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MONDAY, 30 JUNE, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
"BLUNT TIP FORM"
FROM SAME ENCINITAS GARDEN

I am going to show some more plants from the garden that Jesse visited.  This South African cycad is one of my favorites.  I've written about it many times on this Blog.  But, shown here is a very unusual and sought after form that you'll rarely see.  This plant is the 'blunt tip" form of Encephalartos longifolius.  If you look at the third photo, you'll notice the ends of the leaflets are rounded and have a "notch" on the side margin at the end of the leaflet.  In comparison, the last photo shows an E. longifolius with leaflets that come to a point.  It's a subtle difference but when you see the blunt tip up close it is very cool.  By the way, if that "side notch" becomes prominent enough, some would call it "blunt tip, fishtail" but that might be a bit too descriptive for me.

Otherwise they are similar.  This specie's color is green to blue or somewhere in between.  It is a medium sized, sun loving species that has somewhat arched and keeled leaves.  I'll estimate this plant I'm showing today came from our nursery about ten years ago.  It is nice sized.  We do have a limited number of this form for sale.
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
rounded end of leaflet tip with subtle side notch
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius leaf detail
different specimen, standard leaflet form

 

DYPSIS BARONII
MEDIUM SIZED, CLUMPING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
SPECIMEN FROM SAME ENCINITAS GARDEN

The palm shown here is also from this same garden.  It's gotten a lot of sun and is thriving.  As we've come to understand this species over time, it is a very variable species with individual plant differences in leaf form, stem color and overall size.  Typically, this form always suckers.  The plant shown here is an estimated fifteen feet tall.  I'd estimate it'll put on another five feet of height over time.  Trunk diameters are about four inches.  Trunk color is silver-green.  It is about eight miles from the ocean in our area.  It's seen summer highs approaching 100 degrees F. 

We do have a limited selection of these for sale.  Shown here is a 5g nursery plant.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii  

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
NICE PLANT IN SAME ENCINITAS GARDEN
WILL MAKE LARGER CROWN SHAFTED PALM

Of course, this species is also from Madagascar.  In the wild, these are almost always single trunked.  But, in domestic gardens, I've seen them make as many as a clump of four trunks.  Plant appearance is super variable.  Leaf color can be prominently green or an almost blue.  Crown shaft color varies from green to silver to white.  Leaves are sometimes flat, other times keeled.  The plant shown here has upright leaflets and a keeled leaf.  The crown shaft is mostly a white color.  It has an estimated 18 inches of trunk and is in full sun.

The hallmark of culture on this species is that it is is so slow growing.  I mean, you have to be patient.  And, if you aren't and think you'll find big boxed specimens around, think again.  You probably won't.  It likes full sun and is surprisingly cold hardy, probably to about 19 degrees F.

We have an assortment of sizes for sale.  Shown is a 5g nursery plant.
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EQUATORIALIS
LARGE, UPRIGHT LEAF CYCAD FROM UGANDA
SPECIMEN GROWING IN ENCINITAS, CA

I'm showing you this species because you may not get another chance to see one.  It is unbelievably rare and there few plants in habitat.  It has green leaves and typically will sucker when mature with multiple trunks.  Trunk height is up to fifteen feet.  Leaf length is up to ten feet.  Leaves grow upward and leaflets are tightly spaces and point toward the end of the leaves. (this is variable).  The caudex as shown here when juvenile has this white color, typical of Central African cycads.  This plant is just starting to put on some trunk.  I'd estimate it's been in the ground for about ten years although I don't recall the size when purchased.  I do not have this rare species for sale right now but do have nice E. laurentianus, bubalinus, whitelockii and other large Central African species.
Encephalartos equatorialis Encephalartos equatorialis
Encephalartos equatorialis Encephalartos equatorialis  

 

The reason I wanted to show you all these plants grown here in Encinitas is to demonstrate that they do great here
and you too can probably grow them in your locality if conditions are right.

MORE PLANTS BELOW FROM ENCINITAS GARDEN

 

BUTIA YATAY
A BLUE BUTIA SPECIES
PLANT AT THE ENCINITAS GARDEN

If I have more time this morning, I'll show a few more palms from our customer's garden in Encinitas.  Shown here is Butia yatay, a nice South American Butia species that has a definite blue color.  This plant is probably ten years old.  It is quite attractive.  We still have a few 5g plants left, see below.  These are hard to come across.  It's a sun species.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be 16 degrees F.  Interestingly, although this garden plant doesn't have much trunk, a photo shows how it is setting seeds.
Butia yatay Butia yatay
Butia yatay Butia yatay  

 

COLPOTHRINAX COOKII 
THICK TRUNK TROPICAL FAN PALM
RARE SPECIES GROWING IN ENCINITAS


This species is one of three species of this super rare genus.  All have thick trunks with Colpothrinax wrightii having a bulge in the central trunk, off the ground.  The first photo is of a juvenile plant that is at our customer's garden in eastern Encinitas.  It's seen very cold weather and is plugging away.  It's about five feet tall.  he got it from us and planted it.  We are presently out of this species but are trying to get more avilable.  The photos below are by Bo Lundvist and Rolf Kyburz.
Colpothrinax cookii Colpothrinax cookii
Colpothrinax cookii B.G. Lundvist, Pacsoa
Colpothrinax cookii: Photo by Bo Lundvist, PACSOA 
Colpothrinax wrightii Rolf Kybruz PACSOA
Colpothrinax wrightii by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA 
 

CYCAS THOUARSII
FAST GROWING CYCAS FROM MADAGASCAR
PICTURES OF AN ENCINITAS PLANT

I've certainly blogged this species before and if you look below you'll see the thread.  Specifics on this species are there.  This particular plant came form our nursery and is in the same garden I've been discussing this morning.  It was planted in full sun but is now in filtered light because of growth of adjacent palm trees.  It's a fine plant with formation of some trunk.   We've got nice plants form 5g size up through box size.   Along the coast it does fine with full sun; inland areas should give it part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.
Cycas thouarsii  Cycas thouarsii 
Cycas thouarsii  Cycas thouarsii
15 gallon size at nursery 
Cycas thouarsii
assorted 5 gallon plants at nursery 

 

SATURDAY, 28 JUNE, 2014

PLANTS FROM A GARDEN HERE IN ENCINITAS, NEAR OUR NURSERY

 

BRAHEA ARMATA VERSUS BRAHEA CLARA

Yesterday, my son Jesse visited the garden of a long-time customer of ours who lives in Encinitas, CA.  His garden is a bit inland, perhaps eight miles from the ocean.  It sees highs in the nineties F. on a routine summer basis and cold temperatures in the twenties every winter.  His worst cold was in 2007 when his garden got down to about 22 degrees F.  The plants do get a lot of nice, not sun.  I'd estimate that his garden began about ten to twelve years ago.  So, his plants have some age but are not totally mature.  Most, but not all of his plants in the garden came from our nursery.

Below is a comparison in appearance of Brahea armata and Brahea clara.  I've discussed these two species before on this Blog.  Many argue that Brahea clara is, at best, a variety of B. armata.  Others say it's a separate species.  But, nowhere can you find side by side photographs of both so you can compare them.  Below you'll see this.  The most striking difference that I note at this time is in the petiole.  Brahea clara are more of a green color compared to the blue of armata.  In addition to the color, note the spines and armor on these stems.  Remember that both plants have seen essentially the same weather and are of comparable ages.  Also note how the Brahea clara leaf stems are clean and smooth.  There are none of the dorsal petiole hairs you see on the Brahea armata.  Rather, clara are smooth and shiny.  Also, the petiole of the B. clara also appears to be longer to me.  Perhaps clara leaves are somewhat more flat as well.

This is just one comparison of two plants and other individual plants could show other similarities or differences.  But, I thought these photographs would get you started on understanding these two "species".  Of course, we have both species for sale.  Both love hot sun.  Both take temperatures into the mid-teens F.  And, both are blue.  We can ship these easily right to your door.  An assortment of sizes are available.

                                                                                             

BRAHEA ARMATA  BRAHEA CLARA
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SPECIES "NO WINDOWS"
BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
GOOD SIZED SPECIMEN IN THE SAME GARDEN, ENCINITAS, CA

Over the next week or so, I'll show you some more photos that Jesse took yesterday from our customer's garden.  Shown here is a Beccariophoenix species from Madagascar that, for a decade, has had the name "no windows" attached to it because it didn't have the juvenile windows seen on another species of this genus.  This plant is about fifteen feet tall, has very upright leaves, is in full sun and has seen the 2007 severe freeze with temperatures down to about 22 degrees F.  Note the stiff, upright leaves, the dark green color and the fibrous trunk.  This will become a large palm at least to forty feet tall when mature.  We do have this species for sale in all sorts of sizes.

Finally, just to clarify, there are presently three different species of Beccariophoenix:

Beccariophoneix "no windows" which is B. madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix "windows" which John Dransfield just named Beccariophoenix fenestralis this month in the journal Palms
Beccriophoenix alfredii, discussed below in this month's Blog
bECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS  Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
Beccariophoenix species "no windows" Beccariophoenix species "no windows" Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
nursery plant in box at our nursery
Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
15g plant at our nursery
Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
another garden specimen in Vista, CA
Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
5g plant at our nursery

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
AKA DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE "RED"
NICE SPECIMEN, SAME GARDEN, IN FULL SUN

From the same garden I am presently showing you what we have sold over the years as Dypsis ambositrae.  We also called it "Dypsis ambositrae red" because, as a seedling and juvenile plant, it had a lot of red in the petiole and stem.  (see last two photos).  Our feeling is that these plants may well be the elusive true "Dypsis ambositrae" that has evaded collectors for years.  This is a nearly extinct plant from Madagascar that gets to a height of about thirty feet and is single trunked.  It has keeled leaves that arch downwards with very upright leaflets.  Trunk size is not large, perhaps up to eight inches.

The plant shown here is in full sun and has an age of estimated eight to ten years.  It is a good growing species and one of the best Dypsis we've ever offered for sale.  Our nursery supply has dwindled but we still have some for sale.  The last photo was taken from Rusty's yard in coastal Encinitas.  Note how it is still showing the red color.  Obviously, this color is lost in the sun and over time.
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae
nursery plant
Dypsis ambositrae
plant in Rusty's garden still showing red
 

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARA
THE SEA SHORE PALM
CUTE DWARF PALM TREE
NICE SPECIMEN, SAME ENCINITAS GARDEN

From the same garden here in Encinitas, I am showing you an interesting species of sun-loving palm that never gets over about six feet.  As you may know, there are few truly dwarf, sun-loving palm trees.  But, this is one of them and probably the most attractive of this group.  It comes from Brazil where it literally lives right on the sandy sea shores. 

This species has plumose leaves, green or silver-green color and the most peculiar looking blossoms around (third photo).  Cold tolerance is into the teens F. and they prefer sun and heat.  The specimen shown here is about five feet tall and is thriving.  It'll not get much taller.  Of note, as these mature, they give the appearance of being suckering plants.  But, they are single trunk. 

I'm also showing a nursery plant.  Of note, this coming week we're getting in some very old 15g plants, desert grown, that should be spectacular. 
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Another garden plant, this one in filtered light
Allagoptera arenaria
5 gallon sized nursery plant

 

THURSDAY, 26 JUNE, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TWO NICE PLANTS ON TEN DAY SALE

 This is probably the most popular cycad that I sell.  Almost everyone who grows cycads has one.  It is native to the Natal district of South Africa.  It is not a large plant.  A caudex of three foot height would be huge.  The crown width is variable but usually about four feet.  The prominent characteristic is that the leaves are super gnarly.  Leaflets are spiky, pronged and ferocious.  The color is blue.  This blue color is maximal when the plant is outdoors in sun.  As these two plants were grown inside the greenhouse, the blue color will markedly improve if grown outdoors.  This species likes sun in most areas and is cold tolerant to 22 degrees F.

