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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2011
For today, just for fun, a few cool photos taken at the nursery. For the cycads, these are mature in containers, so I haven't added additional photos. For the palms, I've added one picture of a mature plant in a botanical garden. I've not given any discussion here so I can show larger photos. But, next time back to my regular format.
Dioon merolae, box, very old plant
Encephalartos horridus box, looks like dwarf form
Dypsis lastelliana 15g, a red-brown crown shaft palm
Cyphophoenix nucele with Rusty posing in picture
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011
This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-
shafted palm species from northern
Australia. It gets to 40 feet or more and
has a rather thin trunk. It is a fast grower.
Cold tolerance is slightly below a freeze.
It is uncommonly seen in Southern CA.
It is a species that should be started in
strong filtered light and then allowed to
grow upwards into full sun. Shown is
a 5g plant and a mature specimen. This
species is seldom seen for sale in CA.
I am also showing a close up photo of
the crown shaft and red fruit.
This is a rare species of Encephalartos from the
Transvaal area of northern South Africa. It is
medium sized when mature and has either a blue
color to the leaves or is blue-green. It is very
sought after by collectors and likes full sun and
heat. Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. Desert
locations may require only part day sun. It is slow
growing when young and takes at least 4 years to
offer a good seedling. Shown here is a 7g plant
with a six inch caudex as well as a mature specimen.
We also have band and citrus pot size plants for sale.
The mature plant is from a botanical garden in
Hawaii and really shows the blue color.
THE BRONZE PALM
This single trunk, pinnate palm comes from
Mt Lewis mountain area of Queensland. It
grows right next to native stands of
Archontophoenix purpurea. It is
surprisingly cold hardy and can temps
into the mid twenties, F. It has a bronze-
silver color to the underside of the
leaves, thus giving it its name. Trunks
are about 12 inches and overall height,
similar to the Purple Crown Shaft King,
is about 35 feet. Shown is a 5g nursery
plant for $75. We also have 15g plants
for sale. The second photo is from
habitat and shows the bronze color to
the underside of the leaves.
This is a very cold hardy yet tropical
appearing cycad. It is native to China
and in sun the leaves have a blue-green
color. It tolerates temperatures easily
into the low 20's F. Overall size is
medium. The last photo shows
several specimens at Montgomery
Foundation in Miami, FL. We have
small to large plants available. This
species is known to grow in northern
California and even in parts of Great
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011
A Few "One-Of-A-Kind" Plants
Several weeks ago I mentioned a super rare
crown shafted palm from New Caledonia. It
was Kentiopsis pyriformis. These are so hard
to find and yet super good looking. I thought
I'd show you a few shots of our 5g size. There
are so few of them that they are not even listed
on our price list. Note the red-brown color of
the petiole. We only have two 5g available.
For pictures of the mature plant, scan photos
|COCCOTHRINAX SPECIES AZUL
This is another unbelievably rare palm species
that is from eastern Cuba. It is a fan palm with
intense blue color to the leaves as it ages. It
develops the same color as a Bismarckia, but
has a thin trunk and never gets over 20 feet. It
is known for being unbelievably slow growing
as a young plant, quicker in the ground. I've
read that the new scientific name is Coccothrinax
macroglossa, not to be confused with a
Copernicia with the same species name. The 5g
plant you see here is about 6 to 7 years old, still
not very big. if you want a cool small blue plant
without armor, this is the one for you. We only
have this single plant. Sorry, but no photos
of mature specimens of this rare species. The
blue color (like Brahea decumbens) develops
in the ground with full sun, later in life.
Previously I talked about a type of E. arenarius that
has become known as the true "blue" species. At that
time I mentioned that there are E. arenarius that have
blue color but are not the "true" blue species. This is
an example of one of these. It's color is intensely
blue, almost like an Encephalartos horridus. This
plant is in a 25g, has an 8 inch caudex, and is drop-
dead beautiful. I've shown several photos to
demonstrate the color. I only have this one plant
with this intense blue color. Most are "blue-green".
|DYPSIS SPECIES SUCKERING
This is an interesting plant. I only have this one
2 gallon available. It is obviously a suckering
species. I was told by the private collector that
I got the plant from that it had very black stems
when younger. Now with age they are more
green and starting to show a little color. I do
not know the species name although it is similar
to Dypsis psamophylla, but there are some
differences. I only have this one plant. I suggest
you buy it and when large, tell me what it is.
I think it's possibly something unique.
|CYCAS SPECIES "THAILAND
This is another very rare species, this time a cycad from
Thailand. It is known for the fact that it throws a new
set of leaves that emerge silver. But, as you can see,
they turn to green later. The seeds on this species
became available about 15 years ago. I have not seen
them since. This plant has an 8 inch caudex, stem-like,
and is in a 15g pot. It is very attractive. I only have
this plant and another with a 6 inch caudex. After
these are gone, there will be no more for quite a while.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011
This is a very rare South African cycad that
never gets big. A large caudex would be six to
eight inches with a plant height of three to
four feet. The leaves are a blue green in color
and tend to be upright. This species likes sun
and appears to have cold tolerance to the low
20's f. Shown here are the seedling band size
and a 5g plant. Also shown is a mature
I talked about this species several weeks ago
and sold out within days. Well, I just got in
additional nice 5g of this gorgeous species.
This is an exotic suckering species of pinnate
palm that gets to about 12 feet and can be
grown easily in coastal So Cal. It will possibly
even make purple fruit for you. It likes filtered
light. It's a medium rate grower. Garden plants
are typically just gorgeous appearing. These
plants are three-four feet tall and a great size to
put in the garden. This size is normally
$85, but these will go for $75 until they are
gone. They won't last long. (no double
discounts on these).
This cycad species is from Mexico and is
known for its very thin leaflets. You will
see this cycad as a single trunk plant or as
a cluster with multiple stems. The overall
crown size is not large, typically with a
spread of four feet. A plant with a cuadex
of 12 to 18 inches is a very old plant. Cold
tolerance is definitely into the low 20's F.
It likes full, hot sun. This would be a good
sun species of cycads for those who live in
a colder climate. It is closely related to
Dioon edule. I am showing several plants
from the nursery. Note the leaf and leaflet
appearance. Also note that one specimen
shows how this species can sucker and make
a clustered plant. the boxed specimens
are at least 20 years old. So, you can
see this species is also ideal where
an enthusiast needs a plant that will not
get tall and needs to fit into a smaller area.
This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-shafted
palm from the Mt. Lewis area of Queensland,
Australia. It is a species in the group of palms
commonly known as "King Palms". Most
people don't realize that there are actually
five or six different types of "King Palms",
and A. purpurea is one of them. This species
is known for the purple like color of the
crown shaft. The underside of the leaflets
are silver as contrasted to the dull green of
the common A. cunninghamiana. It can be
planted as a single or as a multiple. Cold
tolerance is not quite as good as the common
King, probably about 26 degrees. The color
of the crown shaft is variable, some being more
purple than others. This species is also known
by the older common names of "Archontophoenix
Mt. Lewis" and "Purple Crown Shaft King Palm".
Shown are a 5g plant, a 15g plant and some more
mature specimens. Also, be aware that the
purple color won't appear until the plant is
in the garden several years and has some trunk
height. The last photo is of a fruiting mature
specimen in the San Diego area. Note the
silver color to the underside of the leaflets.
5g plants are $65, 15g $175.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate
palm from New Zealand. Some would group
this with Rhopalystlis baueri as a subtype. It
is from Raoul Island. It's crown shaft has a brown
or purple color and is quite attractive. It is
a somewhat slower grower when small but
picks up speed once planted. It's trunk is about
10 inches. The leave droop with a gentle arch.
This species tolerates full sun right on the coast
and would prefer filtered light in inland
locations. Shown is a 15g specimen, price $175,
followed by a 5g plant, $65.
Below are two garden specimens. These are
not very old plants and are just showing a bit
of trunk. Cold tolerance is into the
mid-twenties F. Some feel this is the most
beautiful of the Shaving Brush type palms.
This is good sized, crown shafted pinnate
palm from New Caledonia. It comes from Mt.
Koghi in the central area of the island. Mature
trees obtain a height eventually of 40 feet or more.
The leaves tend to be upright in the crown and the
crown shaft has a white color. It is more difficult
to find than other species of Burretiokentia.
An interesting thing about this species is that
younger plants have a triangular shape in the
crown shaft area below the leaves. Shown here
is a 15g plant as well as mature specimens from
the wild. One photo shows a blossom on a
fruiting tree. We also have 5g nursery plants
at the nursery for sale.
This cycad has an exotic look to it and has minimal
armor or spines. When mature, it gets quite tall and
can sucker and form a cluster. It is quick growing and
will tolerate sun along the Southern California coast.
Inland it would like partial sun. When mature it can
throw up to 40 leaves 2 meters long or greater. Trunk
diameter is 12 to 18 inches. Shown is 5 gallon
plant which is normally $135 and on special
now for $85. We also have larger 15g and box
specimens and some 1g plants. Note how the
5g plant almost looks like a palm tree. But, in
the larger container it's obviously a cycad.
