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SEPTEMBER - ELEVEN BRAND NEW PALM ARTICLES IN PAST FEW WEEKS!

Below is a collection of palm tree articles.  All are new to the website in the past month or so.  Some are short, others are more comprehensive.  Of note, the first article, "Palm Tree Encyclopedia" lists all the articles I've written for this site with links using both the common and scientific names. 
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  New! Palm Tree Encyclopedia   Quick view genus/species OR common palm names with links to articles See Palm Tree Encyclopedia 

 

  Shaving Brush Palm Banner  

  New!   Rhopalostylis, the genus:  Shaving Brush Palm, the Nikau Palm, the Feather Duster Palm and the Norfolk Island Palm.  Plus other varieties.  Read about Rhopalostylis

 

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  New!  The Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Article on this species with comparison to the Spindle Palm, H. verschafeltii.  Read about the Bottle Palm

 

  New!  The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata  A thin trunk, crown shafted and attractive palm that doesn't get tall.  Read about Foxtail Palms

 

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  New!  Majesty Palm, Ravenea rivularis  Larger palm tree from Madagascar with thick a thick.  Read about the Majesty

 

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  New!  The Mule Palm  This is a short article on this hybrid between the Pindo and Queen Palms.  Cold hardy and beautiful.  Read Mule Palm

 

  Mediterranean Fan Palm Banner  

  New! Mediterranean Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilus   Short article on this suckering fan palm from Europe - Click to learn about Mediterranean Palms

 

  Royal Palm Banner  

  New!  The Royal Palm, Roystonea regia.  Short article loaded with photos on this popular single trunk palm with photos of nursery plants and other species.  Cultural info given.    See Royal Palm

 

  Buttia capitata banner photo by PC  

  New!  Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm or Jelly Palm.  Read about forms. species and hybrids of this genus.  Read Pindo Palm

  Traveler Palm Banner  

  New!  The Traveler Palm, Ravenala madagscarensisPhotos and culture - Click here to read this article.

 

  Banner Water Conservation  

  New! Water Conservation and Still Have A Tropical Garden
Comprehensive article: Have a tropical garden and save water.  See how.  Click for Water Conservation

 

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.  We don't have a lot of this size, but the ones we have are pretty nice.
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 

 

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

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

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

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

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND AND 5 GALLON SIZE


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants and 5g larger plants, both on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple to ship right to your door.
furcrea furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS
photo by unknown author
Fucrea macdouglii
band size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
HUGE FLORID ORANGE BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON TREES


We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large orange blossoms.  This is a sun loving tree that can get fairly large with a canopy of twenty to thirty feet across.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  There's a large tree several blocks from the nursery that had blossoms with color from June of last year until October.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F. 

Shown here are some seven foot tall 15g plants.  This species is a fast grower so these trees in the ground will be good sized in just a few years.  They were grown outdoors in a cooler part of our county.

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

To get this price, just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata photo by Wikipedia Commons
Photo c/o Wikipedia Commons

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


DYCKIA
SPECIES

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


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

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

 

TUESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES "REDBACK"
CERATOZAMIA FUSCOVIRIDIS
A VERY COOL RED BACK AND RED EMERGENT CYCAD

This elusive cycad species from Hidalgo, Mexico has red-brown backs to the leaves and new red throws.  It is a larger cycad that prefers filtered light.  The leaflets are long, green on the top side, brown-red on the underside and come to a point. Leaves are about six feet long.  This species has recently been described formally and given the name "Ceratozamia fuscoviridis".  Interestingly enough, collection data from a century ago described it with almost the same name but the locality was mistaken.  So, that description was considered invalid.  This plant shown here today is in a 15g, has a four inch main caudex and a sucker that's over three inches.  It is for sale.  This species is near impossible to find.  The new red emergent leaves on a mature plant are long, the crown is full.  It makes a spectacular display in the garden.
Ceratozamia fuscoviridis Ceratozamia fuscoviridis
Ceratozamia fuscoviridis Ceratozamia fuscoviridis Ceratozamia fuscoviridis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
GREEN CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
UPRIGHT LEAVES

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  To my eye, the hallmark of this species are the very erect leaves, going almost straight upwards.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  Cones are yellow.

This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are several boxed specimens and a 15g plant.  Also pictured are two garden specimens.  We have all sizes for sale

Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
crown tipped toward you
Encephalartos kisambo
large, near 18 inch caudex plant
Encephalartos kisambo
15g plant
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo

 

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

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

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

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

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
THIN TRUNK, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This attractive and very thin trunk, crown shafted palm tree is native to Brazil and other South American countries.  It does well in many areas of Southern California.  Anticipate a height of twenty to twenty-five feet.  Crown shaft color ranges from green to a brown-purple.  Trunk diameter is four inches.  Leaves are green with somewhat droopy leaflets.  Growth rate is good.  Cold tolerance is about 25 to 27 degrees F.

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

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

 
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis 5g
Euterpe edulis 5g Euterpe edulis 5g Euterpe edulis  

 

SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

TILLANDSIA PLANTS
AKA "AIR PLANTS"
TYPE OF BROMELIAD

AN ASSORTMENT OF OLDER CLUSTERS

When you usually order or buy a Tillandsia, you get one tiny little plant.  Then you get to wait five years to get a nice cluster.  These plants shown here are mounted on wood and ready to go.  They are about five to seven years old.  You can mount them on trunks of palm or other trees.  Most want sun or part sun.  Water with a spray occasionally.  It's the same with fertilizer.  All will blossom.  At the end below I'm showing blossoms of a few plants from their blossoming season, which is spring to early summer.  Cold tolerance is easily into the mid to lower 20's F.  All are easy to ship.

Tillandsia houston dark pink
Tillandsia houston dark pink
Tillandsia houston dark pink
Tillandsia pallaeacea
Tillandsia palleacea
Tillandsia palleacea Tillandsia remota
Tillandsia remota
Tillandsia species 1
Tillandsia species 1
Tillandsia species 1 Tillandsia species 1
Tillandsia species 2
Tillandsia species 2
Tillandsia species 2
Tillandsia  Spanish Moss
Tillandsia Spanish Moss
Tillandsia spanish moss
Spanish Moss
Tillandsia flower Tillandsia flower Tillandsia flower

 

CYROSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE ROOT SPINE PALM
PROMINENT WHITE UNDER LEAVES
LOTS OF SIZESW AVAILABLE

This is a thin trunk, medium sized fan palm native to southern Mexico and countries in Central America.  It is mostly known for two traits:  White color on the underside of the leaves.  And, for modified roots that appear to be spines on the trunk.  But, they are not sharp and wicked like one would expect.  This is a very attractive tree.  The large fan leaves are three to four feet across.  The tops are green.  The undersides are almost snow white.

Overall height in Southern California would be about 20 feet. Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes part day sun or strong filtered light inland.  Also, it can grow in filtered light on the coast.  We are showing three sizes that are available.  The garden pictures of mature trees are some type of Cryosophila.  They were poorly labeled.  But, this species should look quite similar.
 