This might be the first time I've ever put good sized Encephalartos. horridus on a ten day special.  I'm offering two different plants.  The first is in a 15g pot and has a cuadex of 5 inches.  The second is in a 7g pot with a caudex of 6 inches.  Historically and for the past decade from most cycad nurseries, nice sized plants of this species sell for $150 per inch of caudex.  So, it's not a very affordable species to buy. But, they are hard to find with any size and nurseries rarely have them for sale.

PLANT #1 REGULAR PRICE $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL PLANT #1 $600

PLANT #2 REGULAR PRICE $900
TEN DAY SPECIAL PLANT #2 $700


The sale only applies to these two E. horridus.  To get these prices, just mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Both plants can be easily shipped within the U.S.
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #1, 15g, 5 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #1, 15g, 5 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #1, 15g, 5 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #1, 15g, 5 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #2, 7g, 6 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #2, 7g, 6 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #2, 7g, 6 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #2, 7g, 6 inch
Encephalartos horridus
E. horridus #2, 7g, 6 inch
E. horridus Encephalartos horridus box
Different nursery plant, this one not on salet

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This great palm is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.

I'm offering the 15g size as shown on special.  I have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $175

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

 

RHAPIS SPECIES, VERY OLD SPECIMEN
PROBABLY RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
25 GALLON SIZE, TWENTY YEARS OLD

The first plant shown here has been at the nursery for about a decade.  I don't recall where I acquired it.  It's in a 25g pot and has about ten canes.  The plant height, in the container, is about 7 to 8 feet.  Note how the canes are super thin.  If it was a Rhapis humilus, I'd expect larger canes.  So, I think it is R. multifida.  I'm showing a plant in the third row below that is a definite multifida at the nursery.  This species has anywhere between twelve and twenty-five leaflets.  Canes are thin and tidy.  It's near impossible to find large specimens like this.  This species likes filtered light outdoors, is cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and peaks out at a height of about nine to ten feet.  Right now I only have these two large specimens on this species.
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
A different 25g Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
Typical leaf

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO SIZES

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we just got in.  They are both at least ten years old and in 15g and 25g pots.  The larger ones have caudex sizes of about nine inches.  You never see plants like this on sale.

This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $350

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $450

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices.  And, you'll note these prices are a bit lower than last time I got these beauties in.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

TILANDSIA SPECIES
AIR PLANTS MOUNTED TO A BOARD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON CLUSTER, TWO SIZES


About ten days ago we got in a batch of clustered Tilsandsia.  I do not know the specific species nor did our supplier.  I don't know for sure but suspect the supplier brought these in from Mexico.  Each cluster was four or five plants.  Joaquin decided to mount them on some flat boards as shown here.  We have done this many times before.  They are tied on with fishing line.  They'll root onto the board and be happier than clams.

We have two sizes as shown.  They tolerate full sun and just want to be hit by the hose ever week or two.  They'll most likely blossom in summer.  In my experience the blossoms are either pink, red or purple.  I haven't yet seen the blossoms on these plants.  On these boards the clusters will get bigger and bigger over time.  They are fun to have.  They can be mounted on a post, tied to a palm trunk or just displayed on the patio.  They seem to tolerate pretty cold weather but I'm not sure of the minimum temperatures they'll take.  We've never had cold issues with them at the nursery.  We have limited numbers available..

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES & PRICES:
SMALL SIZE AS SHOWN $45
LARGER SIZE AS SHOWN $65


The larger clumps probably have fifteen to twenty attached plants by estimate. Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Try it inside; easy to ship!
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

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

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE BLUE TO GREEN, PRICKLY CYCAD
NURSERY TOUR OF MULTIPLE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE/ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

To me this South African cycad is quite similar to the nearby species, Encephalartos horridus.  Some people call it the "green horridus".  Interestingly, the two natural habitats are close to each other.  But, there are differences in the cone, leaflet shape and usually in the color.  Horridus, when in sun, is almost always blue.  E. arenarius can be anything from green to almost the same blue as horridus.  Encephalartos arenarius is a medium sized cycad with stem heights typically under six feet.  In the U.S., a plant with a three foot caudex is considered "massive".  Leaves are usually three to four feet long.  Leaflets are prominently lobed and prickly as shown here.  Rate of growth is slow to medium.  This is a part day or full sun species with a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F.  In the desert it'll take less sun.  Some have grown it in filtered lights in many areas.

Comments should be made about the color of this species' leaflets.  They can be green, blue or anything in between.  They are always more blue outside in the sun (not in the greenhouse) as the blue is from a blue waxy material that is given off by the leaflets and prevents desiccation on the plant. There is a "True Blue" species which represents a colony with a different cone.  These plants are near impossible to obtain and enthusiasts often argue as to whether they really have one of these or not.  I should also mention that there's variability in the width of the leaflets.  I'm particular fond of clones with super wide leaflets and a dark green color.

I am showing you here quite a few plants.  I have labeled the first picture of that plant followed by more of the same cycad.  I've shown sizes from box down to seedlings.  We have an excellent supply available for sale. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: ANY ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE

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

Encephalartos arenarius
Triple caudex, each 9 inches, in 24 inch box
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Cycad in 7g pot with 9 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
A 15g plant, 7 inch caudex with a pup
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
15g cycad with 7 to 8 inch diameter and 9 inch vertical
caudex height
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Seedlings of "blue" form from male and female
parents that were super blue.
Encephalartos arenarius
5g plant, age about five years
Encephalartos arenarius
A different boxed plant, about a 12 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius
Blue arenarius in garden
Encephalartos arenarius
Leaflet of the "true blue" form
Encephalartos arenarius wide leaflet
E. arenarius with wide and stacking leaflets

mature plant in a garden
E. arenarius
Another shot of the wide, stacking leaflets - very cool

 

TUESDAY, 24 JUNE, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

 

COPERNICIA BERTEROANA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM FROM HISPANIOLA
CIRCULAR GREEN LEAVES

This rare palm species comes from the Caribbean islands of Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet with a rather thin ten inch trunk diameter.  Old leaf bases fall off so the trunk is relatively clean.  This is a green leafed species with no silver on either side of the leaf.  The leaf segments may flex downwards a bit.  It is a sun species and can tolerate a freeze.  And, for Copernicia (slow growing), it is felt to be one of the fastest growing of the genus.

We have available some nice 5g plants of this very rare and hardly ever available species.  In fact, I think this is the first time I've ever blogged this palm.  I've shown a mature palm here from a botanical garden.
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana

 

COPERNICIA MACROGLOSSA
SMALLER,THIN TRUNKED CUBAN FAN PALM
FIVE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

I have extremely limited numbers of this very thin trunk yet exotic fan palm from coastal Cuba.  It only gets to a height of fifteen feet with an eight inch thick trunk.  The leaVES are stiff and held upright.  When they age they hang downwards.  When old and brown they should be removed to make the tree more attractive.  Leaves are held on a very short petiole, five to six feet wide and green above and silver-green below.  Many enthusiasts are growing this species in Southern California.  It is near impossible to find for sale.  It can tolerate a freeze, likes full, hot sun and is very slow growing.  The 5g shown here is at least five years old. 
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa

 

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, 22 JUNE, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
MUNCH'S CYCAD
GREEN AND BLUE FORMS

This extremely rare cycad comes from Mt. Zembe in western Mozambique.  It grows at an altitude of approximately 3000 feet.  There are fewer than 50 plants in habitat and some say the number is much less with only about 15 mature plant remaining.  It is considered a critically endangered species and in threat of extinction in the wild.  Historically, it was one of the original "Manikensis Complex" plants that was divided off as a species about 30 years ago.

This species is a medium sized plant with trunks that are never more than three feet tall.  Leaves average four feet in length.  Leaflets are narrow and have some spines on both margins.  It is formally described as having a "blue-green" color.  I've found that there are plants that are definitely green and others that are definitely blue and then everything in between.  So, the color is variable.  Most striking in trying to recognize this species are the thin leaflets and overall leaf appearance.

Shown here is an extremely old E. munchii with a caudex size of about 11 inches.  It is over 20 years old.  I've tried to show plants of different colors including some other nursery plants.  The first five photos are of the green plant I'm showing today. 
Encephalartos munchii green Encephalartos munchii green
Encephalartos munchii green  Encephalartos munchii green  Encephalartos munchii green 
Encephalartos munchii
Blue-green plant in garden 
Encephalartos munchii green
Green form in garden 
Encephalartos munchii blue at nursery
Juvenile blue form at nursery 
Encephalartos munchii
Leaf detail on garden plant 
Encephalartos munchii blue
Seedling, blue form at nursery 
Encephalartos munchii green 

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
ATTRACTIVE, THIN TRUNK PALM FROM QUEENSLAND
HUGE 25 G PLANTS AVAILABLE

In the late 1970's, I was at a Palm Society meeting and a fellow visiting from Australia reached into his pocket and pulled out a few palm seeds I had never seen before.  He said "these are Foxtail seeds".  At that time I didn't even know of this new palm.  He wanted ten dollars a seed ( a lot back then) and had a pocket full of seeds.  He sold them to enthusiasts in about one minute.  Back then, no one knew of this palm.  An actual black market for seeds ensued in Australia for this then super sought after and new species.  The plant was placed on the endangered species list quickly by the Australian government as the habitat colony of this species was quite small.  Today there are literally tens of thousand fruiting trees around the world and, as a species, Wodyetia is not threatened in any fashion because of the distribution of seeds.

In domestic gardens, it's a medium sized tree with typical mature heights of twenty-five feet.  Taller specimens are occasionally seen in the tropics.  The leaves are very plumose and the trunk is thin.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Trunk diameter is about six to eight inches, swollen at the base. 

The 25 gallon sized plants shown here are fifteen feet tall in their pots.  This species likes heat and full sun.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It doesn't like being right near the oceanfront as the salt can brown tip the leaflets.  But, people still grow them right near the beach.  I have other sizes of this species for sale as well.  Realize that the ones shown here are rarely available here in Southern California.
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Leaf detail showing plumose character.  These leaves
are quite fluffy and plumose, thus the name "Foxtail".j 
Wodyetia bifurcata Wikipedia
Phioto of seeds, Wikipedia 
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata JW San Diego
Three trees in Clairmont area of San Diego 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Extremely tall plants in Australia 
Wodyetia by Michael Gray, PACSOA
photo by Michael Gray, PACSOA 
 

 

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

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIEGATED
ANOTHER 15 GALLON PLANT
NICE YELLLOW ON GREEN PATTERN

Several days ago I showed you the Zuikonishiki variety of Rhapis excelsa that had variegation.  I wanted to show another 15 gallon plant this morning to show how cool these plants are.  I do not know the variety name of this plant.  Note the yellow to cream color contrasted to the green of the leaflets.  Expect this plant to get to a mature height of no more than five feet.  These variegates are typically dwarf plants.  This plant has about six canes.  They like filtered light and are cold hardy into the upper teens F.  I have a pretty good selection of mature variegated Rhapis of various cultivars for sale.  
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
SHORTER, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is  single trunk fan palm from Guadalupe Island, Mexico.  It has a rather stout trunk and gets about ten feet of trunk in thirty years.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves full, hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas. It is also a good oceanfront palm and tolerates salt airs.  (see photo of plants right by Mission Bay).  It is fairly slow growing.  Also, for some reason, it is difficult to find.  We are offering nice 5g plants on sale.

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

Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.  My supply of these is diminishing as many people order these mail order for colder areas.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 


BLECHNUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"
NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species never makes a large plant.  But, it does resemble the classic "Tree Fern".  It has a short, small trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter, an overall height typically of under six feet and crown widch of four feet.  It prefers filtered light and will tolerate temperatures into the 20's F.  People in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  Be aware that this species, like all ferns, needs water.

Note that there are many species of "Blechnum Ferns".  I apologize that I don't know the species name of these plants we got in, but they will remain small and are very nice.

