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WEDNESDAY, 30 DECEMBER, 2015

 

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DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SMALLER & EASY TO SHIP PLANTS AVAILABLE

This very popular suckering species of Dypsis that is native to Madagascar and possibly other nearby locations.  Also known as the "Golden Cane Palm" because of the presence of yellow color in the stems and trunks, it gets to a height of typically fifteen feet in our locality and sometimes a bit more.  But, I've seen specimens from tropical areas that have gotten to 30 feet tall or more.

It has a cold tolerance well into the mid-twenties F and is being grown by many in our So Cal location.  Trunk diameters are usually three to four inches.  Trunks are a silver-green color.  A typical plant will have about four to six stems when mature.  Leaves are pinnate and four to six feet long.  Along the coast, the Areca Palm tolerates full sun but part day sun or strong filtered light will often work as well. 

This is one of the best species available to "hide the neighbor or adjacent building" from your view.  The 3g plants shown here are about five feet tall and would be easy to ship anywhere in the U.S.  And, if you live locally and like bigger plants, the last two photos show our currently available 20g size.  They are about 12 feet tall in their pots.

The first five photos here show the 3 gallon size available.  They are about five feet tall and easy to ship.

Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
larger 20g size also available
Dypsis lutescens  

VRIESIA OSPINAE VAR GRUBERI
RARE SOUTH AMERICAN BROMELIAD
UNUSUAL TRUNKING FORM!
SEVERAL PLANTS AVAILABLE


Recently from a plant friend we obtianed pups that he removed from one of his garden Bromeliads.  I'd not heard of it and I was told it was super rare.  It's the "trunking form" of this Vriesia.  His had about two feet of trunk above the ground.  It had a cluster of many heads.  He removed one branch which I then divided into these three plants.

This species is native to Columbia and perhaps nearby other countries.  It is a medium sized Vriesia with prominent horizontal banding.  Leaf color and striping are variable depending on the clone.  As far as I know these are from the original species and not a clone.  I've been told these plants were from wild collected material from many years ago.  Each plant had about a six inch stem on it.  We potted them into a very loose mix.  I can ship these quite easily.  These are for the discriminating collector.  they had been grown outdoors in filtered light.

On last comment: nowhere did anyone discuss this "trunking form".  And, I've seen no pictures of a plant with trunk.  The parent plant of these pups has a two foot vertical trunk.

Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Vriesia ospinae var gruberi
Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Wikipedia
photo of leaves from Wikipedia
 

 

OTHER ASSORTED BROMELIADS
MANY RARE
SOME TALL ORANGE AECHMEA


When I got in the Vriesia above I got in about six other different varieties of bromeliads including an upright, tall orange Aechmea.  The first two photos shown young pups of this one.  New pups are brilliantly orange.  With time and size they get green and white, variegated.  Some of the plants I have on this species are two feet tall and 18 inches wide.  They are monsters and love full sun.  I also got in a Vriesia imperialis and multiple Vriesia hybrids.

As most of you know, I am not a bromeliad expert but know customers like them for companion planting.  So, we always have something most people have never seen.

Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads
Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads  

 

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  Shown here is a 5g plant demonstrating this prominent red color.  Other photos show the white crown shafts and dark trunks.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are pretty well supplied with the band size.  Larger plants as shown in the sixth photo are very limited.

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

Note, no double discounts.  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila by Arrowsmith Palmpedia
by P. Arrowsmith, Palmpedia
Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
AKA SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
LARGE TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


It's been a while since I've talked about this species or offered in on special.  This large trunked Caribbean fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti (Hispaniola).  It can reach heights of sixty feet with a two foot thick trunk.  Most authorities feel that S. dominguensis is the same species.  Its leaves are blue green on a rather long petiole.  Leaf size is four to five feet across.  The trunk is light colored, sort of a gray. 

Shown here are the band sized plants on special.  We might have some 5g and 15g as well.  All sizes can be shipped.  By the way, as you can see, these band sized plants are not wimpy - they are an equivalent to most nursery's 1g size.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $20

You know the drill - mention this Special to get this price.

Sabal blackburniana SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
note, this one's a "double"
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
a ten year old palm in Encinitas, CA
Sabal blackburniana wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
   

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, LARGER PALM
15G AVAILABLE

Many people are familiar with the super cold hardy, suckering Dwarf Sugar Palm, Arenga engleri.  This is a totally different species.  Native to Asia from the Philippines to Indonesia, this species is single trunk, gets to a height of thirty feet and has a thick fibrous trunk.  Like other Arengas, the backs of the leaves are silver and the leaflet tips are jagged. 

I have known of many being grown in our area.  Although we're not sure of the exact cold hardiness, I'd put it somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  It can take full sun along the coast.  Growth rate is medium.  It does need room to grow as the leaves are ten eight to ten feet long.  We have limited numbers of these available.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
SILVER BLUE, ALMOST WHITE
SUPER COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


About ten years ago this very blue, almost white colored Nannorrhops appeared on the market.  It has been called Nannorrhops arabica.  It is native to Southern Pakistan and Iran.  It suckers and gets to the typical six to eight feet of height.  And, it loves hot sun, can take temperatures into the teens F. and can live in more tropical areas.  We've found it durable but not the easiest palm in the world to grow.

Available are easy to ship one gallon plants that are 4 years old and demonstrate the leaf color.  Limited numbers, so don't dally on this one.  There are few mature photos available on this species. 

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Limited numbers available.
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhopas arabica
by TS at RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GOOD HOUSEPLANT OR FOR PATIO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.

Shown here are almost entirely 15g plants which we're putting on sale.  I've shown one 20 gallon plant to demonstrate a more mature specimen.  I'm also showing some green seeds on one plant.  This species is fast growing and tolerates temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  Our 15g plants are about 8 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

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

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
20 gallon size
Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FRIDERICI-GUILIELMI
THIN LEAFLET SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LIKES SUN - PRETTY COLD HARD
Y

This species of thin leaflet cycad is native to the Republic of South Africa.  Probably the hardest thing to remember about it is how to spell the species name.  It develops a somewhat stout trunk to a diameter of eighteen inches.  Overall height is up to fifteen feet if you can live to be two hundred years old.  A more typical very old plant will have a foot or two of trunk.  It is a full sun species in most coastal areas and can tolerate temperatures into the lowest 20's F.  People are growing this species in the San Francisco Bay area.

The hallmark of "EFG" is that is has very thin leaflets as shown here.  Leaves are also rather straight. Leaf color is blue green.  In sun, the blue develops more intensely.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  The plant shown here is a nursery plant.  We have an assortment of sizes available but never too many of any given size as this plant is quite rare.  This species (we've found) is much faster growing in the ground in your garden than in a container at our nursery.  We offer an assortment of sizes for sale and these are easy to mail order.
 
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi by CW Pacsoa
photo by CW, PACSOA
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
smaller nursery plant
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue.  The plants we have on special are suppose to be the "blue" variety.  They are not new seedlings but rather three to four years old and on about their eighth leaf.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25 OR THREE FOR $65

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON
AND 15G SIZE!


This species is a nice companion plant and can get almost big enough to be a stand alone specimen.  It is native to Mexico and has a stem with long, narrow and pointed leaves.  They extend out four to five feet and, when mature, the plant looks like a green pom  pom (the things that cheerleaders hold).  This species likes full hot sun and can be grown in desert environments.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.

I am offering two sizes on special.  Both are shippable to anywhere within the U.S.  The 15g are of particular nice, large size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45 THIS SIZE
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250 (10 YRS. OLD)
SALE PRICE 15G SIZE $175


Mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  BTW, the 5g are very easy to ship.
Dasylirion longissimum
5 gallon size
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion l.
15g size
 

 

TUESDAY, 29 DECEMBER, 2015

  

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DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
A SUCKERING PALM FROM THE COMORO ISLANDS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE

This suckering, crown shafted palm is native to various Comoro Islands and reaches a height of about fifteen, perhaps twenty feet.  It has trunks that are about three inches thick with a green-brown color to the base of the leaf stems and inner crown.  Sometimes you'll see a hint of red hairs.  Leaflets are wide and green on both sides and come to a point.  Leaves are somewhat keeled.  Suckers form from the base of the primary stem.  Culturally, this plant seems not to tolerate full sun like D. pembana below.  Growth rate is medium.  Plants have tolerated temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I'm showing two 15g plants here.  We also have other sizes.

Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Different 15g plant
Dypsis lanceolata
D. lanceolata in So Cal garden

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
SIMILAR TO DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
BUT BIGGER PLANT

Dypsis pembana is native to the island of Pemba and may also be found in other nearby locations.  When I first learned of this species over 20 years ago, I knew it as a single trunk palm.  Later, all came to know that it does sucker on occasions but sparingly.  It is easy to mistake this plant with Dypsis lanceolata above.  But, there are some differences.  First, it is a bigger palm, getting up to 25 feet tall with thicker trunks of four to eight inches.  Trunks are prominently ringed.  The crown shaft is a silver green and waxy.  Growth rate is also faster than D. lanceolata and this species can take full sun in our locality.  Dypsis lanceolata does not.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a nice 25 gallon plant and pictures of a single trunk and a suckering form.

I might remind the reader that getting to know Dypsis is a simple yet complicated thing.  The more you get to know them, the more you learn that there are variations in almost every species.  Therefore, it might be better to refer to each species as a "complex" as there are differences in appearance of many species, plant to plant, from their native habitats.  The more you look, the more confusing it gets and the "less you know".   Such things as "suckering or not", leaf color, leaflet appearance, overall size, etc. can be quite variable.
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana by tranquilometro
Single trunk specimen by tranquilometro
Dypsis pembana
Trunk of a different nursery plant
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Al Bredeson
Suckering specime, photo by Al Bredeson

 

SUNDAY, 27 DECEMBER, 2015

 

NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION JUST ACQUIRED
SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECIES
SMALLER TO MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS
HUNDREDS OF PLANTS SHOWN BELOW IN PAST FIVE DAYS

This may be the last day that I show plants from this collection.
We do have duplicates on some species below.
Some plants may have already sold by the time you see this.
Plants presented in random order.
More descriptions of the collection in this past Wednesday's Blog.
 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 3.5 INCHES
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
BOWENIA SPECTABILIS
CONTAINER 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Bowenia spectabilis Bowenia spectabilis
Bowenia spectabilis    
CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE EST. 3 INCHES
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis  
DIOON HOLMGRENII
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii  
DIOON SPINULOSUM
CONTAINER SIZE 15 GALLON
CAUDEX: 7 INCHES WIDE, 8 INCHES TALL
(OTHER PLANTS THIS SPECIES AVAILABLE)
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
CYCAS BIFIDA
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
CYCAS BIFIDA CYCAS BIFIDA
CYCAS BIFIDA    
CYCAS TANSACHANA
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1.5 INCHES
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana
Cycas tansachana    
ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
DWARF SPECIES
Encephalartos caffer 1 gallon Encephalartos caffer 1 gallon
Encephalartos caffer 1 gallon    
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GRAY VARIETY
CONTAINER SIZE 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 3.5 INCHES
NICE RECURVE TO LEAVES
Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches
Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches
Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches Encephalartos longifolius gray variety 15g 3.5 inches  
ENCEPHALARTOS CYCADIFOLIUS
CONTAINER TREE POT
CAUDEX SIZE ESTIMATE 1.5 INCHES
ANOTHER PLANT THIS SPECIES
Encephalartos cycadifolius tree pot 2nd plant Encephalartos cycadifolius tree pot 2nd plant
Encephalartos cycadifolius tree pot 2nd plant    
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE TREE POT
CAUDEX SIZE 1.5 - 2 INCHES
WILL HAVE LONG, UPRIGHT LEAVES
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis  
ENCEPHALARTOS NGOYANUS
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
DWARF SPECIES
Encephalartos ngoyanus Encephalartos ngoyanus
Encephalartos ngoyanus    
ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
CONTAINER SIZE 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 5 INCHES
DEVELOPES GOLD COLORED CONE
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus  
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
SUPER BLUE SPECIES IN SUN
Encephalartos princeps 5g one inch Encephalartos princeps 5g one inch
Encephalartos princeps 5g one inch Encephalartos princeps 5g one inch  
ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
MACROZAMIA MOOREI
CONTAINER SIZE 15 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 10 INCHES
Macrozamia moorei 15g 10 inches Macrozamia moorei 15g 10 inches
ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X WOODII
CONTAINER SIZE CIT POT
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
WOODII EXTINCT IN THE WILD
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii cit pot 2 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii cit pot 2 inches
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii cit pot 2 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii cit pot 2 inches  
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X LEHMANNII
CONTAINER SIZE 5G
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES, MULTIPLE OFFSETS
INTERESTING BLUE HYBRID
Encephalartos longifolius x lehmannii Encephalartos longifolius x lehmannii
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
BLUE WITH GNARLY LEAVES
Encephalartos trispinosus 5g 2 inches Encephalartos trispinosus 5g 2 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus 5g 2 inches    
END OF COLLECTION PRESENTATION
ARE MANY MORE PLANTS AVAILABLE
   

 

COPERNICIA SPECIES
ASSORTMENT SEVERAL SPECIES
IN SMALLER PLANTS

Shown here is an assortment of mostly 5g Copernicia.  This is a genus of fan palms from South America and varous Caribbean Islands.  Some of the most interesting species are native to Cuba.  Copernicia make medium to large fan palms.  Almost all are single trunk.  On some species, like C. baileyana, the trunks are very light colored, massive and smooth in texture.  Leaves are divided into segments.  Some species have a tight assortment of upright leaves.  All are interesting to look at and to grow.   I apologize that I don't have the species name of the 4th plant here but the label was lost.  All the others are 5 gallon size.  Limited numbers apply to all.  Interestingly, these palms are very slow growing in pot, faster in the ground.  The baileyanas are at least 7 years old.  All species want full sun and cold tolerances vary from upper twenties on these plants down to mid to lower 20's F. on Copernicia alba.
copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia bertoriana
Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia species
Copernicia species
Copernicia species
Copernicia species
Copernicia ALBA 5G
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana
copernicia alba
Coperniciaa alba

 

SATURDAY, 26 DECEMBER, 2015

 

NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION JUST ACQUIRED
SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECIES
SMALLER TO MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS
PRESENTATION OF PLANTS BEGINS BELOW ON WEDNESDAY, 23 DECEMBER
 

I'll continue to show plants from the huge private collection of rare cydads we got in this past Monday.
You'll not see many of these species for sale on the nursery market.  All were outdoor grown in the far east LA area of California.
Throughout presentation, plants presented in random order.

