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Click above to see our super discounts.  These are our best sale prices of the year.  I've posted photographs of about 100 palms and cycads at up to 50% discounts.  This includes rare, mature and coning sized Encephalartos. as well as many rare palms and tropical plants.  Everything we have is AT LEAST 20% off with some discounts up to 50% off! And we're even offering a "Buy three, get one free" offer.  Check out details for this.  Sale starts Friday, November 29th and ends Wednesday, December 4th.   Applies to visits and mail orders.  Don't miss this great event.

 

DICKIA SPECIES
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL!

As most of you know, we're having our Black Friday Sale right now.  About 2 weeks ago I got in these very cold hardy terrestrial bromeliads.  They cluster as shown here and are a sun species for most areas.  And, they get red over time with sunlight.  I have about four or five left.  I'm offering them at the Blog Only Special during our sale at a discounted rate.  These are not mentioned at our Black Friday webpage.  I don't know anyone else offering large plants like those shown here.  It'd be a piece of cake to ship these plants.

REGULAR PRICE $85
SALE RIGHT NOW FOR SIX DAYS $55


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
Dickia species Dickia species
Dickia species  

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA, BAND SIZE
THE SAGO PALM
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL!

The common name for this species is the Sago palm.  It is a cycad, not a palm, and fairly common.  But, for people in some areas, it is hard to find in affordable small sizes. It's one of the more cold tolerant cycads and can go into the upper teens F.  In most areas other than the desert, it tolerates full sun.  The bands on special here are 4 years old with 2 inch caudexes.  they ship easily.  These are not part of our regular sale going on; just for Blog readers.  They'll grow quickly in the ground.  .I've shown an older nursery plant below to show you what they look like in a few decades.

REGULAR PRICE $35
SALE RIGHT NOW FOR SIX DAYS $
20 OR FOUR FOR $60.

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These would be a cheap Holiday gift for family or friends.
Cycas revoluta band Cycas revoluta band
Cycas revoluta band Cycas revoluta box  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS, BOX SIZE
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL!

This South African cycad is one of my favorites.  It's a quick growing, sun loving species that has closely placed leaflets that overlap.  Color of the leaves ranges from blue to green.  It's presently harder to find the green plants as shown here.  It is medium sized.  Anticipate leaves with a length of four to six feet.  They have a nice curve downward as seen here. The plant shown here has a 9 inch caudex and is at least 15 years old. It has been outdoor grown in the sun.  It tolerates full sun in most areas.  I can deliver this plant anywhere in the country and can downsize the root ball into a 15g pot for easy shipping.  This is a gorgeous species as you can see.  Big plants like this are very difficult to find.  This plant is not offered at our regular Black Friday ad.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1450
SALE RIGHT NOW FOR THIS PLANT $985


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These would be a great addition to any garden.  Only one plant at this price.
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
A different and older plant for comparison

 

 

BASSELINIA ALBA
AKA VEILLONIA ALBA
DROP-DEAD BEAUTIFUL PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

This single trunk, white crown-shafted palm comes from the island of New Caledonia.  There is grows in locations from sea level to 2000 feet.  It is a medium sized plant best known for its white crown shaft.  Known for decades as a monotypic species "Veillonia alba", in the past few years taxonomists decided to throw it into the genus "Basselinia".  Don't you just hate it when they do that!

Trunk diameter is thin, about six inches.  Height is about forty feet, sometimes taller.  This species is known to grow in better areas of Southern California.  The crown shaft is covered with either white or red-brown tomentum and is striking.  Prominent rings are seen on the trunk.  The leaves are green and overall, the crown is a medium size.  I would recommend growing this is filtered light and let it work its way into a bit more sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As this species is super rare and hard to find, if you get one you have to be careful with it.  It would be difficult to replace is you lose it through poor culture.

Shown here are some 3 or 5g plants.  We have very limited supplies of this species so don't miss out.
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD
NEWLY EMERGING BROWN LEAVES


This large green leafed cycad comes from areas of South Africa north of the Transvaal district and on up to Swaziland.  It grows at elevations of about 1500 feet.  I am showing this species today because yesterday we photographed an newly emerging swirl of leaves.  They demonstrate how this species can have brown colored new leaves.  When these leaves open, they are not green but sort of a red-brown.

This is a good sized species with trunk heights over ten feet.  It is very rare in habitat as well as in cultivation.  It is one of the closest species in proximity to Encephalartos heenani, one of the most coveted of all cycads. 

We have limited supplies of this very rare cycad.  I've shown a lot of leaf photographs here so you can appreciate the thin but spiny leaflets.  It is a full sun species and cold tolerant into the low 20's F
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, LUSH GREEN SPECIES
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Japan and Taiwan.  It is typically seen as a palm under twenty feet, but after many decades can get up to 30 or 40 feet tall with a trunk that is 12 to 18 inches thick.  It's crown is green and full with leaves that are about six feet across.  In shade the petioles stretch out and the leaves are larger and flatter.  In shade condition, it is fairly exotic appearing.  It is a very slow grower and it is not unusual for this species to take ten years to form any sort of trunk. This species is cold hardy into the upper teens F. 

We have for sale typically 5g, 15g and boxed sized plants.  Some of our boxes are quite large, as shown.  In most area, this species tolerates full sun.  But, as mentioned, it can grow in strong filtered light.  It is also known to be used a an interior palm.  BTW, it is the most cold hardy of any species within the genus of Livistona.  It can take temperature into the upper teens F. easily.  


REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL 5G SIZE FOR 6 DAYS $40


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Easy to ship.  This special is not at our posted ad and for Blog readers only.
 
Livistona chinensis 15g Livistona chinensis 5g
5 gallon size on special today
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
 BLOG ONLY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

There is no doubt in my mind that
this species is the most cold tolerant of any palm species.  It is native to the southeastern United States with native habitats stretching from South Carolina down to northern Florida and into Alabama and Mississippi.  There are reports of this species tolerating below zero degrees F.  Now, this dosn't mean that you can grow it in Michigan.  But, in areas that see significant cold such as North Carolina, central Texas or even New Mexico, this species might work for you.

It is a suckering fan palm and
known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The leaves are green and segmented.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a Rhapis palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  My specimen is in filtered light and quite pretty.  It loves my garden and is easy to grow.  But, it is slow growing.

I just got in several pretty nice 15g plants as shown here.  I also might have some 5g plants.  I can ship these 15g plants anywhere within the U.S. but the pots are heavy. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL 6 DAYS $130

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
grown in dark shade

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZED
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL BAND SIZE!


This species of single trunk, crown shafted palm comes from Madagascar.  My son, Jesse, says it's a great species and very under-appreciated.  In his garden in San Diego its done extremely well in full sun and is a good growing species.  It gets to about 20 feet of height, has a six inch trunk and interesting silver coloring to the crown shaft.  It has thin leaflets and the leaves are green.  Shown here is a large band size of this species.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL 6 DAYS $20

Mention this Blog-only special when ordering
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Dypsis plumosa

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2013

RANDOM ASSORTED CYCADS
5 GALLON AND CITRUS POT SIZES

A few days ago I took photographs of an assortment of cycads in citrus pot or 5 gallon size.  I am showing them here.  It is a selection of several genera in random order.  This is probably the most popular size of cycad we sell.  They are not only affordable but also very easy to ship, in the container with soil and all. Nearly all of these plants here are still available.  And, at a discount with our present sale.
Dioon caputoi
Dioon caputoi
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos macrostrobilus
Encephalartos macrostrobilus
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLANTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 15g and bigger.  We also really appreciate 7g pots and citrus pots. 

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

 

CERATOZAMIA "PACIFICA"
RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

I only have a few of this super rare Ceratozamia available.  It gets its name from the fact that it's the only Ceratozamia on the Pacific side of the coastal Mexican mountains.  It is a medium sized plant with glossy green leaves.  Crowns hold about six to twelve leaves, leaflets are long and thin and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Natively it grows in filtered light but I've sold a few plants where customers are growing this in full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F..  Shown here is a nice box I  photographed yesterday and a 5g.  This is a very attractive green cycad.  Leaf length is five to six feet.
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica by Art Vogel
photo by Art Vogel
Ceratozamia pacifica by ken Hill
photo by late Ken Hill, Cycad Pages
   

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH STIFF KEELED LEAVES

This attractive Mexican cycad is found in the areas of Oaxaca and Pueblo.  It is a medium sized plant with stems up to about ten feet.  The leaves are not particularly long, typically about four feet.  The most notable thing about this species are the strongly keeled leaves with thin leaflets.  By "keeled" I mean that the leaf, in cross section, looks like the keel of a boat.  The photos here show this quite well.  The color is green or gray-green.  The leaflets are tightly spaced.  I have shown here an assortment of nursery plants from 15g down to seedlings.  The garden specimens show off the beauty of this species.

It is a full sun plant and cold tolerant easily into the low 20's F.  We only have a few of the 15g left but do have affordable seedlings for sale.  It is a rare species to find at nurseries. 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
SHORT PALM WITH SWOLLEN TRUNK

The genus of Hyophorbe comes from the Mascarene Islands.  From a collector's point of view, there are only three species available.  None are tall.  All are exotic and bizarre appearing.

1.  H. lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  Swollen at the base of the trunk.  NOT cold hardy.
2.  H. verschafeltii, middle of trunk swollen, somewhat cold hardy
3.  H. indica, most cold hardy of the group, taller than the previous two palms, irregular trunk but not bulged.

Hyophorbe verschafeltii has more of a yellow color to the petioles and leaf veins.  You can see this in the photos here.  The Bottle Palm demonstrates more red colors.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  Some plants have taken colder than this in Southern California.  In So Cal, usually the Bottle Palms die with our winter weather.  For this reason, the Spindle Palm is a better choice. 

Hyophorbe verschafeltii loves heat and sun.  It will get up to a height of about fifteen feet in 30 years.  It can show winter stress on the leaves.  Shown here are a 5g and 15g plant.  Availability of the 15g is super low.  Note on the mature plant how the bulge is in the middle of the trunk, thus giving it the name of "Spindle" Palm.  If your garden doesn't freeze and you have a warm, sunny spot, this palm is for you.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
MATURE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

Only rarely would I ever talk about a mature, in the ground palm specimen.  But, this one is sort of special and rarely seen available.  I did show this before, but it's still available.  I have an acquaintance who wishes to sell this specimen Jubaea chilensis.  It has about thirty feet of trunk and is a gorgeous plant as you can see. For those of you who are not familiar with this species, it is the thickest trunked palm species on the planet.  To get a tree of this size takes about four decades of growth.  As a palm nurseryman, I see or hear about a tree like this ever few years.  And, unless you happen to be a crane operator, you'd need a contractor to assist you in digging, transporting and planting this specimen tree.  Please contact me if you or someone you know might be interested.  Although it's not inexpensive, I think you could purchase it for about half or less of the going retail market price.
Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature








Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature
Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

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

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTHERN MEXICO

This medium to large cycad comes from an elevation of 2100 to 2800 ft. in mountainous regions of the Sierra de Oaxaca.  It most closely resembles Dioon spinulosum that comes from lower elevations under 1000 feet.  It is also similar to Dioon mejiae from Honduras.  It would not be difficult to confuse these three species as they are all somewhat similar appearing.  Of these three species, Dioon rzedowskii is by far the most rare.

Trunk height can reach fifteen feet.  This species usually does not branch but does recline with age.  Trunk diameter is under 16 inches.  Leaves are leathery, glossy green and about five feet long.  When emerging, they are quite tomentous (hairy) and after maturation the leaves are flat.  Leaf color is green, but not quite as shiny as Dioon spinulosum.  Leaf margins when young have quite prominent spines which are more prominent compared to spinulosum and a bit more of a yellow color than the latter (see photo #7 below).  When the plants mature, most of these spines are lost, but a few may remain (first photo, last row below).  The last photo shows a seedling that germinated in habitat. 

Along the coast here this species does best with part day sun or strong filtered light.  It can tolerate full sun but tends to be more lime green with full sun exposure.  Inland areas would demand filtered light.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  The habitat photos of mature plants here were all donated by a friend and cycad enthusiast John Otto.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low-twenties F.  Of note, this species has extremely large seeds.
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO

 

ZAMIA CUPATIENSIS
ESSENTIALLY UNKNOWN SPECIES FROM COLUMBIA

I am fortunate enough to have a few seedlings of a cycad that essentially has never been sold in the United States nor is it in any major botanical gardens.  It comes from an extremely remote location in Columbia.  Information in books and on the Internet is essentially nonexistent.  Loran Whitelock, in his reference book on cycads, gives a description of this species but admits he has never seen a mature plant.  He describes it as a distinct species and not the same as Zamia ulei which comes from Brazil.  Some would consider these two species synonymous. Whitelock describes this as a small species with a subterranean trunk that has leaves two feet in length.  Leaflets are six to eight inches long and margins are not spiny.  I have been only able to find one photograph of a larger plant taken by Dennis Stevenson.  I cannot comment on cold tolerance because of my lack of experience but would suggest greenhouse culture for now in filtered light.  I'll probably never have this species available again and only have a few.    

Zamia cupatiensis Zamia cupatiensis
Zamia cupatiensis Zamia cupatiensis by Stevenson
photo by Dennis Stevenson
 

 

CYCAS CURRANII
EXOTIC SPECIES, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This tropical appearing green cycad produces a tall stem up to thirty feet or more, one to two feet in diameter. It is reported that this species attains a size and stature similar to surrounding trees in habitat.  Leaves are six to eight feet with armed, long petioles.  Leaf width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, slightly flexing toward the fround and occasionally a bit undulating.  To the touch, the leaves are rather soft and inviting.  Seeds are quite large with raised edges on the sclerotesta (hard inner layer of the seed below the fruit).  Cycas wadei is the only other Cycas species with ridged sclerotesta but it comes from the island of Wadei and the seeds are much smaller.  This makes an attractive landscape specimen cycad. 

I have been growing this species for about ten years and found that it does quite well in Southern California.  I have a few gorgeous 15g plants for sale.  They would prefer part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao
Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
SOME THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

This single trunk palm is from Mexico and Central America and gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20/s F  Today I thought I would describe a few things that you may not know and that I've learned about this attractive species.

1.  It has a
dark green trunk with prominent rings.  Diameter is usually about 1.5, sometimes 2 inches.
2.  There are
male and female plants.  Shown here is a male plant.  These flowers produce an amazing amount of pollen.  When ready, a simple flick of the finger releases a cloud of pollen.  If there is a receptive female nearby, you are almost guaranteed of getting seeds. When gold or yellow, the males are ready.   With age, they turn brown as seen n the third photo
3. 
Flower bracts can get quite large, almost ear of corn sized, and are eaten in native localities.
4.  A way to recognize this plant is to look for the
yellow stripe on the underside of the leaf stem, as shown in two photos here.
5.  This is a
shade demanding species.  In my experience, a plant that starts in shade and then grows into the sun will burn and may die.  Give it a damp and shady locality in the garden.
6.  This plant can do well as a
houseplant as long as it has adequate humidity. 
7.  They look
better when planted as multiples in the same pot or garden location. 
8.  Although not a true "stilt root forming" species, Chamaedorea tepejilote gives it a try and
sometimes will show small stilt roots.
8.  There is a
suckering form of this species.  i've shown a closeup of a suckering plant so you can see the suckering stem coming off the main trunk.  This are rare and hard to find.
10. 
Seeds on a female tree are initially green as shown below and then turn pure black, at which time they are ready to harbdest.
11.  Plants need cleaning of old leaf bases to help prevent insects (especially mealy bug) infestations.  But,
pulling off a leaf base prematurely may lead to permanent scarring of the trunk as seen in the last photo.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older spent male blossom to right
Chamaedorea tepejilote
male flower about to produce pollen
Chamaedorea tepejilote
multiple immature flower spikes coming
Chamaedorea tepejilote
yellow stripe on the underside of the stem
Chamaedorea tepejilote
although not true still roots, plants try to form them
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
two plants in one pot is more attractive
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Another look at the yellow stripe on stem
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
suckering form with additional stem forming
Chamaedorea tepejilote
immature green seeds.  These will turn black.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote by TS RPS
small colony, photo by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea tepejilote Ian Edwards PACSOA
base of colony, photo by Ian Edwards PACSOA
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
leaflets are wide and long
Chamaedorea tepejilote
prominent rings on the stem.  Note stem scar.

