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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

 

PRITCHARDIA, ASSORTED SPECIES
15G SIZED PLANTS IN 5G POTS
AND TEN DAY SPECIAL ON THESE 5G


For the next ten days you can get a fantastic deal on some hugely over-sized 5g plants.  There are four or five different species in this group.  Many are very chunky and head high.  Species included are P. affinis, alymer-robinsonii, hillebrandii, maybe a few glabrata, munroi and others.  They have all seen temperatures into the twenties for several winters and some are sun-ready.  This is simply put a "fantastic buy".

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


It's not just the discount but the size of these 5g monsters that makes this such a good deal.  You must mention this blog only sale when purchasing.  These are cold hardy into the mid twenties F. and along the coast like sun.  I can offer these because we just acquired this collection of plants.
pritcchardia 5g Pritchardia 5g
Pritchardia 5g Pritchardia 5g Pritchardia 5g
Pritchardia 5g Pritchardia 5g  

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A MADAGASCAR PALM, HUGE 5G PLANTS
AND TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Just like the Pritchardias above, these 5g plants are huge for their container and an exception deal with our ten day special.  Some of these are head high and all are chunky with nice trunks.  This madagascar palm gets to about twenty feet, perhaps somewhat taller and has a thin trunk of six inches.  I would consider it a medium sized palm; the crown is not that large.  It is a very good growing palm and along the coast loves full sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F., perhaps a bit less.  These are part of the plant collection we recently acquired.  All have seen significant cold in past winters.

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

In other words, you're more or less getting a 15g plant for $45.  You must mention this Blog Only special when ordering.  Both this species and the
Pritchardias above are an easy mail order shipment. The last photo here was taken by a friend of mine in habitat and is one of my favorite pictues.



Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
photo from Arkive Website, habitat
Ravenea glauca habitat MR
habitat photo by MR

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTHERN MEXICO

This medium to large cycad comes from an elevation of 2100 to 2800 ft. in mountainous regions of the Sierra de Oaxaca.  It most closely resembles Dioon spinulosum that comes from lower elevations under 1000 feet.  It is also similar to Dioon mejiae from Honduras.  It would not be difficult to confuse these three species as they are all somewhat similar appearing.  Of these three species, Dioon rzedowskii is by far the most rare.

Trunk height can reach fifteen feet.  This species usually does not branch but does recline with age.  Trunk diameter is under 16 inches.  Leaves are leathery, glossy green and about five feet long.  When emerging, they are quite tomentous (hairy) and after maturation the leaves are flat.  Leaf color is green, but not quite as shiny as Dioon spinulosum.  Leaf margins when young have quite prominent spines which are more prominent compared to spinulosum and a bit more of a yellow color than the latter (see photo #7 below).  When the plants mature, most of these spines are lost, but a few may remain (first photo, last row below).  The last photo shows a seedling that germinated in habitat. 

Along the coast here this species does best with part day sun or strong filtered light.  It can tolerate full sun but tends to be more lime green with full sun exposure.  Inland areas would demand filtered light.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  The habitat photos of mature plants here were all donated by a friend and cycad enthusiast John Otto.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low-twenties F.  Of note, this species has extremely large seeds.
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO

 

ZAMIA CUPATIENSIS
ESSENTIALLY UNKNOWN SPECIES FROM COLUMBIA

I am fortunate enough to have a few seedlings of a cycad that essentially has never been sold in the United States nor is it in any major botanical gardens.  It comes from an extremely remote location in Columbia.  Information in books and on the Internet is essentially nonexistent.  Loran Whitelock, in his reference book on cycads, gives a description of this species but admits he has never seen a mature plant.  He describes it as a distinct species and not the same as Zamia ulei which comes from Brazil.  Some would consider these two species synonymous. Whitelock describes this as a small species with a subterranean trunk that has leaves two feet in length.  Leaflets are six to eight inches long and margins are not spiny.  I have been only able to find one photograph of a larger plant taken by Dennis Stevenson.  I cannot comment on cold tolerance because of my lack of experience but would suggest greenhouse culture for now in filtered light.  I'll probably never have this species available again and only have a few.    

Zamia cupatiensis Zamia cupatiensis
Zamia cupatiensis Zamia cupatiensis by Stevenson
photo by Dennis Stevenson
 

 

CYCAS CURRANII
EXOTIC SPECIES, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This tropical appearing green cycad produces a tall stem up to thirty feet or more, one to two feet in diameter. It is reported that this species attains a size and stature similar to surrounding trees in habitat.  Leaves are six to eight feet with armed, long petioles.  Leaf width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, slightly flexing toward the fround and occasionally a bit undulating.  To the touch, the leaves are rather soft and inviting.  Seeds are quite large with raised edges on the sclerotesta (hard inner layer of the seed below the fruit).  Cycas wadei is the only other Cycas species with ridged sclerotesta but it comes from the island of Wadei and the seeds are much smaller.  This makes an attractive landscape specimen cycad. 

I have been growing this species for about ten years and found that it does quite well in Southern California.  I have a few gorgeous 15g plants for sale.  They would prefer part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao
Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao

 

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
SOME THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

This single trunk palm is from Mexico and Central America and gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20/s F  Today I thought I would describe a few things that you may not know and that I've learned about this attractive species.

1.  It has a
dark green trunk with prominent rings.  Diameter is usually about 1.5, sometimes 2 inches.
2.  There are
male and female plants.  Shown here is a male plant.  These flowers produce an amazing amount of pollen.  When ready, a simple flick of the finger releases a cloud of pollen.  If there is a receptive female nearby, you are almost guaranteed of getting seeds. When gold or yellow, the males are ready.   With age, they turn brown as seen n the third photo
3. 
Flower bracts can get quite large, almost ear of corn sized, and are eaten in native localities.
4.  A way to recognize this plant is to look for the
yellow stripe on the underside of the leaf stem, as shown in two photos here.
5.  This is a
shade demanding species.  In my experience, a plant that starts in shade and then grows into the sun will burn and may die.  Give it a damp and shady locality in the garden.
6.  This plant can do well as a
houseplant as long as it has adequate humidity. 
7.  They look
better when planted as multiples in the same pot or garden location. 
8.  Although not a true "stilt root forming" species, Chamaedorea tepejilote gives it a try and
sometimes will show small stilt roots.
8.  There is a
suckering form of this species.  i've shown a closeup of a suckering plant so you can see the suckering stem coming off the main trunk.  This are rare and hard to find.
10. 
Seeds on a female tree are initially green as shown below and then turn pure black, at which time they are ready to harbdest.
11.  Plants need cleaning of old leaf bases to help prevent insects (especially mealy bug) infestations.  But,
pulling off a leaf base prematurely may lead to permanent scarring of the trunk as seen in the last photo.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older spent male blossom to right
Chamaedorea tepejilote
male flower about to produce pollen
Chamaedorea tepejilote
multiple immature flower spikes coming
Chamaedorea tepejilote
yellow stripe on the underside of the stem
Chamaedorea tepejilote
although not true still roots, plants try to form them
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
two plants in one pot is more attractive
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Another look at the yellow stripe on stem
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
suckering form with additional stem forming
Chamaedorea tepejilote
immature green seeds.  These will turn black.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote by TS RPS
small colony, photo by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea tepejilote Ian Edwards PACSOA
base of colony, photo by Ian Edwards PACSOA
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
leaflets are wide and long
Chamaedorea tepejilote
prominent rings on the stem.  Note stem scar.

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
MOST COLD HARDY BUTIA THERE IS?
SMALLER BUTIA PLANT


This is a difficult palm to discuss because there is disagreement over what it is and if it's actually a species or just a variety of Butia capitata.  People seek it out because the urban legend is that it is easily the most cold hardy of all the Butia species.  The latter may be true, but it remains "what is this palm?".

Most would agree that it is probably a variety of capitata.  It doesn't get as tall as capitat, about half the height and peaks out at about ten feet.  The crown width is six to eight feet..  So, it might be perfect for someone who wants a smaller palm.  It has gray-green folilate and gives edible fruit.  It is a full sun plant with cold tolerance probably about 10 degrees.

Shown here are some 15g plants that we have for sale at the nursery.  These can be shipped.
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Palmpedia
photo care of Palmpedia
Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
photo by Dennis Valdez
Butia bonnettii drawing, unknown artis
drawing by unknown artist

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
GREEN BUTIA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm from Brazil does not have the gray or blue color to the leaves that you see with capitata.  The flower spathes are wooly and the overall height is about fifteen feet.  It likes sun and is cold hardy into the teens F.  It's a bit hard to get your hands on one.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


you must mention this Blog only special when ordering.
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha

 

ZAMIA PORTORICENSIS

This is a dwarf cycad from Puerto Rico that has very small caudexes, rarely over four inches, with sort leaves, typically under 3 feet.  They cluster freely.  The leaves are green and either flat or with a minimal amount of keeling.  Compared to similar Zamia species, these are unique in that the leaflets are longer and have minimal or no spines. They can tolerate coastal sun but require sun protection far inland.  Cold tolerance is thought to be in the mid-twenties F.  (little cold tolerance data).  This is a good cycad where there is very limited space available.  It can be grown as a patio potted cycad.
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis    

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE CHINESE WINDMILL PALM
 

This species, sometimes referred to as just the "Windmill Palm", is from China and one of the most cold hardy of all palm species.  There are enthusiasts from areas such as Ohio and parts of New York that are keeping them alive outdoors during the winter.  It is a single trunk palm with a furry trunk.  In time, this trunk's mat and hair will fall off to produce a cleaner trunk.  The crown is small, especially in hot intense sun.  It stretches out in strong filtered light or part day sun.  But, too much shade may kill this species.  It's leaves are about three feet across.  Leaf shape in nearly circular with divided segments.  Trunk height depends on the age of the tree.  This species is usually under twenty feet tall, but very old specimens (see below) can reach heights of over 30 feet.  Shown here are several good sized boxed plants and a 5g plant.  Most of our mail order customers prefer the 5g size for shipping.  Leaf stems are minimally armed with very small barbs.  Overall, it is quite a user-friendly species and is great for smaller gardens.  We do sell all sizes of this very easy-to-grow species.  
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING AND DWARF FORM

This attractive species of Chamaedorea comes in two distinct forms.  One is a dwarf form; the other trunks and the plant gets to a height of eight to ten feet.  The dwarf form reaches a height of three, sometimes four feet.  This is a single trunk Chamaedorea that is quite remarkable for several reasons.  First, it takes up very little space and fits nicely into small areas of the floor of the garden.  Second, it is one of the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea group, taking temperatures into the upper teens.  Third, it can tolerate some sun; it doesn't demand full shade.  Another cool thing are the blossoms.  Female blossoms reach above the leaves, are orange in color and develop large black seeds.  They are easy to pollinate and, if you plant a small colony of males and females, are almost certain to get viable seeds.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have a pretty good supply of both this form.

The trunking form gets up to about 8 feet of height. In previous years, this was hard to find.  Its trunk is thin.  Leaves of the trunking form look a little bit different and are thinner and longer.  Shown below are two photos of the trunking form.   
Chamaedorea radicalis, 5g Chamaedorea radicalis 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis leaf Chamaedorea radicalis trunk Chamaedorea radicalis garden
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS TRUNKING CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS  

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

MULTIPLE VERY BLUE SPECIALS TODAY!

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
COLD HARDY, LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is native to Baja California and often called the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  It loves heat and sun and is xerophytic to some degree.  The leaf color is intensely blue.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing in order to get this price. 
bRAHEA ARMATA bRAHEA ARMATA

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
COLD HARD, BLUE AND SUCKERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering, blue South American fan palm is very slow growing.  Our special is on 15g plants that are suckeirng and about eight years old.  Their color is dramatic.  This species loves heat and sun, can grow in the desert and is cold tolerant into the mid-teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150


You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing.
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
LARGE, BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I'm offering our 5g plants of this great madagascar palm species.  This is a brilliantly blue palm that, in many decades, can get to over forty feet of height.  It has large, flat leaves.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees.  It loves sun and heat.  On sale are our 5g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Mention this Blog only price when ordering.
Bismarckia 5g Bismarckia nobilis

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We just got in some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana I've discussed previously. the two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is the most sought-after cycad we sell.  Native to South Africa, it never gets very big and loves heat and sun.  It' a full sun species along the Coast and part day far inland.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  We'er offering nice 2 yo seedlings on sale.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
eNCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS BAND Encephalartos horridus garden


SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

 

LARGE ROYAL PALM IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA
NEEDS A NEW HOME

Occasionally I get involved in trying to find a new home for a very nice palm tree.  Two days ago a fellow called me.
He lives in Orange County.  He bought a home about two decades ago that belonged to a Palm Society member.  In the
parkway of this home was a Royal Palm, Roystonea regia he thinks.  This plant has continued to grow for the last twenty
years and now has an estimated thirty feet of trunk.  The city wants to do street improvements and all the parkway plants for
the entire district are going to be sacrificed.  He'd like to save this one.  He'd like to receive something for it, but the price
would be very fair.  Contact me if you'd like to purchase and move this plant to your home or project.  We can discuss it
and I would put you directly in contact with the owner.  Chances like this rarely come along.

Royal Palm
Royal Palm
Royal Palm
Royal Palm

 

FOUR EASY TO SHIP, GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS
Below are four plants we photographed yesterday.  All are rare Encephalartos from Africa.  All are in citrus pot containers, which makes
shipping quite affordable.  We ship plants in their pot, soil and all.  This avoids the immediate losses and almost guaranteed one year set
back seen with bare root plants.
 Few nurseries ship plants with their soil, but we can do it because we are a CA Certified Nursery with agricultural
permits for all states with the U.S.  Most customers rave about our plant quality and shipping technique.  Please read our reviews at this website.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
This cycad is sometimes difficult to find and is threatened in habitat.  it is a green, medium sized species that prefers sun and has excellent cold tolerance.  Leaves get to six feet and trunks to ten feet.  It prefers sun.
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
This species is a fast growing green cycad that has leaves six feet long and a stout trunk.  It can get a trunk well over ten feet and has a large crown of many leaves.  It makes a large, centerpiece type of cycad that needs room.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant to at least 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
This species is Central African and very rare.  Leaflet color is a bit of gray green and mature leaflets have little armor, something nice for some collectors.  It makes a good size plant and can tolerate full sun in most areas.  Cold tolerance is not quite as good as the South African cycads, but well into the mid, perhaps a bit lower 20's F.
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
ENCEPHALARTOS PIET RETIEF
This is a medium sized green species that has now been classified as a variety of E. lebomboensis.  It is a good grower, can get a trunk up to ten feet in many decades, and has a medium sized crown.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.  Sun plant.
Encephalartos piet retief Encephalartos piet retief

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC POTS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC CONTAINERS

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

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.
plastic pot pots

 

CERATOZAMIA "PACIFICA"
RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

I only have a few of this super rare Ceratozamia available.  It gets its name from the fact that it's the only Ceratozamia on the Pacific side of the coastal Mexican mountains.  It is a medium sized plant with glossy green leaves.  Crowns hold about six to twelve leaves, leaflets are long and thin and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Natively it grows in filtered light but I've sold a few plants where customers are growing this in full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F..  Shown here is a nice box I  photographed yesterday and a 5g.  This is a very attractive green cycad.  Leaf length is five to six feet.
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica by Art Vogel
photo by Art Vogel
Ceratozamia pacifica by ken Hill
photo by late Ken Hill, Cycad Pages
   

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH STIFF KEELED LEAVES

This attractive Mexican cycad is found in the areas of Oaxaca and Pueblo.  It is a medium sized plant with stems up to about ten feet.  The leaves are not particularly long, typically about four feet.  The most notable thing about this species are the strongly keeled leaves with thin leaflets.  By "keeled" I mean that the leaf, in cross section, looks like the keel of a boat.  The photos here show this quite well.  The color is green or gray-green.  The leaflets are tightly spaced.  I have shown here an assortment of nursery plants from 15g down to seedlings.  The garden specimens show off the beauty of this species.

