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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
     

 

WEDNESDAY, 30 OCTOBER, 2013

 

SOME EXCITING NEW CYCADS NEVER SHOWN

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES "TANZANIA RED CONE"
AKA ENCEPHALARTOS TANGA

Encephalartos "Tanzania red cone" is from the country of Tanzania in eastern Central Africa.  The plant we're showing here is a seed grown plant and many decades old.  It has been outdoor grown in full sun for the last ten years or more.  It is supposed to be this rare species from Tanzania.  This plant has several distinguishing characteristics.  It has upright leaves that are rather narrow.  The leaves are about six to seven feet long.  The leaflets are very thick and leathery.  They are widely separated.  The terminal tip of the leaflets comes to a point and does not have a "pitchfork" end.  Leaflets spination is sparse but individual spines are rather large.  Although this plant has never coned to my knowledge, Tanzania red cones are known to have red female cones.  The caudex size of this plant is about twelve by twelve inches.  Tanzania red cones will develop trunks about a meter tall.

For many decades we cycad enthusiast have heard of this super rare species.  About five years ago two botanists (from Hungary and Kenya) described this species and named it Encephalartos Kanga, called this because of it's native locality on Mt. Kenga in Tazania.  Reportedly there are less than fifty individual plants in habitat.  Since that time others disagreed with these botanists and feel this plant could be a variant of E. sclavoi.  Also, this plant has a resemblence to E. hildebrantii.  However, the plant shown here lacks the typical typical leaflet spination seen on hildebrandtii and overall looks different.  There are several articles on Tanzania red cone and a bit of debate about it. I tend to just look at the plant in front of me and appreciate it for what it is.  Fighting over what to call it has always been the turf of the taxonomists.

This plant is for sale.  Obviously, I only have this one specimen.  Unfortunately there are essentially no photos of other plants of this species I have available to show you.
Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone
Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone
Encephalartos tanzania sp. red cone Encephalartos tanzania red cone
basal leaflet spines on proximal leaflets
Encephalartos tanzania red cone

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MOUNT GARUSO
LONG LEAFED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

About twenty years ago seeds became available of a Central African cycad from Mt. Garuso in Mozambique.  This plant was felt to be in the E. manikensis complex.  It has proven to be a very beautiful plant that is extremely fast growing.  Leaves are long, slightly arched and green in color.  Leaflets have some spination but spines are small.  Trunks reportedly get thick and three to six feet tall. 

The plant shown here was grown in half day sun and is in a 15g pot.  Caudex size is 8 inches.  It should tolerate full coastal sun (we've had others that did) and will be cold tolerant into the lower 20's F.
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONCINNUS
ANOTHER MEDIUM SIZED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

This medium sized green cycad is from Central Africa, specifically from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  In habitat it grows on steep slopes and gets trunks up to about fifteen feet.  Several characteristics I look for in identifying this species are:

• Rather short leaflets, shorter than you'd expect for the size of the plant
• A green leafed cycad, often dark green if in part day sun
• A rough, sort of warty texture on close inspection of the dorsal side of the leaflets (see photo below)
• Leaflets do come to a point, but it's sort of a blunt tip with a slight curve to the margin of the leaflet, curving upwards
• Caudex having that "central African look" with a white wooly texture

Shown here is a very nice specimen in a box.  It's been outdoor grown in half day sun and trunk size is about twelve inches.  It is 20 years old.  I'm also showing a nursery plant in a 15g pot.  In coastal areas you can grow it in sun or part day sun.  Far inland areas would require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance should be mid to low 20's.  This plant has already seen and been untouched by 24 degrees here.
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus
close up shot another plant showing warty texture

a different 15g plant
Encephalartos concinnus
close up garden plant showing short leaflets

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIMEN
A STRIKINGLY DIFFERENT PLANT OF UNKNOWN SPECIES

As many of you who have been following this blog know, I get quite excited about different appearing unusual plants, especially cycads.  I showed several such plants to you in the past few days.  The cycad I'm showing presently is such a plant.  It is very cool and totally different appearing.  We've tried for over an hour to key it out and put a name to it.  We cannot.  I don't recall the history of how we got this plant, but we've probably had it for over twenty years.  It has been outdoor grown in half day sun.

The different things an characteristics of this plant include:

• Caudex size 12 inches by 12 inches
• Leaf length six feet, leaf color green
• Strong recurve to the distal leaf as shown
• Leaflets that point almost straight up to the sky (like some Transvaal species)
• Leaflets that curve and flex inward toward the petiole, a very unusual trait
• A very woody appearing caudex

This is a very peculiar, attractive and strikingly different cycad.  We really don't know what it is.  I wish I could tell you more.  Undescribed species?  Weird hybrid?  Who knows?  But, it is totally unique.
Encephalartos species unusual Encephalartos species unusual
Encephalartos species unusual Encephalartos species unusual Encephalartos species unusual

 

BURRETIOKENTIAL HAPALA
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

So you "palm only" readers don't go through withdrawal with all the cycad photos, I'm showing you a very nice 25 gallon Burretiokentia hapala.  This plant has been largely outdoor grown and is about eight to nine feet tall in the pot.  This species can be easily grown in coastal areas of Southern California and gets to a height of about twenty to twenty-five feet.  It has a prominent crown shaft that is green or brown-green and a thin trunk.  It can tolerate full sun right on the coast but is best grown in part day sun or strong filtered light.  We have other sizes (smaller) for sale.  Cold tolerance is probably about 23 to 24 degrees.
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

TUESDAY, 29 OCTOBER, 2013

 

BRAHEA BANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE PALM

• Native to Mexico and Baja Mexico
• Single trunk fan palm that gets to about 30 feet tall
• Trunk diameter one foot
• Circular 3 foot wide leaves, flat
• Some retained leaf bases on trunk
• Thinner trunk than most other Braheas
• Good cold hardiness (to about 20 degrees) but not the most cold hardy of the genus
• Quick growing compared to other Brahea
• Prefers full sun in most areas

Shown here is a nice 15g plant and a smaller 5g.  Limited supplies.  Hard to find species.  The last 2 photos were taken in Balboa Park in San Diego
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

PRITCHARDIA LOWREYANA
SUPER RARE HAWAIAAN DWARF PALM

• From the Hawaiian island of Molokai
• Dwarf species, rarely over ten feet tall in decades
• Thick leathery leaves that are nearly flat
• Large seeds
• Leaves green with a bit of discoloration on the underside
• Very slow growing.  The boxed plant shown here is about eight years old
• So rare that in Foster Botanical Garden in HI they "caged" the specimen to prevent theft or damage
• Very limited supplies on this species
Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia lowreyana
Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia lowreyana
Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia lowreyana  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
A DIFFICULT BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD TO FIND

• Native to the Northern Province area of Republic of South Africa
• One of the most rare of all African cycads
• Leaf color blue to blue-green or gray
• Caudex six maximum of about eight feet
• Leaves three to six feet long
• Leaves keeled with leaflets directed upwards typically
• Two forms, one being called "robust form".  First plant shown here felt to be the regular form
• Previously called Encephalartos "venetus"
• Full sun plant in most areas
• Cold hardy to approximately 22 degrees

Shown here are a few nursery plants.  This species is super difficult to find in nurseries because it is so rare.  Very limited supplies! 
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
THIN LEAFLET MEXICAN DIOON

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

 

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM

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.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii 

 

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to locate some very nice 15g plants as shown.  I'd estimate their age at 12 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  We also have 5g and seedlings.  It is extremely rare to find beautiful 15g plants as shown.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.
Trithrinax campestris 15g Trithrinax campestris 15g
Trithrinax campestris 15g Trithrinax campestris 15g Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOTH 5G AND 15G


This blue pinnate and armed palm is the true date producing Phoenix species native to the Middle East and so sought after for the fruit given by female plants.  Remember, you need a male and a female in the same vicinity to produce edible fruit.  This is a full sun species, cold hardy into the mid teens F. 
We are offering both 5g and 15g plants at a special rate for the next ten days.

REGULAR PRICES: 5G $65  15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45  15G $145


Mention this special when ordering.  The 5g size is easy to ship.  Note: both sizes in limited supplies and could sell out.
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PROBABLY THE MOST OLD HARDY DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single and sometimes suckering Date Palm is native to the island of Crete and is medium sized.  It is very bristly in the crown and prominently spined.  There is a bit of yellow in the petioles and the leaves are plumose.  Shown here and on special are the 5g plants we have.  They like sun and are the most cold hardy of any Phoenix, probably to about 15 degrees.  They want full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50



Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

We have an ongoing special of 20% off any size of this species.  But, on the band size, we're offering even better.  This red cone producing species likes filtered light or part day sun, cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F. Some are growing it as an interior plant.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20


Limit of three at this price.  Mention this Blog only special when ordering.