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
MOST COLD HARDY BUTIA THERE IS?
SMALLER BUTIA PLANT


This is a difficult palm to discuss because there is disagreement over what it is and if it's actually a species or just a variety of Butia capitata.  People seek it out because the urban legend is that it is easily the most cold hardy of all the Butia species.  The latter may be true, but it remains "what is this palm?".

Most would agree that it is probably a variety of capitata.  It doesn't get as tall as capitat, about half the height and peaks out at about ten feet.  The crown width is six to eight feet..  So, it might be perfect for someone who wants a smaller palm.  It has gray-green folilate and gives edible fruit.  It is a full sun plant with cold tolerance probably about 10 degrees.

Shown here are some 15g plants that we have for sale at the nursery.  These can be shipped.
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Palmpedia
photo care of Palmpedia
Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
photo by Dennis Valdez
Butia bonnettii drawing, unknown artis
drawing by unknown artist

 

ZAMIA PORTORICENSIS

This is a dwarf cycad from Puerto Rico that has very small caudexes, rarely over four inches, with sort leaves, typically under 3 feet.  They cluster freely.  The leaves are green and either flat or with a minimal amount of keeling.  Compared to similar Zamia species, these are unique in that the leaflets are longer and have minimal or no spines. They can tolerate coastal sun but require sun protection far inland.  Cold tolerance is thought to be in the mid-twenties F.  (little cold tolerance data).  This is a good cycad where there is very limited space available.  It can be grown as a patio potted cycad.
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis    

 

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE CHINESE WINDMILL PALM
 

This species, sometimes referred to as just the "Windmill Palm", is from China and one of the most cold hardy of all palm species.  There are enthusiasts from areas such as Ohio and parts of New York that are keeping them alive outdoors during the winter.  It is a single trunk palm with a furry trunk.  In time, this trunk's mat and hair will fall off to produce a cleaner trunk.  The crown is small, especially in hot intense sun.  It stretches out in strong filtered light or part day sun.  But, too much shade may kill this species.  It's leaves are about three feet across.  Leaf shape in nearly circular with divided segments.  Trunk height depends on the age of the tree.  This species is usually under twenty feet tall, but very old specimens (see below) can reach heights of over 30 feet. 

Shown here are several good sized boxed plants and a 5g plant.  Most of our mail order customers prefer the 5g size for shipping.  Leaf stems are minimally armed with very small barbs.  Overall, it is quite a user-friendly species and is great for smaller gardens.  We do sell all sizes of this very easy-to-grow species.  
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING AND DWARF FORM

This attractive species of Chamaedorea comes in two distinct forms.  One is a dwarf form; the other trunks and the plant gets to a height of eight to ten feet.  The dwarf form reaches a height of three, sometimes four feet.  This is a single trunk Chamaedorea that is quite remarkable for several reasons.  First, it takes up very little space and fits nicely into small areas of the floor of the garden.  Second, it is one of the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea group, taking temperatures into the upper teens.  Third, it can tolerate some sun; it doesn't demand full shade. 

Another cool thing are the blossoms.  Female blossoms reach above the leaves, are orange in color and develop large black seeds.  They are easy to pollinate and, if you plant a small colony of males and females, are almost certain to get viable seeds.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have a pretty good supply of both this form.

The trunking form gets up to about 8 feet of height. In previous years, this was hard to find.  Its trunk is thin.  Leaves of the trunking form look a little bit different and are thinner and longer.  Shown below are two photos of the trunking form.   
Chamaedorea radicalis, 5g Chamaedorea radicalis 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis leaf Chamaedorea radicalis trunk Chamaedorea radicalis garden
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS TRUNKING CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS  


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

At one time this species was much more prevalent in Texas, but in recent times its numbers have dwindled.  Native habitat extends from Texas down through Latin America on both coastal sides of these countries.  In habitat, specimens up to fifty feet have been observed.  Trunks are straight and columnar.  Trunk diameter is typically twelve to eighteen inches.  Most domestic plants are in the twenty to thirty foot range.  Old leaf bases are retained in the upper trunk area but will fall way with age.  The crown is green with a hint of silver and full.  This species is similar to Sabal palmetto but usually bigger with a larger crown of leaves.  Like the Palmetto Palm, it is very cold hardy, perhaps even to ten degrees F.

Shown here are some 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  I've also shown a 15g and some garden plants.  This is a full sun species and a great selection for someone in a colder area.

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


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Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
EASY FLORID COLOR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G TREES

This is a large flowering tree that is native to arid areas in Africa.  It can get to heights over fifty feet.  It has long lasting, orange-red blossoms that last for months on the tree.  It is fast growing and cold tolerant perhaps into the mid-twenties F.  It likes full sun.  I have seen trees in full blossom with just as much color in Southern California as you see in the picture below. 

We are offering nice 15g trees on sale.  They are actually still holding onto some blossoms in late November showing how the blossoms last so long.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85!

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Spathodea campanulata
photo taken November 19, 2013
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Maui website
from Maui Plant Chronicles Website
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PLUMOSE LEAF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This dwarf palm from Brazil is called the Seashore Palm because it lives right on beach dunes in habitat.  It is a small species, typically six feet tall, sometimes a bit taller.  It is a single trunk species and the trunks are of minimal height.  Because of the number of leaves and fulllness, it sometimes appears to be a suckering species but it is usually single trunk.  However, trunks can divide above the ground.  Sometimes plants are entirely trunk-less.  Leaves are very plumose with leaflets coming off at various angles along the rachis.  Leaflets are thin and ribbon-like.  Color is green or gray green with some silver on the underside.  This species has three remarkable characteristics:

• It is probably the most salt tolerant of any pinnate palm
• It is very cold hardy, probably into the upper teens F.
• There are only a handful of dwarf sun palms.  This species may be the most attractive of the group

It is slow growing but easy to grow.  It likes sun.  We are offering our 5g plants on special.

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

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Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This cousin of the popular Bottle Palm is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is called this because the bulge in the trunk is in the trunk's mid-portion, not at the base.  It is a shorter palm species and takes decades to achieve a height of eight to ten feet.  It is sun loving and cold tolerant to just below a freeze.  It is native to the Mascarene Islands.  In habitat maximum height seen is a bit over twenty feet.  There is a prominent yellow in the petioles and stems of this species whereas the Bottle Palm is more of a red.  If you want to try this species, make sure you have the proper weather for it, especially regarding cold exposure. 

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


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Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

DYPSIS "BASILONGA"

I used the quotation marks around "basilonga" because there is still some confusion about this species.  The seeds that gave us the plants shown here came in as "basilonga".  But, there is controversy over whether this is the real thing or not.  I have no photos of a mature plant.  I have Googled for photos and have had minimal results with different mature plants presented as this species. Be aware this species is referred to as "basilonga" and "basilongus".  According to J. Dransfield's reference on Madagascar palms, "basilonga" is correct.  

From descriptions I've read, this will be a single trunk, medium sized, pinnate and crown shafted palm.  The leaflets are narrow and their underside is somewhat silver.  The more proximal leaflets are wider than the distal leaflets.  Shown here is a one gallon and two gallon plant.  No mature specimen photos are available.  Sorry.  We only have a few of these left.
Dypsis basilongus Dypsis basilonga
Dypsis basilonga Dypsis basilonga Dypsis basilonga

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
ANOTHER COCONUT "LOOK-ALIKE"?

All Ceroxylon are high elevation South American palms that grow in the Andean Mountains.  This species is at a lower elevation that most other Ceroxylon and is found at about 3000 feet in Ecuador.  It is also one of the shorter Ceroxylon, only getting to about thirty feet height.  It sports that sought-after thick white trunk and has no crown shaft.  Becuase it comes from a lower elevation, it is sometimes mentioned that it has more "heat tolerance" than other Ceroxylon as well as good cold tolerance.  Also, some people have mentioned that this species looks "like a Coconut".  You be the judge on this.  Lots of enthusiasts or growers try to tag the name "coconut" to their plant or product so people easily remember it. 

In the garden, this species likes good draining soil and plenty of water.  I'd recommend planting it in filtered light and allowing it to grow into coastal sun over time.  Inland areas may be able to grow this species but in filtered light.  In fact, this species of Ceroxylon may be the best one for them because of the previously mentioned better heat tolerance.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here are a 5g and 7g plant.  We have extremely limited supplies of this species.  Wild photos are care of Tobias Spanner.  . 
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


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Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
ROCK PALM, SOMBRERO PALM
A GREEN AND A BLUE FORM

This is a medium sized, usually single trunked fan palm that has a native habitat that extends from Mexico down into Central America.  It has flat and roundish leaves that are either green or a prominent blue-green in color.  Therefore, it is known to have a "green form" as well as a "blue form".  This color is not evident until the plant gets larger in the ground.  The trunk is about ten inches thick and usual does not have hair or fibers.  Leaves are flat, round in shape and about three feet wide.  Leaflet segments are open about half way into the leaf.  Fruits are known to be edible.  In my opinion, compared to Brahea armata, the dulcis leaves are more round, flat and softer to the touch.  And, obviously, not as blue as the armata. 

Shown here are two different 5g plants.  The first three photos are of a "blue" B. dulcis, although the color is not evident at this age.  The fourth and seventh photos show the blue variety.  The other garden specimen is the green form.  This species can be grown in strong filtered light or sun.  In less sun, the leaves are larger and more exotic appearing.  Cold tolerance is probably into the low twenties F., perhaps into the upper teens.  We may have larger and smaller specimens for sale at the nursery.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis blue in Miami, FL
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

 

ALOCASIA "CAL - ODERA"
UNUSUAL HYBRID DWARF ALOCASIA NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL

We've found that customers love tropical appearing leafy green plants for the garden.  The problem with many Elephant Ear Alocasias is that they get too big and tall.  This hybrid was developed to make a smaller, more petite plant.  It has the typical elephant ear shaped leaves.  But, usually it's not above your waist line in the garden.  It propagates by making more underground tubers but does not run.

It prefers part day sun or filtered light.  Right along the coast here it takes full sun.  We have 15g and 5g plants available as shown here.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  This is a very nice companion plant for any garden.
Alocasia Cal Odera
15 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
Alocasia Cal Odera
15 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
5 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
5 gallon size

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGER SIZED GREEN CYCAD
NATIVE TO SOUTH AFRICA


This morning I'm showing you a nice nursery specimen of a large green leaf cycad fnative to the Modjadji Forest in South Africa.  This fast growing cycad can, in a several decades in your garden, produce a stem and large crown of leaves that are overhead.  In the wild they get over twenty feet tall after a few hundred years.  Leaves and quite long, up to six to eight feet.  Color is a dark olive green.  They are a lighter green in full sun. 

Leaflets have small spines that diminish in number as the plant matures.  There is a noticeable white, powdery "overspray" on the leaflets.  This is a light touch of glacous powder.  This helps identify this species.  You can see it on the leaflet close up picture shown here.  This species tolerates full sun in almost all areas except the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 21 degrees F.

We have all sizes for sale from small juvenile plants to mature plants with two feet of trunk.  This boxed specimen shown here has about a 12 inch caudex.  Note how the soil is low in the box.  You might ask "Why?".  This is because this plant has been in its box for ten years. Soil breaks down.  When you check nursery plants, check the soil level.  If it's right to the top of the container, it's a newer repot.  If it's down low, it's been in the container a long time.  Knowing this you can estimate how rooted out the plant is.
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosusR Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Phot o of habitat in Modjadji Forest
Encephalartos natalensis

 

NOTE - BLACK FRIDAY SALE: BOTH THE CYCAD ABOVE AND BELOW WILL BE OFFERED AT A GREAT SUPER LOW PRICE!

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN CYCAD
SMALLER THAN E. TRANSVENOSUS ABOVE

This popular green cycad is also from the Republic of South Africa.  Its native habitat is in the province of Natal, thus the name given to this species.  It is not a small cycad but not nearly as massive as E. transvenosus above.  Caudex size in centuries can get over ten feet.  In your garden in a few decades, expect three to four feet of trunk.  In general, leaves are shorter than E. transvenosus.  Leaflets are also shorter.  In my experience leaves are about five to six feet long although longer lengths do occur.  Stems are stout.  One does not see that powdery "overspray" on the leaflets on most varieties of this species.

This is a fast growing cycad.  Leaves are green.  It prefers sun in most areas except the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 21 degrees F.  The plant shown here in the box has a cuadex of 13 inches.  It is older than the transvenosus but smaller in overall size.  It's about 20 years old and has been outdoor grown for 10 years in that box.  We have all sizes for sale and can ship cycads of any size to anywhere in the country.
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
double headed garden specimen

 

DICKIA SPECIES
SUPER COLD HARDY
CLUSTERING TERESTRIAL BROMELIAD

We just got in several of this super cold hardy species of bromeliad.  It is an unknown type of Dickia.  They are mostly native to countries of South America including Brazil.  They can be grown right in the ground easily.  I mention this because most bromeliads are epiphytic plants growing up in trees.  Most surprisingly is that they tolerate temperatures into the low twenties and sometimes into the upper teens.  The unknown species here is a pinkish-red.  These are mature old clumps.  They tolerate sun in our area.  I can easily ship these if you like them but I only have several plants available.
Dickia species Dickia species
Dickia species Dickia species  

 

NEROGELIA, CLUSTERING RED FORM
MATURE SPECIMENS AVAILABLE
EASY TO GROW BOMELIAD

For several years we've been offering this great variety of Nerogelia for sale.  These plants shown here represent our winter arrivals and are all for sale.  They develop a prominent red leaf color if given some sun.  These clusters have about ten to fifteen individual small plants in each pot.  They are quite old.  They tolerate a freeze and are a good way to add color to the garden without getting in the way.  Care is quite easy.  You simply prune off the dying old plants each winter. Then, the next year, you have a cluster twice as big from all the new pups.  I can easily ship these plants right to your door.  
nerogelia clustering red nerogelia clustering red
nerogelia clustering red nerogelia clustering red nerogelia clustering red

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS!
NOT THE SAME AS RHAPIS HUMILUS

This suckering fan palm from China is often mentioned by inexperienced nurserymen to be 'Rhapis humilus".  It is not the same.  This species only gets to ten feet of height and is much shorter than the twenty-five foot humilus.  Also, the canes are more thin and the leaflets smaller.  Nurserymen call it Rhapis humilus because this name is much more known and easier to remember.  Seeds of true humilus are not now and have essentially never been available.  One must get a dug division of a mature plant to get a specimen of this species.

Rhapuis multifida can be grown outdoors in filtered light if you don't get below about 22 degrees F.  It's trunks are always under an inch in diameter. Typical leaves have twelve to twenty thin, pointed leaflets.  The canes are much tidier than the common Lady Palm.  As a houseplant, it is one of the superior species you can buy. 

The plants shown here are imported from Hawaii and are interior quality, ready for the best hotel lobbies or banks.  Or, they'd look nice in anyone's living room.  Being imported, however, they tend to be pricey.  These plants can be easily shipped right to your door.  
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 7g rhapis multifida 7g

 

DYPSIS BARONII
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

This morning I am showing a lot of photographs of this species as it is truly a spectacular palm   I say this because it displays a variety of colors in the trunk and crown shaft, especially through its juvenile years.  Also, it's fairly cold hardy (to about 25 degrees F. or lower), it has thin trunks and gets to a height of typically twenty feet.  This makes is a perfect size, not overly large.  One of the fascinating things is the variety of color in the base of the juvenile stems.  This varies from red to orange and pink and to silver and yellow.  There's a color for everyone!  As plants mature, stems usually become silver or green.  Crown shafts are often a powdery white as shown here.

This plant is not difficult to grow.  It prefers part day sun when small but can tolerate coastal sun.  Inland areas should try filtered light.  Shown here is an assortment of plants from the nursery as well as domestic and habitat pictures.  I'd highly recommend this species.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii  
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii  
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii  
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii habitat by JS
habitat photo by JS
Dypsis baronii
photo by JS
 
       
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii by DC
photo by DC
 
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii
Photo by DC
Dypsis baronii by JS
Photo by JS, habitat
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS IN "THREES"
AN INTERESTING PROJECT

I was contacted last spring by a landscape architect designing an area for an interior but bright solarium.  He envisioned three cycads as a group, fairly close together.  So, he told me to send photos of a group of three cycads.  He wanted me to pick the species but have a big, medium and smaller plant, all together.  I thought I'd shown you pictures I took for this project.  Shown here is what we came up with.  I'm not going to overwhelm you with all the names, but rather just show the trios so you can get a feel for how they might look in the garden.