CYCAS LOEI
CONTAINER 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 4 INCHES
Cycas loei Cycas loei
Cycas loei Cycas loei  
CYCAS MICHOLITZII X SZECHANANENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 4 INCHES
Cycas micholitzii x szechananensis 15g 4 inches Cycas micholitzii x szechananensis 15g 4 inches
Cycas micholitzii x szechananensis 15g 4 inches Cycas micholitzii x szechananensis 15g 4 inches  
CYCAS DIANNANENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLONS
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
cycas diannanensis 1.5G CAUDEX 2 INCHES cycas diannanensis 1.5G CAUDEX 2 INCHES
cycas diannanensis 1.5G CAUDEX 2 INCHES    
RHAPIS LAOSENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
DWARF WITH TWO OR THREE  LEAFLETS PER LEAF
Rhapis laosensis Rhapis laosensis
ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Encephalartos cerinus 1 gallon Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus    
CYCAS UNKNOWN SPECIES FROM THAILAND
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX 2 X 5 INCHES
Cycas species unknown Thailand 5g 2 by 5 inch caudex Cycas species unknown Thailand 5g 2 by 5 inch caudex
Cycas species unknown Thailand 5g 2 by 5 inch caudex    
CYCAS SPECIES MICRONESIA
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
CYCAS SPECIES MICRONESIA 5G 2 INCHES CYCAS SPECIES MICRONESIA 5G 2 INCHES
CYCAS SPECIES MICRONESIA 5G 2 INCHES    
CYCAS UNKNOWN SPECIES
FROM INDIA
CONTAINER SIZE 20 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 4 TO 5 INCHES
Cycas species India 20g 4 to 5 inches Cycas species India 20g 4 to 5 inches
Cycas species India 20g 4 to 5 inches Cycas species India 20g 4 to 5 inches Cycas species India 20g 4 to 5 inches
ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLONS
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans    
DIOON EDULE TYPE
CONTAINER SIZE3 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 4 INCHES
Dioon edule type 5g 4 inches Dioon edule type 5g 4 inches
Dioon edule type 5g 4 inches Dioon edule type 5g 4 inches  
ENCEPHALARTOS HILDEBRANDTII
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE ABOUT AN INCH
Encephalartos hildebrandtii 1 galllon Encephalartos hildebrandtii 1 galllon
Encephalartos hildebrandtii 1 galllon    
ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Encephalartos munchii 1 galllon Encephalartos munchii 1 galllon
Encephalartos munchii 1 galllon    
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
KNOWN AS "REV-DEB"
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis 1 gallon Cycas revoluta x debaoensis 1 gallon
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis 1 gallon    
ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
CONTAINER SIZE 25 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 6 INCHES
MULTIPLE GOOD SIZED PUPS
Encephalartos natalensis 25g 6 inch with pups Encephalartos natalensis 25g 6 inch with pups
Encephalartos natalensis 25g 6 inch with pups Encephalartos natalensis 25g 6 inch with pups  
ZAMIA STANDLEYI
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Zamia standleyi Zamia standleyi
Zamia standleyi    

LOTS MORE COMING -
RETURN TOMORROW, SUNDAY!
FRONT OF JUNGLE MUSIC  

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK FORMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This filtered light-loving species is from Mexico and typically has a single trunk.  It has a prominently ringed truck, wide leaflets, about five foot long leaves and a trunk diameter of about 2 inches.  Heights are about fifteen feet on an average.  It does not tolerate full sun without leaf burn.  It is a fast growing species and produces lots of black seeds when you have both sexes.

However, there is a form of this species that produces suckers and makes a plant with multiple stems.  I am showing both the single trunk form here as well as the suckering form.  Note the suckers on the third picture that are coming off the stem to the left.  In my experience, the trunks are thinner on the suckering form.  Otherwise, the plants are pretty much the same.  The first three photos here are the suckering form.  The next three photos are the single trunk form BUT with two plants in the same pot.  Don't be fooled because you see two trunks.  The last photo shows the single trunk form in the garden.   Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F. but not into the teens. 

On final comment:  Sometimes you may see roots coming off the base of the stem and going into the ground.  These are adventitious roots that tripod from the base of the trunk.  But, most would feel this species does not qualify as a "stilt root" palm.

We're offering the few 15g we have on ten day special.  We have limited numbers of both forms and they'll sell out quickly.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $165
(note: supplies very limited on both forms - only a few left!)

To get this discount, you must mention this Blog only special at the time of purchase.
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Single trunk variety but with two plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes available are 5g and maybe some bigger but they've been flying out with the arrival of spring.  .

We also have from time to time several other species available.

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana
15g size
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a great cold hardy plant, being able to tolerate temperatures down into the mid-teens F.  It is hard to find this cultivar of the True Date Palm.  This is the one that gets blue and makes the best tasting dates.  The plants I'm offering on special were grown in a greenhouse so they are not showing that blue color yet.  But, they will when given direct sun and heat.  Remember, you need a male and female to get dates and the female bears the fruit. 

These are nice 5g plants about three to four feet tall.  They demand full sun, can get up to 40 feet tall and inherently can sucker.  One would remove the suckers if he wants a single trunk.

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool


DYCKIA
SPECIES

CLUSTERING TERRESTRIAL BROMELIAD
OVER TIME, WITH SUN, GET RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL  


It's been a year or two since I've offered this species of the Bromeliad, Dyckia.  These particular plants are a low profile, profusely suckering plant that take sun and heat.  The first three photos show how they look now.  The last two pictures show what they look like with time and direct sun (photos taken about 2 years ago).  Yes, they pick up a lot of red.  This is an unknown species that is a multicolored plant.  They'd make great companion plants in sun near a pathway.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

This is probably the last time I'll have them as my supply has run out.  You must mention this special to get this price.  These would be easy to ship.
Dyckia species Dyckia species
Dyckia species Dyckia species Dyckia species

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DESCRIBED, MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS

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

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

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
photo by Tobias Spanner, RPS
 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  These 25g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SALES PRICE $225

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, the first one is very close to our nursery, coastal Encinitas, CA.  The second is in El Cajon, CA.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

FRIDAY, 25 DECEMBER, 2015  
CHRISTMAS TREE

NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION JUST ACQUIRED
SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECIES
SMALLER TO MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS
SUPER RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND SPECIES

This morning I'll show some more plants from this collection.
But, see the posts from the last 2 days for more.  Remember, this collection has hundreds of plants.
It's mostly composed of cycads with a few palms.  Many super rare.  Read more below. 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
CONTAINER 7 GALLON
CAUDEX 2.5 INCHES
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii  
DIOON RZEDOWSKII
CONTAINER 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 7 INCHES
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii    
DIOON CALIFANOI
CONTAINER 7 GALLON SIZE
CAUDEX EST. 4-5 INCHES
EXTREMELY NICE FORM
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
CERATOZAMIA NORSTOGII
CONTAINER 5 GALLON
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Ceratozamia norstogii Ceratozamia norstogii
Ceratozamia norstogii    
ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS
CONTAINER 15 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
Encephalartos pterogognus Encephalartos pterogognus
Encephalartos pterogognus    
ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
CONTAINER SIZE 15G
CAUDEX SIZE 6 INCHES
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
CERATOZAMIA PACIFICA
CONTAINER SIZE 5G
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
GORGEOUS SPECIES
Ceratozamia pacifica 5g Ceratozamia pacifica 5g
Ceratozamia pacifica 5g Ceratozamia pacifica 5g Ceratozamia pacifica
photo 15 size same species
CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
CONTAINER 10 GALLON
NEAR MATURE SPECIMEN

 
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera  
CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
CONTAINER 10 GALLON
3 TO 4 FEET TALL
Chamaedorea brachypoda 10g Chamaedorea brachypoda 10g
Chamaedorea brachypoda 10g    
CYCAS HAINANENSIS
CONTAINER 1 GALLON
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Cycas hainanensis Cycas hainanensis
Cycas hainanensis    
CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
Ceratozamia mexicana 1g 2 inches Ceratozamia mexicana 1g 2 inches
Ceratozamia mexicana 1g 2 inches Ceratozamia mexicana 1g 2 inches  
DIOON TAMAULIPAS
CONTAINER 7 GALLON SIZE
CAUDEX 2 INCHES
COMPACT SPECIES
Dioon tamaulipas Dioon tamaulipas
Dioon tamaulipas    
CERATOZAMIA ROBUSTA
CONTAINER SIZE 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1.5 INCHES
Ceratozamia robusta 1.5 g Ceratozamia robusta 1.5 g
Ceratozamia robusta 1.5 g    


LOTS MORE COMING OVER THE WEEKEND!
   

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis
 

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  this often disappears over time.  Eventual height is about 25 feet.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  On sale is the 15g size as shown here.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Plant growing outdoors in San Diego, CA
 

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price. And, for those of you a long ways away, these can easily be shipped by Fed Express right to your door.  They are great for colder areas.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 to 4 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3-4 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Large boxed Dioon edule at nursery. overhead view
dioon edule at nursery
Boxed specimen at nursery

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
5 GALLON SIZE
EASY TO SHIP
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Native to Madagascar, the eastern coast of Africa and the Comoro Islands, this fast growing species gets to a native height of sometimes twenty feet or more.  Plants grown domestically are typically ten feet or a bit more in California.  The trunk is about eight to ten inches thick.  Leaves are five to six feet long and soft to the touch.  There is small armor on the leaf stem, but the leaflets have no spines.  Leaf color is green to blue-green. 

Along the coast this species tolerates full sun.  Far inland areas should utilize filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available including nice 5g plants that are on sale for ten days and a piece of cake to ship.


REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $85

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

 

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  Shown here is a 5g plant demonstrating this prominent red color.  Other photos show the white crown shafts and dark trunks.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are pretty well supplied with the band size.  Larger plants as shown in the sixth photo are very limited.

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

Note, no double discounts.  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila by Arrowsmith Palmpedia
by P. Arrowsmith, Palmpedia
Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size not on this special
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
juvenile red color stems on 5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

ZAMIA ANGUSTIFOLIA
DWARF CUBAN/CARIBBEN CYCAD SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


This dwarf Zamia species is quite rare and has leaves that are typically about two feet long.  A plant in the garden is rarely over three feet tall.  Trunks get up to about 8 inches with most of the trunk being subterranean.  Leaflets are very narrow.  New leaves emerge a reddish-brown color and are very soft.  There are some spines on the petioles but not on the leaflets.  The crown is wispy and somewhat open. 

The band sizes we have are at least ten years old.  Many have coned right in this small container.  Remember, this is a dwarf species.  They tolerate part day or full day coastal sun but would need bright filtered light inland.  Maybe they'd even work as a house plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Just mention this Blog special when ordering to get this discount.  Mail order: piece of cake.
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia  

 

THURSDAY, 24 DECEMBER, 2015

 

NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION JUST ACQUIRED
SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECIES
SMALLER TO MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS
SUPER RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND SPECIES

See yesterday's post.  I'll add some more quickly this morning.  Remember, this collection was hundreds of plants.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
DUG PLANT
24 INCH BOX
CAUDEX 12 INCHES
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF, FILTERED LIGHT
CONTAINER 5G
NICE FORM
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
CERATOZAMIA "SAN REMO"
CONTAINER 15G
CAUDEX 5 INCHES
LONG LEAVES, NARROW LEAFLETS
Ceratozamia san remo Ceratozamia san remo
Ceratozamia san remo Ceratozamia san remo  
CYCAS BIFIDA
(ORIGINAL MICHOLITZII COMPLEX)
CONTAINER 15 GALLON
CAUDEX 3.5 INCHES
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
Cycas bifida Cycas bifida
Cycas bifida Cycas bifida Cycas bifida
CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
CONTAINER 15 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 4 INCHES
UPRIGHT LEAVES, WIDE LEAFLETS
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species    
CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
CONTAINER 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana    
ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
CONTAINER SIZE 1 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 1.5 INCHES
Encephalartos aplanatus Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos aplanatus Encephalartos aplanatus  
ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SPECIES
CONTAINER SIZE 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 3.5 INCHES
Encephalartos cerinus 5g 3.5 inches Encephalartos cerinus 5g 3.5 inches
Encephalartos cerinus 5g 3.5 inches Encephalartos cerinus 5g 3.5 inches  
ZAMIA LODDEGESII
CONTAINER 5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
ZAMIA LODDEGESII ZAMIA LODDEGESII
ZAMIA LODDEGESII    
ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
CONTAINER SIZE 5G
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
NICE BLUE COLOR
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus    
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
SUPPOSED TO BECOME BLUE FORM IN SUN
CONTAINER SIZE 7 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 5 INCHES
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius  

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 DECEMBER, 2015

 

NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION JUST ACQUIRED
SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECIES
SMALLER TO MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS
SUPER RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND SPECIES

Two days ago on Monday the nursery purchased a collection of very rare cycads.  These were being grown by an avid cycad collector who lived in the Inland Empire area east of Los Angeles, near the Riverside area.  All were grown outside.  About fifteen were dug from the soil.  There were several hundred containerized plants in sizes from 1 gallon to 25 gallon.  Many genera are represented.  This collector was moving out of the area and contacted me about buying the whole collection - about 300 hundred plants.  Plants have seen weather from hot temperatures in the 115 degree F. range down to cold weather in the low 20's over the past twenty-five years.  He had obtained most of his collection from the now deceased expert on cycads, Loran Whitelock. 

By the time you see this posting, realize that some may have already sold.  Many species are unbelievably rare and on some, the names may have been changed or updated.  Plants are part of a very old collection.  Almost all of these plants can be shipped or delivered to anywhere within the United States.  If you are interested in any, please contact me for prices.  We are still working on photographs and the inventory so I will probably continue posting about this collection over the next few days.  Some plants have locality names or are undescribed species.  There are typically not more than one or two of any given species.  This is a very diverse collection of many genera or types of rare cycads.  Of note, we are utilizing labels that came from the plants and haven't had time yet to verify plant identities on all cycads.  By the way, there were a few rare palms with this collection and I'll show a few.