E. ferox E. ferox wikipedia
photo by Wikipedia
NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
SUPER WHITE FORM OF N. RITCHEANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


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

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


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

 

MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER, 2013

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTII
TWO VERY OLD SPECIMENS
"LEAVES ON A STICK"?

One of the nice things about getting older and being a nurseryman is that sometimes plants hang around the nursery for a long time and you get to watch them grow and mature.  Such is the case with the two Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti that I'm showing this morning.  The first one is a single plant in a pot.  The second plant has three plants in a 15g pot.  Both are about 20 years old, well overhead and about the maximum height this species gets.

In his reference book, Paul Craft states that occasionally in the wild you'll see plants up to ten feet.  These are about there.  This simple leaf, single trunk species is native to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.  Trunks are typically 1/2 inch thick.  Plants hold anywhere from four to eight leaves.  They like shade and are cold hardy into the lower 20's F.

When a plant get super tall, you see these small leaves overhead on this thin trunk.  The first five to ten years this species is drop dead gorgeous for a small palm.  But, overhead it starts to lose its charm and look like the proverbial "leaves on a stick".  Look at the stock photo below of a typical 5g pot.  You'll see the beauty when young.  If you put some younger, shorter plants at the base of the tall ones, I think the family (colony) takes on a different look and is once again more attractive.  And, you'll probably end up with a lot of seeds.  BTW, these two old plants do need a home.  Figure it's sort of like taking care of your grandparents.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii  

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
EXOTIC APPEARING FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD

Native to Mexico
• Prefers filtered light in most domestic applications
• Centuries old plants can be over 30 feet tall
• Leaves four to six feet long with small spines of leaflets
• Trunks typically under one foot thick
• Excellent species for patios or shopping center malls
• Can be grown as an interior cycad
• Can hold multiple swirls of leaves making crown full and lush
• Rare as a plant but not one of the most rare cycads

Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants.  Note how they look lush and exotic.  An unusual red emergent plant is shown.  This species tends to be affordable for a cycad and many times we have them on special.

Dioon spinulosum
5g plants
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
old 24 inch boxed specimen with male cone
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
unusual red emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
more typical green emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon, 4 year old plant
Dioon spinulosum
extremely old nursery specimen
Dioon spinulosum

 

CERATOZAMIA: UNKNOWN SPECIES
THIN LEAFLETS, VERY OLD PLANT
WE NEED SOME HELP ON THIS ONE

If a reader thinks they know what this species is, we'd love to hear from you. (email me).  We presently don't have an ID on this plant.  I got it about 25 years ago from a now long retired collector who often visited Mexico in the pre-CITES era.  I suspect this is a 75 year old plant or older.

As you can see, the trunk is very thin and has bifurcated.  The new leaves are upright and about four to five feet long.  The leaflets are very thin, about a half an inch at most.  They are about four inches long.  They come to a point and are sharply angled toward the distal end of the leaf.  Leaflets are unarmed and slightly cupped.  Bases of the petioles are armed. This is a male plant with multiple cones.  A friend of mine who is a cycad taxonomist of sorts is working on it, but it has him stumped.  We tried to key it out and thought possibly it's the recently described Ceratozamia volvidesii, but are not sure.

I wouldn't say it's the prettiest cycad in the world but I guarantee you that it's something rare and different. It's the only one we have and we've never seen it elsewhere or for sale.  
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

Over the weekend we photographed this hard to find blue South African cycad.  Encephalartos princeps is probably one of the more difficult blue cycads to obtain.  This plant has a seven inch caudex with some vertical height.  The color is intense.  It's in a 15g pot.  It wants full sun in most areas and is cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F.  If you love blue cycads, get a princeps before all you'll be able to locate are small seedlings.
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps  

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
VARIETY AYANASHIKI

For those of you who have been following this Blog for a while, you'll remember the collection of rare variegated Rhapis that we got about six months ago.  These plants were mostly part of the original collection from Hollenberg.  We felt super fortunate at that time to offer them for sale and still have an assortment left that we are offering. 

This particular plant is from that collection.  It is in a 15g pot, has many canes and is about four feet tall.  It is the variety ayanashiki.  It has been outdoor grown and should be cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  I'd recommend filtered light with a bit of sun.  But, certainly not full sun for any of these rare variegated Rhapis.  I'm showing this particular plant because of the striking variegation as shown.  Although not inexpensive, these variegates make fine collections to any garden.
Rhapis excelsa variegated var ayanashiki Rhapis excelsa variegated var ayanashiki
Rhapis excelsa variegated var ayanashiki Rhapis excelsa variegated var ayanashiki Rhapis excelsa variegated var ayanashiki

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 1 GALLON PLANTS

(see post above)  This is a medium sized cycad that prefers filtered light in most areas and can get up to twenty feet of height in a few hundred years.  It is a New World species and has leaves about four to five feet long with very fine spines on the leaflets.  Shown here is a one gallon plant which we have on special.  These plants have a two inch caudex and are quite nice.  They tolerated temperatures into the mid to low 20's F.  and can be grown as a houseplant.

BLOG SPECIAL, REGULAR $45, NOW $30
OR, THREE FOR $79


These are easy to ship, weather permitting.  We can hold purchases and ship when it's warmer.  Larger plants are shown here so you know what these juveniles will look like over time. You must mention this Blog special when ordering to get these prices.
Dioon spinulosum 1
Dioon spinulosum 1g

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL SIZES!

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes include 5g, 15g and maybe a few 7g plants.

We also have several other species available.

ALL HELICONIA 20% OFF FOR TEN DAYS, applies to any species of Heliconia we have!

This special applies to any other Heliconia that we have in stock.  I think there are some latispatha, ligulata, and possibly a few others.  Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.

Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE

This species is a stunning member of the Agave family.  It is known as the tallest Agave and is native only to a small area Oaxaca, Mexico.  There is lives in hot, dry scrubland.  Overall height in the wild gets to twenty feet, although plants in cultivation often flower at a height of about ten feet.  Leaves are blue-green in color, very fleshy and stiff, and pointed upwards.  They are also thick and firm with small spines along their margins.  When old dead leaves are cleaned from the trunk, it is very cool looking.  The second specimen photo shows old leaves that haven't been removed.  

When this species flowers, a huge upright flower up to twenty feet emerges.  Initially there are white flowers and these are followed by a large number of "bubils" that fall to the ground and are the means of propagation.  The mother plant then dies.  So, you can see that growing this species requires that you know of a plant that is flowering and about to perish.  A friend of mine recently had such a plant and I was given young bubils to grow.  The bands shown are about six months old.  Cold tolerance from my friend's experience is that this species survived 22 degrees F in 2007.  It is a full sun plant. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SEEDLINGS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE BAND PLANTS $15
OR, THREE FOR $40


This species is stunning and rarely seen available at nurseries.  

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII  FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII 
FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII  FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII  Furcraea m. by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS 
Furcraea m by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS 
Furcraea m. by FLIKR Jardin Boracua
photo by FLIKR Jardin Boracua 
 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
15G BEACH PALMS NOW AVAILABLE

 I discussed this species from Brazil previously, so I will not say a lot here.  It is a dwarf palm for full sun that is fairly cold tolerant.  Because it is slow growing, it's rare to see 15g plants available.  I wanted to let you know we have a limited number of this size presently available.  Note their fluffy leaves (plumose) with grouping of the leaflets.  Maximum height is usually about six feet.  Natively they live on sand dunes close to the ocean, so obviously this is a salt tolerant species.
 
Allagoptera arenaria 15g  Allagoptera arenaria 15g 
Allagoptera arenaria 15g  Allagoptera arenaria   

 

SATURDAY, 26 OCTOBER, 2013/p>

SOME TODAY-ONLY SUPER BARGAINS BELOW - WE WANT YOU TO VISIT US!

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL!  SUPER DISCOUNT!
FOR THESE TWO INDIVIDUAL PLANTS

Drop by or call for mail order on these two super-discounted South African cycads.  The first one shown is in a 5g pot and has a caudex of about 3 inches.  It's outdoor grown, sun ready.  The second plant is in a 7g pot and has a six inch caudex.  It's also full sun grown.  Both are from seed and very healthy.  They each have a full crown of nice green leaves.  They want sun in most areas but partial sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance 22 degrees F.  Both are gorgeous plants and easy to ship.

