycad.  We hardly ever ship plants
this way


Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Encephalartos dolomiticus bare root
See how leaves are cut off and root exposed?


Encephalartos poggei bare root
You can see this is not the way to ship plants
Encephalartos poggei bare root
A larger cycad with leaves cut back for bare
root shipping.  Less than 1% of our mail orders
are shipped like this.
Mail Order box
Plant loaded into box and  ready to ship
mail order box
palm trees for sale
wooden stakes are used to stabilize plant
mail order palm
plant inserted into top loading box, soil and all
mail ordeer palm
top cap is added to accommodate larger plants
PALM TR5EES FOR SALE MAIL ORDER
from customer, condition of boxes on arrival
mail order plant
photo from customer; perfect condition on arrival
mail order cycad
photo from customer of cycad received

 
   
mail order cycad
photo from customer of plant after removal from box
mail order cycad
customer's cycad after removal from box
mail order cycad
large cyad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo just today from happy mail order customer
   

 

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
A TROPICAL APPEARING SABAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE


This rather tall New World fan palm comes from Mexico and Central America.  It can get to over sixty feet tall.  It has a thin trunk for its height.  An interesting thing is the blue back to the leaflets and the near complete, circular presence of the leaf segments.  It likes sun along the coast but can tolerate filtered light where it is a darker green.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis  

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013

 

PRITCHARDIA ARECINA
RARE HAWAIAAN FAN PALM WITH LEAVES GREEN ON TOP, WHITE BELOW!

This is the first time I've written about this species because I've never had a nursery plant to show you.  To my shock, while going through our inventory of boxed plants I came across this Pritchardia and the back of the leaves are white as snow.  It had no label but by elimination I knew it was one of two species.  After a little research, I'm quite sure it's Pritchardia arecina, native to the island of Maui.  There it lives in mountains at elevations of 2000 to 4000 feet.  It is known for having large leaves that are wedge shaped with long petioles.  Leaf coloration is variable.  Height can be up to 40 feet although the trunk is thin for its height, about 12 inches.  Seeds are approximately an inch long.  The last two photos are from a website I'd recommend for further reading on the Pritchardias of Maui.

I've speculated on how we missed this plant.  I think it probably doesn't show the white color on the underside of the leaves until it gets large.  In the box with age it's now apparent.  We just hadn't looked carefully at this plant until recently.  This is the only specimen of this species I have for sale.  Essentially no one offers them.  I'd estimate the age of this plant at ten to fifteen years.  Note that it's throwing a blossom, a laymen characteristic for a mature plant.  If you like it, let me know asap as it'll sell quickly.
Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina
Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina
Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina
Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina
Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia arecina by myloulu.wordpress.comabout
Phot by by myloulu.wordpress.comabout
Pritchardia arecina seeds by myloulu.wordpress.comabout
Pritchardia arecina seeds by
myloulu.wordpress.comabout

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM
HUGE SHIPPABLE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH

For those of you who have followed this Blog for a while, you'll remember that last spring I brought in a batch of huge 5g Rhopalostylis baueri, many of which were multiples with two or three in the same container.  Well, it's happened again that I can offer these plants.  They have been outdoor grown in sun and are eight to ten years old.  What this means to you is a chance to get a big plant in a small pot.  These are easy to ship despite their height.  For ten days they'll be at this price.  But, at the end of ten days, they are all going into large containers.  That's what we did in the spring and those plants stepped up filled out 15g an 20g pots in about three to four months.

Some of these are eight feet tall in their pots.  Some are single, some multiples.  Along the coast they may take your full sun but most grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees.  This species is native to New Zealand and known for it's slow growth.

TEN DAYS SPECIAL THIS BATCH $85
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NICE ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

This is a very popular blue cycad from the Republic of South Africa.  It's mature size is small to medium with a not overly-large crown of blue to silver leaves.  Mature, there is little spination on the leaflets except at their apical ends.  Trunks are rarely over two feet tall. They like full sun and are cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F.  The last photo shows a larger nursery plant.  These one gallon plants are about 2.5 years old and nice than new seedlings.  They are easy to ship.  What a great Holiday gift these would make.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Seedlings will look like this in not too many years

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.
 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
A LARGE AND EASY-TO-GROW SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
VARIOUS NURSERY PLANTS

This species of South African cycad comes from various regions in the RSA and gets a caudex height of sometimes over 15 feet with a 12 to 14 inch diameter.  Such heights takes many decades to achieve.  Leaves are typically five to six feet long.  A main characteristic in identifying this species is the lack of prickles or spines on the lower leaf stems.  If you look at the photo in the last row below, it demonstrates this trait.  There are various forms of this species an one, Bushman's River, is extinct in the wild and particularly attractive.  This is a sun species and has a nice cold tolerance to about 21 degrees F.

Photos here show several nursery plants and a few from gardens.  This is  a larger green species and quite easy to grow.  A nice 15g plant will be very showy in about three to five years.  We have a vast assortment of sizes of this desirable species.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII X WOODII
AN UNUSUAL HYBRID CYCAD

In case you are not aware of it, Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild and only one primary male plant is known to exist.  This plant is in a botanical garden in South Africa.  All plants around the world have come from offsets of this single plant or from this plant's progeny.  So, it's impossible to have E. woodii seedlings as there is no female known.  When a male plant does cone, enthusiasts want to utilize the pollen.  And, they will cross it with an assortment of female plants.  The plant shown here is such an F1 hybrid with the female altensteinii being the seed bearer.  This is a 15g plant with about a six inch caudex.  It is for sale.  Sorry, but I have no photos of this cross mature as it's super rare.  The last picture shows pure E. woodii located in Vista, CA. 
Encephalartos altensteinii x woodii Encephalartos altensteinii x woodii
Encephalartos altensteinii x woodii Encephalartos altensteinii x woodii Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SENTICOSUS
THE LEBOMBO CYCAD

It's always hard when you finally learn some plant names only to find that, at the same time, a taxonomist has changed the names.  Thus is the case with this species.

In 1996, Encephalartos lebomboensis was split into two species: E. lebomboensis and E. senticosus.  The difference between the two had to do mostly with the fact that senticosus has a greater number of orange-yellow cones (up to four) and lebomboensis typically just has one.  The common name, "Lebombo Cycad" can still apply to either species.  E. senticosus is a good sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet.  Leaves are five to six feet long and curve downwards somewhat.  Leaves are green and leaflets spiney.  The leaflets get smaller as they get closer to the caudex.

This is a fast and good growing species.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It likes sun (along the coast) and sandy soil.  Give it adequate room as the crown has good size.  It is very attractive when well grown and in a visible location.  Shown here is a whole assortment of this species with sizes from boxes (several) down to band seedlings.  We have a great assortment for sale and they are easy to ship. 
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus by Colin Wilson Quail

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE STARTER PLANTS


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants and a mature garden specimen.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50


Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple and inexpensive to ship right to your door.
furcrea furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD, MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less.  Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time..  Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria eriopus male
Stangeria eriopus male Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARPENTARIA ACUMINATA
THIN TRUNKED, FAST GROWING
 

This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-shafted palm species from northern Australia.  It gets to 40 feet or more and has a rather thin trunk.  It is a fast grower Cold tolerance is slightly below a freeze.  It is uncommonly seen in Southern CA.  It is a species that should be started in strong filtered light and then allowed to grow upwards into full sun. 

Shown is a 5g plant and a mature specimen.  This species is seldom seen for sale in CA.  We are almost out of stock on this species.  I am also showing a close up photo of the crown shaft and red fruit.  In Florida, it is not unusual to find this species.  But, for some reason, few nurseries have them available in Southern California.  For those in warm areas locally, it might be another species to try.
Carpentaria acuminata Carpentaria acuminata
Carpentaria

 

BRAHEA CLARA
MORE TOLERANT OF HUMIDITY THAN BRAHEA ARMATA?