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

Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE ONE GALLON KENTIA PALMS
GREAT HOUSEPLANT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G SIZE


I've talked extensively at my Blog today about this species.  It prefers filtered light or perhaps full day sun on the coast.  It's one of the best interior palms there is.  We have available huge 1g pots.  They are bigger than most nurseries' 5g plants.  This species does great outdoors in many areas of Southern California and is a wonderful house plant.  We have singles or multiples.  Some are six feet tall!  Can be mail ordered but a tall box.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this reduced price.
 
Howea forsteriana 1 galloni  Howea forsteriana 1g

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

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

SATURDAY, 21 JUNE, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
GORGEOUS BOXED SPECIMEN
OUTDOOR GROWN, READY TO GO


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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
LIKE THE PLANT ABOVE?  TOO EXPENSIVE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVERAL VERY LARGE 5G PLANTS

So, you like the big boxed E. natalensis shown above but know you can't afford it?  Well, I found some huge 5g plants and am putting them on special.  Caudex size is 4.5 to 6.5 inches.  I only have a handful at this great price.  These are very old and still in their 5g pot.  The significance of this is that I can ship them anywhere in the U.S. very affordably. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE E. NATALENSIS $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $225

For a six inch African cycad, this is a great buy.  They'll be gone in a few days, so don't dally.  And, mention this special to get this price.
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
SILVER CROWN SHAFT, LORD HOWE ISLAND PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This medium sized, crown shafted palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  There are four species of palms from this island.  The Kentia Palm is at the lowest altitude, near sea level.  Next up the mountains is the Howea belmoreana.  Then, above the belmoreana is Hedyscepe.  Because of this, progressively more cold tolerance (slight) is seen.  When grown in part day sun or strong filtered light, this species has a silver trunk.  If grown in sun, the silver is limited to the crown shaft.  Leaves are curved and keeled.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
TROPICAL FAN PALM NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE SELL!
 

Our nursery has been selling Pritchardias for longer than almost any nursery in the country.  It began back in the 1970's when I became so enthralled with this genus.  We've literally sold thousands of many species and many of them are now huge specimens in Southern California.

Most of the species we grow are native to Hawaii.   There are some from the South Pacific, but we've found the Hawaiian species to be the best.  They've proven easy to grow in many areas of Southern California.  They tolerate coastal sun or part day sun.  Inland areas require filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. on most of them.  None are armed. 

Leaves are green, sometimes with a silver or brown discoloration on the underside.  Most species have flat leaves, some with a bit of undulation.  All are exotic.  Heights are variable depending on the species.  There are dwarf species and others that get up to forty feet; one is perfect for everyone's garden!

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE SELL!
15% OFF ANY SIZE PRITCHARDIA FOR TEN DAYS


You must mention this Blog only special to get this discount.  It's sort of a reward for readers' supporting this Blog.  We have sizes ranging from small band seedlings on up to flowering boxed specimens.
Pritchardia  Pritchardia 
Pritchardia  Pritchardia  Pritchardia
Garden Pritchardia 
 

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering pinnate palm species from Asia is desirable for several reasons.  It is a semi-dwarf species, rarely over eight to ten feet tall.  It is also a great species to "block the neighbor" from looking over the fence (privacy creating species).  It is super cold hardy for a pinnate palm, going down into the teens F.  Finally, the blossoms are very fragrant.  We just got in some nice 5g plants and are passing on the savings to you. I've included an older stock photo showing you a near-mature plant at the nursery.  Note the height.  It will thicken with more canes over time, but not get much taller.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


You must mention this Blog only price when ordering.
Arenga engleri 5g Arenga engleri
Older photo of a larger 25g sized plant

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
LARGE BLUE MADAGASCAR FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

As many people taken advantage of our special on this great blue palm from Madagascar, we're offering it again.  These are nice 15g plants.  It is a single trunk species, gets a trunk of about 18 inches in diameter, and will eventually in many decades get a height of approximately forty feet.  Cold tolerance is the low 10's F., and growth rate is medium.  It is a sun species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95


READ ARTICLE ON BISMARCKIA


To get the discount above, just mention this special when purchasing.
Bismarckia  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia     

 

FRIDAY, 20 JUNE, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
HUGE BOXED SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

This amazing cycad species was named after the late Loran Whitelock, author and expert on cycads.  It is native to  Uganda.  When I first started growing these about twenty years ago (prior to it being formally named), it was known as "The Uganda Giant" and "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George".  These names were used because it was indeed a huge plant but also that it resembled the elusive E. laurentianus which has even larger and longer leaves.  Encephalartos whitelockii gets a trunk up to fifteen feet and has twelve foot long leaves.  New leaves seem to go straight up.  Older leaves will relax and hang more horizontal.  Leaf color is green and leaflets are narrow for such a big leaf and slightly armed.

Many are successfully growing this species in Southern California.  It is a fast growing cycad, at least in terms of making longer and longer leaves.  But, we've found it slow to make a large caudex.  The plant shown here has an almost eleven inch caudex with an age of twelve to fourteen years.  It's been outdoor grown and has about nine foot leaves presently.  It has been in full sun.  If you're a bit inland, consider part day sun for this species.  It'll show a darker green.  In desert areas, filtered light is mandatory.  We, of course, have many smaller plants for sale but this is probably our largest on this species.
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Plant tilted toward you to look from above
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
THE TALLEST CYCAD IN THE WORLD
TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLD SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

When my son, Jesse, and I visited Queensland in the year 2000, we saw huge Lepidozamia hopei in the wild.  They were gigantic, some over forty feet tall.  They are indeed the tallest trunked cycad on this planet.  And, they are easy to grow in Southern California.  The boxed specimen shown here has been outdoor grown in full sun for the past twenty five years.  It has a caudex size of nine inches diameter and about 17 inch height.  Leaves of this species are long, over ten feet.  But, the nicest thing is that this species do NOT have any spines or armor.  You can literally brush a leaf against your face and not be hurt.

Leaf color is green and leaflets are very shiny as shown here.  This is a gorgeous species.  Right on the coast you can grow it in full sun although most give it part day sun.  We also should have 5g and 15g for sale.  Make sure you give it some room as the leaves spread horizontally as well.  I can ship any cycad right to your door.  Cold tolerance of this species is about 22 degrees F., perhaps a degree or two colder.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Leaf detail, a different plant
Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei
female cone, different plant
Lepidozamia hopei
A different 15g plant for sale
Lepidozamia hopei
Close up view of leaf of another nursery plant

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
AKA OPSIANDRA MAYA
LARGE BOXED PLANTS AVAILABLE

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

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

 

PYRROSIA LINGUA
THE TONGUE FERN
OLD SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA VAR. ZUIKONISHIKI
OLDER 15G PLANT AVAILABLE
VARIEGATED LADY PALM

Variegated Rhapis excelsa are a very collectible and sought after palm.  What I'm showing you presently is one such palm.  Most of the named varieties of variegated Rhapis carry Japanese names.  In that country, there is huge demand for these impossible to find plants.  This plant is the variety "zuikonishiki".  Almost all variegate Rhapis are dwarf species, rarely over six feet tall.  Most are used inside homes and offices.  There is quite a status symbol attached to them.  They, when small, are put into collectible and very expensive containers. 

This is an older plant, probably about 25 years old and originally part of a very famous collection.  It has eight to ten mature canes and variegation.  I apologize that the photos don't show it well.  It is a filtered light plant, cold tolerant into the low 20's.  BTW, it's not an inexpensive palm to buy.  This plant is botanical garden quality. 
Rhapis zuikonishiki Rhapis zuikonishiki
Rhapis zuikonishiki Rhapis zuikonishiki Rhapis zuikonishiki
Leaf from different nursery plant

 

UNKNOWN ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
MASSIVE BOXED SPECIMEN FOR SALE
UPRIGHT LEAVES WITH FAIRLY NARROW LEAFLETS

This very large cycad has been growing in sun at our nursery for about twenty years.  It's seen 25 degrees F. while here.  Long ago the label was lost.  We are not quite sure what it is.  I apologize that I don't have the close ups of the leaflets, but they are quite narrow and somewhat armed.  They are also cupped a bit.  I'll try to take more photos later today and post them later.

The trunk is sixteen inches wide and sixteen inches tall.  It's remarkable that it hasn't busted open this box.  Leaves are about eight feet long and green in color.  This is a South African species.  We are just not quite sue what it is.  If you think you know, email me.  It is for sale.  BTW, it is a male.  one photo shows a male cone, already spent.
Encephalartos species box huge Encephalartos species box huge
Encephalartos species box huge
Box tilted toward you to look "from above"
Encephalartos species box huge Encephalartos species box huge
Encephalartos species box huge    

 

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY, 19 JUNE, 2014

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
GREEN BISMARCKIA
15G SIZE AVAILABLE

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

Shown here is an older 15g plant of Bismarckia Mayotte Island.  It is quite chunky and sun grown.  It even saw 102 degrees F. in our last Santa Ana and did ok with that.  It essentially has never been in our greenhouses.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Limited numbers of this rare palm remain in our inventory.  So, if you are a "Madagascar Nut" and want to try different things, get one while I have them.
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Another plant showing red color
Bismarckia Mayotte Island TS RPS    

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
SMALL, SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G PLANTS

Yesterday I got in a batch of very nice 10g Zamia furfuracea that I'm putting on special.  This species is native to south-eastern Mexico.  It is a semi-dwarf species.  Some clones don't get over three feet tall.  Others can get to head height (see photo below), but this is rare.  It has stiff ,small green leaflets.  They are typically oval or an elongated oval in shape.  There are no spines on the leaflets and minimal spines on the stems.  A typical leaf length is two to three feet when mature.  In sun the color is a light green.  The leaflets are a bit hairy as well.  Plants sucker and form small clumps.

Classically, this species is meant for part day sun or strong filtered light.  Along the coast many grow them in full sun.  This gives a smaller, more compact clump.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F.  The plants we have about six inch caudexes.

REGULAR PRICE THE SE 10G PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $125

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
This is an absolutely huge specimen.  Usually they are
a tenth this size.
Zamia furfuracea

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIUM
AKA DIOON EDULE VARIETY ANGUSTIFOLIUM
ONE OF MOST COLD HARDY OF THE CYCADS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

This medium size cycad is native to Mexico and never gets overly large.  Caudex size is up to perhaps two or three feet.  The most striking thing about this species is its very thin, pointed leaflets.  As a photo below shows, leaflets are spaced and quite narrow.  Leaf color is green or blue green.  The plants shown here are anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years old.  I'm showing an assortment of different plants.  This species loves heat and sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F.  It's one of the best species for cold and also for desert climates.  In the desert, there is no other type of cycad that does as well with the hot, dry sun over there.

This species is often misspelled as "Dioon angustifolia".  Some consider it to be a variety of Dioon edule.  Others consider it to be a species all to itself.  One photo below shows a plant with a female cone.  This species suckers freely.  Overall height of a mature clump is rarely overhead.

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

We mostly have older, larger plants but might have some smaller sizes.  Just mention this special when you buy to get the discount.
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Female plant in cone
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Note narrow, pointed leaflets
Dioon edule

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 5G PLANTS

Yesterday we took pictures of a batch of huge, outdoor grown 5g Encephalartos transvenosus.  These have been grown over the past five to ten years in full sun, outdoors.  Caudex size is four to over six inches.  This is huge for a 5g pot.  Leaf length is about four feet on these plants.

This species is from South Africa and gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  This is a full sun species along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES, THIS CAUDEX SIZE $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 5G PLANTS $225

But, mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  These would be simple to ship affordably anywhere in the U.S.
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Boxed specimen not on sale
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE, 2014

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA
SUPER COLD HARDY HYBRID
VERY LARGE TRUNK


Several years ago we had quite a few of these very desirable hybrids.  They were produced by a Jubaea pollinated with Butia capitata pollen.  We ran out of them.  Then, yesterday, we found one sole 15g.  I'm showing it here.  For a 15g it is very large in size. 