It is a full sun plant and cold tolerant easily into the low 20's F.  We only have a few of the 15g left but do have affordable seedlings for sale.  It is a rare species to find at nurseries. 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
SHORT PALM WITH SWOLLEN TRUNK

The genus of Hyophorbe comes from the Mascarene Islands.  From a collector's point of view, there are only three species available.  None are tall.  All are exotic and bizarre appearing.
1.  H. lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  Swollen at the base of the trunk.  NOT cold hardy.
2.  H. verschafeltii, middle of trunk swollen, somewhat cold hardy
3.  H. indica, most cold hardy of the group, taller than the previous two palms, irregular trunk but not bulged.

Hyophorbe verschafeltii has more of a yellow color to the petioles and leaf veins.  You can see this in the photos here.  The Bottle Palm demonstrates more red colors.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  Some plants have taken colder than this in Southern California.  In So Cal, usually the Bottle Palms die with our winter weather.  For this reason, the Spindle Palm is a better choice. 

Hyophorbe verschafeltii loves heat and sun.  It will get up to a height of about fifteen feet in 30 years.  It can show winter stress on the leaves.  Shown here are a 5g and 15g plant.  Note on the mature plant how the bulge is in the middle of the trunk, thus giving it the name of "Spindle" Palm.  If your garden doesn't freeze and you have a warm, sunny spot, this palm is for you.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
MATURE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE
Only rarely would I ever talk about a mature, in the ground palm specimen.  But, this one is sort of special and rarely seen available.  I have an acquaintance who wishes to sell this specimen Jubaea chilensis.  It has about twenty feet of trunk and is a gorgeous plant as you can see. For those of you who are not familiar with this species, it is the thickest trunked palm species on the planet.  To get a tree of this size takes about four decades of growth.  As a palm nurseryman, I see or hear about a tree like this ever few years.  And, unless you happen to be a crane operator, you'd need a contractor to assist you in digging, transporting and planting this specimen tree.  Please contact me if you or someone you know might be interested.  Although it's not inexpensive, I think you could purchase it for about half the going retail market price.
Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature








Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature
Jubaea chilensis mature Jubaea chilensis mature  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
AVAILABLE NOW!

First of all, for all you budding palm taxonomists, I should mention that the name above is a fictitious common name.  We came up with this name because the derivation of "tera" is "monster" and "carpa" refers to body.  And, this perfectly describes the palm I'm discussing here this morning.

In my own garden in San Diego, I have one Archontophoenix palm that is distinctly different from another others I have grown.  I do not recall the original seed source for this palm and didn't appreciate it until it displayed its amazing traits.  Here are some of its characteristics:

1.  It is much taller than Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  It towers overhead adjacent King Palms.
2.  It has an extremely thick trunk diameter, 2 to 3 times thicker than the average King Palm.
3.  Impressively, there is a  LACK OF BROWN TIPPING TO THE LEAVES in full sun.  In my garden, other King species in full sun have brown tipped leaflets.
4.  It has a large and elongated yellow-blue crown shaft, different than another other Archontophoenix I've grown.
5.  It produces larger seeds than regular King Palms but smaller than A. purpurea.  They are red in color.
6.  There is a slight silver color to the back of the leaves.  7.  In full sun, the leaves are DARKER GREEN in color than regular King Palms.
8.  It has an extremely fast growth rate

We have long considered this to be am Archontophoenix maxima.  I've mentioned this ad this Blog.  But, it's not identical to A. maxima we've grown at our nursery from reliable seed sources in Australia.

So, we simply call it Archonotophoenix "teracarpa".  We have 2 and 5g sizes available.  I'm showing a 5g double plant here.  Photos of the large tree here are of the actual tree in my garden that has produced the "teracarpa" seeds.  At present, I'd estimate its height at forty to fifty feet.  If you like King Palms, you can't do better than this one.        
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Note that it towers over adjacent other  King Palms,
darker green in color, no brown tipping or yellowing
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

 

TREE FERNS AVAILABLE
ASSORTED SIZES, SPECIES
Our nursery does not specialize in ferns.  But, for some reason, we have accumulated a nice selection of good sized Tree Ferns in 5g, 15g and 25 gallon size.  Some of these have up to four feet of trunk.  These include Cyathea cooperi. and other species.  My favorite has always been the Brentwood Tree Fern.  It has no known native habitat.  I've used it in my garden and now have trunks about forty feet tall.  Check out the pictures below of this variety.  We'll have this variety available soon, limited numbers.

Tree ferns, in general, are considered water-loving, filtered light plants.  But, some species can tolerate full coastal sun.  Some species tolerate temperatures well into the twenties F. and there's lots of tree ferns growing up  in northern California.  Remember, many species come from cool areas of New Zealand and southern Australia.  Blended in with palms and other tropicals, I think they look great and give a nice effect.  Their only downside is the "itchy" fibers from the leaves that fall when you clean off dead leaves.  But, overall, they are woth it because of their very cool appearance.    
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Brentwood Tree Fern in foreground near Howea
Tree Fern Wikipedia photo
photo by Wikipedia Website

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


About a week ago below I discussed this species at length. Please read my post below.   I am offering our 5g plants of this species at a great price.  The leaves at this size are typically about two feet long of more.

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


These can easily be mail ordered.  You must mention this 'Blog Only Special" when ordering. 
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca TS RP
by TS at RPs

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
UNDERSTORY DWARF PALM
CUTE AND SMALL


This typically small, dwarf type of single trunk palm is native to one locality in Mexico where it is threatened and near extinction.  It has small and simple leaves (not pinnate as most Chamaedorea).  These apically bifed leaves are about six to eight inches long and have a metallic sheen to them; thus the name of the species.  Trunks are thin, about a half an inch or so.  Height is typically four feet, although very old plants can get taller.

This species looks it's best in the garden when planted as a small colony.  They are a shade loving species.  They can also be used as a small interior palm.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the low 20's F.  Colonies looks the best so you can avoid the "leaves on a stick" appearance you get with an old single plant. Such colony plantings are full and lush appearing.

Shown here are our 1 or 1.5 gallon plants.  I am also showing a colony in a larger pot.  This is a very desirable species.  I called it "cute" above because that's what it is.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

BASSELINIA ALBA
AKA VEILLONIA ALBA
DROP-DEAD BEAUTIFUL PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

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 few years taxonomists decided to throw it into the genus "Basselinia".  Don't you just hate it when they do that!

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.

Shown here are some 3 or 5g plants.  We have very limited supplies of this species so don't miss out.
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD
NEWLY EMERGING BROWN LEAVES


This large green leafed cycad comes from areas of South Africa north of the Transvaal district and on up to Swaziland.  It grows at elevations of about 1500 feet.  I am showing this species today because yesterday we photographed an newly emerging swirl of leaves.  They demonstrate how this species can have brown colored new leaves.  When these leaves open, they are not green but sort of a red-brown.

This is a good sized species with trunk heights over ten feet.  It is very rare in habitat as well as in cultivation.  It is one of the closest species in proximity to Encephalartos heenani, one of the most coveted of all cycads. 

We have limited supplies of this very rare cycad.  I've shown a lot of leaf photographs here so you can appreciate the thin but spiny leaflets.  It is a full sun species and cold tolerant into the low 20's F
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
KENTIA PALMS, LARGE SPECIMENS
SUN GROWN IN COASTAL ENCINITAS

Our nursery normally carries and sells plant material that people can lift.  This is usually plants up to 24 inch, sometimes 30 inch boxes.  Our largest plants may need lift gates to get plants onto a truck, but people can manage and plant them.  With this said, I want to remind readers that I work closely with several associates who specialize in large, crane sized plants. This includes dozens of palm species.  If you are looking for larger material, let me know.  With 37 years under my belt, I know a lot of sources and can probably find anything you want.  Shown here are some large Kentia Palms.  Howea forsteriana will get, over two to three decades, about thirty feet of trunk.  An associate of mine has some for sale with over twenty feet of trunk as shown.  And, he can deliver and plant them in many instances.   This includes both field grown and container grown plants.  The last four photos show Kentias from our nursery.  With strong helpers, these can easily be planted into the garden.  
Howea forsteriana large specimen Howea forsteriana large specimen
Howea forsteriana large specimen Howea forsteriana large specimen Howea forsteriana large specimen
Howea forsteriana large specimen Howea forsteriana large specimen Howea forsteriana large specimen

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, LUSH GREEN SPECIES

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Japan and Taiwan.  It is typically seen as a palm under twenty feet, but after many decades can get up to 30 or 40 feet tall with a trunk that is 12 to 18 inches thick.  It's crown is green and full with leaves that are about six feet across.  In shade the petioles stretch out and the leaves are larger and flatter.  In shade condition, it is fairly exotic appearing.  It is a very slow grower and it is not unusual for this species to take ten years to form any sort of trunk. This species is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  We have for sale typically 5g, 15g and boxed sized plants.  Some of our boxes are quite large, as shown.  In most area, this species tolerates full sun.  But, as mentioned, it can grow in strong filtered light.  It is also known to be used a an interior palm.  BTW, it is the most cold hardy of any species within the genus of Livistona.  It can take temperature into the upper teens F. easily.  
Livistona chinensis 15g Livistona chinensis 15g
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 
 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, SILVER COLOR, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species of single trunk, crown shafted palm comes from Madagascar.  My son, Jesse, says it's a great species and very under-appreciated.  In his garden in San Diego its done extremely well in full sun and is a good growing species.  It gets to about 20 feet of height, has a six inch trunk and interesting silver coloring to the crown shaft.  It has thin leaflets and the leaves are green.  Shown here is a large band size of this species.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25


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Dypsis plumosa

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


There is no doubt in my mind that this species is the most cold tolerant of any palm species.  It is native to the southeastern United States with native habitats stretching from South Carolina down to northern Florida and into Alabama and Mississippi.  There are reports of this species tolerating below zero degrees F.  Now, this dosn't mean that you can grow it in Michigan.  But, in areas that see significant cold such as North Carolina, central Texas or even New Mexico, this species might work for you.

It is a suckering fan palm and
known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The leaves are green and segmented.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a Rhapis palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  My specimen is in filtered light and quite pretty.  It loves my garden and is easy to grow.  But, it is slow growing.

I just got in several pretty nice 15g plants as shown here.  I also might have some 5g plants.  I can ship these 15g plants anywhere within the U.S. but the pots are heavy. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
grown in dark shade

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species of blue fan palm is super popular among people that see hot summers and cold winters.  It looks a little bit like a Bismarckia with its striking blue leaves but is about five to ten degrees more cold hardy than Bismarckia.  It likes hot dry sun.  This species can be grown in desert areas and has done well in central Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  It does have some difficulties with a lot of humidity, so for those who live in the
SE United States, consider Brahea clara, an almost identical species, which seems to tolerate the humidity better.

This is a full sun palm.  It dies in the shade.  It is cold tolerant to about 15 degrees.  It is slow to medium in its growth rate.  Overall mature height is a bit over twenty feet. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
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Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
I talked about this species before but I wanted to mention it again because it is so rare to see plants like this available.  We have super blue 5g and 15g plants presently.  These take hot, blazing sun, will live in the desert, are cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and can be grown in humid areas like TX or FL.  Shown here are both of the sizes we have available. 
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris

 

SABAL PALMETTO
THE PALMETTO PALM

This medium to large fan palm is native to the United States and an assortment of Caribbean islands including Cuba.  It's native habitat extends as far north as North Carolina.  It is amazingly salt tolerant.  In Florida you can see it right up into the coastal dunes.  I've seen plants just a few feet from the bay at Tampa Bay and thriving.  It is green in color and has a trunk that is of variable heights, ranging from ten feet to up to eighty feet.  I once had an order for "tall" Palmettos and thought they only get up to a height of about twenty feet.  On inquiring from a broker in Florida, I quickly came to find that specimens are available (dug from locality) with heights of well over fifty feet.  You'd think that perhaps this species could be threatened by digging.  I'd invite you to just pick a locality in Florida and drive around.   There are so many Palmettos near the water that you couldn't begin to count them all.

This is a durable, hardy palm with obvious salt tolerance.  I've also seen palms growing in the sand around ocean beach goers.  It's cold hardiness is into the mid teens F. and it prefers full sun for optimal growth.  However, it does tolerate partial shade.  Also, it can tolerate desert conditions if given adequate water.  Trunks have a "criss-cross" pattern of attached leaf bases.  Later the palm sheds these to show a fairly smooth appearing trunk.  With my comments above, you'd think there are lots of these available in CA.  This is not the case; they are hard to find.  Shown are some 5g plants, domestic and native mature plants and an interesting divided head specimen.

Finally, for those of you displaced from South Carolina, you can bring a little of your state to your present location by growing this palm.  Sabal palmetto is your state tree.  We can ship one right to your displaced location. 
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto double head by JS
photo by JS
Sabal palmetto Jacksonville Zoo Website
photo from Jacksonville Zoo Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
RARE CYCAD FROM NORTHERN TANZANIA

Many of you have perhaps never heard of this medium sized green cycad that grows at an elevation of 4000 feet in the rocky hills of Tanzania in Eastern Africa, bordered by Kenya to the north and Mozambique to the south. It is a green cycad with leaves about four to five feet long.  It's trunk gets to six feet tall with a width of approximately 18 inches.  On cultivated plants, I've noted that sometimes the color is a gray-green.  Leaflets of juvenile plants are cupped.  Mature leaflets are narrow as shown. This species can be grown in sun along the coast.  It needs good soil drainage.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid twenties, perhaps down to about 22 degrees.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants and a mature specimen. . 
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
 

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

It seems that almost everyone loves the Royal Palm.  This is a group of New World pinnate palms with tall trunks, swollen bases, and long green crown shafts.  The problem is that some people are in areas that get too cold.  After our Southern California freeze in 2007, I received many reports that Roystonea borinquena did better with the cold than other species of Royal Palms.  I certainly don't want to suggest that this species is good for people who routinely see temperatures into the low 20's.  But, if you live in an area where once in a while you get into the mid-twenties, this might be a better species to try.  It might give you a degree or two more cold hardiness.. 