Cryosophilla stauracantha
15 gallon size
Cryosophilla stauracantha
Cryosophilla stauracantha Cryosophilla stauracantha Cryosophilla stauracantha
Cryosophilla stauracantha
5 gallon size
Cryosophilla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha
band size container
Cryosophila
This and next 4 photos of a Cryosophila
species.  Note spines on trunk above
Cryosophila
Cryosophila Cryosophila Cryosophila stauracantha

 

ZAMIA IMPERIALIS
"RED EMERGENT ZAMIA SKINNNERI"
NEWLY DESCRIBED - HUGE LEAVES
GROOVED TOP TO LEAVES
RED-BROWN NEW LEAFLETS

For decades, enthusiasts talked about the sought after variety of the attractive Zamia skinner that throws new red leaves.  It is native to Panama.  Its leaves can get huge as shown in the last picture.  Botanists described it recently and this was given species status and named "Zamia imperialis".  This name is very appropriate as it definitely lives up to the "imperial" descriptive name.  Leaves can be almost a foot wide and two feet long in wild populations.  The last picture shows the emerging color.  I have several one gallon seedlings that wintered over and saw temperatures near 32 degrees F.  This species really doesn't want to see a freeze and needs filtered light.  BTW, this cycad is extremely rare and near impossible to find.
 
zamia imperialis Zamia imperialis
Zamia imperialis Zamia imperialis by PACSOA unknown author
by unknown author, PACSOA

Zamia imperialis Cycad.org unknown author
by unknown author, cycad.org
   

 

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
MANY TYPES AND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL -
EVERY SUCCULENT WE HAVE ! -
ANY SIZE!

I've shown a ton of photos here, most taken recently, of assorted succulents we have at the nursery.  All are cool.  Most are smaller but we have large specimens as well.  The majority are a piece of cake to ship.  And, we're offering all on sale for ten days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF ANY SUCCULENT IN INVENTORY


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

Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents

 

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

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

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

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

 

ASPLENIUM TONGUE FERN
SIMPLE LEAF FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH SIZE


This low profile companion fern can take part day sun or filtered light.  It isn't very tall, perhaps up to 14 inches.  It slow expands over the ground.  The leaves are simple without divisions.  The name "Tongue Fern" refers to its resemblance to the tongue of a type of deer.  This type of fern is native to European counties and the U.S.  It is simple to grow and cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  These plants on special are very large for their pots.  They are about 18 inches wide.

REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50

Just mention this special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern
Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern

 

KAHILI GINGER
A TYPE OF HEDYCHIUM GINGER
PICTURES OF OUR 5G SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you go to Friday's post below, you'll see that I put our Kahili Gingers on Sale.  But, I didn't have photos of the 5g size.  They are very large with multiple tubers and near blossoming age.  You can see the health of these plants here.  I have a picture of the blossoms in Friday's post.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Kahili Ginger  Kahili Ginger 
Kahili Ginger  Kahili Ginger  Kahili Ginger 
 
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM, TRIPLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

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

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

King Palm double
 

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 25G THIS SPECIES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25g $195

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

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THIN TRUNK, REASONABLY TALL
VERY GOOD COLD TOLERANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Australian single trunk fan palm loves heat and is cold hardy into the teens F.  It has a thin trunk or it's mature 40 foot height.  It is quick growing and a nice addition to any garden.  Leaves have thin leaflets that droop at their ends.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g  

 

FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

BRAHEA CLARA
FASTER GROWING BLUE BRAHEA
5G AVAILABLE

There's always been a debate about the species status and differences between Brahea clara and Brahea armata.  Culturally, we've found B. clara to be faster growing.  It has longer bare petioles and different looking armor when mature.  Shown here is a 5g plant that can be easily shipped.  Cold hardiness 15 degrees F.  This is a full sun plant and loves heat, even in the desert.
 
Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS LARGE PALM FROM NORTHERN THAILAND
OVERSIZED 15G AND 25G AVAILABLE

We've been selling this spectacular palm since its introduction to the market about three decades ago.  In habitat it lives in moist but elevated mountain forests.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F and takes direct sun.  Mature heights reach thirty to thirty-five feet with a very thick and wide base.  It needs room in the garden.  Leaflets are more rounded than Caryota urens.  I think it's also more attractive than Caryota urens.  We have huge 15g and 25g available, limited numbers.
Caryota gigas
15g size
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
25g size
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
NICE 15G MULTIPLES AVAILABLE

Because of seed shortages, this species is really not available in 15g size at many nurseries.  We have a nice batch for sale.  All are multiple (three or four per pot) and overhead.  This species is native to Mexico.  It develops a thin, green and ringed trunk (particularly when not exposed to sun on the trunk) and has very plumose, fluffy leaves.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is the ideal palm for a thin planter area.  For instance, next to a walkway where you only have about 18 inches to plant.  It is also known as the only Chamaedorea good for full sun along the coast.  Mature height averages 15 feet.  The trunk is about 1.5 inches thick.  We only have about a dozen available.  By the way, I hate the name "Baby Queen" as this species in no way is like a Queen Palm. 
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa by Palmpedia
photo c/o Palmpedia

 

THE COCONUT QUEEN
HYBRID OF TWO SYAGRUS SPECIES
HUGE 15G AVAILABLE
FAIRLY COLD HARDY

This unique hybrid palm has been on the market for about ten to fifteen years.  It's a manmade cross between the Queen Palm and Syagrus schizophylla.  By parentage, you'd not anticipate anything special.  But, as it grows, it turns into a beautiful plant.  It looks nothing like either parent.  They get to an anticipated height of twenty-five feet.  They resemble a Coconut  Palm in a way.  Thus, they got this common name.  Leaf color is green.  Trunk size and diameter are much smaller than the Queen Palm.  The 15g we have are huge, about eight to ten feet.  This is a very rare and hard palm to find.  Get one while they are available.
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm coconut queen palm
coconut queen palm by Jack Ingwersen
photo by Jack Ingwersen
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm

 

THURSDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THE MINIATURE BLUSHING PALM
LITTLE GEM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

What I'm showing you hear is a 2.5 year old, one gallon plant of this semi-dwarf species from the mountains in New Caledonia.  Actinokentia divaricata is known for it's thin trunk, graceful arching leaves, narrow crown shaft, new red emergent leaves (last photo) and smaller overall status.  It is super slow growing and to get 15 feet will take you several decades.  It does best in filtered light or a bit of sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  We easily grow it in Southern CA but folks in the SF Bay Area also do well with this little gem.  This size is very easy to ship.  But, remember: it's slow growing.  From what I've heard, enthusiasts in Florida also do well with this species.
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata by A. de Does PACSOA
photo by A. de Does, PACSOA

 

DIOON EDULE
A HEAT AND SUN TOLERANT CYCAD
SAME SPECIES - TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT LOOKS

Plant enthusiasts sometimes find simple things to be quite exciting.  Perhaps what I'm discussing here will be one of those things.  Typically, a cycad will form a caudex (trunk).  Over time this trunk grows and gets larger.  Over time it will propagate by forming smaller offsets or suckers near the base of its primary trunk.  With time, these enlarge and you get several trunks.