FIVE GALLON PLANT, REGULAR PRICE $185
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL $100

SEVEN GALLON PLANT, REGULAR PRICE $425,
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL $225


These will sell today so be the first to drop by this morning or to call me.  You must mention this Blog Only Special to get these super prices!  You hardly ever seen rare cycads at this giveaway price.  You can pay by phone and pick up later.  I'll hold plants for you.

Encephalartos altensteinii
5 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
5 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
5 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
5 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
7 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
7 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
7 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
7 gallon Encephalartos altensteinii

 

HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL!  SUPER DISCOUNT!
LAST TWO AVAILABLE AT SUPER DISCOUNT PRICE!

I'm down to my last two Bottle Palms.  All have sold out and I have only two left.  Remember: THIS PALM IS COLD SENSITIVE!  You must protect it from frost or you might lose it.  It likes sun.  These plants are very old and in 20g pots.  I won't have more this year.

REGULAR PRICE $350
TODAY ONLY THESE TWO PLANTS LEFT $225

You must mention this Blog Only price to get this super deal.  No rain checks, but pay now and pick up later is ok.  Credit card payments by phone are easy. 
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

 

ALOCATIA SPECIES, COMPANION PLANT
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL! 
LAST THREE AVAILABLE AT SUPER DISCOUNT PRICE!

I got in this batch of very desirable Alocasia a few weeks ago.  People love them!  Well, I'm down to my last two or three.  They will get a height of about 6 feet, are exotic, sucker freely to make a nice clump and have leaves about two feet in size as shown.  They like filtered light and are frost tolerant.  I don't have the species name.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $150
TOAY ONLY SPECIAL $85

You must mention this Blog Only Special today to get this price.  Pay now, pick up/ship later is ok.
Alocasia species Alocasia species
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS    

 

ARCHONOTPHOENIX PURUPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL! 
ANY PURPLE KING IN 15G SIZE AT SUPER DISCOUNT PRICE!

This sought after single trunk palm from northern Australia is smaller than the regular King Palm.  And, over time, it develops a purple color to the crown shaft.  Growth rate is good.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  Most people along the coast grow it in sun but some prefer part day sun.  I am offering our 15g plants at a very discounted one day price.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TODAY ONLY PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $135

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  You can buy now and pick up later.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
ONLY A FEW 15G LEFT, THEN NOT AVAILABLE
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL! 
ANY 15G BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA AT SUPER DISCOUNT PRICE!

I've sold a huge number of these over the past year at full price but the well is running dry.  I perhaps have three 15g left to sell.  And, there are no more in the pipeline.  So, don't miss out.  These plants are as blue as a Brahea armata and equally as cold hardy. But, they still have a very palmy and somewhat tropical looking.  They like sun, heat and can take cold down to 15 degrees F.  This size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES, 15G $125

They'll probably be gone today.  You must mention this Blog Only special to get this price when purchasing.  Pay now and pick up later ok.
Butia capitata blue 15g Butia capitata blue 15g
Butia capitata blue Paul Craft    

 


MUSA LASIOCARPA
SMALL BANANA, YELLOW BLOSSOM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL! 

This semi-dwarf flowering Banana is cold hardy to the low 20's F. and doesn't get much over six feet tall.  It does sucker and is easy to grow.  The blossom in at the top of each stem and a yellow color and large.  We have these nice plants for sale, but only a few.  We're offering at a great price.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $65
TODAY ONLY SPECIAL $35


Just mention this special to get this price.
Musa lasiocarpa Musa lasiocarpa

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS ON SUPER SPECIAL
ONE DAY ONLY SALE THIS SIZE!

As you may recall, last winter we bought the entire inventory of another competitor palm nursery.  This material was outdoor grown.  Included were some huge 15g Ravenea glauca.  This species is super easy to grow, likes sun along the coast and is cold hardy well into the mid-twenties F.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet, perhaps less in CA.  It is from Madagascar.  A habitat photo is shown below.  I'm offering these fantastic plants for one day at a super low price.  They are very good size for a 15g pot.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH 15G $200
ONE DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145


You must mention this price when purchasing.  OK to buy now and pick up later.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca    

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD

This morning I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, it's native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga

It's not a small Arenga.  It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

Shown here are a 5 and 15 gallon nursery plant.  A garden specimen and habitat photo by T. Spanner are also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.



 
Arenga micrantha
old 5g plant
Arenga micrantha
back of leaf, note silver color
Arenga micrantha
front side of leaf (upper side)
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha
15g plant, about 7 feet tall or so
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha by Eric CFPACS
Arenga micrantha by Eric CFPACS
Arenga micrantha
underside of leaf, 15g plant
Arenga micrantha by Tobiias Spanner
Photo by Tobias Spanner, RPS


ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
RED EMERGENT FORM
DIFFERENT APPEARING LEAVES

Encephalartos sclavoi has always been one of my favorite cycads.  It has the most unique cupped leaflets.  They are formed such that you can lay all of your fingers right in the leaflets in a nestled fashion.  And, it is a most beautiful species.

But, what I'm showing you here this morning is different.  Most  E. sclavoi emerge green.  However, the plant shown here has brown-red newly emerging leaves.  And, it has a different appearance to the leaves and leaflets.  The leaflets are longer, more uniform in shape and appearance, and  more blunt at the end.  Please compare the leaflets shown here with the last photo. 

This is a one of a kind plant.  It is in a 15g pot with a 7 inch caudex.  I only have this one.  I tried to find a photo on the Net of a mature plant of this form and could not find one.  So, you'll just have to imagine a mature plant.  But, I guarantee, it'll be gorgeous and one of your favorites.  I anticipate it'll get a three foot trunk maximum and have six foot leaves.  It'll take sun along the coast and have a cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.  I apologize for not having a picture of the colored new leaves.  I'll get one if it doesn't sell. 
 
Encephalartos sclavoi  Encephalartos sclavoi 
Encephalartos sclavoi  Encephalartos sclavoi  Encephalartos sclavoi
another plant, not red emergent.  Note how leaflets
are different appearing. 
 


CERATOZAMIA SPECIES BELIZE
DIFFERENT THAN CZ ROBUSTA? 

Shown here is a boxed Ceratozamia that was seed grown and is called "Ceratozamia species Belize".  My son Jesse took these pictures and said he noticed some different things about this cycad.  The reference books say that the only Ceratozamia species from Belize is Ceratozamia robusta.  But, this plant has shorter leaves than a regular robusta.  And, my son told me this plant takes more sun than a regular robusta.  In fact, he said it got full sun in the greenhouse without burning.  Our regular C. robusta will not tolerate full sun, outside or in the greenhouse.

Regular Ceratozamia robusta is a very large plant with upright leaves that are eight feet long.  The leaf stems are very spiny.  The plant shown here has six foot leaves and the leaflets are shorter.  This plant has a seven inch caudex and if I compare it to C. robustas with similar size stems, this plant does look different.

Who knows if it's just the "Belize variety" or what?  But, it's a very attractive plant.  I've shown a regular robusta below for comparison.
Ceratozamia species Belize  Ceratozamia species Belize 
Ceratozamia species Belize  Ceratozamia species Belize   
Ceratozamia robusta
A different plant, definite Ceratozamia robusta
 
   

 
MULTIPLE TEN DAY SPECIALS BELOW


COPERNICIA ALBA
COLD HARDY, BLUE FAN PALM

This is a single trunk, medium height blue fan palm that is cold hardy into the teens F.  It has a rough trunk about a foot in diameter and can get to heights of over 30 feet in many years.  Petioles are armed.
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE $135
You must mention this Blog special when purchasing.
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
BUTIA YATAY
TALLEST OF ALL BUTIA & BLUE

This species of Butia is also South American and known to be the tallest species of any Butia in the wild.  The leaves are very blue and height can reach thirty feet.  Culture is identical to B. capitata.  Cold hardiness is about 15 degrees F. and it demands full, hot sun. For collectors, this is a difficult palm to locate.
REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55
Butia yatay Butia yatay
ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
RARE KENYAN GREEN CYCAD