This is a single trunk, blue fan palm from the area of Sonora in Mexico.  It is closely related to Brahea armata and some would consider it a variant of the latter.  But, there are others who praise the interesting characteristics of this "species".  First and foremost is that fact that people in the southern U.S. say this species tolerates the humid summers better than the desert-loving Brahea armata People in the San Francisco bay area say it grows better there and doesn't seem to demand as much hot weather in the summer.  Brahea armata has to have hot summers.  Others claim it's faster growing than armata, and this is probably true.  There are some who feel this fast growth is because of natural hybridization with Brahea brandegeei in the wild.  Others will tell you that the petiole is longer, has a different color and the crown is more open. 

So, what does one make of all this?  You have to be the judge.
 But, given all these things, you can see why there is keen interest in this species.  Yet, it is very difficult to find. Good news to some is that we got in some very nice and chunky 15g plants as shown here.  These reportedly were from wild collected seeds.  This will be a medium sized, full sun palm that takes temperatures into the mid-teens.  And, if you like blue and live in the South, perhaps this is the species to get.  BTW, there are very few photos of this species on the Internet.  The last photo shows a 15g Brahea armata for comparison.
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Brahea armata 15g
For comparison, Brahea armata in a 15g pot
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
RARE AFRICAN CYCAD THAT LIKES FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species is from Swaziland in South Africa and is often compared to a similar species, E. villosus.  But, Encephalartos aplantus has longer leaves, sometime up to ten feet long.  For this reason, it's called "The Giant Villosus" on occasion.  It does not form a vertical trunk of any size and does not sucker; you get a single trunked plant with this species. Leaves are green, upright and somewhat curved downward.  Plants usually have six to maximum eight leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. and it likes filtered light.  It is quite rare and hard to find.  We are often seedlings on special.

REGULAR SIZE BAND SEEDLING $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog only special at time of purchase to get this price.
Encephalartos aplanatus band E. aplanatus from plantzafrica.com
by plantzarica.com

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
SUN LOVING, LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGER BAND SIZE


This rather larger green species from the Cape region of South Africa can get a trunk up to fifteen feet.  The trunk diameter is stocky, up to two feet.  Leaves are typically six feet long.  Leaf color is green.  This species has a full head of many leaves.  It is most closely related to E. natalensis.  But, the base of the petiole is free of prickles or spines.  This is a fast growing plant and likes full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We are having a special on older band size seedlings as shown.  These are NOT new seedlings but ready for a 5g pot or the garden.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


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

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  We are offering huge 15g plants on special.  They can be mail ordered although it's a bit expensive because of the height and weight of these plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
LARGE CYCAD FROM MILE HIGH LOCATION IN KENYA
GREAT SPECIES FOR SO. CALIFORNIA

I was quite pleased yesterday when one of our staff, Ricardo, found this beautiful large specimen in our growing area.  It is Encephalartos tegulaneus, a rare Central African cycad from the country of Kenya.  It is rarely seen available on the market and develops a large trunk that, in many decades, gets up to twenty feet tall or more.  Native populations of this rare and endangered species have been found at elevations of 7200 feet.  Leaves are five to six feet.  Leaflets are narrow to medium in width, minimally armed and somewhat cupped in shape. 


This is a seed grown outdoor cycad with a caudex that is 12 inches thick and almost as tall.  It has a full crown of leaves that have been thrown in full sun.  The box is a 24 inch size.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance at 22 degrees F.  It' already seen 25 degrees in the past without damage.  We only have this one large specimen but do have other sizes available.
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus
box leaned toward you to show crown from above
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
different plant, 15g size, at nursery
Encephalartos tegulaneus
close up showing cupped leaflets, typical color 

 

ZAMIA SPECIES IN A 15G POT
UNKNOWN SPECIES, POSSIBLY ZAMIA ELEGANTISSIMA

This 15g sized Zamia has been in the greenhouse but the label was lost.  It has a cuadex size of 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall.  The leaves are a bit twisted because it seems to have been turned while throwing new leaves.  The leaves and leaflets resemble Zamia elegantissima which I've also shown here.  But, the petioles are fairly spiny, more than I'd expect from this species.  It has been grown in filtered light and seen temperatures of 32 degrees F.  I'd anticipate it'd need a protected area in the garden in filtered light.  It should develop into a stunning understory cycad.
Zamia species Zamia species
Zamia species Zamia species Zamia species
Zamia elegantissima
Zamia elegantissima in a 25g pot at nursery
Zamia elegantissima
Zamia elegantissima
Zamia elegantissima
Zamia elegantissima

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS THIS BATCH

This species of medium to large cycad from Madagascar tolerates full sun along the coast and filtered light inland.  It is fairly quick growing and has about six foot long green leaves.  The petioles are armed with small spines but the leaves themselves are not.  They are soft to the touch.  Trunks are vertical, usually under 12 inches thick.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We are offering plants from a batch of 5g's that we just got in.  These have been outdoor grown their entire lives and are ready to plant with minimal acclimation.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 5G $75


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when ordering.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
24 inch boxed nursery specimen
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This is a rare cycad species from various mountainous regions in Mexico.  You hardly ever see them for sale, especially with any size.  These seed grown plants are over ten years old, have been outdoor grown for over five years and have seen part or near full day sun.  Mature plants have leaves about five to six feet long, narrow trunks that get up to 15 feet and minimal armor on the leaflets.  The plants on special are in 15g pots and have caudex size of six to seven inches.  They can take full sun right on the coast.  Otherwise, consider them a part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The last two photos are from plants in the wild c/o J.O.

REGULAR PRIC 15G THIS SIZE $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL $450


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  We have several for sale at this price.
Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
habitat photo by JO
Dioon rzedowskii
habitat photo by JO

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM

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 species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.
Wallichia disticha
a 5 gallon nursery plant
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
back side of the leaves is silver
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
tiny seeds from fruiting Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
trunk detail showing woven fibers
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Note jagged sides and ends of the leaflets
Wallichia disticha
great photo showing leaves in one plane
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
a removed blossom from a local tree brought to nursery
Wallichia disticha
This juvenile specimen will become more distichous
with age
Wallichia disticha
close up photo of leaf/leaflet detail
Wallichia disticha
detail of upper trunk near leaves
Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia densiflora, a totally different appearing palm

 


SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI
AKA TUPIDANTHUS CALYPTRATUS


Sometimes I like to mention plants that are quite familiar to many readers, but may be unusual to others.  The Schefflera or Tupidanthus is such a plant.   This is a very fast growing, green tropical plant from India and Burma.  Each leaf is on a long petiole and is composed of six to ten wide, prominently veined leaflets.  They are glossy green in color.  This plant, in the garden, can get to over 30 feet tall.  It also makes a wonderful patio plant and can be grown inside the home.  In our area, it tolerates full sun but may need protection from sun far inland.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are some 5g plants demonstrating this species appearance.  The 5g plants shown here are chunky, multi-stemmed plants.  They can be shipped easily.  Of note, flowers are red in color and there are dwarf forms of Schefflera. This is a fast growing tree but size can be maintained smaller through pruning.
Tupedanthus  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI 
SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI 

 

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants shown here appear to be the droopy leaflet form, although I can't be positive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 or
THREE FOR $60 THIS SIZE


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is also a popular suckering palm species from Madagascar.  Rarely you'll see single trunk plants.  Like so many things from Madagascar, as a group this species is quite variable and you may consider plants as belonging to the "Dypsis baronii complex".  Typically plants get up to about 20 feet tall.  They prefer part day sun or filtered light and tolerate mid-twenties temperatures.  Shown here are the band size we have for sale and a mature specimen from the wild.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR, THREE FOR $60