Sometimes, however, a plant will go crazy and make what seems to be as many trunks as it can - all at once and from the beginning.  I often refer to such plants as a "clustering form".  From a young age it seems to make more and more caudexes as fast as it can.  I've seen it with Dioons (as shown here), Encephalartos and sporadically with all the other genera. 

The first plant is more the classical appearing Dioon edule.  A larger single trunk.  It's about fifteen to twenty years old.  The second plant is also a Dioon edule and about the same age but is a cluster of fifteen different caudexes.  The primary trunk is bigger, but some of the offsets are near the same.  The leaves look similar.  It is the same species.

Why Mother Nature does this is unknown to me.   If you look at a lot of plants, you'll see some that never sucker - always just one trunk.  You'll see aggressively clustering forms like the one shown here.  And, there's everything in between.  The more plants you look at the more you'll be shocked when you come across a cycad that seems to have the main purpose of making offsets.
Dioon edule
classical look of Dioon edule
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
a clustering form of Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CONSIDER IT IN FILTERED LIGHT LOCATIONS
BIG, FLAT GLOSSY GREEN LEAVES


There's no question that Livistona chinensis does very well in full sun locations.  But, over the years, I've seen it in filtered light.  With this type of conditions it gets big, flat, glossy green leaves.  They are very attractive and a dark green.  Filtered light seems to give it a different look compared to full sun locations.  I've seen similar results with Brahea nitida.  So, although it's not super rare, consider it for a filtered light location.  It's a slow growing species, but over time you might be surprised and fall in love with it.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  So, this could be a good idea for folks in cooler Gulf States.  We have various sizes available.  Also, easy to ship.

Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Floridata website
photo c/o Floridata Website

 

PARAJUBAEA MICROCARPA
THE "SMALLER" SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

Parajubaea is a genus of larger palm trees for South America that have become known as the "South American Coconut Palm".  There are four different species in this genus.  P. microcarpa is the smallest mature palm of this group.  It will get to a height of 25 to 30 feet, but has a thinner trunk and less height than the others.  You'll have to judge whether mature plants actually look like a Coconut.  Shown here is a nice 5g plant.  These are easy to ship.  This species takes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It is a fast and easy to grow species.

Parajubaea microcarpa Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa Parajubaea microcarpa parajubaea microcarpa c/o palm society.org website
Plants in habitat c/o palmsociety.org website

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
VERY OLD 15G SIZE AVAILABLE

The nursery plants shown here are over ten years old.  This species is very slow growing.  Mature height height is about six feet.  It is native to coastal areas of Brazil.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  It is a single trunk species.  It loves sun and heat.  If you need a small palm for full sun that you can see over, this is a great species for you.  These 15g are easy to ship in their containers with soil.  We also have smaller sizes available.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

ZAMIA ENCEPHALARTOIDES
SUPER RARE SOUTH AMERICAN ZAMIA
LIKES HOT AND DRY
THE LAST PLANT WE HAVE


This is a very rare species of
Zamia from Columbia.  It is also extremely rare in cultivation.  The name derives from the fact that the female cones (and perhaps the seeds) are reminiscent of Encephalartos.  Its native habitat is known for being very hot and dry.  For this reason, it is hoped that perhaps this is a good species for drier areas like Southern California.  And, over time, this has proven to be the case.  It produces a medium sized trunk up to six feet in height, about eight inches in diameter.  It is interesting that the petioles are essentially free of spines, unlike many other Zamia species.  Leaves are about three feet long, leaflets about a foot long, all with no spines and quite stiff.  The color of the leaves is green. 

About twenty years ago, a seedsman from South Africa, Bernard Fischer, introduced seeds into the market.  That gave nurserymen the first chance ever to grow this species.  It is extremely slow growing, likes well draining soil, and to not be overwatered when cold.  It is suspected that this species will prefer sunny locations.  Pictures of mature specimens from habitat locations are almost non-existent.  Because of this I can only show photos of plants from the seeds provided by Bernard Fischer.  The largest plants below are at least twelve to fifteen years old when the photos were taken.  So, it's a very slow growing species.  Cold tolerance is not known, but I suspect this species will tolerate a freeze.

It took at least ten years after we got those original seeds before the species was described by Dennis Stevenson.


About a week ago, we found the one gallon plant in the first four pictures.  I'm showing some old pictures of plants we previously had.  This is probably the last plant I have of this species.  The last time I saw seeds available was about 18 years ago.  This one plant we have is for sale.

Zamia encephalartoides Zamia encephalartoides
Zamia encephalartoides Zamia encephalartoides Zamia encephalartoides
a different plant
Zamia encephalartoides
a different citrus pot plant
Z. encephalartoides by Wayne Atkinson
Z. encephalartoides by Wayne Atkinson
photo by cycadflorida website
coning plant, photo by Cycadflorida website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS INOPINUS
TWO OFFSETS AVAILABLE


For any experienced cycad enthusiast that reads this post, he'll realize the rarity of this species and the difficulty in obtaining one.  This South African species is a small to medium sized cycad known for its cuved leaflets.  The leaflet color is a blue-green.  They actually curve downwards, an unusual thing to see with cycads.  You can see this is all the photos.  There are varieties that done do this much, but the nice clones have a prominent curve as shown on these offsets.  This species likes full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.

Yesterday I got in two offsets of this species.  They were removed from the mother plant a few days ago.  For rooting, one would remove all or most of the attached leaf.  It was left on for these photographic purposes.  The cut surface of the offsets has been sealed with a water resistant tar.  They have already been soaked in water containing root stimulants.  They are now ready to be put in pumice.  Rooting out inopinus is not the easiest thing to do.  There is some risk.  But, the alternative is to wait a decade to get a plant this size.  And, seedlings sell for big bucks.  Both of these offsets are about three inches.  One has a tiny attached pup.  Shipping available.
Encephalartos inopinus Encephalartos inopinus
Encephalartos inopinus Encephalartos inopinus Encephalartos inopinus
Encephalartos inopinus Encephalartos inopinus Encephalartos inopinus

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
NICE SILVER COLOR WHEN MATURE
GOOD LOOKING 5G AVAILABLE


This handsome and thin trunked fan palm is native to South Florida, Mexico and various Caribbean Islands.  It is known for the silver color seen on the back side of the leaves.  Leaf segments are well divided.  Trunk height is under fifteen feet mature.  Trunks are clean with age.  It wants full sun and is fairly cold hardy, at least down to 25 degrees F.  Many are growing it in this area.

Shown here is a really nice 5g plant.  We may also have 15g available.  The 5g are easy to ship.  The plant, in it's pot, stands about five feet tall.
 
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
TALLER THAN ARGENTATA ABOVE
GREEN LEAVES, SKINNY TRUNK


I'm showing you another 5g plant.  This is Coccothrinax barbadensis.  It comes from Trinidad,  Venezuelan antilles, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and probably other Caribbean locations.  It is a much taller species with a very thin, clean trunk.  Trunks have been described as "flagpoles" and get over forty feet tall.  With age, old leaf bases fall off giving a clean look.  It has fan leaves about five feet across.  Both upper and lower sides are green.  It likes sun, heat and is cold hardy into the twenties, probably about 25 degrees F. or so.