Cold tolerance is into the twenties F. It likes good
drainage and can be grown as a containerized
specimen. Some have even grown it as a houseplant.
It is much more exotic appearing than a Sago and
has softer leaves, making it a more ideal interior
plant. Also shown are a 15g plant and a garden
|DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM RUBRUM
This is a crown shafted, single trunk pinnate
palm that is native to the Mascarene Islands.
It has a very pretty crown shaft. There are several
varieties of this species. One is entitled
Dictyosperma album rubrum because of
the red color in the leaves and petiole. Some
taxonomist feel there is also a variety
"furfuracea" that has a lot of silver color to
the leaf bases and crown shaft. Shown here
is a 15g plant. Price is $175. Also shown
are a picture of a mature plant and a close up
of the crown shaft. The last photo shows a box
specimen we have at the nursery. It has some
woody trunk at the base.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011
This is an unusual type of Screw Pine that
is not seen that often. I have typically grown
Pandansus utilus over the years. In fact, I
have a 20 foot branching specimen in my
garden. About 6 years ago I got seeds of
P. furcatus. I have found them to have a softer,
less spiny leaf and to be good growers.
And, their cold hardiness is pretty good as
well. I think they are mid-twenties F. plants.
Shown here is a 5g specimen. It's a bit yellow,
probably because it's a huge plant in a 5g pot
and needs more nutrition. I have no photos
of mature specimens and checked on the Net
and there are no good photos there that I could
find. This species, like the utilus, will form
thick stilt roots at the base. price is $85,
height of this plant about 5 feet. I only
have a few plants.
This is a South African cycad species that
has green leaves and makes a medium sized
adult plant. By this I mean you, over several
decades, will get a plant with perhaps 4 feet of
trunk. It's crown width is about 8 feet. It likes
full sun and heat unless you are in a desert
locality. It is a quick grower and has cold
tolerance to the low 20's F. It can go even
to lower temperatures if you give it some cold
protection. Shown first here is a coning sized
boxed specimen. Also shown are a smaller
containerized plant and a few photos of a
mature garden specimens and the adult
This is a palm that makes a huge
mature specimen. It can be single
trunk or multi-stemmed. The most
interesting thing about this species
is the overwhelming length of the
leaves. There are reports that leaf
length can exceed 50 feet! There
are examples of this species growing
in Southern California. I'd estimate
that the species will not tolerate a
freeze. It likes full sun. Shown is
a 15g plant for sale and a picture of
a mature specimen. It is next to
impossible to find this species for
sale at a nursery. Note the red-
orange color of the leaf stems.
|ZAMIA SPECIES "DWARF CUBA"
This is a dwarf cycad species that never gets
over about 2 perhaps 3 feet tall. It is a small
plant and forms a cluster of plants through
division. It is very rare and almost never seen.
It is similar to Zamia kickxii. The plant shown
here is a coning sized specimen. They don't
get much larger than this. For this reason, I
am only showing this one photo. I have
perhaps one or two of these for sale. Regarding
cold hardiness, little is known but I'd suspect
it is into the mid twenties F. It can take
coastal sun but prefers part day sun or strong
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
THREE SUPER RARE PALM SPECIES AND GREAT BLUE CYCADS
MADAGASCAR FOXTAIL PALM
This is about as "cutting edge" as you can get
with new palm introductions. This single trunk
species from Madagascar is near impossible to
find. It has plumose leaves and rusty brown
leaf bases that are a similar color to Dypsis
leptocheilos. It gets to about 20 feet. It sports
a rather thin trunk. Collectors I've known have
started this palm in filtered light. There is little
known about its cold tolerance as of yet. Shown
here is one of a few I've got for sale. They'll not
last long and, for a palm, are rather expensive.
This is because seeds are so difficult to get and
culture of seedlings takes time and patience. I
apologize that I don't have a mature specimen to
show you presently, but the website at PACSOA
does have one picture.
This is a gorgeous crown shafted and very rare
palm from New Caledonia. It gets rather tall,
over 50 feet at maturity and has a medium size
trunk with a brown-purple crown shaft. The new
leaves emerge a brown-red color. Cold hardiness
appears to be into the upper 20's F., but the
lowest cold tolerance is not known as of yet.
They are also a near impossible and expensive
palm to locate. I have several for sale in 1g size.
Shown here are some pictures of these. As with
the Mad Fox palm above, pictures of mature
plants are very rare and not available on my
Gallery. Hopefully in time I can get a photo
of one to show you. I have four for sale and
they'll be gone in a day or two so act quickly.
This is another very rare palm to find in
Southern California. The one gallon plant shown
here is about five years old. They are just that
slow growing. At maturity in their habitat in
the Florida Keys, they are about twenty feet
tall. They have an slightly bulged, thin trunk and
a handsome crown shaft. Even in Florida they
are difficult to locate. Also shown are two
mature plants. This species likes full sun and has
surprising cold tolerance, perhaps into the mid-
twenties F. I only have a few for sale. If you
decide to grow this species, be prepared
for slow growth and a long wait to get a big
|GREAT BLUE CYCADS
I thought this morning I'd also like to show
you some photos of intensely blue South
African cycads. All three are easy to grow,
like full sun and heat, and takes temperatures
down to the low 20's f. Beginning to the
right is first Encephalartos lehmannii, then
a 5g Encephalartos horridus and finally a
blue Encephalartos longifolius. I am
showing you these plants to perhaps stimulate
your interest in blue cycad species. Also,
I'd like to announce an article I just
published at our site: "ENCEPHALARTOS
HORRIDUS, A STUNNING BLUE CYCAD".
Click on the icon and it'll take you straight
to my new article. I think its quite enjoyable
and there are lots of photographs and
information on culture.
CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
THE SENTRY OR PARADISE PALM
This is one of my favorite palms for Southern
California. It is single trunk but often planted
as several plants in the same spot or location.
It gets to about 30 feet in full sun but this will
take many decades to achieve. It tolerates full
sun along the coast and requires filtered light
inland. It's cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.,
about the same as a King Palm. It is very slow
growing in containers, somewhat faster in the
ground. It makes one of the best house plants
available. Its leaves are dark olive green when
grown in filtered light, more lime green in
the sun. To the right are very large one gallon
plants, all of these three plants per pot. We do
have singles as well.
This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm
comes from Madagascar. We have been growing
this species for almost 2 decades. It is quite cold
tolerant, down into the mid to low 20's f. It has
a plumose leaf and a rather thin trunk. It's growth
rate is good. It likes full sun in most areas. We have
various sizes available for sale up to 15g. Shown to
the right is a 15g plant. Note how thin the trunk is
when immature. This fattens up in the ground and
will end up with about a six to eight inch thick
trunk. Note also the fluffy nature of the leaves,
thus giving it its name. Previously known as
Dypsis ambositrae and Dypsis "thin leaflets",
it is a quick grower and quite popular. Shown
below is a plant growing in El Cajon, CA. Note
the silver color to the crown shaft and the
rather thin trunk.
This is a very small, cute dwarf New World
cycad species. I find C. hildae to be very
charming and quite a "feminine" plant. It is
known for grouping of the leaflets to the
petiole, almost as if you tied "bows" to the stem.
It's height is seldom over 4 to 5 feet. It prefers
filtered light. Normally the are separated
groups of leaflets. But, on occasion, you'll
see plants with single opposing leaflets rather
than a group. I am going t show a series of
photos of various plants and forms. We always
have these in stock in an assortment of sizes.
Shown also is a 15g plants with a bit of twisting
to the leaflets. Cold tolerance is into the low
20's F. You'll note the variation in
leaf appearance as you look at these plants.
This is one of the interesting things I've noted
about this species.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011
I presented this species to you about a month
or two ago. I want to show it again because it is
such a fantastic houseplant and I'm about to run
out of them. This is, I think, one of the best
Lady Palms there is. The trunks are thin and also
very clean and tidy appearing. One of the down-
sides of the common Lady Palm (R. excelsa) is
that the trunks are a bit unsightly; not with the
multifida. They are very pretty. Also, this species
only gets to about 10 feet. With excelsa, you
are often left with a squatty plant (four feet) or an
overly tall one that won't fit in the average room.
You never know what you will get in height.
Multifida is the perfect height. It also doesn't
spread too much so is easy to fit into spots.
Shown here is a nice 5g. Our 5g are usually about
five feet tall in their containers. The third photo
shows a leaf. Note the leaflet tips are pointed and
that there are about 25 leaflets. The common Lady
Palm only has six to ten leaflets and they are blunt
ended. The fourth photo shows a 7g, which are
about 7 feet tall and quite full. If you like this
species, they are very easy to ship right to your
door. For outdoor growing, this species likes
filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.
From time to time we are able to get a very
interesting Bromeliad. It is a species of
Vriesia. It has hieroglyphic markings on its
leaves and a very beautiful blossom. The
plant shown is mature size with about a 2 foot
tall red blossom. Call if you want one and
I'll reserve it for you.
