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Palm Tree Help & Advice

See below for palm tree information. The articles below discuss species and groups of palms, palm culture, selecting palm trees for your garden, plants (currently) offered for sale at our nursery, and many other topics.  The column to the right list these articles in groups for quick review.  

Articles listed below are written by either Phil Bergman or Jesse Bergman with the purpose of educating people about this great group of plants.  Some may have been published in a variety of plant journals or publications elsewhere.




Articles and descriptions below. 


Bismarckia nobilis


Cold Hardy Palms

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Bottle Palm 


How to Plant a Palm Banner








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(25 years of articles listed below with short descriptions and links)

Palm Tree Species for Southern California
New! Palm Tree Species for Southern California
and Similar Climates

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What Plants are On Sale Right Now!

  Comprehensive article on conserving water and still creating and maintaining a lush tropical garden.  Read article.

  PALM AND CYCAD BLOG: New Plant Arrivals!
This feature takes a lot of staff time and is updated every few days with specials, rare plants and cultural information.  It's a "don't miss feature of this website".

Click here   


  New!  Baggie Technique for Palm Seeds, Cycad Seeds and Many Tropical Seeds


  New! Palm Tree Trunks A pictorial article presenting the diverse appearance of palm trunks.  Read Palm Tree Trunks


  New!  Rhapis humilis, the Slender Lady Palm.  Article about this unique, tall and sun tolerant species that can be used outside or in the home.  Click to Read More.


  New!  The Variegated Lady Palm - Rhapis excelsa A comprehensive article about these miniature Asian gems.  Read about Variegated Rhapis 


  New! The Best Palm Tree Species for Southern California - Slide Show.  Photos only, no narration on species.  Click to see slide show.


  New!  The Palm Tree Encyclopedia  This new part to the website was created to make it easier for the reader to search for articles on palms by either the common name or scientific name.  Click to see both lists and read about palms!


  New! Rhopalostylis, the Genus & Species  Comprehensive article about Rhapolostylis sapida and baueri, other varieties and/or species, common names, culture and nursery plants.  Read Rhopalostylis, the Shaving Brush/Nikau Palm

  New! The Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis - with Comparison to the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii Read about both Hyophorbes


  New!  The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata.  This is a thin trunked, medium sized attractive palm that is self cleaning and very popular.  It loves heat and sun.  Read Foxtail Palm


  New! The Majesty Palm, Ravenea rivularis
Short article on this larger Madagascar palm species that has cultural needs that must be met to grow well.  When this is done, it's a very attractive species.  Read Majesty Palm

  New! The Mediterranean Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilus.  Short article describing this cold hardy, suckering fan palm species, its culture and use in the garden.  Lots of Photos.  Click to learn about the Med Fan


  New!  The Mule Palm, Hybrid of Butia with the Queen Palm.  This short article talks about this super cold hardy inter-generic hybrid of Butia capitata with Syagrus romanzoffyana.  Cultural information given along with photos of nursery plants.  Click to read Mule Palm 


  New!  The Royal Palm, Roystonea regia
Short article about the Cuban Royal Palm with lots of photos of the species and nursery plants available.  Cultural information given as well as photos of other species.  Click to Read Royal Palm.


  New!  Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm
Short article about the various types of Butia capitata with mention of other species and hybrids.  Click here to read about the Butia palms.

  New!  Traveler Palm, Ravenala madagascarensis

Article on the Traveler Palm, its appearance in the wild and gardens and information on culture.  Click here for Traveler Palm


  New!   Photographic tour of the famous garden of Mardi Darian in Vista, California.
The Palm Society in July, 2015 visited this garden.  To Visit, click here.


   New!   The Areca Palm, Dypsis lutescens - A Short and Concise article on this species See Now!
(more comprehensive article below)


  Rare Cold Hardy Palms in Larger Sizes with Affordable Shipping by Pallets
Article discussing rare cold hardy palm trees that can be shipped quite affordably by pallets in 15g size.  Click to Read 

  Meet the Staff at Jungle Music
Introduction of our staff members as of 2014 - 2015  Click here.

Chambeyronia, the Flame Thrower Palm

This comprehensive article describes the species of Chambeyronia along with culture and advice about this genus.  Lots of photos.  To see Chambeyronia, Click Here

  Palm Tree Care and Names

This is a great place to start.  It lists about 200 of the most common species of cultivated palms, showing basic information and photos of the species


  What Is a Palm Tree?

