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TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEAFLETS
COLLAGE OF CLOSE UP PHOTOS
SHOWS DIVERSITY OF LEAF APPEARANCES


This is a "just for fun" post of many close up photographs of the leaflets of an assortment of unusual Encephalartos species from either South or Central Africa.  I am showing you these to demonstrate the diversity of the leaflets of this genus as a whole.  Some are blue.  And, there's many colors of green.  Leaflet shapes are also quite varied. You'll see shorter leaflets compared to long narrow ones.  Some are spiny, others are more smooth at their margins.  The texture on some are smooth and shiny whereas others are furry showing hairs.  Some stack on each other, others are widely spaced.  Some are prominently veined.  Many pictures were taken twelve inches away while others show more leaflets, taken at two feet.  I'll not get into mentioning the species shown here but rather show them as a whole so you see how different they are from each other.  All photos were taken on nursery plants recently.

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Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets  Encephalartos leafletsa   

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you I would defer you to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The 15g on sale are very nice and blue in color.


REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.  Of note, super limited numbers available!
 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

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

SABAL MARITIMA
RARE AND TALL FAN PALM
HUSKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

For those folks that enjoy cold hardy fan palms, you might consider this hard to find species.  Native to Cuba and Jamaica, it gets to a height of about fifty feet, is cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and loves full hot sun.  The plants we have on special are 2 year old bands.  This species is a good grower and have a thick trunk and large green leaves.

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

Remember, mention this Special.  Easy to mail order.
 

Sabal maritima  Sabal maritima  Sabal maritima 
Sabal maritima  photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman
 
Sabal maritima 

AN INTERESTING ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
BLUE-GREEN COLOR
MARBLED POSSIBLE VARIEGATION OF THE LEAFLETS

When a nursery grows a lot of cycads, every once in a while you come across a plant that is simply different - that is "different" compared to what one is used to seeing.  Such is the case with this Encephalartos ferox, a typically dark green species from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  First, the overall color of this plant is a blue-green or at least a hint of blue in the green leaflets.  The other peculiar thing is a marbled type of yellow apparent variegation on the dorsal side of the leaflets.  When one sees variegation on cycads, it is usually a stripe going longitudinally down the leaflets.  This is more of a random and scattered marbling of yellow.  It is reminiscent of variegation as seen on Zamia variegata.  I must admit that variegation in plants is an unpredictable thing.  Sometimes it just disappears.  Who knows what causes it.  One more thing:  The leaflets are wide and short compared to the normal ferox form.  This plant is in a citrus pot container and has a caudex of five inches.  It is for sale and can be easily shipped within the U.S.  Contact me if you are  interested.  We only have this one different specimen.

Encephalartos ferox blue green Encephalartos ferox blue green
Encephalartos ferox blue green Encephalartos ferox blue green

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
ANOTHER MINIATURE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SIMPLE LEAF - METALLIC SHEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for it's gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end.  Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely larger than one foot long.  Stems are narrow and ringed.  This is a filtered light species.  Right now we're pretty good on the 1g size but also have some older/larger plants.

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

Remember to ask for your discount at time of purchase.  Simple mail order species.

Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2017


CROTONS - NEW BATCH JUST IN
THIN LEAF VARIETY
MORE COLD HARDY
LOTS OF RED, BLACK AND GREEN COLORS
3 GALLON SIZE



Country or area of origin: Asia, India and Western Pacific
Mature height: Depends on species but anywhere from four feet to ten feet or taller
Sun Requirements:  In tropical areas, full sun.  Here in So Cal, perhaps some sun but filtered light in warm winter inland areas.
Cold Tolerance:  No species really tolerate a freeze.  Winter protection needed.  The variety shown here is more cold hardy than most.
Water Requirements:  Average
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available: Variable, depending on season. 
Regular Prices:  3 gallon as shown $45
Size shown:  3 gallon - sometimes we have larger.
Comments:
The main issue with Crotons is cold. They just don't take it too well.  The thin leaf varieties are more cold hardy.  There are probably a hundred different species or types of Croton.  Some are smaller, some make "trees".  You just have to find a species that grows well in your area.  The plants just in are one of the better varieties for cold and should be possible by many along the coast.


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Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Croton Croton

 

BLACK ROSE
AEONIUM ARBOREUM

BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT
SMALL AND EASY TO GROW
AND, JUST FOR FUN - SHOWING OTHER COLORS

Country or area of origin: Canary Islands
Mature height: In ground, typically 2 to 3 feet
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To mid-20's F.   
Water Requirements:  Water conserving
Rate of Growth:  Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 1g, 2g and 5g - varies
Regular Prices:  1 gallon size as shown $25
Size shown:  1 gallon
Comments:
This dwarf succulent is best known for it's almost black leaves.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  The first six photos show a one gallon planted in the ground in front of our nursery about 18 months ago.  Note that it's in flower now, showing a super yellow color.  These plants can be shipped.  Our availability varies, but we try to always have this black variety in stock.  We also have green and several variegated forms as well.  I'm showing other colors in the bottom row. 

Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Aeonium Aeonium

 

BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
HARD TO FIND BLUE LIKE THESE
RUGGED AND COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to South America, this medium sized pinnate palm is quite popular.  But, they are normally green or a blue green in color.  The plants I'm showing here are a clone that is super blue!  They are very cool and super popular.  And, they are hard to find.  Mature height is 15 feet with a trunk diameter of about 18 inches.  They loves sun, even in the desert.  A bonus:  fruits are edible and taste good.  This is why it's also called the "Jelly Palm".  If you plant this clone in shade, the blue won't show as well.  This size can be shipped.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $155


Just remember:  Mention this Blog only special.

Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge but very nice.  Basal diameters are about 4 -5 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right.  This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $185

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

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.  Remember, only a few remain.

Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum

 

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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

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.

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Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

As many of you know, Arengas are usually suckering palms.  But, there are several single trunk species.  Arenga pinnata is one of these.  It is felt to be native to Indonesia and is a large palm.  It is a pinnate palm with a fibrous trunk made from woven fibers.  Overall height is forty to fifty feet and the trunk gets to a diameter of two feet.  The leaves are held upright and can be over twenty feet long.  The leaflets, like all Arenga, has jagged terminal ends. 

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are some 5g nursery plants and photos of mature specimens.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price when you buy.


Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
15 gallon size - not on special
Arenga pinnata

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
SPINY TRUNK - WHITE BLOSSOMS
NEVER GETS TOO TALL


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.  The first plant has just come out of winter so the leaves are smaller.  Later in the summer they'll get larger like the last several photos.  We have only 5 gallon size available.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.  One photo below shows the white blossoms that mature plants produce in summer.

Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri blossom Pachypodium lameri


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM
PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS

During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to posses more cold hardiness than Roystonea regia and others that are more commonly seen.   Our area got down to about 25 degrees F.  An enthusiast about a mile from the nursery said his R. regias were totally burned but the Roystonea borninquena went untouched.  Because of this I pursued seeds and grew more.  We've sold a lot of this beautiful palm since then.  It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few other islands.  You'll note the absence of the super swollen base often seen with other species.  It likes full sun, enjoys ample water and can get to heights over forty feet.  More recently, availability has been less plentiful but we plant to carry them as much as we can.  Shown here are mature specimens of this species and examples of 15g plants at our nursery.  We also have other sizes.

Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORNQUENA

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are photos of the 15g size at the nursery.  Notice the white backs to the leaflets.  Also shown are photographs of a Cryosophila unknown species to show the typical appearance and trunk covered with "spines".  We usually have an assortment of sizes available.

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165
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I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!

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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

HYPHAENE CORIACEA 
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Shown here are the one gallon size of this branching palm from Africa.  Of course, you only see this branching habitat when it's in the ground and gets much larger.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The interesting thing about these plants is that they branch above the ground - to be contrasted with suckering from the base.

The first three pictures are Hyphaene coriacea in 1g size.  If you get one of these, make sure you have the heat, sun and room for one. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae HYPHAENE CORIACEA Hyphanae coriaceae

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30 OR FOUR FOR $95


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.

Dypsis onilahensis band Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
 Dypsis onilahensis DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

RARE, CLIMBING PHILODENDRON SPECIES
VERY UNUSUAL LEAF - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL - ONLY ONE SIZE AVAILABLE

Shown in the first 3 pictures is a rare and un-described species of Philodendron.  Many plants of this genus are climbers.  This means that they will literally climb up a fence, pole or trunk of another tree.  Such is the case with the species shown here.  Please note its interesting leaf shape.  We got stock of this species from a large botanical garden in LA where we have an exchange program.  It comes from a plant in the wild.  For sure, you'll not find this species at any local nursery.  This plant has seen a freeze at our nursery and is a good grower.  The last two pictures show epiphytic Philodendron on trunks of larger trees with one close-up photo of the attaching roots.  Of note, we have a lot of Philodendron that you'll find nowhere else and many are climbers.  This is super fun in the garden to watch them grow up a palm trunk.

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

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Philodendron Species Climbing PHILODENDRON CLIMBING PHILODENDRON

 

TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

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Encephalartos princeps 
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CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum


BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK
RETAINED OLD LEAF BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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



MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)
MASSIVE 24 IN BOX SPECIMENS
MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

Recently we got in a nice collection of massive 24 inch Mule Palms.  For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

They are remarkable because they are supper attractive.  Some say they have a resemblance to a Coconut.  They also usually just get to 25 feet - compared to the 60 foot height of the Queen.  And, they are very cold hardy - down to about 16 degrees.  I've got a customer in Tucson, AZ that can't grow Queen Palms b/c they freeze in the winter.  Our Mule Palms thrive there.  This hybrid tolerates desert sun.  And, they don't make any fruit to mess up your pool!  This is why they are called the "Mule" Palm.  What a combination of good qualities!

The plants we have are 12 feet tall with one foot thick bases.  They are lush and gorgeous.  We can deliver them to you as they are really too big for a smaller pickup truck.  They will not last long.  If the qualities I mentioned above appeal to you, consider getting one or more while we have them.

Mule Palms Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule palm Mule palm



ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This super popular  palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The one gallon on sale are 2.5 years old.  Since I took these photos, they have put on another leaf.  There's a shortage of this species on the market.  These are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

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Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Royal Palm



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, especially on the underside of the leaves.  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.  With more age, they should show more blue color.  Although not on sale, I'm showing you our 5g size which is showing some blue. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50 OR THREE FOR $70

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Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis



ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15G PLANT WE HAVE!

This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  The nursery plants I'm showing today are multiple recently acquired and outdoor grown 15g plants.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  The last photo shows one of our boxed specimens.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

FOR TEN DAYS:  20% OFF ANY 15G THIS SPECIES THAT IS AT THE NURSERY!

Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY
FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Common Name(s):  Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue    
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D. 

Archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA  Archontophoenix maxima 
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

SUNDAY, 19 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

PHOENIX LOUREIROI VARIETY HANCEANA
MOUNTAIN DATE PALM
SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZE
ALTERNATIVE TO LARGE CANARY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here are some 5g plants of seeds that were labeled "Phoenix loureiroi variety hanceana".  There's always been confusion on naming this particular palm.  But, there are two varieties of P. loureiroi.  The variety discussed here and shown is Phoenix loureiroi variety loueiroi and this one is synonymous with hanceana.  It is a medium height, single trunk, armed pinnate palm from various regions in Asia.  Habitat stretches from central Asia down to the Philippines.  Mature height is variable but usually under twenty feet.  The specimen shown in Balboa Park, San Diego below is 20 years old and ten feet tall.  It's a sun species with a cold tolerance to at least the low 20's F.

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

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Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
 
 
DYPSIS NAUSEOSA
AKA DYPSIS HIGHLAND REDNECK
INTERESTING RED CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Over the many decades we've been growing palms, I made friendship with Clayton York at Utopia Palms in Australia.  We'd chat from time to time about palms.  One of his keen interests was the palms of Madagascar.  About 15 years ago I had heard of the Dypsis species "highland redneck".  I never really knew what it was.  Clayton later described it.  The habitat photos below (c/o Palmpedia) were taken by him.  This species comes from southeastern Madagascar, has a thin trunk and gets to a height of about 40 feet. Note the red and fuzzy crown shaft in the photos.  Habitat elevation is 750 to 1000 feet.  Most are trying it in sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is presently not certain.  This species is super rare and not really seen on the market.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50


You know, mention this special.  These bands are easy to ship.  I wish to thank Clayton York in Australia for the photos in the last row.

Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa 
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York 

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

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

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


ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN
HUGE PLANTS IN SMALLER ONE GALLON POT
GREAT BUY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS!

This species from Zimbabwe, Africa, and has similar species from local habitats.  For this reason, in the past, plants were considered to be part of the "Manikensis Complex".  Others put into this group later became species such as E. gratus, E. chimanimaniensis, concinus, bandula, etc.  Now most are recognized as legitimate species.
Encephalartos manikensis is a medium sized cycad.  Trunks can get up to three or even five feet tall.  Clustering does occur.  Leaves are about six feet long, leaflets one inch wide.  Leaves are held upright at about a 45 degree angle.  

As it is most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

These one gallons are huge - about the size of a nice 5g or even a small 15g.  Caudexes are two to three inches wide and leaves come up to your abdomen or chest.  They'd be cheap to ship because they're in one gallon pots.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $79

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Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

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



Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

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

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED
BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE
 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.  Expect a mature height of twenty feet and a cold tolerance of at lest 25 degrees F.

Shown below are containerized one gallon plants of
 Ravenea xerophila.  I've also shown one photo of a 15g plant.  Believe it or not, these 1g plants are already three to four years old.  The 15 gallon shown takes 8 years to produce.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   One final comment:  I think, that within a year or two, no nursery will offer this species in the U.S. and seeds will not come off the island of Madagascar.   

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


But, you must mention this Special when you purchase!

 
 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA  
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA Ravenea xerophila 

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  The first two rows of photos show our one gallon size on sale.  The last row shows older photos of either five gallon size or one of a 30 year clumps that are mature and flowering.  We've found this species to look best when planted as a small colony of three to five plants.  A name sometimes used for this species is the "Whale Tail Palm".  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI 

 

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.  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 Mexican Grass Plant Dasylirion longissimum
Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice one gallon plants on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  This one gallon size is a piece of cake to ship and we can easily fit four plants into one box.  We ship plants in their pots with soil.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $32.50

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first four photos are of the 1 gallon size.  Following are 15g which are not available now and one shot from a local garden. 

Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE
FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There is lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  The trunk is not very thick.  It's usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.  The first row of photos shows the 1 gallon on sale.  The second row shows a 5 gallon plant and garden specimens. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Mention this Special for this discount.  I wish to thank L.N. for his photo below.
 
 Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA  Archontophoenix tuckeri 


SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALMS
SHOWING FOUR DIFFERENT SIZES
IDEAL FOR INSIDE HOME, OFFICES, BUSINESSES

I am called quite frequently about Kentia Palms for inside the home or business.  Most of these people are seeking a high quality plant that is "perfect" appearing and ideal for usage inside the home or business.  But, the consumer must realize that there are two quality grades of Kentia Palms.

I
NTERIOR QUALITY:  This grade of plant is most often grown in a strictly controlled greenhouse environment or imported from a tropical region like Hawaii.  The latter is more common.  These plants are free of blemishes and usually quite gorgeous.  But, because of importation costs and how they are grown, they tend to cost quite a bit more than standard nursery quality stock.

NURSERY QUALITY:  These are the plants that a grower would produce under shade cloth or in a non-heated greenhouse.  They have seen the weather and outdoor conditions or been in an average greenhouse.   They are more hardy for the garden than interior quality, but not as picture perfect.  They often have minor blemishes or, if sun grown, a bit more yellow color to the leaves.  These plants are usually about half the cost of the imported interior quality Kentia Palms.

Below are four sizes of interior quality Kentia Palms:

FIRST ROW:  5 gallon size, height usually 5 feet
SECOND ROW: 7 gallon size, height 7 feet
THIRD ROW:  15 gallon, height usually 8 possibly 9 feet
FOURTH ROW:  squat 20 gallon, height 10 to 12 feet.