This species likes filtered light and can take
temperatures below freezing. It can be tied
to a trunk or grown in the ground by merely
setting the pot six inches into the soil. They
blossom once a year and propagate by putting
offsets at the base of the mother plant. They
are quite stunning when in blossom and yet
have attractive leaves as well. Vriesias make
excellent "companion plants" for the garden.
This South African cycad species is known
for tolerating filtered light, not forming a
tall vertical trunk, its thin leaflets and its
colorful gold female cone. A good feature
of this species is that it can grow under the
canopy of your palm trees. Its leaves tend
to go straight up with a length of about six
feet. As they age, they will lay down a bit,
preparing for the next throw of leaves. It
is cold hardy into the low twenties F. and
has a horizontal spread of about six to
eight feet. The female cone is about 18
inches long and 10 inches wide. It is a near
gold in color and very cool. Shown first
is a box specimen we have of a female
plant. I have also included shots of the
female cone from this same plant
as well as a 15g plant. Also shown is
an affordable 15g plant. We have citrus
pot sized plants and perhaps some
seedlings for sale as well. This species
can easily be mail ordered.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
This is a gorgeous single trunk, crown shafted
pinnate palm from the mid-elevation of the
mountains of Lord Howe Island (home of the
Kentia Palm). It has an umbrella shaped crown
of leaves, is small to medium sized, seldom over
20 feet tall. It can take full sun along the coast
but would like filtered light inland. It is slow
growing and is also known for its silver trunk and
crown shaft. It's cold tolerance is into the mid-
twenties F. Shown is a 15g from the nursery,
various photos. We have smaller plants as well.
Also shown are pictures of mature plants.
This species is rather hard to find in good size.
The one shown is $195. Ripe fruit is large and
red in color.
This is a New World cycad from
Mexico. It is lush and tropical appearing
and has fairly horizontal or dependent
leaves. In most areas, it prefers filtered
light and never gets more than about 6 to
8 feet vertical height (top of leaves).
Growth is slow and a plants with a 12 inch
caudex can be over 20 years old. Cold
tolerance is into the low 20's F. As with
other Ceratozamia, new leaves may
emerge a brown or reddish color. They
fade to green within a month. Shown is
a nice 15g specimen. We have larger
and smaller plants. I will show extra
photos of this species as it is quite
attractive. The third photo shows
fairly newly emerged leaves. Note how
soft they are. They will harden over time.
The last photo shows a garden specimen,
a slightly thinner leaflet variety. We
offer many types of Ceratozamia for
sale. They are a perfect plant for
gardens that have overhead canopy and
the need for more lower profile yet
tropical appearing plants. Of note
cycads are water conserving in general.
This is a Central African species that has
rather neat and small leaflets. It is an ideal
species for someone who wants a powerful
Encephalartos but one that doesn't get too
large. Note how the spines on the leaflets
are not that aggressive. Over many decades,
this species can eventually put on s meter or
two of trunk, but leaf size is usually no
more than 4 to 6 feet in length. Shown is
a 15g plant with close-ups. Also shown is a
garden specimen. We have various sizes of
this species for sale.
This is a monotypic genus of a single trunk palm
from Brazil. It is medium sized, up to about
35 feet with a trunk diameter of 8 inches.
When I first saw a mature specimen of this
species, I was struck with the beautiful
orange-yellow large fruits all clustered together.
Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.
The new spear is striped silver/green. Shown is
a 5g nursery plant, $65. These simple leaves will
eventually become pinnate. The underside of
the leaves is silver. Although the picture of the
fruit is still green, it will turn orange/yellow in
time. The last photo shows the underside of the
shown nursery plant's leaf. We also have smaller
and larger sizes for sale.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
This is a difficult species of Trachycarpus to
find. We have one or two 5g plants. If you
read my recent article on this species at our
site, you probably could get pretty excited
about this species. It is cold hardy and gets
to a height of about 40 feet. Shown here is
a 5g plant. Also shown are a few pic's of a
specimen (M.G. & T.S.), one shot showing
the complete circle of leaflets in 360
degrees. Very cool. I don't have any more
coming, so when these are gone it will
be a long time waiting for more. It likes sun
of course and cold hardiness is into the
mid to upper teens F. .
This is a threatened and extremely rare species of
cycad from South Africa. It is medium to large
in size when mature and has a blue color to the
leaves. Once established, it is a good grower. It
likes full sun, good draining soil and is cold hardy
into the mid twenties F. Shown here are several
15g plants with about 4 inch caudexes. Also shown
is an older garden plant. Note the very nice color
to the leaves. These trunks can, over many decades,
get to over 10 feet in height. In the nursery
marketplace, it is getting very difficult to find
this species in anything except seedling stage,
and even then there are few of them.
This is a single trunk, crown shafted palm
from an island off the coast of New Caledonia.
Its trunk is rather narrow, but it does get to
an eventual height of 40 feet or more. Its
leaf color is an emerald green. The overall
appearance is quite attractive. It does appear
different than its sister species, C. elegans,
with more upright leaves. Shown here is a
5g plant and a mature specimen. The third
and fourth pictures below show a mature
specimen being grown in El Cajon, CA.
It has been thriving outdoors for years and
has seen a fair amount of cold weather. It
likes less than full sun when young and to
grow into the sun. Cold tolerance is into
the mid-twenties by estimate. It is very
difficult to find at nurseries. We have
several of this species in 5g for sale.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
This is a single trunk fan palm from Mexico.
There it grows at high elevation and this gives
it some degree of cold hardiness. It is known
as the Rock Palm. Although usually a single
trunk plant, occasionally suckering plants are
seen in the wild. The leaves are green in color
with a hint of blue. Some plants are more blue
thank others leading to terms like "the blue
B. dulcis". Shown here is a 5g plant. We also
have a limited number of 15g. Also shown is
a specimen being grown in El Cajon, CA.
When grown in partial sun or filtered light, the
leaves are very wide and flat; sort of exotic
appearing. It can tolerate coastal full sun. Cold
tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.
This is a very interesting Philodendron that
I think is a super addition to the garden. I
don't have a species name for this. It is quite
rare and from its grow habit appears to be
a climbing variety, good for going up the
trunks of palm trees. It has long, thin leaves.
It is dark green in color. I got this in trade
with a botanical garden. I only have a few
for sale. Shown is one of these.
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This species is one of the most perfect
suckering Chamaedorea that is around. It
also makes a wonderful house plant. It
gets to a height of about ten feet and is
a very good grower. It likes filtered light
outdoors and adequate water. In the house,
medium light is required. It is relatively
pest-free. It's cold tolerance is into the
lower 20's f. The 3g size shown is
normally $65. I am having a three day
special starting today: 3 PLANTS FOR $99!
S/H would apply on mail orders and a phyto
permit if required. I have shown a photo
to the right of this promotional size. Also
shown is a much older plant in a 20g that
I've grown for several years. The plants
in this 3g size are about 5 feet tall in their
pots and have multiple canes. With three
plants you might be able to get a fruiting
colony. Remember, you need both a male
and female plants with Chamaedorea to set
|ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X
Not to cheat any cycad enthusiasts out there,
I am showing a very nice specimen of a hybrid
between the unbelievable rare and essentially
extinct Encephalartos woodii and E. natalensis.
E. woodii is known only to have one male plant
in existence. To make this hybrid, one takes
pollen from the woodii and pollinates a receptive
female cone of a mature E. natalensis,
the closest species available as a female to
the woodii. This is a gorgeous 15g plant with
an 8 to10 inch caudex, totally ready to be put
in the garden. It will be a sun plant and a very
quick grower. Cold tolerance is into the low
20's F. It will want sun in most areas. This
hybrid is fairly difficult to find. What a great
Holiday gift this plant would be!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
There is an interesting perk from growing
Chamaedorea. They are easy to get to set
seeds. You must have a female for seed
production because they are dioeceous.
But, that female will hybridize with similar
Chamaedoreas. Sometimes wind dispersion
of pollen is all that is needed. Or, you can
directly transfer pollen. With this said, we
are growing some Chamaedorea scheidiana.
This is a tall, thin trunk single trunk species.
A female we had at the nursery set seeds.
But we didn't pollinate it. Nearby was a male
C. gluacifolia. So, we "think" this is a hybrid
of the two. The foliage looks appropriate
for what one would expect of the cross. These
have been super fast growing, typical of both
presumed parents. These are in 5g containers
and about 8 feet, huge for a 5g. I think, if one
were to plant them as a close colony, they'd look
very nice. We have these three an perhaps a
few more. This hybrid would give you something
that most likely no one else would ever have.
I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing
Sometime with this blog I may have talked
about this variety of Chamadorea radicalis.
the latter is a very cold hardy dwarf, single
trunk species that is quite easy to grow. Well,
there is a trunking species that is not a dwarf.
