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Jungle Music Palms and Cycads Nursery

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Phone: (619) 291-4605
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Jungle Music Rare Palm Tree, Cycad &Tropical Plant Nursery Tour

Best Selection of Rare and Exotic Plant Species Anywhere
Encinitas, California

San Diego County

This article introduces our nursery in Encinitas, CA and is a tour of Jungle Music Rare Palm Tree, Cycad and Tropical Plant Nursery.  Below, with many photos and text, it describes what type of nursery we are, where we are, how we got here, what we grow, how we operate, what we offer customers and why our nursery is unique and different.


Welcome to Jungle Music, a Southern California Palm Tree, Cycad and Tropical Plant Nursery.  Our nursery was started in 1977 with a specialization in palm trees and cycads.  Since then we've expanded into tropical plants and trees, some succulents, exotic fruit trees and super unusual companion plants.   We trust that, after you read this and visit the nursery, you'll understand why many feel the Jungle Music is the best source for unusual plants in Southern California. 



History of Jungle Music - Its Origin:  Our origin began as a "backyard nursery" in 1977 in San Diego.  It was a one-man operation.  Without the assistance of email, established seed sources or the Internet, I continually wrote letters to new acquaintances around the world and later began getting seeds from our planet's far corners.  I had luck with germination and soon had an excess of rare plants.  To cover seed costs, I began selling the excess plants.  As time passed, the nursery Front of Jungle Musicinventory expanded.  I ran out of display areas for larger plants and it became apparent that I needed a larger, more convenient, and centrally situated location for the nursery expansion plans.  In 1994 I conducted a search for the perfect location for our rapidly expanding nursery.  This led us to the coastal town of Encinitas, about 25 miles north of San Diego.  We found an ideal location minutes off Freeway 5 and about a quarter mile from the ocean.  The location was quiet, private and had very ample space.  So, the migration north was set.  This first photo to the right was taken at the entrance of our nursery about a year ago and looks nothing like it did in 1995.

Our Present Location: 
Encinitas has always been known as a friendly small town with beautiful beaches and a friendliness to the agricultural industry.  Like so many flower and plant nurseries in Encinitas, ours became neatly and privately nestled in a quaint residential area.  So, in 1995, Phil and Jesse, early years nurseryour new address became 450 Ocean View Ave, Encinitas, CA  92024.  We moved our entire inventory to the new location, expanded the greenhouses, growing facilities, shade cloth areas and Entrance Jungle Musicoffices.  The photo to the right of my son and I was taken the first year we were at our new location. 

As time passed, we created an educational and lecture hall that can seat fifty people for presentations on the plants.  We built over a mile of wooden benches for displaying the plants.  We expanded our greenhouse space and added more shade cloth areas.  We added a display garden - see two pictures to the left.  Basically, we got a lot bigger!  And, our inventory rapidly grew to over a quarter million plants of all sizes and representing over a thousand species Dioon merolae box

Some of our plant material, especially old cycads, went north to the new site along with all our palms and other plants.  At the new site we have we first moved into about a half of acre.  Then it expanded and now our nursery occupies about 2.5 acres at the Ocean View location.  And, recently we've obtained an additional two acre growing area for storing large plants and for obtaining size on smaller ones.  This growing grounds is also here in Encinitas.


Customers have been amazed at our expansion and improvements over the years.  We've tried to expand our inventory to match the added growing areas.

Display Garden 


One of the plants that traveled north with us to the new location is this one hundred year old Dioon merolae seen on the right above. 




First Off, We Propagate Our Own Plants:  Most nurseries and chain stores do not propagate the plants they sell.  They merely buy in material or broker plants from distant areas, often out of state or from tropical areas.  This is the case (especially with the depot type stores) with over half the nurseries that sell palms or cycads.  Such front of nurseryimported plants are often not acclimated or used to our local weather, especially our dry air and cool winters. These plants do poorly and have a high mortality rate in this area.  We were doing something totally different - germinating seeds and growing our own plants in our local weather.  Our plants get used to our local sun and weather conditions.  We soon found that customers uniformly had great results with our plants.  And, we offered all sizes for sale, from small to large.  So, the word about our nursery and plants began to spread. 