We offer both grades of Kentia Palms.  Either grade is easy to ship if they aren't too tall for the carrier companies.  The most popular size for mail orders is the 5 gallon b/c of shipping costs.  With the interior quality, availability changes frequently as they require special purchase from Hawaii.


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana


BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


I am really fond of this cute and dwarf type of Tree Fern native to an assortment of Pacific Islands stretching from Hawaii to the Asian Pacific.  The reason I like it is because it stays small over time.  To make this point, I am going to first shown you a 15g plant that we got from a private collection.  You'll see this plant in the first two rows of photos.  The third row shows a standard 5 gallon nursery plant.  You'll note that, in twenty years, three inches of trunk turns into two feet of trunk.  Now, that's either from super slow growth or genetics.  I think it's the latter.  The tallest specimen I've seen in a garden is about five feet tall overall.  Trunk diameter is four inches or less.  It likes filtered light and can take cold weather into the mid-twenties F or maybe a bit less.  We also have 1 gallon size for sale.  These are easy to mail order.
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM

 

PRITCHARDIAS - 
THE HAWAIIAN PALM
ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE 15 GALLON PLANTS
OVER 200 THIS SIZE AVAILABLE
NINETY PERCENT OF THEM GROWN OUTDOORS IN SUN 

We at Jungle Music are very proud to offer you absolutely the biggest 15 gallon Pritchardia plants anywhere!  They are predominantly outdoor grown in our sun and some are up to ten feet tall in their pots.  They are trunking out with some having 18 inches of trunk.  Shown here in each row is a separate plant - three plants shown total.  Their ages are about twelve years.  They've seen weather down to 25 degrees F.  We have perhaps ten different species available.  

On the coast, these palms can be grown in full sun.  The ones we grow are from the Hawaiian Islands.  The species from the South Pacific don't do well here.  If you live far inland, give Pritchardia part day sun or less.  I hate to say it but these are way too big for carriers like Federal Express to deliver.  But, we can always palletize them for shipping by independent truckers.  BTW, I've sold over 1000 plants of this genus in our area and everyone loves them and they are thriving for almost everyone.

 
Pritchardia species  Pritchardia species  Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species  Pritchardia species  Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species   Pritchardia species   Pritchardia species  
 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM
THE MOST COLD HARDY PALM IN THE WORLD
SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING FAN PALM
15 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE


The Needle Palm is a very rugged, durable palm that rarely gets above six feet tall.  It is a suckering fan palm that is cold hardy down to about zero degrees F.  It'll take coastal sun.  Far inland areas should grow it in part sun or filtered light.  Growth rate is medium.  It is known as the Needle Palm because of four to five inch long black needle-like spines that randomly come off the trunks.  They easily pull off with a tug and, when thrown, can penetrate and stick to a King Palm trunk.  We have an assortment of plants available including 15g as shown here.  All sizes can be mail ordered.

 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
 

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5g size shown here can be easily shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  My thanks to JD and Wikipedia or the garden photos below.
 

Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana 
Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia  Sabal blackburnianum by JD 

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $65


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

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

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD
WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

This is one of the most rare and sought after hybrid cycads in the world.  Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild.  Only one original male plant is known to exist.  It is located in Durban Botanical Garden in South Africa.  Pups, over the years, have been removed.  Any plant in the world in any location came from this original male plant.  As we have no females, there has been intense work on using woodii pollen on other female Encephalartos cones.  Usually the female cone is Encephalartos natalensis.  But, the prettiest of all the hybrids is with E. transvenosus.  This is the cross I'm offering on sale here.

These are almost impossible to find!

It'll make a large cycad for sure.  I've seen pictures of E. transvenosus with over 20 feet of vertical trunk.  They look like a Canary Island Palm.  This cross will be quick growing, green in color and will have a huge crown of leaves.  Leaflets will be wide and have those noticeable wide barbs characteristic of E. woodii.  It'll take coastal full sun and tolerate down to about 22 degrees F.  The one gallon on special are three to four years old and very nice.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $75

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.  The second and third rows of photos show a larger nursery plant and a botanical garden specimen of E. woodii.  
 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 

GASTROCOCOS CRISPA
AKA ACROCOMIA CRISPA
THE CUBAN BELLY PALM
SPINY PINNATE PALM
CENTRAL TRUNK SWOLLEN

Native to various areas of Cuba, this single trunk spiny palm is most known for the prominent bulge in the central trunk as shown here.  The spines on the trunk are variable.  Some older plants seem to lose their spines whereas others keep them.  See the photos below.  I've shown some photos that definitely show the bulge in the trunk.    

Heights can get to over thirty feet, crowns are full, leaves are plumose and overall appearance of the trees are very interesting.  This is a full sun species that can be grown in frost free areas of Southern California.  We probably have some smaller sizes available presently.  BTW, I am old fashioned and really like the old name of Gastrococos crispa.  But, taxonomists have to make a living.  You can pretty much be guaranteed they'll change 25% of the names you know and lover over the next twenty-five years.  They always have their reasons for this.    
 

Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  

 

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2017


DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $145

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 

Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon_califanoi_005.GIF  http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon-califanoi991.jpg   

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK  & LEAFLETS
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of Dypsis is felt to probably be from Madagascar although an exact native habitat locality is unknown.  It has been known by various names over the years including "Dypsis ambositrae".  But, the latter name was incorrect and not the true name and this palm.  Because of the plumose leaves it later received the name "Dypsis plumosa".  In cultivation in our locality it likes full sun.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  Mature height is about 20 feet or a bit more.  It also has a very narrow caliper of trunk until it ages.  So, you have to be patient.  Cold tolerance is probably into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR BAN PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The 1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $85

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

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NURSERIES IN SHORT SUPPLY THIS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you would defer to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The one gallon Bismarckia on special are in the strap leaf stage but should be produce fan leaves this summer.  BTW, the "purple" color you see in the leaf of the 4th photo is this species natural response to cold and it's presence or absence has nothing to due with eventual color other than the fact that it shows a plant is indeed the blue form of Bismarckia.  


REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

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

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

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

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


LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINISE FAN PALM
BIG FLAT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G

This Asian palm is quite attractive with its large and flat green leaves.  It is slow growing.  The 1g on special here are 3 years old and very nice.  This plant takes full or part day sun and is cold hardy into the teens F.  Many have grown this species as a houseplant.  Easy to ship.  BTW, this price is the same as a band yet these 1g are three times larger.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $30

Remember, mention this Special for this price!

Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

 

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

CHUNKY 15G FOR SALEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here are two nicely size nursery plants that are in 15g size and are representative this size size at the nursery. 

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

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2017


JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.

Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

TILLNDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH
SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  Flower color depends on the species.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We have perhaps six to eight varieties.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  We have both un-mounted and mounted on wood plants.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive but are not cheap.  This is because they are so old.

The first two rows show the medium sizes.  The last row shows large.

REGULAR PRICE CLUSTER MEDIUM, $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER MEDIUM $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $50


PLANTS MOUNTED ON WOOD ARE $10 MORE PER PLANT THAN UNMOUNTED CLUSTERS.

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Weather permitting, I can ship these but they take a good sized box sometimes, especially if mounted. 

Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters tILLANDSIA CLUSTER 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia cluster  Tillandsia clusters 

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS 
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This attractive shrub is from Mexico down to South America and has typically green leaves.  The plants were offering today in 5g size although we also have 15g variegated plants available.  They will produce weeping purple flower clusters.  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 very large 5g on sale.

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


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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

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

 

SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

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 $50

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

Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea rosea

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN
IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG 

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

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

BLACK MONDO GRASS
ALSO SILVER AND GREEEN
GREAT GROUND COVER
TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

I have customers in all the time who are looking for an attractive yet small type of ground cover other than Ice Plant.  We carry several types of plants that would fit this bill.  But, one of the "Cadillacs" of ground covers is the Mondo Grass.  I am featuring here the Black Mondo Grass although we also have silver and the more commonly seen green form.  The Black Mondo Grass only gets about twelve inches tall and does not run.  It forms a well defined and small clump.  It's perfect along a walkway.  It wants to get some sun and is fairly cold hardy.  Full sun along the coast is ideal.  A mature clump will only get about 18 inches wide.  Note that these put out small purple flowers.  The specials are for the 1 gallon sizes.  On the garden photos below you'll note all are the green variety.  This is because this is the most common type available.  Black is quite hard to find.  Silver is near impossible to find.  The last photo shows a large form of the green variety.

REGULAR PRICE BLACK AND SILVER MONDO $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $17.50
REGULAR PRICE GREEN MONDO GRASS $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL GREEN MONDO $15


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Mondo grasses various
Mondo grass Mondo grass Mondo Grass
Mondo Grass Mondo Grass Mondo Grass


ASPERAGUS 
FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN
CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

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

 

SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".  Habitat photo c/o M.C. in Australia.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
 

Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida 
Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp, PACSOA 
     
     
ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
RARE CYCAD FROM KENYA
UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE 

This is a large Central African cycad with an erect trunk up to thirty feet that is native to Mt. Lolokwe in the center of Kenya.  It is a fairly high elevation plant, up to 2000 feet natively.  As shown in the photos, leaves are four to six feet long and go upwards at about a 60 degree angle.  Color is a gray-green, definitely not a lime color.  The leaves are basically flat in cross section.  Leaflets are thin, crowded and perhaps slightly cupper - and are spiny along the margins.    

Like most cycads, this species likes good draining soil.  I'd recommend less than full sun with perhaps half day sun along the coast.  Inland areas would require bright filtered light. At our nursery, this species tolerated 25 degrees F. with no problem.  I suspect the coldest it will take is a few degrees below this.  Although this species is getting near impossible to find, we do have an assortment of sizes available including a large, near coning boxed plant. We are presently offering new seedlings on Special.  These are the first seedlings we've offered in many years and are shown in the first four photos.  I am also showing several other sizes of nursery plants.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS $60

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  These are easy to ship.

Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band
Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

CYCAS RUMPHII
THE QUEEN SAGO
GREEN, ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
MINIMAL ARMOR
ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

One would think availability of this green Cycas species would be more plentiful.  But, it's not and they are hard to find.  Cycas rumphi is native to far eastern countries including Papa New Guinea, Indonesia and Christmas Island.  It is a good sized species with overall height to 25 or 30 feet, a trunk diameter of 12 to 16 inches and leaves that green and 5 to 8 feet long.  Leaflets are soft and there is minimal armor only on the leaf stems.  Along the coast they do fine with full or part sun.  If you are far inland, give it strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid twenties F. or a bit colder.

Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants.  The first one is 7g followed by a citrus pot.  I then show an older plant with 20 inches of trunk.  And, finally a huge boxed specimen with over six feet of trunk.  The last row are medium sized garden plants.  Most of these plants are shippable.

Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii


ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
ONE OF MOST POPULAR CYCADS AROUND!

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Shown here are a 5g, 25g and some band sized seedlings.  The last two pictures are of garden plants.  Of note, because of this species popularity, we often run out on certain sizes.  You might want to check out an almost identical species, Encephalartos trispinosus.  We have a good supply of them.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus


OUR CYCAD SOIL
JUST GOT IN A NEW BATCH
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

Photos here show our cycad soil.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  We sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
A SUCKERING, BLUE FAN PALM
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 5 gallon sized plants which are about six years old.

This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  Expect a mature height in 20 years of five to seven feet.  Even though these 5 gallon are not huge plants, they are very large for a 5g for this species.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5g $62.50


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

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably better.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 5g on special are very nicely sized.  The larger nursery plant is a 25g below and is presently not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

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

 
 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 

 

THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
VERY BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT THE MOST COLD HARDY KING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE MULTI'S IN 1 GALLON

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more.   The crown shaft is a bit bulging.  Below are some comments I'd like to make on this species:

1.  It is NOT the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  25 degrees F. will definitely burn it and lower temps will kill it.  Two decades ago people said it was the most cold hardy.  This is not true.
2.  The degree of purple color you see in the crown shaft is quite variable.  If you see a picture of one with an intense purple color like on grape candy, it is probably "photo-shopped".  Only once have I seen anything like this where the color is brilliantly purple.  Expect a light purple or reddish hue, which is much more common.  Sometimes they are more green than any other color.  And, you won't see the purple color when they are juvenile.  They have to have some trunk height before it can be seen.  So, when you buy one you just have to wait for the color.
3.  A good way to recognize this species as a juvenile nursery plant is from the yellowish color to the stem and petiole.  (see photos).  Also, the underside of the leaves are intensely silver as shown here.  The crown shaft is green on young plants.
4.  There are only two species of King Palms which have ramenta (small hair-like fibers) on the underside of the leaflets.  These are the A. cunninghamiana and A. purpurea.  So, check the underside of the leaves.  If you see ramenta and they are silver, you are looking at an A. purpurea.   

The plants on special here are huge 1 gallon plants.  Most are multiples (2 or 3 plants).  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $32.50


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

Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g
Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS
BAND SIZE WITH TWO OR THREE PLANTS/POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE 


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  I wish to than L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are band size.  Most are multiples.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $22.50

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima by L Nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY QUERETARO 
VERY BLUE LEAVES
NEVER TOO LARGE OF A PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON CYCAD


This is an attractive variety of the cold hardy Dioon edule cycad.  It is native to the Queretaro region of Mexico.  It gets mature trunks up to four feet tall.  It is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  In habitat, it grows at elevations up to 4000 feet.  Leaves are about four feet long, leaflets are revolute and leaf color is a blue or blue green as shown here.  This is an easy cycad to grow that wants full sun, even in most desert areas.  It's rarely offered for sale.  Shown here are some very nice 1 gallon plants already showing their blue color.  Caudex sizes are about ping pong ball size.  The last photos shows an older boxed specimen at the nursery.

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

Remember: Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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Dioon edule var queretaro blue dioon queretaro leaf Dioon queretaro close up leaf
Dioon edule var queretaro blue Dioon edule var queretaro blue dIOON QUERETERO

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE CYCAD FROM EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
PROMINENT LEAFLETS SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1 GALLON PLANTS


This sought after rare cycad is from the Republic of South Africa.  It is similar to E. horridus but the leaflets are less lobed and leaf color is anywhere from green to blue.  It is a good growing species in Southern California.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland, part day sun or even strong filtered light is best.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  A very mature plant may have three feet of trunk or a bit more.  Shown here in the first five photos are the 1 gallon plants on sale.  The last row shows garden plants with a close up of a mature leaf.  The plants on special are several years old and carrying four to six leaves.  They are about ready for a 5 gallon transplant or to go in the ground.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

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


Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos aenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos aenarius

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY
WEBSITE TOUR OF THE NURSERY
UPDATED - LOTS OF NEW PICTURES
OUR HISTORY AND MOVE 20 YEARS AGO
WHERE WE ARE
WHAT WE GROW
SERVICES WE OFFER
WHY WE ARE UNIQUE

CLICK TO SEE TOUR

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

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

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


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

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

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM
INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

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

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


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

 

SABAL URESANA
YES, A BLUE SABAL!
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

For those of you who have tried to seek out this rather rare fan palm, you know that it's not easy to find.  Part of your quest should be to get plants from habitat location seeds.  Otherwise, seeds from botanical gardens can be hybridized and not give the nice blue color.  When plants are young, even as seedlings, you'll see the bluer leaves. This species is native to northern Mexico.  I've heard reports of plants even being found just inside the United States.  Expect a mature height of about 30 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.

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

Remember to mention this special for your discount when you purchase.

Sabal uresana Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana JS Sabal uresana

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM
WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnuba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 1g plants on sale.

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


Remember, mention this Special!

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

 

SUNDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THE "SKINNY QUEEN PALM"
PLUMOSE LEAVES
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This single trunk species is from Brazil and is fairly tall, easily over 30 feet.  Habitat specimens are up to 60 feet, similar to the common Queen Palm.  But, this species has a super narrow trunk as shown here.  It is light colored and has rings.  Leaves are plumose and arch.  It is a sun species with cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  There are quite a few nice specimens in the Southern CA area.  Shown here are large 5g plants.  We have only limited supplies available.

