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TUESDAY, 27 JULY, 2021 

COLORFUL PLANTS AROUND THE NURSERY


TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL COLORFUL PLANTS


I wanted to show you a bunch of photographs of colorful plants.  All the photos below were taken at the nursery.  Availability of colorful plants is a seasonal thing.  I.e., some things sell out but we always seek for our customers new desirable species with pizazz.  This includes Bromeliads, Alocasia, Gingers, Canna Lilies, Heliconia, Cordyline Ti Plants, Caladium, tropical flowering trees and whatever else we come across.  And, to encourage you to order or come look at our inventory, we are offering a discount price on all of our color.  I know below is a lot of photographs for downloading.  I apologize.  But, I thought you'd like to see them and I could have chosen a lot more to show.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 10% OFF REGULAR PRICE ON ALL COLOR PLANTS

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WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



NEW ARRIVAL – TALL 25 GALLON SPECIMENS
READY FOR PLANTING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25 GALLON PLANTS

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  It is cold tolerant down into the low 20’s F.  It loves more inland locations as long as you don’t get too cold.  Trunks are rather thin for this species mature height of about 25 feet.  The crown shaft is a silver-green color.  Trunks are often swollen at their base.  The plants on special are about ten to twelve feet tall – probably too big for the average smaller pickup truck.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 25 GALLON $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $550

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BEAUTIFUL 25G AND 5G PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  These cannot be transplanted once established in the garden.  They get a husky trunk and probably about 40 feet tall in many decades.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Shown below are two sizes:  Landscape ready 25g and more affordable 5 gallon size.  This is a great starting size.


REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $475

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  The 5g size can be shipped by mail order.  The first two rows of photos are the 25g size followed by two rows of pics of the 5g.

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


GREAT CHOICE FOR THE GARDEN OR INSIDE THE HOME
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does in the garden here in So California and is known as one of the best choices as an interior palm.  Remember it can get tall over many years so you’d do best if you have high ceilings.  It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice fifteen gallon plants on special – both singles and multiples in each pot.  I’m showing both below.  These plants are too big for standard mail order but can be delivered.  The garden shots are all of single specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SINGLES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SINGLES $250

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $300


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


WE HAVE A FEW VERY LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE FOR TEN DAYS

Today I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, its native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga.  It's not a small Arenga.  It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES IN 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $200

 
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha 15g Oct Arenga micrantha 15g Oct
Arenga micrantha 15g Oct Arenga micrantha Tobias Spanner RPS Arenga micrantha 15g Oct

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON THREE SIZES

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds the past few years.  We are pleased to presently three different sizes, all on sale.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  We’re putting on sale popular sizes of 1, 5 and 15g plants. NOTE:  5G SIZE IN VERY SHORT SUPPLY.

REGULAR PRICE 1GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55 (FIRST ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $85 (SECOND ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $180 (THIRD ROW OF PHOTOS)


Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The last two photos are c/o TS at RPS and Palmpedia.  Also, be aware, we have limited numbers on some sizes.

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Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa TS RPS Chamaedorea plumosa Palmpedia

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 5 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.

 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  The crown shaft is often white or silver.  The plants we're offering here appear to be the suckering form.  As a species, it has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are the 5g size with an age of about 5 years from seed. They tolerate full sun along the coast and are cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $95

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


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Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA TRUNKING RADICALIS
QUICK GROWING, SINGLE STEM



FAIRLY COLD HARDY - TOLERATE SUN
LARGE FIVE GALLON SIZE - TEN DAY SPECIAL

TAs many of you may know, Chamaedorea radicalis is from Mexico.  The classic dwarf form only gets three to four feet tall.  The trunking form shown here easily can reach eight to ten feet.  Both are single trunk palms.  Both can tolerate a large amount of sun and some are growing them in full sun close to the ocean.  The trunking form is a very fast growing plant.  It has more narrow leaflets compared to the dwarf form.  Both have long male and female blossoms that are oriented upwards off the trunk.  On the dwarf form the blossoms often tower above the foliage.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Shown below are singles in the 5g size.  We’re putting this on sale.  The 5th photo below shows a large plant at the nursery to demonstrate how they’ll look when larger.  Note:  We have limited numbers available with this sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $85

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.


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Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking  

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES


MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 5g size on sale is shown the the first 3 photos.  Also below, one photo below shows the remarkable blue color to the seeds.  We also have available other sizes.  The sixth photo is by John Volk.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  Please note the prominent spines on the leaf stems.

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Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

There is a second endemic species of Howea on Lord Howe Island.  This is Howea belmoreana.  Common names used to describe this species include the Sentry Palm, the Belmore Palm, the "Kentia Palm", and even the Umbrella Palm.  However, the name "Kentia Palm" is usually used to refer to the H. forsteriana.  Howea belmoreana comes from a higher elevation in its natural habitat compared to the H. forsteriana.  And, given this fact, one might expect that this species is a little more cold tolerant.  Most growers have found this to be true, tolerating temperatures to about 25 degrees F.

The main difference between this palm and the standard Kentia is that the crown of leaves are quite curved pointing downwards toward the grown.  This gives the crown an overall umbrella appearance.  Like the H. forsteriana, the Belmore Palm doesn't like full sun if away from the Coast and is rather slow growing.  Most find it to be slower than the regular Kentia Palm.  Culture is similar and there is little data on the transplant of this species, but I suspect it will perform about the same as the standard Kentia.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $55


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.  The sale plants are shown in the first five photos.

 
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana 

 

COPERNICIA HOSPITA
THE BLUE CUBAN WAX PALM



SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM
STUNNING BLUE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS

This beautiful blue fan palm is native to Cuba. Mature trees carry a large number of blue, circular and pleated and flat leaves.  The trunk holds on to old leaf bases for a while but eventually is smooth with about a 12 inch diameter.  Many feel that this, along with other Copernicia, are some of the most beautiful of all fan palms.  Expect a mature height of 20 to 25 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold tolerant to at least a freeze.  We're putting young plants on sale.  They presently have two to three leaves, further along than shown below.  This species is rare and worth getting, even though small.  It's worth the wait.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS $55

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Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

RUST COLORED CROWN SHAFT
THIN SILVER RINGED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This great palm is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.  This is one of the most popular palms around.  I’m offering our band size on special. 


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

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


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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD



SMALL, SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G PLANTS


Recently we got in some very nice 7g Zamia furfuracea that I'm putting on special.  This species is native to south-eastern Mexico.  It is a semi-dwarf species.  Some clones don't get over three feet tall.  Others can get to ahead height but this is rare.  It has stiff ,small green leaflets.  They are typically oval or an elongated oval in shape.  There are no spines on the leaflets and minimal spines on the stems.  A typical leaf length is two to three feet when mature.  In sun the color is a light green.  The leaflets are a bit hairy as well.  Plants sucker and form small clumps.

Classically, this species is meant for part day sun or strong filtered light.  Along the coast many grow them in full sun.  This gives a smaller, more compact clump.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F.  The plants we have in 7g pots are either large singles or clusters.  Caudexes are up to 5 to 6 inches.  All are nice and can be shipped.  Also, some are growing these as an interior cycad.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 7G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 7G $145

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price. 


Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND PLANTS


Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The fifth photo shows a larger nursery plant and the last photo is a garden specimen.  Of note, these seedlings are pretty nice and probably ready to be repotted into a larger container. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The one gallon plants here are 3 years old more more.  I have very limited numbers for sale.  The last photo is of a garden plant. 


REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $110
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order

Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

BLACK ROSE, STARBURST AND OTHERS
AEONIUM ARBOREUM


BLACK-RED , VARIEGATED AND GREEN VARIETIES
SMALL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Country or area of origin: Canary Islands
Mature height: In ground, typically 2 to 3 feet 
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To mid-20's F.    
Water Requirements:  
Water conserving
Rate of Growth:  
Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 
1g, 2g and 5g - varies 
Regular Prices:  5 gallon size as shown $55
Size shown:  5 gallon
 

Comments: This dwarf succulent is best known for its short plump and colorful leaves.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  Shown are a black variety, a variegated green one and a chameleon-like species that varies from green to gold.  Our availability varies, but we try to always have a nice assortment in stock.  These are easy to mail order  

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AEONIUMS $45


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Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types
Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types

 

BECAURNIA RECURVATA
THE PONYTAIL PALM

 

BIZARRE AND SWOLLEN BASE
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - LOVES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

We just got in our spring supply of this popular succulent plant that is certainly not a true palm.  Yet, all of its common names call it one.  Native to Mexico, this plant typically gets ten to fifteen feet tall with a peculiar, expanded caudex at the base and a crown of strap like leaves.  These emerge upward and then hang down in a fountain fashion.  The most amazing thing about this species is the bizarre forms it can take on.  It can have multiple heads of leaves, multiple emerging trunks from the caudex base and the size of the base can get massive.  I've seen photos of small cars parked on top of the base of this species.

Shown here in the first six photos is a very nice  and very old 25g plant with an estimated 18 to 20 inch base.  It is a sun loving species and cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.  Cold may damage the leaves but usually plants come back the following season.  If you want smaller we have 15g size (last photo) and 5g which are more affordable.  The 25g plant is at least 20 years old.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE AS SHOWN $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $465

Just mention this Blog Ten Day Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Sometimes the larger 25 gallon are on a order in status.   Note we also have 5 gallon plants for $65.


Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata

 

CRINUM AMABILE - PURPLE LEAF
LARGE CRINUM TYPE LILY - AKA "QUEEN EMMA LILY"

OVERHEAD PURPLE-GREEN LEAVES
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This Lily is native to all sorts of locations throughout the world including southern Asia, Australia, and Africa.  It is known for it's spiraling display of long, heavy substance leaves that are upright and four to six feet long.  Their color is green and dark purple.  Flowers are white with purple centers and markings.  It grows like other Lilies by making offset tubers that make new plants.   Expect a mature height of six to seven feet, definitely overhead.  As mentioned, they clump and form a great display of foliage.  They will not "run" or take over an area.  In recent times these have been near impossible to find.  But, we have a limited number of 5 gallon that we’re putting on sale.  See first six photos below.  I’m also showing larger nursery plants (now sold out) and a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HARD TO FIND 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $85

NOTE:  ALMOST SOLD OUT - We have no idea when we'll offer them again!

 
CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA
CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA
Crinum amabile purple Crinum amabile purple Crinum amabile purple

     

MONDAY, 26 JULY, 2021

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD


LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER! 

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

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.  Our stock on this species includes 1 gallon, 5 gallon, 15g, 25g, 45g and 24 inch boxes.  It is an extremely easy cycad to add to the garden and always makes an impressive and good sized show. 

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lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A SEMI-DWARF TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM

 


GET UP TO ABOUT 8 FEET - SUCKERING SPECIES
COLD HARDY INTO THE UPPER TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This type of Bamboo Palm is known for several things.  First, it is one of the shorter true suckering and pinnate Chamaedorea.  It gets to a mature height of about 8 feet.  It is a great patio plant or can be grown inside.  It is also one of the more cold hardy types of Chamaedorea, only being beat out by C. radicalis.  Leaf color is green and sometimes there are hints of blue, a blue iridescence or even blue leaflet backs on this species.  Fruits are numerous and red in color.  Trunks are very thin.  I'd recommend filtered light for this species although some have grown in in coastal sun.  Of note, it's one of the more cold hardy Bamboo Palms around, tolerating temperatures in the upper teens F.  The 15 gallon size are fruiting size and on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $195

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount. 


Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Chamaedorea microspadix
Dypsis lanceolata Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU



EXOTIC APPEARING CROWN SHAFTED PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVEN & FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE

This unusual single trunk palm species is native to the small island of Vanuatu.  It is a tall species reaching heights of over fifty feet.  It has a silver-green crown shaft and premorse leaflets.  It is quite exotic appearing.  It is a sun species along the coast.  It does tolerate a freeze.  But, it is a lot easier to grow than other Veitchia species.  Customers have told us it’s their favorite of the genus by far.  I don’t have many, but I'm offering the seven and fifteen gallon sizes on special.  The plant shown below is a double, two stems.  And, I forgot to say, it’s super rare and near impossible to find.  We only have a couple for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 7 & 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 & 15 GALLON SIZE $195

Just mention this blog special at the time of purchase for this price.  The garden photos are, in order c/o Jason Dunn, Palmpedia and Pinterest.


Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis by Jason Dunn Veitchia spiralis by Jason Dunn
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis by Palmpedia Veitchia spiralis by Pinterest

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE


A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is an unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis.  

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species.  

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here. 


We have very limited numbers of this rare species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.  But, we only have a few of the 15 gallon available.  

REGULAR PRICE 15G $275

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $225


Remember to mention this Special to get your discount.


Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha WALLICHIA DISTICHA
Wallichia disticha Wallichia distincha Wallichia distincha
WALLICHIA DISTICHA Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

MEDIUM SIZE -THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


I don't know if you've looked for this species, but the Cliff Date Palm is not so easy to find.  It is native to India and is about half the size of the Canary Island Palm in terms of trunk diameter and mature height.  Also, the crown is much smaller.  It is an armed species and has other characteristics of Phoenix like the induplicate leaflets (water held "in" - V shaped ).  But, many think this is the prettiest of all the Date Palms.  It typically gets fifteen to twenty-five feet tall.  The leaves are very pretty and green.  The crown is not overly large.  Leaves curve downwards.  Growth rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here are our 15 gallon size which we are putting on sale.

 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $195

Remember to mention this Special for this discount.  The isolated palm in the last row is from Balboa Park, San Diego.


PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.   Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk.  Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  If you can grow a King Palm, the chances are good that you can grow a Royal Palm.  They are fast growers.  Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.  The plants I'm putting on special today are an easily shipped size of 5 gallon - about four to five feet in the pot. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase


Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

SYAGRUS SANCONA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOXTAIL PALM



VERY PLUMOSE LEAVES
HARD TO FIND BUT NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is one of the prettiest Syagrus you can buy.  It gets its common name from the fact that the leaves are very plumose (multi-ranked or fluffy), resembling the Foxtail Palm.  As the photographs show, the trunk is thin for the height of this palm.  And it is prominently ringed.  Mature height can be 50 feet or more.  It is native to about six countries in the northern part of South America.  It prefers full sun once acclimated and is cold tolerant down to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are in 5 gallon pots and can be shipped.  They aren't huge in their pots yet but will show good growth in the next six months.

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $80



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Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona
Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

MEDIUM SIZE – THIN TRUNK – CROWN SHAFTED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This species is from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island.  It is of similar height to C. nucele and has the same trunk diameter.  The crown shaft on C. elegans is slightly more swollen than that of C. nucele.  The crown shaft is also more of a green color, but can show silver.  The leaflets are thinner and, as you can see, the leaves curve downward as opposed to the stiff, upright leaves of nucele.  Another important difference between the two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the leaves of nucele are more flat.  Of note, on both species the bare petiole (stem with no leaves) is very short.  This helps you identify this genus. 

Shown here are our 2 gallon sized plants that I photographed recently.  Also shown are lots of photos of mature plants.  This species should be started in filtered light and be allowed to grow into some sun if you live along the coast.  Inland full sun is too harsh for this species.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available.  The 2g size is shown in the first five photos.


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Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ALBA – PREVIOUSLY VEILLONIA ALBA
GORGEOUS & SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

MEDIUM HEIGHT – WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, white crown-shafted palm comes from the island of New Caledonia.  There is grows in locations from sea level to 2000 feet.  It is a medium sized plant best known for its white crown shaft.  Known for decades as a monotypic species "Veillonia alba", in the past decade taxonomists decided renamed it Cyphophoenix alba.  Trunk diameter is thin, about six inches.  Height is about forty feet, sometimes taller.  This species is known to grow in better areas of Southern California.  The crown shaft is covered with either white or red-brown tomentum and is striking.  Prominent rings are seen on the trunk.  The leaves are green and overall, the crown is a medium size.  I would recommend growing this is filtered light and let it work its way into a bit more sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As this species is super rare and hard to find, if you get one you have to be careful with it.  It would be difficult to replace is you lose it through poor culture.  We have put 5 gallon on sale.  They are Spring repots so we’re offering a nice discounted price.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $85

Discount lasts 10 days.  Mention this before you buy.

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Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Veillonia alba Cyphopheonx alba Cyphophoenix alba Veillonia alba Cyphopheonx alba

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

WHEN MATURE, LANDSCAPE SIZED SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON PLANTS

This species of Ravenea is from both the west and eastern sides of the Island of Madagascar.  It was named after a river on the island.  It is a large and elegant pinnate palm with heights reportedly up to one hundred feet.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  It grows at elevations from sea level to six thousand feet in both dry and moist native habitats.  When younger, this species has flat erect leaves that go straight upwards.  However, with age, this species produces leaves that are keeled and curve downwards at the ends.  When mature the overall crown is hemispherical with the leaves in the upper portion of the circle.  Because of its large size, this plant should be considered a major landscape item and not a companion plant.  Photos below show how large this palm is when mature.

I have a limited number of two gallon plants on sale.  They should be grown in an area where they can work their way from strong filtered light into full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  They like moisture but need good draining soil.  My thanks to TS at RPS for two photos below.  I’m also showing a 15 gallon from the Nursery.

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $65

Our two gallon size is shown in the first 6 photos below.


Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis
Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis
Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis TS RPS Ravenea sambiranensis TS RPS

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


 

SINGLE TRUNK PALM NATIVE TO BRAZIL
FEMALE PARENT OF THE "COCONUT QUEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk species is from Brazil and never gets very tall.  Usually they are never over twenty feet in height.  They are very slow growing.  A most prominent feature of this species are the retained leaf bases on the upper trunk.  It is unusual for a Syagrus because it has modified small spines (more like saw edge prominences) of the leaf stem.  If you cross this plant with pollen from a Queen Palm and you have one of the best looking palms ever - The Coconut Queen Palm.  Shown in the first two rows are 5g S. schizophylla.  We only have a few.  These plants are six year old.  They can take full coastal sun and are cold hardy down to about a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS $80

Remember, to get this price you must mention this Special when you purchase.  The subject palm in the 7th photo is in the foreground.


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Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla
Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM


WIDE GREEN LEAFLETS – BEST IN FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BATCH OF 5 GALLON SIZE


This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.  Shown here are a batch of our 5 gallon size which we’re putting on sale.  They are late winter to spring repots, so we’re offering a nice discount.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $75

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase
.


Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.

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Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by cloudforest website Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

BRAHEA MOOREI AVAILABLE
THE DWARF ROCK PALM


SUPER RARE - SOUGHT AFTER MEXICAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


Shown below are 3 year old juvenile seedlings of the super rare and hard to find Brahea moorei.  The seeds for these plants came from a fruiting tree in San Diego County.  They were very slow to germinate and these plants are finally taking on good size for a one gallon.  We're putting them on sale.  Some are on their fifth or sixth leaf.

This is a very small, dwarf species with overall height of four to six feet.  Leaves are near fully circular with deeply divided segments.  The underside of the leaves are brilliantly white and often you'll see a white color on the dorsal segment margins.  The garden specimens are c/o PACSOA and TS/RPS with Martin Gibbons in the photo.  Culturally, you can grow this in strong filtered light, part day sun or possibly full sun along the coast.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  It is very slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE $55

These would be easy to mail order - weather permitting.

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Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Brahea moorei
Brahea moorei PACSOA Brahea moorei  TS RPS  

 

DYPSIS SPECIES LAFAZAMANGA
NEW UNIDENTIFIED SUCKERING MALAGASY PALM

WHITE CROWN SHAFT - RED COLOR NEW LEAF SPEARS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Very little is known about this new to the market species of suckering palm tree from Madagascar.  Seeds originated from the wild.  At this point it is an unidentified species.  What we do know is that it is a suckering, crownshafted palm that is pinnate, has a white crown shaft, red color to new leaf spears and stems, drooping leaflts and is medium height mature.  It is estimated that mature height will be about 20 to 25 feet.  This is a very exciting new Dypsis species and seems to be doing well in Southern CA.  The garden photo below is c/o palmpedia.  We have limited numbers available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50

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Dypsis species lafazamanga Dypsis lafazamanga palmpedia Dypsis species lafazamanga

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM



TALL PINNATE PALM WITH LUSH GREEN FOLIAGE
LONG PROMINENT CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS IN BANDS

This species of Royal Palm is native to the lower Caribbean Islands and northern South America.  References say it can reach heights of sixty feet but I've personally seen a grove of 100 year old trees in New Caledonia that surpass 100 feet.  They are fast growing, have green leaves, a prominent crown shaft and hold their leaves typically in the upper half of the leaf-crown sphere.  They want sun and are cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  On sale are one year old band sized seedlings.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Easy to mail order.


Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LANATUS
A RARE BLUE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 

LOVES HEAT AND SUN – VERY THIN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


This beautiful South African species of cycad is best known for the silvery throw of new leaves that it displays.  It has a medium sized trunk, usually to a maximum height of six feet.  It does sucker from the base.  Leaves are about three feet long and arching downward.  The leaflets are very narrow and essentially unarmed.  When new leaves emerge they are a brilliant silver in color.  I was absolutely stunned by the beauty of this species the first time I saw a mature plant throw new leaves.  As they age, they become more of a blue green color.  

The native locality for this species experiences extremes in weather from very high summer heat to definite freezes in winter.  In the garden, this species demands sun.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the low 20's.  It is a good species for those in cooler areas who still get summer heat. . 

Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant that has a caudex of 2.75 inches.  Remember that rare cycads are sold by their caudex size.  We’re offering nice prices on this size.  If you buy one and it’s a bit smaller caudex size, it’ll cost less.  If it’s bigger, it’ll be more.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT WITH 2.75 INCHES OF CAUDEX $480
SALE PRICE ONE THIS SIZE $390

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.


Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD

 


COLD HARDY - FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS
GOOD SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM


The species on sale below are very nicely sized 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but are not that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.  The plants on sale are about twelve years old or more and have a caudex diameter of six to seven inches.  The one shown below is a female in cone.  They have seen our local cold weather.  There are at least six to eight to choose from.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15 GALLON $475

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.
 

Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD


MOST POPULAR CYCAD - LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Surprisingly, this is a hard species to find.  We’re offering seedlings from last year’s seed crop on sale.  These can be mail ordered.  Of note, not all of our seedlings have the same size leaf as the one shown below.  Some are shorter.

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLING SIZED BANDS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $60


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Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
LEPIDOZAMIA SPECIES WITH WIDER LEAFLETS

 

MAKES A TALL TREE OVER A CENTURY
FAIRLY RARE AND HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

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.  Compared to the Lepidozamia peroffskyana, the hopei leaflets are wider.  It's quite noticeable when you compare the two side by side. This is the best way to tell them apart when they are young.  Culturally, it is quite similar to L. peroffskyana, preferring some sun but not full sun in most areas.  Far inland it may do better with filtered light. In terms of rarity, you don't see this species for sale that often.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  We're putting citrus pot size on sale with caudexes of about 4 inches.  These can be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $325

Regular price is $90 per inch.  These can be mail ordered.


Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
ALPINIA ZERUMBET


YELLOW AND GREEN 15G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  It is native to Asia.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Blossoms are not fragrant.  Blossoms hang downward compared to the upright blossoms of Hedychium Gingers like the Kahili GingerMature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived, lasting at least a month.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The 15 gallons on sale have several canes and are ready to be planted in the ground.


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $145

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.


Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger

 

KAHILI GINGER
HAWAIAAN HEDYCHIUM
 GINGER


SUPER FRAGRANT/LARGE BLOSSOMS
MATURE HEIGHT ABOUT SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

The Kahili Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) is one of the most popular of all Gingers.  This is because the blossoms are huge and super fragrant.  But, blossoms are short lived.  Blossoms are typically yellow with red interiors.  They are upright, opposed to the hanging and non-fragrant Shell Ginger.  Plants get to a height of about six feet.  Leaves are green.  It prefers filtered light and is frost tolerant.  Many grow it in part day sun.  We have 15g available and are putting them on sale.  Everyone loves this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $145


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  The garden photo is c/o Queensland Govt. website


Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahili Ginger Queensland Govt. website Kahili Ginger Queensland Govt. website Kahili Ginger Queensland Govt. website

 

NEOROGELIA SPECIES - "RED THROAT"
SUCKERING UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT


NICE CLUSTERS WITH RED INNER LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON CLUSTERS

This is a desirable species of Neorogelia.  They only get to perhaps 18 inches tall and sucker from the base.  Leaves are green with a central red throat as shown.  I'd recommend growing them in filtered light or some sun.  They are low maintenance and can be grown inside the home or on the patio.  The clumps on special are about four or more plants per pot.  Pot size is 3 gallon (10 inches).. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Neorogelia cluster red throat Neorogelia cluster red throat Neorogelia cluster red throat
Neorogelia cluster red throat Neorogelia cluster red throat Neorogelia cluster red throat

 

PANDANUS FURCATUS
VERY COLD HARDY SPECIES OF PANDANUS



EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG PLANTS

Pandanus are a Monocot with about 750 species worldwide.  Many species are native to Madagascar.  They are similar to palm trees but are not true palms.  Many species produce prominent roots from the trunk to help support the tree.  Pandanus furcatus is known to be quite cold hardy as it is native to northern India and Nepal (as well of nearby other areas).  All Pandanus come from the Old World.  P. furcatus can get quite tall, even over 40 feet in many decades.  Leaves have spiny margins.  It can tolerate a freeze.  Be aware that most species do not tolerate a freeze.  The only other species of Pandanus we grow is P. utilus.  Both are extremely difficult to find for sale.  We recently obtained some smaller furcatus plants from a private grower.  Our band size is shown in the first 6 photos.  The specimen is c/o TS at RPS.  The 7th and 9th photos are of larger plants we had about a decade ago.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $57.50


Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus
Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus
Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus by TS RPS Pandanus furcatus

 

CANNA LILY
ARRIVING PRESENTLY
SUMMER BLOOMER



THREE TYPES SHOWN BELOW

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Canna Lilies are a tropical or semi-tropical perennial plant.  They are not a true Lily but called a Lily.  They are probably most closely related to Gingers.  I've found the foliage is a bit less appealing in winter.  Then, in summer when it's warm, they do their thing with rapid growth of pretty foliage as shown here and a prolonged display of colorful blossoms.  They can take our coastal sun or part sun.  I have several types/varieties available.  I'm showing three varieties below.  All have stunning blossoms in summer.  The Tropicana is known for its colorful leaves.  Blossom colors on Canna vary from red to pink to apricot to yellow and more.

REGULAR PRICE 5G CANNAS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Canna indica
   
Canna indica Canna indica  Canna indica

Canna tropicana
   
Canna tropicana  Canna tropicana Canna tropicana

Canna variety with purple-black leaves
   
Canna purple-black Canna purple-black Canna purple-black

 

CLUSTERING RED NEOROGELIA
LARGER PLANTS THAN OUR PREVIOUS "FIREBALLS"



RED FOLIAGE - TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POTS


Neorogelia are known for their foliage.  Blossoms are small, often blue, and deep within the cup of the plant.  Foliage is often brilliantly colored, especial before the plants blossom and when in some sun.  But, not all plants of this genus like sun.  In general, Neorogia tend to be flatter plants and don't get very tall.  Many prefer shade.  The plants on special are similar to the clustering red Neorogelia that we've had in the past.  But, on these, the plants are larger and have wider leaves.  But, you can see the nice red color developing.  They start of with one or two plants and in a few years are a cluster of eight or more plants.  I'd give them part day sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VARIETY $45

Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch
Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch Neorogelia red clustering 10 inch

 

FRIDAY, 23 JULY, 2021

FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS

 
CORRECT?
I DON'T THINK SO.

All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of one species or another.
  I've not labeled them because I'm presenting them as a group.  From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk.  I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like "I don't like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans".  Or, "Fan palms look like "desert palms".  Or, "Fan palms are so boring; I like normal palms".  If you were like me and had studied palms for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I usually just say something like "I understand" and show them typical pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color and textures.  I've tried to demonstrate their varied appearance here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.  Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.

 

Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax crinita Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax species Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm hemithrinax ekmaniana
Fan Palm licuala grandis Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Licuala elegans
copernicia baileyana Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax montana copernicia macrogossas
Cryosophila kerriodoxa Licuala species
Rhapis subtilis Serenoa Fan Palm
licuala ramsayi' licuala ramsayi variegated rhapis
Fan Palm Fan Palm Coccothrinax

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular type of fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  We are growing at least five or six species that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section. 

Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Some of the 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and at least 12 years old.  I’d estimate some of them are the size of a 36 inch boxed plant.  They are all too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.  The first four photos show one of these beauties and the other photos are garden pictures. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $450

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM



POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS

All the time customers are seeking out Bismarckia, especially for mail orders to other states.  We have available some 15 gallon plants of this species that can be mail ordered.  But, we don't have too many.  For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  You’ll note that there’s some purple color to the leaves and stems.  This is because they were outdoor grown and saw cold weather into the twenties F.  But, this is the blue form as only the blue ones seem to show purple with cold.  As they grow, all leaves remain blue.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  Shown are the 15 gallon plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 


Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHOCOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
SPINY TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM


EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This single trunk tropical fan palm is noted mostly for its spiny trunk.  The spines are long, randomly directed and almost needle sized.  It is native to South America and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Unlike Trithrinax campestris, the leaflet tips on this species are not sharp nor pointed.  It is a medium rate grower. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $185

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 15 gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.  The fifth photo shows a close up of the trunk of an older nursery plant.


TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

Shown below are our 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you're are not too far inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new red leaves and there's no way of predicting this.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $95

We have very limited numbers available of this species and only several in this 5 gallon size.  Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  The crown shaft photo below is by TS at RPS


CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI TS RPS CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  The garden photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.  The last photo is a 15g plant at the nursery.

REGULAR 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $95

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase
.

Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha TS Rps Cryosophila stauracantha

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 
TRUNK IS SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

This is one of my favorite Sabal species and I’m sure it may become one of yours as well.  It's native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico and Cuba.  It can get to height of at least 35 feet and has a trunk that is quite thick, smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks can be up to 30 inches in diameter.  They are almost like a concrete pillar.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes full, hot sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The size we’re putting on sale is 5 gallon.  These can be mail ordered. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85

Remember:  Mention this Special!


Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY



LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 7 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant

 

CYPHOSPERMA NABOUTINENSIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM



NATIVE TO FIJI - MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is an extremely rare and only recently available new Cyphosperma from a single location in Fiji.  It is an understory palm that would want filtered light or a bit of sun.  Mature height is 20 feet although there are habitat reports of trees to 30 feet.  The trunk is thin - about 4 inches thick.  Leaves are six feet long, green in color and arching.  This is a super tropical and exotic appearing medium height palm  The plants on special are winter repots into 5g pots - so a nice discount.  They will sell out quickly.  The exact cold tolerance of this species is unknown at this time.  So, it's best to try if you coldest temperatures are above a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THIS RARE PALM 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $70


Photo credits to TS at RPS, J.M. at Palmpedia and Plantsmap.com website.

Cyphosperma naboutinensis Cyphosperma neboutinensis Cyphosperma neboutinensis
Cyphosperma neboutinensis Cyphosperma naboutinensis Cyphosperma naboutinensis
Cyphosperma naboutinensis TS RPS Cyphosperma naboutinensis PalmPedia J. Marcus Cyphosperma naboutinensis plantsmap.com website

 

BASSELINIA PANCHERI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK EXOTIC PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - DARK OR BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This super exotic single trunk pinnate palm is native to New Caledonia and is being grown by some enthusiasts in Sothern California.  It is very slow growing and has a mature height of eight to ten feet.  The crown shaft is often dark in color, sometimes speckled or has faint linear lines.  The trunk is 2 to 4 inches and leaflets are wide.  Leaves have the appearance of being solid but they are divided into wide leaflets.  This palm should be grown in filtered light.  It has a cold tolerance down to about a freeze.  Also understand that this species is very slow growing - so be patient.  We're offering three year old 2 gallon plants here.  These were repotted this winter fall into 2 gallon pots.  This is an extremely rare palm to find for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Remember:  Mention this Special!


Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri

 

DYPSIS BARONII
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


NEVER OVERLY TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This is a typically suckering, thin trunked palm from Madagascar.  It is quite attractive.  I say this because it displays a variety of colors in the trunk and crown shaft, especially through its juvenile years.  Also, it's fairly cold hardy (to about 25 degrees F. or a bit lower), it has thin trunks and gets to a height of typically twenty feet.  This makes is a perfect size, not overly large.  The colors you’ll see in the trunks and stems varies from red to orange and pink and to silver and yellow.  There's a color for everyone!  As plants mature, stems usually become silver or green.  Crown shafts are often a powdery white as shown below. 
This plant is not difficult to grow.  It prefers strong filtered light but can tolerate some coastal sun.  Inland areas should only try filtered light.  I'd highly recommend this species.  We’re putting 5 gallon plants on sale.  They were repotted about six months ago but should take off this summer.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

This size is shippable.  Remember to mention this Blog Special.


Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THE MINIATURE FLAME THROWER PALM

 

PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This thin trunked, medium sized palm comes from New Caledonia where it lives in habitat below overhead tree canopy.  It is very slow growing.  It has a trunk diameter, at maturity, of about three inches.  It has a cream colored crown shaft and a sparse crown of five to six leaves.  It is often seen "leaning" for light among competing plants.  For a nursery, producing a nice 5g plant takes about five years.  For this reason, few nurseries grow this species.  Planted in the garden, growth rate picks up a bit but is still slow.  Newly emerging leaves are often red in color.  If you are in a drier climate, this species would definitely take filtered light.  Since the trunk is small and the canopy is medium sized at most, it is a good species to "sneak into that small, filtered light area".  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties, F.  I've known this species to grow in the San Francisco Bay area. 