About twenty years ago it was impossible to obtain this rare, medium sized Central African species.  It is a quick growing cycad that will form trunks up to about ten feet or taller and has large leaflets and upright green leaves.  The band sized plant here is at least five years old and has a nice, chunky caudex. This is far from a new one leaf seedling and is begging to be in a 5g pot.  Full or part day sun along the coast, some protection inland.  Cold tolerance mid to low 20's F.
REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
Encephalrtos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
HUGE BAND SIZE PLANTS

These plants are also five year old band seedlings with a cuadex one to two inches in size.  They should be put in 5 gallon pots soon.  This species is a large, green cycad that forms substantial trunk, has glossy green leaves and NO spines!  It's very user friendly in this fashion but you must give it room to grow.  Shown here is the band size.  They are cold tolerant to the low 20's F. and, in most areas, want bright filtered light.
REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
Band size seedlings are easy to ship right to your door.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
SALE ON COLD HARDY, TALL FAN PALM

This Australian species, also known as the Ribbon Palm, gets quite tall, up to forty feet, and has a think trunk.  Leaflets hang down from the leaves like ribbons.  Growth rate is fast.  It is a full sun plant and cold hardy into the upper teens.  It's a great species for folks in cold areas.
REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Easy to mail order.  You must mention this Blog special when purchasing.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013Y

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE, SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL AND COLD HARDY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

• Native to Morocco
• Loves heat, sun and arid conditions
• Blue leaves, especially in hot sun
• Smaller mature plant than regular
Chamaerops humilus
• Cold tolerant to 15 degrees F.


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


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

 
Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g
Chamaerops cerifera 15g    

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
EXOTIC FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE!

This exotic filtered light cycad from Mexico loves morning sun or filtered light in most areas.  The more inland you are, the less of your sun it will take. Cold tolerance is about 20 degrees F.  Folks in the SF Bay area are growing it with ease.  It has six foot leaves that spread horizontally.  It rarely gets over two feet of trunk in gardens.  And, it's so beautiful.  Plant it below overhead trees and it really beautifies the garden.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE
15% OFF REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES FOR TEN DAYS!


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this discount.
   
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Note male cone on this 15g  plant
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Garden specimen 

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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

 

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


You must mention this special when ordering.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
photo by BC
Dypsis onilahensis  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
ANOTHER "BLUE" CYCAD

Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable and I've shown several photos here to demonstrate this.  I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus.  Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of such plants.  Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny. 

This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The first two photos here show a juvenile plant that is green at this stage but in time will become blue like both of its parents.  The third photo is a one gallon plant, already demonstrating its blue color. 
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos muchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii

 

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


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

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


READ ARTICLE ON BISMARCKIA
Bismarckia  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia     



RED, CLUSTERING PETITE
NEROGELIA
AN EASY TO GROW RED BROMELIAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS


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 THESE BROMELIADS $40


You must mention this special when purchasing.  This prices starts today, Saturday and expires in ten days..
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM

• Habitat: New Caledonia
• Species, several, but we're offering C. macrocarpa and hookeri
• Sun tolerance:  Coastal full sun, inland filtered light
• Cold tolerance: About 22 degrees F.
• Overall height mature: Approximately 25 feet
• Leaves: Wide and thick leaflets, pinnate
• Trunk: Typically about 8 inches thick, many times variegated and called "watermelon".  Prominent crown shaft, green (macrocarpa) or tan-yellow (hookeri)
• Special characteristics: newly emerging red leaf that lasts for two to three weeks
• Growth rate:  slow
• Availability: many sizes - 2g, 5g, 15g, 25g.  Photos here show 25g size
•Usage as houseplant:  Makes an easy to grow interior palm
Chambeyronia Chambeyronia
Chambeyronia Chambeyronia Chambeyronia
Chambeyronia by HJD
photo by HJD
Chambeyronia Chambeyronia
photo by JJD

 

DIOON SONORENSE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE HEAT LOVING CYCAD

• Habitat:  Central Mexico in dry hot areas
• Size:  Stem height to five feet, leaves three to four feet
• Sun requirements:  Full sun in most areas except extreme desert
• Water requirements:  Light watering.  Doesn't like "wet feet"
• Soil requirements:  Prefers sandy, well draining soil
• Cold tolerance:  Low 20's F., perhaps upper teens F.
• Special characteristics:  Leaf color (different forms) varies from green to blue
• Availability: Citrus pots, perhaps a few 15g - plant shown is citrus pot with 2.5 inch caudex 
Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense
Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense  

 

A VARIETY OF SABALS IN SMALLER SIZES
PERFECT FOR MAIL ORDER

This morning I am going to do something a little different.  I will show you an assortment of various Sabal species in 5 gallon sizes.  There is keen interest in Sabal with people who live in colder areas.  These are fan palms and many have husky, thick trunks.  Some get quite tall while others are dwarf palms.  Some are green, others almost blue.  Most are vigorous growers when given the right conditions.  But, almost all are pretty cold hardy with many surviving well into the teens F.  Because of these characteristics, people in colder parts of the country tend to love Sabals. 

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


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

Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis

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

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


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

Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER CYCADS IN THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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



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



Encephalartos horridus
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Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus
Emerging female cone 
Encephalartos horridus female cone
female cone 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
MANY SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM


For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia.  However, most prefer the blue form and we've found it to be more cold hardy than the green.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensistive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Dug or bare rooted plants suffer at least 50% losses.  And, this can set them back for years.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade. 

We offer a complete assortment of sizes from 1 gallon on up to 48 inch boxes (crane size).  A good size for mail order is the 5g or perhaps the 15g.  If you want to learn more about Bismarckia, check out this link:

http://www.junglemusic.net/articles/Bismarckia nobilis/bismarckia_nobilis.html
Bismarckia nobilis
24 inch box size
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
25 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
15g size
Bismarckia nobilis
5 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis
48 inch box size with up to 3 feet of trunk
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Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013

 

SWORD FERN
LARGE PLANTS AVAILABLE

Most ferns are understory plants that like filtered light and do not like to go dry.  They make nice companion plants for the garden.  The Sword Fern I'm showing here is not my favorite species of fern, but I couldn't pass up bring in some of these because of their large size.  They are over 30 inches tall and wide and in 5g size.  They were outdoor grown and are ready for planting.  Sorry, but I don't have the species name.  Limited supply of these.
Sword Fern Sword Fern
Sword Fern    

 

SABAL PALMETTO
THE CABBAGE PALM
A FAN PALM NATIVE TO THE SE UNITED STATES

I think it takes a while for most palm tree enthusiasts to come to really appreciate fan palms.  So often I hear customers give blanket statements like "I don't like fan palms".  I will admit that I felt that way a bit when I started.  But now, thirty five years later, I have come to really appreciate all of the different types of fan palms.  They have their own beauty and give diversity to the garden.

Sabal palmetto is a fan palm that is native to Florida and surrounding states.  It's habitat extends up into the Carolinas and across through various Gulf States.  It's not a massive species for Sabals (compare to S. causiarum) but can get up to forty feet or more overall.  The trunk is typically about 18 inches thick.  It has good cold tolerance into the mid teens F. and loves full sun.  And, most surprisingly, it tolerates salt quite well and can be grown right on the beach.  Look at the photo below as proof of this.  "Move over Coconut!".

We are offering 5g and 15g plants for sale as shown.   BTW, this species is the state tree of Florida and is on the state flag for South Carolina.
Sabal palmetto
5g size
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
15g size
Sabal palmetto Jacksonville Zoo Website
Sabal palmetto Jacksonville Zoo Website
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto

 