This article describes what a palm tree is and describes each part of a palm tree.  It's a fiarly comprehensive article with photographs of different types of palm.  Read What is a Palm Tree?

Palm trees, Palm Tree Care and Names Index Page

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New Video: Jungle Music Plant Picks of the Week
Two to three minute video where JM Staff show you some of their favorite species for sale.  Informative and fun.
To see Plants of the Week Video click here


  chamaedorea palm

  growing palm trees, palm tree care, planting palm trees


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King Palm Banner

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Fan Palm Tree Banner


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  Banner Short Palm Trees

The Pygmy Date Palm, Phoenix roebelenii


Video Tour of the Entire Jungle Music Nursery!
12 minute video by Rusty of all of our growing areas, lots of cool plants, our shipping technique and the educational center.

To see the Video click here


Palm Tree Buyer's Guide
This feature rapidly shows photographs of various types of palms for Southern California gardens.  It's fun and quick to use  Click here to see this Guide 


Video Tour Palm, Cycad and Tropical Plant Display Garden
After six months work, take our new video tour with rusty of our display garden.  See what your garden can look like. 
Click for Video Tour Display Garden


King Palm - Archontophoenix
Comprehensive article about all the six different species of King Palms their culture and how Archontophoenix can be used in the landscape. 
Click here to read this article


 The Areca Palm
Short and quick article on the Dypsis lutescens with photos.
Click here to read this article

  Palm Trees
Easy to read article describing the taxonomy and structure of palm trees and their usage in landscape.  Tells you "what is a palm tree".

Click here to read this article 


  Fan Palm Trees - Leaf Appearance
Quick pictorial article showing how diverse the appearances are of various fan palm leaves.
Click here to read this article


  Palm Tree Seeds and Fruit
Pictorial article on the multitude of palm flowers, fruits and seeds and how to select viable seeds and know if the seeds you have can germinate.
Click here to read this article


  California Palm Trees
Pictorial article on the best palm tree species for California, with an emphasis on Southern California

Click here to read this article


  Palm Trees for Sale
Brief article about our nursery, what we sell, how to mail order and customer feedback

Click here to read this article


How to Plant A Palm Tree in the Garden
A comprehensive article discussing all aspects of planting a palm with emphasis on species selection, soil types, drainage, acclimation, watering and fertilizer.

Click here to read this article


New Plant Arrivals at the Nursery

Clicking here will instantly show you new palms, cycads or tropical plants we are offering at our nursery.  Some specials will be given.  This will change with new additions every few days.  Popular and requested species will also be shown. 
Click here to read this article


Windmill Palms and Other Trachycarpus Species  
This fairly comprehensive article talks about the characteristics of this genus, its usage in landscape and culture, and gives photos of many species.  
Click here to read this article


Dypsis lutescens, The Areca Palm
Descriptive article about this suckering palm covering its characteristics, culture and usages in the landscape

Click here to read this article



The Bamboo Palm 
Article about Bamboo Palms, their characteristics and care, usage in the home and garden, and which species are the best choice to use.

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Chamaedorea, The Genus  
Article about this genus, its characteristics, usage in the garden and home, culture and other interesting facts

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Chamaedorea - The Species Article 
Here we describe many of the species in this genus with photos and brief comments on each type

Click here to read this article

Date Palms and other Phoenix Palm Tree Species

This is a comprehensive article about the Date Palm and the Phoenix genus with emphasis on the most popular types including Phoenix dactylifera, canariensis, and others.  It includes pictures, cultural information, descriptions, etc.
Click here to to read this article


Tropical Landscape with Emphasis on Palms and Cycads 
This article deals with the design and creation of a tropical garden.  Discussed are factors of density,canopy, species used and companion plants.  Lots of pictures.

Click here to read this article


Palm Trees In The Landscape

This article walks through all the steps of creating a palm garden through purchasing your property to maintaining your plants.  Basic guidelines for successful palm tree planning, acclimation, planting, maintenance and cultural care..   Also learn about special problems with growing palms and reasons why palm trees can die.
Click here to to read this article.


  Palm Gardens for Homes and Businesses
A comprehensive article on creating a palm garden, starting with the idea of wanting one, learning the species, creating the garden and finally having the garden of your dreams.  Lots of pictures.

Click here to read this article


Acclimation Of Plants

Have you just purchased a plant from a greenhouse or shade house?  This article tells you how to adjust the purchased palm to your environment, thus eliminating burn to the leaves.
Read this article!