It gets to about 8 to 10 feet and is also cold
hardy into the lower 20's f. for sure. It may be
able to take coastal sun like the dwarf. These are
hard to find on the market. Shown here are some
affordable 5g plants. You can see there is no
question they are not dwarfs and are forming a
nice trunk. The plants shown are over six feet
tall. The second photo shows how we planted
more than one in a trunk. We did this to give a
fuller looking plant over time. Below is a more
mature plant in a 15g pot. Also shown is the
regular dwarf form of Chamadorea radicalis.
Note how the trunking form has thinner leaflets
and a much more pronounced crown shaft.
|DYPSIS SPECIES "PINK CROWN SHAFT"
This is a thin trunk Dypsis species from Madagascar
that was previously called "Neophloga Pink Crown
Shaft". This name goes back to the previous days
when nomenclature was being worked out and
"Neophloga" was still an accepted name. This
species has more recently been lumped in with the
Dypsis genus. This particular species is very
attractive and, as far as I know, has not yet been given
a formal scientific name. It is a thin, single trunk plant
with puffy leaves, a newly emerging red-orange leaf,
a pretty crown shaft and a preference for filtered
light. It is very popular. Shown here are nice one
gallon plants. The trunk has nice speckling on it.
We have very limited numbers of these for sale.
Shown also is a somewhat older 5g plant.
|PHILODENDRON SPECIES, UNUSUAL
This is sort of a one of a kind plant with us. We
traded with a botanical garden and got a start of
this unusual species. It appears to be a climbing
species with silver, metallic leaves. It is very
different and striking. I wanted to show this so
you can see what could be climbing up the trunks
of your palm trees and give you that real tropical
and magical appearing garden. We don't have
a species name for this plant, nor did the botanical
garden that got habitat cuttings.
|THURSDAY, DEC. 8, AN ADDITIONAL
POST ON E. FEROX
Before leaving Encephalartos ferox, I wanted
to show something super rare. Posted here are
photos of what is suppose to be a "blue" E. ferox.
You might have heard rumors of such a thing.
I got this plant about ten years ago as a seedling.
Check it out here. You'd think perhaps it's a
Transvaal South African species until you look
at the close ups of the leaflets. This is one of
two of these I've had in my career. Looking at
the size in ten years, I doubt it will ever be a
large plant. (update 12/9 This plant sold within
a few hours of posting)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
|ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX CONT'D
I wanted to let the reader see a few more pictures
of the species I discussed yesterday. The photos
yesterday showed the cones, but there was no good
look at the plant or foliage. So, here I'm going to
post a few photos of nursery plants where you get
a feel for the foliage and also some close ups of
the leaves of leaflets. Like I previously said,
we have many sizes for sale and I've even heard of
people growing this species in their home. The
second photo to the right shows a variant of leaf
form. This is the "curly" leaflet form. Note how
the leaflets are "rolled" at the edges. There is even
a "tubular" form as well. Below are three nursery
plants. We always have this species in stock.
|NEW TRACHYCARPUS ARTICLE
I thought you'd like to know about
a fairly comprehensive new article
I just posted yesterday on this
interesting cold hardy genus. Check
it out. There are photos of the
new species and information on
culture, usage in the landscape and
cold protection. Click on photo to
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011
RED CONE CYCAD, SOUTH AFRICA
This is a very attractive cycad that has leaves that
look like a Holly Fern. It is very primitive looking
with a span of about six to eight feet. The caudex
never gets overly big, perhaps 18 inches or a bit
more in maximal girth. But, the striking thing about
this species are the cones. They are brilliant red
or orange color. I've found that the female cones
(which look like pineapples) tend to me more red
colored. The male cones (sort of corn cob shaped)
are usually more of an orange. But, this is variable
among individual plants. The leaves are dark olive
green if given a bit of sun protection, more lime
green in full sun. In inland areas, filtered light is
needed. Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.
Yesterday at the greenhouse I was pleasantly
surprised to see this red female cone shown here.
I'll show a few other cones and plants. We have
all sizes of this species from affordable band size
up to coning specimens. Every plant enthusiast
should have one of these amazing plants. They
are easy to grow. I am showing gallery photos
side by side of male and female cones to see
the difference. Female cones are about 12 to 16
inches long and about 10 inches wide. The last
photo shows a super deep red female cone.
|CYCAS WADEI, VAR. PALAWAN
This is a very rare cycad from the Philippines.
It is closely related to Cycas curranii and from
the same general area. This species gets a trunk
up to 15 feet, about a foot thick. The foliage is
upright. They tolerate full sun along the coast
but would need protection in inland areas. This
is a very attractive species. Shown here is an
old 15g plant with about a foot of trunk. I don't
have any pictures of mature plants in my gallery,
but they resemble palm trees in their mature
stage. This species can be grown in Southern
California but its lowest cold tolerance is not
established. It is very difficult to locate one
for sale. I have shown close up photos of the
leaflets. Note that they are very thin. A trunk
picture is also shown.
This species of cycad gets enormous! I mean
really tall. There are specimens with heights
to almost 60 feet. Leaves are six to ten feet
long. Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly
cycad. But, you must give it adequate room to
grow. Shown is a cit pot size of this fairly rare
cycad. Compared to the Lepidozamia peroffskyana,
the hopei leaflets are wider. This is the best way to
tell them apart when they are young. Shown is a
mature specimen but realize over centuries they
get taller than this plant. The citrus size plant that
is shown is $175. It is about 6 years old. With
prevention of international shipment of seeds
presently, this is a near impossible species to
find. And, it is so easy to grow and does great
in many areas of Southern California. Also
is a near boxed size plant at the nursery. A close
up photo of the leaf is presented along with a
picture of a female cone from one of our
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011
Most people have heard of this genus from
the Reunion Islands. It includes the interesting
Bottle Palm and Spindle Palm. Well, there is
another species that is more cold tolerant
than either of these. It is Hyophorbe
indica. There are quite a few of these doing
well outdoors in Southern California. I'd
estimate cold tolerance at the mid to upper
twenties F. Unlike it's two sisters in this
genus, this species does not get a huge bulge
in the trunk. It is a bit "swollen" but only mildly
so. As a younger plant it sometimes has a dark
wine red color to the petioles and crown shaft.
It gets to about 20 feet and wants full sun. It
will eventually die in shade (from fungal
infections). In desert locations, partial sun
would probably be best if you don't get too
cold. Shown here is an outdoor grown boxed
specimen that saw 2007 winter cold of 25
degrees. We also have 5g and 15g plants for
sale. It is very attractive for a smaller palm.
Below is shown is a flowering specimen grown
in San Diego, CA and a 5g nursery plant.
The genus Dictyosperma is often quoted
as having only one species, D. album.
This is one time I would disagree with
taxonomists. When you examine
different plants in this genus, they
certainly don't all look the same. With
this said, shown here is the prototype,
the "monotypic" species for this genus,
D. album. It is from the Mascarene Islands
and is a single trunk, crown shafted,
pinnate palm that gets to about 25 feet
height. Like the Hyophorbe above, this
plant has been outdoor grown and seen
25 degree temperatures. It is rare to
find for sale, especially of this size.
Also shown is a mature specimen in a
garden. We also have a limited number
of 15g and possibly 5g for sale.
I like to show different companion plants
from time to time. Previously in this thread
I've mentioned a Ligularia that I have grown
for decades at my home. The presently
described species we just got in and have in
2g size. These are "crested" (ruffled) at
the leaf edges and very attractive. The like
sun or part sun and adequate water. Cold
hardiness is pretty good. I don't know the
minimum, but suspect it's in the low 20's F.
Shown is a mature 15g plant. Ligularia
all have blossoms, usually yellow in color.
This particular one is really rare and difficult
to find. We have limited numbers so come by
soon. We had to get these from divisions of
a single plant, the only one we knew was
available. Plants only get to about 18 inches
of height. Below is the more standard variety
that I try to keep in stock.
|DYPSIS SPECIES, UNUSUAL
We just got in a very limited number of
unusual Dypsis from Madagascar. These
are from wild collected seeds and are
not something we recognize for sure. So,
for you "Dypsis Freaks", come by. We
only have a few. We have ideas as to
what these are, but don't want to guess in
this thread. We predict it's going to be a
larger Dypsis species. Only these 1.5 g
plants are available. By the way, we've
been growing Dypsis long before
the major reference book by Dransfield
was written and have had as many as
fifty species at one time. Remember
though, over the last several decades
the majority of Dypsis were sold as
"species" to only later be given a name.
My point here is that, if you will only
buy a known species, you'll be missing
out on a lot of the cutting edge plants.
Such a person assumes that the grower
"has to know" the name of the species,
but in fact no one might know for sure.
|CERATOZAMIA SPECIES CURLED
Here is another example of a species of a
genus that doesn't seem to match known
species descriptions. It is quite an old
plant and we only have one. It's caudex is
perhaps 4 inches and I'd estimate it at
an age of 12 years. The interesting thing
is the curl downward and inward of the
leaflets. It's petiole is somewhat red as
you can see. It's leaves are short, under
2 feet. It would want filtered light in most
garden areas and would fit in that "small
area" of the garden amongst other plants.