EASY TO SHIP CYCADS
FIVE GALLON AND CITRUS POT SIZES

Today I thought I'd quickly show you some cycads that are in very easy to ship containers.  When you start with a seedling, you definitely have years to go before you see a landscape ready plant.  With the five gallon/citrus pot size, you have a plant that is of adequate size for the garden yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg to ship.  As most people know, we are a certified grower and can ship plants in their containers directly to any of the states in the U.S.  Doing this rather than bare rooting means you'll have less immediate losses and you won't have the almost guaranteed one year set back that you see when plants are bare rooted.  Below I'll make minimal comments on the species and show a citrus pot/5g plant and a mature specimen to the right.  It's designed for quick viewing.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  I'm just randomly picking some species.  If you are interested in obtaining any cycads of this size, just give me a call.  We can usually ship plants within 24 hours via Federal Express.  We have about 100 different species of cycads in this size for sale.  I can actually send email photos of the exact plant you'd be receiving if you prefer.  
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Encephalartos trispinosus
A blue South African species that likes heat and sun.  As a mature plant it is small to medium in size.
Encephalartos trispinosus cit pot Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos natalensis
Another South African cycad but green in color.  It makes a medium to large plant as shown and prefers full sun in coastal areas.
Encephalartos natalensis cit pot Encephalartos natalensis
Stangeria eriopus
A very different appearing type of cycad from South Africa.  It has a fern-like appearance, is a dwarf type of plant and prefers filtered light in most areas.
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
A large species of cycad that has softer, unarmed leaflets and leaves.  It can get a large spread of leaves.  In most areas it prefers filtered light but can take full sun along the coast.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Ceratozamia hildae
A dwarf Mexican cycad that has leaves typically not over four feet long and prefers filtered light in the garden.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceraatozamia hildae
Dioon merolae
A very beautiful Mexican species that is slow growing, takes years to get 3 feet of trunk, prefers full sun in most areas and has a medium sized crown. 
Dioon merolae cit pot
Dioon edule
This is a small to medium sized cycad from Mexico that is probably the most cold hardy of all cycads and the most able to take hot desert sun. 
Dioon edule 5g Dioon edule
Encephalartos lehmanii
This is a very desirable species from South Africa that's mature size ranges from small to medium.  The color is intensely blue with no side barbs on the leaflets.  It prefers heat and full sun in most areas.  Desert culture would be part day sun. 
Encephalartos lehmanii 5g Encephalartos lehmannii
Cycas thouarsii
This is a medium to sometimes tall species of cycad from the Island of Madagascar.  It is quick growing and prefers filtered light or sometimes full sun along the coast. 
Cycas thouarsii 5g Cycas thouarsii
Macrozamia communis
This is a medium sized Australia species that gets about eight feet tall and is fairly cold hardy.  It prefers full sun except in the hotter desert areas. 
Macrozamia communis cit pot macrozamia communis
Encephalartos transvenosus
This South African species will, over many decades of growth, get extremely large with substantial vertical trunk as shown in the habitat picture to the right.  It prefers full sun along the coast.
Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot Encephalartos transvenosus
Zamia standleyi
This is one of many tropical Zamias that we grow.  This species is a medium sized plant, exotic, and prefers filtered light.
Zamia standleyi cit pot Zamia standleyi
Zamia muricata
This is another tropical Zamia but from Venezuela.  It has a bit of cold hardiness and likes filtered light.  In the right areas, it is easy to grow.
Zamia muricataa cit pot Zamia muricata
Dioon mejiae
This is a medium sized cycad that comes from Mexico and parts of Central America.  It tends to throw upright leaves that emerge soft and fuzzy.  It is best grown in less than full sun, even along the coast.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

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

1.  It is NOT the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  25 degrees F. will definitely burn it and lower temps will kill it.  Two decades ago people said it was the most cold hardy.  This is not true.
2.  The degree of purple color you see in the crown shaft is quite variable.  If you see a picture of one with an intense purple color like on grape candy, it is probably "photo-shopped".  Only once have I seen anything like this where the color is brilliantly purple.  Expect a light purple or reddish hue, which is much more common.  Sometimes they are more green than any other color.  And, you won't see the purple color when they are juvenile.  They have to have some trunk height before it can be seen.  So, when you buy one you just have to wait for the color.
3.  A good way to recognize this species as a juvenile nursery plant is from the yellowish color to the stem and petiole.  (see photos).  Also, the underside of the leaves are intensely silver as shown here.  The crown shaft is green on young plants.
4.  There are only two species of King Palms which have ramenta (small hair-like fibers) on the underside of the leaflets.  These are the A. cunninghamiana and A. purpurea.  So, check the underside of the leaves.  If you see ramenta and they are silver, you are looking at an A. purpurea.   (see 7th photo below).  One of the photos below shows this species in fruit.

Pictures here are an assortment of nursery plants, domestically grown plants and habitat specimens.  If you live in an area that doesn't get below the mid-twenties, it is a fun species to grow.  We have very nice 5g plants that can be easily shipped right to your door.  We also have smaller and larger sizes available.
 
Archontophoenix purpurea

Archontophoenix purpurea 5g
Archontophoenix purpurea

Archontophoenix purpurea underside leaf
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea WITH RAMENTA
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Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea photo by HJD
Archontophoenix purpurea photo by HJD Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea  

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
YES, BLUE AS A BISMARCKIA!
ONLY A FEW REMAIN AND NO MORE IN THE WORKS

These are such cool plants that I'd feel bad if someone missed out on them.  We first offered them about 18 months ago and now are down to a handful in the 15g and 25g sizes.  Our 5g size are sold out.  Unfortunately, there are no more of these plants in the pipeline and I do not know if we'll have them again.

They are a regular Pindo Palm but these plants are super blue in color.  Regular
Butia capitata are much more green in color.  You hardly ever seen these blue ones available.  They love full hot sun and are cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  There leaf color is as blue as the other common blue species like Brahea armata and Bismarckia nobilis.  They'll reach a height of about fifteen feet.  Fruits are edible. 

It is possible to ship any size we have right to your door.  When they are gone, it's over.  So, if you don't have this plant and want one, don't dally. 
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue paul Craft
Photo donated by author, Paul Craft

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PALM
NEW ARRIVAL NICE PLANTS

For several months we've had a shortage of the popular Dypsis lutescens for sale.  But, yesterday we got in about sixteen nice plants that are about seven feet tall.  These plants are full and thick, beautifully green.  They are in 14 inch containers.

This species is native to eastern Madagascar.  In the wild they can reach heights of 25 feet, although that height is unusual out here in CA.  More garden specimens are typically about fifteen feet, perhaps a bit taller. Trunk diameters are two to three inches.  Trunk color is silver or green with hints of yellow and often showing dark speckles in the crown shaft area.  A typical clump has five to ten stems although tropically grown plants have more stems.  It is a coastal sun plant but needs sun protection far inland.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We also have smaller plants for sale.  But, right now we don't have super tall specimens.  We're hopeful that we'll have the latter before too long.  But, the plants we have now are an ideal size for the garden and this species is loved by many garden and palm enthusiasts. 
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens D. Oconnor
photo by Daryl Oconnor
Dypsis lutescens

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
NICE SIZED COMPANION PLANT

Yesterday we also got in several Alocasias from a private grower.  These had been outdoor grown and have seen winter temperatures into the mid to low twenties F.  The grower didn't know the species name.  To me they are possibly Alocasia macrorrhiza, but I am not positive.  In any case, these would be a filtered light plant with an expected mature height of six feet, possibly a bit more.  They'll have big green heart shaped leaves with stems that are about five to six inches.  They will sucker as you can see.  You don't see nice sized Alocasia available that often.  We only have a few for sale.  These plants are in squatty 15g pots.   
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species  

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA VARIETY AUREA
A VARIEGATED SAGO PALM

Native to the southern islands of Japan, Cycas revoluta holds a special place in the hearts of many Japanese people.  It has been a collected and cherished cycad species for centuries in Japan.  Most collectible have been the rare and difficult to find variegated forms of the Sago Palm.  We recently got in several plants that are known are the "Aurea" variety.  They have variegation only on the tips of the leaflets.  This sulfur yellow color extends from the tip of the leaflet and back about an inch.  There are two forms of this mutant plant: those that throw new leaves already showing the variegation and those that develop it as the new leaves mature. 

Sometimes the yellow color will fade over time but the next swirl of leaves will then show it again.  Note that the suckers of this plant also show the yellow tips. Also, be aware that there are other forms of variegated Sagos.

We only have two of these for sale.  They are quite large plants in squatty 15g pots.  Noted cycad authority Jody Haynes took the last photo showing a cluster of this variety of Sago next to a normal revoluta.
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Cycas revoluta aurea Cycas revoluta aurea Cycas revoluta aurea by Jody Hayes PlantaPalm websitey
Photo by Jody Haynes, PlantAPalm Website

 

CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING, SIMPLE LEAF SHADE PALM

This rare species of Chamaedorea comes from mountainous areas in Honduras.  It has pencil thin stems that get about six feet height.  Leaves are simple as shown without the common petiole and opposed leaflets seen in most other species.  It is a dwarf species, rarely over six to seven feet in height.  The plants shown here are mature, about as tall as they get.  The containerized specimens shown here about 20 years old and flowering.  Note how thin the stems are; about 3/8 on an inch wide. 