It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Overall height is up to fifty feet, trunk diameter is 18 inches with a long prominent emerald green crown shaft, leaf length up to fifteen feet.  The base is not as swollen as the Cuban Royal, R. regia.  Growth rate is moderate.  It likes full sun.  It withstood the 2007 freeze where it saw temperatures of 24 degrees.  I think the reader should assume that any mid-twenties temperatures will most likely damage a Royal Palm.  In time, we'll know for sure if this species is better with cold.  We try to have this species available in various sizes.  Shown is a 15g plant.  Note that on none of the photos here of large plants is the trunk base massively swollen.
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
MEDIUM SIZED, GORGEOUS NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Among palm enthusiasts, one of the most popular genera is Burretiokentia.  B. hapala is one of the easiest of all the Burretikentias to grow in Southern California.  It is a medium sized palm, getting up to about twenty feet here.  I prefer that this species is grown in part day sun or filtered light although some have grown it in more sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.

It has shiny green leaves and a brown colored crown shaft.  Mixed in with the brown is some silver and green.  Leaf length is about six to seven feet and the trunk is rather thin at about six inches or so.  Shown here are photos of two plants, a 25g and a 5g.  We have a pretty good selection for sale. 

If you like palms, you have to try this species. 
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIES IN BOX
YET ANOTHER NEW PLANT AND UNKNOWN SPECIES

As I mentioned a week or two ago, we recently bought the stock of a private collector/grower  who loves Prtichardia.  We have been slowly moving all of these plants to our facility.  Among them are hundreds of assorted large Pritchardia plants of assorted species.  All of these plants were seed grown from seeds (Hawaiian origin) supplied by one of the most reputable seedsman in the world.  These plants included about eight species of rare Pritchardia.  Unfortunatly, over the past decade, labels have been lost and some of these are not identified.  The plant I'm showing here is such a plant.

It is a large plant in a 24 inch box.  It has been sun grown and is rather compact in the crown.  It has green leaves, both sides, with clean petioles and little tomentum.  The leaves are triangular in shape at this point.  The grower of these plants told me he definitely germinated Pritchardia alymer-robinsonii and it is possible that this is what this unknown plant is.  I've shown pictures of this species below, including a known 15g with pure seed stock that I've grown at the nursery.  For we nurserymen, Prtichardia are always a challenge.  Taxonomists get the benefit of looking at big plants: they see the seeds, flowers and mature crown.  We just get to look at juvenile nursery plants on unknowns.  It's a lot harrder for us to be sure what it is.  Even for Don Hodel (who is writing a new book on Pritchardia), looking at nursery stock is a challenge in terms of identifying species.  For the consumer, sometimes it means grow it for ten to twenty years and we'll figure it out the.  The main thing is "do you like the palm".

This particular plant has seen 25 degrees F. and was grown in sun. In general, figure that this is about the lowest temperatues that Pritchardias can take.
Pritchardia species box MERYTA BALANSAE
MERYTA BALANSAE MERYTA BALANSAE MERYTA BALANSAE
pritchardia alymer
Known Pritchardia alymer-robinsonii at nursery
Pritchardia alymer-robinsonii herbarium.org
Pritchardia alymer-robinsonii by Herbarium.org
Pritchardia alymer-robinsonii

 

BLUE CYCADS!  SHIPPABLE SIZES
ANNOUNCING NEW ARTICLE ON BLUE CYCADS

Among cycad enthusiasts, blue cycads have historically been on the top of the list of "plants to obtain".  This fascination with blue-colored leaves seems almost universal.  For cycad nurseries, it's near impossible to maintain an inventory of these desirable plants.  They sell out very quickly and they are slow to replace.  There are about two dozen species of cycads worldwide that are blue.  Some are near impossible to obtain.

Shown here is an assortment of medium sized plants that are blue, at the nursery and easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.

I am proud to announce a
new article entitle "BLUE CYADS" that I just posted at our website.  You can view it by clicking on the banner below.  Rather than describe each species in depth, I chose to discuss them as a group.  I hope you like it.


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Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmanii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is the "other Kentia" from Lord Howe Island.  It comes from a native higher elevation than forsteriana, is slower growing, and has an umbrella shaped crown of leaves.  Along the coast it can take full sun.  cold tolerance is 23 to 24 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


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Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
PARAJUBAEA SUNKHA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of South American Palm from Bolivia is the smallest palm of this genus.  It is usually 29- to 25 feet maximum when mature.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  These "grow like weeds" by report in the San Francisco area.  Some call this genus the "South American Coconut".  It is a full sun plant.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Parajubaea sunkha  Parajubaea sunkha 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
COLD HARDY, FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Palm enthusiasts love this rapid growing palm known as the Ribbon Palm from Australia.  For it's height of thirty to forty feet, it has a very thin trunk and leaflets than hang strait down towards the ground.  It is a very attractive fan palm that many can grow easily.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.  It likes full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Livistona decipiens 5g  Livistona decipiens 
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This South African cycad species is popular because it is medium sized, has a holly fern like leaflet, tolerates filtered light or part day sun and has a strikingly red cone.  It is easy to grow and has a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE, ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES


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Encephalartos ferox  Encephalartos ferox wikipedia
by Wikipedia 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

 

BASSELINIA GLABRATA
AKA ALLOSCHMIDTIA GLABRATA
THIN TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM

It's always a bit difficult when a species that one has been growing for three decades is suddenly given another new name by a taxonomist.  Imagine that a word you use in speaking suddenly means something different. Such is the case with this species when Hodel renamed Alloschmidtia a few years ago.  It is from new Caledonia and is a single trunk, crown-shafted, pinnate palm.  Like Actinokentia, is is remarkably thin in trunk size (never over six inches) but does get to a height of forty feet in habitat.  Most plants are much shorter and that's what we're seeing in domestic gardens.  The crown shaft is a nice olive green and bulges to a fatter diameter than the trunk.  Leaves are about six feet long.

This is a rare palm species from mountainous areas of northeastern New Caledonia.   Twenty years ago it was impossible to obtain a plant for your garden.  Presently, we have a variety of sizes for sale.  Shown here are 5g and 15g plants.  One picture is from habitat and the others are from Southern California gardens.  It is a filtered light palm,  perhaps tolerating early AM or late PM sun.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  Probably the most interesting thing about this species is the long, somewhat peculiar appearing crown shaft as shown in two photos below. 

Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
FAST GROWING, CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with spines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.  The plant shown here will be massive in five to ten years.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
ANOTHER CENTRAL AFRICA CYCAD

Cycad enthusiasts love unknown species. This species is obviously from Central Africa.  I say this because of the light colored caudex that is furry and white.  Also, note that the new leaves and stems are extremely hairy and fuzzy.  There is an assortment of species that are either un-named or recently named from this part of Africa.  This plant will probably be a good sized plant, reasonably cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties, and fast growing.  I would recommend part day sun for this interesting cycad.  And, yes, those leaves are so fun to touch when emerging.  They are as soft as almost anything in the plant world.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species  

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

I feel this species should be in the Top Ten List of desirable palms for Southern California.  It is a good grower, is not overly large, has an attractive silver-blue trunk that is topped off with a rusty brown crown shaft that feels like velvet.  What else could you want? 

This species comes from Madagascar, gets to about 25 feet height and has a rather thin trunk of six inches typically.  If the trunk doesn't get any direct sun, it will maintain this color throughout its life.  With sun, it will develop a brown tan color.  So, you might consider planting the species where it will pierce the canopy but maintain shade on its trunk.  Along the coast Dypsis leptocheilos can be grown in full sun, all day long.  If you live far inland, I'd give it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  At our nursery in 2007, 25 degrees did not burn this species. 

Shown here is an assortment of sizes from 1g plants up to 25g.  Sizes available changes over time, but we try to always have this species in stock.  No palm garden is complete without a Teddy Bear. 

The fifth photo shows our 5g size which are on ten day special

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 Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
LARGER OUTDOOR GROWN PLANTS

I've heard from customers that it's fairly difficult right now to find Royal Palms outdoor grown of any size.  Below is an assortment of 15g through 25g and on up to 30 inch boxed sized specimen, all of which have been grown outdoors.  They are used to sun and ready to be put into the ground.  We of course have our greenhouse grown stock that will eventually go outdoors, but these plants have been outdoors for years.  25g and larger are showing two feet of brown trunk or more (four feet or more by the traditional ground to emerging leaf definition).  But, there are limited numbers.  So, if you want a Royal Palm for the garden, don't wait too long or these might be gone.  Last photos are specimen plants.   This is a sun species with cold tolerance down to about 25 degrees, like the King Palm. 
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
roystonea regia roystonea regia Roystonea regia box 
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia
Southern CA R. regia 
Roystonea regia
So Cal, R. regia on left 

 

RAVENEAA JULIETIAE
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


For the first time ever I am offering a discount on this hard to find and super rare species from Madagascar.  It is single trunk with a rather narrow trunk diameter.  Leaves are green, pretty much upright.  Cold tolerance is well into the mid-twenties F.  It is a slow growing species.  It can tolerate coastal full sun.

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Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz
by Rolf Kyburz

 

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BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM OR ELEPHANT FOOT PALM
NICE 15G & 5G PLANTS NOW AVAILABLE

This is another example of a succulent plant that is called a "palm" but is not a palm at all.  It comes from Mexico and, in many decades, can get up to about 30 feet or more with a twelve foot wide base.  It can put up many trunks from the main basilar, swollen trunk, given it five or more leaf heads.  Or, one can cut any given trunk and it can divide into multiple trunks.  The base of the trunk is what gives it popularity.  It's like a swollen onion, bulbous in shape.  The leaflets are thin and green in color.  They protrude upwards and then curve back down toward the ground.  The surface of the trunk is like elephant skin.  Growth rate is medium.

We now have some 5 & 15g plants that are quite nice and can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.  The first five photos here are of the 5g size.  These are shown here along with some older plants.  Cold tolerance is into the teens and it prefers full, not sun.  It can be grown indoors in a bright window area.  The last photo shows a very old specimen at Fairchild Tropical Garden in Florida.  I've seen photos of a specimen in habitat where a Jeep is parked on top of the swollen base. 

beaucarnea recurvata  beaucarnea recurvata 
beaucarnea recurvata beaucarnea recurvata beaucarnea recurvata
beaucarnea recurvata  beaucarnea recurvata  Beaucarnia recurvata Floridata Website 


SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI
AKA TUPIDANTHUS CALYPTRATUS

Sometimes I like to mention plants that are quite familiar to many readers, but may be unusual to others.  The Schefflera or Tupidanthus is such a plant.   This is a very fast growing, green tropical plant from India and Burma.  Each leaf is on a long petiole and is composed of six to ten wide, prominently veined leaflets.  They are glossy green in color.  This plant, in the garden, can get to over 30 feet tall.  It also makes a wonderful patio plant and can be grown inside the home.  In our area, it tolerates full sun but may need protection from sun far inland.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are some 5g plants demonstrating this species appearance.  The 5g plants shown here are chunky, multi-stemmed plants.  They can be shipped easily.  Of note, flowers are red in color and there are dwarf forms of Schefflera. This is a fast growing tree but size can be maintained smaller through pruning.
Tupedanthus  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI 
SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI  SCHEFFLERA PUECKLERI 

 

COCCOTHRINAX, THE  GENUS
THIN TRUNKED, DESIRABLE FAN PALMS

Not too long ago I got an email from someone requesting that I write about some unusual fan palms.  I try to think of something that would be fun for readers to see.  So, I thought "why not talk about the entire genus of Coccothrinax".  This morning I will synopsize this genus and show a whole array of photographs of nursery plants and mature species.

Coccothrinax are thin trunked, small to medium sized fan palms from Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and perhaps into Central America.  They vary in height from five to ten feet up to forty feet or more.  Trunk sizes are usually thin with six inches being common.  This species has inter-species hybridization that is poorly worked out.  So, the taxonomists vary on the number of species in this group.  It is somewhere between fifteen and forty.  Leaf color varies from green to silver, often with the underside being silver.  Some trunks show great woven patterns of fibers while others are hairy.  Almost all species are solitary palms.  They are monoecious and have small, typically black fruited seeds.  Most trunks become clean wood over many years.  Almost all like sun and heat.  Some species may even take inland desert sun.  Many are cold hardy into the mid twenties F. 

Coccothrinax are very rare to find in nurseries.  Because of my interest in them, we always have an assortment for sale.  Nurserymen hate growing these because they are so slow in containers.  But, there's a secret about this.  Just get them into the ground and they are medium growers.  You can have a nice tree in a matter of five to ten years.  Shown here is an assortment of containerized plants, one gallon to fifteen gallon sizes.  Also shown are an assortment of many mature species.  The nice thing about Coccothrinax is that they are not big, all are interesting appearing and pretty, and nothing else in the palm world is quite like them.  This genus is one that we are the nursery highly recommend.  They'll add diversity to your garden.
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis                  
Coccothrinax miraguama v. havanensis









 Coccothrinax argentea leaf below
 Coccothrinax argentea leaf

     
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta 
Coccothrinax readii
Coccothrinax readii 
Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa 
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
 Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita trunk
Coccothrinax crinita trunk 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax agentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax species SElby
Coccothrinax species Selby Gardens 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa
Coccothrinax spissa 
Coccothrinax scoparia
Coccothrinax scoparia 
Coccothrinax radiata
Coccothrinax radiata 
Coccothrinax proctorii
Coccothrinax protcorii 
Coccothrinax argentea
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Coccothrinax litoralis
Coccothrinax litoralis 
Coccothrinax leaf
Coccothrinax leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa, swollen trunk
Coccothrinax spissa, cigar trunk 
Coccothrinax inaguensis
Coccothrinax inaguensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
THE SILVER PALM
SILVER COLORED MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM

Having just read above about Coccothrinax as a genus above, I thought that I'd show you a nice 15g size of Coccothrinax argnetata.  This species is native to Florida and some Caribbean Islands.  The dorsal surface of the leaves is silver-green, the underside is prominently silver. The trunk is thin, about six inches, and overall height is typically under twenty feet.  The most prominent feature is the silver sheen as you look up into the leaf crown.  It is similar appearing to Coccothrinax argentea, but more silver and shorter.  It is slow growing and extremely difficult to find.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant into the mid, perhaps low 20's F.  
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 

 

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BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE VARIETY
AVAILABLE IN THREE DIFFERENT SIZES
BUT RUNNING OUT OF INVENTORY

When we first introduced this brilliantly blue variety of Butia capitata about nine months ago, many people in other areas of the country were disappointed to hear that it was only available in large 25 gallon plants which were near impossible to ship without usage of an independent trucker.  But, we were able to get two more sizes:  5 gallon and 15 gallon.  Both of these sizes are shown below and easily shipped.  Please remember that, when we ship to any of the fifty states in the US, 98% of the time we ship plants in their containers, soil and all.  This prevents the bare root shock and loss of up to a year's worth of growth.   We can do this because we are a totally certified nursery.  But, remember that the 15g sized plants are much heavier and therefore more costly to ship.  For this reason, most people select the 5g size. 

My supplies are limited, so don't dally if you want one of the 5g plants.  I ship within 24 hours of your phone call.  All sizes are very blue and good sized for their container.