It was an interesting assignment.  Surprisingly, these plants were destined for a garden at a church.
CYCADS1 CYCADS2
CYCADS3 cycads7 cycads5
cycads6    

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE, SUCKERING SMALLER MEDITTERANEAN  FAN PALM FROM MOROCCO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

In my experience, Chamaerops cerifera seems to stay smaller than the green form of this genus, Chamaerops humilus.  It tolerates extreme heat and sun and is cold hardy to fifteen degrees F.  Clumps tend to be as wide as they are tall.  Typical heights appear to be six to eight feet.  They are drought tolerant and slow growing.  Shown here is our 5 gallon size which we've put on special.  We can easily ship these to your door..

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS $40

You must mention this Internet Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Chamaerops cerifera chamaerops cerifera
chamaerops cerifera    

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
A LARGER SIZE ALSO ON SPECIAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

In case the 5g size above isn't big enough for you, we're also offering a great discount on our 15g size as shown here.  These plants are about 6 years old and can be likewise shipped via Fed Express right to you.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS $95

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CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA    

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This popular Madagascar palm is very attractive and gets to a height of about twenty to twenty-five feet.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Inland areas require part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is most known for it's rusty colored and fuzzy crown shaft; thus the common name.  It has a prominently ringed silver trunk.  Growth rate is good and definitely not slow.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The special size we're offering here are 3 year old smaller plants, easy to ship.

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

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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos  

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE SUCKERING DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The Senegal Date Palm is native to South Africa and suckers with medium thick trunks.  Leaves are armed with spines.  Mature height is variable from fifteen to forty feet.  It gets the name "reclnata" because outer trunks tend to "recline" and bend downwards and then extend upwards.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants shown here are about six years old.  They have not suckered yet but trust me that they will.  This is a sun loving species and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.  We're offering beefy 15g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115

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Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata  

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
LIKE A CANARY ISLAND PALM BUT WITH A THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The species of date palm is native to Pakistan and India.  It is a tall species, getting up to about fifty feet.  But, the trunk is not nearly as massive as the trunk of the Canary Island Date Palm.  At maturity, it averages 18 inches.  So, if you like the Canary but want something smaller, this could be the perfect palm for you.  The crown is full and nearly circular.  Leaf color is a gray-green or green.  Growth rate is medium.  This is a sun species and cold tolerant into the upper teens F.   We're offering 15g plants on a ten day special.  In case you didn't know, this species is hard to find in California.

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115

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Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris

 

DIOON SONORENSE
RARE CYCAD FROM NORTHEN MEXICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS

Dioon sonorense is a seldom offered cycad from arid conditions in northern Mexico.  Mature, it is a medium sized plant.  Leaf color is blue or green or something in between.  Trunks get to about five feet maximum and can sucker.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Leaflets are falcate and tend to curve downwards like Encephalartos inopinus.  You'll see this in the fourth photo below.  With its not overly large size, you can see the footprint in the garden for this species is not large.  But, it is a sun loving species so don't put it into the shade or it will stall on you.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F.  We're offering five to six year old plants for sale in citrus pots.  Caudex size is two inches or a bit more. 

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT THIS SPECIES $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

You must mention this Internet Only Special when purchasing to get this price
Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense
Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense by JS
photo by JS

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
COLD HARDY DWARF WINDMILL PALM

This species has always been one of my favorite Windmill Palms.  I say this because it is of small size, seldom over ten to fifteen feet overall height in cultivation.   And, because these plants are so darn cute.  They have small, flat, rather stiff leaves where the ends of the segments never droop down.  Some plants have leaves that are no bigger than a dinner plate.  Their crowns are open a bit but small in overall size.  Trunks are hairy as shown below.  Without the hair, trunk diameter is about six inches, but with the hairy coat they look a bit thicker.  Leaf color is green on top and sometimes a gray-green below. 

Interesting is that there are no known wild populations of this species.  We assume, like with other Windmills, it is from China or a surrounding country.  Speculation is that it may have been a cultivar propagated in Japan.  In his book, Paul Craft mentions individual plants that are thirty feet tall. I, personally, have never seen one this tall. Twenty years ago this plant was called "Trachycarpus takil" and later changed to T. wagnerianus.  So, some plants may be mislabeled in botanical gardens and incorrect height attributed to this plant.  Suffice it to say that this species has no real habitat home and is one of the smaller (not the smallest) species.

Growth rate is slow.  It demands full sun.  Propagation is from domestic seeds.  Cold hardiness is about 15 degrees F.  Shown here are some nice 15g plants and a photo of some 5g.  The last photo by Martin Gibbons is of a plant in the U.K.  We can easily ship this species right to your door.  We have super low availability on the 15g size and are almost sold out. 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
by Martin Gibbons, United Kingdom

 

BUTIA YATAY
A VERY COLD TOLERANT BLUE BUTIA

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

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

By the way, this species is being successfully grown in the United Kingdom.
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
   
 

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
BIG PLANTS THAT MEN CAN MOVE


Sometimes customers want a big palm but don't want one so big that a crane is needed.  When you get a crane sized plant, you can double or triple the cost of the plants and installation.  So, the trick is to find something with size that men can still handle without heavy equipment.  We've found that the upper limit in box or container size is the 30 inch box.  It is still quite heavy, but men can move it.

Shown here are some very large Kentia Palms in 30 inch containers.  Some reach up to about fifteen feet.  We, of course, also have 24 inch box size and smaller.  These large plants are grown in full sun and ready for full sun in your garden if you live along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 24 to 25 degrees F.  Far inland areas require part day sun or filtered light with Howea forsteriana.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

 

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

Many of you are familiar with this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  It has wide flat leaves and a medium sized trunk.  Mature height in CA is unknown, but probably is going to be about thirty feet.  This uncertainty is because the species has only been around for about 25 years and no super old plants exist here.  This species likes sun and heat.  It can tolerate many desert conditions.  It is faster growing and, in my opinion, prettier than Brahea armata, the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  Shown here are our 15g plants which we have on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS $95

You must mention this Internet Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
HOLLY FERN APPEARANCE
RED CONES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


This South African cycad has the following characteristics:

•  Medium sized, never gets a vertical trunk, leaves about five feet long
•  Leaflets look like a holly fern leaf.  Color is green.  See photo
•  Mature plants have red female cones.  The male cones tend to be more of an orange.  They are striking as shown.
•  Can tolerate filtered light or perhaps full sun right on the coast
• Cold tolerance to 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT/5G PLANTS $150 TO $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON MANY $135


We do have larger plants in these sizes that cost a bit more.  We'd find you a very nice one on special.  You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos ferox cit pot
citrus pot sized plant on special
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
EXOTIC, TALL AND BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This often hard to find species can be easily grown in many parts of Southern California.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about like a King Palm: 24 to 25 degrees.  It is fast growing and has a very nice, long green crown shaft.  Usually the base near the ground gets quite swollen and fat.  It is also quick growing.  If you are inland and don't get too cold, this might be a great species for you.  We are offering a good price on our 5g size.  They are three to four feet tall as shown.  Of note, we have three other species of Royal Palms for sale including borinquena an princeps.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
photo taken in Whittier, CA
Roystonea regia
Photo taken in San Diego, CA
Roystonea regia  

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
SHAVING BRUSH PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, SWOLLEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

•  Native to New Zealand, mountainous areas
•  Medium sized, usually to 25 feet
•  Hallmark of this species is the upright leaves as shown
•  Another trait is the swollen crown shaft, larger than the trunk below
•  Tolerates full sun immediately along the coast.  Inland areas need AM sun or filtered light
•  Cold hardiness to about 22 degrees F, quite cold hardy for a pinnate palm

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


You must mention this Internet Special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies.
 
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida   Rhopalostylis sapida    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS, GREEN SPECIES
HUGE PLANTS AWAITING NEW HOME

HUNDREDS AVAILABLE
THE MOST UPSCALE OF ALL LANDSCAPE PLANTS

Shown here are some magnificent specimens of green Encephalartos.  All are boxed size and have twelve to eighteen inch caudexes.  These are superior quality plants that would be a great addition to anyone's garden.  Leaves are typically about six to seven feet, perhaps a bit longer after being established.  All are sun species along the coast, partial sun far inland and have cold tolerances of about 22 degrees F.

As you may known, Encephalartos are among the world's most coveting rare plants and protected as an endangered species.  Seldom are nice specimens like this available at nurseries.  These plants are perfect for an upscale project.  We also have many smaller but similar species for sale.  So, there's something for everyone's pocketbook.

Contact me directly for more information about these fine plants or others that we have available.
Encephalartos concinnus  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos gratus box 

 

CYCAS DIANNANENSIS
AKA CYCAS PARVULUS

This is a medium sized cycad with trunks up to a maximum of ten feet.  Its leaves are green and flat.  It is from the region of the Red River in Yunnan Province, China.  It was described about a decade ago and was previously known as Cycas parvulus.  Trunk diameter is under one foot and leaf length is up to eight feet.  The most prominent feature are the long, totally flat leaves.  There is some leaf stem armor.  It is extremely rare in collections.

Shown here is a citrus pot size plant.  I have no photos of mature plant and there are very few available on the Net.  This is a cold hardy cycad, known to go into the low 20's F.  I would recommend growing it in filtered light.
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis  

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
ANOTHER CHINESE CYCAS SPECIES

This species of cycad is smaller in stem size than the C. diannanensis above.  Trunks of guizhouensis only get to about three feet.  Leaves are five to eight feet long, green in color and slightly keeled.  Leaflets are usually under an inch in width.  Leaflets can be twisted on the Rachis.  Cones are yellow in color and large.  There are minimal spines on the leaf stems.  It is native to the Guizhou Province in China.

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F. and it should be grown in strong filtered light.  Several nursery plants are shown here as well a mature plant, photo by George Yao.
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis George Yao PACSOA
photo by George Yao PACSOA
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis  

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
MEDIUM SIZED, HIGH ELEVATION PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

This species of palm is usually, but not always suckering and comes from high mountain elevations in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands east of Africa.  It grows at native elevations of 1000 to 3000 feet.  The name of this species comes from the word "lanceolate", which means "Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex; lance-shaped".  This applies to the shape of the leaves. 

This palm gets to a mature height of about twenty feet and usually clusters.  One of the plants shown here appears to be a single stem example.  Stem diameter is three to five inches.  Leaves are up to eight feet long, arching somewhat and green in color.  Leaflets are a glossy green, taper at the ends and hang downwards.  Trunks are silver or green, prominently ringed and the crown shaft is silver, often with some brown speckling.  Leaves are slightly keeled.  A similar species, Dypsis pembana, is similar appearing.  However, as a juvenile plant it has more brown speckling in the inner crown.  Also, when mature, stems are larger. 

I am showing a large number of photos here because this is an important landscape species for Southern California.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Interestingly enough, the three five gallons to the right were grown in nearly full sun and did quite well with it.
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNK SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This Madagascar species was first introduced to the market about twenty years ago.  Back then it was felt to be "Dypsis ambositrae".  It wasn't too long before this nursery plant was found not to be ambositrae.  We can't blame the seedsmen too much because it ends up this was an undescribed species and they really didn't know for sure what they had found..  There were various names that appeared in the trade in its early years, even one called "Dypsis fakey" meaning it tried to "fake us out" as being ambositrae.  Eventually taxonomists did give it a name and it is known as "D. plumosa" presently.

It is a thin trunked palm.  In fact, when smaller, it's trunk is very narrow.  With time and sun, this trunk will fatten up to get to about six inches. The leaves are fluffy and plumose, thus the name.  The trunk is silver or near white, the leaves are multi-ranked and the crown shaft is silver.  It likes full coastal sun, gets to a height of about twenty feet, and has a cold tolerance that is felt to probably be about 22 to 24 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.

We have a nice selection of this species in various sizes.  Shown here is a 15g plant (on special) about seven feet tall and garden specimens.

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


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price. 
Dypsis plumosa 15g Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa TS at RPS
by TS at RPS



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
HORIZONTAL LEAVES
SHADE LOVING


If you have followed this Blog, you know that I have a particular fondness for Ceratozamia.  This is because they are lush, a nice dark green in color and very tropical appearing.  Shown here is a mature 20g size Ceratozamia mexicana.  It is a female plant in cone.  I've shown a close up view of the cone as well as a picture of a male cone from another plant.  You'll note how the leaves go out laterally making it a more "horizontal" type plant.  What this means for usage in the garden is that you have to give it some room so the leaves can spread.

It is a filtered light loving species.  It could tolerate morning sun if you are not too far inland.  Trunk size is rarely up to two feet.  Leaf length averages five to six feet.  Leaflets are thick, about an inch wide and come to a point.  Cold tolerance is easily into the low 20's F.  It is native to Mexico. 

This easy to grow species usually throws a nice set of leaves once a year.  When mature and with good size, it's really exciting to see a new swirl of about fifteen leaves appear.  We have a nice assortment of sizes with this species.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
male cone, different plant, for comparison
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana

 

UNKNOWN CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
DWARF WITH GOLD EMERGENT NEW LEAVES
WIDE, SHORT LEAFLETS


If a reader thinks he knows what this species is, I'd love to have him email me.  Once again, here is a plant that doesn't seem to fit the described species in references.  It is a mature yet small plant.  Leaves are three feet long and upright.  The caudex is about three to four inches wide and seven inches tall.  It has a small female cone on a narrow peduncle.  These new leaves emerged a gold color and are now turning green.  There is also a "frosty" coat to the leaves, almost a blue hue. 

This plant has leaflets that are quite short and wide.  Width is about 1.5 inches.  It sort of resembles C. latifolia but the emerging color is different, the leaves are more upright and leaflet shape is different.  Ceratozamia whitelockiana has newly emergent blue leaves, but the leaf and leaflet shape don't match it either.  So, we just call it "species".  It has been outdoor grown in filtered light.  It is for sale for someone who loves mysteries.  We've had this plant for about 15 years, so it is quite old.  My suspicion is that, in the garden, it will always remain a small cycad.
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING FORM
TALL, THIN STEM AND OVERHEAD
TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN REGULAR FORM

Chamaedorea radicalis is native to the Gulf side of northern Mexico.  There, there are two distinct forms.  I've found them to be totally different appearing.  I'll compare the two here.

REGULAR FORM
•  Small plant with 3 foot leaves, never overhead.  Typical height to waist line as you stand next to it.
•  Flat leaf with wider leaflets
•  No formation of vertical trunk.  Sometimes it'll "crawl" along the garden floor
• Prominent blossom that thrusts up from the base of the plant, often above the foliage

TRUNKING FORM
•  Much taller tree, easily overhead to eight or ten feet tall
•  Narrow trunk usually an inch thick or less in diameter
•  More narrow leaflets, less flat leaf, and often some "keeling" to the leaf in cross section
•  Leaf color a bit more gray-green than the totally green color of the regular form
•  Crown shaft is present
•  Similar long blossom emerges but from up the trunk, not at the base of the plant

Shown here are several nursery plants of the trunking form of this species.  The first plant is about four to five feet tall.  The next two are eight feet tall or more.  The last photo shows the "non-trunking", regular form of this species.  I consider this a part day sun species along the coast although some grow it in full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  Both forms are considered to be the most cold hardy of all Chamaedoreas.  I would not be surprised if the trunking form someday got a new species name.

Presently we have 5g of the trunking form for sale.
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
5 gallon plant
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
much older and taller plant
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
much older and taller plant
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
much older and taller plant
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
much older and taller plant
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
regular Chamaedorea radialis for comparison

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A MEDIUM SIZED, COLD HARDY BAMBOO PALM

This attractive suckering palm is from Mexico where it natively lives at low mountainous elevations under a thin canopy.  It has very thin trunks, about 3/8 to 1/2 an inch in diameter with very visible light colored rings.  The trunks themselves are dark green.  Leaves are short, two to three feet long.  Trunks often lean outwards and downwards because of the weight of the leaves.  Leaflets are wide and about eight inches long.  They sometimes have an interesting "sheen" to the leaflets as shown here. And, as an extra surprise, sometimes the underside of the leaflets is blue (shown below).  Maximum height is eight, at most ten feet overall.  Fruits are plump and red in color.