Most prominent about this hybrid is the fact that, unlike pure Jubaea, the trunk is rough with old leaf bases.  Remember, the trunk of Jubaea chilensis is smooth.  But, the thickness (diameter) of the trunk is comparable and quite large.  To recognize it as a juvenile nursery plant one would look for several other things as no vertical trunk is present.  These would include items you'll see on these photos.  First is the folding over of the terminal leaflets.  Look at picture #3.  Second is the splitting of the tips of the leaflets, picture #4. 

This is a sun plant.  Cold hardiness appears to be even better than pure Butia capitata, probably to about 14 degrees.  I only have this one for sale so don't dally if you want it.
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia RarePalmSeeds
photo c/o TS at RPS
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Large boxed specimen for sale

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
"THE BABY QUEEN PALM"
A FLUFFY LEAF, SUN-LOVING CHAMAEDOREA
15G SIZE AVAILABLE

As much as I dislike the common name of this cool species, I have mentioned it above.  I say this because this plant has nothing to do with the Queen Palm whatsoever.  Nor does it look like a Queen.  The common named was coined only as a marketing tool. Everyone can remember it and it counters the biggest complaint about Queens; that they get too big..

This new world species comes from a genus of shade loving palms (Chamaedorea) and is native to Mexico.  But, this species tolerates full sun.  Therefore, it is different.  It has a one to two inch thick green trunk.  It does not sucker and is single trunked.  Overall height is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are plumose and fluffy.  It is fast growing.  Along the coast it takes full sun.  Far inland would need part day sun.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  The plants shown here are 15g in size and multiple plants per pot.
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Stock photo showing trunks
 

 

RHAPIS "ALICIA"
RHAPIS LAOSENSIS X MULTIFIDA
RARE HYBRID LADY PALM CREATED BY LUIS HOOPER

This very unique hybrid has been done by Luis Hooper in Southern California over the past ten to fifteen years.  The seed bearer is the Rhapis laosensis (often misspelled as laoensis).  This cross has small, narrow leaflets and the overall size is about six to seven feet.  Normally, Rhapis multifida is taller and has more leaflets than this cross.  I've been out of these for some time and just got in several 3 gallon plants as shown here.  These do great as a house plant.  Outdoors they want filtered light.  Cold hardiness is down to about 20 degrees F.
Rhapis alicia Rhapis alicia
Rhapis alicia Rhapis alicia Rhapis alicia
Older plant at nursery
Rhapis alicia Rhapis alicia  

 

CYCAS DIANENSIS
RARE CHINESE CYCAD
LARGE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

This high elevation, cloud forest cycad from the Yunnan district in China was recently discovered about 15 years ago.  Overall size is never large.  It usually peaks out under ten feet.  Leaflets are known to sometimes undulate.  The plant we're showing is in a 15g, about 8 inches in diameter, and is splitting into two heads.  Over time it will become even more dramatic. 

We do have smaller plants for sale, but this one is special because it is so big for a nursery plant.  We just got it in.  I apologize but there are essentially no photos available of large specimens.  This plant shown here comes from a private collection. Along the coast it was growing in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.
Cycas dianensis Cycas dianensis
Cycas dianensis Cycas dianensis by TPS , TS  

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE "OTHER KENTIA PALM"
SOME COLD HARDINESS, ARCHED LEAVES
NICE 5G AND 15G AVAILABLE

This species comes from mid-elevation on Lord Howe Island.  Natural stands are at a higher elevation than Howea forsteriana, so it is not surprising that this species is a little more cold hardy than Howea forsteriana (The Kentia Palm).  It gets to a height of about 30 feet and can tolerate coastal sun or part day sun.  It is slow growing.  The leaves are smaller and arched compared to the regular Kentia.  Cold hardiness is about 24 degrees.  Shown here are 5g and 15g plants.  We have some nice ones to pick from.
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

TUESDAY, 17 JUNE, 2014

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
MEDIUM SIZED, BLUE-GREEN LEAF AGAVE TYPE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BANDS


This xerophytic succulent comes from the Oaxaca, Mexico where it grows at elevations of 2500 - 3500 feet.  The trunk can get up to about ten feet tall.  It is considered to be one of the tallest of all Agaves.  Leaves a blue-green in color and can be four to six feet long.  It loves heat and sun.  It is fairly cold hardy although I can't provide a minimum temperature.  It does easily tolerate a freeze.  Be aware that, after a lifetime, this plant will flower and die over time.  But, the blossom is huge an spectacular.

REGULAR PRICE PRESENTLY ON THESE HUGE BANDS IS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $25

But, you must mention this Special when purchasing. 
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii DailyBruin, UCLA
Blooming specimen, c/o DailyBruin, UCLA  Note
that trunk can be cleaned of old dead leaves.

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS


This rare species from New Caledonia is hard to find and very slow growing.  On June 5th below I wrote about this species.  I decided to offer seedlings on sale.  It gets to about 15 to 20 feet height and has a 3 to 4 inch trunk.  It's cold hardy into the low20's F.  Filtered light is preferred.  This plant is being grown in San Francisco.

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

But, you have to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
THIN TRUNK BRAHEA - GOOD GROWING
REASONABLE COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of Brahea is different in several ways.  First, it has a rather thin trunk, about a foot or so.  Secondly, leaves are green and held by a rather long bare petiole for this genus. Third, this species is a good growing palm; I'd say medium in growth rate compared to other slow Braheas.  Expect a height of about 30 feet.  The mature plants below are all in the San Diego area.  The trunk gradually cleans up and is smooth with retained old leaf bases at the top.  The crown is about ten feet across.  The underside of the leaves are a little silver.

Native to Baja California and the Sonora Desert in Mexico, this species is also known as the San Jose Palm.  It prefers sun in almost all areas.  Cold hardiness is not as good as Brahea armata and is probably at best into the upper teens F.

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

I only have a few of these in this size.  Mention this Special to get the discount.  For more information, go to my post on May 25th.
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
FANTASTIC FILTERED LIGHT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL: TWO SIZES!

This fast growing, single trunk palm is from Mexico and Central America.  It has a rather thick trunk of 2 to 3 inches, dark green in color with very light colored growth rings.  Height is taller for this genus.  In my garden they've gotten to about 16 feet.  But, in the wild, they can get to twenty feet.  Make sure your plant doesn't pierce your shade canopy as this species doesn't tolerate full sun.  Leaves are about five feet long with long, wide leaflets.  Leaf color is green.  This is a crown shafted palm.  Growth rate is quick.  The 5g size shown here, planted in the garden, will be way overhead in 2 years.  Blossoms are orange with black seeds.  I'm offering two sizes on special.  It's the same price for singles or multiples in a given size, but quantities are limited.  By the way, if you have good humidity, this is a great interior palm. 

REGUAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $55
REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $160

But, you must mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  No retroactive discounts.
Chamaedorea tepejilote
This plant and next 4 photos are the 5g size
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
This and the next photo are 15g size
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
THE ONLY CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
FAST GROWING, ATTRACTIVE, GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS


This fast growing cycad species comes from Madagascar.  It is one of the quicker growing cycads around.  Trunks, when mature, are usually about a foot thick.  These can get over ten feet tall.  Leaves are four to five feet long and leaf stems are minimally armed.  Leaflets are soft and have no spines.  In the garden, this species can take full sun along the coast.  Inland areas should give partial sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.  I'm putting nice 5g plants as shown on special.  I've heard of this species being gown inside the house with success.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS AS SHOWN $95

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this discount.
Cycas thouarsii
These and next four photos are 5g size, on sale
Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
This and next photo are 15g, not on sale right now
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

SUNDAY, 15 JUNE, 2014

 

NIPHIDIUM CRASSIFOLIUM
AN EPIPHYTIC TROPCAL FERN WITH COLD HARDINESS
JUST ACQUIRED: AN OLD SPECIMEN

This tropical fern has a distribution from Mexico down to South America.  Surprisingly, although it can live on the ground or on rocks, it is most commonly seen in habitat in the crotches of trees, on their branches or on the trunks.  It is uncommon to see this species available for sale from a nursery.  It grows at higher altitudes and has been reported to tolerate temperatures into the low 20's F., perhaps even lower.  It has a rosette of leaves which are almost 3 feet long and 2 to 3 inches wide.  On the underside of the leaves are rows of "sori" which bear the spores for reproduction of this species.

Shown here is a squat 7g pot with a specimen I just got in today.  I've been told it's 25 years old.  It would be a great epiphytic addition to the overhead trees or trunk in the garden of an eclectic collector of rare plants.  I only have this one specimen.  If you Google the species name, you'll see photos of this fern way up in trees. If this specimen doesn't sell, I'll probably divide it into smaller plants.
Niphidium crassifolium Niphidium crassifolium
Niphidium crassifolium Niphidium crassifolium  

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
MEXICAN BRAHEA WITH FLAT LEAVES
TOLERATES SUN OR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS

This species of fan palm is native to the Pacific coast side of Mexico, mostly in the southern half of the country.  It is medium sized, getting to a height of about thirty feet.  The stunning thing about this species is its leaves.  They are on a two foot long, unarmed petiole and are three feet wide.  They are nearly circular, round in shape, very shiny on the dorsal side and somewhat silver underneath.  If grown in filtered light, the leaves are even bigger and a really dark green color.  I would consider this species a "cold weather Licuala" in a way because it is really pretty and exotic appearing.  Grown in filtered light, most people do not recognize it.. 

One usually thinks of Braheas as being palms for desert areas.  Not so with this species. This is a very lush Brahea and requires more water than other species.  Cold hardiness is well into the 20's F, perhaps even the low 20's.  We have but our band size plants (two years old) on special.

REGULAR PRICE BANDSTHIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20 OR THREE FOR $50

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  Super easy to mail order.
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida
Looking above at a flat of these seedlings
Brahea nitida
A 15 gallon plant, Brahea nitida, not on special
Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida by Justen Dobbs
Photo this species in habitat by Justen Dobbs
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Over-exposed photo, but shows flat nature of leaf

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER FAN PALM WITH BUE GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This fairly rare fan palm from Central Mexico is known for its slow growth rate, wide fan palm leaves, medium height trunk to ten feet and leaf color ranging from green to blue green.  It will never be as blue as the other Brahea such as armata.   But some varieties definitely have a blue tinge to them.  These came from a seed batch named as the "blue" variety.  The last photo shows the anticipated leaf color over time on these plants.  Note how the leaves are wide and flat.  They are quite attractive.  This is another "blue" species that only shows green when young.

It can be grown in coastal sun or part sun / strong filtered light.  In inland areas I would not recommend full sun.  Cold tolerance is the upper teens F.  It's not as cold hardy as other more common Braheas.  I'm offering the one gallon on special for ten days.  BTW, figure you have to have a plant of some size before the blue color starts to show.


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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
Photo by Angelos Porcelli, PACSOA

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
EXOTIC, FILTERED LIGHT, LARGE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SIZE ONE GALLON

This species of filtered light green cycad comes from tropical areas of Mexico.  Caudex size can be up to several feet tall.  Leaves average about six feet with long leaflets that have no armor.  The leaf stem does have small prickles.  Sometimes new leaves emerge bronze or red-brown.  Leaves tend to be horizontal to some extent, more upright when new.  As they age, they lay down.  This species maybe can take part day sun.  Or, filtered light usually works well.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F., perhaps into the upper teens.  But, such weather should necessitate some cold protection.