SPECIES NAMES AND PHOTOS ONLY GIVEN BELOW - RANDOM ORDER

 

DIOON MIXTECENSIS
15 GALLON POT
CAUDEX 5.75 INCHES
Dioon mixtecensis Dioon mixtecensis
Dioon mixtecensis Dioon mixtecensis Dioon mixtecensis
ZAMIA TUERCKHEIMII
1 GALLON
CAUDEX 1 INCH
Zamia tuerckheimii Zamia tuerckheimii
Zamia tuerckheimii Zamia tuerckheimii Zamia tuerckheimii
CERATOZAMIA SPECIES "EL MIRADOR"
1.5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Ceratozamia "el mirador" Ceratozamia "el mirador"
Ceratozamia "el mirador" Ceratozamia "el mirador"  
CERATOZAMIA TAMAZUNCHALE
1 GALLON POT
CAUDEX 1 INCH
Ceratozamia tamazunchale Ceratozamia tamazunchale
Ceratozamia tamazunchale    
CYCAS CHAMBERLAINIANUM
15 GALLON POT
CAUDEX 5 INCHES WIDE, 10 INCHES TALL
Cycas chamberlainianum Cycas chamberlainianum
Cycas chamberlainianum Cycas chamberlainianum  
CYCAS CHAMOENSIS
5 GALLON POT
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
Cycas chamoensis Cycas chamoensis
Cycas chamoensis Cycas chamoensis  
CERATOZAMIA "GOMEZ-POMPAE"
1 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 1 INCH
Ceratozamia "gomez pompae" Ceratozamia "gomez pompae"
Ceratozamia "gomez pompae" Ceratozamia "gomez pompae"  
CERATOZAMIA MIQUELLIANA
NICE BLUE-TINT FORM
1 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Ceratozamia miquelliana blue Ceratozamia miquelliana blue
Ceratozamia miquelliana blue Ceratozamia miquelliana blue  
CERATOZAMIA MOLONGO
1.5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Ceratozamia molongo Ceratozamia molongo
Ceratozamia molongo Ceratozamia molongo Ceratozamia molongo
DIOON PURPUSII
15 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 5 INCHES
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii  
CERATOZAMIA SANTIAGO TUXLA
1.5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 2 INCHES
Ceratozamia santiago tuxla Ceratozamia santiago tuxla
Ceratozamia santiago tuxla    
CHUNIOPHOENIX NANA
5 GALLON CONTAINER
MATURE AT 3 FEET HEIGHT
Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana
Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana
CYCAS SEEMANII
5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 2 INCHES
Cycas seemanii Cycas seemanii
Cycas seemanii Cycas seemanii  
CYCAS CLIVICOLA
5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Cycas clivicola Cycas clivicola
Cycas clivicola    
CYCAS SPECIES SOLOMON ISLANDS
15 GALLON CONTAINER
TRIPLE HEADED
EACH CAUDEX ABOUT 6 INCHES
Cycas species Solomon Islands Cycas species Solomon Islands
Cycas species Solomon Islands    
CYCAS PRANBURIENSIS
1.5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 1.5 INCHES
Cycas pranburiensis Cycas pranburiensis
Cycas pranburiensis    
CERATOZAMIA MICROSTOBILA
5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 3 INCHES
Ceratozamia microstrobila Ceratozamia microstrobila
Ceratozamia microstrobila Ceratozamia microstrobila  
ZAMIA SPECIES CAYMAN ISLANDS
5 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
Zamia species Cayman Islands Zamia species Cayman Islands
Zamia species Cayman Islands Zamia species Cayman Islands  
ZAMIA SPECIES ALVARADO
CONTAINER 1.5 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 2 INCHES
Zamia species alvarado Zamia species alvarado
Zamia species alvarado Zamia species alvarado  
DIOON STEVENSONII
15 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 3.5 INCHES
Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches
Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches
Dioon stevensonii 15g 3.5 inches    
DIOON QUERETARO
15 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 5 INCHES WITH OFFSET
Dioon queretaro 15g 5 inches Dioon queretaro 15g 5 inches
Dioon queretaro 15g 5 inches Dioon queretaro 15g 5 inches  
CERATOZAMIA PACIFICA
15 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 6 INCHES
Ceratozamia pacifica 15g Ceratozamia pacifica 15g
Ceratozamia pacifica 15g Ceratozamia pacifica 15g  
ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
TREE POT SIZE CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus    
ENCEPHALARTOS CYCADIFOLIUS
CONTAINER 1 GALLON SIZE
CAUDEX SIZE 1 INCH
Encephalartos cycadifolius Encephalartos cycadifolius
Encephalartos cycadifolius Encephalartos cycadifolius  
CERATOZAMIA PALMA SOL
CONTAINER 15 GALLON
CAUDEX SIZE 4 INCHES
Ceratozamia palm sol 15g 4 inches Ceratozamia palm sol 15g 4 inches
Ceratozamia palm sol 15g 4 inches    

MANY MORE SPECIES
COMING SOON
SO, PLEASE RETURN
   

 

DYPSIS HYBRID PALM, TWO GALLON
DOMESTIC CROSS WITH D. ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These plants came from seeds from a domestic garden where a Dypsis onilahensis hybridized with some unknown other Dypsis species.  Seeds came off a pure D. onilahensis tree.  Reports on this cross so far are that it's a great grower and more cold hardy than regular D. onilahensis.  The grower lives in a colder area and says these "did fine" while regular onilahensis suffered. So, for you cooler climate guys, this might be a great species for you to try.  I've only got ten of them and there are no more available.  I'd only be guessing at predicting future appearance.  So, it's sort of a fun gamble.  We presently have plants that have been in 2g pots for a while and are real nice.  Very limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 2G HYBRIDS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $45

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing. 
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid

 

THE TRAVELER PALM
RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 AND 5G SIZE

For about a year folks have called us to obtain smaller sized Traveler Palms.  But, we didn't have any.  So, our germination team got ready some 2 year old plants.  These are recent transplants into 2g and 5g.  These are fast growing, so in about 6 months they'll be up to full size.  But, so people can take advantage, we're putting them on special.  By the way, we still do have the very large 25g as shown for sale.

Remember, this species puts out banana type leaves in one plane.  They do not tolerate a freeze.  They like sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: EITHER 2G OR 5G SIZE, YOUR CHOICE - $25

This is a chance to get nice plants at an affordable price.  To read more on the Traveler Palm, click here:  TRAVELER PALM ARTICLE
Ravenala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravenala madagascarensis
5g size
Ravenala madagascarensis
2g size
Ravenala madagascarensis Ravenala madagascarensis
tRAVELER PALM    

 

MONDAY, 21 DECEMBER, 2015

 

JUNGLE MUSIC GIFT CERTIFICATE
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
GIVE SOMETHING THEY REALLY WANT!
HOLIDAY SPECIAL - GET AN EXTRA 10%

Available in any amount
Attractive and colorful

Never Expires
Works just like cash

Mailed promptly
Good for anything we sell
Applies to all items for sale, even Ten Day Specials!

FROM TODAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE DAY, GET AN EXTRA 10% ON THE CERTIFICATE

For example, if you buy one for $100, the certificate says "$110".  We've never done this before.  To purchase, all you need to do is call us and we mail the certificate the next day.

Christmas
Gift Certificate

 

CYCAS WADEI VARIETY PALAWAN
TROPICAL APPEARING GREEN CYCAD
SOFTER LEAVES WITH MINIMAL ARMOR
VERY OLD BOXED SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 
Cycas wadei variety palawan Cycas wadei variety palawan
Cycas wadei variety palawan
Photo from above
Cycas wadei variety palawan Cycas wadei variety palawan
Cycas wadei variety palawan Cycas wadei variety palawan Cycas wadei variety palawan
Cycas wadei variety palawan Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA Palawan Island by Conservation International
Native Palawan habitat by Conservation
International

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
SINGLE TRUNK SHADE PLANT
THIN TRUNK, WIDE LEAFLETS

This single trunk species is from Mexico and Central America.  It is pinnate like other Chamaedoreas with a trunk diameter of an inch or a bit more.  The leaves a five feet long with wide leaflets and prominent drip tips.  The trunks are dark green and prominent trunk rings are present.  Low temperatures tolerated are about to a freeze and this species likes filtered light.  The last photo shows green seeds on a female plant.  We have a limited number of 5g plants available at this time. 
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
15g size plant outdoors
Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Immature fruit on female plant
Chamaedorea arenbergiana  

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA, 15G SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
HAS THICK TRUNK LIKE JUBAEA

For several years, off and on, we've been supplying an assortment of sizes of this fabulous hybrid between Jubaea chilensis and Butia capitata.  You may ask, "What's the big deal".  The answer is that this cross gives a plant that is more cold hardy than the Chilean Wine Palm yet still has the thick, fat trunk.  It can go down to about 15 degrees F.  It takes full sun and is faster growing than the Jubaea.  You can spot them because mature specimens retain the leaf bases on the trunk compared to the more smooth trunk of the Jubaea.  Yet, it is similar to and reminds one of the Chilean Wine Palm.  Leaves are also more keeled and often the petioles and inner crown show more of a blue color.  We have available very nice 15g that can be easily shipped.  Also, larger plants can be supplied on request.
 
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
larger 36 inch box available

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?
NATIVE TO VANUATU
PERHAPS A REAL WINNER!

Vanuatu is an island group in the South Pacific.  In the past few decades it has been quite the topic because of the description of several desirable palms from this locality.  Included in this group would be Carpoxylon.  There is also another newcomer being added to this group - Veitchia spiralis.  Ten years or so ago, no one knew what it was.  We started growing them and my son, Jesse, planted one in his garden.  He later said, "Dad, this is the best Veitchia I've ever grown".  Then I started getting feedback from customers.  Everyone raved about how pretty, fast growing and easy to grow it was.  Perhaps it is a real winner

It is single trunk, near-white crown shafted and, in habitat, can get to about 50 feet tall or more.  It has a thin trunk for it's height.  It would be grown in full sun.  I don't have accurate data on cold hardiness as of yet.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have a pretty good supply of this species.  If you are in a coastal area here, do consider this very attractive palm.

Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Garden photo recently taken by customer
Veitchia spiralis

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM

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

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

We are offering 5g and 15g for sale.

Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta bcliving.ca
photo c/o bcliving.ca
Duranta gardenerdirect.com
photo by gardenerdirect.com

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA
THE BRAZILIAN PLUME

HUGE PINK FLOWERS FOR 6 MONTHS
FILTERED LIGHT BEST
UNUSUAL AND RARE

This rare blush/small tree gives almost continual blossoms from late spring to fall.  They are native to the Americas, Asia and Africa.  There are quite a few forms and colors of this species.  They have been described only briefly.  Flowers are large and typically pink in color.  Leaves are an attractive green, four to six inches in size. 

Plants are rarely over six feet tall and rather open.  The stunning thing is the flowers.  Individual flowers are tubular and together make large pink clusters.  They are also fragrant.  We have 5g and maybe some 15g plants available for sale.  And, a few might even still have flowers on them.

   
Jacobinia carnea  Jacobinia carnea 
Jacobinia carnea  jacobinia carnea localwiki.org
photo by localwiki.org 
Jacobinia by gardenhelper.org
by gardenhelper.org 
 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
THE CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SEMI-DWARF, SUN, NOT TOO TALL
EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN

This rare, red leafed plant tolerates full sun along the coast.  It's hard to find color for full sun areas.  This one satisfies that need.  It is native to Mexico, Central America and parts of South America.  Left alone, it can get up to about eight or ten feet tall.  But, it can be pruned and trained to remain smaller and bushy if one wants.  It has a cold tolerance of 25 to 30 degrees.

But, this is a deciduous tree and will drop off its leaves when winter comes, only to return with gorgeous 3 to 4 inch red leaves.  The plants we have available are in 15g pots and about seven feet tall.  The fourth picture shows the great color this plant offers.  Of note, it also makes a great containerized patio plant.

It is very unusual to see this and a few of the other rare tropical trees mentioned at the Blog today.
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia    

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL
GREAT PLANT TO "HIDE SOMETHING"
VERY LARGE 20G AVAILABLE


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.

The 20g we're offering now are superb.  They are 12 feet tall with thick canes already developed.  Limited numbers are available.
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens by JD
photo by JD
Dypsis lutdscens by MR
photo by MR
Dypsis lutdscens

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS
LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 5g plants are huge for there pot and ready to be planted or moved into 15g pots.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.
Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jasminoides "rosea"
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea  

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI VAR TORALLYI
BOLIVIAN MOUNTAIN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species is native to super high elevation localities in Bolivia.  Some colonies live at elevations reportedly up to 8000 feet.  It is tall with trunks of forty feet.  It loves heat and sun.  The photo below by Gaston Torres shows how gorgeous this palm can look.  In locality it's not called a "coconut" and this is a marketing tool by nurseries.  It seems to have stuck.  But, I suspect, someone picked this trade name because the seeds of this species are very large, about 2 inches long.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's for sure and perhaps the upper teens F. 

I'm offering our 5g size on a ten day special.  We have a limited supply of this rare palm.  They are nice size for a 5g plant.  Although not a cheap pal m(seeds cost one to two dollars each), I'm offering an appealing price on this size.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.  The first 3 pictures show the 5g size.
Parajubaea tor Parajubaea tor
Parajubaea tor Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
15g size, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
a nice 25g plant with age, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
 

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

SEE POST ABOVE:
This tall South American palm can get up to forty feet tall.  It is so easy to grow that most enthusiast say "no matter what I do, it just grows".  This is a good report.  It does have a husky trunk averaging 18 inches.  Leaves are flat with a bit of silver on the underside.  Trunks end up being clean after a fibrous stage.  Leaflets hang toward the ground a bit.  It tolerates full sun in most localities and has a cold tolerance into the teens.


These boxes are sun grown, about eight to ten feet tall, and husky.  They are ready to be planted.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  Limited quantities available. 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi PlantaPalm Website
by PlantaPalm web site 
 

 

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


You must mention this Blog only sale when purchasing.
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis  

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown shafted palm tree from Australia.  Some refer to it as the "Alexander Palm", but this is a poor choice of names because of confusion with Archontophoenix alexandrae.  It is fairly cold hardy and tolerates temperatures well below a freeze.  I recommend starting it in part day sun or strong filtered light and allowing it to work its way up through the canopy.  Growth rate is about average.  Most prominent about this palm is its elegant appearance with a thin trunk, usually about four to five inches in diameter.  Mature height in this locality is usually under thirty feet.  The crown shaft is silver.  the leaflet tips are premorse and jagged at their ends (fifth photo).  This is one of the defining characteristics of this species.   . 