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii by JS
habitat photo by JS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS UMBELUZIENSIS
SMALL CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT

This is a small cycad with a trunk no greater than twelve inches that is native to Swaziland (just north of Republic of South Africa) and Mozambique.  It has leaves that are erect, three to six feet long with leaflets that are narrow and mildly armed.  It has a similarity to Encephalartos villosus but the basilar part of the leaf stems are less spiny or prickly compared to villosus.  Also, the leaves of E. villosus tend to be longer. This species prefers strong filtered light.  Full sun, especially inland, may burn the leaves. Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Shown here are a 15g plant, a citrus pot plant and two garden specimens.  We have limited supplies of this species. 
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis


ZAMIA LEAF APPEARANCE

There is a tremendous array in the appearances of the leaves of this genus.  In terms of orientation, some are very upright. 
Others, like Zamia pseudoparastitica, are very dependent and hang downwards, way below the stem.  Many new leaves
as they flush from the stem are green.  But, others are gold, bronze, brown or red emergent.  These colors are transient and
typically revert to a green color over time.  Leaf length can be as short as one foot long in some dwarf species.  Others have
leaves of six or more feet.  Leaflet appearance is also variable.  Most species have serrated edges, but many are smooth
without teeth.  Pictures below will show the variation in the appearance of leaves.  Of note, some of the most sought after
species have wide, exotic leaflets.  The leaf stems of Zamia are typically armed with small spines.  Some species have
almost or completely smooth petioles.  One species shown below, Zamia picta (Z. variegata), has variegated yellow splotches
on the leaflets.  Below are pictures of an assortment of Zamia leaves.  I hope you like them. 

HERE'S A LINK TO OUR ARTICLE ON THESE EXOTIC ZAMIA PLANTS: CLICK HERE

Zamia cremnophila leaves
Zamia cremnophila leaves

Zamia dressleri newly emergent leaf
Zamia elegantissima leaves
Zamia elegantissima leaves 
Zamia muricata leaf
Zamia muricata leaf 
Zamia picta leaf
Zamia picta leaf 
Zamia skinneri red form leaves
Zamia skinneri leaves 
Zamia splendens leaf
Zamia splendens leaf 
Zamia vasquezii leaves
Leaves of Zamia vasquezii 
Zamia obliqua
Zamia obliqua 
Zamia pseudoparasitica
Zamia pseudoparasitica in a basket
Zamia kickxii
Zamia kickxii
Zamia skinneri Robert Martin
Zamia skinneri, red emergent by R. Martin

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
RARE SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE
EASY TO SHIP

I talked about this species before, but wanted to mention it again because it is so rare to see plants like this available.  And, because I decided to put them on special.  We have super blue 5g plants presently.  These take hot, blazing sun, will live in the desert, are cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and can be grown in humid areas like TX or FL.  Shown here are representative photos of our 5 gallon palms. 

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


And yes, we can ship tthese easily right to your door.  But, you must mention this Blog only special to get this price.  They are in limited supply. 
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon on right.  Unfortunately, 15g size sold out
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris    

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD, MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less. 

Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time..  Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria eriopus male
Stangeria eriopus male Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
EASY TO GROW, RARE DWARF CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CONING SIZED PLANTS
 
This is a dwarf Zamia from Mexico, specifically on the Pacific Coast side of the central Mexico near Puerto Vallarta.  It natively lives under oak trees in filtered light.  Mature caudexes are three to four inches.  Leaves are typically two, maximum three feet long.  Leaflets are leathery, green and have fine spines on the apical half of the leaves.  Males cones (shown here) are about 10 cm long and light brown in color.  This species tolerates strong filtered light or perhaps full sun along the coast.  Inland areas require protection from bright sun. 

We recently got in some mature Zamia paucijuga.  It is so rare that ones sees such plants for sale.  By report, these plants are from habitat collected seeds well over ten to fifteen years ago.  They have already seen cold weather in the mid to low 20's F.  These were grown in rather bright sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

This is a great buy on such a rare species, coning sized and old plants!  But, you must mention this Blog only special at time of purchase to get this price.  These plants would be easy to ship to your home if you can't drop by.

Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga leaflets    

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

There are a few more pots that we use and I haven't discussed here.  These include:

Citrus pots:  these are 8 x 8 x 14 inches, a tall pot for the diameter and good for cycads
Deep bands:  These bands are about twice the size of a normal band
Thirty gallon pots:  These are a step up from the 25 gallon size and pretty heavy
Thirty inch boxes:  These are very heavy, hard to lift, so we rarely use them

empty pots in a row

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
HUGE 15G PLANTS
RARE, ENDANGERED, BEAUTIFUL

This is one of the oversized plants that we got in from a nursery collection purchase in the spring.  This species is extremely rare and critically endangered and from the island of Molokai.  It is a medium sized palm and gets to a height of about fifteen feet with an eight inch trunk.  The leaves are green on top with perhaps a hint of whitish fuzz below.  The petioles are green with the same hint of white fuzz.  As you can see, the leaves are flat with little undulation.  Along the coast it will tolerate full sun.  Cold tolerance should be about 25 degrees. 

The 15g plant shown here is huge, more typical of a boxed size plant.  In the container, overall height is about eight feet and basal trunk diameter is six inches.

These specimens are easily ten years old and I guarantee you nowhere else available.  They have seen cold into the upper twenties and have never been in a heated greenhouse.  These are an exceptional plant for someone looking for large size and quality.  
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii Pritchardia munroii
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
 

BSIMARCKIA NOBILIS MAYOTTE ISLAND
ALTERNATIVE TO THE BLUE BISMARCKIA

Many people are familiar with the popular blue colored Bismarckia nobilis from Madagascar.  Bismarckia is described as a "monotypic" genus.  This means there is only one species in the genus.  There are two forms on mainland Madagascar: the blue form and the green leaf form.  The green leaf form is known to be less cold tolerant than the blue.  The green form will show cold damage below a freeze.  The blue form has been known to endure temperatures into the low 20's F. I recently got in some very nice Mayotte Island Bismarckia and am offering them for sale.  I think this form of green Bismarckia (Mayotte Island) may be more cold hardy than the mainland green form discussed above and it definitely looks a lot different.   

Off the coast of Madagascar is an Island known as Mayotte Island, home of the species I'm offering here.  A population of
Bismarckia grow on this island. 
But, they are different and not identical to the green Bismarckia from mainland Madagascar.  The seeds are different; by report flanged rather than smooth.  And, small plants are known to have bifid leaves in contrast to the strap leaves of the mainland blue form.  Mature palms of this variety have green leaves and perhaps a thinner trunk.  They are stunning and tropical appearing. One prominent characteristic are the sometimes almost red petioles. 

Also, they seem to tolerate a freeze.
I've had reports that this species will survive well into the upper 20's F., although the minimum temperature is not firmly known as of yet. These plants offered here were grown in an area locally that has seen mid to upper 20's F. for years and they did quite well with it.  I will give a link below of a website in Thailand that has a photo of the Mayotte Island form growing side by side with the classic blue form.  I, myself, don't have pictures of this variety in specimen sizes.  At this link you'll see that the Mayotte Island form is quite striking and showy. 

By report,
the Mayotte Island form might be better suited for moist coastal areas.  It has large green leaves and a thin trunk, usually under a foot diameter.  But, as shown at the link below, their trunks are quite stout, equal to the blue
Bismarckia. 

Shown here is a whole assortment of photos of this Mayotte Island form of
Bismarckia.  These are from 15g plants and some I have for sale are larger than those shown here.  I'm showing a few photos of the classic blue form for comparison as well as some of the mainland green form in domestic locations.  For people who love Madagascar palms, this might be one to try.

CLICK HERE TO SEE picture of mature "Mayotte Island" Bismarckia at PalmScapes.   This photo shows the blue classic form on the left and two green Mayotte Island Bismarckias on the right.