This is a 5g plant shown here.  It would be easy to ship.  We may have 15g size as well.  Coccothrinax are slow to grow and produce.  This is a great starter size for you.  At this stage, a grower has over five years into proucing a plant as shown here.
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a fast growing green cycad, medium sized, from Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and Eastern Africa.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. and can take full sun along the coast.  Some have even grown it as a houseplant.  The 5g plants we have on this special are nice healthy plants as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95.

Easy to mail order.  But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available.
Cycas thouarsii 5g
5g Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Larger garden specimen

 

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

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

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

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

You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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


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

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


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.
Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 5g for sale.  And, now they are on special.  It needs warmer coastal temperatures and gets to about five feet tall. Filtered light is best.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPCIAL $50 THIS SIZE

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora dale meyers math.hawaii.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora Dale Meyers math.hi.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora  

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
A BRANCHING LEAF CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL CYCADS AROUND
AND, ONE OF THE MOST RARE CYCADS AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LARGER PLANTS

Over the years, I've discussed this sought after Chinese species of cycad several times.  It is so unusual because the leaf stems branch and then those stems branch again.  So, it's a "trifurcating leaf cycad".  Photos here demonstrate this trait.  What you may not realize is the rarity of this species.  It's protected presently in the wild.  Fourteen years ago, single leaf seedlings were selling overseas for $2500 each!  They are much more affordable now, but never cheap.

The caudex remains small, typically not over 8 inches.  Leaves emerge and go straight up with a gentle curve.  Leaf color is green.  Mature plants hold three to four leaves.  Their garden footprint is small.  These plants are reasonably cold hardy for their genus, gong down into the lower 20's f.  They like filtered light.  We only have a limited number of old plants in 15G size.  But, we're putting them on special.

20% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.

Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

 

FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
ORANGE OR RED CONES
WE'RE OFFERING MATCHED PAIRS SO YOU CAN SET SEED

The cycads I'm going to show you below are all Encephalartos ferox from South Africa.  This is a very ornamental cycad that tolerates filtered light or part day sun along the coast.  The striking thing about it are the orange or red cones.  The females tend to be more red than the males in my experience.  This cone color will last for about four to six weeks.  Plants don't get overly large.  These plants are pretty much what this species does.  Expect about a 15 inch trunk maximum and an 8 to 10 foot spread on the leaves.

The plants here are all in boxes and all over 20 years old.  We know their sexes from previous cones produced.  Caudex sizes are eleven to fifteen inches.  All are available at the nursery.  There are two males and two females.  Of course we have smaller plants that may not have coned as of yet.  The plants below are all in 24 inch boxes.  Shipping is possible for any of these.  I'd like to see someone get a matched/sexed set so they could produce seeds.

The last row of pictures shows close ups of the leaves.  Note how this species resembles the "Holly Fern" in appearance.  Cold hardiness of this species is the low 20's F.

 
Encephalarto ferox male cone orange
mature cones of a male plant
Encephalartos ferox female cone
female cone showing bright red
Encephalartos ferox male 13.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox Male plant, 13.5 inch caudex
Encephalartois ferox 13.5 inches male
Encephalartos ferox Male plant, 13.5 inch caudex
Encephalartos ferox male 13.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox Male plant, 13.5 inch caudex
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches - note old male
cone hanging from caudex
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox male 13 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches -
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 14.5 inches
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
A CONE SIZED OLD PLANT
UNDERSTORY CYCAD
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL

This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  The fourth picture shows the cone which I think is going to be a male.  This species prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here
Zalmia amblyphyllidia Zalmia amblyphyllidia
Zamia amblyphyllida Zamia amblyphyllidia mike gray PACSOA
old specimen - photo by Mike Gray, PACSOA

 

QUEEN CROSSED WITH PINDO
SYAGRUS X BUTIA
THE OPPOSITE OF THE MULE HYBRID
NICE 15G PLANT


The classic Mule Palm is a hybrid with the seed bearer being Butia capitata and pollen bearer being Syagrus romanzoffyana, the Queen Palm.  Well, the opposite with the Queen Palm being the seed bearer is what I'm showing here.  We found this sole plant in our inventory.  You rarely see these around.  It makes a peculiar looking Queen Palm with better cold hardiness.  It is a sun loving hybrid.  If you look at this plant you'll see how it looks like a hybrid, not like a normal Queen Palm.  This is a 15g plant about 7 to 8 feet tall.
 
Queen x Butia Queen x Butia
Queen x Butia Queen x Butia Syagrus x Butia.jpg

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
AKA SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
LARGE TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We also have a few 15g I think as well as smaller.  These are full sun plants that have a cold tolerance into the teens F.  I can easily ship this 5g size.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
 
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburnianum Sabal blackburnianum Sabal blackburniana by Justen Dobs, PACSOA
Photo by Justen Dobbs, PACSOA
Sabal dominguensis    

 

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE FAN PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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 offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 6 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.  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.

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


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size that is on sale
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species of Agave in native to northern Mexico with perhaps extension into the U.S.  It is not a large plant.  Mature height is up to four feet with a similar spread of the leaves.  The leaves are thick and fleshy and soft at the end.  There is no terminal hard point to them.  The leaves go out and then curve downward.  They are slow growing, green to blue-green in color.  Culturally, they are xerophytic with low water requirements, are somewhat tropical appearing for an Agave and like full, hot sun.  By the way, they get their common name b/c of their mature appearance (last photo) that sort of resembles an octopus.

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


Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS, 1.5G & 5G PLANTS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

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

1.5 gallon plants 4 years old
5 gallon plants 6 years old.

This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $39

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

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.
Brahea decumbens
5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
1.5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
garden plant in sun showing blue color
Brahea decumbens

 

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


This endangered semi-dwarf palm species is from the Comoro Islands, close to Madagascar.  It has a very thin trunk. Although reports of twenty foot palms in habitat exist, in most domestic gardens don't expect anything over ten feet in a lifetime.  Trunk diameter is two to three inches.  Leaf size is three to four feet.  Most have grown this species in part day sun or filtered light.  However, I have one customer growing it well in full sun.  Cold hardiness is in the mid-twenties F.

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I'm working on getting some nicer 5g plants but don't have them yet.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
when available, what 5g plants look like
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE
ALL SUPER BLUE!

I wanted to show you some very nice Bismarckia that we usually have available.  Not only is the color superb; it's super blue.  But, this is a good growing species that loves sun and heat.  It has a cold tolerance down into the low 20's F.  Native to Madagascar, this species can get over 40 feet tall.  We assume it will do this in California as well.