Shown first here are several 5g plants followed by a 15g.  Also shown are a few specimens.  Many have found this to be an ideal palm in Southern California.  Inland areas would require some sun protection whereas it'll grow in full sun along the coast.  We have limited numbers of these for sale.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Ptychosperma elegans
First five photos are 5g size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

 

FRIDAY, 18 DECEMBER, 2015

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
THIN TRUNK, SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

For those who have waited to this gorgeous species from New Caledonia, now is your time.  We're putting all sizes on special.  This is a thin trunked pinnate palm that gets to a height of about 25 feet and sports a silver-green crown shaft.  It's a good growing palm.  Along the coast it'll take full sun - far inland, better to give it part sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  We have bands, 5g, 15g and 25g plants available.  bands and 5g are a cinch to ship.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES.

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when you purchase.
 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
25g size
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis
15g size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5g size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
band size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
photo from habitat, Mt. Koghi 

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII
THE CLASSIC BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It's not my favorite suckering Chamaedorea, but it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 5g on sale here are oversize, about head height or more.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
 
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifritii  

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE "BABY QUEEN PALM"
SUPER HARD TO FIND RIGHT NOW
TAKE FULL COASTAL SUN!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For those of you who have tried, you know that finding Chamaedorea plumosa as a nice 15g right now is almost impossible.  Short supply has led to their scarcity.  We have a limited number of nice tall plants, all multiples.  This species is from Mexico and gets to a height of 14 feet.  It has 1.5 inch stems with prominent rings.  The amazing thing is that it can take full coastal sun.  These are too tall to ship except by independent truckers.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED BAMBOO PALM
NICE 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This clustering, thin trunked palm tree is native to Costa Rica and surrounding Central American countries.  It has stems that are 1 to 1.5 inches thick, green in color, with overall height of twelve to sixteen feet.  References will say this species peaks out at ten feet.  This is not true; it is taller.  Leaves are about three feet long and green in color.  Flowers are orange and seeds are black.  Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  It is a few feet overhead in the pot.  This is the size I'm putting on special.

Culturally, most consider this a filtered light plant.  But, I've had some customers who swear it takes full coastal sun.  I don't grow them in sun at the nursery.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 

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

This is not an easy species to find.  It is a good growing palm.  Mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

      

WANT AN INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALM?
THAT'S: NO BLEMISHES, BANK LOBBY QUALITY?
WE HAVE AND CAN OFFER THEM
PERFECT, QUALITY PLANTS


Some folks call us for interior quality palm trees.  But, they want absolutely perfect, interior quality plants and nothing less.  The Kentia Palm is a superior interior palm.  And, we have interior quality.  What this type of customer is looking for is a plant that has been grown in a controlled environment, has no blemishes or bad leaves and has perfect color.  This is not an exterior grown palm where one deals with weather.  Well, we can offer these.  They are not cheap as they are imported from perfect growing conditions in Hawaii.  But, if you own or are associated with a big office building, restaurant or hotel, give us a call.  The ones shown here are about 12 feet tall.  We can ship but remember, shipping big plants is not inexpensive.  And, if you are a demanding home owner who has to have "perfect", these might keep you happy.
The Kentia Palm The Kentia Palm
The Kentia Palm    

 

TALKING ABOUT INTERIOR PALMS:
HOW ABOUT THE "CADILAC" OF THEM ALL
RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
JUST IN, GORGEOUS HUGE 5G
GREAT FOR ANY INTERIOR NEED
AND GREAT IN THE GARDEN!


Above, I just mentioned our interior quality Kentia Palm.  The latter takes up room and does get tall.  If you need something that's equal quality, no blemishes and perfect but stays small, consider this thin trunked type of Rhapis.  It only gets to about eight feet, is dark green in color and very compact.  These plants were grown in Hawaii and imported for us.  They are the best and biggest 5g we've ever had!  And, they can be mail ordered.  They'll sell out quickly.  If you want one (or more), let us know immediately.  These plants are gorgeous and overhead in their 5g plants.  These are easy to ship!

And, of course, it goes without saying that these make a perfect, filtered light patio or garden plant.

Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM, TRIPLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I discussed this sought after species recently at length, so please look at that thread.  Along the coast this is a full sun species.  Far inland areas need part day sun.  Anticipate a mature height of 35 feet and a cold hardiness of 24 to 25 degrees F.  The triples shown here are on sale.  They are about 7 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

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

King Palm King Palm
King Palm King Palm King Palm
King Palm
King Palm triple

King Palm double
 

 

KING PALM
WANT A LITTLE LARGER SIZE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

See post above.  These plants are about 7 to 8 feet with some woody trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 25G THIS SPECIES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25g $185

Remember: mention this Special at time of purchase to get your discount
King Palm King Palm
King Palm    

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PALM NOT OVER SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We just got in a few more of this very sought after palm that is known for its short stature and very plumose (fluffy) leaves.  It is native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil where it literally lives in sand dunes.  It is a single trunk plant but can divide above the ground.  Mature, it is as wide as it is tall.  It demands full coastal sun.  In the desert, probably part day sun is best.  The plants you see here are mature.  Some have flowered and made seeds. They are about 12 years old.  You can't find a "bigger" nursery 15g plant for sale around.  They are ready to be planted.  Container size is 15 gallon.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. or upper teens.  These plants can be shipped.  Although not part of our Black Friday Sale, I am putting these on a ten day special for Blog Readers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160


Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

YUCCA ROSTRATA
SUPER BLUE FOLIAGE
SEMI-DWARF SUN PLANT
TOLERATES VERY COLD WEATHER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This small to medium sized, drought tolerant plant is native to the southern U.S. border and down into Mexico.  It is usually a single trunk mature plant but can fork above the ground.  Most notable is the silver-blue foliage as shown here.  It is very slow growing.  Over time it forms a trunk about eight or ten inches thick.  Foliage is about 2 feet long and not "pokey" or sharp.  It demands full sun and is cold hardy at least to the lower teens F.  Gardeners like this species because it's not very big and gives nice color to a sunny garden.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering these at a discount to Blog Readers.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata from itdreamstime.org website
photo from it dreamstime.org website
 

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THE ONLY CYCAD FOR FULL DESERT SUN
DROUGHT TOLERANT
THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD
JUST IN - CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G

This remarkable cycad is so useful in the garden.  It is the best species for super intense sun and tolerates temperatures to the mid-teens F.  I was once hired to do a study as to which cycad species is best for a rooftop garden on top of a high rise Las Vegas hotel and casino.  I gathered experience from every desert cycad enthusiast I knew.  The final conclusion was Dioon edule.  Nothing else would take that blasting sun and heat.  Native to Mexico, this species rarely gets over six feet tall.  Growth is very slow.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees.  The 15g we just got in were desert grown and are huge.  Many are coning as shown here.  Caudexes average 7 to 8 inches.  Leaves are green to gray green.  These plants are also very drought resistant.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering Blog Readers the ten day special below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $250

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

 
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G

This interesting drought tolerant plant is native to Mexico and extremely drought tolerant.  In gardens, I've seen a few older plants with a few feet of trunk.  But, this species can actually get a trunk that is six or eight feet tall in fifty or a hundred years.  It loves hot sun.  The crown of needle like leaves is about eight feet across.  Each leaf is about the size of a knitting needle and four to six feet long.  They come to a point but are not very dangerous except perhaps to one's eye.  The plant looks like a "Pom Pom on a Trunk".  Leaf color is blue to blue green.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  They like hot sun.  Although not part of our Blowout Black Friday Sale, I'm offering a nice discount on these super large 15g specimen plants.  The stems almost fill the pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $175

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

THE AUTUMN FERN
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHOSA
COPPER RED LEAVES
SMALL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS


I am going to include today some smaller but interesting ferns that you may not see around at nurseries.  The Autumn Fern is known for it's small stature and copper red emerging leaves during spring and fall.  They turn to green as time passes.  Plants stay under 18 inches tall and are compact.  This is a nice plant to fill smaller garden floor areas in filtered light.  I'm putting them on a ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15


Just mention this Special when purchasing.
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora  

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIIUM NIDUS
WIDE SWORD LIKE LEAF
SMALL FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Everyone loves this filtered light plant including the garden snail.  But, keep them away and these understory companion plants are real winners.  They don't like to go dry, so keep up on the water.  Salty water gives them brown tipped leaves.  The 5g plants here are very nice.  Mature height is about three feet.  They are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  I'm putting them on a Ten Day Special - this size not part of the Blowout Sale.  I'm showing below the ruffled leaf form which I don't have at this time.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35

Just mention this Blog Only Special for the discount when purchasing.
 
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
BIRDS NEST FERN wIKIPEDIA
Photo c/o Wikipedia
BIRDS NEST FERN
Ruffled variety not available at this time
 

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light.  I'm putting these on a Ten Day Special (not on the Blowout Sale).

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  These are a great understory companion plant.
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
5g size not available at this time

 

VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
SMALL FERN WITH VARIEGATED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

Not part of our Blowout Sale, these nice one gallon plants have leaflets that are green and white and are very showy.  These are full 1g plants.  Mature height is about twelve to sixteen inches.  They enjoy water and are a filtered light, understory species.  It's rare to find these little guys.  We have limited numbers on this ten day sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.
 
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
     

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL, ELEGANT AND QUICK GROWING


This stately species of single trunk pinnate palm is from Southern Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Central America and various Caribbean locations.  It is known for its quick growth, long green crown shaft and swollen trunk.  Sometimes the trunk swelling is at the base and other times in the mid-trunk.  Leaves are green, over ten feet long and plumose.  The crown shaft is smooth, green in color and quite long for a palm tree.   This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant down to about 25 degrees F.  Shown here are photos you haven't seen before.  They show single trunk specimens, plants along a driveway and a small grove of Royal Palms.  Mature height can reach fifty feet.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale.
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia grove  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia tow of plants  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia colony  Roystonea regia colony  Roystonea regia colony 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia group  Roystonea regia group 
Roystonea regia pond  Roystonea regia   Roystonea regia base 

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE COLD HARDY THAI MOUNTAIN PALM
TALLER THAN GIGAS, THINNER TRUNK AND MORE COLD HARDY!

From northern Thailand, this species gets almost twice as tall as Caryota gigas but, especially at the base, has a thinner trunk all the way up.  Typical trunk diameter is 15 to 18 inches.  Height can easily exceed 50 feet.   Caryota gigas gets to about 30 feet.  The leaves on this species are shorter and more "chopped" at the ends than gigas.  The nice 15g here are about ten feet tall, ready for planting.  These are too big for mail order unless you do our pallet shipping.  Cold hardiness is 18 to 19 degrees F.  This is a full sun plant in almost all areas except the desert.  Expect a life expectancy of about 20 years.  Remember, Fishtails are all monocarpic.  They die when they blossom.
Caryota urens Caryota gigas
Caryota urens  CARYOTA URENS CARYOTA URENS
CARYOTA URENS
A larger nursery plant  
CARYOTA URENS  CARYOTA URENS 

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
DROUGHT TOLERANT PALM SPECIES
UNBELIEVABLY SLOW GROWING
BLUE-GREEN FOLIAGE
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TWO OLD 15G AVAILABLE

This rare palm species is native to the Spiny Forest in Southern Madagascar.  It reaches a height of fifteen to twenty feet and loves heat and sun.  When I first got seeds of this species a decade or two ago, I was impressed how the germinated seedlings resembled a cycad seedling with a large, carrot like tap root.  This was exciting.  But, only for a little while.  Over a year or two I noticed how slow growing the species was. They'd throw a leaf a year and were going nowhere fast.  After six to eight years, with luck I'd have a 5g plant.  I compared notes with others.  They were slow for everyone.  I tried moving them prematurely into bigger pots.  Once again, same slow growth.  So, the conclusion is that they are just, plain "slow"!

You can imaging how I might seek out older plants that are kicking around in private collections.  Every time I find a few, they are gone in a week or so.  With some luck, I just got in two 15g, fairly good size.  If you don't want to wait, grab one now.  They grow in desert sun and are fairly cold hardy.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila by TS at RPS
photo c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS

 

SUNDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 2015

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
CURVED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus.  Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands on this special are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  They can be easily shipped.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55


Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.

Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue cycad friends
Photo c/o Cycad Friends website
Encephalartos longifolius blue
15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Large double at nursery

Encephalartos longifolius blue
Close up leaves garden plant
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Another 15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

DIOON PURPUSII
KEELED LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD
CIT POT SIZE ON TEN DAY SPECIAL
NOT BIG PLANTS BUT SUPER RARE

This highly sought after and collectible species is native to Oaxaca, Mexico.  After several centuries, trunks can get up to 15 feet.  It is known for its prominently keeled dull green leaves, similar to Dioon califanoi.  Close examination will shown small spines on the leaflets.  It is rare to see this species for sale.  The plants on special are pushing 3 years old - not large but super rare.  This is a full sun species except in the desert.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F. or a bit colder. 

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $125


As always, mention this Special for your discount.
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii
Large specimen at nursery, now sold
Dioon purpusii by LR habitat
Photo by LR
Dioon purpusii HABITAT BY M.M.
Habitat photo by M.M.

 

SUCKERING PHOENIX HYBRID
POSSIBLY RECLINATA X RUPICOLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Some people seek out hybrid palms because they are something "different" and often show "hybrid vigor".  Finding hybrids with Phoenix is not a challenge as this genus is so promiscuous.  If fact, sometimes it is hard to find a pure species plant.  For this reason, the best pure plants come from habitat collected seeds where there's no chance for hybridization.  The plants being offered here are a suckering Phoenix that obviously has reclinatata blood.  But, note that the leaf is fairly flat.  In habitat in South Africa, plants do have flat leaves.  But, 99.9% of the plants in the U.S. are stiff, plumose and prickly.  And, these plants did not come from habitat.  So, they are a hybrid.  To get this flat leaf, I suspect this is a cross between reclinata and rupicola.  It's a sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Anticipate a full plant with a mature height of at least 25 feet.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this Special for your discount.
Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola
Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
CIGAR SHAPE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
FOR DYPSIS, VERY COLD HARDY BUT SLOW GROWING

This species is native to Madagascar and has a variety of forms.  The crown shaft of some are green while others are white.  Leaves are sometimes flat and other varieties are plumose.  Some sucker and others don't.  So, as a species, it is quite variable.  All are extremely slow growing.  The plant shown here is in a 7g pot and probably six years old.  Even in the ground they are slow.