This species likes shade.  Sun will burn it.  Cold tolerance is about 25 to 27 degrees F.  It's next to impossible to find specimens like these for sale.  They can be grown outdoors in our area with ease.  They like ample water.  We only have a few available.  Leaf color is dark green, especially in low light.
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Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda

 

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

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
WITH GRAY-GREEN LEAVES

This species of Mexican cycad has always been one of my favorites.  This is because it is quite compact in size, has an interesting silver-gray color to the leaves, has finely placed somewhat overlapping leaflets and tolerates full sun and a fair amount of cold.  Nursery plants shown here have ages of about fifty to one hundred years (boxes).  There was a time when such plants could be imported, but those days are long over.  Also shown are a few 15g plants as well as 5g and band sizes.

Figure it takes about 100 years to get three feet of vertical trunk on this species.  The picture by John Otto below shows a plant in the wild that is over 1000 years age.  In desert areas one would give this plant part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees before you see leaf burn.  It likes good draining soil and average water for a cycad.  Note how the leaflets are slightly curved and have small spines; this is typical of this species. 

If you live in the U.S., we can ship any sized specimen right to your door. 
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DIOON MEROLAE DIOON MEROLAE DIOON MEROLAE
DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE 
DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE by john otto
1000 year old specimen in habitat, by John Otto 

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK FORMS

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

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

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

Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Single trunk variety but with two plants in one pot
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

 

BLECHNUM FERN
LARGEST AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

These very "cute" but small ferns are great for an understory location and never get much over five feet tall.  Available presently are fairly large 5g plants that are showing some of their thin, 3 inch thick trunk.  Many say these ferns look like the a cycad in a way because of their arrangement of pinnate leaves.  They are spineless and leaves are soft.  Also, their canopy of leaves is small so they can squeeze into locations that have limited space.  These are a great companion plant.  .

Available now are nice 5g plants that are the biggest we've offered this year.  They are a filtered light plant and tolerate a freeze.  They are easy to ship right to your door.  Price for this size is $65.
Blechnum Fern 5g Blechnum Fern 5g
Blechnum Fern 5g Blechnum Fern 5g  

 

PHILODENDRON "IMPERIAL"
EASY COLOR FOR SHADY LOCATIONS

This hybrid Philodendron was developed for it's prominent orange-red color.  New leaves appear orange and then convert to red.  Over about three months they convert to green as shown.  Although not super cold hardy, if you are frost free, these plants are a good way to add color to a shady location.  By the way, there are few plants with color that take shade.  These plants tend stay small to medium size and can be grown in a container in the patio.  This particular hybrid is a new one; we've never had it before.  So far, it seems to be a good grower. 

Limited numbers available.  We're offering them at $35 and can put as many as four plants in one box for shipping is you want an explosion of color. 
Philodendron imperial Philodendron imperial
Philodendron imperial Philodendron imperial  


PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G/6 INCH PLANTS


These peculiar looking spiny trunk succulents are quite popular and different looking.  They make a wonderful potted plant that guests will comment on.  Coming from Madagascar, they have "inappropriately" been called the "Madagascar Palm", another example of a plant called a palm when it in no way is part of the palm family.

They like sun and heat.  They can tolerate a frost but are not felt to be super cold hardy.  It's best not to water them much during cold weather.  The plants offered today on special are in 1g or six inch pots.  They have about a foot or more of trunk and nice crowns of leaves.

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


They are easy to ship right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g  

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
SPARSELY SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT MADAGASCAR PALM

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

Shown here are 15g and 25g plants.  Although they appear to be single trunk, in time suckers will appear.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  By the way, the 15 gallon plant is in our new Palm House.  Drop by and see the huge improvements and expansion that we have accomplished at the nursery. 
Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata


MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013

 


CARYOTA KIRIWONGENSIS
ALMOST EXTINCT AND MASSIVE FISHTAIL

By report, there are only about two dozen specimens of this species in existence in southern Thailand.  Original descriptions of this species were submitted by Don Hodel, taxonomist from California.  This is a massive Fishtail Palm and would put Caryota gigas to shame with its size.  It is supposed to get well over 100 feet tall with trunks three feet in diameter.  Little is known about this palm by collectors.  There are ONLY a hand full of plants being grown worldwide by collectors or in botanical gardens.  Internet searches fail to show you much information about Caryota kiriwongensis.  It is felt to be most closely related to Caryota obtusa, but seeds share characteristics of C. ophiopellis and zebrina. 

As most of you know, Caryotas are monocarpic palms.  A plant has to die in order to get seeds.  Well, if there are only a few in the wild and one died to give seeds, that could potentially leave even less plants in the wild.  This puts a huge responsibility on the person growing this species.  You have to make sure it survives. 
 
By report, it'll take temperatures down to about a freeze, but this is not documented.  It does get very large, so you have to give it room.  I have one or perhaps two of these for sale.  They are big one gallon plants and not inexpensive.  The only picture I could find of a large plant was by Tobias Spanner who distributed the seeds.  I apologize that I cannot show more pictures of native plants at this time.  But, to read more you could reference Don Hodel's book on the Palms of Thailand.   
Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis
Caryota kiriwongensis C aryota kiriwongensis by TS, RPS
photo by Tobias Spanner
 

BUTIA CAPITATA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a pinnate palm that loves sun and heat, can tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees F., and peaks out at a height of about fifteen feet.  Leaf color is typically green to blue green.  Our special is on our regular 5g Butia capitata.  These are not our super blue variety.  This special is directed at those of you who live in colder areas and want something different to try in your area.  These can be easily shipped in their container with the soil as we are a certified nursery.

REGULAR PRICE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL $39
Butia capitata Butia capitata
Butia capitata    

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA PALM
This umbrella shaped species is from the
island of Lord Howe and is in the same
family as the Kentia Palm.  However, there
are striking differences, mostly in the
appearance of the leaves and crown.  This
species has a curve of the leaves toward the
ground, giving it the umbrella shaped crown.
It is also a bit more cold hardy, possibly to
as low as 24 degrees.  It can take full sun
along the coast and wants protection inland.
Shown here is a super 15g plant as well as
very nice sized 1g.  The specimen photo
demonstrates the shape of the crown of
leaves.  The larger containerized palm is to
the right is about seven feet tall.  We have
an excellent selection of large one gallon plants.
The largest of these are over two feet tall and
easily shipped.  The price on these 1g is $40 for
the smaller and $45 for the larger. Some of the
latter plants would be considered large for
a 5g plant.  Limited numbers available.    
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana 1 g Howea belmoreana 1g howea belmoreana

LIGULARIA
AN EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANT
Ligularia is an interesting group of
plants coming from Europe, Asia and
Africa.  There are many different species
in this genus.  The ones we sell are second
and third generation plants from our own
stock.  They have a Lily Pad type of leaves
and produce yellow daisy-like blossoms in
the Fall.  They prefer some protection from
the full sun and can grow in filtered light.
They do like moisture and can be considered
an "indicator plant" that tells you when your
soil is getting dry.  They'll droop over.  If you
then give them some water, they bounce
right back up by morning.  They are easy to
grow if you keep them adequately watered.
We have affordable smaller sizes for sale.
If you start with a few plants, over time and
with vegetative propagation, you can have
many colonies of nice size plants.  They are
a great companion plant and ideal for parkways
by the street.  We should have one and two
gallon plants available for sale.  We have
nice 1g plants for $25.  We also recently
have available a limited number of a rare
species with ruffled leaf edges. (see last photo)
Ligularia
Photo by RT
Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia curley leaf Ligularia crested edge

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

 

ENCEPHALAROS NATALENSIS X WOODII
COMPARISON WITH PURE E. WOODII

In nature there has only been one known Encephalartos woodii to exist.  And, that plant is in the republic of South Africa and is a male.  Offsets have been propagated over the years and a limited number of progeny are growing in gardens around the world.  But, there will never be seedlings available until a female is found (unlikely) or created (a possibility).  The latter would be done through continual backcrosing of woodii pollen with the genetically nearest relative, E. natalensis, until offspring are almost pure woodii. 

Shown here is a first generation hybrid of these two species.  An E. natalensis female was obviously the seed bearer.  You'll note that this nursery specimen is a very full plant with long green leaves.  I've taken lots of photos of the leaves so you can compare it with the male parent, E. woodii (the last eight photos shown below).  I've done this because, on the Internet, it's usually near impossible to see up close, in detail photos of anything.  And, such a comparison, side by side, doesn't exist. 