We have many sizes for sale including 15g and the very easily shipped 5g size.  Drop by and see what we have.  Many of these pictures are of our 25 g size.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Note how these stems have a very clean, metallic
sheen with no hairs on the leaf stems
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Different Plant: Compare these very hairy petioles
to the steel clean stems of the plant shown today
Bismarckia Bismarckia  Bismarckia box
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis by T.B. Bismarckia nobilis

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are nice 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale.   Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5g SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $49


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
15g plant not on sale
Dypsis decaryi

   

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
RARE AFRICAN CYCAD THAT LIKES FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species is from Swaziland in South Africa and is often compared to a similar species, E. villosus.  But, Encephalartos aplantus has longer leaves, sometime up to ten feet long.  For this reason, it's called "The Giant Villosus" on occasion.  It does not form a vertical trunk of any size and does not sucker; you get a single trunked plant with this species. Leaves are green, upright and somewhat curved downward.  Plants usually have six to maximum eight leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. and it likes filtered light.  It is quite rare and hard to find.  We are often seedlings on special.

REGULAR SIZE BAND SEEDLING $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog only special at time of purchase to get this price.
Encephalartos aplanatus band E. aplanatus from plantzafrica.com
by plantzarica.com

 

BRAHEA ARMATA VERSUS BRAHEA CLARA

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

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

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

                                                                                             

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

 

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

During that same visit above, Jese took pictures of another cool palm species.  Shown here is a Beccariophoenix species from Madagascar that, for a decade, has had the name "no windows" attached to it because it didn't have the juvenile windows seen on another species of this genus.  This plant is about fifteen feet tall, has very upright leaves, is in full sun and has seen the 2007 severe freeze with temperatures down to about 22 degrees F.  Note the stiff, upright leaves, the dark green color and the fibrous trunk.  This will become a large palm at least to forty feet tall when mature.  We do have this species for sale in all sorts of sizes.

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

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

 

SATURDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

MACROZAMIA COMMUNIS
COLD HARDY AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
GOOD SIZED BUT NOT OVERLY LARGE

This cycad species is native to New South Whales in Australia.  There it grows in forests and develops trunks that can be subterranean or develop about a three foot tall caudex.  Rarely these above the ground trunks with fork.  Leaves are green with leaflets angled at 45 degrees toward to distal end of the leaf.  In cross section leaves are fairly flat, not keeled like M. moorei.  Leaflets are thin and come to a point.  Leaf color is green, more dull with age.  Leaf length averages four to seven feet. 

This is a full sun species in most areas and may take temperatures into the upper teens.  Growth rate is medium.  They are known for digging with difficulty and losses.  Shown here are 15g and 25g sizes.  We usually have a fairly nice selection of this and some other Macrozamia.
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis
15g size
Macrozamia communis
25g size
Macrozamia communis

 

THE COLD HARDY MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
NICE 25G AVAILABLE


We've certainly discussed this fantastic hybrid in the paste.  It's made by hand pollenating the receptive female flowers of a Butia capitata with the pollen from a Queen Palm.  It's a tedious process but the reward is great.  The offspring looks nothing like either parent.  It develops into a medium sized palm up to about 25 feet or a bit taller.  Some say it resembles a Coconut Palm.  But, the cold hardiness is 16 degrees.   It's certainly more cold hardy than the Queen Palm.  This palm prefers full sun, even in the desert.  It's a rugged and sturdy palm.  The last photo (By ToddNoTown) shows a nice mature specimen.
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Mule Palm by ToddNoTown
photo by ToddNoTown

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS ANYONE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ANY BROMELIAD


Every week or two we get in a new batch of colorful Bromeliads of all types.  Availability is continually changing.  This includes Nerogelias, Vriesias, Achmeas and all sorts of other genera.  We try to get ones with prominent colors that make great companion plants to put on the floor of the garden.  Our selection changes week by week.  So, if you like companion plants, do drop by and check out what we have.  We also offer very cool Ti's (especially red ones), Heliconia and weird Philodendron.  About half of the photos here were taken yesterday.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 15% OFF ANY BROMELIAD WE HAVE IN STOCK!

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

 

POLYANDROCOCOS CAUDESCENS
A SILVER BACK SOUTH AMERICAN PALM

I have long been attracted to this species because of its peculiar name, the silver backside of the leaves and because of its most unusual clustering of seeds.  Native to Brazil, this species gets to a height of about thirty-five feet, although it's not uncommon to see much shorter specimens in the wild, even some with almost no trunk.  There is no crown shaft on this species.  Leaf lengths are eight to ten feet.  This is the only species in the genus Polyandrococos.  The backside of the leaves displays a shimmering silver color as shown here.  If you look at a newly emerging spear you'll see "Zebra striping" with green alternating with silver.  It's very cool and unusual looking.  The seeds get orange, like the color of orange sherbet, and are clustered together, hanging from the trunk in a cob-like fashion. 

The nursery plant shown here is a 15g.  Nowadays it is quite unusual to see a nursery offering this species.  This plant will tolerate full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to below the mid to low-twenties.  I say this because I know of a specimen in Ventura, CA that withstood a 22 degree winter.  So, it's a good species for most areas of Southern California.

I should also mention that some people call this species "Allagoptera caudescens" because the famous Brazilian biologist Barbosa Rodrigues described it in 1916, possibly antedating the commonly used name of "Polyandrocos".  Also, because of the variation in mature specimen appearance, I wouldn't doubt that more species will be added to this genus in the future.

Be aware that our supply of this species is super limited.
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens by Daryl Occonor Palmpedia
by Daryl Oconnor, Palmpedia
Polyandrococos caudescens Wikipedia
from Wikipedia
Polyandrococos caudescens RPS TS
by TS, RPS

 

PRITCHARDIA KAALAE
A TALLER PRITCHARDIA FROM OAHU

Some palm enthusiasts make a game out of trying to identify the various species of Pritchardia.  Most Pritchardia are native to Hawaii and these are the species most important to us in CA because they have better cold tolerance than the several species from the South Pacific.  There are over twenty Hawaiian species.  Don Hodel's new book on this genus should be helpful in telling all these species apart.  In any case, to identify a species requires one methodically to look at leaf color top and bottom, to look for color changes and tomentum, to look for white discoloration or fuzz on the petiole, to look at the upper stem near the growth point and to check out the flowers or seed if they are available for examination.  Summing up all this data, you try to ID the species.  Give it a try and you'll get better over time.

This species comes from 2500 feet elevation in western Oahu, HI.  Trunk diameter is one foot, height is twenty-five feet, leaves are hemi-circular (as opposed to very wedge shaped or circular), leaf color green on both side, there is white tomentum on the rachis, petiole and new spear, leaves are folded along the segments, the end portion of the segments are open terminally, and there is white fuzz along the ventral leaf folds.  On mature specimens the flowers emerge out of the crown of leaves.

Shown here is a 15g plant and some garden specimens.  This is a full sun coastal plant but also does well in part day sun or filtered light.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Remember, Pritchardias are the only type of palm native to Hawaii.  All other types were imported by man except for perhaps the Coconut. 

Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
EASY TO GROW - FULL SUN GREEN CYCAD
 
Encephalartos natalensis is from the Natal and Zululand regions of South Africa.  It is usually considered a medium to large cycad and can get trunks to over fifteen feet.  Such plants would be hundreds of years old and can have multiple stems.  Leaf length is usually four to six feet long, but can be up to eight feet.  These leaves form a rounded crown.  Leaflets can have spines at their margins when mature and diminish in size toward the base of the leaf.  Cones are yellow or orange-yellow. 

There are at least six different varieties of E. natalensis.  The main differences of these are the leaf and leaflet appearance.  The closest other species to natalensis is E. altensteinii, which was separated off from E. natalensis in 1951.  

This species likes sun and heat, but in desert areas requires part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  With winter protection, plants can be grown in even colder areas.  Given good culture, this is a very durable and easy to grow plant.  A typical 15g plant can produced plants as shown in gardens below is about twenty years.  Also shown here are an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  We offer plants from seedlings to large
boxed specimens.  Enthusiasts in such areas as San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston have even been able to grow this species.  I highly recommend it. 
 

Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
RARE CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE


This South African cycad is perhaps best known for two things:  It can grow in shady conditions and the cones (especially the female cone) are red.  The cone color varies from fire engine red to orange.  Female cones seem to be more colorful.  The leaflets look like a holly fern.  Right along the coast, this species can take almost full sun and look good.  But, most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  From a seedling, it takes about ten years in the ground to get a big, coning sized plant.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown in the first two pictures to the right are seedling E. ferox.  This size is what's on special for ten days.  We can ship either bare root or in the band container.  No international shipments allowed.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE, $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50 OR THREE FOR $
75

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $150-$175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $300

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $400

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

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE FERN TREE
LACY, GRACEFUL AND JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS TROPICAL TREE
 

I have difficulty keeping this desirable tropical tree in stock.  It is quick growing, likes full sun and has a gorgeous green, sometimes almost snakeskin like trunk.  It can get up to 30 feet or more and gives a very light shade below. This is because of its small leaflets.  It's a great light canopy producing tree.  Sometimes it goes decidious in the winter when its cold.  But, it bounces back in the spring.  It likes sun or strong part day sun and drops its leaves when weather freezes.  Absolute cold hardiness is probably in the low 20's F.   

We have a very limited number of these for sale.  They'll be gone soon.  Get one before that happens.  BTW, this is totally different than a "Tree Fern" which is an actual fern.  Schizilobium  is not a fern, but called the Fern Tree because of it's fern like leaves.
Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba
photo by unknown author
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS SUPER SILVER &
DYPSIS DECIPIENS RED
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


As with many species of palms from Madagascar, it seems that they represent more of a "complex" than an exact species with a consistent appearance.  By this I mean, if you pick a species like, let's say, Dypsis baronii, you'd think they'd all look alike.  But, this is not true.  Some sucker, others don't.  Some have silver crown shafts, others are green or yellow.  Some have droopy leaves, others are upright.  Thus, we have a "complex" where we'd call it a Dypsis baronii, but recognize there are lots of variations within that species.

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  There is one form of Dypsis decipiens that most collectors feel is most desirable.  And, it's the one with the silver crown shaft.  This variety is called "super silver" or "decipiens red".  This is what I'm showing this morning.  It has a definite red color to the newly emerging spear and sometimes the petiole and leaf (see photos here).  And, over time, the crown shaft becomes brilliantly silver as shown in the pictures.

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  it takes 6 years for me to grow a standard 5g plant.  The last photo of a plant in the ground is a "super silver form" from the garden of Mardi Darian in Vista, CA.

Regarding availability, we are quite limited on this variety but have some left.  The big 25g are all gone.  But, we may have tree pots or 5g left in stock.
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver  

CYCAS TAITUNGENSIS
BY SOME KNOWN AS "THE EMPEROR CYCAD"
ANOTHER VERY COLD HARDY CYCAD

Cycas taitungensis is a species of cycad from China and Taiwan.  It used to be known as Cycas taiwaniana.  In fact, some reference books around still refer to it by this name.  But, Loran Whitelock points out in his book, The Cycads, that there has historically been confusion between the plants collected under the names "Cycas taiwaniana" and "Cycas taitungensis".  Regardless, as we stand today this species is formally known as Cycas taitungensis. 

It is a medium to large cycad with trunk diameter of twelve to eighteen inches and height of ten feet.  It is known as the Emperor Cycad.  This name was coined by a nursery several decades ago trying to market this species.  It is similar to a Sago Palm but with some noted differences.  The leaves are longer and wider than the C. revoluta.  They also tend to be flatter.  The color is deep green.  Also, growth rate is much faster and cold hardiness is better than the Sago. It is not unusual for this species to throw two or three sets of leaves a year.  In the crown area, the tomentum is a very prominent orange color, a good clue as to the species.  I think it's a bit more tropical and lush appearing than the Sago Palm.  There are reports of this species easily tolerating mid-teen F. temperatures.  Also, it likes full sun except in desert areas.

Shown here is a nice boxed specimen of this species with about two feet of trunk.   We have several of these for sale.  But, we also have seedlings, 5g and 15g plants for sale.  For someone in a cold area, this is perhaps one of the first cycads you should consider.  One last comment on the common name of "The Emperor Cycad".  Several decades ago a nursery patented this name for this species.  And, as such, this name can only be used by that nursery.  So, we don't sell the "Emperor Cycad", only Cycas taitungensis. 
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis  

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

You must mention this Blog only price to get this special.  Of note, we only have a few of these left.
 
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

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

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

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

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

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

Just mention this special when purchasing.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

TUESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER, 2015

ZAMIA SOCONUSCENSIS
SMALLER, RARE CYCAD FROM CHIAPAS, MEXICO

This endangered and rare cycad comes from the Chiapas district in Mexico.  There it lives in understory locations in tree forests or cloud forests.  It survives in rich organic soil.  Leaf length reaches about five feet, leaflet length twelve inches.  Caudex size can reach twelve inches or a bit more.  This is a small cycad with overall height under six feet.  As shown, leaflets are narrow and come to a point.  In the garden, I'd put it in bright filtered light.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, probably somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The citrus pot plant shown here has a 2 to 3 inch caudex and is about eight to ten years old.  The fifth photo shows a female cone.

Zamia soconuscensis Zamia soconuscensis
Zamia soconuscensis Zamia soconuscensis Zamia soconuscensis

Zamia soconuscensis Wayne Atkinson ARkive
photo by Wayne Atkinson, Arkive
   

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
A TROPICAL APPEARING SABAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE


This rather tall New World fan palm comes from Mexico and Central America.  It can get to over sixty feet tall.  It has a thin trunk for its height.  An interesting thing is the blue back to the leaflets and the near complete, circular presence of the leaf segments.  It likes sun along the coast but can tolerate filtered light where it is a darker green.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. 

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


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

 

 


ZAMIA FURFURACEA

THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G 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 "Cardboard 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 recently got in some nice 15g plants that are coning size and full.  Some already have cones on them.  Some are single caudex, others have multiple stems.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.  I think this is an excellent price for these nice plants.  Note, limited supplies.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad  

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $165
(note: supplies limited on both forms)

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

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

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
   

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

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

We are offering nice 15g trees on sale.  We'll special order them in for you, so let us know.  They'll get blossoms in late spring.  Blossoms hang on until November here.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115!