This species gets a medium-fat trunk, typically twelve to sixteen inches.  Mature height can be over thirty feet.  The trunk is swollen centrally giving it a cigar shape.  It likes sun (not as a seedling) and has a cold tolerance at least to the low 20's F.  We have limited numbers of assorted sizes for sale.  The first mature plant here is from habitat (donated photo) and the other is from a garden in Encinitas, CA.  This latter palm has two trunks.
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens

 

HYPHANAE SPECIES
THE BRANCHING PALM FROM SOUTH AFRICA
ONE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

It is quite rare that I offer this unusual South African palm genus in one gallon size.  This is because the roots need room for expansion and usually seedlings are put immediately into five gallon pots.  But, a few weeks ago i got these plants in and they look terrific.  They have about four fan leaves and good roots.  And, their color is blue.

Hyphanae are unique because they can branch above the ground.  They don't always do this and can sucker from the base.  All species are large plants with a good trunk diameter.  They love heat and sun and cannot grow without it.  They are cold hardy into the twenties F.  They do not like the combination of wet and cold.  Ideal conditions for them would be inland or in a desert climate.

I don't have a species name on these plants.  But, they are very cool.  If you have the conditions to grow one, get in touch with me as they'll be gone soon.  I'm showing photos of three identified species at the bottom.  All of these show a nice blue color. 
Hyphanae species Hyphanae species
Hyphanae species Hyphanae species Hyphanae species
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae crinita
Hyphanae crinita
Hyphanae petersiana
Hyphanae petersiana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
GORGEOUS BOXED SPECIMEN
OUTDOOR GROWN, READY TO GO


As you probably can recognize, a few days ago we took pictures of multiple large, boxed cycads.  Remember, we have about a thousand of these plants available.  Shown here is a particularly nice form of Encephalartos natalensis.  It has a very nice green color and has been grown outdoors in full sun for the past ten years.  It has seen temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I like this plant because of the leaf form.  The leaflets are slightly cupped, minimally armed and the plant is holding a ton of leaves.  In the ground, this plant will explode!

I would offer someone a very nice price on this plant.  Just call me to inquire.  The caudex is eleven inches.  It's in a 24 inch box.  Its age is about eighteen years at the nursery.  It is native to South Africa.  Cold tolerance is down to about 21 degrees F.
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis  

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk, non-crown shafted pinnate palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  It is known for it's tropical appearance, lush green leaves and slow growth.  It is a great coastal palm for the garden and also an ideal interior palm.  It reaches a mature height of about 35 feet in the garden and tolerates full sun or filtered light along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The bands on special are about 2 years old.  They are easy and affordable to ship in their containers - either one or four.  I'd recommend repotting these this spring into a larger pot.  As a houseplant, because of their slow growth, one can anticipate years of enjoyment before they get too tall.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $15
OR, FOUR FOR $50

Just mention this Special for your discount.
 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea f. to the left - photo taken looking out of my
office window
 
Howea forsteriana 

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
AKA OPSIANDRA MAYA
LARGE BOXED PLANTS AVAILABLE

This species is native to Mexico and further into Central America.  It lives on limestone cliffs.  It can reach a height of over forty feet with a one foot thick trunk.  About twenty years ago this species name was changed from the strange but seducing name "Opsiandra maya".  I personally miss the old name.  I've found that, after planted, it tends to 'bend toward the light" if not planted in full sun.  One photo below shows this.  Also note on the 15g plant shown here first that the base of the trunk swells, almost like a "mini-Bottle Palm".  As the plant matures, this "bulge" is lost into the fullness of the mature trunk.  Also note that mature plants don't have a huge crown of leaves.  Anticipate your tree will hold six or seven leaves.

I have a good assortment of sizes available from 5g on up to boxes with one having about five feet of trunk.  The latter I've been growing for twenty years.  I'd recommend a wind protected area in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties, perhaps 25 degrees F.  This is a great species for those who want to try different species in their garden.
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Leaves on a different boxed specimen
Gaussia maya
And yet another boxed specimen for sale
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya

 

PYRROSIA LINGUA
THE TONGUE FERN
OLD SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

From time to time I have older collectors who bring by plants they either want to sell or to trade.  Such is the case with this twenty year old fern that someone brought in yesterday.  This species is Asian with native habitats in Japan, Taiwan and Viet Nam.  It is a crawling type fern that can be used as a land covering companion plant.  It is easy to propagate from cuttings of the leads.  It has 8 inch long leaves and gets full.  Color is a dull green.  It obviously gets its name from the shape of the leaves.  This would be a filtered light plant and tolerates a freeze.
Pyrrosia lingua Pyrrosia lingua
Pyrrosia lingua Pyrrosia lingua  

 

 

A BUNCH OF RED CHAMBEYRONIA LEAVES
ALL FROM ONE YARD!
DEMONSTRATES ALL THE COLORS YOU CAN GET

A customer of mine from Florida sent to me pictures shown here of an assortment of red leaves that his Chambeyronia have recently thrown.  He has quite a few trees in his garden and has both hookeri and macrocarpa.  I thought I'd share them with you.  He has given me permission to do so.  I've also added many of these shots to my Chambeyronia article at this website.  If you like this genus, you'll love the article.  All photos shown here today are by D.D.  They show everything from an almost orange color to hot pink. One shot shows three red leaves in the same picture.  Nice!

READ CHAMBEYRONIA

Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf  Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
GREEN BISMARCKIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

North of Madagascar is a chain of islands called the Comoros Islands.  This is the native habitat for this different species of Bismarckia.  It is different for several reasons.  First, it comes from a much more moist and windy locality than its blue cousin from Madagascar.  In the latter locality it is super hot and dry.  Secondly, the leaf color on this species is blue green, not blue as most of you are used to.  Third, the seeds have a different shape with flanges.  Lastly, there is a lot of red in this plant.  You see it on the spear and petiole.  Sometimes it's a pink color.

Shown here is an older 15g plant of Bismarckia Mayotte Island.  I am putting this size on special.  These plants are quite chunky and sun grown.  They have even seen temperatures of 102 degrees F. in a spring Santa Ana and did ok with that.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Limited numbers of this rare palm remain in our inventory.  So, if you are a "Madagascar Nut" and want to try different things, get one while I have them.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $145


Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Another plant showing red color
Bismarckia Mayotte Island TS RPS    

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
TOLERATES MORE HEAT THAN OTHERS IN THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

In case you hadn't noticed, it's very difficult to find any Ceroxylon around.  We are selling our limited number of 5g C. amazonicum at a discount.  They are native to the lower Andean slopes in Ecuador.  Yet, this is still over one mile in elevation.  The trunk is thin.  Expect a mature height of over 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is unknown, probably into the lower 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
nursery 15g, no longer available
Ceroxylon amazonicum TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
FILTERED LIGHT TOLERANT CYCAD
CONING SIZED, OUT DOOR GROWN SPECIMEN

In the past, I have discussed this species at length.  This morning I thought I'd show you a nursery specimen that has been outdoor grown for the past ten years.  This plant is in a 24 inch box container. It has coned and you'll note the old male cones hanging from the caudex.  If they were fresh they would be yellow in color.  It has a caudex size of about 12 inches.  Leaf length is six to eight feet.  Leaflets are narrow and have marginal spines.  This plant demonstrates mature size that you'd get in the garden.  The trunk will not get more vertical height.  From this point, such a plant most likely would sucker.  Leaf length will not get longer. 

This South African cycad species is known for tolerating less than full sun.  In fact, if grown in full sun it can get a bit bleached out in color, carrying a lime green color rather than a dark olive green.  In far inland areas, it absolutely can not tolerate full hot sun.   It's cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. without cold protection.  We have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes from small to large.  They can easily be mail ordered right to your door. 
 
 Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Note thin leaflets
Encephalartos villosus
Plant tilted so you're seeing "from above"
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
different 25g plant
Encephalartos villosus
Another, 15g plant
Encephalartos villosus

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD
UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
GET THEM BEFORE THEY GO INTO BOXES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

We recently acquired a few dozen absolutely huge 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but aren't that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.

Now, about the plants on sale:  they are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $450-$550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $275
YES, YOU CAN PICK THE BIGGEST OF THIS GROUP OF LARGE 15G PLANTS


Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a few weeks) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.
 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three photos, Ceratozamia
mexicana
plant #1
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three picture, plant #2
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Same species, 25g not on sale
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Different 25g plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
another example of plants on sale

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS

We also got in about a dozen nice blue E. trispinosus in 5g pot size.  I'd not say they were overly large for their pots, but they are a nice clone and blue.  Most have about five leaves.  They were potted in these containers about a year ago.  So, you won't have to repot them for at least a year or two.  They've been outdoor grown and seen our local cold.  In most areas, this is a sun plant with a cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5g $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $135

Easy to ship but remember to mention this special for your discount.  Note, this is not much more than a band size price for much older plants.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
older nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Boxed nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Another boxed nursery plant
Encephalartos trispinosus
Specimen in garden
Encephalartos trispinosus

 

THE MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
COLD HARDY
MATURE - COCONUT LOOK
SUPER PRETTY PALM

Good growing palm
Sizes available 3g to large boxes
Many sizes easy to ship
Cold hardy to about 16 degrees
Takes hot desert sun
Mature height 25 feet
Popular alternative to Queen Palm and more cold hardy
Intergeneric cross, hand pollinated
 
Butia x Syagrus mule palm
3g size
Butia x Syagrus mule palm
Butia x Syagrus mule palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
15g size
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm

Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
25 gallon size
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
larger boxed plants
Mule Palm

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.

Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  As I type this I'm looking out my window at a Screw Pine in my garden that is 25 feet tall.  I love this plant.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering very old bands that are about six years old and a great buy.  They can be easily shipped.

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

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.


Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Band size on special for ten days
Pandanus utilus

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
LOOKS LIKE A CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


When I first saw one of these I thought "how cute is that?"  And, they are very cute.  They stay small, typically not getting over five to six feet tall mature.  The leaves are upright, green in color, two feet long and reminiscent of a cycad.  The trunk is narrow, typically three to four inches.  And, the crown of leaves is very compact and tidy.  It is very easy to trim and maintain and works very well as a companion plant in the garden floor.  It is native to South Pacific Islands including New Caledonia, Hawaii and Fiji.  It is a filtered light plant and likes plenty of water.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

To get this discount, mention this Blog Special when ordering.  BTW, this plant is also known as the "Silver Fern" or the "Silver Lady Fern".  These are a piece of cake to mail order.
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum Growingontheedge website
mature specimen from Growingontheedge website
Blechnum gibbum fern CAl Hort Soc website
photo c/o Cal Hort Soc Website

 

PHOENIX ACAULIS
DWARF DATE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SMALLER THAN A PYGMY DATE

Native to Asia with habitats from India through China, this suckering small Date palm gets leaves to five or six feet long with a subterranean trunk that doesn't get much vertical height.  It's often said to be "trunkless".  Leaves are somewhat plumose and do have spines.  It tolerates full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have available a few 15g plants as well as some band containers.  Mature, this palm is smaller than Phoenix roebellenii that is typically sold as the "smallest Date Palm." 
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis RP
photo c/o TS at RPS
Phoenix acaulis Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
photo by Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
 

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 to 4 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3-4 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Large boxed Dioon edule at nursery. overhead view
dioon edule at nursery
Boxed specimen at nursery

 

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 $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25 OR
THREE FOR $60


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

 

FOR THOSE WHO WANT LARGER PRITCHARDIA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
VARIOUS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm that typically get heights of fifteen to twenty-five feet.  They have lush green leaves that are flat or a bit wavy.  Often species have a lot of white tomentum on the leaf stems.  We call it the Hawaiian Palm because it's the only palm that is native to Hawaii.  Before men introduced other species, there were only Pritchardias on these islands.

For those of you who have read this Blog for a while, you'll remember that several years ago I bought out the private plant material of a nursery that was going out of business.  The species we got were all from true Hawaiian species only.  This included several hundred Pritchardias that were huge at that time in 15g plants, had been grown outdoors and seen full sun.  We put these plants in our outside growing grounds and kept up with their care.  They are now even bigger and have been moved into boxes.  Sizes on some are eight feet in their pots with very thick trunks.  And, they are sun ready - instant planting material.  We have about five or six different species.


These plants take full coastal sun or part day sun inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps a bit lower.  They've seen all the cold we've had in the past three years. 
These are 24 inch boxed plants.  We have outdoor grown specimens as shown here, quite a few of them.  Many we've been growing for about twelve years.

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species HJD  Pritchardia species box 

 

SUNDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2015

 

COPERNICIA MACROGLOSSA
PETTICOAT MEDIUM SIZED PLANT
STIFF, UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

I only have a few of these very slow growing fan palms from Cuba.  Although, with its petticoat of old leaves attached it looks like it has a thick trunk, a cleaned trunk is only about 8 inches in diameter.  Leaves spiral out from the top of the trunk and are green, flat and divided in the distal third of the segments.  The 5g plant shown here is about six years old - yes, a slow grower.  They are near impossible to find in Southern California but can be grown here.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It wants full, hot sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Only a few remain.  Mention this Special when purchasing to get the reduced price.
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
REALLY NICE 5G PLANTS
THE BEST BAMBOO PALM THERE IS
SURPRISINGLY, A BIT COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering and rather tall Chamaedorea is native to Costa Rica and, in my opinion, the best of the "Bamboo Palms".  This includes growth both outdoors and in the home.  It has trunks that are about an inch in diameter (or a bit more) and dark green in color, has prominent rings on the trunks, and three to four feet long leaves.  It reaches a mature height of 16 feet if well grown in the ground.  Potted plants tend to be shorter.  It prefers filtered light although some report it tolerates partial full sun.  It's being grown in the SF Bay area.  I think cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The 5g plants on special are about four to five feet tall and suckering. 