It is really an attractive plant. It sort of
reminds me of Ceratozamia microstrobilus,
But the recurve of the leaflets and their
shape isn't right. You have to agree it's
quite an adorable plant.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011
|PRITCHARDIA SPECIES, DWARF
As I have mentioned previously, Jungle Music
was one of the first nurseries in the continental
U.S. to commercially offer Pritchardia species
for sale. This is mostly because I personally
have a great deal of affinity for this genus, the
only native palm species of Hawaii. They are
tropical appearing, exotic, un-armed and fairly
easy to grow. They break up the monotony of
a garden that only has pinnate species. Shown
here is a specimen Pritchardia that we call
"super dwarf". We don't know the exact species
but can tell you it is outdoor grown, at least 12
years old, and has many flower spikes coming
while it's growing in this 24 inch box. Look at
the height. It is only about six feet tall at
maximum. I predict this plant will never be
over ten feet tall. And, it's gorgeous. We only
have this one for sale, but have lots of other
species of great Pritchardia., all sizes. They
are 15g size in reality.
OK, another Pritchardia. This one is a
species that for years was talked about as
being the most cold hardy of all the species.
I think it'll go well into the mid-twenties F.
The most cold tolerant? I don't know for
sure. But, it's a great plant for any garden.
It has very large, flat "Licuala-like" leaves
and a beautiful green color. The leaves
are exquisite. This is a ten year old boxed
specimen, ready for your garden. It'll get
to about 20 feet and can take full coastal
sun. It's been locally grown, outdoors and
has already seen 25 degrees. in the photo is
Joaquin, who's worked with me for 17
years. The last photo is from a garden.
I just got in three beautiful, big 5g plants of
this exotic species. This is a suckering pinnate
palm that gets to about 12 feet and can be
grown easily in coastal So Cal. It will possibly
even make purple fruit for you. It likes filtered
light. It's a medium rate grower. Garden plants
are typically just gorgeous appearing. These
plants are about 4 feet tall and a great size to
put in the garden. This size is normally
$85, but these will go for $75 until they are
gone. They won't last long. (no double
discounts on these).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011
This is a single trunk, pinnate palm from
Madagascar. It is unbelievably rare and almost
impossible to obtain. Seeds are protected by
CITES and no more seeds can enter the U.S.
We have several plants for sale. It is a very tall
plant when mature but maintains a thin trunk. It
has green leaves and many say it looks like an
upright Coconut Palm. It is near extinct in the
wild because locals have cut them down. It is
also very slow growing. Shown here is a 7g
plant. We have only one or two and perhaps a
5g. It is so rare that I do not have a photo of
a mature plant. One can Google the name if
they wish for habitat pictures. There are no
large trees in any botanical gardens. This is
an expensive plant but will never be offered
|CERATOZAMIA SP. "PACIFICA"
This is a very unique cycad; it is the only
Ceratozamia known to be from the western
side of Mexico. It has long, rather dependent
leaves with wide leaflets. Shown is a 5g
plant. It is very exotic appearing. I apologize
but right now have no pictures of a mature
This is another Mexican cycad. It is a medium
sized plant when mature. It has a full head of
leaves that get to about 4 feet long, will slowly
over decades developed several feet of trunk, and
prefers full sun. It's cold tolerance is into the
low 20's F. Shown to the right is a 15g plant
with about a five inch caudex. It is similar yet
distinct from such other species as Dioon califanoi
and merolae. I have also shown close-up pictures
of the leaflets and trunk. It is fairly rare and hard
to find with any size to the caudex. The last
photo shows a mature plant in a garden.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 3011
This is a South African species from the
region of Natal, Republic of S.A. It is a
medium sized cycad that can take full sun
in many area, but in the hottest localities
likes strong filtered light. As you can see,
the leaflets are quite spiny. The crown is
medium sized. It is similar in appearance
in some ways to the blue Encephalartos
horridus. But, the cone and color are
different. Color of the leaves of E.
arenarius ranges from dark green to blue.
The plant pictured in the first three photos
is a blue green color and about 20 years old
with a 16 inch caudex. Close-ups of the
leaflets and trunk are given. Also shown
are photos of smaller plants we have
This is a type of Needle Palm from the
southeastern area of the United Sates.
It is a fan palm, suckers, and would be
considered a "dwarf" species as it rarely
gets over 8 feet tall. A most noteworthy
characteristic is its unbelievable cold
tolerance. It has been known to tolerate
temperatures below 0 degrees F. It's color
is typically green, darker when grown in
filtered light. Shown is a 5g plant and
a mature specimen. The last photo below
shows the trunk. Note the needles
protruding out from the trunk. Thus we
get the name of Needle Palm. This species
is a very popular mail order item for
This species is a type of King Palm. The normal
King Palm which everyone knows is A.
cunninghamiana. All King Palms are from
Australia. The thing that is very nice with the
A. myolensis is the beautiful emerald green
crown shaft. The trunk is also quite nice. Cold
tolerance is into the mid twenties F. If one can
give this palm partial or part day sun, it will be
the most exquisite appearing. Along the coast
it will tolerate full sun. Shown is one of a very
few 15g plants which we have. These are 8 to 9
feet tall, $175. So, if you want a type of King
Palm, this is many people's favorite one to use.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
I'm showing this species again because
since I showed the 5g plant, people wanted
to know if I had larger. I do! Shown here is
a 15g plant with a close-up of the hairy trunk
and a larger, 15 year old specimen I have
for sale. The 15g size can be shipped, although
shipping is not cheap with big plants. The
shown boxed specimen is indeed very old.
It has perhaps 3 feet of trunk. The last
photo shows the tiny nature of the leaves
of this species and why so many people
refer to this palm as "cute". I think they're
I talked about this species a few days
ago. I just wanted to show another garden
shot of this species and remind you that
we are having a special on seedlings.
I can ship these anywhere in the U.S.
Shown to the immediate right is a band sized
seedling. Normal price for these is $65.
Special price is $45, over 30% off!
Just mention this website to get this price.
Perhaps this will become one of your favorites
as well. See post on this species below for
This is another dwarf South African species.
Often referred to as "cute", this species
always stays small and is a green cycad
with a touch of gray or blue to the leaves.
It's another sun loving species for that
small spot in the garden. Shown is the
band size of caffer, about 3 years old.
These are normally $85, but mention this
special and they are $65, 24% off!.
Also shown is a mature garden specimen.
As you become familiar with cycads,
you'll come to find that this is a very
rare species at nurseries.
This species of cycad gets enormous! I mean,
really tall. There are specimens with heights
to almost 60 feet. Leaves are six to ten feet
long. Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly
cycad. But, you must give it adequate room
to grow. Shown is a cit pot size of this fairly
rare cycad. Compared to the Lepidozamia
peroffskyana, the hopei leaflets are wider.
This is the best way to tell them apart when
they are young. Shown is a mature specimen
but realize over centuries they get taller than
this plant. We have available citrus pot size
$175 and much larger plants up to boxed
This is one of the four "basic blue" Encephalartos
coming from the Natal province in South Africa.
This group of four species includes E. lehmannii,
princeps, horridus, and trispinosus. All are
brilliantly blue in color of the leaflets. E. horridus
and trispinosus are known for their spiny and
barbed leaflets. E. lehmannii and princeps are more
simple leaves with pointed leaflet tips. I've previously
shown pictures of some of these below, but thought
I'd show the seedling E. lehmannii here. These are
normally $55 but if you mention this website
promotion, they are $45, 18% off!.
A mature specimen is shown to the right. We have
many sizes of this species for sale, so if you
want a mature or larger plant, let us know.
This is a suckering species of Dypsis that is
desirable because it doesn't get too tall. Most
specimens in the San Diego area are between
12 and 18 feet. it will typically produce
anywhere from five to 20 stems. It tolerates
temperatures into the mid-twenties F. and
prefers good sun if along the coast. Shown
here is are 20g plants about 8 to 9 feet tall. We
also have 3 g plants and 15g plants for sale. This
is a good "neighbor blocker" type of plant
because of it's fullness. If one wants a "thinner"
plant, stems can be removed.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011
This is a South American tropical Zamia
that gets a tall trunk over time and has
long, somewhat arching exotic green
leaves. It makes a very good looking
containerized plant. We've found it takes
temperatures down to about a freeze and
is fairly quick growing. It likes good
draining soil. In the garden, we'd
recommend filtered light conditions.
Here I am showing an affordable citrus
pot size plant and a close-up of the leaf.
If you have a greenhouse, this is a superb
species to grow as it'll give a good sized
plant in not too much time. I am also
showing a good sized domestic plant.
This South American fan palm is native to
Brazil and some adjacent areas. It gets a height
of about 20 feet and a spiny trunk that has a
random, bizarre look. There are needles of
good size on the trunk. The crown is medium
sized and sort of resembles a Trachycarpus,
but bigger in size. Shown is a nice, shippable
7g size plant. We also have 15g and 5g sizes.