I'm offering really nice sized one gallon on special.  Caudex size is 1.5 to 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get the discount.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Box size at the nursery, not on sale but would give a
nice discount on a coning sized plant like this
Ceratozamia mexicana
Leaf of a larger plant
Ceratozamia mexicana Paul Kennedy, PACSOA
New red leaf throw, Paul Kennedy, PACSOA
Ceratozamia mexicana
Another nursery plant, this one in a 7g pot
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
COLD HARDY PALM THAT TAKES SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is a New World species that has two forms.  There is the regular form which never forms trunk.  There is also a trunking form which can form perhaps six feet of trunk.  When young, plants sometimes are puzzling as to whether they'll form trunk or not; i.e., it's difficult to tell which you have.  I think there must be some "in-betweeners" as well that are neither classical form.  A few weeks ago I showed some plants that were supposedly trunking plants but didn't look quite right.  Well, I got in another batch and these sort of share characteristics of both the regular and trunking form.  They are definitely not the classical non-trunking in appearance.  Time will tell.  In any case, they'll not be over ten feet tall regardless, can take some sun and will be cold hardy down to about 20 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE ONE GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 1G $30

Just mention this special when ordering.
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Classical non-trunking form, 5g

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
INTERESTING PALM FROM PEMBA ISLAND
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK FORMS

I've been growing this interesting species for an estimated fifteen to twenty years.  When I first got seeds, I knew it as a single trunk species from Pemba Island off the coast of Africa.  It is not from Madagascar.  Later, seeds started to produce plants that suckered.  So, like so many Dypsis, there is variation of the species with both trunking and non-trunking plants.  Tanzania now possesses Pemba Island (Tanzania is a mainland African country) and you'll read that this palm is from Africa, which is not altogether true. 

This species is a great grower.  It looks like Dypsis lanceolata but has bigger, thicker trunks and is faster growing.  It also resembles Dypsis cabadae but likewise out-performs the latter.  Trunks can reach six inches in diameter and plant height can reach 25 feet.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  It does tolerate coastal sun. 

Shown here are nursery examples of both the single trunk and suckering forms.  Also shown is a picture of the suckering and single trunk plants as larger garden specimens.  We have multiple sizes available including seedlings. 
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana by Al Bredeson, PACSOA Dypsis pembana

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Most enthusiasts would probably list this species in their "Top Twenty" list of desirable palms for Southern California.  It is native to Madagascar, gets to about twenty or twenty-five feet tall, has a six inch thick trunk, tolerates coastal sun, has a silver trunk with prominent rings and a rust colored, fuzzy crown shaft.  It's plain and simply a great species to grow.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F., perhaps a bit lower.  We usually have a good supply of this species for sale.  We've decided to put out band sized plants on sale.

REGULAR PRCIE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

You must mention this Special when ordering to get this discount.  Mentioning later doesn't count. 
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Larger nursery plant showing fuzzy, rust-colored
crown shaft 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Larger nursery plant not on special
Dypsis leptocheilos
Rusty with 15g plant at nursery
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos


 
SATURDAY, 14 JUNE, 2014

 

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CHAMBEYRONIA

THE FLAME THROWER PALM
ANNOUNCING A NEW COMPREHENSIVE ARTCLE ON THE GENUS


I wanted to let you know that yesterday I published at our Website a new article on the genus Chambeyronia.  It covers the two recognized species as well as two other "varieties".  It includes information on the species, lots of photographs and data on culture and environmental conditions needed to grow these plants.  It is not too technical.  I thank you for reading it and would appreciate feedback.  And, I'm looking for a few more great photographs of the genus, so let me know if you have any.  Click to the right to see the article.
Phil Bergman
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CHAMBEYRONIA, THE FLAME THROWER PALM
 

 

BURRETIIOKENTIA VIEILLARDI
THE TIGER PALM       tiger clip art
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This very attractive crown shafted palm from New Caledonia gets to a height of over 50 feet in the wild, has a trunk diameter of six inches (or a bit more) and a somewhat bulging crown shaft with prominent diagonal stripes of dark color.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm" was attached.  In habitat, it lives at fairly high elevations of 1000 to 4000 feet.  It is very handsome and a medium growing species.  Most grow this species in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Some have succeeded in full sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We're offering nice sized 1g plants of this species on special.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Rolf Kyburz PACSOA
Photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA, showing the tiger
stripes on the crown shaft

 

DIOON MEROLAE
RARE MEXICAN DIOON WITH SMALLER CROWN OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This hard to find and sought after species of Dioon is from central to south Mexico and is super slow growing.  A plant with three feet of trunk may be over 100 years old.  Specimens in the wild are many centuries old with trunks over ten feet.  Trunks are typically about 12 inches thick and leaves are 3 to 4 feet long.  Leaflets are minimally armed.  Leaf color is gray-green.  The 5g I'm offering on special have a caudex size of 2.5 to 3.5 inches are are very nice.  This species likes sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees f.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $100

Note that cycads are sold by caudex size, so the described sizes are what I'm offering on this special.  You must mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Box sized.  Not on special but call me as I'd offer
a very competitive price on these old specimens
Dioon merolae
Box sized.  Not on special but call me as I'd offer
a very competitive price on these old specimens
Dioon merolae

 

WATCH FOR MORE SPECIALS SUNDAY AND MONDAY!

 

FRIDAY, 13 JUNE, 2014

 

TROPICAL TI PLANTS THAT WE CAN GROW
THREE COLORS OF RED AND PINK
AND A PURE GREEN ONE

I always try to let folks know what colors of Ti's we have in at any particular time.  This is because it changes so frequently.  So, yesterday we took these photos.  We have in some nice pink Ti's and two types of reds.  We also have the pure green form.  All can be grown in coastal Southern California areas.  They prefer filtered light.  But, many have been able to transition them into full sun.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze.
Ti, pink Ti, pink
Ti, red Ti, red Ti red
Ti, red Ti, green Ti green

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
HIGH PLATEAU COCONUT PALM
COCONUT APPEARING PALM WITH COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

There is an interesting story about this Coconut appearing palm from Madagascar.  The genus and Beccariophoenix madagascarensis were discovered in 1915 by Perrier de la Bâthie in Perinet in the eastern part of the central plateau in Madagascar.  From 50 to 75 years later, expeditions by others discovered other populations of Beccariophoenix in different parts of the country.  These plants provided seeds for the trade.  Enthusiasts began growing plants and found two species, the "windows" and "now windows" plants.  The latter was found to be the true Beccariophoenix madagascarensis.  But, there's more to the story: a third species. 

In 2002, Alfred Razafindratsira (a horticulturist from Antananarivo, Madagascar) reviewed photographs of a palms from an area in the central plateau where no palms were known to exist.  He recognized and appreciated that these palms were a Beccariophoenix species, perhaps a new species.  His team collected seeds from the location and began growing it.  John Dransfield from Kew Botanical Gardens in London, after discussions with Alfred, prompted an expedition by a team to this remote location where no other palms were known to exist.  There they found this new Beccariophoenix, published an article of the expedition and named it Beccariophoenix alfredii.  

Here's a link to this interesting article in the journal Palms by Rakotoarinivo and Dransfield. 

This species can get to heights of fifty feet, has a one foot thick trunk and pinnate leaves.  Many feel it has a Coconut appearance.  It comes from a hot and dry climate at elevations of 3400 feet.  Therefore, growers have found that it has good cold tolerance, tolerates a freeze and can withstand hot sun.  Growers are having success in colder areas in the San Francisco area, Arizona and Texas.  It is considered an endangered species.  It is hard to find.  We're offering seedlings at a discounted price for ten days.  This is a great palm!


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR #3 FOR $60

You must mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
15g size, not on sale right now

5g size, not on sale right now
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS    

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND SIZED PLANTS


Because of the extreme cold this past winter through many parts of the country, there was a brisk run on Trachyarpus takil this spring.  We essentially sold out of our 5g and 15g size.  We've never sold so many of one Windmill species.  This is because most enthusiast feel this is the most cold hardy of all species.  Some say it'll almost take down to zero degrees F. although I tend to doubt this..  I tell growers that 10 to 15 degrees F. is possible.  It takes sun in most areas.

The plants on sale are huge.  Some are almost two feet tall and very chunky.  They are equivalent to 2g sized plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

But, you have to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.

READ COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON WINDMILL PALMS
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
15g size, presently not available
Trachycarpus takil Gibbons and Spanner
Photo by Gibbons and Spanner
     
TRACHYCARPUS OREOPHILUS
THE THAI MOUNTAIN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This species was discovered and described by Martin Gibbons and Tobias Spanner ten to fifteen years ago.  It comes from high elevation in mountainous areas of Thailand where it sees clouds, humidity and moisture.  It gets quite tall, up to thirty feet and has a very thin trunk of 6 inches.  The fibers falls off the trunk so it is smooth.  Most notable are the nearly circular leaves of this plant, almost a full 360 degrees of leaflets. Thus, it is a very attractive species.  Cold hardiness has yet to be firmly established.  This is a rare and hard to find Windmill Palm.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get the discount.  
Trachycarpus oreophilus Trachycarpus oreophilus
Trachycarpus oreophilus
group of multiple plants side by side
Trachycarpus oreophilus by Gibbons and Spanner  

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
EXOTIC, MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This species comes from Mt. Koghi above the capitol of New Caledonia, Noumea.  Elevation of habitat is about 1500 feet.  This palm gets to about thirty feet in height, has a narrow to medium diameter trunk and a green-silver crown shaft.  It is a nice growing palm and can take full sun right on the coast and part day sun in more inland areas.  It is a highly recommended species for Southern California.   We're putting our band size on special.

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

Just mention this special when you purchase.
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
A flat of band seedlings
Burretiokentia koghiensis
A 15g sized plant, not on sale right now
Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
DWARF, SIMPLE LEAF, SHADE LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This dwarf species of New World Chamaedorea never gets over about six to seven feet tall.  It has simple leaves (not a feather palm), a narrow trunk and dark green color.  It likes shade and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  We are offering our 2 to 3 year old one gallon plants at a good price for ten days. This species looks great planted in small colonies.  It's an understory palm.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
2 gallon sized plant, not on sale right now
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This fantastic species from New Caledonia has so many good points that it's hard to mention them all here.  It is medium sized, usually domestically up to 30 feet of height, has a smooth crown shaft, wide thick leaflets and a red newly emerging leaf.  It tolerates coastal sun right near the ocean and part day sun elsewhere.  Cold hardiness is about 23 degrees.  One more thing: it's a great houseplant!

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Don't miss out.  Just mention this special when you purchase.  Limited numbers.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
25g size, not on sale right now
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

WEDNESDAY, 11 JUNE, 2014

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 5G PLANTS


This single trunk, non-crown shafted pinnate palm is native to the high elevation Andes Mountains in Bolivia.  It has a stout trunk as shown here and can get up to fifty feet tall.  The leaflet are rather narrow and silver on the underside.  It makes huge seeds that are difficult to germinate.   Shown here are huge, four foot tall 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  It is a full sun palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


But, you must mention this Website Only Special when purchasing to get this discount.
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi photo c/o PACSOA
Photo c/o PACSOA, unknown phtographer
Parajubaea torallyi Gaston Torres PACSOA
Photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
 

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF BLUE, COLD HARDY SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5 GALLON PLANTS


This Mexican fan palm comes from arid areas of Mexico.  It is a definitely blue palm.  BUT, it does not show blue until it is of larger size than these six year old 5 gallon plants.  Such container plants are always green at this stage.  And, it has to be in full sun.  It's mature height is typically five or six feet.  It does sucker.  Leaves are about 2 to 3 feet across.  It is slow growing.  It'll never overwhelm an area.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  It tolerates desert conditions easily.

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


To get the discount, you must mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE 5G PLANTS

This is one of my favorite Raveneas.  It is native to Madagascar and is quite easy to grow.  It gets to a mature height of 25 feet, perhaps a bit taller in habitat.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches.  The crown is full with no armor and very thin leaflets.  Leaf color is green.  It is a good growing species.  Along the coast it easily takes full sun.  Inland, perhaps half day sun would be best.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are very large 5g plants, equivalent almost to a 15g plant.  I've put them on a 10 day special.