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

I have put other sizes on special as well with our Sale.  For these plants, remember to mention this Special to get your discount.  We also have nice Chamaedorea hooperiana for sale - a similar species.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Band sized plants, same species
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g plant, same species
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE GOLDEN CROWN SHAFT FORM OF CHAMBEYRONIA
YES, NEW LEAVES ARE RED
OR, A VARIATION OF RED
15G PLANT SHOWN HERE

I've had customers come to the nursery and insist that they had to get Chambeyronia macrocarpa because the C. hookeri "doesn't throw a new red leaf".  Let's put this rumor to bed.  Yes, Chambeyronia hookeri throws a new red leaf, or at least a variation of red.  They can be purple, red-brown, or pink.  Or, anything similar.  The 15g here is more of the red-brown color.  But, the next leaf on this plant will probably be a different color.  It seems to vary over time or with the season of throwing.  The fifth photo shows a nice red on a plant in the Inland Empire area of Los Angeles.  This species is known for its gold to yellow colored  crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, it's very similar to C. macrocarpa.  In fact, some feel they are the same species.  We have a limited number of the hookeri for sale.
 
Chambeyronia Chambeyronia
Chambeyronia Chambeyronia  Chambeyronia hooker by DL
C. hookeri, photo by DL 
Chambeyronia hookeri  Chambeyronia hookeri  Chambeyronia hookeri by TS
close up of yellow crown shaft by TS 

 

TODAY, A LOOK AT RHOPALOSTYLIS
I thought today I'd show you our presentation on the Shaving Brush Palms.  I'm doing this here, with various species/varieties together,
so you can compare them individually.  I have not included here all the varieties that are available, but this will serve as a good introduction
to the majority of Rhopalostylis that you will see.  I hope that you enjoy this group of palms and like seeing all of the photos.

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
SHAVING BRUSH PALM
FEATHER DUSTER PALM


This species is probably the first species that you'll encounter with the genus Rhopalostylis.  So, it's a nice palm to start with.  All Rhopalostylis species are from New Zealand.  R. sapida has the most upright leaves of all the species and gets to about 25 feet height.  Such heights may take several decades.  When I think of this species, I remember mostly the upright leaves and the thick, bulging crown shaft. 

Rhopalostylis sapida
would also be on most people's top twenty list.  It can tolerate full sun if you are within five to eight miles of the ocean in Southern CA.  Most people in other areas give it morning sun or filtered light.  In the garden, getting any significant trunk from a nursery plant may take five to seven years. Cold tolerance is about 22 or 23 degrees F.  I recently saw some wonderful specimens of this species in the SF Bay area. 

The most common mistake is giving it too much sun if you live in a hot area.  Under-watering also makes this species like bad.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants we have for sale.  Also shown are photos to demonstrate the two main characteristics of this species: upright leaves and bulging crown shaft. 
Rhopalostylis sapida 25g Rhopalostylis sapida, 5g
     

Rhopalostylis sapida rusty 15g rhopalostylis spaida Rhopalostylis sapaida
Rhopalostylis sapida
25 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 5g
5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 15g
15g size
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Bulging crown shaft with leaflets close to stem
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM

The genus of Rhopalostylis are all from the main or surrounding islands of the country of New Zealand.  All species within this genus are single trunk, pinnate and crown shafted palms.  All are very attractive and all (for crown shafted palms) are surprisingly cold hardy.  Rhopalostylis baueri gets to a mature height of potentially over forty feet, although this is rarely seen.  It has green leaves, a trunk diameter of about eight to twelve inches and a crown shaft that is green in color.  The leaves tend to be re-flexed downward to some degree; i.e., they are curved and hang down. 

Many people get Rhopalostylis sapida and Rhopalostylis baueri mixed up and can't tell them apart.  I will make four comparisons here so you can tell which species you are looking at. 
First, the crown of leaves of the R. sapida is more upright.  If you look at the third photo (immediately below this text), you will note that the majority of leaves point strongly upward with sapida.  Now look at the second picture to the right of R. baueri.  Note how the crown is fuller and hangs down?  Also note that the leaves are curved more than with sapida.  Even in potted plants, the leaf appearance and differences are apparent between these two species.
Another difference is in the thickness or bulging on the crown shaft.  Rhopalostylis sapida has a much more prominent bulge than baueri.  The fifth photograph shows a baueri that has a crown shaft that is hardly thicker than the trunk.  The next photo shows how R. sapidas crown shaft is much thicker than the trunk.  Sometimes this is almost comical in how the crown shaft is so large.  
Another difference is that the petiole and leaf stem of R. sapida tends to be a gray color whereas baueri is a rusty brown color.  This is sometimes quite subtle. 
Also, the leaflets of sapida tend to crowd more closely to the stem; baueri have more bare petiole.  If you are comparing mature trees, Rhopalostylis sapida has longer leaves and the overall height of the tree is shorter, seldom over twenty-five feet. 

We have a great selection of both species for sale.  In terms of growth, I've found that R. baueri doesn't tolerate as much sun as sapida.  But, in inland locations, neither tolerate full sun.  R. baueri does best in part day sun (morning) or filtered light.  Both are cold hardy into the low 20's F. or possibly even into the upper teens. Both species grow quite well in San Francisco.

The last photograph is of Rhopalostylis baueri in my garden.  I am looking down from a deck at a very old tree.  Note the thin crown shaft, the green trunk (maintains this color when in shade) and the faint brown color in the leaf petiole. 
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
(not baueri)
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

R. sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
crown shaft
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueriRH Rhopalostylis baueri trunk
note bare petiole near stem

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii is from Roul Island as opposed to Norfolk Island.  It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles compared to R. baueri and the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive grower in Southern California.  In fact, opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  One of our staff, Rusty, swears by this species and thinks it's far superior to other Rhopalostylis.  In his yard it has grown at a phenomenal rate. 

The pictures here show the dark petioles/color.  I have limited photos of larger plants.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  The last photo is from my garden, looking down from above the palm.  You can appreciate the darker crown shaft on this photo.  Of note, this species is the one that people recently have referred to as having the "purple crown shaft".  This purple color has been reported from customers who previously bought this species from us. You can compare the color with the R. baueri above.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A TYPE OF LADY PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT
IDEAL INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE


This Chinese variety of the Slender Lady Palm has been felt by most authorities to be a separate species from the classical, rather tall form of Rhapis humilus.  The R. multifida is different in that it only gets to a height of eight to ten feet whereas humilus will reach heights over twenty feet with thicker canes.  Leaflets are long and come to a point in contrast to Rhapis excelsa (the Lady Palm) below.  The number of leaflets ranges from about fifteen to twenty-five per leaf.  Note on close-ups how the leaflet tips are pointed and not jagged.

This species does best in morning sun or filtered light although it can grow in full sun right on the coast.  The latter does make the leaf color more lime colored.  Cold tolerance is approximately 18 - 20 degrees F.  Fertilize sparingly - all Rhapis burn easily with too much salt.  Shown here are an assortment of sizes of this species being offered.  All are interior quality plants.  This species is a fabulous houseplant and often used in hotels and bank lobbies.  It's very classical appearing.
Rhapis multifida
5g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
7g size
Rhapis multifida
7g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
15g size
Rhapis multifida
15g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
25g size
Rhapis multifida

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
BLUNT, JAGGED LEAFLET TIPS
WIDER LEAFLETS THAN HUMILUS OR MULTIFIDA
ANOTHER GREAT INTERIOR PALM

Shown here is the classic "Lady Palm" known as Rhapis excelsa.  Most people have seen this palm in gardens, homes or hotel lobbies.  It is known for it's wider leaflets with blunt, jagged tips.  Compared to the multifida and humilus, this form of Rhapis only carries four to ten leaflets (rarely more) per leaf.  Canes are more hairy and shaggy than the other two forms.  It also likes filtered light and does poorly with full sun.  Only Rhapis humilus tolerates full sun well along the coast.

Plant height is quite variable depending on the clone.  It can peak out at three feet or get to over ten feet.  All forms are slow growing and dioecious (males and females).  Both sexes are needed to produce seeds although propagation from suckers is quite easy.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  Shown here are an assortment of sizes.  Note also that R. excelsa is known for the strikingly different and rare variegated forms (all with different names) that we also offer for sale.  A few of the latter are shown here.
Rhapis excelsa
5g size
Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa
15g size
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
25g size, a taller clone
Rhapis excelsa
note blunt, jagged tips leaflets
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa variegated
this an next 3 pictures variegated
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa variegated

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is known for not looking like an arid or more desert appearing species.  This is because it's native habitat is in the more tropical southern Japanese islands and Taiwan.  It is a lush green palm.  It is slow growing and only gets to a height of about 20 feet although habitat plants can reach 40 feet.  You'll not see anything like that in most U.S. gardens.  Leaves are rather flat and the terminal part of the leaf segments will hang downwards as shown here.  Petioles with age lose their spines. 

To get a ten foot plant in our locality may take 20 years.  It can be grown in filtered light or sun.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees F.

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


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

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES FROM JAMAICA
THIN TRUNK WITH DROOPY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This Royal Palm species is from moist areas in southern Jamaica where it grows very near the ocean.  It is known for its very green leaves, long crown shaft and droopy leaflets. Also, it's unique to the Royal Palm family in that the trunk is quite thin an usually doesn't bulge at the bottom.  I suspect that the cold hardiness is not quite as low as R. regia (Cuban Royal Palm), but it should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Heights are up to sixty feet in decades.  It's quite rare to see this species for sale.  And, in about a month, all of these will be repotted into larger pots.

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


You must mention this Website only special when ordering to get this special price.  These seedlings on sale are one to two feet tall and can be shipped easily, weather permitting.
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps by RL
photo by RL
roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps by RL    

THURSDAY, 3 DECEMBER, 2015

 

THE AUTUMN FERN
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHROSORA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

This small fern is known for its copper-red new leaves, particularly when they throw in summer or fall.  It gets to a height of about 16 inches and is an evergreen.  The red colored leaves age over time to a regular green as shown in the last picture.  This species is very cold hardy and survives down into the lower 20's with easy.  These would be easy to mail order.  They like part sun or filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

Just mention this Special to get the discount when you purchase.
Autumn Fern Autumn Fern
Autumn Fern Autumn Fern Autumn Fern

 

CANNA TROPICANNA
EXOTIC FOLIAGE, GOLD FLOWER
GREAT UNDERSTORY PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This popular Canna Lily has exotic, multi-colored foliage with red, black, green and hints of yellow.  Blossoms are yellow to gold as shown here.  Plants are typically under head and take filtered light or coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties.  A bad winter can burn the foliage.  But, most coastal areas here grow these as perennial plants.  They flush out in spring with nice new leaves.  They pup out so you'll get a small clump over time.  The main thing here is that this variety gives the flowers but also very cool foliage.  Right now we have the variety with more purple colored leaves. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

These are easy to ship.  Just mention this special for your discount.
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna Lily
Other types of Canna Lilies
 

 

ALLAGOPTERA LEUCOCALYX
SOUTH AMERICAN DWARF PALM
BUT, THIS ONE SUCKERS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have limited numbers of this super rare yet cold hardy dwarf palm from South America.  It gets to a height of six to seven feet, suckers (contrast to A. arenaria) and has fluffy plumose leaves.  It's also cold hardy at least down to the low 20's F.  The photos here from RPS show what mature trees look like.  It tolerates full sun.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagoptera leucocalyx
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
VERY OLD SPECIMEN OF A THIN LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD

Today I'm showing you a thirty five year old specimen of this smaller species of Mexican Ceratozamia from the state of Tamaulipas.  This species' trunk doesn't get over one foot in height.  So the plant you see here is about as large as it gets.  I've been growing it forever.  In more recent years, it throws new leaves but the trunk doesn't get any bigger.  Leaves emerge reddish-brown and are about five feet long.  In general, the leaves are flat or every so slightly keeled in cross section.  One picture below shows this nicely.  Leaflet width is one quarter to one half inch and their length is about twelve inches.  Surprisingly, the leaflet tips are not too pungent.  Trunks will sucker but, in general, don't branch. 

This specimen is in a box and has seen weather into the low 20's F.  I have customers who are exposing their plants to temperatures into the upper teens without damage.  Most people grow it in filtered light, but right along the coast it tolerates full sun.  I also have smaller plants available as shown in the citrus pot.  Although I don't recall the sex on this big plant, I am showing you a female cone of a smaller Cz kuesteriana. 

Feb. 1, 2013 update.  I found a female in our nursery and am showing the cone of this boxed plant in the last photo.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
by Ian Edwards, PACSOA
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
female cone nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana female cone
female cone, boxed plant
   

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
GETTING THAT GORGEOUS RED CONE
PICTURES OF A FEMALE PLANT

Many people are aware that the South African cycad Encephalartos ferox has red cones.  But, to get the super red color, you better pick a female.  The male cones tend to be orange.  A customer recently wanted a big, coning size female so I took these pictures.  It's not in cone right now but has several times coned in the past.  Caudex size is sixteen to eighteen inches.  Age is over 20 years.  Leaf color is dark green.  Leaflets resemble the "Holly Fern".  This is a species that tolerates some shade or full sun on the coast.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  Crown width is about ten feet.  We have all sizes for sale.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
male cone
Encephalartos ferox
female cone
 

 

DYPSIS HYBRID
D. PRESTONIANA SEED BEARER
WHO KNOWS WHAT IT IS?

One of the risks of getting domestic seeds from a garden is that you can get hybrids.  Such is the case with these plants.  We got in seeds from FL that were supposed to be "Dypsis prestoniana".  But, they don't look like previous prestoniana we've grown.  Trusting that they came from this fellow's tree, they have to be a hybrid.  He's got lots of Dypsis so it's totally a guess and a gamble as to what they are and will look like.  But, I can guarantee you that they'll be interesting.  So far it's a super grower.  We only have 2g size available, limited numbers.
 
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid  

DYPSIS BARONII
IDEAL SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM

Over the years and having grown between fifty and one hundred different species of Dypsis, I can say that Dypsis baronii is one of the best species of Dypsis for Southern California.  It is a reliably performing plant and quite beautiful.  Palm enthusiasts get real excited about the variety of color seen in the stem, crown shaft and new petioles.  The color in these plant parts varies from red to yellow to powder white.  Eventually, most plants give a silver green trunk with a light colored crown shaft as shown here.  Trunks are several inches thick, leaves are about five to six feet long and overall heights peak out under twenty feet.