We do have some 5g of this species available as well as the 15g size.   
Bismarckia Mayotte island 15g
Bismarckia nobilis Mayotte Island,
green species
Bismarckia nobilis blue 15g
For comparison, blue Bismarckia nobilis.  Note
how the leaves are blue, not green.  And, the
petioles are blue as well.  With cold weather,
sometimes this form will take on a purple color.
Don't confuse this with the coloration of the
Mayotte Island Bismarckia. 
Bismarckia mayotte island leaves
Note how this is a green colored species
Bismarckia mayotte island base
Note that this variety has a lot of red color
on the base of the trunk and petioles
Bismarckia mayotte island
There's a hint of blue in the leaves, but
the predominant color is green
Bismarckia green by T.B.
Green Bismarckia, photo by T.B.
Green Bismarckia
Green Bismarckia in Madagascar
Bismarckia blue, photo by TB
For comarison, classic blue Bismarckia, photo by TB

 

CYCAS NEOCALIDONICA
TRUE SPECIES OR FORM OF C. SEEMANII?
SPINE FREE PETIOLES!


When my son and I visited New Caledonia about thirteen years ago, the first plant I saw and was impressed with was a Cycas species.  There were several very large plants at the airport in Noumea.  I asked my friend who lived there what they were and he said "Cycas neocalidonica". He seemed quite proud that his country had its "own cycad".  I knew this species because I had grown it at the nursery.  One of the most notable characteristics was the near total lack of any spines or prickles on the leaf stems.

About five to ten years later I read that this was no longer considered a species.  It was then felt to be merely a
Cycas seemanii or perhaps a form of seemanii.  Cycas seemanii also have a scarcity of spines on the petioles.

Regardless of this blow to the pride of those from New Caledonia (not a cycad just native to their own island), we nurserymen still often call it "neocalidonica" and love this species.  It is quite beautiful and the clean and shiny, spine-free petioles are very friendly. It is a medium to large species and, in the wild, can get trunks over fifteen feet tall.  It's crown of leaves are green and shiny. 

So, I am showing you here photos of this "species" with particular emphasis to the petioles and lack of spines.  Pictures are from several plants.  For those who want a "user friendly" cycad, this might be for you.  I like to grow them in filtered light or AM sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps somewhat lower.

We have multiple sizes for sale including some gorgeous 15g plants as shown.
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
PECULIARLY CALLED THE "ALEXANDER PALM"

Ptychosperma is a group of pinnate palms from Australia, PNG and various Pacific islands.  There are single trunk and suckering varieties.  All are crown shafted.  The hallmark for identifying this species is the leaflets.  All have a jagged, chopped off terminal leaflet.  In other words, the leaflet tips don't come to a pointed end but rather a notched or jagged end. 

Ptychosperma elegans is one of the most cold hardy species of this group.  They get a thin trunk, a somewhat silver crown shaft and a medium sized crown of leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's f.  They prefer to "work their way" into the sun.   So, planting in strong filtered light would be ideal if they can grow up into the sun over time.  Inland areas would require filtered light at all times.  They are a medium rate grower.  Planting in clumps can be attractive. 

Shown here are examples of 15g and 5g plant material at the nursery.  I have a very nice plant in my garden that is about 25 feet tall and gets eastern light.  Also shown are some mature plants in gardens.  The fourth photo was taken by HJD.  The last photo demonstrates the terminal portion of the leaflets and their jagged edge.  This photo is of a P. schefferi, another nice species.

Finally, I would like to mention that some people call this the
Alexander Palm. This is totally confusing as there is another palm, Archontophoenix alexandrae, which is called the same.  I'd consider this a terrible common name for this species as it just confuses the customer.  No real palm enthusiasts call it by this name.  If a nursery calls it this, figure they don't know better.  Perhaps, historically, some palm importer couldn't tell the difference between the two species and therefore gave it this name. 
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma schefferi leaflets

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
A VERY COLD HARDY DWARF CYCAD

I've discussed this species before, but today I wanted to make three main points about this interesting and small cycad.  First, it is probably one of the most cold hardy of all the Ceratozamia.  It has been known to tolerate temperatures down to 17 degrees F.  The second point is that it is small in size and will fit almost anywhere in the garden.  Native to Mexico, this species prefers filtered light in most areas but can tolerate near full sun along the coast.  Its leaves never get over four to five feet and the maximal caudex size is no bigger than a cantaloupe.  It likes good draining soil and not to be overwatered.  It is also an ideal patio plant. 

My third point is there is variability in the leaflet/leaf forms.  Customers often see a particular leaf form and say "I want that type".  Well, it's not as easy as you'd think.  Seedling plants may not totally predict what the mature plant will look like.  If you look at all these plants, you'll notice variation in the leaves and leaflets.  Typically you see grouping of the leaflets.  But, there are forms that only have single, simple leaflets attached with little grouping.  This is the third point I wish to make:
there is variation in the appearance of this species.  Some have fat leaflets, others thin.  Some have six leaflets per grouping, others just two.  Some leaflets are long and thin, others short and compact.  But, they are all charming and quite cute. 

We can easily ship one of them right to your door.   Just give us a call.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
BRAZILIAN FIRE TREE, THE FERN TREE
GREAT SPECIES FOR LIGHT CANOPY SHADE

This extremely fast growing tree is probably the most sought-after of the tropical trees at our nursery.  Its native habitat stretches from Central America into South America.  It can get well over forty feet tall with a typical trunk diameter of 18 inches or less.  People are impressed that it can put on over ten feet of vertical height a year.  It is also known for the fact that it creates a very light canopy shade, ideal for growing understory species.  However, it is decidious and will drop its leaves during the coldest part of winter.  Leaflets flush out rapidly about six weeks later.  It has bipinnate leaves and matched pairs of small leaflets as shown.  Because of this leaf structure, it only produces about 50% to 25% shade.  Its blossoms are yellow.  The trunk is smooth and somewhat "snakeskin" appearing.  If you are trying to produce quick canopy, a few of these will assist you rapidly.

Shown here is the 5g size, although we also have one gallon plants for sale.
 Presently is one of the rare times that we actually have these trees for sale.  The mature specimens shown here are Internet photos with credits as given.  By the way, it is known as the "Fern Tree" because it looks like a maiden hair fern in the sky above you.
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
photo by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013

 

Assorted Companion Plants

We continually get in seasonal companion plants.  Most recently this included a load of interesting ferns.  We have both the Australian and Tasmanian Tree Ferns in 5g size along with a new batch of very nice Blechnum Ferns.  We got in about six or eight types of different and very colorful Bromelidads, including some Vrieseas with interesting leaf markings.  And, we always try to have lots of red or pink Ti's available.  Drop by and see what's new in our Spring Color.
Assorted companion plants
Australian Tree Fern
Assorted companion plants
Vriesea
Assorted companion plants
Silver Fern
Assorted companion plants
Maidenhair Fern
Assorted companion plants
Assorted Ferns, Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Blechnum Fern
Assorted companion plants
Birdsnest Fern
Assorted companion plants
Clustering Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Closeup same
Assorted companion plants
Red Ti Plants

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A SMALLER RAVENEA FROM MADAGASCAR

If you were to return thirty years to a time where Ravenea were just being introduced to the nursery trade, you'd find famed Mardi Darian saying how Ravenea rivularis was the "palm of the future".  This was because it was fast growing, full and quite attractive.  Then followed "Ravenea madagascarensis variety monticola" which was more attractive, near impossible to find, and had a thinner trunk than the stout rivularis.  Then came an onslaught of other new species of Ravenea off this small island and adjacent habitats.  There was almost a frenzy about them because every one introduced could survive here in Southern California.