These plants are cold hardy to 15 degrees F. and want full hot sun.  The more intense the sun and heat, the more blue they get!
Butia capitata blue
5 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
5 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
5 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
15 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
15 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
15 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
25 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
25 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
25 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
25 gallon size
Butia capitata blue
25 gallon size

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
BRAZILIAN FIRE TREE, THE FERN TREE
EXOTIC TREE THAT GIVES LIGHT SHADE

This extremely fast growing tree is probably the most sought-after of the tropical trees at our nursery.  Its native habitat stretches from Central America into South America.  It can get well over forty feet tall with a typical trunk diameter of 18 inches or less.  People are impressed that it can put on over ten feet of vertical height a year.  It is also known for the fact that it creates a very light canopy shade, ideal for growing understory species.  However, it is decidious and will drop its leaves during the coldest part of winter.  Leaflets flush out rapidly about six weeks later.  It has bipinnate leaves and matched pairs of small leaflets as shown.  Because of this leaf structure, it only produces about 50% to 25% shade.  Its blossoms are yellow.  The trunk is smooth and somewhat "snakeskin" appearing.  If you are trying to produce quick canopy, a few of these will assist you rapidly.

Shown here is the 5g size.  We also have some one gallon plants for sale.  Recently is the first time in over a year that we've had this species available.  The mature specimens shown here are Internet photos with credits as given.  By the way, it is known as the "Fern Tree" because it looks like a maiden hair fern in the sky above you.
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
photo by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

 

PRITCHARDIA GLABRATA
HAWAIIAN FAN PALM WITH FLAT, DARK GREEN LEAVES, CLEAN GREEN PETIOLE
LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE


I have always been quite fond of Pritchardias, the Hawaiian Fan Palms.  This is the only native genus of palms in Hawaii.  Every other type of palm (perhaps excluding the Coconut) was introduced by man and has no native habitat in Hawaii.  Of all the Pritchardia, P. glabrata is one of my favorites.  As I mentioned several days ago, we purchased another nursery's inventory.  This has led to us having some very large and good sized Pritchardias.

Pritchrdia glabrata is native to Maui and the Island of Lanai.  It has gone by the name of
Pritchardia lanaiensis in the past.  It is medium sized with mature height ten to twenty feet.  The leaves are green both top and bottom.  The petioles are shiny green with no discoloration.  The leaf shape is basically flat with leaf segments drooping down toward their ends.  Crown width is ten feet or a bit more.

We were fortunate to be able to offer some nice 15g plants.  We also have a small number of 3 year old band sized plants.  The 15g plants are good sized and very attractive plants.  This species can grow in coastal full sun or filtered light.  In hot inland areas, sun protection might be needed.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  The mature plant photos were taken by HJD.  Note on all the photos how the leaves are basically flat with prominent green coloring.  For those who think all fan palms are "desert palms", this one will prove you wrong.

I'm showing quite a few photos here of our glabrata as you hardly ever get the opportunity to see nursery plants of this species. 
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia glabrata by HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata by HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata palmpedia
Juvenile plant by PalmPedia
Pritchardia glabrata wikipedia
Juvenile plant Wikipedia
Pritchardia glabrata

 

AN UNKNOWN PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
LARGE 15G PLANTS

When we got in the Pritchardia glabrata above, we also got in a few very large 15g Pritchardia of undetermined species.  These were grown in the eastern Del Mar area (north of San Diego) and saw temperatures in the mid-twenties F.   I am not a Pritchardia taxonomist, but these plants seem to resemble Pritchardia affinis to me.  They have somewhat triangular shaped leaves (not circular), have a long green and clean petiole, are green on both sizes and have little if any tomentum.  For these reasons, I think they may be affinis. 

This group of plants are huge 15g plants, grown in full coastal sun.  Overall height in the pots is about eight feet.  Trunk basal diameter is four to five inches.  I've shown a picture of a Pritchardia affinis below so you might get a prediction of what these will eventually look like.  Cold tolerance should be in the mid-twenties F. range.
Pritchardia species large 15g Pritchardia species large 15g
Pritchardia species large 15g Pritchardia affinis  
     
     
PRITCHARDIA MINOR
A SMALLER PRITCHARDIA SPECIES

Many people like this species because of its small stature.  Not only is the trunk thin (about four to six inches), but the overall height is often only ten to twelve feet.  Domestically grown plants can be a bit taller, but the trunk diameter is thin.  This is why the species has its name "minor", meaning "small".  Native to the island of Kauai, this species live at high elevation natively in the Waimea Canyon area.  The leaves are about two feet wide, at maturity circular in shape, and the leaves are prominently pleated.  We typically have a nice selection of this species for sale.  

On the photos, note the small leaf size.  They are literally only about three feet wide, much smaller than the two species above.  Trunk diameter is thin as shown and expect a height of under fifteen feet.
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor    

 

Assorted Companion Plants

We continually get in seasonal companion plants.  Most recently this included a load of interesting ferns.  We have both the Australian and Tasmanian Tree Ferns in 5g size along with a new batch of very nice Blechnum Ferns.  We got in about six or eight types of different and very colorful Bromelidads, including some Vrieseas with interesting leaf markings.  And, we always try to have lots of red or pink Ti's available.  Drop by and see what's new in our Spring Color.
Assorted companion plants
Australian Tree Fern
Assorted companion plants
Vriesea
Assorted companion plants
Silver Fern
Assorted companion plants
Maidenhair Fern
Assorted companion plants
Assorted Ferns, Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Blechnum Fern
Assorted companion plants
Birdsnest Fern
Assorted companion plants
Clustering Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Closeup same
Assorted companion plants
Red Ti Plants

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A SMALLER RAVENEA FROM MADAGASCAR

If you were to return thirty years to a time where Ravenea were just being introduced to the nursery trade, you'd find famed Mardi Darina saying how Ravenea rivularis was the "palm of the future".  This was because it was fast growing, full and quite attractive.  Then followed "Ravenea madagascarensis variety monticola" which was more attractive, near impossible to find, and had a thinner trunk than the stout rivularis.  Then came an onslaught of other new species of Ravenea off this small island and adjacent habitats.  There was almost a frenzy about them because every one introduced could survive here in Southern California.

As new species cropped up, one very interesting one arrived and we growers began offering: Ravenea glauca.  It seemed similar to Ravenea hildebrandtii (an eight foot dwarf species) but was bigger in size.  It got to the perfect height of about twenty feet.  Then we found it had sun tolerance in a lot of areas, had a thin trunk and a very beautiful crown of leaves.  From a landscape point of view (not rarity), it became the poster child Ravenea that would work for almost everyone in our locality.

It has a thin trunk, rarely over eight inches.  It gets to a desirable height of under twenty-five feet.  It is a good growing palm and will take full coastal sun with ease.  Cold tolerance seems to be in the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  Leaves are about six, perhaps eight feet long when older.  It has no crown shaft and a tan colored central crown as shown.  Leaves are green. It is the perfect species and quite beautiful.

Shown here is a huge 15g plant that came in with the nursery inventory we purchased and I mentioned yesterday.  We also have 2g, 5g and other sizes available. 

My favorite picture of this species is from a famous locality in habitat against the red cliffs (see below).  I have my own photo of this (can't find right now) so I've shared a similar photo from my friend, Dean Ouer, below.  This is really a great palm and a good grower.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
In habitat, photo at Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca habitat MR
In habitat by M.R.
Ravenea glauca habitat MR Ravenea glauca palmpedia
in habitat at PalmPedia
Ravenea glauca TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

MORE PHOTOS OF BISMARCKIA MAYOTTE ISLANDS
PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE RED COLORS SEEN

Two days ago I introduced some seven year old Bismarckias that are not from Madagascar but rather from the Mayotte Islands. Some feel these may be a different species.  The seeds are a bit different in shape and the overall appearance of the mature plants are different. 

I showed how this species is more of a green to blue green species unlike the silver blue regular Bismarckia nobilis (see description below).  I also made mention of how the stems are more of a red color.  Today I wanted to show this in more detail.  When I've talked to people who are growing these plants in their gardens, this is always the first thing they mention.

Photographs here not only show how the leaf stems have a lot of red in them but how the leaf colors have hints of pink and red in them a well.  Although I'm not sure if it's consistent, the petioles also seem to be smoother, shinier and free of the often seen dark hairs on regular Bismarckia.. 

It's hard to draw conclusions about these observations.  They could be merely a display of color secondary to colder temperatures we see in Souther California.  Unfortunately, there's nothing on the Net about this. 

All I can say for sure is that people in our locality who are growing this species love it and highly recommend this species of Bismarckia (if it is a different species)
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island    

 

 

ATTRACTIVE MEDIUM TO LARGE CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES
I thought this morning I would quickly show you some cycads from around our nursery.  I've selected an assortment of plants
with some blue Encephalartos.  I'll make a few brief comments about the species shown.  But, this is more of a visual presentation
than an informational one.  I hope you enjoy some of these plants.  For you "palm only" folks, not to worry; more palms tomorrow.
 

 

DIOON MEJIAE
This is an attractive Central American Dioon species with distribution from Southern Mexico into Honduras.  New leaves emerge upwards and, at the time of being thrown, are unbelievably soft and wooly.  Mature leaflets tend to have no or minimal spines.  Oppose this to Dioon spinulosum which is much more spiny.  Color is green, overall height typically under ten feet.  Filtered light usually required or perhaps part sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  
DIOON MEROLAE
This Mexican species of cycad is very slow growing with one hundred year old trunks just being four to five feet of height.  The crowns of leaves are gray-green, trunks are about a foot or less in diameter and leaves are three to four feet long.  This is a compact cycad.  New leaves emerge upwards and will lay down over time.  They like full sun along the coast, part sun inland.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties f.  A 15g plant is shown here.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  
ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE
I don't know for sure if this is the coveted true 'blue form" of Encephalartos arenarius from South Africa.  It may well be.  I imported quite a few of these several decades ago and this might be one of them with years of subsequent growth.  They are an arenarius but share qualities of E. horridus with blue color and leaf shape.  This is a sun plant with cold hardiness of approximately 22 degrees F.  Inland desert areas and desert locations would require part day or filtered light. 
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
This sought after species of South African cycad comes from the northern Transvaal area.  It is similar in appearance to E. middleburgensis.  It's leaflets tend to be upright with a strongly keeled leaf.  Color ranges from green to blue.  It is a sun loving species except for far inland areas.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
ENCEPHALARTOS MIDDLEBURGENSIS
This is another sought-after Transvaal South African species that has color range from green to blue.  This specimen is a blue-green.  It also has upright leaves.  It is a sun species with similar cold tolerance as eugene-maraisii.  Both this and the last species are always difficult to find in nurseries.  But, they are just gorgeous as they get larger in the garden. 
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis  
ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
This blue species of cycad is from the Natal district of South Africa.  It is a small to at most medium sized plant.  A very old plant will have a twelve inch trunk. Three feet of trunk is the maximum.  The color is blue and the leaflets are extremely spiny, probably one of the most spiny of all cycads.  They want full sun in coatal areas but need protection from full sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is the low twenties F.  Interestingly, this is the most popular species among new enthusiasts.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with sines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    
ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
CENTRAL AFRICA
Cycad enthusiasts love unknown species. This species is obviously from Central Africa.  I say this because of the light colored caudex that is furry and white.  Also, note that the new leaves and stems are extremely hairy and fuzzy.  There is an assortment of species that are either un-named or recently named from this part of Africa.  This plant will probably be a good sized plant, reasonably cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties, and fast growing.  I would recommend part day sun for this interesting cycad.  And, yes, those leaves are so fun to touch when emerging.  They are as soft as almost anything in the plant world.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species  
ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
 This is another Central African cycad.  It makes a large plants and is very fast growing.  It has eight foot leaves.  With several sets of leaves, it is quite full and requires a good amount of room in the garden.  This boxed specimen is well on it's way.  It's a sun species along the coast.  All Central African species could use some sun protection in super hot inland areas.  cold tolerance should be into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis     
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
This is a South African cycad species that is similar to Encephalartos lehmanii.  Except, with princeps, the distal leaflets are rotated on their axis to face the center of the plant.  They don't just lay down flat like the lehmanii.  Leaves are often keeled.  The color is quite blue.  The first four photos of one plant are to show the orientation of the leaflets.  The last photo is of another plant outdoors in sun.  With outdoor sun, this species becomes intensely blue.  It's a full sun plant for coastal areas.  Cold hardiness is pretty good, down to at least 22 degrees F.    
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

Just a few days ago Jungle Music acquired the entire inventory from a private palm growing operation.  Although this company was specializing in a limited number of species, the palms they grew are exciting, rare and of exceptional quality and size.  So, please recheck this Blog over the next week or two to see some of our exciting New Arrivals.  Some great specials will be offered.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
HUGE 15G PLANTS
RARE, ENDANGERED AND NEW OFFERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G PLANTS

This is one of the oversized plants that we just got in from the nursery inventory we purchased.  This species is extremely rare and critically endangered and from the island of Molokai.  It is a medium sized palm and gets to a height of about fifteen feet with an eight inch trunk.  The leaves are green on top with perhaps a hint of whitish fuzz below.  The petioles are green with the same hint of white fuzz.  As you can see, the leaves are flat with little undulation.  Along the coast it will tolerate full sun.  Cold tolerance should be about 25 degrees. 

The 15g plant shown here is huge, more typical of a boxed size plant.  In the container, overall height is about eight feet and basal trunk diameter is six inches.

REGULAR PRICE THIS LARGE 15G SIZE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL $250


These specimens are easily ten years old and I guarantee you nowhere else available.  They have seen cold into the upper twenties and have never been in a heated greenhouse.  These are an exceptional buy for someone looking for large size and quality.  Limited numbers available. You must mention this Blog-only sale to get this price.
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii Pritchardia munroii
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

 

BSIMARCKIA NOBILIS MAYOTTE ISLAND
ALTERNATIVE TO THE BLUE BISMARCKIA
FIRST TIME EVER:  TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Many people are familiar with the popular blue colored Bismarckia nobilis from Madagascar.  Bismarckia is described as a "monotypic" genus.  This means there is only one species in the genus.  There are two forms on mainland Madagascar: the blue form and the green leaf form.  The green leaf form is known to be less cold tolerant than the blue.  The green form will show cold damage below a freeze.  The blue form has been known to endure temperatures into the low 20's F. I just got in some very nice Mayotte Island Bismarckia and am offering them at a very good price. I think this form of green Bismarckia (Mayotte Island) may be more cold hardy than the mainland green form discussed above and it definitely looks a lot different.   

Off the coast of Madagascar is an Island known as Mayotte Island, home of the "species" I'm offering presently.  A population of
Bismarckia grow on this island. 
But, they are different and not identical to the green Bismarckia from mainland Madagascar.  The seeds are different; by report flanged rather than smooth.  And, small plants are known to have bifid leaves in contrast to the strap leaves of the mainland blue form.  Mature palms of this variety have green leaves and perhaps a thinner trunk.  They are stunning and tropical appearing. One prominent characteristic are the sometimes almost red petioles. 