Palm Trees In Containers

All palm enthusiasts will grow plants in containers.  This article concentrates on information about growing palms in containers.  Also discussed are plant repotting recommendations, potting soil mixtures and  cultural requirements.  Find a solution for watering, fertilizing, sun/shade, cold protection and pruning problems. 
Click here to to read this article.

Palm Tree Landscape - Placement of Palm Trees

Now that you have begun purchasing your palms, this article talks about how to place them in the garden.  It discusses common mistakes, shade problems, space requirements and other topics to consider when laying out your garden.
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Greenhouse Culture of Palm Trees

This article deals with basic greenhouse culture of palm trees, problems that can be encountered with your palm trees, special requirements for greenhouse grown palms, and other topics of interest on the subject.  
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Fertilizing Palm Trees

A quick introduction to fertilizer. General do's and don'ts about fertilizing.
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Palm Tree Seed Germination

A summary of important points to consider when germinating seeds. Germination techniques, procedures, recommendations and creating an ideal environment for germination and growth..
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Potting Soil for Palm Trees

The difference between a "universal soil mix" and formulating a soil mix that meets the needs for your palms. Also includes potting soil recipes used at Jungle Music Nursery.
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Spiny Palm Trees

General information about various spiny palms that can be grown outdoors in Southern California.
Click here to read this article

Palm Trees of Lord Howe Island

An introduction about germination, growth, cultural observation of palms native to Lord Howe Island.
Click here to read this article

  Jubaea chilensis, Chilean Wine Palm
Comprehensive article on this colossal palm with its huge, thick trunk.  Lots of photos and information on culture and growth.
Click here to read this article

Ten minute video of this unqiue hybrid palm.  Shows "hooks", "folded leaflets" and comparison to regular Butia, Blue Jubaea and regular Jubaea chilensis.  Allow time for download.

The Kentia Palm Tree, Howea forsteriana
Article about this popular garden and house plant, including its characteristics, culture and usage.  Lots of photos.
Click here to read this article.

Palm Trees of New Caledonia

General information and notes about my experience with palms native to New Caledonia.
Click here to read this article

Palms of Madagascar

Brief notes created in 1998 on various Madagascar Palm species.  These are derived from Palms of Madagascar by J. Dransfield, et. al. and from our own growing experience.  It's like a quicker primer of the Malagasy palms.  
Click here to read this article

Bismarckia nobilis, the Blue Bismarck Palm
This is a gorgeous silver blue fan palm from Madagascar.  This article deals with characteristics of the species, culture and cold hardiness.
 Click here to read this article   

Palm Trees As Houseplants

A discussion of palm trees for indoors; palms that can be successfully grown as houseplants.
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Cold Hardy Palms

This articles helps you decide which palm trees can tolerate the cold you experience in your area.  It talks about learning how cold you really get, being realistic about your expectations and then logically selecting the best species for your garden.  Photographic links included. 
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Caryotas Palm Trees, Did You Know?

Article on Caryotas palms (the Fishtail Palm tree), and their culture.
Click here to read this article

I Want To Sell My Large Palm Tree!

Do you have a large palm tree you want to get rid of, but don't know how? Find out how to successfully sell or remove your unwanted large palm.
Click here to read this article

Why Choose Fan Palm Trees?

Explains to the reader the characteristics and unique features of a fan leaf palm. Also discussed are the many types of fan palm trees and reasons why fan palms should be part of every palm enthusiasts garden. To see pictures of the palms look to the margins and on species in blue print, click the link.
Click here to read this article

Palm Tree Care & Names

New to the website is a dynamic feature that gives viewers a quick resource on palm tree care and common names. We've included about 200 species. With a "quick click" you can get most of the information that interests you. Listed are the scientific and common names (if one exists), cultural requirements for each species, photographs, hints as to successful growing, and other interesting data. 
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Fast Growing Palm Trees

Information about certain palm tree species that are generally accepted as fast growing.
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Short Palm Trees

Many customers request a palm that does not get tall. Their concerns are that a taller palm will obstruct a view, be more work in maintenance, or just be out of proportion to their location.  Or, they just aesthetically prefer a shorter tree. 
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Desert Palm Trees

This article covers full and partial sun palm trees for hot, dry desert environments. In this article you will learn which palms will grow in your area and their cultural requirements.
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The Queen Palm
An informative article about a very common species used worldwide in landscape
Click here to read this article