Right on the coast this species can be grown in full sun although strong filtered light or part day sun is ok too.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and perhaps low 20's F.  Growth rate is slow to medium. 

Availability on this species is variable.  Right now we have 5g sizes available.   Also shown are some domestic plants and habitat shots by J.S.  Present availability includes 5g size and below.

 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii by JS Habitat
in habitat by JS 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii Madagascar by JS
in Madagascar by JS
 
Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii habitat by JS
 in habitat by JS
Dypsis baronii 
 

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXOTIC AND UNUSUAL UNDERSTORY TREE
DOING WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ALMOST SOLD OUT!


This striking and different understory tree has proven to be a winner in gardens in Southern California.  The problem is that you'll probably never find one.  We do have about a half dozen huge 15g. They are well overhead.  This is a super rare plant is from New Caledonia.  It won't take full sun as far as I know.  Cold hardiness is at least down to a freeze.  We only have these 15g for sale - no smaller plants.  This species has been on the market by a few nurseries in the country and comes from domestic seeds produced by plants here.  This is a dioecious species.  If you want seeds, you have to get a male and female.  Anticipate a mature height under twelve feet.
meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY
NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA

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

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

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have limited numbers.  If you talk about difficulty in finding species of palms, this one might be near the top of the list.  I've also shown an assortment of photos including one from Puerto Rican habitat.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Wikipedia
Prestoea montana habitat, Wikipedia
Prestoea montana
15g size picture previously taken at nursery
Prestoea montana

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
SOME NURSERIES PRODUCE PLANTS
OTHERS JUST SELL PLANTS FROM ANOTHER SOURCE
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH
(Re-posted here from earlier date)

There's a dirty little secret among some people who sell plants.  That secret is that some people don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, try to sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they don't want you to go looking for their sources.  Otherwise, you wouldn't buy from them.  They may tell you that other plants "are in the growing area" which you don't see.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything.  We need some help.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself, often for decades.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.

Street 1 table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling seedlings jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings assorted ferns

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
EXOTIC CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are bands that we have on a ten day reduced price.  Also shown are other sizes we have and a domestic specimen.  Note the cone color is yellow.

Of note, these are
strong four year old seedlings, average 16 inches tall in the band size.  They are not wimpy one leaf seedlings.  They are ready to be repotted into a 5g pot.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
OR, THREE FOR $135 (start a colony)


Just mention this Blog special.  These are simple to ship by mail order.  Seeing how seeds on this species average $5 to $6 each with 50% germination and three to four years growing time, this is a very good deal.

Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo
 boxed specimen at nursery, three photos
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This South African cycad is a dwarf species with caudex size of six inches or less and leaf length of three, perhaps maximum four feet.  It's an understory species, good for filtered light or perhaps more sun along the coast.  It is quite fern like in appearance and cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  It's great as a patio plant or nice in a smaller spot in the garden.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145


Just mention this Blog special when ordering
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus

 

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CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
OVER-SIZED BAND CONTAINERS
DWARF SHADE OR SUN SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

There are two forms of this New World palm:  a dwarf form that doesn't get over four feet and a trunking form that gets to ten feet.  Blossoms and seeds are quite similar on both.  The leaflets on the trunking form are thinner than the dwarf form.  This is probably the most cold hardy of all Chamaedorea, going into the upper teens F. with ease.  I am not sure which form these bands will become.  Sometimes it's hard to tell when they are small.  These plants are three years old.  Some are multiples.  All are very strong and begging to be put into a bigger pot.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 EACH
OR, FOUR FOR $80

Obviously, easy to ship.  Just mention this Special to get your discount.  The last photo here shows the dwarf form of this species.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS
EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with C. hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  Our special is on large 5g plants that are four to five feet tall in their pots and with multiple suckers.  These are real beauties!  I can mail order these.  They make great patio or interior palms.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at time of purchase.  We do have limited supplies.  A landscaper took a dozen yesterday.  He told us it was a great species for any garden.

TO READ A COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON THE BAMBOO TYPE OF PALMS, CLICK HERE
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE PLANTS

Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.

We're offering some very nice about 3 foot tall 5g on special.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 5g
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia

 

DIOON MEJIAE
A CENTRAL AMERICAN CYCAD WITH A SOFT TOUCH
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES!

Perhaps the "soft touch" comment above attracted to you to read this post.  I'll explain what I mean.  People often complain that cycads are "too stiff" or "too pokey".  I guess these things scare them.  Perhaps, in a way, Dioon mejiae was an attempt by Nature to appease these folks.

Although Lepidozamia is perhaps the most "user friendly" plant in the cycad world, Dioon mejiae, in parts of its growth cycle, may be even better.  When new leaves emerge they are extremely soft to the touch, furry with very fine hairs and quite delicate.  If you grab these new leaves too briskly, they may snap in half.  Looking at them, they appear very fuzzy and hairy.  It's quite appealing.  The first five photos here also show how the caudex can be spongy and soft as well.  This 7 inch caudex is covered with the softest wool you could imagine.  Also, Dioon mejiae, unlike Dioon spinulosum or rzedowskii, has minimal or no spines on the leaflets.  Close up photos here show this.  Unfortunately, in three to six months, the wool and hairs on the leaves and petioles does disappear and the leaves stiffen up, but leaflet spines remain absent.  So, it's hard not to consider this species designed for fragile collectors. And, if you trim older lower leaves, the upright stance of the most recent leaves prevents them from being in your face..

This species is native to canyons and hills at about one thousand feet elevation in Honduras.  Leaves are three to six feet, emerge upright with a slight arch, and stems get to over 20 feet tall in perhaps a hundred years.  Spines are absent or nearly so on the leaf margins and this helps in identifying this species.  In most areas, this is a filtered light species, although right on the coast it tolerates full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  You can see on the mature boxed nursery plant that the trunk does become woody with age.  But, new leaves continue to emerge with the soft touch described above. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY PLANT OF THIS SPECIES!

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



Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES - TEN DAY SPECIAL

Dioon spinulosum is a cycad that has potential to get quite tall and has exotic appearing dark green leaves.  Native to southern Mexico regions, it can develop (over centuries) trunks up to thirty feet tall.  In the 1800's Hunting Botanical Gardens imported a huge plant on horse drawn carts from Mexico with at least fifteen feet of trunk.  I saw this at a slide show at the Gardens.  Leaves of this species are typically four to six feet long.  Leaflets are wide for a Dioon species and armed along the edges.  Trunks are usually under a foot in diameter.  So, you have a taller plant with a narrow trunk.

Culturally I've found this species does best in strong filtered light or part day sun.  Along the coast some grow it in full sun but this will make the leaves more of a lime green color.  Leaves emerge green although, if you're lucky, they can emerge a pink-bronze color.  Cold tolerance is at best low 20's F.  I'd say about 23 to 24 degrees is its cold limit.  This species is not as cold hardy as some of the other Dioons I've recently discussed.

SPECIAL: FOR TEN DAYS, 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!

This is a great offer.  But, you must mention this Blog special to get the discount.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and sizes.


Dioon spinulosum
This and next 3 photos are a large 15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
25g with curved trunk
Dioon spinulosum
Nice 5g plant
Dioon spinulosum
large outdoor grown 24 inch box plant
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon plant
Dioon spinulosum
photo by JO
Dioon spinulosum
in Arboretum at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dioon spinulosum
another boxed plant at nursery

 

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI
TROPICAL APPEARING, SOFT LEAVES

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii
Droopy leaflet specimen
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm


ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
HIGH ELEVATION TANZANIAN CYCAD
VERY RARE - LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE

Tanzania is a country north of Mozambique and south of Kenya in Central Africa.  A distant, remote and high elevation locality there is the home for Encephalartos bubalinus.  There is grows at elevations of up to 7000 feet.  With this said, one must realize that this species is not as cold hardy as more southern species in South Africa.  But, it will take temperatures down to the mid twenties F. Colder temperatures may result in leaf damage or defoliation of the crown.  It is a fast growing species that tolerates sun in many areas.

Trunk size gets to about six feet.  Leaves are two to five feet long.  Leaf color is an interesting gray-green and the leaflets are a bit cupped.  Shown here is a citrus pot and 15g plant with several garden specimens.
 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA 
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BLUE CYCADS
FROM SOUTH AFRICA
A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AND PLANTS

Worldwide, this is one of the most popular intensely blue cycads.  This species is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  In terms of popularity, it'd be a close race between this species and Encephalartos horridus..  Those that like spikey and gnarly go for horridus. .  People who like more uniformity, classic appearance and less spines go for E. lehmannii. .  Leaf color is intensely blue, especially when given adequate sun.  Leaves are initially upright and have a nice recurve.  Over time and with more throws of leaves, swirls relax and hang more downwards.  A very old plant would have two to three feet of trunk and be five to six feet overall in height.to them.  Over time and with more throws of leaves, swirls relax and hang more downwards.  A very old plant would have two to three feet of trunk and be five to six feet overall in height.

Shown here is an assortment of sizes from seedlings up to big specimens.  We are lucky enough to offer customers almost any size they want of this desirable cycad.  And, a lot to choose form in any given size.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  In the desert we recommend a few hours of sun.  All plant sizes can be shipped to anywhere within the U.S.

SEE ARTICLE ON BLUE CYCADS

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

Encephalartos lehmannii
Citrus Pot size, easy to ship
Encephalartos lehmannii
Older specimen at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another older specimen
Encephalartos lehmannii
Seedlings in band containers at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Box sized coning plant at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another specimen at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIAAN PALM
ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS!
OVER SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE

Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm.  Most do not get overly large and many are under fifteen feet tall.  Along the coast they tolerate full sun.  There are about 25 species with habitats ranging from Hawaii to some South Pacific islands.  We only grow the Hawaiian varieties as they do the best in Southern California where most will take coastal full sun.  Or, grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties or a bit lower. 

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of 15g plants.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxes sized specimens.  Some have three to four feet of trunk and are about 14 years old.  All are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.

 
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia beccariana Pritchardia glabrata

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM OR  NIKAU PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZED
HUGE 15G PLANTS JUST IN

We have had a dwindling supply of big 15g plants of this Australian palm species with the bulging crown shaft.  Well, we just got in some great 15g - huge for their pots.  And, some a doubles, two plants per pot.  They are seven to eight feet tall in their containers.  Right on the coast here, one can grow this species in full sun.  Far inland needs filtered light or a bit of morning sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent - into the low 20's F.  Mature trees get to a height of about 25 feet.  These plants are too large for normal shipping but can be sent via a trucker. 
TO READ ARTICLE ABOUT RHOPALOSTYLIS, CLICK HERE 
 

Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
SLOW GROWING - MASSIVE TRUNK
JUST IN - VERY LARGE 15G AND
MASSIVE 15GALLON SIZE!

Jubaea chilensis are so slow growing that almost any nursery that produces them gets tired of waiting to sell these plants.  It literally takes about six to seven years to get a 15g plant with a base that is four to five inches thick.  As we run out of nice 15g plants quickly, I located a source of very large and very old 15g plants.  I have them in two sizes:

1.  Very large with basal diameters of six to eight inches
2.  Massive and old specimens that almost fill their containers. 
Basal diameters are a foot or more wide

This species produces the thickest trunk of any palm in the world.  It takes at least another decade after planting to establish the eventual wide trunk.  Plants get wider before they get taller.  Once they establish full trunk diameter, they pick up speed and can put on six to twelve inches of vertical height a year.  A fifty year old plant can have a 4 foot thick trunk and a height of forty feet.  They love heat and sun.  They can grow in the San Joaquin Valley or even the desert.  They don't care.  Just give them room.  Cold tolerance is about 16 to 17 degrees F.

I can mail order either of these two sizes of plants but they are heavy and, in the soil, expensive to ship.  We have a limited supply, so if you are looking for a Chilean Wine Palm, you can't do better than these unless you move up to a big and more expensive box size.

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Jubaea chilensis
This and next four pictures of large 15g size, trunk
size about six to eight inches
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
This picture and next three pictures of massive 15g
size with trunk diameters of 12 to 14 inches
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
15g pots are 15 inches wide.  Note how this plant
almost fills the container!
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

 

WHEN MAIL ORDERING PLANTS:
DO YOU WANT BARE ROOT PLANTS WITH CHOPPED OFF ROOTS AND LEAVES?
OR
PLANTS SHIPPED WITH ALL THEIR LEAVES, IN A CONTAIN WITH SOIL?
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.  99% of our orders are sent in their pots with soil and their entire leaves!  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 roots 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 cycad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo from happy mail order customer, showing his plants
   


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A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE NURSERY
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
ALMA AND THE PLANTS

Yesterday was a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy.  Regardless, we were quite busy with customers at the nursery.  Somehow Alma found the time to take pictures of the front entrance to our nursery.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  I hope the gorgeous blue Encephalartos show well in these pictures.  They are huge and unique.

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Alma Jungle Music

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
WHAT SOME SELLERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH

There's a dirty little secret among people who sell plants.  That secret is that some people don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, try to sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they don't want you to go looking for their sources.  Otherwise, you wouldn't buy from them.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything.  We need some help.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.

Street 1 table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling seedlings jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings assorted ferns

 

 

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ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SEASONAL COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS,
READ BELOW:
Availability changes freuently.  We're always getting in new and different items

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

Flowering Anthurium are low profile plants that rarely get over 18 inches tall.  They like filtered light and have a surprisingly long flowering season.  In fact, some will continue to put out flowers until fall.  Flower sizes vary from about 2 inches up to 4 inches across.  An individual flower may last well over a month.  Plants are also quite durable with thick, prominently veined leaves.
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
     
COLEUS, LOTS OF COLORS
LARGE, FULL PLANTS

Coleus is a type of plant that will get quite big and full.  They can grow in partial sun but filtered light enhances their colors.  They need a bit of trimming of ends of stems to keep them from getting too large.   These plants are already two by two feet in size.  Blossoms should be pinched off as well.  Colors are stunning.  They are a bit cold sensitive but with some protection, many folks get them to winter over.  They make a stunning plant for a patio container. 
Coleus Coleus
Coleus Coleus Coleus
     
COLORFUL GERANIUMS
FANCY HYBRID PLANTS
NOT THE ONES YOU MOM USED TO GROW!