Also, they seem to tolerate a freeze.
I've had reports that this species will survive well into the upper 20's F., although the minimum temperature is not firmly known as of yet. These plants offered here were grown in an area locally that has seen mid to upper 20's F. for years and they did quite well with it.  I will give a link below of a website in Thailand that has a photo of the Mayotte Island form growing side by side with the classic blue form.  I, myself, don't have pictures of this variety in specimen sizes.  At this link you'll see that the Mayotte Island form is quite striking and showy. 

By report,
the Mayotte Island form might be better suited for moist coastal areas.  It has large green leaves and a thin trunk, usually under a foot diameter.  But, as shown at the link below, their trunks are quite stout, equal to the blue
Bismarckia. 

Shown here is a whole assortment of photos of this Mayotte Island form of
Bismarckia.  These are from 15g plants and some I have for sale are larger than those shown here.  I'm showing a few photos of the classic blue form for comparison as well as some of the mainland green form in domestic locations.  For people who love Madagascar palms, this might be one to try.

CLICK HERE TO SEE picture of mature "Mayotte Island" Bismarckia at PalmScapes.   This photo shows the blue classic form on the left and two green Mayotte Island Bismarckias on the right.

REGULAR PRICE MAYOTTE ISLAND BISMARCKIA 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145.

We do have some 5g of this species becoming available soon, but they are not on sale right now.  I can mail order the 15g size plants. 
  
Bismarckia Mayotte island 15g
Bismarckia nobilis Mayotte Island,
green species
Bismarckia nobilis blue 15g
For comparison, blue Bismarckia nobilis.  Note
how the leaves are blue, not green.  And, the
petioles are blue as well.  With cold weather,
sometimes this form will take on a purple color.
Don't confuse this with the coloration of the
Mayotte Island Bismarckia. 
Bismarckia mayotte island leaves
Note how this is a green colored species
Bismarckia mayotte island base
Note that this variety has a lot of red color
on the base of the trunk and petioles
Bismarckia mayotte island
There's a hint of blue in the leaves, but
the predominant color is green
Bismarckia green by T.B.
Green Bismarckia, photo by T.B.
Green Bismarckia
Green Bismarckia in Madagascar
Bismarckia blue, photo by TB
For comarison, classic blue Bismarckia, photo by TB

 

CYCAS NEOCALIDONICA
TRUE SPECIES OR FORM OF C. SEEMANII?
SPINE FREE PETIOLES!


When my son and I visited New Caledonia about thirteen years ago, the first plant I saw and was impressed with was a Cycas species.  There were several very large plants at the airport in Noumea.  I asked my friend who lived there what they were and he said "Cycas neocalidonica". He seemed quite proud that his country had its "own cycad".  I knew this species because I had grown it at the nursery.  One of the most notable characteristics was the near total lack of any spines or prickles on the leaf stems.

About five to ten years later I read that this was no longer considered a species.  It was then felt to be merely a
Cycas seemanii or perhaps a form of seemanii.  Cycas seemanii also have a scarcity of spines on the petioles.

Regardless of this blow to the pride of those from New Caledonia (not a cycad just native to their own island), we nurserymen still often call it "neocalidonica" and love this species.  It is quite beautiful and the clean and shiny, spine-free petioles are very friendly. It is a medium to large species and, in the wild, can get trunks over fifteen feet tall.  It's crown of leaves are green and shiny. 

So, I am showing you here photos of this "species" with particular emphasis to the petioles and lack of spines.  Pictures are from several plants.  For those who want a "user friendly" cycad, this might be for you.  I like to grow them in filtered light or AM sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps somewhat lower.

We have multiple sizes for sale including some goregous 15g plants as shown.
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia
Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia Cycas neocalidonia

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
ATTRACTIVE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This is a South African cycad species that is similar to Encephalartos lehmanii.  Except, with princeps, the distal leaflets are rotated on their axis to face the center of the plant.  They don't just lay down flat like the lehmanii.  Leaves are often keeled.  The color is quite blue.  The first four photos of one plant show a nice specimen and pictues to demonstrate the orientation of the leaflets.  The last photo is of another plant outdoors in sun.  With outdoor sun, this species becomes intensely blue.  It's a full sun plant for coastal areas.  Cold hardiness is pretty good, down to at least 22 degrees F.    
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
PECULIARLY CALLED THE "ALEXANDER PALM"

Ptychosperma is a group of pinnate palms from Australia, PNG and various Pacific islands.  There are single trunk and suckering varieties.  All are crown shafted.  The hallmark for identifying this species is the leaflets.  All have a jagged, chopped off terminal leaflet.  In other words, the leaflet tips don't come to a pointed end but rather a notched or jagged end. 

Ptychosperma elegans is one of the most cold hardy species of this group.  They get a thin trunk, a somewhat silver crown shaft and a medium sized crown of leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's f.  They prefer to "work their way" into the sun.   So, planting in strong filtered light would be ideal if they can grow up into the sun over time.  Inland areas would require filtered light at all times.  They are a medium rate grower.  Planting in clumps can be attractive. 

Shown here are examples of 15g and 5g plant material at the nursery.  I have a very nice plant in my garden that is about 25 feet tall and gets eastern light.  Also shown are some mature plants in gardens.  The fourth photo was taken by HJD.  The last photo demonstrates the terminal portion of the leaflets and their jagged edge.  This photo is of a P. schefferi, another nice species.

Finally, I would like to mention that some people call this the
Alexander Palm. This is totally confusing as there is another palm, Archontophoenix alexandrae, which is called the same.  I'd consider this a terrible common name for this species as it just confuses the customer.  No real palm enthusiasts call it by this name.  If a nursery calls it this, figure they don't know better.  Perhaps, historically, some palm importer couldn't tell the difference between the two species and therefore gave it this name. 
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma schefferi leaflets

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
A VERY COLD HARDY DWARF CYCAD

I've discussed this species before, but today I wanted to make three main points about this interesting and small cycad.  First, it is probably one of the most cold hardy of all the Ceratozamia.  It has been known to tolerate temperatures down to 17 degrees F.  The second point is that it is small in size and will fit almost anywhere in the garden.  Native to Mexico, this species prefers filtered light in most areas but can tolerate near full sun along the coast.  Its leaves never get over four to five feet and the maximal caudex size is no bigger than a cantaloupe.  It likes good draining soil and not to be overwatered.  It is also an ideal patio plant. 

My third point is there is variability in the leaflet/leaf forms.  Customers often see a particular leaf form and say "I want that type".  Well, it's not as easy as you'd think.  Seedling plants may not totally predict what the mature plant will look like.  If you look at all these plants, you'll notice variation in the leaves and leaflets.  Typically you see grouping of the leaflets.  But, there are forms that only have single, simple leaflets attached with little grouping.  This is the third point I wish to make:
there is variation in the appearance of this species.  Some have fat leaflets, others thin.  Some have six leaflets per grouping, others just two.  Some leaflets are long and thin, others short and compact.  But, they are all charming and quite cute. 

We can easily ship one of them right to your door.   Just give us a call.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
BRAZILIAN FIRE TREE, THE FERN TREE
GREAT SPECIES FOR LIGHT CANOPY SHADE

This extremely fast growing tree is probably the most sought-after of the tropical trees at our nursery.  Its native habitat stretches from Central America into South America.  It can get well over forty feet tall with a typical trunk diameter of 18 inches or less.  People are impressed that it can put on over ten feet of vertical height a year.  It is also known for the fact that it creates a very light canopy shade, ideal for growing understory species.  However, it is decidious and will drop its leaves during the coldest part of winter.  Leaflets flush out rapidly about six weeks later.  It has bipinnate leaves and matched pairs of small leaflets as shown.  Because of this leaf structure, it only produces about 50% to 25% shade.  Its blossoms are yellow.  The trunk is smooth and somewhat "snakeskin" appearing.  If you are trying to produce quick canopy, a few of these will assist you rapidly.

Shown here is the 5g size, although we also have one gallon plants for sale.
 Presently is one of the rare times that we actually have these trees for sale.  The mature specimens shown here are Internet photos with credits as given.  By the way, it is known as the "Fern Tree" because it looks like a maiden hair fern in the sky above you.
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
photo by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author

 

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  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 shown here appear to be the droopy leaflet form, although i can't be positive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR, THREE FOR $60

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

 

JUBAEOPSIS CAFFRA
"LIKE A SUCKERING COCONUT PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I've never put this super rare and hard to find palm on a ten day special.  This is because they are so slow to produce and have very high production costs.  Seeds are super expensive and typically one out of five seeds germinate. And, then you get to wait about seven or eight years to offer a 5g plant.  But, with just a few left, I'm doing it today.  They'll probably sell out quickly.  Our 15g size has already sold out.

This species is from South Africa.  It suckers and gets to about 25 feet height.  It has an interesting yellow to red color along the leaf stems. Some equate it in appearance to a suckering Coconut type of palm.  Large clumps take 25 to 50 years to produce.  It's a sun palm with a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Jubaeopsis caffra Jubaeopsis caffra
Jubaeopsis caffra Jubaeopsis caffra Jubaeopsis caffra

 

ENCEPHALARTOS UMBELUZIENSIS
SMALL CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT
This is a small cycad with a trunk no greater than twelve inches that is native to Swaziland (just north of Republic of South Africa) and Mozambique.  It has leaves that are erect, three to six feet long with leaflets that are narrow and mildly armed.  It has a similarity to Encephalartos villosus but the basilar part of the leaf stems are less spiny or prickly compared to villosus.  Also, the leaves of E. villosus tend to be longer. This species prefers strong filtered light.  Full sun, especially inland, may burn the leaves. Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Shown here are a 15g plant, a citrus pot plant and two garden specimens.  We have limited supplies of this species. 
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis Encephalartos umbeluziensis

 


ZAMIA LEAF APPEARANCE

There is a tremendous array in the appearances of the leaves of this genus.  In terms of orientation, some are very upright. 
Others, like Zamia pseudoparastitica, are very dependent and hang downwards, way below the stem.  Many new leaves
as they flush from the stem are green.  But, others are gold, bronze, brown or red emergent.  These colors are transient and
typically revert to a green color over time.  Leaf length can be as short as one foot long in some dwarf species.  Others have
leaves of six or more feet.  Leaflet appearance is also variable.  Most species have serrated edges, but many are smooth
without teeth.  Pictures below will show the variation in the appearance of leaves.  Of note, some of the most sought after
species have wide, exotic leaflets.  The leaf stems of Zamia are typically armed with small spines.  Some species have
almost or completely smooth petioles.  One species shown below, Zamia picta (Z. variegata), has variegated yellow splotches
on the leaflets.  Below are pictures of an assortment of Zamia leaves.  I hope you like them. 

HERE'S A LINK TO OUR ARTICLE ON THESE EXOTIC ZAMIA PLANTS: CLICK HERE

Zamia cremnophila leaves
Zamia cremnophila leaves

Zamia dressleri newly emergent leaf
Zamia elegantissima leaves
Zamia elegantissima leaves 
Zamia muricata leaf
Zamia muricata leaf 
Zamia picta leaf
Zamia picta leaf 
Zamia skinneri red form leaves
Zamia skinneri leaves 
Zamia splendens leaf
Zamia splendens leaf 
Zamia vasquezii leaves
Leaves of Zamia vasquezii 
Zamia obliqua
Zamia obliqua 
Zamia pseudoparasitica
Zamia pseudoparasitica in a basket
Zamia kickxii
Zamia kickxii
Zamia skinneri Robert Martin
Zamia skinneri, red emergent by R. Martin

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
RARE SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE
EASY TO SHIP

I talked about this species before, but wanted to mention it again because it is so rare to see plants like this available.  And, because this morning I decided to put them on special.  We have super blue 5g and 15g plants presently.  These take hot, blazing sun, will live in the desert, are cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and can be grown in humid areas like TX or FL.  Shown here are both of the sizes we have available. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $145


And yes, we can ship either size right to your door.  If you live in a colder area, it's a great time to get this unusual palm.  They are good growers and tolerate heat as well as cold conditions.  Limited supplies available on this Blog only special.  
 
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
A CYCAD WITH AN EXOTIC APPEARANCE

Shown here is a large Ceratozamia species in a 15g pot with about six foot leaves.  There are quite a few Ceratozamia plants which don't key out nicely into a definite taxonomic species.  This is one of those plants.  It has a caudex size of nine inches and an overall crown width of eight feet.  Lots of people love this genus because they are exotic and tropical appearing.  We have a great assortment of "Ceratozamia species" for sale from large to small. 

Here are a few general comments about Ceratozamia as a genus:

Along the coast, most like filtered light
Leaflets vary from thin to wide
Leaves are sometimes dependent, hanging downward
Petioles are armed with small spines
Cones have spines of them
Caudexes never get very large, rarely over two feet
Sometimes newly emerging leaves are red or brown
Cold tolerance on many is down to the lower 20's F.
They are typically not fast growing


With these characteristics, sometimes this is the perfect cycad to put under overhead canopy to make the garden floor appear more lush and exotic.  Over time, I'll show more interesting plants of this genus.  
 
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Ceratozamia species 15g Ceratozamia species 15g
Ceratozamia species 15g Ceratozamia species 15g  

 

SANSEVIERIA HALLII
Here I am going to show you something different that would fall into the category of "Companion Plants".  Sansevieria, related to Agave, are known for natural variegation with banding/striping of their leaves.  Leaves tend to be upright, have mottled colors or stripes, and have a preference for sun.  Sometimes the leaves are flexible and bend.  Other times they are thick and robust.  Sansevieria do not form trunks.  Sansevieria hallii get to about 2 feet tall, like good draining soil, prefer full sun and tolerate a freeze.  Shown here is this species with its thick, green and silver leaves.  This is an unusual appearing species that most people haven't seen.  If well received, we might start carrying more Sansevieria of rare types.  This is a special order plant but can be obtained quickly from one of my suppliers.  The last photo is a blossom of this same plant.  I've been informed that, although rarely, they do blossom.
Sansevieria halliiSansevieria hallii
Sansevieria hallii Sanseveria blossom
   

 

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
INTERESTING THICK TRUNK TROPICAL TREE

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  A fellow who ran this nursery, Bill Seaborne (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they have the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine; but the trunk is massive.  It has a green snake skin type of texture and is a fast growing tree.   I have a few 15g trees and some 5g plants for sale.  The 15g size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F.  
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris by
photo by anbg.gov website
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia website
 by Adelaide Zoo website, Australia
 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SENTICOSUS
THE LEBOMBO CYCAD

It's always hard when you finally learn some plant names only to find that, at the same time, a taxonomist has changed the names.  Thus is the case with this species.

In 1996, Encephalartos lebomboensis was split into two species: E. lebomboensis and E. senticosus.  The difference between the two had to do mostly with the fact that senticosus has a greater number of orange-yellow cones (up to four) and lebomboensis typically just has one.  The common name, "Lebombo Cycad" can still apply to either species.  E. senticosus is a good sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet.  Leaves are five to six feet long and curve downwards somewhat.  Leaves are green and leaflets spined.  The leaflets get smaller as they get closer to the caudex.