Our Website Was One of the First and Is One of the Biggest on Palms, Cycads and Tropical Plants:

In the year 1995, became one of the very first websites in the world that dealt with palm trees and cycads.  It started small and rudimentary but has also improved and expanded tremendously over the years.  It includes about a hundred articles on the plants and nursery and has over 20,000 photographs.  If you were to actually read everything, it would take a day or two to get through it all.  And, it is improved and updated almost daily.  Many tens of thousands of man hours have been spent on it.  And, at the time of writing this Tour, over ten million visitors have been to our Site and it hosts more pictures and articles on palms than any other commercial palm nursery site.    

We Offer a Huge Selection with Many Sizes of Plants:  Also, Jungle Music offers the largest selection of palms and cycads of any nursery in this area.   We grow what we and customers want, not what's offered by someone else.  We select the finest species that have proven themselves to be desirable plants (proven winners) for Southern California.  Entrance to greenhouseWe have received hundreds of thousands of seeds from all over the world and have an active, pro-conservation propagation plan.  When you visit us, you'll see plants of all sizes and ages from new seedlings to big boxed specimens.  You'll see our seed germination areas.  We have tens of thousands of young seedlings.  All this means that anyone, regardless of their pocketbook, can afford to get rare species.  And, seeing this wide range of size selections is evidence that we are a propagator and grower, not just a plant broker.  At the nursery there are so many species and plants to choose from.


We Offer the Most Rare and Unusual Species:

Presently we Offer over 1000 Different Species of Plants - palms, cycads, tropical plant and other rare items.  For a new person to plants, coming to our nursery can be a bit intimidating.  This is because there are just so many plants of so many species/sizes and types.  Customers are used to going to a nursery with about five or ten choices - that's all.  Now, there's many hundreds of choices.  Such a customer almost always needs help.  And, we are experts at giving assistance to them.  Our design and cultural advice is always available when you visit the nursery. 

We Germinate and Propagate Our Own Plants

For a nursery to do what we do, it has to actively germinate seeds.  And, this we do - by the thousands every year.  We then spend many years cycad seeds germinatinggetting these new seedlings up to the sizes that people want.  Palm Seedling - community bucketPhotos here show flats of seeds waiting for germination.  To the right is a bucket of newly germinated and healthy rare Archontophoenix one year after germination.  They need to be divided up and put into small band sized containers.  With good care and over time, and with additional growth, they will continually be moved into bigger containers. 

We Offer Plants Starting with the Seedling Stage - and on Up From There

Our smallest sizes are the "band size".  This is the beginning sized container for germinated seeds.  But, they might become fairly large in these pots after several years.  Plants are plant table then moved into either 1 gallon or 2 gallon pots.  From there they go into 5 gallon.  The next step is a 15 gallon pot.  And, if not sold, they'll then be moved into a 25 gallon pot or a 24 inch box.  Our Caryota boxlarger sizes are moved outdoors where they acclimate to our cold or our full sun conditions.  These sizes are typically instantly ready for planting.  You'll find at the nursery we have thousands of plants in all these assorted sizes.  The photos to the left and right show larger boxed size plants that are instantly ready for your garden.  Just so you understand, men can lift and plant a 24 inch box size.  That's the usual size box we use.  If Mule Palmyou purchase a 30 inch box, they are super heavy and very difficult to plant.  A 36 inch box is impossible to plants without usage of a crane or tractor. Also, if we load a 24 inch box into your truck, you can with help get it out of the truck.  A 30 inch box is very difficult to remove from your vehicle.  So, unless you have a contractor who has heavy equipment, try to purchase plants that are no bigger than 24 inch boxes.