As new species cropped up, one very interesting one arrived and we growers began offering: Ravenea glauca.  It seemed similar to Ravenea hildebrandtii (an eight foot dwarf species) but was bigger in size.  It got to the perfect height of about twenty feet.  Then we found it had sun tolerance in a lot of areas, had a thin trunk and a very beautiful crown of leaves.  From a landscape point of view (not rarity), it became the poster child Ravenea that would work for almost everyone in our locality.

It has a thin trunk, rarely over eight inches.  It gets to a desirable height of under twenty-five feet.  It is a good growing palm and will take full coastal sun with ease.  Cold tolerance seems to be in the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  Leaves are about six, perhaps eight feet long when older.  It has no crown shaft and a tan colored central crown as shown.  Leaves are green. It is the perfect species and quite beautiful.

Shown here is a huge 15g plant that came in with the nursery inventory we purchased and I mentioned yesterday.  We also have 2g, 5g and other sizes available. 

My favorite picture of this species is from a famous locality in habitat against the red cliffs (see below).  I have my own photo of this (can't find right now) so I've shared a similar photo from my friend, Dean Ouer, below.  This is really a great palm and a good grower.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
In habitat, photo at Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca habitat MR
In habitat by M.R.
Ravenea glauca habitat MR Ravenea glauca palmpedia
in habitat at PalmPedia
Ravenea glauca TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

MORE PHOTOS OF BISMARCKIA MAYOTTE ISLANDS
PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE RED COLORS SEEN

Two days ago I introduced some seven year old Bismarckias that are not from Madagascar but rather from the Mayotte Islands. Some feel these may be a different species.  The seeds are a bit different in shape and the overall appearance of the mature plants are different. 

I showed how this species is more of a green to blue green species unlike the silver blue regular Bismarckia nobilis (see description below).  I also made mention of how the stems are more of a red color.  Today I wanted to show this in more detail.  When I've talked to people who are growing these plants in their gardens, this is always the first thing they mention.

Photographs here not only show how the leaf stems have a lot of red in them but how the leaf colors have hints of pink and red in them a well.  Although I'm not sure if it's consistent, the petioles also seem to be smoother, shinier and free of the often seen dark hairs on regular Bismarckia.. 

It's hard to draw conclusions about these observations.  They could be merely a display of color secondary to colder temperatures we see in Souther California.  Unfortunately, there's nothing on the Net about this. 

All I can say for sure is that people in our locality who are growing this species love it and highly recommend this species of Bismarckia (if it is a different species)
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island    

 

ATTRACTIVE MEDIUM TO LARGE CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES
I thought this morning I would quickly show you some cycads from around our nursery.  I've selected an assortment of plants
with some blue Encephalartos.  I'll make a few brief comments about the species shown.  But, this is more of a visual presentation
than an informational one.  I hope you enjoy some of these plants.  For you "palm only" folks, not to worry; more palms tomorrow.
 

 

DIOON MEJIAE
This is an attractive Central American Dioon species with distribution from Southern Mexico into Honduras.  New leaves emerge upwards and, at the time of being thrown, are unbelievably soft and wooly.  Mature leaflets tend to have no or minimal spines.  Oppose this to Dioon spinulosum which is much more spiny.  Color is green, overall height typically under ten feet.  Filtered light usually required or perhaps part sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  
DIOON MEROLAE
This Mexican species of cycad is very slow growing with one hundred year old trunks just being four to five feet of height.  The crowns of leaves are gray-green, trunks are about a foot or less in diameter and leaves are three to four feet long.  This is a compact cycad.  New leaves emerge upwards and will lay down over time.  They like full sun along the coast, part sun inland.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties f.  A 15g plant is shown here.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  
ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE
I don't know for sure if this is the coveted true 'blue form" of Encephalartos arenarius from South Africa.  It may well be.  I imported quite a few of these several decades ago and this might be one of them with years of subsequent growth.  They are an arenarius but share qualities of E. horridus with blue color and leaf shape.  This is a sun plant with cold hardiness of approximately 22 degrees F.  Inland desert areas and desert locations would require part day or filtered light. 
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
This sought after species of South African cycad comes from the northern Transvaal area.  It is similar in appearance to E. middleburgensis.  It's leaflets tend to be upright with a strongly keeled leaf.  Color ranges from green to blue.  It is a sun loving species except for far inland areas.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
ENCEPHALARTOS MIDDLEBURGENSIS
This is another sought-after Transvaal South African species that has color range from green to blue.  This specimen is a blue-green.  It also has upright leaves.  It is a sun species with similar cold tolerance as eugene-maraisii.  Both this and the last species are always difficult to find in nurseries.  But, they are just gorgeous as they get larger in the garden. 
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis  

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
This blue species of cycad is from the Natal district of South Africa.  It is a small to at most medium sized plant.  A very old plant will have a twelve inch trunk. Three feet of trunk is the maximum.  The color is blue and the leaflets are extremely spiny, probably one of the most spiny of all cycads.  They want full sun in coatal areas but need protection from full sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is the low twenties F.  Interestingly, this is the most popular species among new enthusiasts.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with sines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
CENTRAL AFRICA
Cycad enthusiasts love unknown species. This species is obviously from Central Africa.  I say this because of the light colored caudex that is furry and white.  Also, note that the new leaves and stems are extremely hairy and fuzzy.  There is an assortment of species that are either un-named or recently named from this part of Africa.  This plant will probably be a good sized plant, reasonably cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties, and fast growing.  I would recommend part day sun for this interesting cycad.  And, yes, those leaves are so fun to touch when emerging.  They are as soft as almost anything in the plant world.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species  
ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
 This is another Central African cycad.  It makes a large plants and is very fast growing.  It has eight foot leaves.  With several sets of leaves, it is quite full and requires a good amount of room in the garden.  This boxed specimen is well on it's way.  It's a sun species along the coast.  All Central African species could use some sun protection in super hot inland areas.  cold tolerance should be into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis     
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
This is a South African cycad species that is similar to Encephalartos lehmanii.  Except, with princeps, the distal leaflets are rotated on their axis to face the center of the plant.  They don't just lay down flat like the lehmanii.  Leaves are often keeled.  The color is quite blue.  The first four photos of one plant are to show the orientation of the leaflets.  The last photo is of another plant outdoors in sun.  With outdoor sun, this species becomes intensely blue.  It's a full sun plant for coastal areas.  Cold hardiness is pretty good, down to at least 22 degrees F.    
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
REGULAR DWARF FORM
SUPER OLD HARDY SPECIES

This morning I'm discussing the regular, dwarf form of this species.  It never gets over about three to four feet.  Compare this to the "trunking species" recently discussed.  Both forms are native to Mexico.  Reference books describe this species as getting over ten feet tall.  But, such descriptions take up the trunking form as well.  This "non-trunking" species essentially never forms any significant trunk and is always below the belt line.  The bright orange blossom extends from the base and goes above the three foot long leaves. 

Compared to the trunking form, leaves of this variety are wider and thicker to the touch.  You may see a 'foot" on the ground next to the base of the trunk.  This species can crawl and move laterally a few inches over time.  It is interesting that along the coast it will tolerate full sun.  Inland gardens require filtered light.  Of the Chamaedoreas, this is the most cold tolerant.  It goes down to about 18 degrees F.  We have limited numbers of 5g plants available.  These can easily be shipped.
Chamaedorea radicalis  Chamaedorea radicalis
 Chamaedorea radicalis  Chamaedorea radicalis

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We just got in some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana I've discussed previously. the two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This super popular medium sized palm from Madagascar tolerates full sun in most coastal areas and has a rather thin trunk about 6 inches in diameter.  The leaves are soft and not armed.  On mature specimens the crown is full and leaves have a gentle arch.  Some say it looks like a Pygmy Date on steroids.  I think it is prettier than any Phoenix.  Cold tolerance is the low to mid-twenties F.  I am offering our 5g plants of this species at a great price.  The leaves at this size are typically about two feet long of more.