This is a fast and good growing species.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It likes sun (along the coast) and sandy soil.  Give it adequate room as the crown has good size.  It is very attractive when well grown and in a visible location.  Shown here is a whole assortment of this species with sizes from boxes (several) down to band seedlings.  We have a great assortment for sale and they are easy to ship. 
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus by Colin Wilson Quail

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE STARTER PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50


Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple and inexpensive to ship right to your door.
furcraea macdougalii furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD, MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less.  Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time..  Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria eriopus male
Stangeria eriopus male Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARPENTARIA ACUMINATA
THIN TRUNKED, FAST GROWING
This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-shafted palm species from northern Australia.  It gets to 40 feet or more and has a rather thin trunk.  It is a fast grower Cold tolerance is slightly below a freeze.  It is uncommonly seen in Southern CA.  It is a species that should be started in strong filtered light and then allowed to grow upwards into full sun. 

Shown is a 5g plant and a mature specimen.  This species is seldom seen for sale in CA.  I am also showing a close up photo of the crown shaft and red fruit.  In Florida, it is not unusual to find this species.  But, for some reason, few nurseries have them available in Southern California.  For those in warm areas locally, it might be another species to try.
Carpentaria acuminata Carpentaria acuminata
Carpentaria

 

BRAHEA CLARA
More Tolerant of Humidity Than B. armata?

This is a single trunk, blue fan palm from the area of Sonora in Mexico.  It is closely related to Brahea armata and some would consider it a variant of the latter.  But, there are others who praise the interesting characteristics of this "species".  First and foremost is that fact that people in the southern U.S. say this species tolerates the humid summers better than the desert-loving Brahea armataPeople in the San Francisco bay area say it grows better there and doesn't seem to demand as much hot weather in the summer.  Brahea armata has to have hot summers.  Others claim it's faster growing than armata, and this is probably true.  There are some who feel this fast growth is because of natural hybridization with Brahea brandegeei in the wild.  Others will tell you that the petiole is longer, has a different color and the crown is more open. 

So, what does one make of all this?  You have to be the judge.
 But, given all these things, you can see why there is keen interest in this species.  Yet, it is very difficult to find. Good news to some is that we got in some very nice and chunky 15g plants as shown here.  These reportedly were from wild collected seeds.  This will be a medium sized, full sun palm that takes temperatures into the mid-teens.  And, if you like blue and live in the South, perhaps this is the species to get.  BTW, there are very few photos of this species on the Internet.  The last photo shows a 15g Brahea armata for comparison.
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Brahea armata 15g
For comparison, Brahea armata in a 15g pot
 

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
EASY TO GROW, RARE DWARF CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CONING SIZED PLANTS
 
This is a dwarf Zamia from Mexico, specifically on the Pacific Coast side of the central Mexico near Puerto Vallarta.  It natively lives under oak trees in filtered light.  Mature caudexes are three to four inches.  Leaves are typically two, maximum three feet long.  Leaflets are leathery, green and have fine spines on the apical half of the leaves.  Males cones (shown here) are about 10 cm long and light brown in color.  This species tolerates strong filtered light or perhaps full sun along the coast.  Inland areas require protection from bright sun. 

We recently got in some mature Zamia paucijuga.  It is so rare that ones sees such plants for sale.  By report, these plants are from habitat collected seeds well over ten to fifteen years ago.  They have already seen cold weather in the mid to low 20's F.  These were grown in rather bright sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL $175

This is a great buy on such a rare species, coning sized and old plants!  But, you must mention this Blog only special at time of purchase to get this price.  These plants would be easy to ship to your home if you can't drop by.

Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga leaflets    

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

 NOTHING BUT SPECIALS TODAY!

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


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

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


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Encephalartos aplanatus band E. aplanatus from plantzafrica.com
by plantzarica.com

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
SUN LOVING, LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This rather larger green species from the Cape region of South Africa can get a trunk up to fifteen feet.  The trunk diameter is stocky, up to two feet.  Leaves are typically six feet long.  Leaf color is green.  This species has a full head of many leaves.  It is most closely related to E. natalensis.  But, the base of the petiole is free of prickles or spines.  This is a fast growing plant and likes full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We are having a special on the band size seedlings.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Encephalartos altensteinii band Encephalartos altensteinii

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  We are offering huge 15g plants on special.  They can be mail ordered although it's a bit expensive because of the height and weight of these plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZED PLANTS


This tall, thin trunked species of Brahea is native to Baja and northwestern Mexico where in grows on hillsides and in canyons.  It has a trunk over thirty feet with a thin one foot diameter.  It is exotic and fast growing for a Brahea and has very long petioles.  Leaves are green, three feet wide and circular in shape as shown.  It has an open, airy appearance.  It is a sun loving species that thrives in our area here.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  We are offering nice 5g plants on special.  This species is quite hard to find.

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei    

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


This was the third and most recently described species of Beccariophoenix and is quite possibly the easiest to grow of the three and with the most cold hardiness.  It makes a medium to large palm with a think trunk and a dense crown of leaves.  As shown, the base of the leaf stems form an interesting arrangement.  There are reports of this species growing in the SF Bay area.  It is a sun or part day sun plant.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Among collectors, this is a very hot species to obtain.  We're offering our 2g plants on ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing. Easy to mail order.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
by TS at RPS
     

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

 

PALMS AND CYCADS IN CUPERTINO, CA
RESULTS AFTER 10 MONTHS AND A COOL WINTER

Cupertino, California is a city of medium size in the Peninsula area of San Francisco.  It is adjacent to San Jose.  Summers are warm and winters tend to be on the cold side with lows commonly in the mid-twenties F. 

Last June we supplied palms and cycads to a large residential apartment complex.  The owner wanted to try "different species" other than Queen Palms.  We helped him select species that would have a pretty good chance up there.  Shown here are the plants after the first ten months.  This past winter was cold, well into the 20's F. although I don't know the lowest cold temperature.  But, the observed results might be encouraging for those in the San Jose area as most of the species we planted did pretty good.  There were sun and shade areas involved.  The customer utilized 5g, 5g and 24 inch box sizes.

Species that did well included:
Chamaedorea species such as radicalis, microspadix, hooperiana, costaricana, seifritzi, elegans and a few others.
Livistona species such as decipiens, australis, etc.
Braheas such as armata, chinensis, and edulis
Trachycarpus of course, multiple species
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Howea belmoreana
Rhapis multifida
& excelsa

Ceratozamia, multiple species
Cycas revoluta (he prefers Sagos)

One species that did poorly but is still alive is Wodyetia bifurcata.  They look ragged but have a leaf or two with good spears.

I think this summer we'll see some good growth on all of these plants.  I'll show some photos that I took a few weeks ago.  I hope you find this interesting.
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Foxtails are alive but look marginal

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
RED-BROWN NEW FLUSH OF LEAVES

There are some New World cycads that throw colored new leaves.  This includes multiple species of Ceratozamia and Zamia.  I've even seen colorful flushes of Dioons.  This morning I'm showing you some newly thrown leaves on a clustering Ceratozamia kuesteriana.  This is a small cycad from Mexico that has thin leaflets and leaf length of about four feet.  Along the coast it can tolerate full sun but inland likes strong filtered light.   Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F without protection.  These leaves, as you can see, are not purple-red like Chambeyronia but rather a brown-red.  This color will last about a month.  You can see on the mature boxed plant that its leaves have reverted back to the expected green color.  We have a reasonable supply of this species for sale.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana red emergent Ceratozamia kuesteriana red emergent
Ceratozamia kuesteriana red emergent Ceratozamia kuesteriana  

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
CLUSTERING MADAGASCAR PALM WITH NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a medium to large clustering palm from northern Madagascar.  Its trunks are hairy with old leaf base fibers.  New leaves emerge a prominent red to red-brown as shown here.  Overall height can get to well over thirty feet.  Leaves are six to eight feet, elegant and have long stems. Leaflets are droopy and leaf color is shiny green.  This is a sun to part sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F. 

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


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Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita  

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXTREMELY RARE, LARGE LEAF TROPICAL TREE FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is one of the more tropical appearing trees you can utilize in Southern California.  It, when grown well, gives a thin trunk with long, wide leaves. It is extremely rare and near impossible to find.  We have a small number of band and one or two gallon plants for sale. 

This is a dioecious species; you must have a male and female to set seeds. Mature trees can get to over fifteen feet tall.  The leaves are huge.  It almost looks like an "Anthurium" with a vertical trunk.  I cannot comment on cold hardiness but multiple people are growing this in our coastal environment near the nursery.  I'd suspect temperatures below a freeze ould be hard on it.  It likes filtered light.  Mature specimen pictures here are from other websites.   

Myryta balansae Myryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae  Meryta balansae by TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
Meryta balansae by Endemic.NC
photo from Endemia.NC website 
   

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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 5g and 15g plants for sale.  Examples of each size are shown here. 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.  (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-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant. 

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


You must mention this Blog only special when ordering.

Brahea edulis 15g
15 gallon size
Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7
Brahea edulis 5g
5g size above on special for ten days
Brahea edulis
5g size
Brahea edulis

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

 

WHEN ORDERING PALMS OR CYCADS BY MAIL ORDER: SHIPPED IN THE CONTAINER OR BARE ROOT?
HOW JUNGLE MUSIC IS DIFFERENT


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

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

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

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


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


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

 
   
mail order cycad
photo from customer of plant after removal from box
mail order cycad
customer's cycad after removal from box
mail order cycad
large cyad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo just today from happy mail order customer
   

 

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


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

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


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Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis  

 

SABAL URESANA
ATTRACTIVE BLUE, MEDIUM SIZED PALM

This extremely blue species of Sabal is from northwestern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua.  In fact, I had a collector in New Mexico who told me he thinks the natural distribution of this species extends across the U.S. border into New Mexico.  But, this is not documented.  This species has very long petioles with divided fan leaves attached at their ends.  The leaves are blue or blue-green on both sides.  The ends of the leaves flex downward, so the leaves appear as if they are hanging down toward the ground. 

If you ever get one, it's important to get a blue one.  Seeds collected at botanical gardens are often hybrids and usually give you a green plant.  Wild collected seeds usually give blue plants.  When you get the real thing, super blue, they are blue from infancy.  Even first leaf seedlings are blue.

Plants can get over thirty feet tall and in habitat are much taller than this.  Trunks get up to eighteen inches thick.  They like heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is good, into the upper teens F.  But, cold along with wet weather can be difficult for this species.  We just got in some 5g and 15g plants.  They are not huge plants but a very nice clone of this species.  Note the nice blue color.  We may also have a few seedlings available.  The last photo is a habitat picture by Jeremy Spath.  
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 15g
15g size
Sabal ursesana Sabal ursana locality Jeremy Spath
Habitat photo by Jeremy Spath

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
THE SAN JOSE PALM
This rather thin trunked, medium height fan palm is native to Southern Baja California and to Central Mexico.  Trunk heights are up to thirty feet with a diameter of one foot.  Leaf color is lime green and leaves are held on three foot petioles, away from the center of the plant.  Leaves themselves are not large, typically about three feet wide.  The underside of the leaves is slightly gray colored.  Fruits are black and large for a Brahea.  They are about one inch in size.  Trunks often retain old leaf bases as shown.  Thus, they don't usually have a smooth trunk.  An excellent collection of this species can be found at Balboa Park in San Diego.  The mature plants shown here are all from this palm rich park.

From time to time we have some of these available.  Shown here is a 15g plant.  As you might guess, the leaves are soft and a bit pliable.  Growth rate is medium.  They like good draining soil and are a bit drought tolerant.  But, I'd say they need more water than
Brahea armata or edulis.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei  

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX
I have previously discussed this extemely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) and is from the island of Crete.  It is a bristly palm with lots of spines.  It has a pronounced yellow color in its petioles.  But, most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix, even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactylifera and the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  The last photo shows a single trunk plant (RPS website), perhaps pruned this way or perhaps naturally single trunk.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
FOUR TEMPTING 10 DAY SPECIALS! 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This very attractive type of King Palm is native to Queensland, just west of Cairns in northeastern Australia.  It was first recognized as a species by John Dowe in 1994 and is rare, hard to find and endangered in habitat.  I think it may be the most beautiful of all King Palms.  It has a green to blue green crown shaft that is usually free of other markings.  It is somewhat smaller than A. cunninghamiana and has more tropical appearing, dependent leaflets.  This species, along with A. maxima, are two Archontophoenix that I tend to recommend as the best species to grow  Along the coast I'd recommend full sun with protection inland.  Cold hardiness should match the regular King Palm at about 25 degrees F.  We're offering the limited numbers of the 15g that we have presently at a reduced price.  Don't miss out as they'll be gone soon. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Blog only special.  This price/special must be mentioned when purchasing to get the discount.
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis by RPS, TS
photo by TS at RPS
Archontophoenix myolensis

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE CHINESE CYCAS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS


This endangered and very rare species of medium sized Cycas comes from southwest China in the Nanpan River area of the province of Guizhou.  It grows at elevations of 1000 to 3000 feet on the limestone cliffs of steep mountains.  Trunk heights get up to six feet with leaves three to five feet long.  Leaves tend to be upright, slightly arching and green in color.  This species prefers sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is yet to be determined, but probably in the mid to upper twenties F.   We have several oversized 5g plants with caudexes of four to five inches.  We're offering these at half the price compared to our competition.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 5G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150


You must mention this Blog-only price when purchasing to get this discount.  Easy to ship right to your door. 
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis by George Yao PACSOA
photo be George Yao, PACSOA
 

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
"EXCEPTIONALLY ORNAMENTAL" AND RARE TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


I'm offering today a great opportunity to get an extremely rare an hard to find Mexican cycad that Loran Whitelock describes as "exceptionally ornamental" in his reference book on cycads.  It is a medium to large species with trunk heights up to fifteen feet with a twelve to sixteen inch thick diameter.  Leaves are about five feet long, flat with some downward flexing of the leaflets and green to blue green in color.  The most remarkable think about this species is the soft, wooly character of the newly emerging leaves.  This is so interesting and appealing that it's hard for one not to touch these newly emerging leaves.  They are soft and velvety.  This lasts for a month of two until the leaves harden off.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to low 20's F..  This species does best in part day sun or strong filtered light.

Rarely do you see this species for sale and it's never on sale.  We have a few 15g plants that we are putting on special for ten days.  Caudexes are about four inches.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 15G PLANTS $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350


This is a Blog only special and only applies to this size 15g plants as described above.  We only have three plants at this price.  Photos of mature plants below are from habitat in Mexico by John Otto.  My thanks to him for his photographic support of our website..  
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
photo by John Otto, habitat
Dioon rzedowskii
photo by John Otto, habitat

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
AS BLUE AS BISMARCKIA BUT COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


I've been growing and offering this super blue variety of Butia capitata for several years.  We are about out of them, so get one before they are gone.  In all ways, including their cold hardiness of about 15 degrees F., they are similar to the regular, more green Butia capitata.  But, this variety is super blue in color, loves sun and heat and can hold it's own when compared to the color with Brahea armata and Bismarckia.  Since offering this clone, I have never sold so many Butias in my nursery career.  Everyone loves them.  Get one before there's no more to be had.