Fruits are a cream color and attractive. Also
shown is a mature plant. This species likes
sun, is cold hardy to about 15 degrees and is
an ideal candidate for the garden in colder
This is an unusual suckering fan palm from
the West Indies. It's height is typically about
ten feet. The trunks are known for their unusual
pattern of matting and spines. Cold hardiness
is down to about a freeze and they like full sun
and heat. Shown here is a 5g plant. Also shown
is a mature plant and a close-up of the trunk.
It is unusual, isn't it?
This is a small to medium sized South
American tropical Zamia from
Venezuela. It grows in filtered light
and is somewhat cold hardy. There has
been no problems growing this in my
San Diego location. It gets leaves that
are about four feet long and seems to
sucker a lot. It is fairly exotic appearing
and difficult to find. Shown here is a
one gallon plant, a citrus pot size plant,
a close-up photo showing the leaflets,
and a larger domestic plant.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
This, from a leaf length point of view,
is the largest cycad in the world. For
decades this was sort of a "mystery"
species because no one had one, there
were none for sale, and no one had really
seen one. But, over the years, a few seeds
have become available and this plant is
being grown by a few people. Trunks can
get to almost thirty feet and are about two
feet thick. But, the hallmark of this species
are it's huge leaves, typically fifteen to
twenty feet long. It is native to the Congo.
As a juvenile plant, the leaflets are unique
and a good way to recognize this species.
I have shown pictures of a few nursery plants
that we have. Also, there's a picture below
of a rather juvenile plant in a domestic
garden. I apologize that I don't have a picture
right now of an immense mature specimen.
But, trust that they do get very large and
need room to grow. Cold tolerance is
presumed to be about to freezing. It likes
sun along the coast and perhaps some
protection or part sun inland. We have some
smaller plants for sale that could easily be
shipped within the U.S.
Yes, this name is typed correctly. It is a
peculiar name for a palm. This Fishtail
Palm is one of my favorites. When I first
saw it in Java at the Bogor Botanical
Garden, I couldn't believe how beautiful
it was. It has a bit thinner trunk than many
of the other single trunk Fishtails, but the
leaves reminded me of a fern in the sky.
It gets to about 30 feet and can be grown in
Southern California. It's cold tolerance is
into the upper twenties F. It, for me, started
in part day sun and grew into full sun. My
tree is presently making flowers. I'd
Estimate cold tolerance to be upper twenties
F., compared to upper teens F. on many clones
of the popular C. urens. Shown here is a 20g
plant with close-ups of the leaves. Also
shown is that plant in Bogor that I saw in
the 1980's and a locally grown plant in
Southern California. Note that the juvenile
foliage of the nursery plant will mature
into the multipinnate leaves shown below.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011
This is a dwarf, miniature size, shade-loving
species from Mexico that has simple, entire
leaves. Typically these are seen with heights
under 3 feet but over decades they can become
5 to 6 feet tall. This is a very "cute" species that
one can sneak into almost any small shady spot
in the garden. It is cold tolerant to the upper
20's F. We've found they look nice planted
as multiples or small colonies. .
This is a small suckering species that prefers
shade and, like the species above, has entire
small leaflets. It forms thin trunks that typically
get to about 5 feet tall or a bit more. It's leaflets
are small and stems typically hold five or six
leaflets. It is very attractive. If you have very
hard water, you might see brown tipping on the
leaves. Cold tolerance is the upper 20's F.
We have a few larger specimens of this
species for sale.
This is a magnificent palm from New
Caledonia. It is a medium sized mature
tree and is most known for its blonde
colored crown shaft. Some would consider
it to be a variant of C. macrocarpa. Either
way it is really special. It typically sports
a new red emerging leaf and perhaps is
slower growing than the macrocarpa.
Cold hardiness is approximately the mid-
twenties F, perhaps a bit lower. I've
received reports of it tolerating full sun
along the coast. We have a very limited
selection of these for sale. I'm showing
a picture of a typical new red leaf,
which lasts for several weeks. The
garden picture was taken in Hawaii. I've
found that plants grown in Southern
California typically get to about 25 feet.
Local trees have formed fruit here.
These are large, red, and very attractive.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
TODAY I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT PLANTS. I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FIRST TWO RAVENEA. THEY ARE SUPERB PLANTS AND WOULD DO WELL IN MOST PEOPLE'S GARDENS.
This is a small to medium sized,
single trunk pinnate palm from
Madagascar. It is proving to be
quite popular because it has a thin
trunk and doesn't get too tall. It is
easy to grow, rather fast growing, and
tolerates full sun unless you live in the
far inland areas. Mature height is to
about 20, perhaps 25 feet. Cold
tolerance is the low 20's f. We just
got in some oversized 15g, a special
purchase. They are about 7 feet tall.
These are really nice plants so I am
showing several photos. The last
photo is a plant in a garden in Encinitas,
CA. It is not yet mature.
|RAVENEA SPECIES, UNKNOWN
We are very excited about these plants that
we just got in. They seem to resemble a
species we previously had called "Ravenea
species New", but also resemble Ravenea
monticola. These are huge plants for their
15g size. We anticipate these will peak out
at a height of 25 to 30 feet and have a
medium sized trunk. Cold tolerance is
not known for sure, but would anticipate
this species taking temps down into the mid-
twenties F. We only have a few
available. The last photo shows a fruiting
Ravenea monticola. On the close-up
of the base of the nursery plant, note
the "foot" adjacent to the trunk base.
Many Ravenea have this "foot".
This species is from New Zealand
and is a medium sized, prominently
crown shafted palm that gets to a
height of about 25 degrees. Along
the coast it can take full sun, inland
it prefers filtered light or part day
sun. Cold tolerance is somewhere
between 22 and 24 degrees F. Shown
first is a 5g plant, about 3 feet tall,
price is $65. Also shown are mature
plants in Balboa Park, San Diego. At
the nursery we have smaller sizes
available as well as a pretty good
assortment of larger ones. We also
have R. baueri and cheesemanii.
These last two species have a
different appearance and are
less upright in the crown. Below I am
also showing a 15g and 20g size of
Yesterday I showed you a very large specimen
of this species. Here is another variety with
a different leaf form. It also has a large caudex.
This one is about 20 years old and has a 14 inch
trunk. Leaf height is about 7 feet as shown.
The second photo is a garden specimen of
the same species.
This is a very pretty crown shafted palm
tree of medium size. The crown has
slightly recurved leaves. It tolerates
temperatures to about freezing. It comes
from the island of Vanuatu. Shown here
is a nice 5g plant and a mature specimen
This is a very rare species to find
This is a very beautiful medium
sized tropical Zamia from the
country of Panama in Central
America. Shown to the left
is a seedling of this species. Also
shown is a near 50 year old nursery
specimen (male). You can see
how nice the mature plant
is with it's full crown of leaves.
It's no surprise it was named
"elegant" - issima.
This is another very pretty crown
shafted palm from New Caledonia.
It gets to about 20-25 feet and
has an upright crown of leaves
and has a nice dark green color.
Cold tolerance is to about 27
degrees F. Shown here is a 5g
plant and a mature specimen.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
This is a single trunk and typically
dwarf Chamaedorea. However,
there is a stem forming variety.
The regular form only gets to about
three to four feet. The trunking
form gets to about eight to ten feet.
I've also found that the trunking
radicalis has thinner leaves and the
trunk appears different, even as a
juvenile plant. Shown here is first
the regular variety and then the
trunking variety. I hope you can
see the difference between the two.
We have both for sale. Both are
fairly cold hardy, probably into the
upper teens F. The regular form can
take sun along the coast. When the
regular form blossoms, the female
holds the flowers and seeds above
the leaves. This is fun to see. The
seeds are black and the bracts are
orange. The last photo is a larger
specimen of the trunking form.
A Large Mature Specimen
This cycad species is from South Africa
and is a fast growing green cycad species.
It is hard to find, being available usually
only at a cycad specialty nursery. Growth
rate in the ground is quick and it forms a
good sized trunk in ten to twenty years.
The crown size is medium to large in size
and the leaves are a dark green. Shown is
a large specimen that we obtained from a
private estate. It is in a box and has about
a foot and a half of trunk. Of note, there
are multiple varieties of E. natalensis,
each one a little different than the others.
In most areas one would grow this species
in full sun. Cold tolerance is into the
low 20's f.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011
A Fantastic Group of Cycads for
My post this morning is going to be a bit
different. Rather than talk about one
species, I am going to show you a lot
of plants from one genus. Ceratozamia
is a genus of cycads that are New World,
mostly from Mexico and Central America.
They are exotic appearing cycads that
typically prefer filtered light and in some
cases full sun. Most species have wide
leaflets, some have narrow leaflets. Most
have spines on the petioles and cones that
have prongs visible. There are a multitude
of species in this genus, many yet to be
formally described and named. Taxonomists
in Mexico have begun naming more species
recently. For most, cold hardiness is into the
low 20's F. I am going to show you a whole
assortment of nursery plants that we either
have or have had in this genus. We have
thousands of plants in this genus for sale
of many species. My hope is that you'll
develop an affinity for these plants and
think about ways to use them in your
garden. I am showing you mostly smaller
affordable plants. We do have a lot bigger.