When I first started growing palms many years ago, this was a mainstay in the trade and easy to find.  Nowadays, like Chamaedorea klotzschiana, it is hard to find.  I think this is because more recently introduced species have dominated the market and made seeds less available.  However, Chamaedorea microspadix has some real advantages.  It doesn't get too tall and is very cold hardy, perhaps even into the upper teens F.  It's easy to grow in the San Francisco Bay area.  It is a shade loving species or perhaps good for morning or late day sun.  I'm showing two good sized nursery plants and a few mature garden plants.  This species also is used as an interior plant.  
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

PRITCHARDIA
THE HAWAIIAN PALM

This genus is mostly native to Hawaii, but some species
extend into the South Pacific.  At our nursery, we
specialize in the native species from Hawaii because they are more cold tolerant and easier to grow in Southern California.  All are tropical fan palms and all are very desirable.  For those of you who "only like feather palms", think again.  These plants are gorgeous and add a real diversity to the garden.  There are about 25 or so species in this genus, and at any time we typically offer ten or more species for sale.  They tend to be small to medium sized palms, typically under 20 feet of height with thin or medium sized trunks.  The leaves are near entire and often flat in their shape.  They are easy to grow and some tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  In coastal areas they take full or part day sun.  Inland they may be grown in strong filtered light. 

We have all sizes from seedlings, medium sized plants on up to boxed specimens.  Shown here are an array of sizes and species.  Come visit us and you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that we have hundreds of this genus for sale.  Over the past 3 decades we have sold thousands of Pritchardia  of all species and everyone loves them.  We are one of the only nurseries in the country that offers so many species and sizes of Pritchardia.   By the way, Pritchardia are the only true palm species native to the Hawaiian Islands.  All other palm species were introduced by man!

I am showing a few mature garden and habitat plants here.  Note how some are quite tall (P. schattaueri) and others don't get over about ten feet.  Some have very flat leaves, others are wavy.  Some have small leaves, others as big as a dinner table.  Another nice thing about Pritchardia is that they break up the repetitive nature of all the pinnate palms that populate most gardens.  The contrast is nice and creates a more diverse garden.     
  
Pritchardia


Pritchardia seedling
pritchardia


Pritchardia species
pritchardia leaf pritchardia pritchardia 5g
Pritchardia schauterii by A. B.
Pritchardia schattaueri by A.
Bredison
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia species
dwarf species, 15 years old
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia hardyi
Pritchardia hardyi
pritchardia glabrata 15g
Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia sp. nut brown
pritchardia sp. "nut brown"
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
REMINISCENT OF E.  HORRIDUS
 
This species of South African cycad is quite fascinating for several reasons.  The leaflet color of E. arenarius can range from dark green to light green, blue-green and powdery blue like E. horridus.  And, the leaflets have prominent wide barbs, sometimes reflexed, similar to horridus.  In fact, there is one rare varietal of this species known as the "blue arenarius" (2 pictures below) that are so blue and similar to E. horridus, that it is difficult to tell them apart.

However, the cones on these two species are not the same and there is no golden colored collar at the base of the petiole on E. arenariusE. horridus plants have this gold colored circumferential collar at the very base of the stem.   See the last row of photos which demonstrate this difference. 

Encephalartos arenarius, although not a large cycad, is larger than E. horridus.  Crown width is easily four feet and often six feet across.  E. horridus is more like three to four feet.  Leaf length can be up to five feet on arenarius.  Trunk height is usually not more than three feet, but old specimens in habitat can reach ten feet.  

Pictures here show a variety of nursery plants of all sizes.  We have one of the best selections around of Encephalartos arenarius, from seedlings, juvenile and mature coning sized plants.  Do note the variation in color shown here and the pokey, spiney leaflets.  This species is a fast growing cycad, tolerates coastal sun, can be grown in partial sun inland and is cold hardy to the low 20's F. Every serious cycad enthusiasts seeks at least one Encephalartos arenarius for his garden.  I have shown an abundance of photos here because of this and to demonstrate the variable appearance of this species. 
Enephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arnarius
Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius
Encephalartos blue arnarius
Encephalartos blue arenarius
Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius
Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius
Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arnarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos blue arenarius
Encephalartos blue arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
E. arenarius, note NO gold collars
Encephalartos horridus, cold collars
E. horridus, note gold collars at base of petioles
Encephalartos arenarius

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE OR GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BEAUTIFUL STACKING LEAFLETS


This cycad species makes a stunning specimen and is one of my favorites.  It is from South Africa, an easy cycad to grow, and in most areas likes full sun.  Its leaf color varies from green to blue, with many somewhere in between.  The
leaves are curved toward the ground and in many specimens there is overlapping or stacking of the leaflets.  Some varieties have a rather blunt (non-pointed) tip to the leaflets and this form is sought after by collectors. 

All the photos shown here are of nursery plants.  This species is so cool that I thought I'd just show you a whole bunch of plants.  I hope you like this species because it looks great in the garden.  Most of these plants are large, but we have everything from seedlings up to coning sized specimens as shown here. In these pictures note the variation in the leaf color, the leaves that curve toward the ground, and the tight proximity of the leaflets.  If you only want one cycad, this might be a great choice.
Encephalartos longifolius pot Encephlartos longifolius 15g
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius box Encephalartos longifolius
E. longifolius E. longifolius E. longifolius leaf
E. longifolius, cit pot E. longifolius box E. longifolius bue

 

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
THE TROPICAL SABAL

For people who enjoy fan palms, this is often one of their favorites.  This is because this species has more of a tropical appearance.  It is slow growing yet gets quite tall over time.  Most importantly Sabal mauritiformis has a leaf with leaf segments that extend in a complete or almost complete 360 degree circle.  It' native habitat extends from Mexico to the northern parts of South America.  There it can attain a height of up to 80 feet.  Trunk diameter is usually under one foot. 

The leaves are green on the dorsal surface and a blue or silver-green underneath. (see photo)  Leaves have a long petiole and the leaf diameter is wide, sometimes up to eight feet.  It's quite impressive to see a cut leaf from a mature specimen.  They are a full circle of leaf segments on a long stem.

Cold hardiness is pretty good on this species, probably into the low 20's F.  This is not as good as many of the Caribbean Sabal species, but adequate for many areas including Southern California.  It can tolerate full sun or part sun. The leaf color is darker in part day sun. In the garden, this species adds a different look, adding diversity to the overall garden appearance.  The last photos (CFPCS) shows a domestic plant well on its way to being a tall specimen.  The nursery plant here is a 5g size.   
Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis Central FL Pamd & Cycad Soc
from Palm & Cycad Soc Central Florida website

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

 

SANSEVERIA TRIFASCIATA VARIEGATED
GREAT POTTED PLANT OR HOUSEPLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


Sanseveria are a far cry from palms and cycads.  But, in our efforts to offer a wide variety of tropical plants, we are offering very nice, large 2 gallon plants of this variegated form.  The plants are about 30 inches tall.  Leaves have yellow variegated edges, are two inches wide and very thick and stiff to the touch.  This species wants filtered light outdoors, not direct sun in most areas.  They grow well in the ground.  Also, these make a great potted plant, don't take a lot of water and are reasonably cold hardy.  We can ship this species easily right to your door.  It makes a nice and very affordable Holiday gift..

REGULAR PRICE THIS LARGE SIZE $40
TEN DAY BLOG SPECIAL$29


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Sanseveria Sanseveria trifasciata variegated

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS
LARGE PLANT WITH EMERGING CONES

At the nursery, whenever a mature cycad throws a cone, it's always exciting.  With so many plants around, we sometimes forget which ones are male and which are females.  About three weeks ago, this African cycad showed evidence that either cones or leaves were coming.  In about a week, it was evident that these three, yellow colored cones were emerging.  So far, they appear to be male cones, but you never want to say that for sure until they fully develop.  In a few weeks, we should know for sure. 

This is not a large cycad species.  In fact, it is relatively compact for an Encephalartos.  The leaves of this plant are only three feet long and the overall crown width is five feet.  It is in a 25 g container.  This species wants full sun along the coast and has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  It is not hard to grow.  The caudex diameter of this specimen  is 12 inches.  In the last row of photos below I am showing male next to female cones and a mature plant.  Note with the female cone photo you get just a glimpse of red through the cone scales.  These are seeds within and are definite proof you are looking at a female cone. 

E. lebomboensis:  We have plants for sale from large mature specimens down to small starter plants.

 
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis
plant with three male cones

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR, THREE FOR $69

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Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
CHILEAN WINE PALM
HUGE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE AND AT A GOOD DISCOUNTED PRICE


Of all the palm species that a contractor could locate and move onto a project, Jubaea chilensis is by far the premiere species.  It is so rare to find a good sized specimen available.  They are so slow growing that a tree like the one I'm showing today can take four or five decades to get to this size.

This specimen has twenty to thirty feet of trunk as you can see.  It is probably the largest tree of this species available for sale in the U.S.  It is located in the Los Angeles area and is available presently.  I am helping the owner and my acquaintance locate someone who would really appreciate this fine species and specimen.  It would take a skilled contractor and crane person to remove it, but Jubaeas are know to tolerate digging and skilled contractors have excellent results with this species.  .  .

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me directly.  I think I could get a buyer a great discount on this tree compared to other tree movers or brokers.  You'll not see one like this available again for many decades.  
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis mature

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING SHADE BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This Central American species is a vigorous growing, filtered light loving pinnate palm that thrives in Southern California and can be grown up in parts of Northern California.  It's cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  Mature height is 12 to 16 feet.  It is a suckering species.  The plant shown here might look like a single trunk palm, but in the next twelve months it'll fill out with more canes.  Cane diameter is one inch.  We are offering strong 5 gallon plants on sale as shown.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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Chamaedoea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana    

 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIELLARDII
THE TIGER PALM

This single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia has become quite popular.  Many find it difficult to locate, but we have a nice assortment for sale.  It is a medium sized plant, perhaps 25 feet overall height when mature.  The trunk is typically six to eight inches thick.  The crown shaft has interesting dark marks, sometimes quite prominent.  See the last photo below.  This finding may lighten with age.  Growth rate is medium.  It prefers part day sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is probably about 25 degrees F, or a bit higher. 

Shown here are several reasonably sized plants.  Also shown are some more mature plants.  We have a limited number of seedlings through 15g plant with perhaps a few larger.  If you like this species, also consider Burretiokentia koghiensis and hapala.  They are quite nice as well.  
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
A FORM OF THE "ACAI" BERRY PALM

I had been growing this palm for over twenty years before I ever heard of anyone drinking "Acai berry juice".  And then, almost overnight, it became an industry.  This species makes large numbers of dark purple seeds, so it's no surprise that it is loaded with antioxidant properties and someone would market it.  The original "Acai berry" was from another species, Euterpe oleracea.  But, I've heard juice from Euterpe edulis is also being used.  I might add that it's super expensive.  Euterpe are also a good source for the "hearts of palms" that some may eat in their salads. 

Euterpe edulis is a fast growing, thin trunked, pinnate palm with a long colorful crown shaft.  Crown shaft color varies from green to a mahogany brown.  This species is native to Brazil and northern Argentina.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  It prefers to start as a younger plant in strong filtered light and work its way into the sun.  On the pictures here, I am showing a nice 5g plant with color already showing on the trunk (crown shaft).  Also look at the large nursery specimen.  The photo from habitat was taken by Gaston Torres from PACSOA.
Euterpe edulis 5g
Euterpe edulis 15g Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis photo by Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Euterpe edulis  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
THE MOST POPULAR BLUE CYCAD

Blue cycads are the most popular cycads that we and most cycad nurseries will sell.  And, of the blue cycads, Encephalartos horridus is by far the most popular or requested.  They are not a particular "friendly" plant with their sharply lobed leaflets and prickly character.  But, for some reason, people love this species.  They tend to be a smaller plant.  A cuadex with two feet of trunk height is considered "enormous" and as big as most seen in botanical gardens.  Native to South Africa, E. horridus typically has a small crown of leaves with some curving down of the leaf stem.  Sometimes this can be pronounced.  Color varies from silver to blue, but full sun is needed for the best color.  If grown in shade, leaves can revert to green plants.  Remember that the blue color is from a wax that the plant gives out to prevent desiccation.    

Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. and along the coast they want full sun.  In desert areas, part day sun is better.  Shown here are several very old nursery plants of this species.  The first one has several offsets as shown in the photos.  This species makes an ideal potted plant and has been grown by some as an interior cycad.  In the house, you must give them excellent light. We do from time to time have seedlings for sale as well.  
Encephalartos horridus 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
TYPE OF NEW ZEALAND SHAVING BRUSH PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE


About six months ago we first offered these huge, sun grown plants in 25 gallon pots.  Most are doubles or triples.  thus, they have two or three plants per pot.  They are nice size and have been grown in our coastal sun.  This species peaks out at about 25 feet, has a prominent crown shaft and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Some people prefer them to be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  This is definitely the case inland.  I only have a few of these plants left.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL $275


You must mention this Internet Only Sale at time of purchase to get this price.
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
full sun in San Diego, CA

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON SEEDLINGS


The South American species, Jubaea chilensis, is known for being the thickest trunked palm in the world.  Trunk diameter can reach four feet.  over several decades, it can make a very tall palm, with some specimens over forty feet.  It is a sun species, even tolerating hot inland heat and sun.  Specimens exist in the hot inland San Joaquin Valley area.  Rate of growth is very slow.  You must be patient with this species.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  We have all sizes for sale but are offering two sizes of our seedlings at an excellent price.  Both sizes are the same age since germination.

BAND SIZE OR 1 GALLON THIS SPECIES REG. $30/$35
TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER SIZE $20

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  Either size is easy to ship although shipping is more affordable on the band size.  You can purchase as many as you wish.
Jubaea chilensis
band size Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
one gallon size
Jubaea chilensis
My son Jesse next to a Jubaea
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

EUPHORBIA INGENS
OUTDOOR SUN PLANT OR INTERIOR PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS


This interesting and different South African succulent has tiny spines along its stem's edges.  You can't really see them here.  Often it forks to form interesting shapes as shown.  It can, in the ground, make a large tree that is well overhead.  However, it also makes an excellent patio plant or interior plant.  People enjoy it because it's so different.  Shown here are several nice 5g plants.  These can be shipped although they are a bit fragile.  Outdoors they like sun.  Indoors they must receive bright light.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $55


You must mention this Internet Special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies.  What an interesting Holiday tree these would make for a small apartment.  Also, a nice gift for someone.
Euphorbia ingens Euphorbia ingens
Euphorbia ingens    

 

DUDLEYA BRITONII
WHITE IN SUMMER, BLUE IN WINTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LAST FEW 1G PLANTS


What a great little plant this is.  Native to our locality and Baja California, this endangered succulent species is known as the "white chalk plant" because it truly gets to almost a white color.  We've found this most obvious during summer.  During winter it plumps up and takes on a blue color as shown here.  They need minimal water.  Over-watering can do them in.  I've only got a few 1g left.  I'd like them to find a great home. They tolerate sun quite well and are cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  It's fairly rare to see them for sale.

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

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Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia  

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK, COLD HARDY, TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZES!


Check around and you'll find that this species is difficult to locate.  I think this is mostly because of lack of seed availability.  It is from the east coast of Australia at a very southern location (colder).  It is the most southern growing of all the Livistona species.  Thus, it's not surprising that it carries a good amount of cold hardiness, into the upper teens F.  In habitat it tolerates full sun and can reach a height of 100 feet over many decades.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  Leaves are five feet wide on a long petiole.  Check out the last photo.  It's quite striking.

We are offering two sizes on species.  Either size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140


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Livistona australis
5 gallon size
Livistona australis
125 gallon size
Livistona australis Livistona australis
base of 15g plant

Livistona australis by Mike Gray, PACSOA
by Mike Gray, PACSOA
Livistona australis    

 

THE KEY TO GROWING NEW CALEDONIAN PALM SPECIES
IT'S ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU GIVE THEM

Over the past few decades, we have sold literally a few thousand or more New Caledonian palms to all sorts of collectors in many areas of Southern California.  We always try to seek feedback from customers as to how their palms do over time.  We do this by later calling or emailing them.  From our decades of dong this, I can say that a key factor to success in growing most New Caledonian species in our area is giving them enough water.  In areas in Florida, there's lots of rain so this is hardly ever a problem.  Here in Southern California, that is not the case. 