We have a very limited supply of Actinokentia.  Of note, this is a monotypic genus with only one species in the genus.  Shown here is one of our 5g plants and photos from habitat and domestic plants.  Note the long slender crown shaft and how plants don't carry very many leaves. We've been selling this species for over 20 years and typically have one or two for sale.  Shown below is the 5g size that we’re putting on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

WHEN MATURE, LANDSCAPE SIZED SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON PLANTS

This species of Ravenea is from both the west and eastern sides of the Island of Madagascar.  It was named after a river on the island.  It is a large and elegant pinnate palm with heights reportedly up to one hundred feet.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  It grows at elevations from sea level to six thousand feet in both dry and moist native habitats.  When younger, this species has flat erect leaves that go straight upwards.  However, with age, this species produces leaves that are keeled and curve downwards at the ends.  When mature the overall crown is hemispherical with the leaves in the upper portion of the circle.  Because of its large size, this plant should be considered a major landscape item and not a companion plant.  Photos below show how large this palm is when mature.

I have a limited number of two gallon plants on sale.  These are shown in the first four photos.  They should be grown in an area where they can work their way from strong filtered light into full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  They like moisture but need good draining soil.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the first habitat photo.  The plants on sale were repotted this past winter.

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $67.50


Raveneas sambiranensis Raveneas sambiranensis Raveneas sambiranensis
Raveneas sambiranensis ts rps Raveneas sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK VARIETIES



MEDIUM SIZE – TAKE COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This is a rare, sometimes single trunk and other times suckering palm from the Island of Pemba.  It is one of the rare Dypsis not from Madagascar.  It reaches a height of 30 perhaps 40 feet and has thin trunks up to about 6 inches thick.  Expect a mature height of 20 to 25 feet.  It has been found to do quite well in So Cal coastal sun (unlike some other Dypsis species).  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Its trunk is gray with prominent rings.  It is cold tolerant to about freezing.  Shown in the first five photos are the two gallon plants we're putting on special.  They are summer repots but not super large.  There could be several plants in each pot. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN $60

I'm also showing in the last photo a 25g plant at the nursery.  Photos are c/o A.B.

Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE
FIRST TIME AVAILABLE THIS SIZE IN TEN YEARS!


SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold tolerance.  These will be a medium sized palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of near mature plants show how pretty it is.  Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm.  For many years now we’ve only had large plants for sale.  This is because the hybridizer is no longer making hybrid seeds.  But, a different hybridizer has done this cross and now we can offer young plants at a semi-affordable price.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  Mature height should be about 25 feet. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85

This hybrid palm has never been cheap.  In more recent times many enthusiasts have not be able to afford to get one.  So, here’s their chance.


Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen
Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen Coconut Queen Syagrus schizophylla x Queen
Coconute Queen

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This cycad is native to Swaziland, northern South Africa.  It is known as one of the most attractive of all the green cycads.  It does great in Southern California but is rare and hard to find.  New leaves tend to be upright.  Most pronounced is the "frost" appearance of leaves as shown below.  This is from small hairs on the leaflets.  It makes a medium to large mature specimen.  Mature size can be over fifteen feet with 6 to 10 foot green leaves.  Leaflets are armed.  Along the coast it’ll take full sun.  Far inland I’d recommend limited sun.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F.

REGULR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

Below I'm showing photos of a large specimen at the nursery.

Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

CYCAS TANSACHANA
MEDIUM SIZE CYCAD FROM THAILAND



THINK TRUNK WITH SWOLLEN BASE
VERY RARE GREEN LEAF CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

Cycas tansachana is a medium sized green leaf cycad that is from south-central Thailand at an elevation of about 1000 feet.  There is lives on mountainous outcroppings.  It was named after a friend, Kampoon Tansacha of Non-Nooch Botanical Garden.  Heights can read 20 feet but are generally shorter.  Trunks are thin with a swollen base up to 3 feet across.  Leaves are green and flat in cross section.  This is a rare cycad to find.  In most areas it can take part or possibly full day sun.  We are offering a limited number of older plants in citrus pot containers on sale.  Caudexes are four inches thick and age is about 12 years.  The habitat photo is c/o TS at RPS.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $400

Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana 
Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana TS RPS 

 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN



ENCEPHALARTOS (E. NATALENSIS X E. WOODII) X (ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS X E. WOODII)
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This should prove to be one of the most interesting hybrid Encephalartos available on the market.  It is an F2 hybrid.  These were done from domestic plants in Southern California.  The hybridizer took pollen from the E. horridus x woodii to pollinate a receptive female of E. natalensis x woodii.  As most know, E. woodii is extinct in the wild and only male plants are known to exist.  E. horridus x woodii (Encephalartos "horwood") is one of the most sought after hybrids around.  I've shown multiple photos of the plants on Special as well as close up photos of the leaves of both parents.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $95

I have limited numbers available.  They'll not last long.


Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii)
Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii)
Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) Encephalartos (horridus x woodii)

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS

 

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT AS SHOWN

This is a rare green cycad from China.  It is different than the Sago Palm - smaller and, to me, more attractive.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  It tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Some feel it's one of the most cold hardy cycads in the world - even better than the Sago Palm.  Mature height should be about eight feet.  They can sucker, but much less than the Sago.  They also take up less garden space than the Sago Palm.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips (pointed).  

The citrus pot shown in the first five photos has a caudex of 3.5 inches.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.  We are putting plants of this size (2.5 to 3.5 inches) on special.  These can be easily mail ordered.  The first to purchase of course will get the larger plants.

REGULAR PRICE PLANTS WITH THIS SIZE CAUDEX $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235

This size can be shipped or delivered.  Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.  The sixth photo shows our 15 gallon size of larger plants.


CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE

 

LARGE ORANGE-RED FLOWERS IN SUMMER
FULL SUN – SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  They typically have clusters of large orange to red blossoms.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants on special are between 3 and 5 feet tall in their pots.  One last note:  Realize that this species tends to go deciduous (drop its leaves) during the coldest part of winter.

REGULAR PRICE 5G AFRICAN TULIP TREE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $55

Remember:  10 days at this price – Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price. 


Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
POPULAR AND EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR PLANT



DARK COLORED AND HEAVILY VEINED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves have prominent venation and are purple-black on the dorsal side and a similar color on the underside with yellow veins.  Leaves are two to three feet long. This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.   Leaves are about 3 feet long when mature.  This popular variety is sought after and sells out every year.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

We have other unusual types of Alocasia for sale at similar prices for the larger ones.


Alocasia regal shield 15g  Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield 
Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield   
Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield 

  

PAPAYA TREES
TROPICAL FRUIT - MEXICAN VARIETY



YES, MAKES FRUIT IN SOUTHERN CA
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON


The Papaya Tree is native to Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  It is a columnar trunk plant with few if any branching.  Leaves are large and divided into lobes.  Leaf color is green.  The trunk doesn't get too thick, perhaps 6 to 10 inches thick with tree height in Southern CA of about 15 feet.  Fruits form below the leaves and it's not unusual for a tree to have five to ten fruits in various stages of ripening. 

Papaya trees are not long lived.  An average tree here lives about seven years.  So, it's good to grow colonies closely together and add more trees over time so all don't die at once.  Fruits are orange-yellow to red when ripe.  Black seeds are inside the fruit and can be used for growing more trees. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

The tree in fruit below is about a block from where I live in San Diego.


Papaya Tree Papaya Tree Papaya Tree
Papaya Tree Papaya Tree Papaya Tree

THE TRAVELER PALM
RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS

 

BANANA-LIKE TREE IN ONE PLANE
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LATELY

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Most people are fascinated by this large, banana-like plant that has wide, long and soft leaves that tower overhead.  It is native to Madagascar.  The fact the leaves of the Traveler Palm are all aligned in one plane fascinates viewers. But I must first mention that this species is not a palm at all!  Rather, it is part of the Bird of Paradise family.  It got its common name of "Traveler Palm" (aka Traveller Palm) because the leaf bases would catch and hold water for thirsty travelers.  Compared to the Giant Bird of Paradise, it's so much nicer.  It's less maintenance, is not invasive and prettier.  But, the downside is that Ravenala madagascarensis doesn't survive a freeze.  Literally, a freeze will kill it overnight.  This is the first time I’ve had any Traveler Palms available for two years.  I’ve had hundreds of calls by people looking for them and there just aren’t any of any size available.  Yesterday I got a limited number of three to four leaf young plants in band size.  If they don’t sell out, all will be put in 2 gallon pots in the next few days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

The band size plants are shown in the first five photos.  The sixth photo is an old photo of a larger Nursery plant.

See more about the Traveler Palm:  TRAVELER PALM ARTICLE

Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm

 

PLUMERIA PLANTS
LARGE ONE  GALLON AVAILABLE
PRETTY AND DESIRABLE VARIETIES

 

SOME BRANCHING
THREE DIFFERENT BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


We are pleased to offer three very beautiful varieties of Plumeria.  We got these in 2 days ago and also had a “Hot Pink” variety which sold out the same day.  Most are large for a one gallon and have branches.  They are growing now that it’s spring and have leaves.  They should produce flowers this summer.  I brought these in because all are super desirable varieties.  They came from a private Plumeria enthusiast.  These plants like sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze or slightly below.  If you plant some in your garden, remember to not water them in winter when it’s cold.  This will cause rot.   Limited supplies.  We also have other sizes available, mostly larger.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON BELOW $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $35

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.


Plumeria pinang peach          Plumeria pinang peach Plumeria pinang peach
Plumeria pinang peach Plumeria pinang peach Plumeria pinang peach
Plumeria pink pansy Plumeria pink pansy Plumeria pink pansy
Plumeria pink pansy Plumeria pink pansy Plumeria pink pansy
Plumeria yellow Plumeria yellow Plumeria yellow
Plumeria yellow Plumeria yellow Plumeria yellow


WEDNESDAY, 21 JULY, 2021

ASSORTED DIFFERENT & EXOTIC BROMELIADS
CONSTANTLY CHANGING INVENTORY

MANY FROM PRIVATE COLLECTORS
MANY SUN VARIETIES


We have one of the best overall selections of tropical plants for the garden compared to almost all nurseries.  A mainstay of our offerings are Bromeliads.  Our selection is constantly changing.  They are easy to grow and give color to the garden floor or can be put on tree trunks, branches or posts.  We have sun and shade varieties.  But, you'll see species and colors you just don't find at standard nurseries or stores.  This is because over half the ones we offer come from collectors.  Presently we have over fifty species of them including Aechmea, Neorogelias, Vriesia, Bilbergia, Tillandsia and others.   We invite all to drop in to see our Bromeliads.  We  have a lot more than shown here.

Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Vriesea Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Vriesea maroon shadow Vriesea hybrid Aechmea hybrid
Aechmea Aechmea Aechmea blossom
Aechmea Aechmea orange ade Aechmea
Neorogelia carolinae Neorogelia Neorogelia
Bromeliads Neorogelia Vriesia

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


FULL SUN - VERY DURABLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The band size shown below are between three and four years old.  This is the only size we currently have available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  My thanks to Wikipedia  and Justen Dobbs for the more mature plant photos below.
 


Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Justen Dobbs PACSOA
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUE TRUNK-LESS, DWARF FORM



NEVER GETS OVER SIX FEET TALL
SHADE PALM - QUITE COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Previously I discussed the trunking form of this species.  What I'm showing today is the true dwarf form that never forms a trunk and never gets over six feet tall.  It is native to Mexico.  It grows in filtered light but can tolerate some sun along the coast.  Compared to the trunking form, you'll note the leaflets are darker green and wider.  Blossoms often protrude above the leaves when it's in flower.  Cold hardiness is the upper teens F.  It grows great in cooler areas like the SF Bay area.  We have a few 15g which we're putting on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175
 
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM

ELEGANT AND GORGEOUS SELF-CLEANING PALM
SUPER EXOTIC APPEARANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This exotic single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in warmer
areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here, but savoryana is possibly the best and and has been grown by many.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. This species is a very exotic pinnate palm and would be one of the more exotic and unusual of palm types possible in this area

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195


Remember to mention this Blog Special!


Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana 15g
Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
VERY SIMILAR TO THE
"BABY QUEEN"

 


MEDIUM HEIGHT, FLUFFY GREEN LEAVES

TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

This desirable palms can be used as an understory palm or full sun palm along the coast.  It is a medium height, single trunk Chamaedorea that's been grown by enthusiasts for decades.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa but has more of a glaucous powder on the crown shaft and leaf bases.  Chamaedorea glaucifolia is native to Mexico and is very fast growing.   It gets its Latin name from that white colored powder.  Its leaves are multi-ranked and plumose. The leaflets are very thin.  Trunk size is about one to one and a half inches thick.  I've found this species peaks out at about fifteen feet height.  It is prolific in seed formation and loves to hybridize with other nearby Chamaedorea species.  Like other thin trunked palms, we many times grow three or five plants close together.  It looks much better as a small colony.  It's cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties.  I'd recommend trying this species because it is so different from most shade-loving palms.  We’re putting on Special our 15g size.  Some of these plants are nearly ten feet tall!

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

The size on sale are shown in the first 7 photos below.

Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia
Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia
Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia

  

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED - GRACEFUL & BEAUTIFUL PALM

 

SINGLE TRUNK – NICE GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants the leaf stems may shown colors of red to purple.  With age they are a brown-green.  Leaves are green and arching.  Trunks are prominently ringed.  It will take coastal sun or part day sun.  Some grow it in strong filtered light.  Far inland it needs protection from full sun.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  We’re putting nice 15g plants on sale.  See first seven photos.  The last photo is c/o cloudforest website.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $190

Just mention this Blog special at the time of purchase for this discount. 


Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by cloudforest website

  

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
SUPER RARE, SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 7 GALLON SPECIMENS

This is a very rare suckering, semi-dwarf simple leaf understory palm.  Native to Mexico, it suckers, and rarely gets over six feet tall,  It has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  Often they'll wildly shoot out of the pot, then turn upwards to form a new vertical stem.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  We do have several mother plants for this purpose.  We're selling this specimen plant that has over twenty stems and lots of stolons.  It's an instant older dwarf shade plant for the garden.   

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIMEN 7 GALLON $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 7 GALLON SIZE PLANT $285


Remember:  mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
It's rare that you'll see mature clumps like this or sale anywhere.


 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera 

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


EASY TO GROW
RESEMBLES THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain form that are typically single trunk.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of typically under 15 feet.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G $95

Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discount. 
 

Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

VEITCHIA MERRILLII HYBRID
POTENTIAL TO GROW SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE GROWN HERE


VERY EXCITING – NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE

There is an interesting story behind the plants I'm showing you here.  About four years ago, we got some seeds from a botanical garden that were labeled as Veitchia merrillii (aka Adonidia merrillii).  This palm resembles a miniature Royal Palm, so it is a popular choice by enthusiasts who see it in tropical areas.  Rarely does it get over twenty feet tall and many people like this smaller size.  But, native to the Philippines, you might expect it'd be too tropical and cold sensitive to grow here.  Well, that is the case and I don't know of one mature tree in Southern California. 

The seeds we got were thought to be pure Veitchia merrillii.  The seeds looked to be the right size for merrillii - the anticipated small size as you see with this species.  Seeds of other Veitchia species are much larger.  Of the fifty or so seeds that germinated, about half died off quickly in our greenhouses the first winter.  We figured - that makes sense - cold sensitive.  But, to our surprise, the other half grew quite well.  As they got bigger, it was apparent that they looked nothing like a true species Veitchia merrillii we have grown in the past.  The prominent speckling and dark color to the leaf stems was not expected - merrillii is plain green usually.  And, there is a diversity of appearance of the various plants we were now growing. 

We figure these are a hybrid of a Veitchia merrillii crossed with something else.  Most likely it's with another species of Veitchia that are more cold tolerant.  This is to our customer's benefit as this means perhaps they can grow these and end up with a smaller palm that resembles V. merrillii.  We have a limited number of these plants left.  They’ve gotten bigger and all have survived a freeze at our nursery.  So, maybe here’s your chance to grow a “Veitchia merrillii hybrid” 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $95

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Obviously, I have no mature garden plants to show you as this is such a rare hybrid.


Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid
Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid

 

CYPHOSPERMA BALANSAE
SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM



SHORT BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unbelievably rare palm species is native to mountainous areas of New Caledonia.  There are several hallmarks for identifying this species.  It has stiff, upright green leaves.  The leaves do not arch.  There is a short crown shaft that, over time, turns almost black.  This black color can spread onto the trunk.  Mature height is over 30 feet in an ideal climate.  It likes humidity and warmer winter temperatures.  So, it would not be an ideal species for far interior areas.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We are offering 5 gallon plants on special.  They were repotted this spring, so we're offering a very nice discount.  This is another extremely rare palm that is near impossible to find.  I’d recommend a bit of sun (after acclimation) or strong filtered light.  Let it grow into the sun over time.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

We only have a few available.  They'll be gone quickly.  The size on sale are shown in the first six photos.


Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
EXOTIC THIN TRUNKED PALM

 

WIDE GREEN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a single trunk pinnate palm with a habitat location that extends from southern Mexico into Central America.  Overall height is twelve feet.  The trunk is light green to dark green, prominently ringed and about an inch in diameter.  Leaves are six feet long, dark green in color.  Leaflets are up to two feet long, widely spaced and have a prominent drip tip for rainwater to run off the leaves.  In the right location, you can hardly do better in selecting an exotic, tropical appearing species.  We've found the cold tolerance to be into the mid to upper twenties F.  This is a shade loving species.  Shown here is are 5 gallon plants which were spring repots.  Therefore, a very nice discount.  I am showing a female plant with green fruit below.   

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Special.  We only have a handful of these.


Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana

 

EUTERPE EDULIS ORANGE CROWNSHAFT
PROMINENT ORANGE CROWNSHAFT - STUNNING



STUNNING COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Many of you may know of Euterpe edulis, a thin solitary palm with a long green crown shaft.  However, in Southern Brazil and possibly northern Argentina, there is a form of this species that has a prominent orange crown shaft.  Considered by some to be "Euterpe sp. espiritosantensis", others feel it is a variety of E. edulis.  It has a think trunk and a three foot long crownshaft.  It wants to be grown in filtered light and to work its way into partial direct sunlight.  Cold tolerance is about a freeze.  This is a slow growing palm and near impossible to find available.  We presently have a very limited number of two gallon plants.  They were repotted in winter.  In the spring of last year we had a few 5 gallon that sold out in a few days.  These are extremely difficult to find and always expensive if you can find one.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $60

I only have a few.  The mature specimens photos are c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS.


Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft
Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS
Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS    

 

CHAMAEDOREA DECKERIANA
RARE AND EXOTIC SINGLE TRUNK SHADE PALM


SIMPLE BIFED GREEN LEAVES
SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is a rare, single stem, exotic appearing species from Costa Rica and Panama.  It has a thin trunk and entire leaf with a bifid terminal end.  The leaves are also prominently plicated.  It is a semi-dwarf species, attaining a typical height of six feet or a bit more.  The leaf is very thin and will show brown tipping with high salt content in the water.  Its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  It is a shade species.  It is a rare palm and difficult to find.  I don't have any habitat pictures but am showing a garden photo  by an unknown author on PalmTalk.  It wants filtered light and would do be in a frost free garden.  These species are winter repots so I’m offering a very discounted price on them.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $57.50


Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana
Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana PalmTalk unknown author

 

DICTYOSPERMA FURFURACEUM
NOW KNOWN AS 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VARIETY CONJUGATUM



SMALLER SPECIES, WHITE-SILVER CROWN SHAFT
NEAR EXTINCT IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


Among taxonomists, Dictyosperma is known as a "monotypic" genus.  This means there is only one species.  We enthusiasts have always been troubled by this as, when we look at specimen plants, they are so different.  But, this is what it is.  Older varietal names such as "rubrum" and "furfuraceum" are out.  Now the taxonomist say there are three varieties of Dictyosperma album - and the prior variety called "rubrum" apparently is grouped with the aureum present type variety.

If this is confusing, realize it's always been confusing and I totally agree.  But, remember that taxonomists have to make a living by re-naming things.

Currently there are three varieties of D. album:

Dictyosperma album variety album
Dictyosperma album variety aureum
Dictyosperma album variety conjugatum


What we've known as D. furfuraceum is now called D. album variety conjugatum.  This is the smallest species of the group and gets to mature heights of ten to fifteen feet.  It's from Round Island.  Reports are that it is critically endangered with only a few plants remaining in the wild.  It has a definite white powdery color to leaf stems and to the crown shaft.

It's near impossible to find the Dictyosperma conjugatum for sale.  Previously we had some old specimens but those are long gone. We're offering you plants in 2 gallon pots presently on special.  These were repotted this winter.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $55

Remember:  Only a few available.  Photos below taken by Tim Ran (last 2 pictures)


Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum
Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum
Dictyosperma furfuraceum var. conjugatum photo by TimRann Dictyosperma furfuraceum var. conjugatum photo by TimRann  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA


VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to the Waterberg range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Their habitat is dry and arid.  They grow on steep rocky slops, grasslands and savanna.  It is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length generally does not exceed a meter and stems can get about four meters high.  Of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species, this is the most common.  That being said, this species is still exceptionally rare and almost extinct in the wild. 

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a 'stacking' appearance (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.
The seedlings on special are 18 month old with two leaves. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $9
5

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.


 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 

  

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS – BLUE FORM
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


BLUE STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  The seedlings on sale should be a nice blue form.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.   The seedlings on sale are in band containers (3 x 3 x 9 inches).   They’d benefit from a year or two in a one or two gallon pot before putting them in the ground.  They are easy to mail order within the U.S.  The band size is shown in the first six photos.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this price! 


 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD



TROPICAL APPEARING, GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD AND LARGE 1 GALLON PLANTS

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat which, after a hundred years, can get to be over 20 feet of trunk.  But, in most garden applications, it’s rare to see one with more than 3 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we have some 10 year old one gallon plants with about 3 inch caudexes.  We’re putting them on sale.  These are easy to ship.  Also, some are successfully growing these as a houseplant if given adequate light..

REGULAR PRICE ONE THESE OLDER ONE GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE ONE GALLON
$60


Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A FERN


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Enthusiasts love this species for a lot of reasons.  It is small, never over about four feet tall.  It is also quick growing with attractive fern like leaves.  It also tolerates filtered light or coastal sun and is easy to "sneak into" that small open area on the garden floor.  We are offering citrus pot plants at an excellent price.  This species is CITES protected and endangered in the wild.  Mature leaf length is three feet.  This species is easy to cone and you might want to consider getting several plants if you every want to set seeds and help conserve this great species.  The plants on this special have caudexes of two inches or a bit  more.  BTW, this species is getting extremely difficult to find.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT SIZE $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CITRUS POT SIZE $285

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  This size can be easily shipped by mail order within the U.S.
 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 

    

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKER

THE PERFECT COMPANION PLANT


NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  We’re offering our 5 gallon size on a Ten Day Special.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners. These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you buy!  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia


BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM 
ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER WIKIPEDIA 

 

PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
RED-BACKS, RED STEMS



ROSETTE TYPE PLANT FOR FILTERED LIGHT
ALSO CAN BE GROWN INDOORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL SHIPPABLE 4 INCH PLANTS


This hybrid Philodendron is a rosette type of plant.  It doesn't climb.  It gets to about 2-3 feet tall with a similar width.  It slowly moves on the garden floor.  It will not tolerate full sun.  The leaves are green on top and red on their undersides.  Stems are also prominently red.  These 4 inch plants are shown in the first six photos and are ready to go into a larger pot.  Mail order simple on these, weather permitting.  In the last row of photos are our 3/5 gallon plants and a specimen in the garden.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 4 INCH $17.50


Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo
Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo
Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo

 

LEATHER FERN
RUMORHA ADIANTIFORMIS



LOW PROFILE FERN FOR FULL SUN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The leather fern is a durable and easy to grow fern that tolerates full sun along the coast.  Most ferns want filterred light.  It gets to a height of about two feet and is a similar width.  It can be planted as an individual plant or be used as a ground cover or as a short hedge.  Cold hardiness is into the 20's F.  It wants adequate water but is somewhat drought tolerant.  Leaves are branched and green.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Mail order is possible.  The last photo is c/o watersavingplants website.

LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN
LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN lEATHER FERN SM.WATERSAVINGPLANTS WEBSITE

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a faster growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  The two photos from my garden in San Diego show potential height.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  It tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.  It’s fairly fast growing and one just needs to keep up on the water.  If it goes downhill it’s almost always lack of water.  Otherwise it’s quite easy to grow.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $155

Mention this special when you purchase. 

Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern
Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern
Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern  

 

TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
THE PURPLE HEART PLANT


GREAT GROUND COVER - PURPLE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POT

I'm often asked about tropical ground cover plants.  Customers want something different.  I might suggest the Purple Heart plant as shown here.  It fairly quickly covers ground and can take full or part day coastal sun.  The flowers are pink.  It grows like a Wandering Jew plant.  We're putting our 8 inch plants on sale.  You can see how they spill over the pot.  This is because they "run" and thus make an ideal ground cover with color.

REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH (2 GALLON) POT $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Remember:  Mention this Special.


TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
Tradascentia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart

 

MONDAY, 19 JULY, 2021

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS



FOUR TYPES SHOWN HERE
LUSH, EXOTIC, QUICK TROPICAL LOOK AT A FEW SPECIES


Alocasia are a type of suckering tropical plant that many know as the "Elephant Ear Plant".  Most that one will see commercially are hybrids that have no native home.  With this said, natural species are typically found in the Old World and Asia.  The main differences between these plants are the overall height, the size of the leaves, the aggressiveness of growth, coloring and cold tolerance.  I am showing you here four hybrid varieties, each with their own charm.  Figure that they are not for full sun unless you are told otherwise.  But, the first variety can take full coastal sun.

1.  Row 1 and 2:  Alocaia "Cal - Odora", a dwarf species.  It rarely gets over five feet and has leaves that are typically under 12 inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  People like this one b/c of its dwarf size.
2.  Row 3:  Alocasia Calidora, a bigger species that will form significant trunks and has a larger leaf.  Color is green.  Leaves can get three feet long.
3.  Row 4:  Alocasia portoro, an attractive hybrid with an arrowhead shaped leaf and prominent leaf veins.  It can get to about six feet or a bit more.
4.  Row 5:  Alocasia species "black stem", a super attractive and charming species with black stems, silver to the back of the leaves and a medium height to five feet.  But, it's not as cold hardy as those above.

We presently have all of these available with some in limited numbers.  Also, from time, we get very exotic natural species that tend to be smaller and are quite stunning.

Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM



MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are photos of the 15g size at the nursery.  Notice the white backs to the leaflets.  Also shown are photographs of a Cryosophila unknown species to show the typical appearance and trunk covered with "spines".  We usually have an assortment of sizes available.

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT WITH COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

We just got in some new 25g Triangle Palms.  They are getting quite difficult to find.  This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  This crown shaft has multiple colors including purple, silver and black.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The palms on Special are sun and landscape ready.  Plant them tomorrow!  These are way too big for mail order.  They are very large for their 25g pots.  Heights in the pots are 9 to 10 feet.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $475

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase when you get one of these newly arrived 25g plants. 


Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g
Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g
Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm Dypsis decaryi

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR  - COLD HARDY


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  To satisfy our customer demand, we recently got in some more of the 15g size.  But, there are very limited numbers.  We are offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.  The row of three palms in the last row are being grown in San Diego, CA, about a half mile from the Bay.  These are cold hardy to about 15 degrees and demand full, hot sun.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 


Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE
TWO OTHER SIZES ALSO ON SALE


The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color. 

I'm showing our 15 gallon size below (first six photos), which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  We also have two other sizes on sale for this species.  These are either single or multiple (more than one per pot).  Also available are large one and 5g sizes further below - also on sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $195

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount. 


Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES SUN ALONG TH COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT

This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm comes from Madagascar.  It is a medium size palm with a narrow trunk and plumose leaves.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  The trunk color is silver-green and it has prominent rings.  Leaflets are narrow and green in color.  The ends of the leaves curve downwards.  We have been growing this species for over two decades and found it to be a reliable grower.  When young the trunk is much thinner but fattens up with age.  It is quite cold tolerant, down into the  mid to low 20's F.   It's growth rate is good.  It likes full sun in most areas.  We are offering very nice 15 gallon plants on sale.  As you can see, they are very tall and too big to ship by UPS.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195

Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa TS R{S

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM WITH ITS CIGAR SHAPED TRUNK

EXOTIC, UNUSUAL APPEARING AND RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Hyophorbe verschafeltii is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is closely related to Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  But, the Spindle Palm is a bit more cold hardy and therefore the one that is a better choice for Southern California.  Most Bottle Palms don’t survive in this ara.  Both are native to the Mascarene Islands.  Mature height in many decades is fifteen feet or a bit more.  On the trunk, the Spindle Palm has the bulge off the ground, somewhere in the middle of a mature trunk.  The Bottle Palm swells at the base and above this gets more narrow.  Cold tolerance of the Spindle Palm is about freezing.  The Bottle Palm gets into trouble below thirty-five degrees.  This small difference makes a huge difference for growers.   This species wants full sun along the coast.  Shown below is our 15 gallon size which we’ve put on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $195

We only have limited numbers available. 


Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii
Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii
Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM

FULL SUN FAN PALM – SLOW GROWING
NEVER TOO TALL – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  This is Guadalupe Island.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid to upper teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently we are offering very nice 15g plants.  These can be shipped by UPS but it’d take a big box and be expensive.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G THIS SPECIES $185

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - THICK TRUNK
SALE OF 5 GALLON SIZE

The original specimen of this species was found in the garden of the now-late Don Carlsmith on the Big Island, HI.  Friend Jeff Marcus grew this species from seeds of this single plant and, thirty years ago, referred to it as Dypsis "Stumpy".  With the assistance of John Dransfield at Kew Gardens in the U.K., it was later given the name of Dypsis carlsmithii.

This is a medium sized, crown shafted pinnate palm with upright leaves that are green and arch at their ends.  Leaves are keeled and the crown shaft is green with hints of orange.  It was called "stumpy" by Jeff because the trunk is thick compared to many other Dypsis.  Trunks are ringed and 12 to 14 inches thick.  Mature height is twenty feet and it wants part day or full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.  Nowadays, the only source of seeds for this species is domestic seeds so availability is very limited.  We are putting a small number of 5 gallon on sale.  The seventh photo is by Ryan Gallivan c/o PACSOA. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $100 

 

Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis_carlsmithii by Ryan Galivan PACSOA  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis stumpy carlsmithii 

 

SYAGRUS BOTRYOPHORA
THE PATI PALM or SLENDER QUEEN PALM

 

INTERESTING THINNER TRUNK PALM WIDELY SEPARATED LEAVES WHEN YOUNG
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a rare species of single trunk, pinnate palm from lowland Atlantic Brazil.  It has been called one of the top ten most beautiful palms in the world.  It is fairly difficult to find.  It gets quite tall, over forty feet, yet has a surprisingly thin trunk of less than twelve inches.  Leaves are about ten feet long and come off the trunk at a 45 degree angle and then arch toward the ground.  The leaves are keeled and green in color.  The trunk is prominently ringed. 

Given ample heat and lack of severe cold, this is a very fast growing species.  It is known to put on four feet of trunk a year or more.  If you look at the mature garden plant below, you will see many leaves that are green and still attached to the trunk over a long trunk distance, almost forming a "ladder-like" appearance to the leaves where one could easily climb the trunk.  This may be the result of its rapid growth.  When mature the leaves are more tightly grouped.  The trunk surface is fibrous but turns smooth over time with a gray-brown color.  Shown here are some 5g plants (spring repots) that we’re putting on special.  This species does want full sun or perhaps filtered light with the opportunity to grow into full sun.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, but felt to be in the mid 20's F.  One last comment.  This species has been called the "Slender Queen Palm" and the "Pati Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $70


Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


MEDIUM SIZE
THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


I don't know if you've looked for this species, but the Cliff Date Palm is not so easy to find.  It is native to India and is about half the size of the Canary Island Palm in terms of trunk diameter and mature height.  Also, the crown is much smaller.  It is an armed species and has other characteristics of Phoenix like the induplicate leaflets (water held "in" - V shaped ).  Growth rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here is a 5g plant which we are putting on sale.  We also have a limited number of 15g (quite nice) available.  The 5g size are easy to ship.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $85


Easy to ship.  But, remember to mention this Special for this discount.

Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola Phoenix rupicola
 Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola
 Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola phoenix rupicola


SABAL MINOR
THE DWARF PALMETTO

NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


This dwarf palm native to the southern states of the U.S. is sought after because of its small size and extreme cold hardiness.  It can take temperatures into the mid-teens F. and rarely gets over six feet tall.  It is often grown in full sun but tolerates part sun or strong filtered light.  Enthusiasts like it because of its small size.  Blossoms commonly shoot above the green fan leaves.  We’re putting 2 gallon plants on sale presently at the same price as a band sized plant.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Just mention this blog special to get this great deal.  This and all sales above apply to mail orders or nursery visits.


Sabal minor Sabal mnor Sabal mnor
Sabal minor Sabal minor  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD



LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES THAT WE HAVE!


This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  The nursery plants I'm showing today are multiple recently acquired and outdoor grown 15g plants.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  The last photo shows one of our boxed specimens.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

FOR TEN DAYS:  20% OFF ANY SIZE AVAILABLE THIS SPECIES AT THE NURSERY!

Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). 

The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these 5 gallon plants in about five to seven years.  Caudex size of the plants on sale is approximately 2 inches.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four to five years old.  These are showing a bit of their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE FIVE GALLON $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $235

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order.  This size is easy to mail order.


Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $60

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase. 