I could show countless photos here of
this fantastic genus. But, a dozen or
two will give you an idea of how they
look. I've included species names, but
note that many are undetermined or not
yet named. Many of these species are
ideal for that small spot in the garden that
doesn't get much sun and needs an
attractive plant to finish off the area.
Ceratozamia sp. "corriente"
Ceratozamia dwarf species
Ceatozamia palma sol
Ceratozamia species Belize
Ceratozamia robusta, upright leaves
Ceratozamia species thin leaflets
At our nursery we have a vast assortment of very cool Ceratozamia. We have everything from seedlings to big, coning boxed specimens. If you have any questions about specific species, feel free to email or call us. Our email link is at the bottom of every page of this website.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011
This umbrella shaped species is from the
island of Lord Howe and is in the same
family as the Kentia Palm. However, there
are striking differences, mostly in the
appearance of the leaves and crown. This
species has a curve of the leaves toward the
ground, giving it the umbrella shaped crown.
It is also a bit more cold hardy, possibly to
as low as 24 degrees. It can take full sun
along the coast and wants protection inland.
Shown here is a super 15g plant as well as
very nice sized 1g. The specimen photo
demonstrates the shape of the crown of
leaves. The larger containerized palm is
about 7 feet tall and already shows the
curved nature of the leaves. This species
can also be grown as a houseplant.
I'm a little reluctant to mention this species,
but feel I should. It is so hard to find these
here in CA. Seeds can take up to 4 years to
germinate. And, when they do, you only get
about a one to five percent germination rate.
We just potted up two new seedlings. I don't
have a photo of these right now, but will show
a previous 2g plant that we sold. Also
shown is a mature plant. This species is known
for it's spines on the trunks. It likes full sun.
If you want one of these, act quickly as the
few I have will be gone in a few days. Growth
rate is good and they like full sun. Very
few collectors have an Acrocomia.
This species is a very rare, rosette type of
shade loving plant. It is quite unique and never
runs or gets too large. It is near impossible to
find at nurseries. We had this species about 2
years ago and are about to get in perhaps a dozen
more. They are very cool. The size of a mature
plants is about 30 inches wide. They like filtered
light. The stems get very bulbous and chunky and
the leaves are about 8 inches wide, almost like a
paddle. Don't miss out! I am showing a gallery
photo of this species as well as one in a garden.
By the way, this species is not known as a
climbing species. Rather, it hugs the ground.
|PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
This is another very desirable Philodendron
that likes filtered light and is quite showy.
They are only intermittently available on the
market. We presently have some 2g plants
for sale. They are easy to grow and take
temperatures down to about a freeze. The
plants definitely have a red color to the
underside of the leaves and stems. Shown
are the 2g size we have available and a larger
plant to show its beauty. Both this species and
the previous Philodendron would be considered
"Companion Plants", plants that fill spots in
the garden that are too small for a palm or
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Ligularia is an interesting group of
plants coming from Europe, Asia and
Africa. There are many different species
in this genus. The ones we sell are second
and third generation plants from our own
stock. They have a Lily Pad type of leaves
and produce yellow daisy-like blossoms in
the Fall. They prefer some protection from
the full sun and can grow in filtered light.
They do like moisture and can be considered
an "indicator plant" that tells you when your
soil is getting dry. They'll droop over. If you
then give them some water, they bounce
right back up by morning. They are easy to
grow if you keep them adequately watered.
We have affordable smaller sizes for sale.
If you start with a few plants, over time and
with vegetative propagation, you can have
many colonies of nice size plants. They are
a great companion plant and ideal for parkways
by the street.
Photo by RT
|DYPSIS SPECIES "LANCEONADA"
The name above is one we coined at the nursery
because this plant, although similar to Dypsis
lanceolata, has some striking differences. First,
it's petioles and upper stem area are darker in
color (brown to sometimes red) and they are
hairy. They do sucker like regular lanceolata.
But, the big difference seems to be in culture.
They take more sun than lanceolata, are faster
growing and easier to grow. Some along the
coast are growing them in almost full sun,
something not possible with regular lanceolata.
Who knows if it's a variety or something else.
We have 1g plants and a limited number of
5g and 15g plants. Shown here is a fine
one gallon plant. Hopefully you can see the red-
brown fuzz in the crown shaft area. We are very
excited about this introduction. BTW, the
name here includes "nada" meaning that it's
not the real lanceolata or at the minimum,
a variety type plant or a hybrid.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
This species, in my opinion, should be
considered a "complex" rather than a
single species with one appearance.
We have come to find that D. baronii
has many morphological varieties.
Differences involve color of the crownshaft
or stem, leaf appearance, caliper of the
trunks, color of the petiole and leaf
appearance. Shown to the right is one
with dark, red stems. Also shown are
larger specimens. You will note how
all of these look a bit different. I have
found similar "complex" status with
D. decipiens, onilahensis and others. The
containerized plant here is a one gallon; we
also have 5g and 15g on this species. This
species does sucker, typically gets to ten-
fifteen feet, likes partial sun or filtered
light in interior areas, and is a medium
rate grower. Cold tolerance is into the
mid-twenties F. The last two photos
are native habitat pictures. The second one
is from a CA garden, showing the crown-
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This is an un-armed, dark green and very
lush Australian cycad. It does get quite
large and over one's lifetime can get a
very tall trunk. We call it a "user-friendly"
cycad because you can brush the leaves
against your face without pain. We are
offering a good buy on these bare root
seedlings: #3 for $59.99
plus s/h and phtyo if your state
requires one. These are 1-3 year old
plants that we are putting into 1g pots.
We also have bigger plants in larger
sizes like 5g to 24 inch box. A larger
plant in a 25g is shown below. Cold
tolerance is into the low 20's F
This is another rare cycad, this time an Encephalartos
from South Africa. This one likes full sun along the
coast and part sun inland. These are bare root seedlings
with the special price of #3 seedlings, $44.99 plus s/h
Also shown is a larger garden plant. We also have
for sale 5g, 15g, and big boxed specimens. This
species makes a big cycad and is cold tolerant
into the low 20's F.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
This is another South African cycad
with leaflets that look like a Holly Fern.
It is a medium sized plant that essentially
does not form vertical trunk. It is best
known for its colorful cones, fire engine
red with the female.
Shown are seedlings of this spcies. Our
special is #3 seedlings, $44.99 plu s/h.
We also have 5g, 15g and coning sized
boxed plants. The second photo is a 15g.
Below is a mature female plant with
that super red female cone.
THE BLUE MEDITERRANEAN FAN
I wouldn't say that this blue suckering fan palm from
north Africa is particularly rare, but to many it is
the perfect palm for their needs. It doesn't get too
tall, it is extremely cold hardy, and it has a nice blue
color. We have various sizes for sale. Shown
is a box and some smaller 5g sized plants.
The 5g are $65 and a great size for shipping
with mail order. If you are hot and in an inland
location, they will be much more blue in your
hands than our as we are so close to the beach.
For people in areas like northern FL, central
TX or the central Valley in CA, this is a great
species for you. Cold hardiness to about
15 degrees, prefer full hot sun.
Taxonomy on the species of the genus
Beccariophoenix has been in a state of
flux in recent times. Some "species" are
yet to have firm names. The one shown
here is therefore known as the "window"
variety because of the formation of the
"windows" in the leaf. See Photos. Shown
is a nursery plant in a 15g, very nice, $200.
Also shown are a close up of the leaf of
this species and an older plant in a garden.
We also have 5g plants for sale.
They like full sun when larger (coastal) and
have tolerated temperatures in the
mid-twenties F. at our nursery outside,
during the terrible winter of 2007
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011
This species from Madagascar is native
to the southern portion of this country,
where it is hot and dry. It is a pinnate palm
that is blue in color (sometimes blue-green)
and doesn't get overly tall. It is peculiar in
that, after germination, it has a tap root
radical that is very similar to a cycad. It is
a slow grower and likes heat and full sun.
Cold tolerance is uncertain as of yet because
it is a new introduction. But, we're predicting
it will be in the mid to low 20's F. Shown is
a 20 gallon tree can, an 8 to 10 year old tree.
We also have citrus pot size. I apologize but
I don't have any good pictures of mature
specimens at this time.
This is a very desirable palm tree. It is single
trunk, pinnate and has a swollen, prominent
crown shaft. Known as the Shaving Brush or
Feather Duster Palm, looking at the mature
specimen will tell you why it got these names.
It likes sun or part sun along the coast and
filtered light far inland. It is cold tolerant
into the mid to low 20's F. Shown here are
two good sized 15g plant. We also have 2g, 5g,
and possibly some boxes for sale. Also shown
are mature plants at Balboa Park in San Diego,
CA. Of the two containerized plants to the
right, the second photo shows the more
classical, wedge shaped crown of this species.
If you like this species, we have something
available for everyone's budget.