With water shortages, many time people try to cut back on their water consumption.  Many palm species tolerate this.  But, species such as Chambeyronia, Cyphophoenix, Basselinia and Burretiokentia don't do well with water restriction.  It is true that, close to the ocean, Chambeyronia can take full sun.  But, if you drastically cut back water to them, they'll brown tip, look dry and not do well.  The solution is simply give them more water.  I can't tell you how many times this simple recommendation is what we give t customers.  Chambeyronia simply won't tolerate full sun if water restricted.  Providing you're not exposing them to too much cold, we've found that inadequate water is the number one shortcoming is growing New Caledonian species.  If soil drainage is good, you can hardly over water these species.

So, if you have some New Caledonian palms that aren't performing well, give them more water.  You'll probably see, over time, that they will do a lot better.  Below is a photo of Chambeyronia hookeri in full sun, throwing a beautiful new red leaf over a roof in full sun in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.  For readers who don't know, this is about forty miles from the ocean.  

Chambeyronia hookeri full sun DL
photo by DL

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
ANOTHER COCONUT "LOOK-ALIKE"?

All Ceroxylon are high elevation South American palms that grow in the Andean Mountains.  This species is at a lower elevation that most other Ceroxylon and is found at about 3000 feet in Ecuador.  It is also one of the shorter Ceroxylon, only getting to about thirty feet height.  It sports that sought-after thick white trunk and has no crown shaft.  Becuase it comes from a lower elevation, it is sometimes mentioned that it has more "heat tolerance" than other Ceroxylon as well as good cold tolerance.  Also, some people have mentioned that this species looks "like a Coconut".  You be the judge on this.  Lots of enthusiasts or growers try to tag the name "coconut" to their plant or product so people easily remember it. 

In the garden, this species likes good draining soil and plenty of water.  I'd recommend planting it in filtered light and allowing it to grow into coastal sun over time.  Inland areas may be able to grow this species but in filtered light.  In fact, this species of Ceroxylon may be the best one for them because of the previously mentioned better heat tolerance.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here are a 5g and 7g plant.  We have limited supplies of this species.  Wild photos are care of Tobias Spanner.  Note that we only have a few of these left in stock.
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

 

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
ROCK PALM, SOMBRERO PALM
A GREEN AND A BLUE FORM

This is a medium sized, usually single trunked fan palm that has a native habitat that extends from Mexico down into Central America.  It has flat and roundish leaves that are either green or a prominent blue-green in color.  Therefore, it is known to have a "green form" as well as a "blue form".  This color is not evident until the plant gets larger in the ground.  The trunk is about ten inches thick and usual does not have hair or fibers.  Leaves are flat, round in shape and about three feet wide.  Leaflet segments are open about half way into the leaf.  Fruits are known to be edible.  In my opinion, compared to Brahea armata, the dulcis leaves are more round, flat and softer to the touch.  And, obviously, not as blue as the armata. 

Shown here are two different 5g plants.  The first three photos are of a "blue" B. dulcis, although the color is not evident at this age.  The fourth and seventh photos show the blue variety.  The other garden specimen is the green form.  This species can be grown in strong filtered light or sun.  In less sun, the leaves are larger and more exotic appearing.  Cold tolerance is probably into the low twenties F., perhaps into the upper teens.  We may have larger and smaller specimens for sale at the nursery.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis blue in Miami, FL
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA

 

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 right now.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

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Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013

 

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIA
SUN LOVING CYCAD THAT IS REALLY RUGGED
FINE LEAFLETS, OVERALL SMALL SIZE


Coming from central Mexico, this sun loving Dioon species was originally felt to be a sub-variety of Dioon edule.  It now has its own species status.  A Beverly Hills landscape company needed a number of these for a job.  This gave me the opportunity to take some photos yesterday of our stock on this species and I thought I'd share them with you.

This is not a big cycad.  Trunks can get to perhaps two feet tall. Overall size planted out is usually under four feet.  So, it's a smaller plant.  Leaves are three feet on average.  The hallmark of this species are its extremely thin leaflets.  Color is gray-green to green.  But, newly emerging leaves are pink in color.  They are quite attractive and soft when emerging.  This species also has a propensity for suckering, often making a small colony of multiple stems.

Culturally this is a very rugged plant.  It tolerates drought very well and harsh, hot sun.  It does want full sun but does quite well in part day sun as well.  The assortment of plants shown here are all quite old, some about 30 years of age.  We have a good assortment of these available for sale.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  This is an ideal species where you want a smaller plant in a very hot and sunny location.  You will not be disappointed with this species.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
   
     
CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
SHADE LOVING, SEMI-DWARF PALM
SEVERAL MATURE SPECIMENS FOR SALE

I am actually quite surprised that I still have several huge clumps of this super rare Chamaedorea species for sale.  It is from mountainous areas of Honduras where it is almost extinct.  It gets to a height of about seven feet, eight feet maximum.  It has simple leaves with bifed apical tips.  Leaves are dark green in color and prominently ribbed.  Most amazing is the thin caliper of the stems.  They are about a quarter of an inch in diameter as shown in the last photo.

Shown here are several mature plants with many stems.  They deserve to be in the finest home or botanical garden.  They are just superb specimens  This is a shade species.  Cold tolerance is probably down to the mid-twenties F.  From a collector point of view, this species is extremely difficult to find and seeds are rarely available.  These mature specimens are 25 years old.  Wouldn't one of these be a great gift to the palm enthusiast for the Holidays!
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
     
   
CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
TALL SHADE LOVING PALM FROM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE?  OR HOW ABOUT SUCKERING?

This species is a shade loving, tall, single trunk pinnate palm who's native habitat extends from southern Mexico, down through Central America and all the way into Columbia.  Heights can reach twenty feet with trunk diameters typically about two inches.  There are, however, thick trunked clones up to three inches.  Leaves are typically five feet long with long green leaflets.  Trunks are dark green and prominently ringed as shown.  Flowers are either male or female and quite large.  Seeds are black when mature.  The photo below shows a cluster of immature green seeds.

ALSO: There is a clustering form of this species.  It is shown as the third plant below.  It forms a tight clump with perhaps ten different stems when mature.  The clustering form has somewhat thinner trunks individually.

YOU MUST DECIDE:  When purchasing and planting the single trunk form, the question is how many do you plant together?  We have shown here single specimens along with a double and triple.  You be the judge.  I tend to prefer multiples.  All are gorgeous.  We have a great selection of this species for sale.  It wants shade and is cold hardy into the mid to lower twenties F.
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with three plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with two plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with one plant in the pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
suckering variety of C. tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
note suckers forming on this suckering variety
Chamaedorea tepejilote fruit, green
immature fruit on female plant
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older triple at Balboa Park, San Diego

 

 

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

 

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

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
EXOTIC, CROWN SHAFTED, TALL WITH THIN TRUNK

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

Shown here are two five gallon plants and a larger nursery plant.  The mature plants shown here are from gardens, mostly in Southern California.  Note how most of these are in somewhat protected areas.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F., perhaps a bit less.  We have limited numbers of this species for sale. 

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

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
SIMILAR TO C. NUCELE BUT WITH ARCHING LEAVES AND THINNER LEAFLETS

Unlike Cyphophoenix nucele above, Cyphophoenix elegans actually comes from New Caledonia, native to the northwest corner of the Island.  It is a very similar species and gets to about fifty feet, has a thin six inch trunk and is crown shafted.  But, the leaves have a definite arch to them and the leaflets are thinner.  The crown seems more "open".  Also, this species is a bit easier to grow and perhaps a few degrees more cold hardy than nucele.

Shown here are several 5g plants.  Also shown are multiple domestically grown plants in Southern California with some close up detail photos.  This species would be grown the same as C. nucele.  It prefers filtered light with the potential to perhaps grow into more sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.  Rusty (Jungle Music staff) is standing in front of a specimen in San Diego County that is almost in full sun.  Both of these exotic palms are a "must" for a palm garden in Southern California.
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
A SMALLER SIZE AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 3.5 FOOT PLANTS


We had a request yesterday for a smaller and more affordable size of the Areca Palm.  So, this morning we're putting our 3 gallon pots on sale at a good price.  Read below for a description of this species.  This size is super easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55.25

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price
Dypsis lutescens 3.5 feet Dypsis lutescens 3.5 feet
Dypsis lutescens 3.5 feet Dypsis lutescens in Encinitas  

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
20 gallon size
Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS "MT GARUSO"
RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
WE HAVE ONE PLANT LEFT OF THIS SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


About ten to fifteen years ago seeds became available of this rare and unusual Central African cycad.  By appearance it appears to be in the "manikensis alliance" although it appears it will be a larger mature plant. Leaves presently are over six feet long.  It is a green species and little is known about it.  I would predict it will get a trunk of three to six feet.  Most remarkable are the extremely long and powerful leaves it puts out.  A previous customer told me that this species has proven to be the fastest and one of the prettiest cycads he has.  All the plants we have of this species were seed grown.  I apologize that I don't have a photo of a mature specimen.

It tolerates coastal sun and in most areas would do fine with part day sun.  I'd predict cold tolerance at 22 degrees.  This plant has already seen and been un-damaged with 23 degrees F.  It has been outdoor grown its entire life.  I can mail order this plant if interested.  Caudex size is eight inches.

REGULAR PRICE this plant $950
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CYCAD $725

It is a very special plant waiting for a good home.  You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Encephalartos mt garuso Encephalartos mt garuso
Encephalartos mt garuso Encephalartos mt garuso  

 

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

 

 

SMALL AND EASILY SHIPPED STARTER PLANTS ANYONE?
SMALL PLANTS IN BANDS, AN EASY-TO-SHIP CONTAINER
WE LITERALLY HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BAND SIZED PLANTS


I thought today I would show you some starter plants.  These are in our "band" containers.  A band container is a square pot. 
It is 3" x 3" x 9".  A lot of growers have started using these containers because they nicely group together in carrying trays. 
A tray will hold 25 plants (five rows of five plants) and can easily be moved or carried.  The nice thing about these pots for consumers
is that these pots give a nice, high quality seedling and they can be easily shipped.  It is very easy to pack four, nine, or sixteen of these
into a "block" and box them up safely.  And, typically the plants in these band containers are good sized, equivalent to a very healthy
one gallon plant.  I'm going to show you an assortment of band sized plants with minimal comments about the species.  These appear
in random order.  Availability of some items is quite limited and some species may sell out.

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
A suckering palm from the Middle East that has anywhere from a green
color to a prominent blue, gets to a height of about eight feet and is
cold hardy into the upper teens F. and likes sun.
Nannorrhops r. band  
SABAL MINOR
A dwarf Sabal that never gets over about four feet tall, is single trunked,
has fan leaves with prominent flower spikes that come above the foliage.
Native to the southern U.S., this species is cold hardy into the mid teens F.
It wants full sun.
 
Sabal minor band  
TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
This South American palm is a fan palm, suckers, has a very blue color, likes
full hot sun and surprising cold tolerance.  It can take temperatures into
the mid teens F.  Overall height is about ten feet or less.  
Trithrinax campestris band  
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
This South African rare cycad species is extremely blue when grown in the sun
and never gets overly large.  A plant five feet tall would be a big plant.  It likes
full sun, heat and good drainage.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.
 
Encephalartos trispinosus  
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
This is a shade loving dwarf cycad that has interesting groups of leaflets along
the stem.  It typically is never over four feet tall.  It is a very "cute" species
and cold tolerant into the lower twenties f.
Ceratozamia hildae  
ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
This is another South African cycad.  This is a dwarf species with a trunk
that is typically under six to eight inches in size.  Leaves are about three
feet long and fluffy appearing.  It likes sun and good drainage.  Cold tolerance
is about 22 degrees F.  Cycads are easy to cold protect.
Encephalartos cerinus band  
DYPSIS BETAFAKA
This Madagascar species resembles a more blue colored Dypsis decipiens.
It is a new introduction.  It may sucker over time, this is not well known.
It will want sun and should be cold hardy into the lower 20's F.
Dypsis betafaka band  
DIOON TOMASELLII
A Mexican cycad, this species prefers strong filtered light or perhaps
full sun along the coast.  It is a medium sized plant with leaves about
five to six feet long.  The interesting thing is the curve of the leaflets
in a sickle like downward curve.  This is seen in only a few cycad
seedlings.  Cold hardiness into the low 20's f.
 
Dioon tomasellii band  
STANGERIA ERIOPUS
This species looks more like a fern than a cycad.  It is from South Africa
and is quite easy to grow.  It can take sun along the coast or filtered light
inland.  Cold hardiness is like other species, into the low 20's f.  It is
a dwarf species with leaves about three feet long.
STangeria eriopus band  
BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
This New Caledonian palm is single trunk, pinnate,
and has a white crown shaft.  It is very beautiful and a quick
growing plant.  It likes full coastal sun or part day sun/filtered
light inland.  Cold tolerance is into the mid, perhaps lower
20's F.  It is rare and hard to find.
Burretiokentia koghiensis band  
PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
As you can see here, some of our band plants are huge, bigger than
most nursery's one gallon plants.  This is an example of that.  P. munroii
is native to Hawaii and is a medium sized fan palm that will take full
sun along the coast, wants protection inland, and has a broad, flat
green leaf.  It is a very pretty species and hard to find.
Pritchardia munroii band  
HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
This cousin of the popular Bottle Palm is slow growing and gets to a height of about ten feet.  It loves sun and is cold hardy perhaps into the upper twenties F.  I'd not recommend it to anyone in a significantly cold area.  This is our band size.  You can see the yellow color, a prominent color in this species.  Unlike the Bottle Palm, the swelling you see with this species is in the mid trunk, not at the base.
hyophorbe verschafeltii  
DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
A single trunk and hard to find species from Madagascar.  Height is to thirty-five
feet with a trunk diameter twelve to sixteen inches.  Leaves are plumose.  This is
a full sun plant with a good amount of cold tolerance for a Dypsis.
Dypsis prestoniana  
LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
This is a suckering, medium sized pinnate palm from Australia.  Some consider it
to appear like a "suckering Howea".  Height is typically fifteen to twenty five feet.
Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  This is a very attractive palm with
prominent red seeds.
Laccospadix australasica  
COERNICIA BAILEYANA
This is a thick trunked fan palm that can get over thirty feet tall.  The most striking
feature are the light colored massive trunks that seem to tower overhead.  The crown has near complete and upright fan leaves that are held tightly together.  This is a sun loving
species that can tolerate mid-twenty F. temperatures.  Very difficult to find.
 
Copernicia baileyana  
 

This will give you a taste of plants in band containers.  What most people don't know is that we have a tens of thousands of band sized plants. 
So, there's a pretty good chance that the species you want might be available in this smaller size.  Most are very affordable in price. 
And, if you get a good number of these, a volume discount would be considered.  Shipping band sized plants is fairly affordable.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
LARGE NURSERY PLANTS AVAILABLE

As a nurseryman, I can say without doubt that the most popular cycads are the blue colored species.  And, of these, the most sought after are the blue Encephalartos.  The four blue Encephalartos that you'll see at cycad nurseries are Encephalartos horridus, trispinosus, lehmanii and princeps.  There are other blue species in this genus, but these four are the species you'd most likely come across.  All four of these are extremely slow growing.  What I want to show today is show large nursery specimens of Encephalartos trispinosus.  This is a blue species with prominent spiny lobes on its leaflets.  The name "tri"- spinosus comes from the fact that, in the classical leaflet, there are "three spines" including the terminal tip of the leaflet.  But, this is quite variable and there are even "spineless" forms of this species. 

The four nursery plants shown here may well be about as big as you'd ever see in any nursery in the U.S.  It would take an individual thirty years to grow such plants from a seedling.  These plants are usually acquired by very enthusiastic collectors or upscale garden projects.  We certainly have all sizes available from seedlings on up, but thought I'd show you some big ones this morning.  This species likes full sun along the coast but needs some part day protection in desert areas.  Its cold tolerance is to about 22 degrees F.  Below that needs winter protection on the coldest nights. The last photos show how brilliantly blue this species becomes in full, hot sun.  
Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch
Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


By popular demand I have put our 15g plants of this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.