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


These can easily be mail ordered.  You must mention this 'Blog Only Special" when ordering. 
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca TS RP
by TS at RPs

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
UNDERSTORY DWARF PALM
CUTE AND SMALL


This typically small, dwarf type of single trunk palm is native to one locality in Mexico where it is threatened and near extinction.  It has small and simple leaves (not pinnate as most Chamaedorea).  These apically bifed leaves are about six to eight inches long and have a metallic sheen to them; thus the name of the species.  Trunks are thin, about a half an inch or so.  Height is typically four feet, although very old plants can get taller.

This species looks it's best in the garden when planted as a small colony.  They are a shade loving species.  They can also be used as a small interior palm.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the low 20's F.  Colonies looks the best so you can avoid the "leaves on a stick" appearance you get with an old single plant. Such colony plantings are full and lush appearing.

Shown here are our 1 or 1.5 gallon plants.  We presently have a limited supply of smaller plants available.  This is a very desirable species.  I called it "cute" above because that's what it is.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

BLUE CYCADS

Among cycad enthusiasts, blue cycads have historically been on the top of the list of "plants to obtain".  This fascination with blue-colored leaves seems almost universal.  For cycad nurseries, it's near impossible to maintain an inventory
of these desirable plants.  They sell out very quickly and they are slow to replace.  There are about two dozen species of cycads worldwide that are blue.  Some are near impossible to obtain.  Shown here is an assortment of medium sized plants that are blue, at the nursery and easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.

 I would like to share with you an
article entitled "BLUE CYADS" that I posted at our website.  You can view it by clicking on the banner below.  Rather than describe each species in depth, I chose to discuss them as a group.  I hope you like it.


 TO READ ARTICLE, CLICK ON BANNER BELOW.


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Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmanii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
"HUMANSDORP"
FORM
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This relatively rare dwarf cycad comes from the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa.  The variety we're offering today is especially unusually.  It is the "humansdorp" form, coming from the township of the same name.  We just got in three or four of these from a private collection.  It is more attractive (in my opinion) and has fluffy, plumose leaves.  You can expect a plant that mature isn't over three feet tall.  It has no spines on the leaflets and the leaflets are short and fairly narrow as shown.  The leaves are leathery and green in color.  Leaf length is under three feet.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

Offered are plants in 5g size with about a two inch caudex.  These have seen some degree of cold already.  They are quite easy to grow and like sandy, well draining soil.  They tolerate coastal sun easily.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

Only a few available.  Blog only special.  You must mention this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos caffer humansdorp Encephalartos caffer humansdorp
Encephalartos caffer humansdorp Encephalartos caffer humansdorp Encephalartos caffer humansdorp
Encephalartos caffer humansdorp Encephalartos caffer by Renier Smit, PACSOA
habitat photo by Renier Smit, PACSOA
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
NICE BLUE-GREEN FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are also offering a ten day discount on this very sought after and desirable South African cycad.  It is similar in appearance to the popular E. horridus in that it is a small to medium sized plant with very spiny/lobed leaflets.  Color is green, blue-green and rarely blue.  The ones on special here are that in between aqua green color.  Expect that it'll take full sun along the coast but wants protection in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F. without protection.  Mature stem height is rarely over 3 feet tall.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  It also is an easy to grow species and doesn't want to be over watered.

Offered are plants in 5g size with about a two inch caudex.  I have about five of these for sale.  I suspect I'll sell out of this batch quickly, so don't miss out if you like this species..

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

This is a Blog only special.  You must mention this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
MASSIVE MALE SPECIMEN
DESIRABLE WIDE LEAFLET FORM
GORGEOUS OR WHAT?

We took these photos yesterday of this massive male specimen E. ferox in a 25 gallon pot.  Not only is it a super attractive specimen, but it is also the sought after wide leaflet form.  Look at the fifth photograph below to see the width of the leaflets.  They are about 3 inches wide!  The last photograph shows the gorgeous cones of this species.  It is c/o the Cycad Society and shows the intense red color of the females.  Male cones are typically an orange-red.  This specimen has a spent male cone hanging from the trunk.  Trunk diameter of this plant is at least a foot with some vertical height.  I'd estimate it's 20 years old, grown from seed.

This species is from South Africa an prefers part day sun or filtered light along the coast.  In inland areas filtered light is required.  It will never get any significant trunk height.  Leaves are typically about six feet long as shown here.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F. without protection. 

This plant is available.  I also have nice similar sized female plants for those who wish to set seeds.  This plant would be perfect for an upscale garden or project.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox ferox cone cycad society
female cone photo by THE CYCAD SOCIETY

 

BUTIA CAPITAT X JUBAEA CHILENSIS
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE HYBRID TO FIND
LAST 15G AT THE NURSERY!

I thought we were out of these and then found this one sole 15g plant.  This is the last I have of this unusual hybrid.  If you've followed this Blog, you know I've offered Jubaea x Butia where the seed bearing plant is the Jubaea.  This hybrid is the opposite.  Seeds came from the female Butia parent.  It's very rare to see one offered, especially in a big size like this.  It will be super cold hardy, probably to about 15 degrees F.  And, it will have a super thick trunk, similar to a Chilean Wine Palm but not quite as thick.  I can ship this plant to anywhere in the country.  If you wanted one, get it b/c I don't think there are any others available in the country like this one.  The plant shown here is the actual plant for sale.
Butia X Jubaea Butia X Jubaea
Butia X Jubaea Butia x Jubaea unknown author PalmTalk
larger plant, unknown photographer PalmTalk
 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
MEDIUM SIZED, SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We purchased in a vast number of very beautiful 15g plants of this species and for about a year have been offering them at the great price below.  Unfortunately, this special may end soon as we're running out of stock.  Native to the island of Madagascar, this species has an intense blue color to the leaves.  Although it's unknown how tall it'll get in Southern California, we anticipate a mature height under forty feet.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is a full sun species, even in the desert. And, it's three times faster growing than the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  This size can be shipped right to your door.  And, they are presently only $30 more than much smaller 5g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

This is a Blog only special.  You must mention this price when purchasing.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY OF THE SHADE PALMS
ALSO AN EXCELLENT INTERIOR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Three days ago we got in a selection of 5g Chamaedorea microspadix.  This plant is known to be one of the most cold hardy of all Chamaedoreas, going into the upper teens. F.  It is a filtered light species and has a height that peaks out at eight feet. So, it's a fairly small mature bamboo palm type of plant.  The leaves often have a slight iridescent sheen.  These plants have a touch of this.  Sometimes the underside of the leaves have some blue color.  It is a medium rate growing species.  Outdoors, it's known to do well in the San Francisco Bay area.  Fruits are a bright Christmas red.  These plants are 30 inches to 36 inches tall.  Although I wouldn't recommend growing this species in full sun, the last photo shows an old clump getting lots of direct sun and taking it pretty well. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G AS SHOWN $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

This is a Blog only special.  You must mention this price when purchasing.
Chamaedorea microspadi Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
AMAZING MULTIPINNATE CYCAD
FIRST TIME OFFERED IN 2 GALLON SIZE

For about five years we've been selling this incredibly rare cycad species from China.  It is most unique in that the leaf stems fork.  In fact, they actually trifurcate, something unheard of in the world of cycads.  About fifteen years ago a single one leaf seedling of this species sold for several thousand dollars.  But, nowadays, they are much more affordable.  Shown here is a 2g plant.  The price for this size is $185 at this time.  We've had large expensive plants for sell in the past.  But, among collectors, seeds have been produced in small numbers and this has made this species available as a young plant.  Caudex size of these 2g plants is about 1.5 inches.  Even at this age they show the characteristic leaf.  We have limited numbers for sale. I've shown some older nursery plants so you can see what they'll look like in about six years.