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Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea by RPS
Photo by TS at RPS

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!

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Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

SATURDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

ALOCASIA "BLACK STEM"
UNDERSTORY EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT
SUPER COOL BLACK STEMS
LIMITED NUMBERS

From a private grower we have gotten in this really impressive Alocasia that struck my fancy.  It has super dark, essentially black stems.  And, the black continues up into the leaf on the underside veins.  We tried one outdoors about two months ago - sort of an experiment to see how it would do with winter.  And, it had no damage with our low this year at 34 degrees F.  So, I got the last two or three to offer to customers.  These are in 5g pots and stand about four feet tall.  I anticipate it'll be an understory plant with filtered light.  I suspect a freeze would damage them.  Although just a guess, I'd say mature height will be about six feet.  No one knows presently the species name of this plant.  As mentioned, available only for a short time in very limited number.

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Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem  

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR GREEN TO GRAY
SHOWING THREE AVAILABLE NURSERY SIZES
FULL SUN IN MANY AREAS

This is one of my favorite cycads.  It is native to Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.  Although plants in the wild may have trunks of eight to ten feet, this will take many centuries.  A typical very old plant in a domestic garden has two to three feet of trunk.  With its small to medium sized crown of leaves, this species will therefore never obstruct a view or get too large.  Leaf color is typically a gray-green.  But, in less sun it may become more green.  I've seen plants that are in full sun and almost have a very gray color to the leaves (see photo below).  It is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  Along the coast it'll take full sun.  Far inland areas should consider morning sun or strong filtered light.

I am showing the following with the photos:
First two rows:  Two different 5g plants
Rows three and four:  Detail look at a nice 15g
Rows five and six:  Six different boxed old specimens
Bottom row:  Two garden specimens

We have a great selection of many sizes.  All can be shipped.

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

Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
 

 

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY, 2017

 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
OVERHEAD TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive fan palm is native to the islands of Kauai and Nihau in the Hawaiian chain.  It lives at about 500 feet elevation or more in dry forests.  There, some plants are found on dry cliffs.  Maybe because of its natural habitat, it does quite well in Southern California.  Plants get up to about 25 feet height with a narrow trunk for their height.  Leaves are green with some divisions of the leaf segments.  Old leaves may form a petticoat on the trunk as shown here.  Fruit is medium-large in size, up to 3/4 of an inch.  Culturally, this species takes full sun on the coast and wants morning sun further inland.  Cold tolerance is down to 25 to 27 degrees F.  
The plants on sale are one gallon although we may have larger sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $32.50

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount.  
 
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PRITCHARDIA REMOTA Pritchardia remota
Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY, 2017

  

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
THE SENIOR CITIZEN GROUP
SUPER OLD TREES

Most of us know what the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii, looks like.  But, I thought I'd show you pictures of plants that are at least fifty years old.  I've been following these particular trees individually for over thirty years and they were large when I first met them.   So, here's the "Senior citizens" of Spindle Palms.  The fourth photo shows the classic bulge in the mid-trunk.  But, on some trees you'll notice this is less apparent - almost as if the central bulge aborts.  I can't comment too much on this other than to say that this seems true on occasions and the bulge is less apparent.  I wish I had sequential, over the decades, photos of individual trees.  

Many are growing this sun-loving species here in Southern California and the tallest ones I know of are ten to twelve feet tall.  References say twenty feet is maximum and certainly some of these trees are pushing that height.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  At the nursery we have seedlings, 5g and 15g sizes for sale. 

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Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
5 gallon size
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
15 gallon size at nursery

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THE "SKINNY QUEEN PALM"
PLUMOSE LEAVES
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This single trunk species is from Brazil and is fairly tall, easily over 30 feet.  Habitat specimens are up to 60 feet, similar to the common Queen Palm.  But, this species has a super narrow trunk as shown here.  It is light colored and has rings.  Leaves are plumose and arch.  It is a sun species with cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  There are quite a few nice specimens in the Southern CA area.  Shown here are large 5g plants.  We have only limited supplies available.

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Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea by RPS
Photo by TS at RPS

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
THREE NICE SIZES TO PICK FROM
10 GALLON, 15 GALLON & 25 GALLON

AND, WE DO HAVE SMALLER
NEW RED EMERGENT LEAF

Many of you already know about this super popular, single trunk crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  It is most known for its newly emerging red leaf.  The color of this leaf varies from dark burgundy purple to almost pink.  And, any given plant can throw a different color at any time.  About 5% of all plants of this species do not throw a new red leaf - bad luck.  Mature height averages twenty-five feet with a clean trunk.  Often seen is white marbling to the trunk - a trait called "watermelon".  I'd estimate we see this with about a third of our randomly grown plants.  Right on the coast it tolerates full sun.  If you are inland, give it part day sun (AM best) or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

THREE SIZES ARE SHOWN BELOW:
FIRST ROW, 10 GALLON (like a squat 15g) - nice supply
SECOND ROW 15 GALLON - limited numbers
THIRD ROW 25 GALLON - very limited numbers
FOURTH ROW GARDEN SPECIMENS.


We are able to mail order these plants except for the 25g.  if you want big ones, we have to ship by the pallet.

My thanks to D.D. for supplying the red leaf photo below.