Our Cultural Expertise and Help Selecting the Right Plants:
As a group of plant experts, we have over one hundred years of joint plant experience among the staff.  Thus, either cycad tablemyself or any of our staff can assist you in finding the right species of plants for your garden.  We do this dozens of times for customers every week.  And, with palm growth being so predictable, a well grown specimen will look identical to what you'll see in our photo gallery or a reference book.  If you pick out a species you can see exactly what it's going to look like.  This allows you to plan out your garden knowing exactly what you'll have over time.  It doesn't matter whether you want a lush "tropical look", are looking for a few isolated species, or are trying to hide an unfriendly North side propertyneighbor.  We can help you sold your problem.  Also, be aware that we offer free design consultations to customers who visit the nursery.  Or, if you prefer, we charge for a personal on site visits or consultation in areas close to our nursery.

Certainly, you won't find this kind of service or knowledge at almost any other nursery.



Although the nursery was started by Phil, almost every member of his family has participated over time in the nursery's growth and success.  Most importantly, this has included Phil's youngest son, Jesse, who is particular educated about palms and cycads.  Phil's wife, Mitzi, helps with the financial records and promotion.  We have a staff of about seven well-educated plant people that help with sales and support of the nursery. 

Phil Bergman
Jesse Bergman
mitzi bergman



Blanca Bergman, Jesse's wife 

Bob and Matty B.
Bob & Mat on right, occasional 



Many Sized Plants to Choose From - Up to Large, Overhead Specimens:  Our present inventory includes rare and unusual species of palm trees, cycads, tropical plants and some succulents.  We concentrate on plant sizes that people can lift and plant without heavy equipment.  This includes plants from seedling size to 24 inch boxed specimens.  Outside nurseryFor those who want crane sized material, we have several associates that we work with closely and can provide and have delivered plants up to thirty feet tall.  Often these mature specimens are field grown as shown here.  At our nursery, plant sizes up to the 5 gallon size are typically table grown inside our Phoenix dactyliferagreenhouses.  As they get larger and are repotted, they are grown on the ground and introduced to our outdoor environment.   We also acclimate sun-loving plants into full sun exposure. 


Species Diversity, Unusually and Seldom Seen Species and Plant Quality:
The diversity and quality of our plants is second to none.  We grow almost a thousand species and have a quarter million plants available for sale.  This includes plants for shade and sun - plants that stay short and plants that get tall - plants that are rare or common - and trees that will take your breath away.  shade cloth areaAnd, we offer Inside Jungle Musiccultural information on anything you buy!  Our greenhouses are not heated, so our plants tend to be very touch and durable.  And, our vast selection may be overwhelming to some, but we walk customers through their options so that can select just what's right for their needs.  We make it very simple for the customer.  The photos below are a sampling of our plants available.

Photos of Some Nursery Plants:

wodyetia bifurcata howea forsteriana
Bismarckia nobilis 
pritchardia hyophorbe indica  dioon spinulosum 
 encephalartos trispinosus king palm   
palm trees  Howea forsteriana  Red Ti 
bromeliads cycad seedlings rows of cycads



How We Make Selecting Your Plants Easy

Simply put, definitely no!  You don't have to study up before you visit us.  When you visit, we'll ask you a few simple questions about where you live, your sun exposure, what you're trying to accomplish, etc.  Then, with those answers and after getting a feel for what you are trying to accomplish, we'll recommend the right choices for you in a variety of palm treessizes available. Your information guides both of us to the perfect selections for your garden.  You then look at the plants and select those that you like.  If needed, we can sketch out a design customer assistanceand layout for your garden.  Once your purchase plants, we willingly and happily load up your car or deliver them promptly.  So, please don't feel like you have to "study up" before you come.  It's a lot quicker for you to merely drop by and let us guide you.  If' you are one who just has to study up before you buy, then this website has days worth of reading with lots of information.  But, it's not necessary at all.