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


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Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
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Butia capitata blue
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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

 

COCCOTHRINAX ALTA
I thought I'd discuss another New World fan palm today.  Coccothrinax alta is from Puerto Rico and several other nearby islands.  It has flat green leaves that are silver underneath.  The ends of the leaf segments can droop downwards a bit.  It gets to a height of ten to twenty-five feet.  It is rarely discussed in palm reference books.  This species prefers full sun and is very slow growing.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  Shown here is a 5g and a 15g  (already sold)  plant.  Pictures of the larger plants do show how this specie's leaves are flat but don't demonstrate how they can droop downwards.  
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta 5g
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta University of Florida FIAS
photo by University of Florida, IFAS
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A MULTI-STEMMED, SIMPLE LEAF DWARF PALM
BOTH SEXES AVAILABLE IN ONE POT

This dwarf palm is one of my favorite shade loving species.  I say this because it is very easy to grow, doesn't get overly tall, has very cute simple leaves (one segment, no individual leaflets) and finally because it has the most interesting fashion of propagating itself.  Most palms simply make another stem at the base, adjacent to the mother stem.  This species sends out a runner just on top of the soil.  This mall "running" stem then dives under the soil and emerges a short distance away and grows vertically as a new stem.  It's crazy to watch.

Native to high elevation in Mexico where it grows at 2500 feet, stem diameters are a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short with a short petiole.  Leaf length and width is under a foot.  They are simple, bifed at the end and green in color.  They are known to be somewhat difficult to set seeds on as a domestic plant.  You need both a male and female plant to set seeds.  You must time your pollination of the female flower just right.  To facilitate hobbyists who want to set seeds, I potted up male and female plants into the same pots about a year ago.  These plants came from cane divisions of known parents of both sexes.  They aren't big yet (not shown here), but will someday give people the chance to propagate this species.  Culturally, it is a shade plant with cold tolerance into the low 20's F.  We have other sizes available, limited numbers.
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
THE MAZARI PALM 
If you go to any palm reference book, it will describe Nannorrhops as a "monotypic type of fan palm".  This means there is only one species in the genus.  As a nurseryman, I have always known that there is the "green form" and the 'blue form" of the Mazari Palm.  Interestingly enough, the blue form has been found to be more cold hardy.  It is a suckering palm that gets to about ten feet tall.  Habitats include Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

About five years ago another type of Nannorrhops was introduced.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you'll note that the color of this plant is a white-silver.  This has become known as Nannorrhops arabica in the trade.  I don't think that this is widely recognized as a new species as of yet.  But, the color is dramatically different.  It comes from a different area in the Middle East.  I do have both the classical "blue" (more of a gray color) and the "arabica" for sale.  The five gallons shown just arrived and are the gray form.  They are six year old plants.  It's hard to find the Mazari with any age.  On the N. arabicas, we only have one gallon size for sale.  This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F. 

A good way to recognize this species is this: Note that it's a suckering fan palm, not too tall, with shades of blue or gray to the leaves.  Note that the ends of the leaflets are stiff, but not dagger quality.  Then look at the upper stems, just where the lower leaves have emerged.  If you see wooly, tan colored tomentum, it is a Nannorrhops.  The last picture shows this wooly tomentum material.    
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhopsarabica Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana

 

DIOON EDULE
SUPER BLUE FORM
Dioon edule is a slow growing cycad from Mexico and is typically green in color.  We recently got in some very blue ones.  As these photos show, this cultivar is a very appealing blue-green color.  We are very near the beach and our environment isn't pefect to maintain the blue color shown here.  But, if you live in an inland hot area, this plant will stun you with its nice color.  The plants had been grown in full sun and have leaves about two to three feet and caudex size of four to five inches.  Interestingly enough, the caudexes are very fury.  Dioons have a slow growth rate.   A caudex of twelve to eighteen inches is an extremely old plant.  Overall plant height is often under five feet.  They do cluster and form other trunks.  Cold hardiness of this species is one of the best; probably into the upper teens.  Also, they are excellent at handling desert sun.  The latter capability is almost unique to Dioon edule and its cultivars or subspecies.    
Dioon edule blue Dioon edule blue 
Dioon edule blue  Dioon edule blue  Dioon edule blue 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
MAGNIFICENT THICK TRUNKED FAN PALM

I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color.  Like the Copernicia baileyana which I discuss below, the trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   
 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA IN BAND SIZE
5g and band size available

Copernicia baileyana is the king of the Copernicia genus. The trunks are thick, tall and almost white in color.  It is a gorgeous plant.  And, anyone who has ever germinated or grown this species knows that they are unbearably slow.  For three years after germination all you see are a few blades of grass.  And, it is extremely difficult to find this species for sale anywhere.  The seedlings shown here are six years old, already showing a few palmate fan leaves.  They are large for a band container.  And, they can be easily shipped.  We also have nice 5g available.

This is a full sun species. Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes good draining, sandy soil.  Growth rate is super slow.  This species is near impossible to find for sale.  Some of the large specimens in the last photo were from Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami and were lost during Hurrican Andrew about two decades ago.  
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN AFRICAN CYCAD
CONSIDERED A "CYCAD COMPLEX"

When I think about African cycads, I like to divide them into two groups: those from the Republic of South Africa (farther south) and those further north from Central Africa.  The cycads from RSA are more studied, described and better classified than those from the north.  Central African cycads have, for decades, been more confusing to the collector and often come with variability in form and overlap of "species".

Such is the case with Encephalartos manikensis.  There are multiple forms, varieties and "species" that some taxonomists just lump together in the "Manikensis Complex".  Taxonomic descriptions in references point out that there are differences between different populations and that one can observe these differences in overall appearance, leaf and leaflet forms.  Classically, this species gets a three to five foot tall caudex, has four to six foot long leaves and is glossy green in color.  Stems of leaves tend to be white and wooly when emerging, a clue to ID'ing this species.  Caudexes tend to be more light colored and wooly than South African species. This is particularly seen at the top of the trunk near the base of the leaves.  Leaflets have several small spines at their margins with less as the plant matures. 

At our nursery, we have a vast assortment of E. manikensis, from seedlings to mature coning plants.  Shown here is an assortment of this species.  Along the coast this is a sun-loving species but definitely wants partial sun far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  It is fast growing and an ideal choice for someone who wants a good sized green cycad that doesn't get overly large.
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis by Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson, PACSOA

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
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This desirable, single trunk pinnate palm was introduced for the first time about twenty-five years ago from Madagascar.  It will tolerate full sun along the coast, has a silver, prominently ringed trunk, has a fuzzy, orange-brown crown shaft and gets to a height of about twenty five feet.  It is a medium rate growing species and has a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F. 

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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS "SUPER SILVER"
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
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I am again offering our tree pot size on special of this desirable variety of Dypsis decipiens.  It is known for having red in the petiole and new stem and matures into a pinnate palm with a silver-white crown shaft as shown.  It is cold hardy to the upper teens (variable) and can take full sun along the coast.  This is one gorgeous collector palm.  Mature height about twenty five feet.  It is very slow growing.  The plants on special are 3 years old.

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Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
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This attractive, suckering pinnate palm is from Australia and has thin trunks and mature height of about fifteen feet.  Its leaves are about four feet long.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun; further inland part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is a medium rate growing species that has bright red fruit at maturity.  It is very attractive appearing and reminds many of the Howea forsteriana (Kential Palm) but smaller in size and suckering.  It is fairly rare and hard to find.  The form offered today is the more cold hardy and freely suckering mountain variety and survives in the SF Bay area.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
THIN TRUNK, TALL, SILVER-GREEN FAN PALM
As you might expect with the name, this species is native to the Island of Barbados, but is also found in Trinidad, Tabago and northern Venezuela.  This is a medium to tall height, thin trunked fan palm that can get up to forty feet in the right environment.  Trunk diameter is always less than six inches; leaves are three feet across.  The color of the leaves is green to silver-green.  The underside of the leaves is more prominently silver than the dorsal side.  This is a sun loving palm that can be grown in Southern California.  Cold tolerance is perhaps to the mid-twenties F.  Coccothrinax are known to be slow growing, especially in pots.  The plant shown here is in a 7g plant and probably about six to seven years old. It is about four to five feet tall.  Also shown are several mature specimens.
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbdensis
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
FANTASTIC SILVER FAN PALM
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Many of you are familiar with this rather large, brilliantly silver-blue fan palm from Madagascar.   Our 15g palms are showing their color quite well as you can see.  They are about four feet tall.  Mature height of this species is supposed to be forty feet, but we'll have to wait and see if they get this tall in California.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and possibly lower 20's F.  They demand full sun and are a great species for desert climates.   During the winter it is better not to over-water them.  Enthusiasts in Northern CA are also giving this species a try.  At the nursery we also have larger and smaller sized Bismarckia for sale.


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Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia nobilis 15g
Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia by TB Bismarckia nobilis

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
SMALLER SPECIES WITH WHITE TRUNK

Ceroxylon are a genus of palms that are all from South America and grow at extremely high elevations.  Many species are quite cold hardy and are known to do quite well in colder regions such as Central and Northern California.  Some have columnar white trunks that are appealing.  Ceroxylon amazonicum comes from southern Venezuela and is one of the shorter palm of this genus.  It gets to about thirty feet tall and natively grows at elevations of 2500 to 3500 feet.  I've personally seen some species of Ceroxylon growing at over 6000 feet elevation. 

There's a general rule in horticulture that the higher the native elevation of the species, the more cold hardy that species should be.  In general, I've found this to be true.  Even on the Equator, high elevation locations get very cold and can freeze.  This species is not quite as tall as the other species of Ceroxylon, so you might predict it would have less cold tolerance.  But, I still anticipate it to be in the low 20's F.  Some say this species resembles a 'Coconut".  All Ceroxylon has a silver color to the underside of the leaves as demonstrated here.  Trunks of this genus, including this species, are white and clean.  Shown here is a nice 7g plant, about six years old, and several native habitat pictures by Tobias Spanner at RPS.  This is a very rare palms and quantities are limited.  We have other species of this genus for sale. 
 
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS at RPS
 

SABAL MINOR
A TRUNK-LESS SABAL SPECIES
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This dwarf palm is native to the southwestern U.S. and establishes minimal if any trunk.  It is a fan palm with leaves about three feet across.  Overall height is rarely over six feet.  It can take full coastal sun but also tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 15 degrees F.  When in fruit, the blossoms thrust above the leaves, an easy way to help identify this species.  The mature plant here shows this if you look carefully at the seed blossoms above the leaves.

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Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FRAN PALM
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This is a single trunk, cold hardy fan palm from Northern Mexico.  Colonies are found about fifty miles south of San Diego in northern Baja.  In full sun and with good heat, it is intensely blue in color.  Trunk size is typically about 18 inches.  One interesting thing about this species is that the flowers thrust out of the crown of leaves, are yellow in color and are prominently visible.  The last photo below demonstrates a tree in flower.  All pictures here of mature plants were taken in San Diego.   

Brahea armata are rather slow growing palms.  To get one with ten feet of trunk may take twenty years.  They are very cold hardy, typically tolerating temperatures down to about 15 degrees F.  But, to grow well, they prefer dry heat. This means it is a difficult species to grow in Southern Florida becasue of the humidity there.  It'll take the cold of Seattle, but probably doesn't get enough summer warmth there.  For areas like central Texas, AZ, and New Mexico, this is an ideal species.  Some are growing it in GA and the Carolinas.  It also thrives in Southern California.  We just got in some nice 5g plants as shown in the first 5 photos and are offering a good price on them. 

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Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINIIbr  LARGE, SUN LOVING GREEN CYCAD

 I have always been quite fond of this fast growing, sun loving South African green leaf cycad.  Native to Natal and the Eastern Cape region, this species can produce a trunk up to sixteen feet tall that is quite thick in diameter and has leaves over six feet long.  One of the hall marks and a distinguishing characteristic of this species is the lack of prickles or spines at the base of the leaf stem.  One can grab this area with the bare hand and not be poked.  E. natalensis, a similar appearing species, is loaded with prickles and you could not grab it.

It is a sun loving species unless you are in a desert area.  It is cold hardy to the low twenties F. and is very fast growing.  If you like an easy to grow species that performs well, this might be the one for you.  Shown here are a whole assortment of plants from the nursery.  We have all sizes for sale.  I've also shown a few garden plants. 
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 


BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
A TROPICAL APPEARING, GREEN BUTIA
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This hard to find green species of Butia comes from Brazil and is about the same size as Butia capitata.  But, the color is definitely green.  It is a fast growing species and cold tolerant well into the teens F.  Distinguishing this species is a brown wool that is found on the emerging flowers.  The 5g plants we have on this special are nice size and easy to ship to any part of the U.S.

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Butia eriospatha  Butia eriospatha 

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA VAR HAVANENSIS

Coccothrinax miraguama is only found on the island of Cuba.  There are several varieties of this species.   The variety of this genus that has a natural habitat near Havana, the capitol, is called C. miraguama variety havanensis.  They are medium sized species, up to about thirty feet. This is a fan palm with a crown width of about twelve feet.   All plants within this genus are mostly known for the interesting pattern of woven fibers on the trunk as shown below.  This woven mesh is mostly right below the trunk.  Further down the trunk of an older specimen, the trunk is clean and bare.  As a species, Coccothrinax miraguama is often felt to be one of the prettiest of the genus. 

Shown here is a 7g plant of the variety havanensis.  It is about six years old.  Although I don't have any pictures specifically of this mature plants of this variety (it is super rare), I am showing several photos of the species C. miraguama.  This is a sun loving species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.   Of note, compared to the Coccothrinax barbadensis previously described, this species has thinner leaflets, is somewhat shorter and has the interesting woven pattern on the trunk.    

 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax miraguama trunk by SF landscape and gardens website
by SF Lanscape and Gardens website 
Coccothrinax miraguama roseocarpa   

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
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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.  An example is shown here. 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.  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-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently the only size we have available are the 15g plants.  But, we do have other Brahea species in smaller containers.

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Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  A fellow who ran this nursery, Bill Seaborne (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they have the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine; but the trunk is massive.  It has a green snake skin type of texture and is a fast growing tree.   I have a few 15g trees for sale.  They are shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F.  
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris by
photo by anbg.gov website
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia website
 by Adelaide Zoo website, Australia
 

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALM
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Native to the island of Bermuda, this nearly extinct species is a medium sized fan palm that gets to about twenty feet in height and has a one foot thick trunk.  Its leaf color is green or blue green.  It tends to be larger than Sabal palmetto.  It has round leaves and a fairly clean appearing trunk.  Growth is quite slow for a Sabal.  It prefers full sun and is remarkably cold hardy, probably into the mid teens F.  There are reports of it going to about 16 degrees.  Shown here are some 15g plants.  An interesting thing that I found, while taking these photos, was the presence of long, white wispy hairs around the leaves and petioles.  This is similar to the hairs you see with Livistona decipiens.  I have not seen this characteristic in print, but have photographed it hear for you to see.  I've also seen such hairs on Sabal ursesana.  Another interesting thing is the very clean and sharp edged petioles of Sabal bermudana.  They are cupped on the ventral side. 