You'll see that the hybrid plant leaflet doesn't have the width and margin lobe presence that the pure woodii has.  There is not as much stacking of the leaflets and no forward curve to the leaflets.  But, some of these traits are a bit evident in the hybrid.  It is hoped that back crossing such hybrid females with more male woodii pollen will create plants nearly the same as pure woodii in many back-crosses.  At least, this is the goal.  This first generation hybrid does look different than a plain natalensis.  This large nursery plant is for sale.  The caudex size in ten inches.  The crown width is at least eight feet and it is a gorgeous plant
.

Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii
Encephalrtos woodii pictured with friend and
cycad authority Libby Besse

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species of Mexican Dioon is a medium sized plant.  Over many decades you'll perhaps see three feet of trunk.  The leaves are flat in cross section and the leaflets are minimally armed with spines.  It likes full sun, heat, and is cold tolerant to the low 20's.  Shown here is our citrus pot size, which we have on special.  Caudex size is about three inches, leaf length 30 inches, age 6 years.

REGULAR PRICE $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE $125

Just mention this Blog special when ordering.
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii    

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
INTERESTING WAVY LEAFLET FORM
Stangeria eriopususis a dwarf cycad from South Africa.  Caudexes typically are not over five to six inches in size and leaves are three feet tall.  We've grown quite a few of this species.  On occasion we will geminate and grow one and it has an interesting wavy pattern to the leaflets.  Customers see these and scoop them up quickly because they are quite attractive.  This citrus pot plant demonstrates this trait.  The last photo shows the typically flatter leaflet appearance.  If I get time, I'd like to someday show a whole array of leaflet appearances with this species.  Some are quite fascinating.

This is a filtered light cycads with cold tolerance into the low 20's  F.  It is a good growing cycad and like well-draining soil.    

Stangeria eriopus wavy leaflets Stangeria eriopus wavy leaflets
Stangeria eriopus wavy leaflets Stangeria eriopus
Flat leaflet appearance compared to wavy leaflets aboveve
 


ZAMIA VAZQUEZII
AKAKA ZAMIA FISCHERI

This dwarf species of Mexican cycad gets a trunk to a maximum size of about 12 inches.  So, you can see that the plant shown here is not only mature, but about as big as this species can get.  Many times the trunk is subterranean.  The leaflets are soft and gentle to the touch.  There is nothing "spiny" about this species.  Shown here in the first five pictures is a female specimen with two female cones.  I have shown several other plants from the nursery including another female in cone.

Historically this plant has been known as Zamia fischeri, but a decade or two ago the name was changed to vazquezii.  

This is a small plant with leaves typically about two feet long.  It likes filtered light and is cold tolerant into the twenties F.  It is probably one of the most representative of the cycad companion plants.  It can fit almost anywhere in the garden under larger plants.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale. 
 
Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii
Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii
Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii
Zamia vazquezii Zamia vazquezii  

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  I has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit less.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water. 

Shown here is a nice 25 gallon plant and some garden specimens.  Along the coast, some are giving it near full sun.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  Many not only here but in other areas like Hawaii, Florida and southern Texas are having good luck with this species.  We have multiple sizes for sale.
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
ANOTHER GREAT NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Not too far from the capitol city of Noumea in New Caledonia is a medium sized mountain named Mt. Koghi.  In the years 2000 I visited this habitat and saw Burretiokentia koghiensis in person.  It is an endangered species.  It gets taller than Burretiokentia  hapala, up to sixty feet in the wild.  Note how the leaves are more upright than Burretiokentia hapala and the crown is often described as a "shuttlecock" in form.  It is a fairly open crown of leaves. The last photo below shows this.  Another difference is that the crown shaft of this species is white.  The last two pictures are from that trip in 2000.

Shown here are an assortment of sizes that we have for sale.  Although, at the nursery, we argue of the attributes of all the Burretiokentia, I think this species might be one of the easiest to grow.  I'd give it the same culture as hapala and keep up on the water.  Cold tolerance is about the same and it might be a little more sun tolerant than hapala.  It's another great palm species to try.  We have a good assortment of sizes available. 


Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM, ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species discussed here today.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the species above, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.

Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
by Rolf Kyburz PACSOA

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

CYCAS PETRAEA
GEORGEOUS, MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL CYCAD

This is an unusual Cycas species from colder parts of northern Thailand.  In locality, freezes are experienced and it's reported this species will even tolerate snow.  About a year ago our nursery was very lucky to obtain some fabulous specimens of this species.  Many sold, but we still have a few plants left so I thought I'd mention them again.  Pictures are shown here.  Never before have plants like this been offered for sale. 

Cycas petraea can get trunks over 15 feet tall in dozens of decades.  More typically, domestic plant trunks are under three feet tall.  Leaves are flat and green and about four to six feet long.  Crowns consist of dozens of leaves.  The bases of the trunks have a peculiar swelling to them as seen here.  They can form a classical "water vase trunk" which is fat and swollen and then gets thinner above.  Culturally, this species likes nice draining soil, temperatures above a freeze and part day or filtered sun.  The last picture shows a seed grown plant of smaller size.  As mentioned above, we only have a few left.  As an interior cycad, this would be one to try.  This is probably one of the coolest Cycas species around.  We only have a few left..
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea  

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
MULE PALM OR BUTIAGRUS

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

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

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

 

HYPHANAE CORIACEA
A TYPE OF GINGER BREAD PALM

Hyphanae is a genus of branching palms most commonly thought of as being from Africa.  But, their distribution also extends into Madagascar and parts of the Arabian Peninsula and India.  This genus can be small or large and trunks can be solitary, sucker or even branch above the ground.  This is referred to as "dichotomously branched".  In other words, the trunks can fork above the ground like a common tree.  This is quite unique in the palm world.  All species tend to come from hot and dry localities and do not do well with heavy rain in conjunction with cold. 

Hyphanae coriacea specifically is from eastern Africa and Madagascar.  It can be either short or tall, depending on the culture it receives.  The leaves are silver-blue.  Plants have been known to reach thirty feet of height.  This species does sucker as shown in the photos.  It has the ability to branch above the ground, but this is usually not seen.  This species likes hot dry sun.  A bad condition for it would be a persistent rain during a cold winter.  This may rot the plant.   It thrives in areas like Palm Springs or even in parts of Arizona.  The "Ginger Bread" reputation of the palm comes from the fragrance of the large, leathery seeds.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be 25 degrees F.

We were fortunate to get in some really nice suckering plants of this species in 15g.  The photos show their color.  The mature pictures show how it suckers and can get quite tall.   We have very limited supplies of this species.
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS

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

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

Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am anticipating that I might have some 5g of this species available as well.  Shown are only the 15g size. 
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
A double specimen, 2 plants in one pot
Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis by TS RPS
Butiaparaguayensis by TS RPS
 

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE RARE TYPE OF KENTIA PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SIZE 1G PLANTS


Higher up one of the two mountains on Lord Howe Island is the native habitat for this unusual type of Howea.  The main difference between this species and Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) is the umbrella shape to the crown of leaves as shown here.  Also, this species is more cold hardy, probably about 24 degrees F.  It prefers sun or part day sun along the coast and filtered light inland. Our one gallon plants on special are two feet tall, sometimes more.  These also can be grown as a houseplant.

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


You must mention this Blog only price when purchasing.
Howea belmoreana 1g Howea belmoreana

DIOON CAPUTOI
RARE MEXICAN CYCAD WITH THIN LEAFLETS

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.

Compared to Dioon angustifolium above, D. caputoi leaflets are more of a blue color in full sun and have the "gaps" between the leaflets that are more apparent.  Also, I've found it to be a smaller plant in general.
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

 

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.


Dypsis basilongus Dypsis basilonga
Dypsis basilonga Dypsis basilonga Dypsis basilonga

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM

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.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
LARGE, BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I'm offering our 5g plants of this great Madagascar palm species.  This is a brilliantly blue palm that, in many decades, can get to over forty feet of height.  It has large, flat leaves.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees.  It loves sun and heat.  On sale are our 5g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $4
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Mention this Blog only price when ordering.
Bismarckia 5g Bismarckia nobilis

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM  

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

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

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


RAVENEA XEROPHILA
A SILVER, DROUGHT-TOLERANT SPECIES

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

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


RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

     
LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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

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

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

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

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

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

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

 

ECHEVERIA "AFTER GLOW"
VERY NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Previously on this Blog I have presented this great succulent with an irresistable blue color as shown here.  this plant likes full sun and is xerophytic.  Our 5g plants have seen a freeze.  This set them back a bit, but they are lunging forward, suckering and looking great.  They have a unique combination of purple, blue and silver as you'll notice on these photos.  And, there's a hint of pink.  It's a sun loving plant and never gets more than about eighteen inches across.  The leaves are fleshy and thick and have the most interesting pink margins on the leaves and a soft pink spine at the end.  It puts out pink blossom during the summer that last for months.  I might comment that most women love this plant because of the colors.  I highly recommend this species!