This is a filtered light species.  Leaves go straight up typically and then arch.  Leaf length can get up to about 8 feet.  Cold hardiness is actually quite good for a Cycas, to about 21degrees F.
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013

SOME MORE TEN DAY SPECIALS

HOWEA BELMOREANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is the "other Kentia" from Lord Howe Island.  It comes from a native higher elevation than forsteriana, is slower growing, and has an umbrella shaped crown of leaves.  Along the coast it can take full sun.  cold tolerance is 23 to 24 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Blog only special.  Mention this price when purchasing.
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
PARAJUBAEA SUNKHA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of South American Palm from Bolivia is the smallest palm of this genus.  It is usually 29- to 25 feet maximum when mature.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  These "grow like weeds" by report in the San Francisco area.  Some call this genus the "South American Coconut".  It is a full sun plant.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Just mention this special to get this price.
Parajubaea sunkha  Parajubaea sunkha 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
COLD HARDY, FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Palm enthusiasts love this rapid growing palm known as the Ribbon Palm from Australia.  For it's height of thirty to forty feet, it has a very thin trunk and leaflets than hang strait down towards the ground.  It is a very attractive fan palm that many can grow easily.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.  It likes full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this special to get this price.

Livistona decipiens 5g  Livistona decipiens 
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This South African cycad species is popular because it is medium sized, has a holly fern like leaflet, tolerates filtered light or part day sun and has a strikingly red cone.  It is easy to grow and has a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE, ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES


You must mention this Blog only special to get the discount.
 
Encephalartos ferox  Encephalartos ferox wikipedia
by Wikipedia 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
FAST GROWING, CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with spines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.  The plant shown here will be massive in five to ten years.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

I feel this species should be in the Top Ten List of desirable palms for Southern California.  It is a good grower, is not overly large, has an attractive silver-blue trunk that is topped off with a rusty brown crown shaft that feels like velvet.  What else could you want? 

This species comes from Madagascar, gets to about 25 feet height and has a rather thin trunk of six inches typically.  If the trunk doesn't get any direct sun, it will maintain this color throughout its life.  With sun, it will develop a brown tan color.  So, you might consider planting the species where it will pierce the canopy but maintain shade on its trunk.  Along the coast Dypsis leptocheilos can be grown in full sun, all day long.  If you live far inland, I'd give it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  At our nursery in 2007, 25 degrees did not burn this species. 

Shown here is an assortment of sizes from 1g plants up to 25g.  Sizes available changes over time, but we try to always have this species in stock.  No palm garden is complete without a Teddy Bear. 

The fifth photo shows our 5g size which are on ten day special

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


You must mention this blog only special when ordering.  
 Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

COCCOTHRINAX, THE  GENUS
THIN TRUNKED, DESIRABLE FAN PALMS

A ways back I got an email from someone requesting that I write about some unusual fan palms.  I try to think of something that would be fun for readers to see.  So, I thought "why not talk about the entire genus of Coccothrinax".  This morning I will synopsize this genus and show a whole array of photographs of nursery plants and mature species.

Coccothrinax are thin trunked, small to medium sized fan palms from Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and perhaps into Central America.  They vary in height from five to ten feet up to forty feet or more.  Trunk sizes are usually thin with six inches being common.  This species has inter-species hybridization that is poorly worked out.  So, the taxonomists vary on the number of species in this group.  It is somewhere between fifteen and forty.  Leaf color varies from green to silver, often with the underside being silver.  Some trunks show great woven patterns of fibers while others are hairy.  Almost all species are solitary palms.  They are monoecious and have small, typically black fruited seeds.  Most trunks become clean wood over many years.  Almost all like sun and heat.  Some species may even take inland desert sun.  Many are cold hardy into the mid twenties F. 

Coccothrinax are very rare to find in nurseries.  Because of my interest in them, we always have an assortment for sale.  Nurserymen hate growing these because they are so slow in containers.  But, there's a secret about this.  Just get them into the ground and they are medium growers.  You can have a nice tree in a matter of five to ten years.  Shown here is an assortment of containerized plants, one gallon to fifteen gallon sizes.  Also shown are an assortment of many mature species.  The nice thing about Coccothrinax is that they are not big, all are interesting appearing and pretty, and nothing else in the palm world is quite like them.  This genus is one that we are the nursery highly recommend.  They'll add diversity to your garden.
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis                  
Coccothrinax miraguama v. havanensis









 Coccothrinax argentea leaf below
 Coccothrinax argentea leaf

     
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta 
Coccothrinax readii
Coccothrinax readii 
Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa 
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
 Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita trunk
Coccothrinax crinita trunk 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax agentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax species SElby
Coccothrinax species Selby Gardens 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa
Coccothrinax spissa 
Coccothrinax scoparia
Coccothrinax scoparia 
Coccothrinax radiata
Coccothrinax radiata 
Coccothrinax proctorii
Coccothrinax protcorii 
Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax litoralis
Coccothrinax litoralis 
Coccothrinax leaf
Coccothrinax leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa, swollen trunk
Coccothrinax spissa, cigar trunk 
Coccothrinax inaguensis
Coccothrinax inaguensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
THE SILVER PALM
SILVER COLORED MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM

Having just read above about Coccothrinax as a genus above, I thought that I'd show you a nice 15g size of Coccothrinax argnetata.  This species is native to Florida and some Caribbean Islands.  The dorsal surface of the leaves is silver-green, the underside is prominently silver. The trunk is thin, about six inches, and overall height is typically under twenty feet.  The most prominent feature is the silver sheen as you look up into the leaf crown.  It is similar appearing to Coccothrinax argentea, but more silver and shorter.  It is slow growing and extremely difficult to find.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant into the mid, perhaps low 20's F.  
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013\

 

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 one 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 $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20


You must mention this special to get this price.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA

 

FOUR EASY TO SHIP, GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS!
Below are four green South African cycads.  All are rare Encephalartos from the Republic of South Africa.  All are in citrus pot containers, which makes
shipping quite affordable.  We ship plants in their pot, soil and all.  This avoids the immediate losses and almost guaranteed one year set
back seen with bare root plants.
 Few nurseries ship plants with their soil, but we can do it because we are a CA Certified Nursery with agricultural
permits for all states with the U.S.  Most customers rave about our plant quality and shipping technique.  Please read our reviews at this website.  And,
when it comes to cycads, we think we offer the most complete selection of rare plants around.  I can't tell you how many people opted for other "cheaper"
nurseries and then tried us.  They universally regretted not dealing exclusively with our nursery from the beginning. 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
This cycad is sometimes difficult to find and is threatened in habitat.  it is a green, medium sized species that prefers sun and has excellent cold tolerance.  Leaves get to six feet and trunks to ten feet.  It prefers sun.
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
This species is a fast growing green cycad that has leaves six feet long and a stout trunk.  It can get a trunk well over ten feet and has a large crown of many leaves.  It makes a large, centerpiece type of cycad that needs room.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant to at least 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
This species is Central African and very rare.  Leaflet color is a bit of gray green and mature leaflets have little armor, something nice for some collectors.  It makes a good size plant and can tolerate full sun in most areas.  Cold tolerance is not quite as good as the South African cycads, but well into the mid, perhaps a bit lower 20's F.
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
ENCEPHALARTOS PIET RETIEF
This is a medium sized green species that has now been classified as a variety of E. lebomboensis.  It is a good grower, can get a trunk up to ten feet in many decades, and has a medium sized crown.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.  Sun plant.
Encephalartos piet retief Encephalartos piet retief

 

TREE FERNS AVAILABLE
ASSORTED SIZES, SPECIES

Our nursery does not specialize in ferns.  But, for some reason, we have accumulated a nice selection of good sized Tree Ferns in 5g, 15g and 25 gallon size.  Some of these have up to four feet of trunk.  These include Cyathea cooperi. and other species.  My favorite has always been the Brentwood Tree Fern.  It has no known native habitat.  I've used it in my garden and now have trunks about forty feet tall.  Check out the pictures below of this variety.  We'll have this variety available soon, limited numbers.