Over the years many have asked for this species and I've only been able to supply smaller sizes.  These recent arrival some smaller 2g and 5g plants as well as big 15g plants are very nice.  They won't last long.

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Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
MULE PALM OR BUTIAGRUS

One of the most popular hybrid palms in the world is a cross between Butia capitata and the common Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana. I wouldn't doubt that the first cross of these two species was serendipitous.   But, when enthusiasts figured out that this cross was not only beautiful but super cold hardy, enthusiasm grew.

It is important that you remember when making a cross, the parent that "produces the seeds" is a critical thing.  The seed-bearing parent is mentioned first when quoting the cross.  If it's a cross between two pure species, this is called an F1 cross.  So, the mule palm is an F1 cross between the Pindo Palm and the Queen Palm with the Pindo producing the seeds.  The opposite cross is not nearly as desirable and just results in a funny looking Queen Palm.

The Mule Palm is unique in that it really doesn't look like either parent.  It is quite tropical appearing and surprisingly cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.  Because of the latter hardiness, it is quite sought after by people in cold areas.  It gives a cold hardy pinnate palm that looks tropical.  This hybrid likes full sun, can even take desert sun in areas like Phoenix, and is pretty fast growing.  We were lucky enough to get in some very nice 20g plants as shown in the first six photos.  The larger ones are plants we've had in the past and on occasion are available.  The mature plants show how robust this hybrid is (hybrid vigor) and how tropical they look over time.  We only limited numbers of these available. 
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm  

 

HYPHANAE CORIACEA
A TYPE OF GINGER BREAD PALM

Hyphanae is a genus of branching palms most commonly thought of as being from Africa.  But, their distribution also extends into Madagascar and parts of the Arabian Peninsula and India.  This genus can be small or large and trunks can be solitary, sucker or even branch above the ground.  This is referred to as "dichotomously branched".  In other words, the trunks can fork above the ground like a common tree.  This is quite unique in the palm world.  All species tend to come from hot and dry localities and do not do well with heavy rain in conjunction with cold. 

Hyphanae coriacea specifically is from eastern Africa and Madagascar.  It can be either short or tall, depending on the culture it receives.  The leaves are silver-blue.  Plants have been known to reach thirty feet of height.  This species does sucker as shown in the photos.  It has the ability to branch above the ground, but this is usually not seen.  This species likes hot dry sun.  A bad condition for it would be a persistent rain during a cold winter.  This may rot the plant.   It thrives in areas like Palm Springs or even in parts of Arizona.  The "Ginger Bread" reputation of the palm comes from the fragrance of the large, leathery seeds.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be 25 degrees F.

We were fortunate to get in some really nice suckering plants of this species in 15g.  The photos show their color.  The mature pictures show how it suckers and can get quite tall.  
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "DARK MEALY BUG"

This newly described "species" from Madagascar is a very large, crown shafted, single trunk palm with curved leaves that point toward the ground.  It has a white crown shaft.  The leaflets are dependent and weepy.  Young plants show dark markings on the petiole, thus the descriptive name above.  It has been recently introduced through seed merchants.  No large specimens are viewable that I know of in Southern California.  We have a very limited number of these for sale.  Cultural information is not yet available.  The photo of the mature plant is by Tobias Spanner RPS.
Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug
Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug by Tobias Spanner
Photo by Tobias Spanner
 

 

BUTIA YATAY
A VERY COLD TOLERANT BLUE BUTIA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We were very lucky to obtain some gorgeous 5g Butia yatay that really show their blue color.  This species, native to Southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, is the tallest Butia and has the longest leaves and biggest crown.  A well grown Butia capitata gets to about an average of 20 feet height.  Butia yatay reaches close to 40 feet by report.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F. and is felt to be equal to B. capitata.  Leaf color is similar, many times blue in color. 

As this is a species not commonly found or grown, there are very few pictures available of mature plants.  Shown here are the gorgeous 5g plants we just got in.  Please note the blue color and leaf shape.  Shown are two photos of domestic plants, one by T.S. of RPS.  If you like this species, get one now as I suspect they'll be gone quickly.  We can ship these right to your door.  Be aware, we're almost running out of this species.  

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


By the way, this species is being successfully grown in the United Kingdom. When purchasing, mention this Blog only special to obtain this sale price.
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g Butia yatay 5g
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay by Tobias Spanner RPS
Butia yatay Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores PACSOA
   
 

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS

This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  The first photos in the third row below shows a fairly small plant in a garden.  The photo by Tobias Spanner shows a much larger plant. 

We have available extremely nice 15g plants.  I have shown one that is a "double" with two plants in one pot. 

Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am anticipating that I might have some 5g of this species available as well.  Shown are only the 15g size. 
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
A double specimen, 2 plants in one pot
Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis by TS RPS
Butiaparaguayensis by TS RPS
 

 

SABAL URESANA
ATTRACTIVE BLUE, MEDIUM SIZED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE
 

This extremely blue species of Sabal is from northwestern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua.  In fact, I had a collector in New Mexico who told me he thinks the natural distribution of this species extends across the U.S. border into New Mexico.  But, this is not documented.  This species has very long petioles with divided fan leaves attached at their ends.  The leaves are blue or blue-green on both sides.  The ends of the leaves flex downward, so the leaves appear as if they are hanging down toward the ground. 

If you ever get one, it's important to get a blue one.  Seeds collected at botanical gardens are often hybrids and usually give you a green plant.  Wild collected seeds usually give blue plants.  When you get the real thing, super blue, they are blue from infancy.  Even first leaf seedlings are blue.

Plants can get over thirty feet tall and in habitat are much taller than this.  Trunks get up to eighteen inches thick.  They like heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is good, into the upper teens F.  But, cold along with wet weather can be difficult for this species.  We just got in some 5g and 15g plants.  They are not huge plants but a very nice clone of this species.  Note the nice blue color.  We may also have a few seedlings available.  The last photo is a habitat picture by Jeremy Spath.

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


Mention this Blog only price when purchasing to receive this price.  
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 5g
5g size
Sabal ursesana 15g
15g size
Sabal ursesana Sabal ursana locality Jeremy Spath
Habitat photo by Jeremy Spath

 

 

JUNGLE MUSIC 10 DAY SALE!  FROM APRIL 2 - APRIL 12 THE FOLLOWING PALMS WILL BE FOR SALE:

*Make sure to mention the sales when you purchase your palms to get the sales price.

Archontophoenix myolensis
This palms is a tall, elegant canopy former from Australia.  It has a clean bright green crown shaft, and gets 35-40 feet.
15 gallons normally $175.00, Sale Price $150.00
   
Burretiokentia koghiensis
This stunning New Caledonian palms is a must for any palm collector.  It has a silver crown shaft and can have a red/bronze emergent leaf.  It gets about 20-25 feet.

15 gallon normally $200.00, Sale Price $175.00.
 
   
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
This is one of the most stunning palms you can grow.  It has elegant, tropical foliage which is red emergent.  This palm also often has watermelon like makings on the trunk. This palm gets about 25-30 feet tall. 

2 gallon normally $45.00, Sales Price $35.00
   
Dypsis crinita
This palm is a medium sized with a very nice red emergent leaf.  One of the most telling characteristic of this palm is the long (Coccothrinax crinita-like) fibers hanging from the trunk and its tendency to branch.

5g normally $65.00, Sales Price $55.00
 
   
Dypsis plumosa
This palm is largely ignored in the palm world (especially among palm collectors), but let me tell you why is shouldn't be.  This is a fast growing palm for sun.  As a juvenile plant it is not the most impressive, but as it matures it is fabulous.  It has a white/silver crown shaft, a green trunk and carries  a full crown of leaves.  It tolerates a fair amount of cold and would complement most garden styles.

Bands normally $30.00, Sale Price $25.00
   
Howea belmoreana
This palm has beautiful recurving leaves with a thin green trunk.  It is cold hard and is completely different from Howea forsteriana.  It will eventually get about 25 feet (30+ years).

5g normally $75.00, Sales Price $65.00


   
Chamaedorea costaricana
In my opinion, this is one of the prettiest multistem Chamaedorea's you can grow.  Perhaps its an "old school" plant, but there a few shade palms that will rival what this one offers.  This palm has black green trunks, the crown below the leaves list a light green (contrasting the trunk) and bright green foliage.

Bands normally $30.00, Sales Price $25.00
   
PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
As you can see here, some of our band plants are huge, bigger than
most nursery's one gallon plants.  This is an example of that.  P. munroii
is native to Hawaii and is a medium sized fan palm that will take full
sun along the coast, wants protection inland, and has a broad, flat
green leaf.  It is a very pretty species and hard to find..

Bands normally $30.00, Sales Price $25.00
Pritchardia munroii band  

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAVES
This smaller Ceratozamia is a tropical appearing cycad that comes from eastern Mexico where it grows in cloud forests at an elevation of about 2500 feet.  Its trunk is usually less than a foot tall.  Leaves are three to four feet long.  When new leaves emerge, they are a bronze or red-pink color.  This color lasts for about a month.  The first five photos here show three newly emerging leaves on a 5g plant about 3 inch caudex size.  Nothing is quite as exciting as seeing newly emerging red leaves.  Imagine, with a large specimen, how spectacular this appears. 

This is a filtered light or part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is easily into the lower 20's F.  People in the San Francisco Bay area can easily grow this plant.  The last photo shows leaves about three weeks after emerging.  You can see how the red color is changing to green.   I'm also showing several other nursery plants including an old photo of a boxed specimen.  We typically have a good supply of this species.  It's a nice addition to the floor of the garden under overhead canopy.  

Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves
Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves cERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia

 

ECHEVERIA "AFTER GLOW"
VERY NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Previously on this Blog I have presented this great succulent with an irresistable blue color as shown here.  this plant likes full sun and is xerophytic.  Our 5g plants have seen a freeze.  This set them back a bit, but they are lunging forward, suckering and looking great.  They have a unique combination of purple, blue and silver as you'll notice on these photos.  And, there's a hint of pink.  It's a sun loving plant and never gets more than about eighteen inches across.  The leaves are fleshy and thick and have the most interesting pink margins on the leaves and a soft pink spine at the end.  It puts out pink blossom during the summer that last for months.  I might comment that most women love this plant because of the colors.  I highly recommend this species!

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
BLOG ONLY SPECIAL, $35


Mention this special to receive this price.  Limited supplies of this plant..

Echeveria after glow Echeveria after glow
Echeveria after glow Echeveria after glow  

 

CYCAS PETRAEA
GEORGEOUS, MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL CYCAD

This is an unusual Cycas species from colder parts of northern Thailand.  In locality, freezes are experienced and it's reported this species will even tolerate snow.  About a year ago our nursery was very lucky to obtain some fabulous specimens of this species.  Many sold, but we still have a few plants left so I thought I'd mention them again.  Pictures are shown here.  Never before have plants like this been offered for sale. 

Cycas petraea can get trunks over 15 feet tall in dozens of decades.  More typically, domestic plant trunks are under three feet tall.  Leaves are flat and green and about four to six feet long.  Crowns consist of dozens of leaves.  The bases of the trunks have a peculiar swelling to them as seen here.  They can form a classical "water vase trunk" which is fat and swollen and then gets thinner above.  Culturally, this species likes nice draining soil, temperatures above a freeze and part day or filtered sun.  The last picture shows a seed grown plant of smaller size.  As mentioned above, we only have a few left.  As an interior cycad, this would be one to try.  This is probably one of the coolest Cycas species around.  We only have a few left..
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea
Cycas Petraea Cycas Petraea  

BUTIA BONNETTII
SPECIES?  VARIETY?  BEST FOR COLD?

Enter another type of Butia.  Over three decades ago, I began hearing about Butia bonnettii.  Many questioned whether it's actually a species or just a variety of Butia capitata at best.  Reference books typically don't even mention it  at all.  Some believe it is a definitely different plant.  The Northern California Palm Society website decribes it and claims it's a great palm for up there.  I don't really know for sure, but can recite here what others have said about it.

It does
n't get as tall as capitata, usually just to 10 feet
It is more green than capitata, i.e. less intensely blue
It has a smaller crown and shorter leaves than capitata
It might be the most cold hardy plant in the genus


In any case, I got in a few really big 15g plants of what is said to be Butia bonnettii.  I am showing them here.  I have also borrowed an internet photo of a specimen plant in Northern CA from the Palm Society Northern California website.  This plant is apparently in Vacaville, CA.. 
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
Photo by Dennis Valdez from PSNC website

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM  

About twenty-five years ago, I was one of the first nurserymen in the U.S. to grow this species.  There was talk at the time that this would be "the palm of the future".  This did not evolve except that it has been mass produced in large numbers and sold through many wholesale nurseries.  But, inherent problems kept it from being the most sought after species.  First, it needs lots of nutrition (fertilizer).  If it is not fed and watered regularly, it becomes yellow and can even turn white.  (see photo below).  Also, it likes a lot of water.  Finally, it is super fast growing and needs a fair amount of space.  This species can get to heights of 50 feet with trunk bases as big as a Royal Palm (30 inches). 

Because of these short comings, in more recent times depot stores are trying to market this species with three plants in one pot and sell it as a "house plant".  Unfortunately, it doesn't do great inside the home.  It's ok, but there are much better interior palms.  So, popularity has backed off and many stores no longer carry Ravenea rivularis. 

But, it does have its attributes.  It is quick and, when treated well, can make a nice specimen plant as shown. in the photos below.  The photo with the woman at the base was taken from my garden in 1985.  It now has over thirty feet of trunk today. That's my wife standing next to the trunk in the photo.  Some of the photos below are from habitat in Madagascar.  You can tell which ones. Cold hardiness is into the lower twenties F. and along the coast this species can take full sun.  Far inland areas must give some protection from full sun. 
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Nutritionally challenged plant, unknown photographer
Ravenea rivularis
In my garden, about 1985, with my wife
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis ravenea rivularis

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
A SILVER, DROUGHT-TOLERANT SPECIES

This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.

Shown to the right and below are containerized plants of
Ravenea xerophila.  Citrus pot plants take us about five years to produce. The larger plants below took eight years.  I'm showing a juvenile plant the garden of a friend of mine, Jeff Searle.  The final habitat photo is from Tobias Spanner at Rare Palm Seeds.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   I apologize, but there are so few pictures of mature plants of this species available, so I hope you enjoy those that I can provide to you.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila with Jeff Searle
R. xerophila with Jeff Searle, photo by J. Searle
of Searle Brothers Nursery in FL
Ravenea xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
R. xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
   

 

RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About twenty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the specimen they used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We recently obtained some 5g plants that are six or seven years old.  The close up of the base shows how this species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first two habitat photos were taken by Henk Bentje and are from the Kew Gardens website.  The last photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, and is from PACSOA.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known abut its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the twenties F.  I anticipate it will tolerate coastal sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae 5g
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae by H. Beenjte Ravenea julietiae by H. Benjtee at kew Gardens
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOAu
photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA
   

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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 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.
 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We just got in some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana recently discussed.  The two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

 


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