Our Experience and Knowledge Benefits You: 
Jointly, our staff has over a hundred years experience in assisting customers and Staff helping customersenthusiasts with their plants and plant selections.  We all go out of our way to make sure you are satisfied with your plants and know how to grow them.
  We are proud Ricardo showing a plantthat we can answer almost any question asked of us.  And we specifically tailor our advice to your garden's location and your personal needs.  You won't get this from the big chain stores or most other nurseries.  You won't be talking to someone who hardly knows more than you do - which you see all the time at most nurseries.   Hopefully, after visitingJungle Music staff members our nursery, you'll have a good idea of what you bought, how to grow it, and the conditions needed for each plant.  And, if you forget anything or need more help, we are just a phone call away to assist you.  And, if you are a "Do it yourself type of person", our website has countless articles about the species, their sun tolerance, cold tolerance and general culture.    


Why Most of Our Customers Return For More Plants an Average of Five Times

Because of our plant knowledge, our selection of rare species, our plant quality and our assistance to the customers, it's no surprise that our average customer returns five times while planting out his garden.  customers at nurseryAnd, unlike most nurseries, we willingly load up your vehicle with your purchases for free and offer professional delivery if needed to almost Rusty at nurseryanywhere in the country.  Another nice thing, if you get a good number of plants, we almost always offer the customer a discount.

palm trees at nursery Mom, child and plants
Brandson morgan after buying palm trees, we can load your purchases wide assortment of plants


What Others Say About Us and Some of Our Clients

We've been lucky.  We have a loyal following of customers and have, over the years, gotten great press releases and reviews.  Articles or Mentions about Jungle Music have appeared in such notable publications like Sunset Magazine, Sunset Garden Book, Garden Compass Magazine, the Reader,Sunset Garden Book  Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Living, the Los Angeles Times, American Express Black Ink, the San Diego Magazine, Where on Earth, the San Diego Tribune, the Miami Herald, the San Diego Evening News on NBC and we've been discussed by many local radio stations.  And, this is only a partial list.  Also, We were also named by the San Diego Insider as one of the top two nurseries in San Diego County to visit and by the San Diego Reader as one of the top San Diego Nurseries!  Local plant societies have had us do many presentations to their groups over the years.  Notable Customers over the years has included the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Lego Land, Sea World, the LA Arboretum, Disneyland, Disney Productions, the Huntington Gardens, Denver and Missouri Botanical Gardens and many other institutions and botanical gardens across the country.  And, this doesn't include our many tens of thousands of satisfied customers.  All these references, entities and people can't have it wrong. 

Our Expansion

We're proud of our reputation   Jungle Music has continually grown for the past two decades and daily people tell us how our selection is "better than ever".  Our biggest customer expansion has always come from our word of mouth reputation.  Our customers tell their friends and family about us and that we are the "nursery to visit".  This has led to our expanding our inventory and space.  And, as mentioned, our Website has been viewed by over ten million people.  We hope to make you as well one of our satisfied and loyal customers.
Red Ti grandson and hyophorbe palm trees


Rare and Unusual Plants Offered

Unlike most nurseries, we specialize in offering different and unusual species that you just won't find elsewhere.  If you are just looking for the cheapest common Queen Palm around, we are Zamia elegantissimanot your nursery.  Rather, we offer over 1000 different species of plants, all unique and gorgeous. 

If you just want ordinary, common stuff, go to a depot store.  But, if you want to really get excited over new and different plants, then you'll like what we offer for sale.  We feel we are the finest Southern California source for rare palm trees, cycads and tons of exotic companion plants. And, with our vast selection, there is indeed something for everyone. 

Scan through all the photographs shown at this article and you'll quickly realize that you're seeing plants you've never seen before.  



We were probably one of the first nurseries in the country back in 1977 that specialized in unusual palms.  When our nursery started, there were only a handful of palm species for sale in almost all nurseries.  Over time we have assorted palm trees in 15gt sizevastly changed that.  Other nurseries have tried to copy our model but most have failed.  We presently offer over 800 species of exotic palms that can potentially be grown by many here in Southern California.  And, we have over 200,000 palm plants of all sizes to select from.  But, this doesn't mean that our clientele is limited to this area.  We ship palms nationwide every week, even to more tropical areas like south Florida.