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL, $35


Mention this special to receive this price.  Limited supplies of this plant..

Echeveria after glow Echeveria after glow
Echeveria after glow Echeveria after glow  

 

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

Last winer a friend of mine brought by some seedlings of this interesting thin trunked, big leaf tree from New Caledonia.  I had had absolutely no experience with it.  He highly recommended it as a good addition to the garden for those of us in Southern California.  He's been growing it successfully outdoors for quite a few years and has one about eight feet tall tall in his garden and this plant how flowered.  

This is a dioecious species; you must have a male and female to set seeds. My friend did this (or got seeds from a friend who did it) and thus was able to propagate these plants.  Mature trees can get to over fifteen feet tall.  The leaves are huge.  It almost looks like an "Anthurium" with a vertical trunk.  I cannot comment on cold hardiness as of yet, but I think Len experiences a frost from time to time.  I'd plant this in a filtered light location.  We have very limited supplies of this species.  Mature specimen pictures are from other websites.  As mentioned, this species is super rare.  Presently we only have a few 5g plants left.  Photos here shown the band size last winter. 
 
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae  Meryta balansae by TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
Meryta balansae by Endemic.NC
photo from Endemia.NC website 
   

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

 

SMALL AND EASILY SHIPPED STARTER PLANTS ANYONE?

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.

 

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  
DYPSIS AFFINIS
A beautiful white crown shafted palm that gets to heights of fifteen
feet or less, sometimes suckers, and has thin to medium sized
trunks.  
 
dypsis affinis band  
DYPSIS SPECIES DARK MEALY BUG
A sought after species of Dypsis from Madagascar.  The mature appearance
of this species is unclear at this time, but most think it will be super
desirable. 
 
Dypsis species dark mealy bug   
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.

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM

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

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

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES

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

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

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

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013

 

CYPHOSTEMMA JUTTAE
CAUDICIFORM TYPE BLUE PLANT WITH RED SEEDS

This bizarre looking succulent just came in yesterday and comes from South Africa and Namibia next door.  Mature it will get to a height of six feet or more.  It has thick and fleshy blue or blue-green leaves that are a bit fragile and can snap if bent.  And, there's another treat: Plump bright red seeds that should germinate nicely.   Trunks are unusually shaped, fat and can sucker to form multiple vertical stems.  They are swollen at the base as shown in the last photos. 

This is a sun plant, tolerates a freeze, rarely gets over six to seven feet tall and likes not to be watered when it is cold.  The plant shown here has three fat trunks off of a single base and is about ten years old. Interestingly, this species is a member of the Grape family and is known as the Tree Grape.  It can shed its leaves during the winter.    By report, the seeds are not edible.  During some parts of the year the plant sheds a papery bark.

This plant is a 15g specimen.  We will have for sale somewhat smaller 15g plants not in fruit.
Cyphostemma juttae Cyphostemma juttae
Cyphostemma juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
Cyphostema juttae Cyphostemma juttae by Voigt at Plantzafrica.com
photo  by Voigt at Plantzafrica.com
Cyphostemma juttae by Wikipedia
Photo by  Marco Schmidt Wikipedia

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
WITH NEWLY EMERGING ORANGE COLORED LEAVES

This African cycad is doing something that is a bit unusual to see.  The new leaves have come out an orange-like color.  If you've followed this Blog for a while, you know new leaves on this species emerge a powder blue color.  So, what's up with this color?

At the onset, I must admit that I can't be positive about the cause of the orange color.  Sometimes plants just do funny things.  I've had blue Encephalartos horridus that have had new leaves in colors such as rust, purple, orange-red and pink.  But, other times this phenomena can result from a nutritional deficiency, particularly minor elements.  On this plant, the leaves actually look quite healthy in appearance and form.  It's just the color that is different.

At this point, all I can do is step back, wait and observe.  Maybe I'll give it some fertilizer.  I'll bet they turn blue in the next month.  Note that the older leaves are not powder blue.  This is because it's being grown inside the greenhouse and not in full sun.  Outdoors it will turn blue in a month or two. 

If you like "weird", this plant is for sale.
Encephalartos lehmannii with orange new leaves Encephalartos lehmannii with orange new leaves
Encephalartos lehmannii with orange new leaves Encephalartos lehmannii with orange new leaves Encephalartos lehmannii with orange new leaves

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
BEAUTIFUL MEXICAN CYCAD THAT GROWS ON CLIFFS

I've presented this species before, but wanted to show another nice plant.  This species grows on cliffs in Oaxaca, Mexico and is similar in appearance to Dioon spinulosum and mejiae.  It prefers filtered light and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  This particular plant has a seven inch caudex in a 15g pot.  It can develop ten feet of trunk with a full crown of leaves as shown in the habitat photo below by friend John Otto.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale.
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
habitat photo by John Otto
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
ANOTHER "BLUE" CYCAD

Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable and I've shown several photos here to demonstrate this.  I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus.  Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of such plants. 

Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The first two photos here show a juvenile plant that is green at this stage but in time will become blue like both of its parents.  The third photo is a one gallon plant, already demonstrating its blue color. 
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos muchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
     

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
UNUSUAL SUPER BLUE FORM OF PINDO

I'm showing these plants again because we're almost out of them.  If you live in a colder area and don't have one of these, do consider them.

Many people are familiar with the Pindo or Jelly Palm, Butia capitata.  It is a pinnate palm with a medium sized trunk, arching leaves and a typical height of fifteen to twenty feet.  It is extremely cold hardy, easily tolerating temperatures into the mid-teens F.  Fruit of this species is edible and sometimes used to make jelly.

What is unusual about a group of plants we have at the nursery is the intense blue color.  Of course, we still have the normal Pindo Palm with its green to blue green color.  This batch is totally different and cool.  These plants are truly silver-blue.  I am showing you some 25g and well as a few 15g plants.  If you want a "blue garden", take a few of these along with some Bismarckia, Brahea decumbens, Chamaerops cerifera and Copernicia alba and your done!  We've got them all.

All of the photos here except the last one show Butia capitata with the intense blue color.  The last photo shows  the more commonly seen color of the Pindo, a blue-green.  If you like these, let me know.  i only have a few plants.  Finally, if you are interested in hybridizing palms, think about utilizing this as your Butia stock.  Think of the color possibilities with Jubaea, Parajubaea, etc.  .

We are out of the 5g size of these blue Butias.  We still have a few 15g and 25g plants left.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata green
Butia capitata normal blue-green color

 

SYAGRUS BOTRYOPHORA
AN UNUSUAL SPECIES WITH DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES


This is a rare species of single trunk, pinnate palm from lowland Atlantic Brazil.  It has been called one of the top ten most beautiful palms in the world, although I'm not sure that I'd totally agree with this.  It is fairly new to the market and rather difficult to find.  It gets quite tall, over forty feet, yet has a surprisingly thin trunk of less than twelve inches.  Leaves are about ten feet long and come off the trunk at a 45 degree angle and then arch toward the ground.  The leaves are keeled and green in color.  The trunk is prominently ringed. 

Given ample heat and lack of severe cold, this is a very fast growing species.  It is known to put on four feet of trunk a year or more.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you will see many leaves that are green and still attached to the trunk over a long trunk distance, almost forming a "ladder-like" appearance to the leaves where one could easily climb the trunk.  This may be the result of its rapid growth.  The trunk surface is fibrous but turns smooth over time with a gray-brown color.  Shown here are a 15g plant and a larger double.  This species does want full sun or perhaps filtered light with the opportunity to grow into full sun.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, but felt to be in the mid to perhaps lower 20's F.  It in no way approaches the common Queen Palm in terms of cold hardiness. 

We have an ample supply of these for sale, the largest presently in 15g size.  The last photo shows a 5g plant.  Note how, like most
Syagrus, it has strap type juvenile leaves. 

One last comment.  This species has been called the "Slender Queen Palm" and the "Pati Palm".  I have no idea where the latter name came from and personally don't like this name.  
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
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