  The Pygmy Date Palm, Phoenix roebelenii
A comprehensive article about the Pigmy Date, it's morphology and  characteristics, culture, use in the landscape, diseases and tendency to hybridization.
Click here to read this article

  Tropical Plants:  Rainforest Plants That Look Great in the Garden
Article on the usage of colorful companion plants with palms in the garden.
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  Plant Container Sizes and Descriptions
Explanation of the "gallons" sizes used in West Coast nurseries; How big they are, sizes of these pots and photos of each pot.
Click here to read this article



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Special Points Of Interest


Palm Tree Help & Advice

Articles on palm trees listed below.  For cycad articles, click here.


Palm Trees

Germination of Seeds Using Baggie Technique

Video: Plant picks of the Week 

Palm Trees in the Landscape, basic concepts and ideas

Palm Trees in Containers

Palm Tree Landscape - cement Of Palm Trees

How to Plant a Palm Tree

Greenhouse Culture Of Palm Trees

Fertilizing Palm Trees

Palm Tree Seed Germination

Potting Soil for Palm Trees

Acclimation Of Plants

Palm Tree Care and Common Names

Palm Tree Buyer's Guide


Palm Tree Species for Southern California

Palm and Cycad Blog

Video Tour tropical plant display garden

Tropical Landscape

Best Palm Tree Species for Southern California - slide show

Landscape: the Most Important Thing

Actual Nursery Plants for Sale & Side by Side Photos of Mature Specimens

What is a Palm Tree?

Palm Tree Trunks

Best Palm Trees for Southern California

Palm Trees for your area

Palm Tree Gardens for Home or Business

Consultation on design ideas and Usage of Palm Tree Species

Water Conservation and Cycads

Large Specimen Palm trees and Cycads

Palm Trees for Hot Desert Areas

Cycads in the Landscape, (four part article with photos).

Tropical Plants: Rainforest plants that look great in the garden

Photo Tour Garden of Mardi Darian, Vista, CA

Palm Tree Seeds and Fruits with Photos Viable Seeds


Photographs of Palm Trees (over 3000 photos)

Palm Tree Encyclopedia - common and scientific names

Rhapis humilus, the Slender Lady Palm

Variegated Lady Palms/Rhapis excelsa

Rhopalostylis, the genus, the species, common names, & culture

Chambeyronia, The Flame Thrower Palm

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm - Comparison to H. verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm

Cold Hardy Palms and Affordable Shipping by Pallets

Dypsis lutescens, The Areca Palm

Ravenea rivularis, the Majesty Palm

King Palm - Archontophoenix

Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm

Chamaerops humilus, the Mediterranean Fan Palm

Windmill Palm & Other Trachycarpus

The Queen Palm

The Areca Palm

The Bamboo Palm

The Mule Palm

Chamaedorea, The Genus

Chamaedorea , the Species

The Pygmy Date Palm

The Traveler Palm

Caryotas, Did You Know?

Palms Of Lord Howe Island

The Kentia Palm, Howea forsteriana

Jubaea chilensis, the Chilean Wine Palm

Butia X Jubaea Tutorial Video (one min download)

The Royal Palm, Rostonea regia

Date Palms and the genus Phoenix

Bismarckia nobilis, the Blue Bismarck Palm

Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata

Spiny Palm Trees

Short Palm Trees

Palm Trees Of New Caledonia

Palms Of Madagascar

Fan Palm Leaves

Cold Hardy Palms

Why Choose Fan Palms

Palms As Houseplants

Fast Growing Palm Trees

Palm Trees for the Desert

Palm Tree Buyer's Guide


Video Nursery Tour of the entire 2.5 Acres of Jungle Music

Nursery tour palms and cycads

Palm Trees for Sale

Meet The Owner

Meet the Staff

Mail Ordering from Jungle Music

News and Media Coverage of Jungle Music

Directions to Nursery

I Want To Sell My Palm Tree

Plant Container Size and Description


Palm availability/size/price database New Plant Arrivals

Cycad availability/size/price database

Email Nursery about mail orders (calling better)



























Phil Bergman
Owner and Author

Jungle Music Palms, Cycads and Tropical Plants
Nursery Location: 450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
Nursery Hours: 9AM to 4PM, Monday through Saturday
Nursery Phone: 619 291 4605
Email: phil@junglemusic.net


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