Encephalartos arenarius band Encephalartos arenarius band Encephalartos arenarius band
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X TRISPINOSUS
DIFFERENT HYBRID TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING BLUE MATURE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


Recently we have been offering some very unusual Encephalartos hybrids.  But, we still carry the pure species almost all the time.  This hybrid comes from two South African species.  Both parents are native to the Eastern Cape region of RSA.  Male pollen of trispinosus was used to fertilize the female cone of E. arenarius.  Both parents had blue color.  The offspring should produce a small to medium sized adult blue plant with hybrid vigor, curved leaves and leaflets with prominent lobes/spines.  It should be very attractive.  It'll want full sun along the coast and be cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  This is the first time we have offered this hybrid and plants are a leaf further along than shown here.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

Encephalartos arenariuS x trispinosus Encephalartos arenarius x trispinosus Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus
Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus Encephalartos arenarius x trispinosus  
Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus

  

LYCHEE FRUIT - JUVENILE PLANTS FOR SALE
EXOTIC TROPICAL FRUIT

 

CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


Litchi chinensis is native to provinces in China.  It is being grown commercially in China, India and nearby countries.  The unusual fruit produced has been enjoyed by people for over ten centuries.  Mature trees can get over thirty feet tall.  The fruit is pink to red and spiny.  The fruit inside is clear and gelatinous.  The taste is very tropical.  It tolerates full sun and temperatures into the upper twenties F.  The plants shown here were grown from seed.  They are 12 to 18 inches tall in one gallon pots.  They can be mail ordered.  They have seen a freeze at our nursery.  The fruit photo is c/o Wikipedia.
 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $42.50


I only have several for sale.  They can be mail ordered.  The last three photos of the fruit are c/o Wikipedia.


Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis
Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis
Litchi chinensis Wikipedia Litchi chinensis Wikipedia Lytchi chinensis Wikipedia

 

ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT




PURPLE-BLACK STEMS
HEART SHADE LEAVES - SEMI-DWARF SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This tropical companion plant is a customer favorite because of its unique near black stems and lush tropical appearance.  It has lush green leaves that are a widened arrowhead-shape with prominent near black ventral veins.  Mature height is about five feet.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze. The first six photos show the size we're putting on Special.  As this is a fairly quick growing plant, they'll be bigger by the end of summer.  The last three photos show what they should look like by fall.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem aLOCASIAS BLACK STEM aLOCASIA BLACK STEM

 

DWARF CRINUM LILY
PINK FLOWERS IN SPRING

 

WIDE GREEN LEAVES - MATURE ABOUT 2 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available a gardener favorite with nice 5g size of a Crinum Lily which has nice pink blossoms in spring and summer.  This is a dwarf species with foliage height not over about two feet.  They have wide green soft leaves and the plants sucker to form small clumps.  They are reliable growers.  These can take some sun and have been successful for almost all that buy them.  When they blossom, you'll love them.  The photos of the blossoms show how pretty they are - wide petals and clusters of flowers.  With age the blossoms can turn more of a white color. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase

Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink
Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink
Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink

 

CALADIUM HYBRIDS
BRIGHT AND VIBRANT COLORS



TYPE OF "ELEPHANT EAR PLANT"
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIX INCH PLANTS

Caladium are a type of Elephant Ear Plant and related to Alocasia and Colocasia.  They are native to Central and South America.  They are grown world wide.  They are known for their vibrantly colored heart shaped leaves.  This includes green, white, orange, red, pink and other colors.  The bright foliage shown below comes from tubers or bulbs.  These can go dormant during winter.  Mature plant height is 12 to 24 inches.  If you maintain temperatures above sixty degrees F. there is the possibility that foliage will winter over.  For most people, foliage will die off in the fall.  But, if you don't overwater them, foliage reappears in the following late spring.  Below are six different hybrid types we are offering.  Some have crazy names but are a simple way to add exciting color to the garden.  The cany take some sun or strong filtered light in many areas.  We just got in the plants shown below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH CALADIUM $17.50

Garden photos below showing usage in the garden c/o Longfield-Gardens.com

 

Caladium frog in a blender
Caladium frog in a blender
Caladium frog in a blender
Caladium frog in a blender
Caladium carolina
Caladium carolina
Caladium carolina
Caladium carolina
Caladium pink panther
Caladium pink panther
Caladium pink panther
Caladium pink panther
Caladium red  sizzle
Caladium red
Caladium red sizzle
Caladium red
Caladium tequila sunrise (
 Caladium tequila sunrise
Caladium tequila sunrise
 Caladium tequila sunrise
Caladium sizzle
 Caladium sizzle
Caladium sizzle
 Caladium sizzle
Caladium in garden Longfield-Gardens.com
Photo by Longfield-Gardens.com

Caladium in garden Longfield_Gardens.com
 Photo by Longfield-Gardens.com
Caladium in garden Longfield-Gardens.com
 Photo by Longfield-Gardens.com 

 

SATURDAY, 17 JULY, 2021

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM



UPRIGHT LEAVES
FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from the late Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  The nursery plant shown is a 15g but we also have 5g plants.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  This plant can be shipped or delivered if needed.  It was grown from seed and is about eight years old.

Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

SUPER RARE HYBRID PINNATE PALM
NEW TO THE MARKET
(BUTIA X JUBAEA) X SYAGRUS


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE


The hybrid I'm presenting today is a recent introduction to the market.  Most people are familiar with the Mule Palm - which is a hybrid of Butia with the Queen Palm with the Butia being the seed bearing parent.  The Mule Palm is cold hardy to about 17 degrees and can live in Tucson, AZ.  Butia x Jubaea is even more cold tolerant and takes temperatures down to about 15 to 16 degrees.  We routinely have both of these crosses available.

The hybrid offered below is between a Butia x Jubaea (seed bearer) and the Queen Palm - using pollen from the Queen Palm.  It will look very different and should have a cold tolerance of about 16 to 17 degrees.  We offered these at the end of last year and all sold out within about three days.  We are lucky enough to offer some more presently.

It'll want full sun.  Before, I've only known of small one gallons available of this hybrid and for sale for about $150.  Recently we’ve had some 5 gallon which sold out.  But, we just got in some very nicely sized 25 gallon that I’m putting on sale.


TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID 25 GALLON SIZE $475

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  Below I am showing the three parent species that were used to make this very rare hybrid


(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus
(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus
Jubaea chilensis Butia capitata Queen Palm

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE HYBRID PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY - TO ABOUT 16 DEGREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 25G SIZE

This popular inter-generic hybrid palm was probably first created by a man made cross of both parents about a hundred years ago.  It has been given a trade name of  "Butiagrus nabonnandii" but most people call it the Mule Palm.  The latter name is utilized because it's been found on most specimens to have sterile fruit or no fruit at all.   Any seeds formed almost always won't germinate to grow a new palm.  Butia capitata is a monoecious species.  This means that flower stocks have both male and female flowers.

To produce Mule Palm plants, it takes a tremendous amount of work to viable and true seeds.  On the seed producing Butia flowerstock, all the male flowers must be meticulously removed manually to prevent self-pollination by itself.  Only after this can the Queen pollen but put onto the receptive Butia blossoms.  This takes a lot of experience, effort and time.  This is one of the reasons this hybrid is so rare and usually pricey.

Mature height is up to thirty feet, much shorter than the Queen Palm.  But, cold hardiness is better than a Queen as well.  It'll take temperatures down to about 16 degrees F. This species prefers a bright sun location and can be grown in the desert in full sun. 

On special are our 25g plants.  They are at least 8-9 feet tall in their pots, grown in sun.  They are ready for planting.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 25G $595


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.


Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm TS RPS

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


TALL, ROBUST AND GRANDIOSE KING PALM
LEAVES DON’T BROWN TIP AND ARE DARK GREEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa
 is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk
Sometimes it throws a new light red leaf as shown below


REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $180

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  The garden photos below shows how spectacular, strong and powerful this species is.  It towers above regular King Palms and is a darker, prettier green color.  The shorter King Palms to the right of the teracarpa are regular Archontophoenix cunninghamiana - same age.


Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


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


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  But, the latter was later found to be spineless and the two were given separate species status.  It is native to Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.  T. schizophylla is definitely a spiny palm with long needle-like spines on the trunk.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and is usually a suckering palm but sometimes is single trunk.  Mature height is six to fifteen feet.  Although the leaf is a rigid leaf, the leaflet tips are softer than the pungent T. campestris.  Leaf color is blue-green, not nearly as blue as campestris.  It is a very cold hardy species that tolerates temperatures down to at least 18 degrees F.  On sale are very old, outdoor grown 15g plants.  I think we've been growing these for about 12 to 14 years.  It likes full sun and loves heat.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size but it'd take a large box. 

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G $190


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.  The habitat photo is by Juan Pech. 

 
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla by Juan Pech

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
MEDIUM TO TALL PALM FROM PEMBA ISLAND

 


SOMETIMES SUCKERING, SOMETIMES SINGLE TRUNK
SUCKERING FORM SHOWN HERE

TEN DAY SPECIAL SUCKERING 15G PLANTS

This attractive medium sized Dypsis comes from the Island of Pemba off the coast of Madagascar.  It is sometimes single trunk, other times suckering.  This variability in the number of trunks is seen with quite a few Dypsis.  It gets to a height of thirty feet, has silver or silver-green trunks with prominent rings, with six foot long leaves on short petioles.  The leaves are sometimes keeled in cross-section.  Growth is rapid.  In our area of Southern California, part day sun seems to work well.  Inland areas show put in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available a limited number of fairly nice 15 plants that are already suckering. 

This species is similar to Dypsis lanceolata.  A way I recognize D. pembana when juvenile is by the upper stem, where you see a definite speckled tan color below the newly emerging spear.  Dypsis lanceolata has more of a silver color in this same area. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G PLANTS $195

Remember:  Limited numbers - Mention this Blog Only Special for this discounted price!  The first two photos by A.B.


Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana by AB Dypsis pembana by AB Dypsis pembana

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
PROBABLY A VARIETY OF A. ALEXANDRAE
SWOLLEN BASE OF TRUNK


STEP OFFS AT THE GROWTH RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix Beatricae has always been a bit of a problem for taxonomists - whether it's truly a species or a variety.  Some feel it's a variety of A. alexandrae.  I won't get into that argument here.  But, the plants shown below came from seed from a A. beatricae.   Note the very swollen trunk base.  It flairs out.  It is also known to have notches or "step offs" at the growth rings.  I don't have a good photo close up of the latter.  These plants need to be repotted or go into the ground.  They can take coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  The 5g size singles are on sale but we may have a few multiples we'd offer at the same price.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $85

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!
 
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Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricae


PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM



FILTERED LIGHT – SUCKERING, MEDIUM HEIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This exotic suckering pinnate palm is native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.  It has thin trunks that can have a blonde color.  Leaves are somewhat narrow, green in color with an unarmed petiole.  Mature height in CA is usually about twelve feet although in the tropics they get much taller.  They like filtered light but can take a bit of morning sun.  Too much sun here will burn them.  Cold hardiness is into the upper 20's F.  I had a mature specimen that produced large numbers of purple fruit for years.  This species is similar to Pinanga kuhlii but has more repetitive regular leaves and less mottling to the leaflets.  Of note, some taxonomists consider these two species synonymous.

Shown here are some 5 gallon plants that were spring repots.  They are reasonably sized and at a good discounted price.   Mail order is possible.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH/SIZE $85


Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata

 

DYPSIS ROBUSTA
AKA DYPSIS "WHITE STEM"



ONE OF LARGEST MADAGASCAR PALMS
THICK, LIGHT COLORED STEM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk, plumose pinnate palm is native to Madagascar and one of the largest palm species on that island.  It produces a very thick, light colored tan trunk with long, somewhat fluffy pinnate leaves. Older specimens are present in the deceased Mardi Darian Garden in Vista, CA.  He called it "White Stem".  Mature height is about 40 feet.  Leaves curve and have irregular width to the green leaflets. Crown width is about 20 feet.  This is a full sun palm with a cold tolerance of about a freeze or hopefully, a little below this as well. It is being grown by many enthusiasts and is rare to find.   The plants on special are spring repots into 5g pots.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $70


Remember to mention this 10 day special at the time of purchase.  Sale plants are shown in the first six photos.

Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta

 

GEONOMA UNDATA
UNDERSTORY MEDIUM SIZE PALM WITH COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT



CAN BE GROWN IN WARM TEMPERATE GARDENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

About fifteen to twenty years ago this species first made its entrance onto the collector market.  At that time it was felt to be only from the "Inca Trail" in Peru.  Since, we've come to understand that the species habitats range from far south Mexico, through Central America and down to northern South America.  But, in these locations, it is only found at high altitude.  Plants get to 20 feet tall or more, are single trunk with irregular widths to the leaflets.  Crown shaft color ranges for red (as shown below) to blue-gray, depending on locality.  A collector in San Francisco, Darold Petty, is growing one of the red form - see seventh photo below.  It is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance down to near a freeze.  We're offering winter repots in 2g sale on special - see first five pictures below.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Geonoma undata
Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Wikipedia
Geonoma undata Darold Petty Geonoma undata TS at RPS  

 

LYTOCARYUM HOENII
AKA SYAGRUS HOENII

SMALLER AND DELICATE SEMI-DWARF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Taxonomists have reclassified Lytocaryum into the genus of Syagrus in recent years.  For forty years I've known this genus as Lytocaryum and shall continue to use this genus name.  This species is native to Brazil but is bigger, a bit more stout in the trunk and somewhat taller than the similar Lytocaryum wedellianum.  But, it is still a delicate and soft palm that prefers understory filtered light sites in the garden.  The two garden shots below, c/o Palmpedia, are from a garden in Ventura, CA.  Leaves are green, leaflets are thin and fine and mature height is about 6 to 7 feet.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  We're putting early winter repots on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

We have limited numbers of this rare species.

Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii
Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii
Lytocaryum hoenii PalmPedia Lytocaryum hoenii Venturas CA palmpedia  

 

SABAL BRAZORIENSIS
RARE DWARF FAN PALM NATIVE TO TEXAS



NATURAL HYBRID BETWEEN TWO SABAL SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS


Sabal brazoriensis is a naturally occurring dwarf hybrid fan palm that was discovered in Brazoria County, Texas.  It is a cross between Sabal minor (a small dwarf species) and Sabal palmetto.  Identifying this hybrid puzzled taxonomists until genetic studies found that (in the long ago past) these two species hybridized.  It's location presently is known only to occur in Brazoria County.  Leaves are green and very large for its height.  Mature heights range from ten to twenty feet. It is extremely slow growing - so it'll be short for quite a while.  Leaves are very costopalmate - as opposed to other species.  Trunks are thick.  We germinated and are growing some of this sought after species.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

The photo of the garden specimen is by Brian F. Austin at PalmTalk.

Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis
Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal brazorienis PalmTalk by Sabal brazoriensis palmtalk by Brian F. Austin

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as a rare Mexican cycad that is difficult to find.  What we are offering on special are very old citrus pot plants with caudex size of 3 to 4 inches!  This species is sun loving and cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  It is native to Mexico.  The plants shown here are from seeds we got about ten years ago. It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green and leaflets are armed with spines.  These can be mail ordered in a medium sized box quite easily.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE CIT POT $250

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices. These plants are very large for their pots.

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Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Plants on special have a caudex of about 2 inches or a bit more.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN CIT POT $245

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 

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Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
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ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA ZAMIA VASQUEZII


DWARF GREEN MEXICAN CYCAD
CONES AT A SMALL SIZE - NEVER OVER 3 TO FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE
 

This is  small Mexican cycad with stems typically under one foot tall in size and leaves green in color and up to three feet long, sometimes shorter.  It usually holds about five or so leaves, sometimes more.  It is a variable species and leaflets can be lanceolate or wedge shaped.  Leaflets are quite thin in texture and have soft spines on the margins.  Overall, this species has a "fern-like" appearance and would not be considered spiny.  The names "vasquezii" replaced the more commonly known name of "fischeri" in the past fifteen years or so. 

The two plants shown here in the first two rows below are eight to ten years old.  One is a female in cone (illustrated).  I am also showing (last row) two super robust garden specimens.    

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT THIS SPECIES $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price! 

Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii
Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii
Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii

 

BRAZILIAN RED CLOAK
MEGASKEPASMA ERYTHROCHLAMYS



AMAZING PROMINENTLY RED LARGE SHRUB
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


The Brazilian Red Cloak is super rare and hard to find.  This is probably because most propagation is by cuttings only.  And, you have to have a mother plant to do this.  We obtained two mother plants about eight years ago and have established them here in Encinitas.  We began propagating about a year ago.  This is considered a "bush" but can reach heights of eight feet or more.  It blooms red when the weather is more cool - November to April.  The terminal leaves turn red and hide the small white blossoms within (thus the "cloak" in the name).  The red colored photos are of our mother plants.  These can be mail ordered but you have to be in at least a 9A environment to grow it.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We only have a few for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak
Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak
Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
POPULAR AND EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR PLANT



DARK COLORED AND HEAVILY VEINED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves have prominent venation and are purple-black on the dorsal side and a similar color on the underside with yellow veins.  Leaves are two to three feet long. This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.   Leaves are about 3 feet long when mature.  This popular variety is sought after and sells out every year.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

The first seven photos show the 5g size.  Following are two shots of our 15 gallon size.  We have other unusual types of Alocasia in 5g size for sale at similar prices.


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Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
UNUSUAL DARK LEAF ELEPHANT EAR


MEDIUM SIZE - EXOTIC APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL ONE GALLON

This is a medium mature sized hybrid Alocasia that can get up to six feet tall with large dark green to black green leaves.  The leaf surface is wavy and almost "crinkled".  The underside of the leaves is a maroon or red and the leaf stems are very dark, near black.  It likes partial sun or strong filtered light and has some degree of cold hardiness.  Our 5g size on sale is shown in the first eight photos

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $60

The size on sale is shown in the first seven photos with some older larger nursery plants following.


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Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g
Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity

 

ALOCASIA SARAWAKENSIS YUCATAN PRINCESS
GOOD SIZED AND BEAUTIFUL COMPANION PLANT


STRIKING LEAVES AND COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

Alocasia arer native to various Asian countries and eastern Australia.  This variety / hybrid is a good sized plant and can get up to eight feet tall.  It is new to our nursery and will develop strong upright leaf stems.  The leaves themselves are leathery and green in color.  The ventral veins are maroon colored.  It prefers a frost free environment and likes ample water.  It would like very bright filtered light and can tolerate a bit of direct sun, especially in the morning.  The last photo is c/o Scott Arboretum.  The plants on sale are in a 5 gallon container. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60


The 8th photo is c/o the Scott Arboretum.


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Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess

 

COLOCASIA EXCULENTE JACKS GIANT
FAST GROWING WITH HUGE GREEN LEAVES



TOLERATES A FREEZE
FOR FULL SUN ON THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE


This hybrid Colocasia is known for its rapid growth and good size.  Leaves are green and can be 3 to 4 feet long with a seven to eight foot mature plant height and nearly the same width.  They do sucker.  They like moisture during the summer and to be kept drier in the offseason.  It will tolerate a freeze.  With a cool winter leaves may die but, in the right areas, will come back when weather warms up again.  Garden photo by unknown author.

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE $60


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Colocasia esculente jacks giant Colocasia esculente jacks giant Colocasia esculente jacks giant
   

 

CORDYLINE TERMINALIS SINGAPORE TWIST
NEW SPECIES TO OUR NURSERY



COLORFUL SUCKERING HAWAIIAN TI TYPE PLANT
BUT, TOTALLY DIFFERENT!  LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN


We offered for the first time this unusual Cordyline two years ago.  At that time it was totally new to the market.  They sold out within a few days.  So, we worked hard to get in another batch of these exciting plants.  It is a plant that is super colorful.  It may look like the Hawaiian Ti plant.  But, it is totally different.  This species is a dischitous type plant.  Its leaves are in one single plane - from the front is totally seen and wide.  But, from the side it is narrow.  It's similar to a Traveler Palm in this way.  Also, it is a rhizomitous plant.  It grows from rhizomes in the ground.  So, it is suckering!  One plant as shown here becomes a small, non-running clump of several plants.  Some have multiple stems and most are suckering.

Leaves are wide like the Hawaiian Ti but the color is shown more on older leaves.  They are purple-red.  Leaf stems are a colorful red.  Mature height is four to seven feet and it will take coastal sun.  Inland areas would consider part sun or strong filtered light.  By report, it will take a freeze. We only limited numbers of this rare plant.  Also, this is a plant that we rarely have in stock.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON SIZE $85


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Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist
Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist

 

CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA HARLEQUIN
UNUSUAL PASTEL HAWAIIAN TI PLANT

 
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON SIZE


Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Severe cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  The variety shown below has predominant pastel colors.  Leaf colors in this type are yellow, pink, orange, lime and green.  I would recommend filtered light for this variety.
 
REGULAR REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VARIETY $40

Remember to mention this Blog Special price at the time of purchase.


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Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin
Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin  

  

WEDNESDAY, 14 JULY, 2021

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA


A GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM
VERY LARGE BRIGHT YELLOW FRUIT
VERY DIFFICULT TO GROW IN SOUTHERN CA 

There is hardly a palm more beautiful than Cocos nucifera, the Coconut Palm.  Although no one knows for sure it's original native habitat, presently they are found naturalized in tropical areas around the world.  They tolerate heat and sun, live right near salt containing oceans and get to a height of about 40 feet.  The yellow colored fruits are produced in abundance.  You might recognize store bought coconuts that are brown.  These are the seeds and within the thick fibrous husk of the fruit.  From a cultural point of view, this palm doesn't have a lot of cold tolerance.  It succumbs with temperatures below the upper thirties F.  There are few if any Coconuts flourishing in Southern CA.  Once in a while you'll hear of one that's gotten overhead.  But, invariably, even these die.  All the photos here were taken in the Miami, FL area.  We do carry them from time to time in smaller sizes but try to talk the customer out of getting one.  But, you may be able to grow one inside.

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Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE



SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold tolerance.  These will be a medium to large palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of mature plants show how pretty it is.  Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm. 

This is a very rare hybrid to come across.  They are essentially unavailable on the market and absolutely no small plants exist.  This is because there have been no seeds for going on ten years. We’re putting huge 24 inch boxes on sale.  They are about 12 feet tall in their box.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $675

This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare hybrid for sale.  


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Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid by JI
Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid by JI Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid

 

PRITCHARDIA NEAR-SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
SHOWING FOUR DIFFERENT VARIETIES BELOW
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular type of fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about  ten to twenty feet.  We are growing at least seven or eight species that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  Leaves are usually green but also have some blue-green leafed species.  Trunk diameter averages 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate sometimes with a bit of wave in the cross section. 

Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Some of the 25g we have shown here are about 10 feet tall in the pot and at least 12 years old.  I’d estimate some of them are the size of a 36 inch boxed plant.  They are all too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.  The first six photos show all aspects of one plant.  These are followed by photos of three different species.  Then I’ll show some mature garden plants in the last row of photos.
 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $475

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 
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Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia martii Pritchardia minor

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because it may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and maybe even warmer parts of Texas.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 15g plants on ten day special.  As you can see from the photos, they are good sized.  For mail order, we should also have smaller sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195


You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.  CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.


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Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM

 CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  In the wild, plants get to over 75 feet tall.  In So California it is more typical to see one to 30 to 40 feet.  They have a light colored crown shaft, speckled dark or black color near the inner crown area and sometimes on the leaf stems.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflet tips are pointed or slightly blunted.  The trunk is narrow for a tall palm.

Shown here are large 15g plants which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coast