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Spathodea campanulata
photo taken November 19, 2013
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Maui website
from Maui Plant Chronicles Website
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
THE BLUE OCTUPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

This interesting xerophytic succulent gets to a mature height of about four feet.  It is native to Mexico and loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degree, much like many cycads.  It is called "Octopus Agave" because of the reflexed leaves as shown on the mature plants to the right.  Leaves are a definite blue color. 

We're putting our 5g on sale here.  Plants to the right are 15g size but the 5g are super nice as well.  This species is native to Mexico.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  I don't have too many, so don't dally and call to confirm availability.
AGAVE VILMORINIANA
15 gallon size plants - 5g on sale
AGAVE VILMORINIANA WEbsite Pima County, AZ
Photo c/o Pima County Website, Arizona

 

FRIDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

DIOON MEROLAE
RARE, SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This slow growing species is native to Chiapas, Mexico where it grows on mountain ranges.  There it tolerates full sun although many have grown this plant in part day sun.  It enjoys heat and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  25 degrees at our nursery didn't harm this species in any way.  If it is in full shade its growth is stalled.  In desert areas, a few hours of sun is adequate.

We probably have one of the best selections of this species in the country with availability ranging from band size to specimens of a hundred years age or more.  This is a slow growing species.  But, if you have a few centuries to wait, it can put on over ten feet of trunk.  The trunk is surprisingly narrow for its height.  I'd estimate a foot diameter is average.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Leaflet color is green to gray-green and are somewhat curved, reminiscent of the wings of a seagull.  Leaflets are crowded and overlap.  Leaflets also are also minimally spined, especially when young.

We're offering a great 10 day special.

TEN DAYS: 20% OFF ANY DIOON MEROLAE, ANY SIZE

But, you must mention this special to get this discount.  It's a Blog Only Special.   We have a vast assortment of sizes.  Also, sexed, mature pairs available for those who wish to set seeds some day.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
caudex of 100 year old plant
     
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Est. 1000 year old specimen in habitat
Photo by JO
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
female cone on mature plant
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are three to four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, if you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS/THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis  

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
ONLY A FEW LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS

I acquired a batch of 5g plants of this species from a private collector.  They are quite old, over ten years or more since germination.  I only have a few left.  By report, seeds were authenticated by experts.  This is a small species, rarely over 3 feet in height.  It tolerates coastal sun or filtered light.  There are essentially no pictures of this species on the Internet.  You've probably never seen coning sized plants like this for sale. 

The plants on special are coning and a few are suckering.  Caudex size is about 4 inches, mature. This is an ideal plant for someone who wants a small cycad near a pathway or in the foreground of the garden.  It is also a very nice potted patio plant.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown, but it's definitely into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  I've only get about five to ten left.  This is a great price on such a rare, old cycad. 
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga  

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Enthusiasts love this species for a lot of reasons.  It is small, never over about four feet tall.  It is also quick growing with attractive fern like leaves.  It also tolerates filtered light or coastal sun and is easy to "sneak into" that small open area on the garden floor.  We are offering citrus pot plants at an excellent price.  This species is CITES protected and endangered in the wild.  Mature leaf length is three feet.  This species is easy to cone and you might want to consider getting a male and female plant so you can help conserve this great species.  If available, I can select sexes for you..

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  U.S. shipments only, weather permitting.  But, you can buy now, save and we hold plants for better weather for free.
sTANGERIA ERIOPUS sTANGERIA
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
EXOTIC FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This tropical appearing Fishtail Palm is native to northern Thailand.  It is fast growing and gets a very thick base.  Overall height is about 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is typically into the low 20's F., perhaps a bit lower.  It is not as cold hardy as Caryota urens, but close.  Leaves are long and wide, sometimes up to fourteen feet long.  It is a monocarpic species and lives about fifteen years..  We are offering nice 15g plants on special.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
cARYOTA GIGAS cARYOTA GIGAS

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40 THIS SIZE
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250 (10 YRS. OLD)
SALE PRICE 15G SIZE $165


Mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum
5 gallon size
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion l.
15g size
 

 

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

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

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

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

COLORFUL NEROGELIA BROMELIAD
LOTS OF RED & SPECKLED
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE CLUSTERING PLANTS

If you have followed our Blog, you know that I love showing you cool, different and colorful Bromeliads.  We routinely get them in.  Nerogelia are some of my favorites because they add colors to the garden, even in filtered light.  The plants on special here show are a really nice batch of larger, suckering plants that show great red color and prominent speckling.  The last photo shows the larger baby suckers that are coming.  These will be a large cluster in no time.

They'd like filtered light and are cold hardy into the mid twenties, perhaps lower.  They are an ideal companion plant.


REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH & SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Just mention the Special to get your discount.  Easy to ship weather permitting.
Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia bromeliad
Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Suckering Nerogelia red speckled

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICEA
RARE TYPE OF KING PALM
SWOLLEN BASE, GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 1G PLANTS

This is one of the more sought after of the King Palm Family because it gets a swollen base and has step-off notches on the trunk rings.  It gets to about 35 feet and in most areas takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The plants on special are very nice 1g plants about 18 - 24 inches tall.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention the Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archoontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 1g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $25

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

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

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

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

Mention this Special for your discount.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

WEDNESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
ALL LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
MANY GROWING IN SO CAL
25G AVAILABLE

This banana appearing tropical plant is native to Madagascar and known for all its leaves being in one plane.  Leaves from the main stem axis go to the right or left, but never forwards or backwards.  The botanical term for this is "distichous".  From the front, mature plants are fanned out and flat.  From the side the plant is very thin.  Leaves are paddle like, soft to the touch, thin in texture and supported by long leaf stems.  Growth rate is quick.  This is a full sun plant.  Shown here are 25g size, about 12 feet tall.  We have limited numbers.  Soon we'll have available smaller plants.  The only enemy of this cost is a freeze.  At 33 degrees, this species might burn a little.  At 30 degrees, one usually loses it.

I recently wrote a short article on the Travel Palm. 
Click to see more on Traveler Palm.
 
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis by KC

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
NICE BLUE AFRICAN CYCAD
THIN TRUNK SPECIMEN
POINTS TO MAKE

I've certainly written about this most sought after blue cycad before.  This is Encephalartos horridus from the Natal region of South Africa.  I am showing it to you for several reasons.
1.  It has a fabulous blue color.  It's outdoors in part day sun.
2.  It's has a compact crown of leaves.  Most horridus don't take up much more than a 4 to 5 foot circle in the garden.
3.  This plant has a peculiar tall and thin trunk.  It's six inches wide and about ten inches tall.  Usually trunks are a wider ball.
4.  It's in a 25g container, giving it lots of root room.  If we mail order this plant we usually step it down into a 15g for shipping to save costs

This species is a full sun cycad along the coast and cold hardy to 22 degrees F.  To read a comprehensive article on Encephalartos horridus, click here.
Encephalartos horridus blue color Encephalartos horridus blue color
Encephalartos horridus blue color Encephalartos horridus blue color  

 

CERATOZAMIA PACIFICA
VERY RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
ON THE PACIFIC SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAINS

Although this "species" of cycad may not be formally recognized, it is published at the Cycad Pages Website and described as a species that holds about six to ten leaves, green in color.  It is the on Ceratozamia found on the western side of the coastal range in Mexico.  Thus it was given this name.  The leaves tend to be glossy, flat in cross section and the stems are armed.  Shown here in an assortment of four plants.  Leaflets are long and pointed.  We only (sadly) have a few of these left for sale.