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

But, you must mention this Special to get this price and you must mention it when you purchase.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive, unknown author
Habitat, Arkive Website, unknown author
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca c/o Palmpedia, unknown author
Great photo from Palmpedia, unknown phtoographer

 

CERTOZAMIA HILDAE HYBRID
SMALLER FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD - PROBABLY GOOD COLD TOLERANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

These seedlings are about 3 years old and on their sixth or seventh leaf.  They are a hybrid of the dwarf shade loving Ceratozamia hildae.  I do not know the father.  They should not be overly large plants when mature.  Note the grouping of the leaflets, typical of C. hildae.  Leaflets should be wide but not too long.  Anticipate a filtered light cycad that'll take down into the upper teens possibly.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $45

Just mention this Special when purchasing.  I only have five or six of these for sale.
Ceratozamia hildae hybrid Ceratozamia hildae hybrid
Ceratozamia hildae hybrid Ceratozamia hildae hybrid Ceratozamia hildae hybrid

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


These 2.5 year old seedlings are of probably the most sought after cycad in the world.  E. horridus is from the Republic of South Africa.  It is a small to at most medium sized plant.  A huge caudex has 2 to 3 feet of trunk.  Leaves are curved downward, about 3 to 4 feet long and leaflets are intensely blue and very prickly.  It is cold tolerant to 22 degrees F. and, in most areas, wants full sun.  I'm offering these nice one gallon plants that have 3 to 4 leaves on a ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BACH $50

To get this discount you must mention this Blog Special when purchasing (not later)
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

MONDAY, 9 JUNE, 2014

 

COPERNICIA CURBELOI
CUBAN FAN PALM WITH LARGE FLAT LEAVES

Native to east-central Cuba, this large fan palm gets to a height of about 40 feet and has a blue-green leaf color when mature.  Leaves have a prominent petiole and are armed with small spines.  Leaf width is about five to six feet.  Trunk diameter is about 16 inches.  It has a similar crown appearance to Copernicia baileyana but is smaller overall.

Shown here is a 15g plant.  These are near impossible to find.  We have very limited supplies of this species.  The last photo shows a mature plant from Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida.  This is a full sun species.  Cold tolerance is probably into the upper 20's F.
Copernicia curbeloi Copernicia curbeloi
Copernicia curbeloi Copernicia curbeloi Copernicia curbeloi

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE KING OF THE CUBAN FAN PALMS
5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This is my personal favorite of all the Copernicia.  Native to Cuba, it has a huge, columnar vertical trunk that's almost white in color and about 30 inches thick.  The stiff and rigid leaves have an upward projection of the crown.  Stems are near white as shown in the third photo below. They are armed.  Mature height can reach forty feet or more.  This is a sun species with a cold tolerance into the upper 20's F.  The fifth photo below was taken at Fairchild Botanical Gardens prior to Hurrican Andrew.  Some of these trees were lost in that storm.

Shown here are 5g plant which we have for sale.  Believe it or not, these are six years old.  This species is unbearably slow from seed.  If you like this species, you'll need to plant a small one and be patient.  The third plant below is being grown in Encinitas and has been in the ground for an estimated seven years.
Copernicia baileyana  Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

 

COPERNICIA YAREY
RARE CUBAN FAN PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
TWO VARIETIES IN HABITAT

This is another Cuban Copernicia.  It is very difficult to obtain information on it as it is quite rare.  There's nothing on the Internet about it and Craft's book, the Encyclopedia of Palms, does not mention it.  There are two forms: Copernicia yarey var. robusta and var. yarey.  From the names, you'd suspect the former is a larger plant.  All the photographs I have show a thinner trunk than the two species prior in this thread.  It gets to a height of at least thirty feet and (on the pictured palms) has a trunk diameter estimated to be 12 inches.

Once again, this is a full sun palm.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be similar to others; in the high 20's F.  These band size plants have seen a freeze with no problems.  This is a very rare species.
Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey
Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey
Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey  

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM
BLUE COLORED BRAZILIAN FAN PALM

This species of Copernicia is not difficult to grow in Southern California.  It is faster growing than the species above.  It is known for its production of a waxy material used as a car wax on cars.  The most prominent feature of this species is the retention of old leaf bases on the trunk.  See photos below.  They are arranged in a spiral fashion.  These can be trimmed (as can older dead leaves) to give a very handsome and tidy tree.  The photographed plants here are largely un-pruned.  Trunk diameter is 12 to 16 inches.  Height is about 30 feet (taller in habitat) and leaf color is blue to green.

We have available nice bands of this species and perhaps some 5g and 15g plants.  It is a sun species.  Cold tolerance is better than the three species above, into the mid-twenties F.  For the best cold tolerance, read below about Copernicia alba.
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
It appears that there are two plants in this band
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
A 15 gallon nursery plant
Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
COLD HARDY SOUTH AMERICAN FAN PALM

This species is native to various countries in South America including Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.  It is probably the tallest of all Copernicia with capabilities to get 100 feet tall. The trunk is quite thin at 12 inches thick.  Most of the old leaf bases fall away to leave a clean brown trunk as shown here.  Petioles are strongly armed.  Leaf color is gray-green to blue.  Regarding cold hardiness, the natural distribution of this species is much further south (in South America) than any other Copernicia.  Therefore, the cold hardiness is the best of the genus.  This species easily tolerates temperatures into the low 20's F.  It is a full sun species.

Unique to Copernica are the "reverse" spines on the leaflet margins.  Look at the second photo.  If you run your fingers along a leaf edge going toward the leaflet tip, you'll note this easily.  It's a nice way to identify Copernicia.

Shown here are 2 gallon and 15g plants.  We have a fair inventory of this species.  If you live in a colder area, give this species a try.  It is pretty quick growing as well. 
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Note the small leaf edge spines pointing back toward the
stem of the plant.  This is a characteristic of most Copernicia
Copernicia alba
A `15 gallon nursery plant
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba

 

FRIDAY, 6 JUNE, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING FORM
HUGE 1 GALLON PLANTS

Shown here are some very large one gallon plants of this cold hardy palm.  These are about 2 to 3 feet tall.  They are equivalent to most nurseries' 5g size.  This species is native to Mexico.  There is the regular form (no trunk) which never gets over four feet tall.  This trunking form shown here gets to about ten feet of height with a thin green trunk.  The leaves are usually held in an upright fashion as shown and the leaflets are more narrow than the regular form.  Also, leaf and stem color is gray-green rather than dark green as with the regular dwarf form.  On both, long upright flowers emerge from near the base of the plant.  On the regular form these flowers go above the leaves.

This is considered a filtered light species although some grow it in sun along the coast.  Both forms have excellent cold hardiness, probably into the upper teens F.  I have limited numbers for sale.
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
A single plant that has grown and has trunk
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
A mature, flowering 15g specimen
 

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
FULLY CIRCULAR, DIVIDED LEAF
RARE SPECIES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

About fifteen years ago when my son, Jesse, and I visited Queensland, Australia, we made it a point to seek out and see Licuala ramsayi.  This was because this species has been proven to grow in coastal areas of Southern California.  The last two photos show pictures from that trip.  Specimens were about fifteen to perhaps twenty feet tall there with huge, circular leaves overhead.  They are divided but the overall appearance is almost a full circle of closely spaced leaflets.  Trunks are narrow, about four to six inches.  Petioles are mildly armed. 

Surprisingly this species likes a bit of sun along the coast.  In shade, it's growth rate stalls.  Cold hardiness is right about at a freeze.  Shown here are a few large 1g plants.   We just got in a few.  I've not had them for a while.  If you want one, don't dally as they'll be gone soon.
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Garden plant in Southern California
Licuala ramsayi
Leaf on 5g nursery plant, currently not available
Licuala ramsayi
Plant in habitat, Queensland, Australia
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
NEARLY EXTINCT CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
CUPPED LEAFLETS AND MEDIUM SIZE

This attractive species of central African cycad is native to Tanzania.  It is not a huge cycad.  It gets trunks up to three feet tall with six foot leaves.  Leaf color is green or gray-green.  It is never totally blue like an E. horridus.  The interesting thing about this species is the cupped leaflets.  You can grab a leaf and individually lay each of your long fingers into adjacent leaflets; the plant just cradles your hand.  It's very cool to do this.

There are fewer than fifty of these plants left in the wild.  Therefore, it's status is definitely endangered in habitat.  I have some available on this rare plant for sale in various sizes as shown.  I might even have a few boxes.  In habitat, it grows at a high elevation.  This might account for its good sun tolerance.  Cold tolerance is definitely into the low 20's F.  As seeds are essentially never available, this species rarely goes on sale if at all.  It's just not possible to replace plants with new ones.
Encephalartos sclavoi
15 gallon sized plant
Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Young one gallon plant
Encephalartos sclavoi
A larger 15g plant
Encephalartos sclavoi
Picture shows "cupping" of the leaflets
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
E. sclavoi with a 13 inch trunk
Encephalartos sclavoi

 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTA
TALL WINDMILL FROM INDIA - MORE TROPICAL APPEARING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I am not quite sure why I am putting this rare species on special as I think we only have two of these plants for sale.  Unlike most other types of Windmill Palms, this one is from India and not China.  It gets tall, up to forty feet.  But, the trunk is quite narrow at six to eight inches.  The main difference of this species are the wider segments.  And, these segments are not divided deeply into the leaf.  Thus, it looks more like a tropical fan palm.  We don't know the exact cold tolerance.  I'd guess and say low 20's F.  It can take full sun or partial sun.  We only 5 gallon size available at this time. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


This is a Blog only special and you must mention this when purchasing.  I can ship this plant via Fed Express.

TO READ MORE ABOUT WINDMILL PALMS, CLICK HERE

5 gallon size on special
 
Trachycarpus latisecta by martin gibbons 

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED AUSTRALIAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G

This is a rather fast growing fan palm from Australia.  Unlike other species of Livistona, this one has a rather thin trunk of about 12 inches.  The most prominent characteristics to me are:

1.  A near circular swirl of thin leaflets as shown below
2.  A tall and thin trunk
3.  Droopy leaflets hanging down similar to L. decipiens
4.  Pretty good cold tolerance, probably into the upper teens F.
5.  An easy to grow species that likes full sun

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


We can ship this size.  To get this special price you must mention this Bog Only Special
Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 3 GALLON PLANTS


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

We're offering here older 3 gallon plants, most of which have more than one plant in each pot.  This gives a fuller head of leaves over time as shown.  These can easily be shipped right in their pots.

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


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

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
AKA TRITHRINAX BIFLABELLATA
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT NURSERIES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE


I wanted to remind you about this species today because we have available a few very large 15g and 5g plants.  In the palm world, there is an argument over whether T. schizophylla and T. biflabellata are the same species.  Taxonomists have presently lumped the two together into the species of T. schizophylla.  This species has a wide distribution from Bolivia, across through Paraguay and into southern Brazil and Argentina. . 

This is a suckering species.  Like T. campestris, it is so unusual to see that few nurserymen have ever heard of it.  There is almost no information on the Internet about it.  It is a palmate palm, suckers, and gets to about 15 feet tall.  Compared to Trithrinax campestris, it is less blue.  But, the leaves are blue-green as shown here.  We have over the years had small plants of this species available.  Recently we acquired some very nice 5 gallon plants as well as these large 15g.  These are already suckering with one to two stems.  This species likes sun, can tolerate some drought, and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  An acquaintance of mine, Gaston Torres, took the habitat picture below in Argentine habitat.  (from PACSOA Website).  For those of you who want something different and experience cold weather, this is another unusual species to try. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155


To get these prices, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax biflabalata
Trithrinax biflabalata Trithrinax biflabalata Gaston Torres
Photo by G. Torres in habitatat
 

 

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE, 2014

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
SUPER SLOW GROWING NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
THE MINIATURE FLAME THROWER

This thin trunk New Caledonian palm gets to about twenty feet height, has a trunk diameter of three inches and a slightly swollen crown shaft.  It's an understory palm that does best in strong filtered light.  It is super slow growing and it takes years to grow a nice 5g plant.  The two 5g shown here are not very big as of yet.  But still, it has taken quite a few years to produce these plants.  I'm also showing band containers if you want to do it on your own.