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

I also have some 5g plants which are on special.  You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow PACSOA
photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA
 

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
TROPICAL & SHADE LOVING CYCAD
MATURE PLANT IN CONE

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


Occasionally I'll put a single plant on sale.  Such is the case with this very attractive Mexican cycad.  It is Ceratozamia mexicana.  The leaves are about four, perhaps five feet long.  It's in a 7g container and can be easily shipped via Fed Express.  It has an approximate 7 inch caudex with a male cone showing.  Leaf color is lush green.  Note that on this species the leaves are held in a more horizontal plant.  So, it needs some room to grow.  It would like filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  I only have this one plant on special, so if you like it, call us right away or drop by early.


REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $300

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

DIOON SPECIES "DWARF"
SUN-LOVING, COMPACT AND SMALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


Here's is another single cycad I'm putting on special.  We've been growing this plant for probably over a decade.  It's sort of a "one of a kind" type of thing.  It is obviously a member of the Dioon edule complex.  But, what we've found, is that it is a small plant: both small leaves and small trunk.  Regular Dioon edule are bigger overall.  Also note the very short and fine leaflets on this plant.  Leaves are only about 2 feet long.  The six or seven inch caudex has very tightly placed small leaf scales.  Container size is a 15g pot.  It will be a sun loving cycad that won't take up much room.  It should have a cold tolerance into the upper teens and be able to take almost full desert sun.


REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $300

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dioon species dwarf Dioon species dwarf
Dioon species dwarf Dioon species dwarf Dioon species dwarf

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING & MEDIUM SIZED
SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON RECENT ARRIVALS


There's been a real shortage of Dypsis lutescens on the market.  I usually have available plants up to ten feet of height.  This special batch we recently got in are about 7 feet tall in 14 inch containers, a bit smaller than the standard 15g pot.  There are not larger plants of this species on the market right now, anywhere, that I'm aware of.  These plants shown today are full and lush. This species will take coastal sun and gets to a height of about fifteen to eighteen feet maximum in our locality.  Trunks are silver and about three inches thick.  There is a definite touch of yellow in the crown shafts and leaf stems.  It's normal for this species.  Cold tolerance is perhaps 24 degrees or a bit lower.  We only have about ten of this very nice plants.  This special will last for ten days.  I suspect they'll sell out before that time.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $175

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
mature clump in Encinitas, CA in full sun

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
MEDIUM SIZED AND SUN LOVING

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS


This species from Madagascar has a common name that is based on the fact that this palm has three sides or a  "triangular" shaped crown shaft right below the leaves.  Once you have seen this species, you'll easily remember it.  Leaves are a gray green.  mature height is usually twenty, perhaps maximum twenty-five feet.  The actual trunk is circular and about twelve inches thick or a bit more.  It is a slow to medium growing species and loves heat and sun.  It will take desert sun in many areas.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F. We have chosen our 15g plants as shown to be on special for ten days.  They are chunky and nice.  Limited numbers are available.

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

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Mature plant at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dypsis decaryi
close up photo of triangular crown shaft

 

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


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

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

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


PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This suckering pinnate palm is native to the island of Crete and to some parts of Turkey.  It is related to Phoenix dactylifera (the true Date Palm) but is smaller in stature.  It does have some silver color to it (like the true Date Palm) but is also seen as a green colored plant.  Overall, however, it's size is less than the common Date.  It also suckers, has very bristly leaves with a compact, coarse appearance.  Reports are plants in the wild can reach forty feet height, but most plants I've seen are much shorter.  It can be pruned into a single trunk plant, just like the true Date Palm. 

It likes hot full sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F., perhaps to as low as 16 to 17 degrees.  Shown here are some 5g and 15g plants along with some garden specimens.  Note the coarse, bushy appearance to the mature plants.  It might be chosen by someone who wants a Phoenix species that is smaller than a Canary Palm, could be maintained as a single trunk palm, and is super cold hardy.  Presently we have available 15g and 5g sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 SIZE THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $140


You must mention this Internet Ten Day Special when purchasing to obtain this discounted price.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
5 gallon size
Phoenix theophrastii
15 gallon size on Ten Day Special
Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii 

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE


This small cycad species is native to Mexico.  It is known as the "Cardboard Palm" although it's not a palm at all.  The "Carboard Cycad" is a much better name.  It has thick hard leaves, thus the name "cardboard".  It is a small cycad, rarely over four to five feet tall.  It suckers freely.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but needs filtered light far inland.  Leaflets are essentially unarmed with no spines.  Color is green to yellow green depending on light exposure.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 25 degrees F.  We just got in some nice 3g plant which we are putting on a Ten Day Special.

REGULAR PRICE 3G SIZE THIS SPECIES, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad

 

COPERNICIA MACROGLOSSA
CUBAN PETTICOAT PALM

As the common name implies, this palm is native to northwestern Cuba.  It is a medium sized palm and gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  Actually, the trunk is rather thin for the canopy of leaves.  It's usually about eight inches.  But, you'd be fooled because this species forms a petticoat of old leaves and it's hard to see the trunk.  My own personal preference is to see the old leaves removed.  Shown here are larger plants both with and without the old petticoat.

Leaves are wide, up to seven feet, erect and tight within the crown.  When you see a smaller plant it is quite impressive.  It appear as if the swirl of erect, stiff, flat leaves are emerging from the ground.  Leaf color is green with a touch of gray beneath.  Like other Copernicia, growth rate is not fast.  Shown here is a five gallon plant and mature specimens.  Cold tolerance is perhaps into the upper twenties F.  It is a full sun plant.  
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa  

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013


CHAMAEDOREA FRAGRANS
RARE SUCKERING SPECIES FROM PERU


This super rare species of shade palm that is native to high elevations in Peru where it can be found at 2500 feet in mountainous areas.  It is a suckering species that gets to a height of about ten feet.  Because it suckers, over time one sees very wide clumps as shown in the last photo below.  Height of this species is about ten feet.  Stems are extremely narrow, as thin as a quarter of an inch.  These stems emerge in an upright fashion from the soil as opposed to Chamaedorea stolinifera (below), who's new stems often snakes along the ground before turning upwards.  Also, the rings or internodes of fragrans are widely separated.

This species has simple bifed shaped leaves.  Total leaf length is about a foot or a bit longer.  The two segments are each about two inches wide and come to a gradual symmetrical point at their ends.  The leaflet surface is slightly plicated and the texture is thin.  Oppose this to C. stolinifera which has a shorter and wider leaf with wider segments.  Stolinifera leaves are also much thicker to the touch  and more firm.  Many people comment that Chamaedoea fragrans resembles a bamboo plant.

Propagation is usually accomplished by dividing up older clumps.  Setting seeds is very difficult.  In my opinion, this species looks the best in filtered light where it is a dark green color.  It will take a fair amount of coastal sun but takes on a much more lime colored green.  Cold tolerance is at least down to the mid-twenties F. 

The plant shown to the right we just got in.  We only get one or two of this species every few years.  This plant was obtained by  removing stems from a mature clump.
 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragrans
C. fragrans on the right, C. stonilinifera on left  
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINERA
MEXICAN SUCKERING SHADE PALM
EASY TO GROW AND BEAUTIFUL


I am presenting this species presently because people often confuse it with C. fragans above.  It is a suckering species like fragrans, but the leaves are shorter, thicker in substance and come to a more blunted tip.  They are also much wider.  The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.

It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface.  Often they'll wildly shoot out of the pot, then turn upwards to form a new vertical stem.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

But, then don't get very tall, typically about six feet or a bit more.  Leaves are green in color.  Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  We have a nice selection of stolinifera for sale including pots that have both sexes in the same container.  Our selection includes one and two gallon plants for sale.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively and hold back a few mother plants for this purpose.  The stolons are easy to re-establish in a pot.  I highly recommend this species.
 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
note stolons moving laterally from pot 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera
mother plant used at our nursery for propagation 
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
close up photo of female blossom
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
 another mother nursery plant for propagation 

Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera 


CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
SINGLE TRUNK, SIMPLE LEAF
SHADE PALM FROM MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA

As this single trunk species does not produce suckers, it is entirely propagated from seeds. Compare this to the two species described above.  Like those above, it has simple, solid leaves but the leaves of this species are larger.  I've had plants where the width is about 14 inches and the length 16 inches.  They are solid and bifed with fairly blunt endings.  The leaf thickness is not as thick as stolinifera.

Stem size is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch.  Growth is vertical.  Mature height can reach six to eight feet.  They look very nice as a colony of three or more plants side by side.  The first several pictures here show a grouping of multiple smaller plants.  If seeds were super abundant, I would only grow these with three plants per pot as such plants are super attractive. Growth rate is slow to medium.  This species, because it holds multiple wide leaves, is very good looking from above. 

It is a filtered light species and does not appreciate too much sun exposure.  We have a nice selection of smaller plants available and also some mature, overhead very old plants.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  We can easily ship multiple plants to you in one box.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 


BRAHEA BANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE PALM
FROM SOUTHERN BAJA & THE MEXICAN SONORA DESERT

TEN DAY SPECIAL


I only have a few of these nice 15g rare Braheas that make taller, thin trunked fan palms.  Height can get over 30 feet and trunk diameter is one foot.  Trunks are rough with retained leaf bases.  The leaves are three feet wide, flat and attached by long rachis.  Leaf color is green and the underside are a bit gray-green.  Growth rate is fast. Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  This is a sun species.

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

I might have some 5g which I'd give a discount on as well.  You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 


ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We've previously discussed this Australian mountain species of King Palm that occurs naturally north of the Australian city of Cairns.  It gets to a height of about thirty feet and is most known for the purple color to the crown shaft that is seen once the tree obtains some age.  It is fast growing and likes coastal sun.  It's not quite as cold hardy as the regular King Palm.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15G $145


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Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT/TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZE

This species is not a palm.  Rather, it is a succulent type of plant from northern Mexico.  It is a very tough species and tolerates hot sun including desert areas and is cold tolerant to about 15 degrees F.  It is composed of thing long leaves that radiate out from the trunk is a circular pattern.  if the lower leaves are trimmed, in time a medium sized trunk is exposed.  The average crown width of a planted specimen is about six feet.  Over many decades, the trunk can get over five feet tall.  This species is drought tolerant and can be considered a xerophytic plant.  It is fairly slow growing.  We presently have a supply of nice 5g plants that are about four years old

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $39!
 
Just mention this website special to get this rate.  Sale ends in ten days from today.  We also have other sizes for sale.  Easy to ship by mail order. 
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
15g sized plant
  Dasylirion longissimum
looking from above a 15g plant
Dasylirion l. Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia
 

 

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
UNUSUAL SPECIES FROM MADAGASCAR


This is a multi-stemmed pinnate palm from northern Madagascar.  It is a tall palm and has dichotomously branching stems.  New leaves emerge red and gradually turn green.  Trunks are covered with thick and stringy, fibrous and matted material.  Overall height expected in Southern California can be over thirty feet.  This palm prefers coastal sun.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain, but plants at our nursery have withstood 25 degrees F.  I anticipate this may be a low 20's palm.  Shown here is the 5g size which we have available.  The larger garden plant is from Southern California.  
 
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita  

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you mention this magnificent and large fan palm to any palm enthusiast, he will immediately praise this gorgeous species.  Native to Cuba, it has a thick and fairly tall trunk with beautiful large, upright leaves.  When I first saw this species in specimen size at Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, I was awestruck.  I will share pictures from that trip with you below.  It was a great tragedy when Hurricane Andrew blew down some of these huge relics.  As I recall, staff at the garden were able to salvage some of them by up-righting the trunks and bracing them.

Trunk size on this species is up to about fifty feet with a trunk diameter of two feet.  The trunk is clean and smooth, tan in color.  Leaves are circular, upright, and the crown size is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are green and the large crown is a bit crowded appearing but gorgeous.  The underside of the leaves is slightly glaucous.  Also note how the petioles are very light colored, almost white, with small black armor.  The leaf stems are very attractive.

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We recently obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. It has taken seven years to produce this size of plant.  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.

We have limited numbers of these for sale.  If you would like to try one of these really special plants, let us know soon.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $50
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

 

DIOON STEVENSONII
SUPER RARE MEXICAN DIOON
TEN DAY SPECIAL LAST FEW PLANTS


A year ago we first announced that we had this super rare species of Mexicn Dioon.  We are down to our last few plants.  Dioon stevensonii is not only attractive but also essentially unavailable on the cycad market .  Many years ago I obtained some seeds which I germinated.  I have been growing these for about eight years.  These plants have been extremely slow growing.  I have some in citrus pot size and a 15g.  They seem to resemble Dioon tomasellii, but have noticeable differences.  The leaflets are thinner, longer, softer to the touch and widely spaced.  They do have spination.  The caudex and petioles, especially on new leaves, is extremely tomentous with tan or slightly red colored hairs.  There are persistent white hairs on the stems.  But, the most different characteristic are the golden-brown emerging new leaves which are also extremely hairy.  I'll show some photos from last year to illustrate some of these characteristics. 

Because we didn't know the true identity of this species, were merely called them "Dioon species".  That is, we called them this until a close friend of mine and noted author on the cycads of Mexico, Jeff Chemnick, visited me and saw these plants. He was shocked to see them and immediately recognized them from his cycad research.  He then confirmed, in his opinion, that they were Dioon stevensonii.  This is a newly described species that has been separated off from Dioon tomasellii.  Below, I will give you a link to the descriptive article from 2009 by Nicolalde-Morejo, Andrew P. Vovides et al, that described this species.  Most notable characteristics from the article are:
 
1. Trunk size up to 120 cm, diameter 25 cm
2. Variable number of leaves that are 60 to 120 cm long, arch downwards and have golden-brown tomentum when emerging
3. Petiole and rachis have dense white tomentous hairs when young and later turn green
4. Paired leaflets at right angles to the rachis, thin, widely spaced, pointed with a few spines and gently arching downwards
 
The article below is technical, not right for all readers.
Link to Article on this species.  

So now, a full year later, I'm down to just three plants left of about a dozen we had.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT PLANTS $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL LAST FEW PLANTS $250
(shown to right)


I do not have photos of a mature plant.  Sorry.  Of the plants shown left for sale here, one just sold.
Dioon stevensonii


Dioon stevensonii
Dioon stevensonii


Dioon stevensonii
Dioon stevensonii
old photograph from last year
Dioon stevensonii
old photograph from last year
Dioon stevensonii
old photograph from last year

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY AND INTENSE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SALE LAST FEW PLANTS

I am sorry to say that the days of these gorgeous blue Pindo Palms is almost over.  My 5g size is already sold out and there's no more seeds or plants coming.  Left are several 15g and 25g plants that I'm offering on special.  They are easy to grow, love heat and sun, and are cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  This will be the end of our offering this species and, as far as I know, they just aren't available on the market any more.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175, 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15G $145, 25G $275


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
25g size plant
Butia capitata blue
25g size plant
Butia capitata blue by Paul Craft
Photo by Paul Craft
   

 

ARENGA OBTUSIFOLIA
LARGE CLUSTERING TROPICAL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


You won't find this species available at many places in the country.  It's native to southern Thailand and surrounding areas.  It's a large palm.  In habitat it gets to a height of thirty to fifty feet with one foot thick trunks.  It can have huge leaves over fifteen feet long.  In other words, one leaf is taller than a whole clump of Arenga engleri.  Like all Arenga, the back sides of the leaves are silver.  I'd recommend part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, perhaps into the mid-twenties F.

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

At time of purchase, you must mention this Blog Special to get this price.
Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia
Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia by Rolf Kyburz
Photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA

 

RED, CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
MATURE BROMELIAD PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL

We've been offering these plants for years and seldom do they go on sale.  This is a smaller Nerogelia that can take some sun, even full sun along the immediate coast.  They turn from green to bright red in the sun.  They are compact and low.  In three or four years you'll get many heads and they are tightly held together.  The plants we have presently are older and have about fifteen heads.  They are a very full cluster.  They tolerate temperatures into the twenties F.  They add nice color to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  Limited numbers.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS
A RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!