Ceratozamia pacifica
plant in 15g, 6 inch caudex
Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica
This and next, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
older boxes specimen
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica  

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
RED - NOT TOO HARD TO FIND
YELLOW - ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE

Native to dryer areas in Africa, the Spathodea campanulata is a colorful and good sized tropical tree.  Heights can range from fifteen to seventy feet.  Most trees I've seen in California are not over 25 feet.  They have a long blossoming period that begins in mid to late summer.  But, here's the catch:  Almost all you'll find have the orange to red-orange blossoms.  It's unbelievable hard to find the yellow flowering form.  They survive drought but like water.  They want sun and cold tolerance is about 27 degrees F.  The flowers shown here are from nursery plants.

We do have a few of the yellow blossoming form.  I have a 20g and a couple 5g.  They'll not last long and can be mail ordered in the 5g size.
Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom
Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom Spathodea campanulata yellow blossom  

 

DIOON EDULE SPECIES - TOMAULIPAS
MEXICAN CYCAD
THIN LEAFLETS, WIDELY SPACED
HAIRY STEMS, NOT OVERLY LARGE


 I don't think in the five years of doing this blog that I have ever shown the interesting form of Dioon edule from the area of Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Well, here's one in a 7g pot with about a 6 inch caudex.  Leaflets are very narrow and widely spaced as shown.  There's a gap between leaflets.  They are not crowded nor do they overlap.  The thin leaflets remind on of Dioon Angustifolia.  Also note the hairs on the leaf stems in the fifth photo.

This cycad can tolerate heat and direct sun, even in the desert.  I would anticipate a maximum trunk height of two feet and a crown diameter under six feet with an overall height under six feet.  Cold hardiness is excellent, into the upper teens F.  We have a limited number of assorted sizes available.
Dioon tamaulipas Dioon tamaulipas
Dioon tamaulipas Dioon tamaulipas Dioon tamaulipas
Dioon tamaulipas Dioon tamaulipas  

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Compared to the miniature tree fern above, this one is very large.  In habitat it can reach heights of 40 feet.  It also has a wide crown with leaves up to eight feet. Trunk diameter can be six to eight inches.  It likes lots of water and is also somewhat cold hardy; it grows well in the SF Bay area.  It is a medium rate growing plant and needs filtered light but sometimes takes full sun right on the coast.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discounted price.  Limited numbers available on this and the next fern.
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern  

TASMANIAN TREE FERN
MEDIUM SIZED TREE FERN
NICE 5G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This medium sized tree fern gets up to a height of about fifteen feet.  The trunk is more narrow, typically about four inches.  And, the crown is smaller as well.  It is slow growing.  The botanical name is Dicksonia antarctica.  To look good, it also likes lots of water and prefers filtered light.  Some coastal areas get away with full sun. 

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

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  

 

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  

 

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 $40

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get the discount.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia

DIOON SPINULOSUM
EXOTIC APPEARING FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD

Two days ago I offered a special price on our oversized 1 gallon Dioon spinulosusm.  So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to say more about this species.

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 right now is on special (see Saturday's thread)..

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

 

ARCHONOTPHOENIX PURUPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT SIZE

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
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

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
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

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    

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

 

WHEN MAIL ORDERING PLANTS:
DO YOU WANT BARE ROOT PLANTS WITH CHOPPED OFF ROOTS AND LEAVES?
OR
PLANTS SHIPPED WITH ALL THEIR LEAVES, IN A CONTAIN WITH SOIL?
HOW JUNGLE MUSIC IS DIFFERENT

When most people order plants by mail order, they don't really consider how the plant will be sent to them.  But, it's critical to realize that bare root plants, whether a palm or cycad, have a much higher immediate mortality rate and usually have at least a one year setback To make things worse, leaf and/or root pruning is also needed when plants are sent bare root.  And, specifically with cycads, this means you most likely will get a plant with chopped back leaves that must go into pumice, not soil. It is far from ready for the ground.  The leaves are cut back to prevent dehydration of a stressed plant.  I would say that the majority of Internet plant providers ship plants to you  bare root.

So, why would a nursery do this?  It could be to "save money" on shipping, but what a high price to pay for small savings.  More importantly, it could be that the sending nursery is not really a certified nursery and is forbidden from sending a plant with its soil.  "Certified Nursery" means that a nursery's state agricultural department checks the nursery and their plants on a regular basis to make sure plants are disease and insect free.  If you've ever ordered plants by mail and didn't receive agricultural permits with your order, you bought plants from such a bootlegging nursery.  It's required by state laws that such permits accompany the plants sent.

To comfort you about Jungle Music, we are a California Certified Nursery and almost always ship our plants in their container, soil and all, and do include all required Ag permits.  Only when someone demands it will we ship bare root.  Bare rooting cycads means leaves have to be cut back, roots pruned back, and the customer has to re-establish the plant in pure pumice for one year.  Only after this can plant into the soil or cycad mix. 

I am going to show you some bare root cycads here and how the leaves must be pruned off. (we rarely do this)  I will also show you how we almost always ship our plants: in their containers with soil.  We feel our shipping policy and techniques are second to none.  You decide which plants you'd rather get.  99% of our orders are sent in their pots with soil and their entire leaves!  Also, I'll show a few photos sent to me by customers of cycads received after they took them out of their shipping box.
Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Bare rooted cycad.  We hardly ever ship plants
this way


Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Encephalartos dolomiticus bare root
See how leaves are cut off and roots exposed?


Encephalartos poggei bare root
You can see this is not the way to ship plants
Encephalartos poggei bare root
A larger cycad with leaves cut back for bare
root shipping.  Less than 1% of our mail orders
are shipped like this.
Mail Order box
Plant loaded into box and  ready to ship
mail order box
palm trees for sale
wooden stakes are used to stabilize plant
mail order palm
plant inserted into top loading box, soil and all
mail ordeer palm
top cap is added to accommodate larger plants
PALM TR5EES FOR SALE MAIL ORDER
from customer, condition of boxes on arrival
mail order plant
photo from customer; perfect condition on arrival
mail order cycad
photo from customer of cycad received

 
   
mail order cycad
photo from customer of plant after removal from box
mail order cycad
customer's cycad after removal from box
mail order cycad
large cycad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo from happy mail order customer, showing his plants
   


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

 


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PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

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

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

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

  

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT?  WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?
PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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