Tree ferns, in general, are considered water-loving, filtered light plants.  But, some species can tolerate full coastal sun.  Some species tolerate temperatures well into the twenties F. and there's lots of tree ferns growing up  in northern California.  Remember, many species come from cool areas of New Zealand and southern Australia.  Blended in with palms and other tropicals, I think they look great and give a nice effect.  Their only downside is the "itchy" fibers from the leaves that fall when you clean off dead leaves.  But, overall, they are woth it because of their very cool appearance.    
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Brentwood Tree Fern in foreground near Howea
Tree Fern Wikipedia photo
photo by Wikipedia Website

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
UNDERSTORY DWARF PALM
CUTE AND SMALL


This typically small, dwarf type of single trunk palm is native to one locality in Mexico where it is threatened and near extinction.  It has small and simple leaves (not pinnate as most Chamaedorea).  These apically bifed leaves are about six to eight inches long and have a metallic sheen to them; thus the name of the species.  Trunks are thin, about a half an inch or so.  Height is typically four feet, although very old plants can get taller.

This species looks it's best in the garden when planted as a small colony.  They are a shade loving species.  They can also be used as a small interior palm.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the low 20's F.  Colonies looks the best so you can avoid the "leaves on a stick" appearance you get with an old single plant. Such colony plantings are full and lush appearing.

Shown here are our 1 or 1.5 gallon plants.  I am also showing a colony in a larger pot.  This is a very desirable species.  We have limited numbers available.  I called it "cute" above because that's what it is.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

 

SABAL PALMETTO
THE PALMETTO PALM

This medium to large fan palm is native to the United States and an assortment of Caribbean islands including Cuba.  It's native habitat extends as far north as North Carolina.  It is amazingly salt tolerant.  In Florida you can see it right up into the coastal dunes.  I've seen plants just a few feet from the bay at Tampa Bay and thriving.  It is green in color and has a trunk that is of variable heights, ranging from ten feet to up to eighty feet.  I once had an order for "tall" Palmettos and thought they only get up to a height of about twenty feet.  On inquiring from a broker in Florida, I quickly came to find that specimens are available (dug from locality) with heights of well over fifty feet.  You'd think that perhaps this species could be threatened by digging.  I'd invite you to just pick a locality in Florida and drive around.   There are so many Palmettos near the water that you couldn't begin to count them all.

This is a durable, hardy palm with obvious salt tolerance.  I've also seen palms growing in the sand around ocean beach goers.  It's cold hardiness is into the mid teens F. and it prefers full sun for optimal growth.  However, it does tolerate partial shade.  Also, it can tolerate desert conditions if given adequate water.  Trunks have a "criss-cross" pattern of attached leaf bases.  Later the palm sheds these to show a fairly smooth appearing trunk.  With my comments above, you'd think there are lots of these available in CA.  This is not the case; they are hard to find.  Shown are some 5g plants, domestic and native mature plants and an interesting divided head specimen.

Finally, for those of you displaced from South Carolina, you can bring a little of your state to your present location by growing this palm.  Sabal palmetto is your state tree.  We can ship one right to your displaced location. 
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto double head by JS
photo by JS
Sabal palmetto Jacksonville Zoo Website
photo from Jacksonville Zoo Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
RARE CYCAD FROM NORTHERN TANZANIA

Many of you have perhaps never heard of this medium sized green cycad that grows at an elevation of 4000 feet in the rocky hills of Tanzania in Eastern Africa, bordered by Kenya to the north and Mozambique to the south. It is a green cycad with leaves about four to five feet long.  It's trunk gets to six feet tall with a width of approximately 18 inches.  On cultivated plants, I've noted that sometimes the color is a gray-green.  Leaflets of juvenile plants are cupped.  Mature leaflets are narrow as shown. This species can be grown in sun along the coast.  It needs good soil drainage.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid twenties, perhaps down to about 22 degrees.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants and a mature specimen. . 
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
 

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

It seems that almost everyone loves the Royal Palm.  This is a group of New World pinnate palms with tall trunks, swollen bases, and long green crown shafts.  The problem is that some people are in areas that get too cold.  After our Southern California freeze in 2007, I received many reports that Roystonea borinquena did better with the cold than other species of Royal Palms.  I certainly don't want to suggest that this species is good for people who routinely see temperatures into the low 20's.  But, if you live in an area where once in a while you get into the mid-twenties, this might be a better species to try.  It might give you a degree or two more cold hardiness.. 

It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Overall height is up to fifty feet, trunk diameter is 18 inches with a long prominent emerald green crown shaft, leaf length up to fifteen feet.  The base is not as swollen as the Cuban Royal, R. regia.  Growth rate is moderate.  It likes full sun.  It withstood the 2007 freeze where it saw temperatures of 24 degrees.  I think the reader should assume that any mid-twenties temperatures will most likely damage a Royal Palm.  In time, we'll know for sure if this species is better with cold.  We try to have this species available in various sizes.  Shown is a 15g plant.  Note that on none of the photos here of large plants is the trunk base massively swollen.
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
MEDIUM SIZED, GORGEOUS NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Among palm enthusiasts, one of the most popular genera is Burretiokentia.  B. hapala is one of the easiest of all the Burretikentias to grow in Southern California.  It is a medium sized palm, getting up to about twenty feet here.  I prefer that this species is grown in part day sun or filtered light although some have grown it in more sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.

It has shiny green leaves and a brown colored crown shaft.  Mixed in with the brown is some silver and green.  Leaf length is about six to seven feet and the trunk is rather thin at about six inches or so.  Shown here are photos of two plants, a 25g and a 5g.  We have a pretty good selection for sale. 

If you like palms, you have to try this species. 
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I 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 pots and citrus pots. 

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot pots

 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
AVAILABLE NOW!

First of all, for all you budding palm taxonomists, I should mention that the name above is a fictitious common name.  We came up with this name because the derivation of "tera" is "monster" and "carpa" refers to body.  And, this perfectly describes the palm I'm discussing here this morning.

In my own garden in San Diego, I have one Archontophoenix palm that is distinctly different from another others I have grown.  I do not recall the original seed source for this palm and didn't appreciate it until it displayed its amazing traits.  Here are some of its characteristics:

1.  It is much taller than Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  It towers overhead adjacent King Palms.
2.  It has an extremely thick trunk diameter, 2 to 3 times thicker than the average King Palm.
3.  Impressively, there is a  LACK OF BROWN TIPPING TO THE LEAVES in full sun.  In my garden, other King species in full sun have brown tipped leaflets.
4.  It has a large and elongated yellow-blue crown shaft, different than another other Archontophoenix I've grown.
5.  It produces larger seeds than regular King Palms but smaller than A. purpurea.  They are red in color.
6.  There is a slight silver color to the back of the leaves.  7.  In full sun, the leaves are DARKER GREEN in color than regular King Palms.
8.  It has an extremely fast growth rate

We have long considered this to be am Archontophoenix maxima.  I've mentioned this ad this Blog.  But, it's not identical to A. maxima we've grown at our nursery from reliable seed sources in Australia.

So, we simply call it Archonotophoenix "teracarpa".  We have 2 and 5g sizes available.  I'm showing a 5g double plant here.  Photos of the large tree here are of the actual tree in my garden that has produced the "teracarpa" seeds.  At present, I'd estimate its height at forty to fifty feet.  If you like King Palms, you can't do better than this one.        
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Note that it towers over adjacent other  King Palms,
darker green in color, no brown tipping or yellowing
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"


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