The seeds (see photo) are a prominent red color and good sized for a thin trunked palm.  Leaves tend to be upright.  New leaves are red-brown and not as prominently colored as Chambeyronia, but still quite nice.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  People in "cooler" areas are growing this species.
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata
band size nursery plants
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES 5G POTS
BRONZE EMERGENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

If you've been following this blog for a long time, you might remember when, a year ago, I had a few of these nice Ceratozamias for sale.  I sold out of them.  Well, I came across two more and am offering them on special.  These plants are in a 5g pot and have caudexes of 2 to 3 inches.  Their leaflets are wide and sort of short.  The emerge a brown-bronze color as shown here/  This color lasts for about a month until they convert to the green leaves as shown below.  I'd consider these a filtered light plant.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be 22 degrees F.  If I were to guess on what species they are, I'd put them into the Ceratozamia latifolia alliance.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Ceratozamia species, bronze Ceratozamia species, bronze
Ceratozamia species, bronze Ceratozamia species, bronze Ceratozamia species, bronze
Ceratozamia species, bronze    

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THINNER TRUNK
RARE SPECIES FOR SOUTHERN CA

For some reason, this palm species is seldom seen in Southern California.  This might because there are other species that have better cold hardiness.  But, this species can take a freeze and a bit below.  This leaves a lot of growers in our area who can grow it.  It gets to a height of about 30 feet and has a six to eight inch thick trunk.  The crown is open.  Leaf color is green.  It is native to Australia.

Shown here are some 1 gallon plants we have for sale.  They are fairly quick growing.  This species likes full sun along the coast.
Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata
Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata
5g sized plant
Carpenteria acuminata

 

CHAMAEDOREA QUEZALTECA
RARE, SUCKERING. GREEN SHADE PALM
NATIVE TO MEXICO AND GUATAMALA

The plant shown here is the only specimen of this species that we presently have.  On occasion we offer it for sale.  The only way you can see a photo of a large, mature plant is in Don Hodel's book on Chamaedorea.  There are no photos of large plants on the Internet.  And, I don't have one either.

This species gets to a height of about 15 feet.  Because it freely suckers, clumps are often eight feet across or more.  Each stem holds 3 to 5 leaves, green in color, about 4 feet long.  Stems are thin.  It is most similar to Chamaedorea costaricana, which is a taller species.  Also, there are other morphological differences. 

This 5g is for sale.  If you are a Chamaedorea collector, give us a call. 
Chamaedorea quezalteca Chamaedorea quezalteca
Chamaedorea quezalteca Chamaedorea quezalteca  

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
LARGE SHAVING BRUSH SPECIES
FAST GROWING, THICK CROWN SHAFT
CHATHAM ISLAND NIKAU PALM

This species of crown shafted palm is native to  Chatham Island.  This island is much further south than New Zealand (where most Rhopalostylis come from) and is the most southern growing palm tree in the world.  Most consider it to be a special form of Rhopalostylis sapida. But, it is different.  The crown shaft and trunk are larger and thicker.  Also, it is quicker growing.  And, perhaps it is a taller palm as well.  Being from such a southern district, some would argue it is the most cold hardy palm of the Shaving Brush group.  The fourth photo here shows you the crown shaft of Darold Petty's plant in San Francisco, where it has never missed a beat.

Just 2 days ago we got in three of this species in 5g pots.  We've been out of them for six months.  This palm is so popular that it will probably sell out in a few days.  I can easily mail order it right to you.  Cold tolerance is down to the low twenties F.  Part day sun along the coast would be best.  

Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana in San Francisco by Darold Petty
This species being grown by Darold Petty in
San Francisco, CA
Rhopalostylis oceana photo by DC
growing in Southern California
Rhopalostylis oceana Palm and Cycad Society New Zealand
photo from Palm & Cycad Society
New Zealand Website
Rhopalostylis oceana
Juvenile plant in Southern California
 

 

NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
SUPER WHITE FORM OF N. RITCHEANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

It is not only quite difficult to find this species but one never sees it on special.  It is the powder white form of the suckering fan palm from Afghanistan.  It is fairly cold hardy into the upper teens F. and demands full sun.  Shown here are 2 to 3 year old plants of this prized clone.  We'll probably be out of these in a week or so.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GLLON SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30


Limited supplies.  Easily shippable.  Must mention this special when ordering.
Nanorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM

This crown shafted, thin trunked palm comes from the Mascarene and Reunion Islands.  It has a faint resemblance to the King Palm but is from an entirely different part of the world.  Height is typically up to twenty five feet, trunk diameter under one foot and it has a slightly bulging crown shaft.  Dense flower stalks can be seen clustering right below the crown shaft when it's in flower.  There are several varieties of this species with the names of "variety album, rubrum or furfuracea", depending on the predominant color of the crown shaft and inner stems.  Rubrum shows some red, especially when the plant is juvenile.  Furfuracea shows more silver tomentum.

Cold tolerance of this species is about like the King Palm, more of less the mid-twenties F.  It is shorter than the King and has a  thinner trunk.  It is a sun-loving plant and much slower growing than a King.  Shown here is a 5g plant and a boxed specimen.  For those of you who only like "feather palms", this is another species to try.  Plants available are limited. 
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album var album
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES

In my opinion, this is one of the most desirable cycad species introduced in the past several decades.  It was formally described in 1996.  Native to China, it is a plant with a rather small caudex, typically under a foot in size, but with long leaves that stretch upwards and will divide to the third order.  Some argue that it's just "bi-pinnate", but if you look carefully at these photos, there is a small stem leading to two or three leaflets.  Therefore, I consider it to be "tri-pinnate".  In other words, the main stem will fork and that branch will fork again, this last stem holding the leaflets..  The Caryota palm divides to the second order and is considered to be multipinate as well.  With this branching, this species produces a very tropical and exotic appearing leaf.

It typically will hold two to four leaves, but has been reported to hold as many as ten leaves.  Length of these can reach ten feet.  They tend to go straight upwards, flexing down over time.  Cycas debaoensis prefers filtered light and is cold hardy to the lower 20's F.  Shown here is a nursery plant holding two very nice leaves.  Caudex size is about four to five inches.  I've shown other plants of this species before, but such a beautiful plant cannot be shown too many times.   At nurseries, this is considered super rare and is always hard to find.

Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis
photo from above the plant, looking down
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD THAT IS VERY COLD HARDY

Native to China and unknown to the nursery trade twenty years ago, this beautiful cycad is native to China.  It can develop a trunk up to nine feet tall, but most garden specimens are under four feet.  It holds a full crown of essentially unarmed leaves that are green to blue-green in color and sometimes looks like it has a silver sheen. 

Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens.  Some feel that perhaps this is one of the most cold hardy cycads around.  Along the coast it is a full sun plant.  In desert areas, just like the Sago Palm, it needs some sun protection.  Shown here are two 15g plants.  We have a nice selection of this species for sale.  And, almost all of them can be shipped right to your door.

BTW, the hardest thing about this species is remembering how to spell the species name.  Sound it out.  The spelling makes sense.
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

TUESDAY, 3 JUNE, 2014

 

TODAY, SOME RARE AND "KINKY" PALMS

 

DYPSIS KINDREO
SHORT SUCKERING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
NEW AND CUTTING EDGE


Within the past six years or so, a new suckering pinnate palm appeared named Dypsis kindreo.  There was a lot of discussion about what it "was supposed to look like" when mature.  At this point in time it appears it is a "Dypsis baronii-type palm" but is shorter than baronii.  It gets to about eight feet tall, has thin, suckering stems and a purple color in the stems.  The leaflets are very thin and fine.  I have posted a link to a 30 second video out of New Zealand where the grower shows you a nice specimen.

I can't say too much about culture as it is such a new species.  But, if it's growing in Auckland, N.Z., it must not demand tropical conditions.  I'd estimate it will take into the 20's  F. and would prefer part day sun or strong filtered light.  I only have a few of these.
Dypsis kindreo Dypsis kindreo
Dypsis kindreo Dypsis kindreo LINK TO SHORT VIDEO OF DYPSIS KINDREO FROM NEW ZEALAND

 

BASSELINIA GLABRATA
THIN UNDERSTORY PINNATE PALM
MEDIUM SIZE PALM THAT LIKES WATER

Over the past decade or so we have grown this New Caledonian species that matures into a medium sized, single and thin trunk palm.  It is known by its narrow but bulging green crown shaft, trunk diameter of about four to five inches, and a mature height of fifteen to twenty feet.  As the last two photos show, there is a bit of color in the crown shaft.  Leaves are six feet long and arched.  It is very attractive.

We've found the key to this species is plenty of water and filtered light conditions.  In Southern California it is not a sun species.  Cold hardiness is about 30 degrees F. or a bit lower.  We have a limited supply of 5g plants available.
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata by Jeff Marcus, Palmpedia
Mature specimen by Jeff Marcus, Palmpedia
Basselinia glabrata by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
photo by Colin Wilson, Australia,
c/o PACSOA Website

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
ELEGANT NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
LIMITED AVAILABILITY

This is a drop-dead, gorgeous New Caledonian species that comes from mountainous localities on this small island.  The interesting thing is that almost all the species from New Caledonia adapt nicely to Southern California conditions.  But, almost all, like the Basselinia above, need plenty of water.  We've found the number one cultural problem in growing these plants is the enthusiast's attempts to conserve water.  It just doesn't work one the palms from New Caledonia.

This species gets to about twenty to twenty five feet tall, has a crown shaft with six to eight foot arching leaves and is quite elegant in appearance.  It is one of the easier Burretiokentias to grow.  It likes strong filtered light or perhaps a bit of sun.  It does not like Santa Ana winds.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Rusty next to a 25 gallon sized plant
Burretiokentia hapala
Ricardo with a different older nursery plant
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
A DWARF RAVENEA FROM MADAGASCAR
PETITE, CUTE AND NEVER OVER TEN FEET

This sought after and rare species from Madagascar is known for its miniature size.  Typically Ravenea are medium to large plants with long leaves.  But, not this species.  It has a thin trunk that is three to four inches thick and a mature height of eight to ten feet.  It is non-crownshafted (like all Ravenea) and grows at a medium pace.  Leaves are about four feet long, leaf color is green.

There's a lot of enthusiasts growing this species.  It likes some sun but I would not "cook it with sun", especially if you are inland.  Cold tolerance is probably about 25 degrees.  We have (as always), limited numbers available.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

CEROXYLON SPECIES
POSSIBLY CEROXYLON PARVUM

We just got in this 7g plant that is a Ceroxylon.  The seller had no idea what it was.  But, on close inspection, several key points are evident.  It has a plumose leaf.  Leaflets are grouped, leaflets are very narrow and they are silver on the back side.  Most of the Ceroxylon we've grown have flat leaves with wider leaflets.  We were told it is about an eight year old plant.

Ceroxylon parvum is the one Ceroxylon species that seems to fit to these characteristics.  This is one of the smaller of the Ceroxylon family and rarely over 30 feet tall.  It has good cold hardiness.   
Ceroxylon species Ceroxylon species 
Ceroxylon species  Ceroxylon species  Ceroxylon species 
Ceroxylon species     


DYPSIS OVOBONTSIRA
BLACK STEM MADAGASCAR PALM
SUPER RARE AND EXOTIC


This rare Madagascar palm is a single trunk, crown shafted species that has a dark color to the trunk (sometimes almost black), a long petiole, a thin caliper trunk and a height of 25 to 30 feet.  There are essentially none of this species available on the market.  We just got in these two plants.  They are older 1.5 gallon plants.  Note the fine leaflets with the long petiole.  This species has been previously sold as "Dark Mealybug".  The last photo is c/o Tobias Spanner and shows a plant in the wild.  Very little is known about its culture. 
Dypsis ovobontsira  Dypsis ovobontsira 
Dypsis ovobontsira  Dypsis ovobontsira  Dypsis ovobontsira by TS at RPS
Photo c/o TS at R.P.S. 