This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either 'oceana" or 'Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants.  We may also have some 15g for sale.  The last two pictues are from an unknown photographer and at the website of the Palm & Cycad Society of New Zealand.  We have only limited numbers for sale.  BTW, this species is thriving in the SF Bay area, CA. (see photo below)  
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by Darold Petty
photo by Darold Petty, plant in San Francisco
Rhopalostylis oceana Palm & Cycad Soc New Zealand
unknown author,  Palm & Cycad Soc New Zealand
Rhopalostylis oceana palm & Cycad Society New Zealnd
unknown author, Palm & Cycad Society New Zealand

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS
LARGE PLANT WITH EMERGING CONES

At the nursery, whenever a mature cycad throws a cone, it's always exciting.  With so many plants around, we sometimes forget which ones are male and which are females.  About three weeks ago, this African cycad showed evidence that either cones or leaves were coming.  In about a week, it was evident that these three, yellow colored cones were emerging.  So far, they appear to be male cones, but you never want to say that for sure until they fully develop.  In a few weeks, we should know for sure. 

This is not a large cycad species.  In fact, it is relatively compact for an Encephalartos.  The leaves of this plant are only three feet long and the overall crown width is five feet.  It is in a 25 g container.  This species wants full sun along the coast and has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  It is not hard to grow.  The caudex diameter of this specimen  is 12 inches.  In the last row of photos below I am showing male next to female cones and a mature plant.  Note with the female cone photo you get just a glimpse of red through the cone scales.  These are seeds within and are definite proof you are looking at a female cone. 

E. lebomboensis:  We have plants for sale from large mature specimens down to small starter plants.

 
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis
plant with three male cones

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF, COLD HARDY PALM

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized nursery plant of this species.  Below are some of the highlights of this Asian palm that never gets very big.

•  Is semi-dwarf, typically under 8 to 10 feet tall
•  Suckers, making additional trunks about 4 inches thick
•  For a pinnate palm, super cold hardy to about 18 degrees F.
•  Great species for "blocking the view of the neighbor"
•  Gets about as wide as tall and you cannot see "through it"
•  Has silver underside to the leaflets as shown
•  Slow growing and tolerates sun along the coast or filtered light
•  Very fragrant blossoms

We have available bands, 2 gallon (perhaps), 5g, 15g, and maybe a few larger sizes.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
GUADALUPE FAN PALM
SHORT, THICK TRUNK, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This relatively short fan palm is native to the Island of Guadalupe off the northern coast of Baja, California.  It is the only species on the island and threatened by a "man-introduced" colony of wild goats brought onto the island decades ago to "control the weeds".  Now they eat every seedling occurring naturally on the island.  Only mature specimens exist, unable to have their seed germinate and grow thanks to the helpful hand of man.

It gets to a height of ten, maximum fifteen feet.  It has a thick trunk that is, from a distance, smooth appearing but close up has fine checks in the texture.  It is minimally armed with tiny spines on the stems.  You can hardly feel them.  It is a full sun species and does fine along the waterfront.  Cold hardiness is about 16  to 18 degrees.  All domestic plants shown are in the coastal area of San Diego, CA area.

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


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Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

DIOON SPECIES "RIO VERDE"
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE


This surprisingly cold hardy Mexican cycad is known for its longer leaves.  Compared to an ordinary Dioon edule, it has much longer leaves.  These leaves have a somewhat yellow petiole as shown in the photos. And, there's an extra treat: they flush an interesting pink-green color as shown.  This is a slow growing species.  Trunks rarely get to two feet.  They cluster freely. 

It is a sun species that is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.  It tolerates heat and full hot sun.  Shown here are several fifteen gallon plants.  We also have smaller sizes.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE:  30% OFF!

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Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde
Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde
Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde

 

DIOON EDULE
COMPACT CYCAD THAT LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE


This is another cycad from Mexico.  Compared to the "rio verde" above it has shorter leaves as shown.  Thus, it is a compact cycad with leaves usually under three feet long.  Trunks are rarely up to three feet.  Color of the leaves is green.  They emerge green as well.  It will form clusters over time.

It is an amazing species in that it's the only one I know that will take the blazing sun seen in areas like Las Vegas and Phoenix.  It also tolerates their heat.  Cold tolerance is to about 18 degrees F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE:  30% OFF!

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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
COMPACT, BLUE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American, blue colored, suckering fan palm is slow growing but worth the wait.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves heat and full sun.  Our 5g plants are suckering a bit and very nice.  We're having the 5g on our ten day special.  They are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Mention this Blog only special price when ordering

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS 5G t. CAMPESTRIS

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
SIMILAR TO C. NUCELE BUT WITH ARCHING LEAVES AND THINNER LEAFLETS

Unlike Cyphophoenix nucele discussed previously, Cyphophoenix elegans actually comes from New Caledonia, native to the northwest corner of the Island.  It is a very similar species and gets to about fifty feet, has a thin six inch trunk and is crown shafted.  But, the leaves have a definite arch to them and the leaflets are thinner.  The crown seems more "open".  Also, this species is a bit easier to grow and perhaps a few degrees more cold hardy than nucele.

Shown here are several 5g plants.  Also shown are multiple domestically grown plants in Southern California with some close up detail photos.  This species would be grown the same as C. nucele.  It prefers filtered light with the potential to perhaps grow into more sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.  Rusty (Jungle Music staff) is standing in front of a specimen in San Diego County that is almost in full sun.  Both of these exotic palms are a "must" for a palm garden in Southern California.
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


For the first time ever, I am offering this rare, hard to find, super slow growing blue, suckering fan palm from Mexico.  It doesn't get much over six or seven feet tall, forms suckers over time, and is as blue as Brahea armata.  But, the interesting thing, is that the blue color comes with age and is hardly ever seen in a smaller containerized plant.  It is a sun species with cold tolerance down to 16 or 17 degrees F.

Our special is on the five gallon sized plants.  They are green now but will turn blue in the sun and in the ground.  Limited supplies are available.  These plants are five years old.

REGULAR PRICE 5g $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea decumbens Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBR 5, 2013

 

SYAGRUS PICROPHYLLAr /> ATTRACTIVE MEDIUM SIZED PALM
PLUMOSE LEAVES AND DARK LEAF BASES

The first time I ever saw this species of Syagrus, I swore I saw a crown shaft on it.  But, as you may know, Syagrus do not have crown shafts.  On close inspection, this species doesn't have one, but it could fool you.  And, it's very dark in color, with a green-almost black color.  This is one thing that made it appealing to me.

The mature palm is also not that big; perhaps 25 feet or so.  It is native to Brazil. It has attractive plumose leaves and a rather thin trunk for a Syagrus.  The base is a bit swollen.  Leaflets are long and narrow.  It is a sun plant.  Because it's so rare, cold tolerance is not precisely known but my observations so far are that it'l be somewhere in the mid to upper twenties F.  At our nursery it's taken a freeze without damage.

Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  We have several of assorted sizes for sale.  It's an attractive new species to add to your garden. 
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla by Gileno Machado, PACSOA
Syagrus picrophylla by Gileno Machado, PACSOA

 

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS, THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
MASSIVE TRUNK AND SLOW GROWING
MANY SIZES AVAILABLE

This popular South American palm is known by many of you.  So, I thought I'd just add a few facts that you might not be aware of:

•  Some Jubaea trees make seeds that appear to be "duds" and germinate poorly.  Other trees make easy to germinate seeds. It's "tree specific" by observations.
•  Germination of seeds is sporadic, sometimes quick an sometimes slow
•  Jubaea seeds are super simple to clean.  Simply pull back the fruit a shown.
•  Jubaea fruit is reportedly edible. I know squirrels and rats love the fruit.
•  Nursery production of a 15g plant can take from five to seven years.  This is a slow growing species.
•  Putting juvenile plants in the ground may speed up growth compared to pots, but they are still slow
•  In the ground, it takes 20 years to get ten feet of trunk
•  Jubaea are a great plant for hybridization with other genera
•  Trunks can get up to a four foot diameter, the fattest trunk of any palm tree

We have quite a few sizes available.  This is a sun species with cold tolerance to about 16 degrees F.
Jubaea chilensis
25 gallon size
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
15 gallon size
Jubaea chilensis
band size seedling
Jubaea chilensis seeds Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis by RT Sacramento
In Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA by R.T.
Jubaea chilensis
In San Diego, CA
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea trunk with my son, Jesse, next to it

 

SABAL URESANA
THE MOST BLUE SABAL THERE IS AND IT'S COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL SIZES WE HAVE!


Sabal uresana in native to northern Mexico.  In habitat it sees very hot and dry sun.  And, it's exposed to weather in the teens F. on occasion.  It is most known by the intense blue color to the leaves.  Look at the habitat photo below.  Also, it is blue even as a seedling plant as show here. As a nursery plant, the roots are very aggressive, filling up the pot (see last photo).  Cold tolerance is well into the teens F.  One of our customers in a Gulf State reported it was the most cold hardy of any Sabal he had tried.  But, I'm not sure this is true.  In the garden, it gets to a height of about 20 to 25 feet.  The trunk is 18 inches or less in diameter. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 25% OFF ANY SIZE WE SELL!

We have 15g, 5g, citrus pots, and possibly some smaller plants still available.  You must mention this website special when purchasing to get this discount.
Sabal ursesana
15g plant
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
15g plants
Sabal ursesana
Sabal uresana in habitat by J.S.
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
left to right: 2 g, band, citrus pot
Sabal ursesana
note blue leaf color, even when young and in the
greenhouse
Sabal ursesana
note aggressive roots, even on a seedling

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. The photo below is by Tim Brian in HI.  It is similar but not the same as the Mayotte Island form.  The latter has a lot of red in the petiole and stem.  It of course is a full sun palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $40


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Bismarckia species Mayotte Island Bismarckia species Mayotte Island
Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
   

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this lrger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145


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Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
"SUPER SILVER" IN TREE POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


Every palm enthusiast really likes this rare species from Madagascar.  A particularly nice variety is, among collectors, known as "super silver".  It develops a white crown shaft over time as shown below.  You can usually tell you have this type when you see a red emergent spear or a lot of red near the crown or on the petiole.  This is opposed to a plain green color of the spear and stem.  It is slow growing but fairly cold hardy into the teens F.  It is not the easiest of species to grow and does poorly with digging if mature.  It likes full sun but it is best to let it "grow into th sun" in many areas.  We are offering our tree pot size on special, a first for this Blog.  This larger tree pots size thus costs you five dollars less than a smaller band size.  Easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE TREE POT SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $42.50 (limited numbers available)


You must mention this special when ordering.  It's a Blog only price, seen nowhere else at this website.  
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens  

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DROOPY LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This popular species is from Madagascar and can be single trunk or suckering.  It has a leaf form where the leaf is flat in cross section and another form where the leaflets are very droopy, hanging down toward the ground.  The crown shafts are white as shown here or sometimes silver.  It likes coastal sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  We are offering the band size on special, droopy form.  This is a Blog only offering.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $80


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Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
photo by BC
Dypsis onilahensis  

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
SMALLER AND RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

Today I thought I'd mention a different type of thin leaflet cycad.  Dioon caputoi is a very rare species of Dioon with its habitat being in the area of Pueblo in the country of Mexico.  Several decades ago one could only dream about this species with only about a hundred plants in habitat.  In the 1990's, some seeds did come out of habitat and it is occasionally seen for sale.  It is not a big cycad.  Trunks are typically one to two feet, rarely to three feet.  The leaflets are very thin with gaps between the leaflets.  The color is green or gray-green.  Leaves are stiff and usually two to three feet long. 

It is slow growing and prefers sun along the coast or very bright filtered light.  It is an endangered species and next to impossible to find in a nursery.  We are quite fortunate to offer you plants in a variety of sizes, from band up to 15g size.  Mature plant photos and a female cone are provided by a friend of mine, Mark Mason.  Although the coldest limit is not known, I'd estimate cold tolerance to be in the upper teens F.
Dioon caputoi cit pot Dioon caputoi b ase
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi wild Dioon caputoi female cone by MarkM
Dioon caputoi band Dioon caputoi leaf Dioon caputoi nursery

 

THE KEY TO GROWING NEW CALEDONIAN PALM SPECIES
IT'S ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU GIVE THEM


Over the past few decades, we have sold literally a few thousand or more New Caledonian palms to all sorts of collectors in many areas of Southern California.  We always try to seek feedback from customers as to how their palms do over time.  We do this by later calling or emailing them.  From our decades of dong this, I can say that a key factor to success in growing most New Caledonian species in our area is giving them enough water.  In areas in Florida, there's lots of rain so this is hardly ever a problem.  Here in Southern California, that is not the case. 

With water shortages, many time people try to cut back on their water consumption.  Many palm species tolerate this.  But, species such as Chambeyronia, Cyphophoenix, Basselinia and Burretiokentia don't do well with water restriction.  It is true that, close to the ocean, Chambeyronia can take full sun.  But, if you drastically cut back water to them, they'll brown tip, look dry and not do well.  The solution is simply give them more water.  I can't tell you how many times this simple recommendation is what we give t customers.  Chambeyronia simply won't tolerate full sun if water restricted.  Providing you're not exposing them to too much cold, we've found that inadequate water is the number one shortcoming is growing New Caledonian species.  If soil drainage is good, you can hardly over water these species.

So, if you have some New Caledonian palms that aren't performing well, give them more water.  You'll probably see, over time, that they will do a lot better.  Below is a photo of Chambeyronia hookeri in full sun, throwing a beautiful new red leaf over a roof in full sun in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.  For readers who don't know, this is about forty miles from the ocean.  

Chambeyronia hookeri full sun DL
photo by DL

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
SMALLER MATURE CYCAD WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES

Anyone who collects cycads is automatically attracted to this extremely rare cycad just because of its name.  Even a child remembers and is drawn to anything called "munchii".  It sounds more like a name of something from Saturday morning cartoons.  In my earlier years I was the same and just had to see and eventually start growing this species from Mozambique.  There the native plants are extremely limited in numbers with possibly only a few dozen native plants remaining. 

The characteristic I like the most about Encephalartos munchi is the sea foam or sometimes called "soapy blue green" color of the leaves.  It's not normally blue like an Encephalartos horridus, but it's definitely not a standard green color.  In the photos I've tried to show this.  Be aware there are apparently green forms as well.  Also be aware that about ten years ago a lot of seeds came in that were called "Encephalartos munchii" and definitely were not the true species.  These were distributed by a nursery in California.  The true muchii has a certain appearance to the leaflets.  They are fairly narrow and at a juvenile age have leaves as shown here.  Make sure you don't get a fake.

Trunk heights mature are under three feet and leaves four to five feet long, slightly keeled.  Shown here are a few nursery plants.  It is a sun plant n coastal areas.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
EXOTIC PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

•  Native to Lifou Island, New Caledonia
•  Medium sized palm, typically up to 30 feet tall
•  Thin crown shafted trunk with prominent rings
•  Upright leaves with wide leaflets
•  Leaves flat in cross section
•  Essentially no arch to the leaves
•  Threatened in habitat with under one hundred plants remaining
•  Not quite as cold hardy as C. elegans

Shown here are several 5g plants and a nice 15g.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees.  I'd recommend part day sun in most areas.
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
15g sized plant
Cyphophoenix nucele
15g sized plant
Cyphophoenix nucele
Younger garden plant, Southern CA
Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

ASSORTED TEN DAY SPECIALS 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 5G SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This is a crown shafted palm from higher elevations on Lord Howe Island.  It gets to about 25 feet height, tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 24 degrees F.  It has a prominently ringed silver trunk (if grown in filtered light) and large, red colored seeds.

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


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Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
"THE CALIFORNIA COCONUT" 
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This relatively newcomer of a species of Madagascar Palms was introduced about five to ten years ago and is quite easy to grow in most coastal areas of Southern California.  In fact, there's a chance it might tolerate temperatures of 23 degrees.  It is a medium to large plant with pinnate leaves.  It wants sun along the coast.  There's been a movement to call this the "California Coconut" although I personally don't see the comparison.  It's probably just marketing.  In any case this is a great palm to grow.

REGULAR PRICE 4G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $50


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Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
PLUMOSE LEAF DWARF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This South American dwarf palm never gets over about six feet of height and has bushy, plumose leaves.  It has the apparency of having suckers but actually branches above the ground, if at all.  Leaves are about four feet long.  Color is gray-green.  It likes sun and has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F. 