The photos here show our extensive selection of rare palm tree nursery plantspalms.  It doesn't matter that you've never heard of most of these species.  We will teach you all about them so that, when you leave, nursery stockyou'll have a pretty good familiarity with the species you bought.  And, we can lay out a planting scheme for you as well.  We have single trunk species as well as clustering palms.  We have many feather palms and super exotic fan palms for sale.  And, we have palms of many colors including the popular blue varieties.  Finally, we have palms that stay short as well as canopy forming palms that give shade to the garden.   

Howea Wodyetia Pritchardia


Cycads are a type of water conserving plant that's history dates back 200 million years to the age of the dinosaurs.  They are often considered to be the "gems" of a botanical garden's plant collection.  They are slow growing and ten to never get overly large.  But, there are dwarf species as well as tall trunking species.  Finally, they are among the most coveted, most rare and most threatened plants on this planet.  This means that it's not easy to find a source for purchasing cycads.

We've been offering customers rare cycads for forty years.  What this means to you is that we have a vast offering of plants from young seedlings on up to very old, mature, coning sized plants.  Few nursery can offer these larger sizes.  With larger plants, Encephalartos trispinosusbe aware that there is a difference between a recently removed and minimally rooted offset - and a plant that is established in a large container for a decade with roots busting out the bottom of the pot.  You have to be an established nursery that's held plants for a long time to have the latter, sturdy and well rooted specimen cycads.  At the seedling end of the zamia lodegesiispectrum, we offer several thousand plants of many species.  This includes almost all the genera.  And on the in-between plants, we have scores of 5g, citrus pot or 15 gallon plants.

I would also like you to know that multiple times every year we are contacted about acquiring established private collections of typically Lepidozamia collection bannervery old cycads.  This is most often the result of a collector moving out of the state or a long term enthusiast passing away.  Although sad in a way, we consider that we are finding new homes for these protected plants.  This provides another source Banner Jan 2017 collection bannerof old and rare cycads that we can offer to you, the cycad customer.  In the month of my writing an update to this Tour, we have acquired two such collections.  At our home page you can see the chronically listed recent collections acquired.   I have included links here to these two recently acquired collections.  Just click on the banners shown here. 

Below is a table showing many species of rare and different cycads.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana E. natalensis high flats macrozamia communis
E. trispinosus  C. thouarsii box  C. robusta box 
dIOON MEROLAE Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos natalensis
E. ituriensis  Cycas debaoensis  E. ferox cone 


There are really three groups of plants in this category.  All make great additions to a garden that's trying to have a tropical appearance.  This is in addition to the palms and cycads shown above.  These three groups include:

Colorful Tropical Plants
Exotic Companion Plants
Tropical Trees and Tropical Fruit

1.  Tropical Color for the Garden

 - In Two Ways

This first group of plants includes plants that, by themselves have colorful foliage - or plants that blossom and show seasonal color with their flowers.  And, some types of plants do both.  Bromeliads would be an example of the latter.  Tropical ColorTi plants would be an example of plants having colorful foliage.  We carry all three of these types of ways to add color to your garden.  The taller plants to the right are red Ti plants.  They typically get to about six feet of height and it's their foliage that provides the color. 

Nerogelia in blossomThe photo to the left shows Alma holding a colorful Nerogelia type of bromeliad.  Bromeliads are low profile, low maintenance plants that are rarely over a foot or two tall.  They can also be added epiphytically to tree trunks or posts.  Their leavesBromeliads are often quite colorful but from the center they will add more color in the form of a blossom.  The photo to the right shows a group of colorful bromeliads.