 
CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZED PALM
FAIRLY COLD HARDY


This attractive and thin trunked species is native to New Caledonia.  It has a trunk of four to six inches thick, a long crown shaft and arching leaves with thin to medium sized leaflets.  We feel it is easier to grow than the Cyphophoenix nucele.  It likes strong filtered light or some sun along the coast.  It also appreciates lots of water.

We have available one to five gallon plants as shown here.  It is a steady grower with a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees.  Folks up in the SF Bay region are even trying this species.  Limited numbers available. 
Cyphophoenix elegans  Cyphophoenix elegans 
Cyphophoenix elegans  Cyphophoenix elegans  Cyphophoenix elegans 


JUBAEOPSIS CAFFRA
SUCKERING PINNATE PALM
NATIVE TO SOUTH AFRICA


This hard to find, suckering pinnate palm is native to southern parts of Africa.  It reaches heights of about 30 feet after many decades.  It's unbearable slow when young.  The 5g plant you see here is about 7 years old.  Consequently, this species is always expensive if of any size.  It likes full sun in almost all areas.  Trunks are non-crownshafted and fibrous.  There is a yellow or orange color on the petiole.  Seeds are large and difficult to germinate.

Some people feel this palm looks like a suckering Coconut.  It is quite cold tolerant, probably to the low 20's F.  We ran out of this species about a year ago but just got in this 5g plant.  We always are trying to get more.  If you want one, you should grab it as rarely is it offered for sale. 
Jubeopsis caffra  Jubeopsis caffra 
Jubeopsis caffra  Jubaeopsis caffra  Jubaeopsis caffra 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
EXOTIC FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
OLD, CONING SIZED SPECIMENS AVAILABLE

This shade or part day sun cycad is one of my favorites.  I say this because it's such a reliable plant and can grow in darker locations where other plants (such as most Encephalartos) don't do well.  It is native to warmer parts of Mexico and is typically under the canopy of overhead trees.  Leaves are not armed but the petioles are.  Leaflets are long, slightly falcate (sometimes), about an inch wide (or a bit more) and often six feet long.  Leaves tend to be more dependent as they age, arching outwards and down.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  Folks in areas like Houston and San Francisco can usually grow this species easily.

Sometimes new throws of leaves are red or bronze.  Please see the last photo by Paul Kennedy demonstrating this.  A very old plant will have a two foot tall caudex.  The first plant shown here is a male with several pups.  It is in a 15g pot and can be shipped.  I also have large females.  Or, if you want smaller we typically have in stock 5g plants.

This is such an exotic and beautiful cycad that I highly recommend readers try it.  And, it's fairly drought tolerant and can be watered as little as every two weeks during cooler months.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Leaf on different plant
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
A different 5g plant, easy to ship
Ceratozamia mexicana
Another smaller nursery plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
A larger boxed nursery specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana in a garden
Ceratozamia mexicana
Another garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana
cudex of old female nursery plant
Ceratozamia mexicana PACSOA by Paul Kennedy
gorgeous plant with red throw, PACSOA website
photo by Paul Kennedyy

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM AS WELL


My two favorite types of Bamboo Palms are Chamaedorea hooperiana and costaricana.  They are a bit different but both serve the same purpose.  They sucker, have lush green leaves, have thin trunks and neither gets overly tall.  The main difference is that C. hooperiana has longer leaves (four feet or more versus 2.5 feet on the costaricana).  And, the C. costaricana is a little more open when mature.  You can see through it a bit more.  It is also about three or four feet taller when mature.  C. hooperiana is rarely over twelve feet tall at maturity.

They like filtered light in the garden.  Some push the costaricana into full sun but I think it does better with less sun.  They do enjoy lush soil and plenty of water.  Inside, both do well.  The photos here are just of Chamaedorea hooperiana.  Most show 15g plants but I've included pictures of two larger plants. 

This species is great to "hide a neighbor" or "hide an ugly wall".  You do need a male and a female to set seeds.  We presently have 15g available and perhaps a few larger plants.
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Green seeds on a different female plant
Chamaedorea hooperiana
An older 25g plant at nursery
Chamaedorea hooperiana
A different older and fuller plant
Chamaedorea hooperiana
A 15g plant ready to load into someone's car

 

COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS
JUST A REMINDER
GREAT ADDITIONS TO THE GARDEN


As I've mentioned before on this Blog, now is the time of year to add color to the garden.  Ever week or two we get in a new assortment of colorful plants.  So, what we have next week may be totally different than this week.  We do always try to have a good assortment of colorful Hawaiian Ti plants as shown here.  And, we concentrate on Anthurium, nice clustering bromeliads, and who knows what else.  We scour our sources for the best and most exciting plants around.

So, please drop in to see what we have.  It'll certainly brighten up your garden.
Colorful Companion Plants
Colorful Companion Plants Colorful Companion Plants
Colorful Companion Plants Colorful Companion Plants Colorful Companion Plants

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
SHORTER, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is  single trunk fan palm from Guadalupe Island, Mexico.  It has a rather stout trunk and gets about ten feet of trunk in thirty years.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves full, hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas. It is also a good oceanfront palm and tolerates salt airs.  (see photo of plants right by Mission Bay).  It is fairly slow growing.  Also, for some reason, it is difficult to find.  We are offering nice 5g plants on sale.

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

Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.  My supply of these is diminishing as many people order these mail order for colder areas.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL PLANT WITH THICK WHITE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This New World fan palm is one of my favorites because of the massively thick trunk which is white or very light tan in color.  Trunks look like freeway bridge pillars.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy well into the teens.  It's very hard to locate this species.  It can get up to nearly fifty feet in height.  We have nice 5g on sale for ten days.  We also have larger if you wish, but not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

You must mention this Blog only price to get this special..
 
Sabal causiarum 5g Sabal causiarum

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER CYCADS IN THE WORLD

There is a saying among cycad enthusiasts that "you can never have too many horridus".  After 36 years as a nurseryman growing cycads, I can say this is definitely true.  E. horridus is always the cycad that I run out of in smaller sizes.  The Latin derivation for the word "horridus" is "pickly or bristly".  I sometimes tell people that its derivation is from the word "horrible, and that's how you'll feel if you fall into it".  This is because, of all the cycads, it is one of the most gnarly and spiny cycads of any. 

With this said, this South African cycad is also one of the most beautiful and striking of all cycad species.  Its color is powdery blue.  This is dependent on the plant receiving direct sunlight and on heat.  Remember, the blue color is from a powder that the leaflets exude as a protection from desiccation.  So, in the shade or in a humid greenhouse, the plant doesn't need to produce this powder.  Consequently, blue leaves will turn green.  You can actually wipe off the blue powder (and color) with your finger.

E. horridus is a smaller to medium sized plant.  A caudex that is three feet tall is considered "enormous" for this species and hardly, if ever, will get taller.  Crown width is typically three to four feet, rarely larger.  Leaves often are recurved downward or even upon themselves with a 360 degree circle.  Leaflets are prominently barbed with a backward flip to the proximal barb.  A similar species, E. trispinosus, doesn't typically have this flip to the barbs and this is a good way to tell them apart.  Growth rate is slow.  Note that, even though this species loves sun, growers in desert areas must only give part day sun or the leaves will burn.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

One last comment and a point I want to make is that, among this species as a group, there are variations in the appearance of the plants.  Just like people, plants individually do vary.  This can be seen in overall size, leaflet shape and leaf shape.  A dear friend of our nursery, now deceased, thrilled in his collection of different appearing horridus.  He had well over twenty different appearing forms of this species.  My feeling is that you should not consider all of these "varieties" or "dwarfs, giants, etc" but rather consider them as variability in the appearance of this species.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON E. HORRIDUS, CLICK HERE     
Encephalartos horridus
A boxes specimen with nice color



Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Once again, note golden collar at base of leaf stem



Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus seedling bare root Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus
Emerging female cone 
Encephalartos horridus female cone
female cone 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 

A VARIETY OF SABALS IN SMALLER SIZES
PERFECT FOR MAIL ORDER

As Sabals are typically quite cold hardy, there's a lot of interest in them.  I'm showing you today some examples of Sabals that are in an "easy to ship size".  Most of these shown are in 5 gallon sizes.  These are New World fan palms and many have husky, thick trunks.  Some get quite tall while others are dwarf palms.  Some are green, others almost blue.  Most are vigorous growers when given the right conditions.  But, almost all are pretty cold hardy with many surviving well into the teens F.  Because of these characteristics, people in colder parts of the country tend to love Sabals. 

I took most of these photos at our nursery and should have most in stock.  Availability and sizes available change over time.  On some species we may have large band sizes for sale as well.  Receiving these plants right to your door is as easy as picking up the phone and calling me.  I usually ship the same day (U.S. only) with plants in their containers, not bare root.  With the species below, I'll only make a few major points.  Assume they take full sun unless noted otherwise. 
  Sabal mauritiformis
   Sabal mauritiformis leaf 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum
  


SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
Thick trunk
Blue green leaves
Rounded crown with big leaves
Tall species, over 40 feet

Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis

SABAL MINOR
Native to Southern United States
Small palm
None-existent trunks to perhaps up to ten feet, depending on variety
Small, well divided leaves
Green to blue green color
Blossoms often stand above the foliage
Very cold hardy

Sabal minor Sabal minor
SABAL PUMOS
Mexican, high elevation species
Tall species, up to fifty feet
Thin trunk, typically 8 inches in diameter
Trunk can end up "knobby"
Green leaves


Sabal pumos Sabal pumos
SABAL "RIVERSIDE"
True habitat origin unknown
Taxonomy known but can't identify to native locality
Thick trunked Sabal species
Green to blue green
Medium sized round black seeds
Large leaves
Height to 25 feet
Reported to tolerate down to 16 degrees f.
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
SABAL PALMETTO
Native to SE U.S. and into the Caribbean
Most domestic plants have ten to twenty feet of trunk
Reports of native plants with heights over fifty feet
Medium sized trunk and leaf
Green color to leaves
Younger plants has retained leaf bases for some time
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
SABAL URESANA
Sabal species with blue leaves in full sun
Native to high elevation northern Mexico
Trunk height to fifty feet
Trunk diameter 18 inches
Long petioles, medium sized leaves
Cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.
Loves heat and sun
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Leaves of 15g plant
SABAL CAUSIARUM
Tall fan palm
Extremely thick, gray colored trunk to two feet diameter
Crown fifteen feet wide
Color green to blue-green
Often hard to locate plants
Looks nice in groups of separated plants
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
SABAL XTENSENSIS
Native to Southern U.S., TX
Medium sized
Sabal
Extremely cold hardy
Green colored leaves
Natural hybrid in habitat
Sabal xtexensis Sabal xtexensis
SABAL ROSEI
Slender trunk Mexican species
Height to 40 feet
Trunk diameter 8 inches
Retained leaf bases or clean trunk with knobby leaf base scars
leaf color is green
Fairly cold hardy, easily to 20 degrees F.
(note: almost out of this species)
Sabal rosei Sabal rosei
SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
Tropical appearing Sabal
Thin trunk, some retained leaf bases
Leaf circular in form with many leaflets
Underside of leaflets faint silver
Slow growing
Tolerates sun or shade in most areas
Cold hardy to lower 20's F.

Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis

 

 

THE INFORMATIONAL POSTS BELOW WILL BE USEFUL
OR INFORMATIVE TO MOST WEBSITE VISITORS

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


Yesterday, two of our sales persons, Rusty and Ricardo,  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.  The video is sort of long (for YouTube) but fast moving and we think 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 VIDEO, CLICK HERE
     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

 

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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