Geraniums will take more sun than most of the other plants here.  The ones shown now are fancy hybrids with large, two-toned flowers.  And, the flowers are huge for this species.  They are just starting their blooming cycle now.  Geranium are reasonably cold hardy.  We hope to continually be getting in new exciting colors. 
 
Geranium Geranium
Geranium Geranium  
     
PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF SPECIES NOT OVER THREE FEET TALL
THIN WHITE STRIPES ON GREEN LEAVES
RED AND WHITE UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

We've been carrying the Pinstripe Ginger for about a year.  People love that it's a dwarf species, will take some sun and has really attractive foliage.  Blossoms are medium size, upright, white in color with red throats as shown here.  We've usually carried 15g size but can now offer 5g plants as shown here.  Filtered light is best for these plants.
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger care of SouthEastGarden Website
photo c/o Southeastgarden Website
     
KALANCHOE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoe are a type of tropical succulent with florid blossoms of many colors of the rainbow.  Flowers are long lived.  Plants are usually about 2 feet tall at maturity and like filtered light.  Surprisingly, the leaves are remarkably thick and fleshy.  The plants we have in a good sized for what's on the market.  We'll be getting in new colors every few weeks.
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors    
     
CALENDIVA
JUST COMING INTO FLOWER
LARGE FLOWERS IN RED, PINK AND WHITE
FABULOUS PLANTS

These plants are similar to Kalanchoe but have bigger, more impressive flowers.  They have similar thick, succulent like fleshy green leaves.  They like filtered light and don't get too big.  These plants are good size and just in buds now.  You can see they are about to open and will be in full flower in a week or two. 
Calendiva Calendiva
     
Calendiva Calendiva Calendiva from Bunnings.com AU
Photo c/o Bunnings Website, AU
     
CROTONS
COLORFUL RED, BLACK GREEN AND YELLOW
MAKE LARGER PLANTS
WILL TAKE SOME SUN

Crotons are a tropical and colorful plants that will, over time, get some size.  They tolerate part day sun here and full sun in the tropics.  Colors are stunning.  They are not super cold hardy but often winter over for folks.  One may need to prune them to maintain a smaller size.  We get in various types over the season.  
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton
     
FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
LARGE 5G PLANTS
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND

This unique species of tropical tree is known for it's huge leaves that are pleated, reach up to three feet long and have red veins.  It is one of the most collectible trees in the world.  It is very difficult to propagate and rarely seen for sale.  The plants we have now came from a special propagating company and will be gone quickly.  And, you can save.  Google this plant, look at it and you'll "have to have one".  I've got one 15 feet tall in my garden. It's survived San Diego weather for three decades.  Although not inexpensive, it's a "must have" species.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
VARIEGATE DWARF GINGER
NEW SPECIES FOR US
SUPER ATTRACTIVE AND SHORT

This is a new Ginger variety for us.  We've not had it before.  I've been told it makes a smaller plant for strong filtered light and has upright blossoms.  The variegated pattern is quite attractive.  Otherwise, I can't say a lot about it.  Limited availability. 
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger  
     
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL

This species of fern never gets over four to five feet tall.  It likes filtered light and plenty of water.  But, it's super cute appearing and very popular.  Some may know of it as a "Silver Fern".  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  Leaves are 2 to 2.5 feet long.  The plants we have are high quality 5g plants. 

 
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
ALOE BLUE ELF
SMALL SUCCULENT IN FLOWER
NICE 2G PLANTS
SMALL, COMPACT -  FULL SUN

This smaller succulent is from South Africa, reaches 18 inches in height and has an orange-red flower as shown here.  Plants like full sun and heat and are tolerant of cold down to about 20 degrees F.  They have just gone into flower now.  This would be a good species next to a pathway or garden border near people.  It's very attractive.  Foliage is blue.
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  Available 1g, 2g and some 5g plants.
Ligularia  Ligularia 
Ligularia  Ligularia  Ligularia auburn.edu website
 Ligularia auburn.edu website
     
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Ear Alocasia because of their potential size.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
     
CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
     
AGAVE ATTENUATA
SEMI-MINIATURE SUCCULENT
BLUE GREEN COLOR

This species gets a mature height of about six feet.  They have thick, fleshy leaves without any spines.  Trunks get to about 3 inches thick.  They can sucker from the base.  They like full sun and have a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  We have 5g and 15g available.
 
Agave attenuata  Agave attenuata 
Agave attenuata    

 

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PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
Jungle Music Staff Banner
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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

  

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
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WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
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PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


For those of you who know our Website, you are aware of the fact that this site offers a tremendous amount of information on the palms, cycads and an assortment of tropical plants.  I started this website over twenty years ago.  It was one of the first websites in the world on palms and cycads.  And, it is presently one of the largest for sure.  Yes, we are a nursery and, to survive and support this Site, we must sell our plants.  But, as I looked at internet sites over time, I found it quite disappointing that, with most plant sites, it is apparent that the only motive of sites was to sell their products.  Little information was shared.  But, in my opinion, the point of the Internet was to share information.   So, our website from its inception had the mission of offering free information for the reader to learn about the plants, their culture and educate them on species they could grow.  To accomplish this I've written and posted about a hundred articles on plants and species. 

Doing this was made easier by the fact that I've been studying, growing and learning about palms and cycads now for almost forty years.  I've been involved with and learned from many plant organizations and am the past President of the International Palm Society and the Palm Society of Southern California.  And, I've traveled the world multiple times studying plants in gardens and habitats.  This allowed me to accumulate literally tens of thousands of photographs over the years.  And, as Jungle Music began in 1977, I've had decades of experience with growing the plants and learning their culture.  The nursery has also been a great source of feedback from customers.  I've learned the successes and losses they've had and how any given species grew for them.  The latter has been in invaluable part of gaining knowledge about the plants.  One can read forever, but actually growing, observing and caring for the plants is, in my opinion, the best source of learning. 

Plant reference books tend to be very scientific.  They are written typically by taxonomists who use terms and phrases that few can understand.  Some are not this way, but the majority are.  And, practical cultural information is rarely present, especially not for different growing areas.  People want to know "Can I grow it?".  My goal at this Site has been to share information that people could understand and use, especially in the selection of the right species for their gardens. 

Years ago I spent large amounts of time making contributions to discussion sites and groups on the Internet.  But, it became apparent that all this information is lost within a month or two.  Old posts on servers are literally just deleted.  And, they tend to be a difficult way to gather good information.  And, discussion groups are notorious for not being available to search engines.  So, I abandoned discussion groups and started this Blog four years ago with the goal of making a resource point for plant information that would persist over time.  Presently there are thousands of posts on the threads of this Blog.  My next project is to make information from the years of this Blog to be presented in an easily searchable format, organized by species, groups or cultural areas.  Hopefully this will be available in the next twelve months. 

With a daily schedule like a farmer, I tend to get up very early in the morning.  It's quiet before the sun comes up and there's few distractions.  And, as I sit down at my computer, I have no idea what I'm going to write about any given morning nor what I will put on one of our Ten Day Specials.  I just think of a subject and do it right then and there.  I might have an idea from the day before or remember a confusion people have on a subject that I'd like to clarify.  I learn at the nursery the most common things that people don't understand.   I am convinced that, if one read this blog on a repetitive basis for a year or so, that person would become very knowledgeable and a lot more comfortable with growing rare species.. 

Outside my office window I can see into my garden for inspiration.  The garden at dawn is just magical.  And, this is what I've done this morning.  Every time I post on this Blog, it takes me several hours.  I try to add interesting anecdotes, stories and cultural tips.  Hopefully I've got some good and recent photographs the reader hasn't seen.  I try to explain terms that might stump the reader.  Some "experts" may not agree with everything I put here, but posts are my viewpoint on the subject.  I mostly utilize my own photos, but will credit those from friends or acquaintances when used.   I invite anyone with pictures or information about cool species to contact me.  I may add it to this Blog.  And, I always give credit for any donated photographs. 


Hopefully, as I travel, visit more gardens and faraway parts of the world, I can share more with you over time.  It does amaze me when I come across a species or topic that I've never discussed on the Blog.  But, it happens all the time.  My promise to you is I will continue this Blog for as long as I can and continually try to improve it and make it interesting.  Thank you for reading.

Note to readers: On review, this is a long winded post.  If you read to this point, as a reward to you for your perseverance, email me and I'll send you a 15% off coupon. 


Phil Bergman on left, and on right, past president IPS, Horace Hobbs.  photo taken
at IPS Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens, year 1998.

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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


garden foggy morning
View outside my office window at dawn
Phil Bergman
Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden this past summer 2014, Southern California
Phil Bergman

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

We're now up to our fifth video on "Plant Picks of the Week".  This week features Parajubaea torallyi and Dioon merolae.  

Click here to see this short Video.

 

JUNGLE MUSIC AND SOCIAL MEDIA
THERE'S LOTS OF WAYS TO CHECK OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE NURSERY.

For some time, our nursery has had a real presence on social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. 
We've vastly expanded this in recent times.  So, if you're on the go only with your smart phone, it's easy to see
what's happening at the Nursery.  I've included a few links below.  We'd love to have many of you follow us,
especially at Facebook.  Check it out.  These medias are fun.

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

JUNGLE MUSIC PALMS, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS
RANDOM PHOTOS OF OUR ENTRANCE

Recently we shot an assortment of photos of what the front of our nursery looks like.  I think you'd have to agree that we are loaded with tons of beautiful plants.  Please give us a visit.  We're 25 minutes north of San Diego, 90 minutes south of Los Angeles and just off Freeway 5.  There's a directions button at the top of our Home Page.
 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

About half of our nursery plants are grown outdoors at the nursery.  The other half are inside our greenhouses.  We have twelve greenhouses.  In general, the outdoor plants are acclimated better to our weather or sun and tend to be larger and more mature in size.

For those of you who haven't visited us, our street front is about three hundred feet long in a residential neighborhood.  We chose such a neighborhood on purpose because our city is known for its nurseries and green attitude.  Nurseries are nestled among homes.  It's quite inviting to visit nurseries here.  We have several acres overall dedicated to the plants.  This includes shaded or shade cloth areas, hot sun areas, a display garden area and a large propagation and growing grounds.  We also host an educational center and lecture hall.  We are just minutes off the major freeway (Fwy 5) in our town of Encinitas, California.  So, it's an easy trip.  Please drop in a visit us.
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO

 

TO READ POSTS FROM NOVEMBER, 2015,    CLICK HERE  

ALTHOUGH NOT PLANTS FOR SALE, THE INFORMATIONAL POSTS BELOW
WILL BE USEFUL OR INFORMATIVE TO MOST WEBSITE VISITORS

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

For those of you who may be seeking out a good palm book that is easy to read and very educational, I highly recommend this publication.  As you know I rarely recommend a particular book.

In 2003, Paul Craft and Robert Lee Riffle published their first edition of this book.  It was felt by most at that time to be the best palm publication around.  But, as time went by, more palm species were discovered and Paul Craft wanted to improve on his first book.  Robert Lee Riffle unfortunately passed away, but Paul teamed up with noted botanist and author, Scott Zona, formerly of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and a few months ago published the second edition of this fine book.  It deals with about 900 species of palms and has about 1000 photographs.  It is particularly good for those of you trying to make sense of the many Dypsis species.

I have been a friend of all three authors mentioned above, but have had a long term comradery with Paul Craft and his wife Patty.  Thirty-five years ago, Paul and I were the only growers in the United States that had nurseries specializing in palms.  So, we became close friends and have communicated over these many years.  I can tell you that his work on this book is superb.

And, he's offering a special price (need to verify still being offered) to you of $47.95 (normally $59.95 retail price).  Maybe you can get him to send you a signed copy!  And, shipping within the U.S. is included with this price.  It's a real bargain for such a fine book.  If interested, just click here to order this great palm book.  You'll not be disappointed.

Of note, I am just promoting this book because of its merits and have no fiscal relationship with this publication.       
Encyclopedia of Cultivate Palms Paul and Patty Craft

 

SHIPPING LARGER NUMBERS OF BIG PLANTS BY INDEPENDENT TRUCKERS
SECURING PLANTS ON PALLETS


Our usual technique of shipping plants is to utilize Federal Express ground service.  The customer calls us, places his order, and usually the same day plants are put into boxes in their containers, soil and all, taken down to the Federal Express shipping center and are on their way.  The customer receives his plants several days later looking exactly like they did at our nursery.  This shipping method is good for plants up to about 15g size.  And, we can piggyback smaller plants with bigger plants to shave shipping costs.  It's even possible to get four or five plants in the same box by putting smaller ones in with the main plant. 

But, other times people want larger plants (too tall and heavy for Fed Exp to delivery) or a larger number of plants where it would require twenty-five or more boxes.  For this type of order, it's much more affordable to use an independent trucking service.  Sometimes, if space is available, we merely slide free standing plants into the truck and they are delivered without packaging them together or putting them on a pallet.  Other times we will put plants onto a 4 foot wooden pallet, add reinforcing wood sides to the pallet and wrap the whole bundle in shrink wrap plastic.  Which technique is used depends mostly on the requirements of the trucking company and whether the plants will be moved from one truck to another en route.  Inside the pallets we piggyback all sorts of smaller plants from band size to even double-stacked 15g.allo plants.  On one pallet it's quite possible to get twelve to fourteen larger plants along with a whole bunch of smaller ones.  This method works on plants up to about 8 feet tall.  Taller than this won't fit under the truck roof and must be individually laid down.  Such tall plants cannot be put on a pallet.  .

The photos shown here were an order of 38 plants that went to a botanical garden on the east coast a few days ago.  They demonstrate what the pallets look like once they are completed.  Each pallet weighs 750 to 1000 pounds.  The palletized plants are being put onto a lift gate of a a bobtail truck.  This truck goes up to Los Angeles and from there are moved into a 53 foot semi truck that goes across the country.  Delivery time is 3 to 4 days and the plants easily tolerate the trip.  And, from a cost point of view, shipping this way is much less expensive than shipping one plant at a time by Federal Express . 
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO SERIES ON JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY
PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS


Recently staff members have created and published a ten to twelve minute video that shows you our recent nursery expansion projects, our various growing areas of our 2.5 acre nursery, lots of unusual species of plants and our new educational center where we delivery lectures and films.  We think it's fun and you'll enjoy it and that it's worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEOS, CLICK HERE
     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER 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


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