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CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA cHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA BY dd

 

WEDNESDAY, 1 FEBRUARY, 2017


CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
SUPER CUTE DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM
SIMPLE, UNDIVIDED LEAVES
A REAL COLLECTOR ITEM

This is an adorable small, single trunk, understory palm from Southern Mexico that is typically about two feet tall.  In habitat, it has been known to attain a height of three to four feet.  Trunks are quite thin, usually about a quarter of an inch thick.  Leaves are complete (simple) with no divided leaflets.  It is closely related to Chamaedorea geonomiformis, just smaller.  The lumping type taxonomists must drool at the possibility of someday lumping the two together.  It is rarely seen on the market.  Recently we got in about five of these and they sold the same day.  But, I still wanted to show them to you.  It wants filtered light and has a cold hardiness somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  Because of its rarity, little is offered about culture in reference books.  Anticipate in the future that, from time to time, we'll have small plants available.
 
    Chamaedorea tenella
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella  
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella

 

LOADING A PALLET OF CYCADS ONTO A TRUCK
ABOUT 1200 POUNDS OF PLANTS
PALLLET FRAMED IN TO PROTECT PLANTS

Yesterday we sent off a pallet of very large cycads to a warmer area of the East Coast.  Weather appeared good for the trip so we built a pallet and put the plants into it.  As you can see we strengthen it with cross braces for protection.  Without a lift gate and a pallet dolly, one cannot work with pallets this big or heavy.  In three to four days these plants will arrive at their destination.  I'm showing you these photos so you get a feel for what we mean when we say we can "ship by the pallet".

Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck
Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck  


ARECA MACROCARPA

PHILIPPINE PALM
SIMILAR TO ARECA CATHECHU
I FIGURED YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ONE

Although I am not growing or offering this rare palm species at the nursery, I thought I'd show you a few photographs from the Chapman Research Station in Miami. It is so rarely seen or grown that there are minimal photos on the Internet.  It is a medium sized, crown shafted palm that grows in the Philippines and, surprisingly, is mentioned as being somewhat cold hardy.  I am not sure what that means.  Here we cannot grow Areca catechuand this species closely resembles it.  I know of no one here growing Areca macrocarpa here.  It is supposed to get to a height of about 20-25 feet.  The crown shaft is a bright green and the overall appearance is quite elegant.  The first five photos are of this species.  The bottom row of A. catechu.  If anyone has information on this species, please contact me.

 
Areca macrocarpa Areca macrocarpa Areca macrocarpa
Areca macrocarpa Areca macrocarpa Arca catechu
Arca catechu Areca catechu  

 

 

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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 and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the 
left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  


END OF OLDER POSTS FOR FEBRUARY, 2017 

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GET A GOOD SELECTION OF PLANTS
WITH THE BEST SPECIES AROUND

ANY TYPE - PALMS OR CYCADS
AND, SAVE MONEY ON DELIVERY & THE PLANTS!

Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
Shipping By the Pallet - Best Way to Save on Larger Orders of Big Plants


There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


HOW IT WORKS & BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET OR DELIVERY:

*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
*  Easier and cheaper to send much bigger plants up to 24 inch box size and 8.5 feet tall
*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
*  Typically same arrival times (or quicker) as ground services with UPS or Federal Express
*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
*  Get a discount up to 15% off on the regular price of the plants themselves when you get a large load  

 

SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

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


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

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY
SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
(Sample Plants Shown Below - Click below for full presentation)

CLICK TO SEE FULL PRESENTATION
 
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
 
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
 
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
 
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
 
 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
 

(or, look at the quick review below) 

COLD HARDY PALM TREES
A Quick Look at Some Species

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA

THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS 
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIMES EVEN ON SPECIAL!


If you like different and colorful companion plants for the floor of the garden, check out these plants.  Remember, a garden is not complete until you put in the companion plants and add some color.  Our selection changes frequently and, on some, are seasonal.  Examples of such plants are given here with a link below to a new Website Article recently published on "Tropical Plants".  

I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT JUNGLE MUSIC IS YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR RARE AND COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE!


Croton Rieger begonia coleus
aoenium blossom Hedychium giner kalanchoe
begonia richmondensis guzmania jacobinia
Ti plant strobilanthus coleus
kalanchoe Pavonia wikipedia
Pavonia, c/o Wikipedia
spring color
Pink Ti Alocasia Black magic
nerogelia Heliconia tillandsia
Tillandsia bromeliad spring color
spring color
This photo and last from our Display Garden
coleus calendiva
curly croton pinstripe ginger spring color
geranium geraneum Croton
philodendron prince of orange croton
anthurium miniature heliconia orchid

 

 

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AT ONCE - ONE PAGE

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TROPICAL PLANTS

DESCRIPTION , PHOTOS, AVAILABILITY and REGULAR PRICES

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT TROPICAL PLANTS!

 

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

Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma.  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
FRONT JUNGLE MUSIC ENTRANCE TO GREENHOUSE 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.

seedlings jungle music Street 1 CYCADS AND PALMS
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling table jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings CYCAD TABLE

 

 

MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
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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THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT?    
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?


PRESENTLY GOING ON SIX 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 torallyiii 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

 

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

 

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.  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
Howea forsteriana   
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis   
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi   
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata   
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species   
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species   
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca   
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species   
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus   
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida   
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena   
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum   
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos   
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina   
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata   


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

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZES


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

 

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

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

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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