We have one of the best selections of African
cycads in the country. This species makes a
large, impressive plant. It is a quick grower,
has green leaves, has a thick trunk to over 24
inches in diameter. In your lifetime you can
grow such a specimen with at least six feet
of trunk (depending on what size you start with
and your age). Shown here is a 20 yo plant that
would make a good start. Cycads are much
faster growing in the ground than in containers.
This specimen has a nice caudex appearance
and a full crown of typical leaves. This is one
of several of this species I have in a boxed size.
We also have seedlings, 5g, 15g, etc for sale.
I am not showing a garden specimen plant
because most look no different than this one.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
This Mexican cycad forms trunks that
never get too tall and have very thin
leaflets. It will sucker with additional
plants near the base of the primary
trunk. It likes full hot sun and is cold
hardy into the teens. It is similar to
Dioon edule, but has thinner leaflets.
We only have larger specimens of this
species (D. edules have smaller plants)
The second photo shows the thin
leaflets. The last photo shows a plant
that is suckering. All of these plants
are at the nursery and very old, twenty
years or more.
This small African cycad is known for
being quite attractifve and for its small
stature. Its caudex never gets much
larger than a cantelope. The leaves are
short, the color is green to gray-green.
Shown here are band sized plants of this
very rare species. Also shown is a
mature plant. We also have for sale
some 5g plants and perhaps some larger.
They like sun and are cold hardy into the
low twenties F. You can see how
you can "sneak" one of these into almost
any small sunny location. They are very
rare and hard to find.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
| TI, RED-BLACK COLOR
From time to time we get in nice
Hawaiaan Ti plants. We just got in
some extremely nice and tall Ti's that
have excellent color. They are about
three feet tall, full foliage and most are
tiples. Very limited supply. Ti's prefer
filtered light and take down to about
This is a fairly rare single trunk palm
from Madagascar. In souther California
it seems to get to about 20 feet with a thinner
trunk. It is easy to grow and likes sun and
heat. Far inland, protection may be needed
from sun. It is cold tolerant at least into the
upper twenties F, perhaps lower. Shown is
one of several large 25g that we have for
sale. We also have 5g and a few
15g plants available. This is a super plant
for the garden. The garden plant is about 8
years old and in Encinitas, CA
This cycad species gets medium sized with
a crown span of about 8 feet. It has wide
leaflets and throws new leaves which are
reddish brown (as shown). Native to
Mexico, it is very exotic and prefers filtered
light. Water needs are low. Shown is a 5g
plant and a photo of the leaves of a
mature specimen. The leaves hang out
to the side, so give it room to show
This is a small to medium sized cycad
from Venezuela. They get to about six
feet tall and sucker freely. The leaf
length is about 4 feet long. The leaflets
have fine spination at their terminal ends.
A decade ago, this species was easier to
find that it is today. Cold tolerance is
to about a freeze, perhaps a bit later.
I'd recommend filtered light. The mature
plant is from the Caracas Botanical
Garden in Venezuela.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Dypsis madagascarensis is a native palm to
Madagascar that has a single trunk form (often
referred to as Dypsis madagascarensis var.
lucabensis) or a suckering form. It gets
to about 25 feet, is fairly cold hardy, and has
medium thickness to the trunks. Pictured is
the suckering form, a 5g plant, about 4 to 5 feet
tall, $65. The other photo shows mature trunks
of this species. I only have a few of these left.
This is a very interesting cycad species for several
reasons. First, it is quite cold hardy, tolerating
temperatures below freezing and known to take
snow. Second, it is a rather small cycad species,
rarely over six to eight feet of trunk. Finally,
it has an unusual smooth skin to the caudex.
These plants are huge, the biggest of this species
that I've seen on the market and almost fill their
ten gallon containers. Priced at $450, they won't
last long. I only have one or two of these left.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011
This is one of the two species of palms
that is native to the European area. The
other is Chamaerops. This species is a
suckering palm that appears to be related
to Phoenix dactylifera, which is common
in the Middle East. However, this species
is smaller in stature. It's leaves are quite
brisk with pointed leaves. There are
variable reports on size, some being 20
feet, others 40 when mature. The remarkable
thing is that it appears to be very cold hardy.
Reports are that this palm easily goes down
into the teens. Shown is a 5g plant which is
$65 and a garden specimen that is suckering.
This species wants sun and heat.
| RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
I want to revisit this species. It has been
one of our hottest sellers of the season.
This is a suckering semi-dwarf species from
China that makes a wonderful houseplant.
These have thin, very attractive trunks, very
fine leaflets and many leaflets to each leaf,
sometimes up to twenty. They are so superior
to the common Lady Palm that I hardly ever
sell the latter lately. Shown is an interior
quality 5g plant. The second photo shows
how attractive the leaf is. (photo by HJD)
This size can easily be shipped to anywhere
in the U.S. for a great interior houseplant.
Anticipated eventual height eight to ten
feet. Purchasers have been very satisfied
with these plants. In the garden they are
cold hardy to the low 20's F. and like
We just got in a limited number of very
healthy 7g Foxtails. Grown in the right
location, this can be a wonderful garden
species. This is a single trunk, crown-
shafted species that has a narrow trunk of
typically 6 inches and a fluffy crown of leaves.
It has a silver color to the upper stem and
loves heat and sun. It's cold hardiness is
into the lower 20's F. These 7g plants are
$100. Shown is this 7g size and a mature
garden specimen. The containerized plants
here are about 8 feet tall.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
This is a single trunk, tall pinnate palm from
Mexico and Central America. There is a
suckering form which we also carry. The
trunks are dark green, somewhat thick and
have prominent rings. Leaflets are wide and
leaves are easily five feet long. This species
likes filtered light and does not tolerate full
sun. When we grow these, we often place
two or three plants in one pot. We find this
multiple planting to be more attractive and
gives the enthusiast a good chance at setting
viable seeds if both sexes are obtained.
Shown here is a 15g double and a single
along with a specimen in a park setting.
Note this species can get from 15 to 20
This Australia cycad is similar to the other
species of the genus, L. perofskyana but has
wider leaflets. Both are unarmed, dark green
in leaf color and are very user friendly. But,
you must give them room to grow as leaves
can easily be eight feet long or more. This
species, over many decades, can get quite
tall in trunk size and is among the tallest
cycads in the world. Shown to the right are
a citrus size plant and a 15g. Also shown is
a mature specimen. Cold tolerance is into
the low 20's F. and most enthusiast grow these
two species in partial sun or filtered light,
although full sun may work along the coast.
The second photo to the right shows the
wider leaflets on this species. We also
have large boxed specimens for sale. This
is a beautiful garden plant!
When I visited the Mt. Lewis mountain
range in Queensland, Australia, I expected
that the dominant plant there would be
Archontophoenix purpurea. I was surprised
that I was even more impressed with the
O. appendiculata. This single trunk pinnate
palm gets fairly large and is quite cold
tolerant, perhaps to the low 20's F. It can
be grown in the SF Bay area. Shown here
is a 15g plant and a plant from habitat. This
species is quite rare and difficult to find.
The underside of the leaves has a bronze
color to it. I'd recommend starting the
plant in filtered light and letting it grow
up into the sunlight.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
This is a suckering pinnate Asian palm that
is fairly cold hardy and has very fragrant
blossoms. It is not typically a large palm
and gets to a height of about 10 feet. Along
the coast it can take full sun; inland areas
will find partial sun or filtered light better
for this species. It is fairly tropical
appearing and the underside of the leaves
are silver colored. Shown is a 5g plant and
a boxed plant. Also shown are garden
specimens. The last photo was taken in
Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. I'd
estimate cold tolerance into the upper
teens. This species is an easy grow in
the San Francisco Bay area and some
of the Gulf areas.
ZEBRA FISHTAIL PALM
This is a fascinating palm from the
mountains of Papua New Guinea. It sees
some cold weather at elevation. It has striped
stems and therefore has its common name.
Shown is a 5g plant, $65. We only have a few.
Also shown is a close-up of the stems. We
don't really know the cold tolerance of
this species yet because it's so new. But,
some are very optimistic that it goes down
to the freezing point. This is an extremely
rare plant. Sorry, but I have no good photos
of a mature plant.
THE CHRISTMAS PALM
This is a favorite among palm enthusiasts.
It is not overly large, has nice recurved
leaves, is clean appearing and has a
nice crown shaft. The problem is that
this species does poorly in Southern
California. There are other species
of Veitchia that do better. It has been
renamed as Adonidia. Most people
still know it by its former name.
Shown is a 9 foot tall 7g plant, available
on request. Also shown is a pair
of beautifully grown plants in
a garden. This is a popular interior
This is a shorter form of the Pheonix
genus with a somewhat stout trunk but
only a height up to about 10 feet. Of
interest is that sometimes it suckers,
other times it is single trunk. The
leaflets are pointed like many Phoenix
species. It is synonymous with P.
loureiri var loureiri. Shown is a 5g
plant, $65. Also shown is a larger
specimen. I would consider this a
"medium sized" Date palm. It would
work well for someone who wants a
smaller Canary type palm.
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