The other group of plants that add color are ones that do it solely with their blossoms.
  These would be Jacobiniatypically a seasonal flower - i.e., lasting for a month or two.  But, some species of these plants will have a longer blossoming season.  To the left with clumps of pink flowers is the Jacobinia.  And, to the right is a super rare red blossoming tree named PavoniaPavonia multiflora.  It is unique in multiple ways.  It blossoms all year long, never gets over eight feet tall and does its blossoming in shade.  This is unique that a tree requires no sunlight to blossom.  We offer quite a few bushes and small plants that have colorful blossoms.  Below in the tables of pictures is an assortment of colorful plants for you to consider. 

tropiocal color tropical color tropical color
Anthurium tropical color tropical color
Heliconia Coleus Hedychium blossom
croton Croton Canna

2.  Tropical Companion Plants Known for their Foliage

These plants are known for their foliage - not their blossoms or color.  Most are not too large in size although some do obtain some height.  Included in this group of plants are Blechnumsuch things as Anthurium, Alocasia, Philodendron, Ferns, Staghorns, Amorphophallus, Bamboo, Stelitzia, Ornamental Banana, Brugmansia, Calocasia,Anthurium plowmanii Canna, Coffea, Cordyline, Crinum and many other genera of plants.  All of these can help adorn, complement and fill the garden floor below you canopy forming trees.  As a group, all of these are strikingly different.  No two genera look alike.  It is true that some of these may additionally add some color with their foliage.

This is an expansive group of plants and we've found our customers are super enthusiastic about them.  They really give them options of interesting things to add to the landscape. 

The table below shows an assortment of these tropical companion type plants.

Birdsnest Fern Colocasia Alocasia black
Alocasia black black Ti Crinum purple
moosehorn fern Anthurium species Anthurium species
Canna tropicana Blue ginger pinstripe ginger


3.  Tropical Trees and Fruits

These are larger tropical plants/trees that tend to form overhead canopy or at least get fairly tall.  This is a huge group to have a comprehensive availability on.  There are thousands upon thousands of plants that fall into this group.  Ravanala madagascarensisSo, we have selectively chosen certain ones that we like to propagate and offer for sale.  One of the most popular in this group is the Traveler Palm, Ravanala madagascarensis.  A photo of Spathodeaa nursery plant is shown to the right.  These have foliage in a single plane yet have a banana type leaf, all arranged to be viewed from one side. 

Another popular tree is Spathodea campanulata shown to the left.  The photo shows the orange-red blossoms.  This makes a tree of about 25 feet height Plumeriaor more and is florid with blossom in our summer. Other choices might include Tabebuia, Cassia species, Plumeria (to the right) and many others.  Many of these trees are known for their colorful blossoms. 

Schizilobium schizilobium
parahybum shown to the right is a small leaflet canopy forming tree that gives light shade, not dense shade.  Known as the Fern Tree, it has a tropical look and will get to heights papayaof thirty feet.  Although we are far from a tropical fruit nursery, we do carry some.  One of our favorites is the Papaya tree seen to the right.  This is the Mexican variety which tolerates more cold.  And, you only need one tree to set fruit.  The Hawaiian plants need a colony of both sexes to successfully make fruit.

In the table below you'll see more photos of tropical trees or tropical fruits.
Tree Fern anthurium species  Enterlobium
pomegranate Meryta sinclairii Mango
Ficus dammaropsis Pachira Ficus roxburghii


We have quite a few video presentations of the garden and the plants.  The banner and link below will take you to a short YouTube video from March, 2019 showing some of our growing areas, palms, cycads and colorful plants.  It's narrated by Jesse Bergman.  Check it out if you have the time.

Banner Video Jungle Music Mar 2019


This certainly has been a comprehensive tour of all aspects of our nursery.  I've done this because I'd like to gain you as a customer.  I can guarantee you that you'll like the plants that you see, we offer very fair prices and have the largest and most rare inventory of palms, cycads and exotics tropical plants around.  We take very good care of our customers.  If you have any questions or inquiries, please call me or email me.  My email link address is at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for reading this.

Phil Bergman

Staff from Open House
Staff at previous Open House

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Nursery Location:

450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA  92024

Nursery Phone: 619 291 4605
Nursery Hours:

 Monday - Saturday  9AM to 4PM

Directions to Nursery: Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego). 
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
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