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


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Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 
CERATOZAMIA SPECIES "BELIZE"
GORGEOUS UNIDENTIFIED CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

I do occasionally put a single plant on special.  And, such is the case with this plant that has origins in the Central American country of Belize.  No one can give an exact species name.  The only known Ceratozamia from Belize is said to be C. robusta.  But, if you compare this plant to the classic robusta, it has shoter, more horizonal leaves and smaller leaflets.  In any case, it is striking and drop dead beautiful.  It is in a 24 inch box.  Caudex is 7 to 8 inches.  It is over ten to twelve years old from seed.  I'd estimate cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  It's a filtered light plant in most areas.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1050
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $725


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Ceratozamia species Belize  Ceratozamia species Belize 
Ceratozamia species Belize     

 

DIOON EDULE
ATTRACTIVE LARGE NURSERY PLANT

Dioon edule is a cycad species from Mexico that is surprisingly cold hardy and loves heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is down to the upper teens. This species may be one of the most cold tolerant cycads there is.  A surprising thing about this species compared to the common Sago Palm, Cycas revuluta, is that Dioon edule will tolerate most desert sun conditions.  In areas like Palm Springs or Las Vegas, the Sago will burn in full summer sun.  But, Dioon edule seems to do fine with such conditions..

It is usually a smaller cycad compared to many of the bigger appearing species. Shown here is a plant that is twenty-five years old with a 12 inch wide and tall caudex.  It has several pups.  It has a full crown of green leaves about three feet long.  It's in a 24 inch box.  We have a whole assortment of this species and I can ship any of them right to your door. For more information on the "Dioon edule complex" skip down a few days and I have a more comprehensive thread on these plants with lots of photos.
Dioon edule with pups 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
THE MOST POPULAR BLUE CYCAD

Blue cycads are the most popular cycads that we and most cycad nurseries will sell.  And, of the blue cycads, Encephalartos horridus is by far the most popular or requested.  They are not a particular "friendly" plant with their sharply lobed leaflets and prickly character.  But, for some reason, people love this species.  They tend to be a smaller plant.  A cuadex with two feet of trunk height is considered "enormous" and as big as most seen in botanical gardens.  Native to South Africa, E. horridus typically has a small crown of leaves with some curving down of the leaf stem.  Sometimes this can be pronounced.  Color varies from silver to blue, but full sun is needed for the best color.  If grown in shade, leaves can revert to green plants.  Remember that the blue color is from a wax that the plant gives out to prevent desiccation.    

Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. and along the coast they want full sun.  In desert areas, part day sun is better.  Shown here are several very old nursery plants of this species.  The first one has several offsets as shown in the photos.  This species makes an ideal potted plant and has been grown by some as an interior cycad.  In the house, you must give them excellent light. We do have seedlings for sale as well.  
Encephalartos horridus 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place


EUTERPE EDULIS
A FORM OF THE "ACAI" BERRY PALM

I had been growing this palm for over twenty years before I ever heard of anyone drinking "Acai berry juice".  And then, almost overnight, it became an industry.  This species makes large numbers of dark purple seeds, so it's no surprise that it is loaded with antioxidant properties and someone would market it.  The original "Acai berry" was from another species, Euterpe oleracea.  But, I've heard juice from Euterpe edulis is also being used.  I might add that it's super expensive.  Euterpe are also a good source for the "hearts of palms" that some may eat in their salads. 

Euterpe edulis is a fast growing, thin trunked, pinnate palm with a long colorful crown shaft.  Crown shaft color varies from green to a mahogany brown.  This species is native to Brazil and northern Argentina.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  It prefers to start as a younger plant in strong filtered light and work its way into the sun.  On the pictures here, I am showing a nice 5g plant with color already showing on the trunk (crown shaft).  Also look at the large nursery specimen.  At present, the only size I have for sale are the 5g plants.  The photo from habitat was taken by Gaston Torres from PACSOA.
Euterpe edulis 5g
Euterpe edulis 15g Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis photo by Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Euterpe edulis  

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013

A FEW MORE TEN DAY SPECIALS

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
MOST COLD HARDY OF ALL THE WINDMILLS?
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to China, this medium sized fan palm may be the most cold hardy of all the Windmill Palms.  It was first discovered in habitat about fifteen years ago.  It can certainly tolerate temperatures to 15 degrees F. and there's been reports of it taking perhaps ten degrees colder.  There are taxonomic differences which make it a unique species including an offset of the central hastula seen in the dorsal side of the leaf and a different appearance of the hairs in the upper trunk area.  It is a sun or part sun palm.

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


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Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil by M.G. and T.S.
photo by Martin Gibbons and Tobias Spanner
   

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
SMALLER FORM OF BUTIA CAPITATA TYPE PALM
MOST COLD HARDY BUTIA SPECIES?
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This South American pinnate palm has long been felt to be the most cold hardy species of the genus.  It looks like a dwarf Pindo Palm with a fat trunk. Rarely is it over ten feet.  Cold hardiness is down to 15 degrees.  It is a sun palm.  We only have a few left and are putting them on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $
125

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Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
photo by Dennis Valdez
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
COLD HARDY DWARF SHADE PALM
LIKE A CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS ON STEROIDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is a solitary trunk species that resembles an overgrown Chamaedorea radicalis.  Unlike the radicalis, this species forms a short trunk and gets to about 8 perhaps 10 feet plant height.  It was named after IPS member Jim Benze from California.  It is a very gratifying species because it is quite easy to grow.  It can tolerate filtered light or full sun along the coast.  Trunks are one to one and a half inches and leaves are about five feet.  They tend to be held in an upright position.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-20's F. or lower.  We only have a few of these.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $
140

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Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei  

 

CYCAS (TAITUNGENSIS X REVOLUTA) X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND POTENTIAL GREAT  HYBRID CYCAD
MOVE OVER SAGO PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL PLANTS

I'm placing on special some F2 hybrid cycads that an acquaintance of mine set seeds on.  He took a known hybrid between the Sago Palm and the Emperor Cycad and pollinated this with pollen from the trifurcating and rare Cycad debaoensis.  These young plants are the offspring.  They are aggressive growers and should make a nice size but not overwhelmingly big cycad.  But, they'll be unlike anything else you've ever seen available.  This could be one of the best hybrid cycads for the garden ever! The leaves may bifurcate and if one were lucky even trifurcate like the pollen donor.  I've put them in pots ranging from 2 gallon to 5 gallon.  They have big roots.  They should take coastal sun and I anticipate will have good cold tolerance.

REGULAR PRICE: FIRST TIME OFFERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $
39 IN THE 2 GALLON SIZE

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Cycas (taitungensis x revoluata) x debaoensis Cycas (taitungensis x revoluata) x debaoensis
Cycas (taitungensis x revoluata) x debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Pure Cycas debaoensis, pollen donor for hybrid
 

 

BUTIA PARAGUENSIS
ANOTHE SUPER SHORT BUTIA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This single trunk pinnate palm is from Brazil and Paraguay.  I think the most notable thing is that it doesn't get tall.  Almost always, this species is under ten feet overall.  So, it might be perfect when you need a smaller tree.  It is super cold hardy and likes full sun.  Cold hardiness should be similar to the Pindo Palm, about 15 degrees F.  We have very limited numbers in two sizes: 5g and 15g. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $125

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Butia paraguensis
5g size
Butia paraguensis
15g size
Butia paraguensis|
15g size
Butia paraguensis c/o Palmpedia
photo c/o Palmpedia
 

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is a suckering species of fan palm from northern Africa, Morocco to be exact.  It is a Mediterranean Fan Palm but known for its intense blue color.  Also, most feel that it will remain a small, compact palm.  It loves heat and sun and doesn't get good color in the shade.  It is very drought tolerant.  The blue is intense.  Cold tolerance is 15 degrees F. or lower.

We have 2 sizes available at a great discount: 5g and 15g plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

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Chamaerops cerifera
5g plant
Chamaerops cerifera
leaf color demonstration
Chamaerops cerifera
5g plant
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
15g size

 

 

TWO ADD ON PLANTS FOR NOVEMBER 1ST

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
TWO DIFFERENT SEED GROWN SEEDLINGS
ARE THERE MULTIPLE VARIETIES OF THIS SPECIES?


This solitary trunk palm species from Madagascar has been quite the rage for a few years here in California.  I say this because it has proven to be a fast growing species that seems to do quite well here.  So, as a nurseryman, I try to get seeds whenever and from wherever I can.  I had heard there are "different varieties" of this species. 

So, this brings me to the seedlings I'm showing you today.  The first batch, which is labeled "type 1", are shown here.  This is what most would call "Dypsis prestoniana".  The second group, "type 2", are totally different appearing.  I cannot, as of yet, explain why this is the case.   They came from a seed bearing parent plant ID'd as "Dypsis prestoniana".  I've had four sources of seeds, all domestic.  One is from a botanical garden.  Obviously, this raises the question of mis-identification of the mother plant.  Or, is it a "different variety"?  I cannot tell you yet.  But, hopefully both are great plants.

Type 1 (first group of band seedlings) I think are the commonly accepted and appearing seedlings.  These should make a single trunk palm that is ten to twenty-five feet tall, tolerates coastal full sun, and is fast growing.  Type 2?  Who knows at this point.  Both are available for sale.

The mature plants at the bottom were taken in habitat and are suppose to be the true species.  But, careful examination shows they are not the same plant.  John Dransfield's description does not mention a classic "crown shaft" but the last photo shows one.  So, the dilemma continues.
Dypsis prestoniana band type 1 Dypsis prestoniana band type 1
Dypsis prestoniana band type 1 Dypsis prestoniana band type 1 Dypsis prestoniana band type 1
     
TYPE 2 BELOW    
Dypsis prestoniana band type 2 Dypsis prestoniana band type 2 Dypsis prestoniana band type 2
Dypsis prestoniana band type 2 Dypsis prestoniana band type 2 Dypsis prestoniana band type 2
     
Dypsis prestoniana RBK Dransfield
Photo by J. Dransfield, RBK
Dypsis prestoniana RBK Dransfield
photo by Bentjee & Dransfield, RBK
Dypsis prestoniana by TS RPS
Photo by TS at RPS

 

NOVEMBER 1, 2013

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE MOST COLD HARDY HYOPHORBE

Hyophorbe of all types (Bottle Palm, Spindle Palm, etc) all come from Reunion Island or surrounding nearby islands.  There are four to five species, but one may be nearly extinct.  Of all the Hyophorbe, most have found that H. indica is the easiest to grow and suffers the least during the cold weather of winter.  It is a small to medium palm, gets to a height of about 20 feet and has a narrow trunk less than eight inches.  It has an attractive dark green crown shaft and prominent rings on the trunk as shown here.

As juvenile plants there are green and red forms.  But, over time, the red ones lose their distinctive color and start to look about the same as the green.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Along the coast they must receive full sun or are vulnerable to pink rot.

Shown here is a ten to twelve year old box specimen with nice trunk and a good looking 15g.
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SPECIES "WINDOWS"
LARGE PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

About twenty years ago when palm species from Madagascar were a brand new thing, seeds came in labeled "Beccariophoenix".  They didn't have species names.  There are at least three different species in this genus.  But, to this day, the one shown here has still (to my knowledge) not been given a formal scientific name.  It got this name because of the open windows between the leaflets on younger plants.  (see photo). 

This is a large palm with a trunk over twelve inches thick.  It most likely will get over 30 feet tall.  The boxed plant seen here has been grown outdoors and has spent its whole life seeing cold weather.  Occasionally it shows a little burn but seems to always come back.  I know cold tolerance is lower than 25 degrees as this palm withstood 25 degrees F. in 2007.  It is a coastal sun plant.  In the desert it will most likely need sun protection. 

This is a protected species and I suspect some day will be near impossible to get.  We have a limited selection available including this large boxed plant.
Beccariophoenix windows Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix windows Beccariophoenix windows Beccariophoenix windows
photo showing "windows" in leaf
Beccariophoenix windows Beccariophoenix windows Palmpedia
Photo c/o Palmpedia
 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
THE "LARGEST" OF THE KING PALM FAMILY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix maxima comes from the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, Australia.  There it grows at elevations of 3000 feet or more.  The species name "maxima" refers to the fact that the blossom is the largest in the King Palm family.  But, it also has the thickest trunk of the group and perhaps the most height as well.  It is just a bigger plant overall.  It is quick growing and has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees.  It likes coastal sun but sun protection far inland.  Note the silver color on the back of the leaflets.  Also, the crown shaft is said to be yellow or blue-yellow and you can see it in the last photo.  One last point is that the leaves tend to be straight and more upright.

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Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima http://www.pacsoa.org.au/palms/Archontophoenix/maxima.jpg
photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE "PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix purpurea comes from the Walsh Mountains north of Cairns, Australia.  There it is growing side by side with Oraniopsis appendiculata.  It is most famous for the purple color to the crown shaft.  This develops over time and is not typically seen in nursery plants.  Also, the intensity of the color is quite variable.  It is a quick growing palm but probably not quite as cold tolerant as other King Palm species.  The underside of the leaves are very silver.  Side by side with the standard King Palm, you will most likely find it to be shorter and have a thinner trunk.  For you scientific types, it is also only one of two King Palms that has ramenta (dark hairs) on the back of the leaflets.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
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Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAYOLENSIS
BEAUTIFUL EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix mayolensis is the most rare species in the King Palm family and is also from outside of Cairns in northern Australia.  It is an endangered species and very beautiful.  It is a high elevation species and perhaps among the best for cold of the group.  I've found it to have a very clean, prominent green (almost emerald color) crown shaft.  It is sleek and clean in color without any brown or other colors in it.  This makes is quite gorgeous.  Unlike the maxima above, the leaves are full and arching downward.  It is a good growing palm and likes coastal sun or part sun and has a cold tolerance probably to a bit below 25 degrees F.  

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


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Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix mayolensis by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES "MT. TANWENA"
KENYAN CYCAD ALMOST UNKNOWN TO CULTIVATION

I really can't make too many comments about this green leafed and super rare species from Kenya.  It comes from the Mt. Tanwena region. I've only had a handful of these and there are not in the trade.  I know of no other nursery that has this plant.  It has silver petioles and pointed green leaves.  The leaves are very upright like other Central African species.  I do not have any mature garden or habitat photos to show you.  If you are a collector, there's a 99.9% chance you don't have this cycad.  I only have this one plant for sale.  It's in a 15g pot and has an 8 to 9 inch caudex.
Encephalartos sp. Mt. tanwena Encephalartos sp. Mt. tanwena
Encephalartos sp. Mt. tanwena Encephalartos sp. Mt. tanwena  

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING PINNATE, SEMI-DWARF, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Arenga engleri is native to various Asian countries and typically doesn't get over ten feet tall in a garden.  It has firm leaflets and jagged leaflet tips.  The underside of the leaflets are silver as shown here.  A mature clump typically has three to six stalks and sometimes is almost as wide as it is tall.  Therefore, it's a good species to "hide the neighbor". 

It takes shade or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It is very slow growing.  This species is also known to have very fragrant blossoms.    

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $4
0

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Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

A FEW ADDITIONAL PLANTS FOR WEDNESDAY

BRAHEA NITIDA
THE OAXACA PALM
NO SPINES ON PETIOLES

This Brahea is unique among this genus in that it is the only Brahea that has absolutely no spines on the petioles.  It also has shiny, flat green leaves.  Maximum height is 30 feet after many decades.  One thing I like about this species is that it grows in filtered light or part day sun.  In such conditions, the leaves are round, flat and shiny.  To the touch they are softer than other species.  It almost resembles a 0 when grown in shade.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We are presently out of our 15g sized plants.
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida by Justen Dobbs
photo by Justen Dobbs

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE, "BOW TIE" TYPE LEAF ARRANGMENT

This single trunk shade palm from Mexico reaches a height of about ten feet or a bit more.  It's trunk is one inch thick.  The most interesting thing is the arrangement of the leaflets.  They are grouped in bunches of two to four leaflets.  The individual leaflets are wide and puffy.  Their texture is thin and soft.  There is no armor on this plant.

It is a shade plant and cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  At one time I had plenty of these for sale.  I got seeds from my parent plants.  These plants have stopped fruiting with age.  Now it's quite difficult to find this species.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We only have a few of these. 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g
Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g
   

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