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ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

A LOOK-AROUND AT THE NURSERY
SHOWING SOME NURSERY PLANTS

A few days ago I decided to show some photos of four or five nursery specimens of this popular South African blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area.  The leaflets of Encephalartos lehmannii are narrow without any spines on the leaflets (except the terminal tip).  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  Trunks can get to five feet tall maximum, but one with two to three feet of trunk is at least three to five decades old.  Leaf color in the sun is intensely blue.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  The photos below are of older plants at the nursery.  Caudex sizes range from nine inches to eighteen inches in width, some with vertical trunk height from age.  Note the intense blue color and the narrow leaflets.  Also note the gold colored “collars” on the caudexes where there were leaf attachments.  These are seen in several blue South African cycads.  We have a very nice selection of this species from small to large.


 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 
Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii 

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD



LEAF COLOR GREEN TO GRAY
SHOWING THREE AVAILABLE NURSERY SIZES
FULL SUN IN MANY AREAS

This is one of my favorite cycads.  It is native to Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.  Although plants in the wild may have trunks of eight to ten feet, this will take many centuries.  A typical very old plant in a domestic garden has two to three feet of trunk.  With its small to medium sized crown of leaves, this species will therefore never obstruct a view or get too large.  Leaf color is typically a gray-green.  But, in less sun it may become more green.  I've seen plants that are in full sun and almost have a very gray color to the leaves (see photo below).  It is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  Along the coast it'll take full sun.  Far inland areas should consider morning sun or strong filtered light.

I am showing the following with the photos:
First two rows:  Two different 5g plants
Rows three and four:  Detail look at a nice 15g
Rows five and six:  Six different boxed old specimens
Bottom row:  Two garden specimens

We have a great selection of many sizes.  All can be shipped.

   
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS

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

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


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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45 (FIRST ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80 (SECOND ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175 (THIRD ROW OF PHOTOS)


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

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT WITH COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G AND 25G SIZES

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  This crown shaft has multiple colors including purple, silver and black.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The palms on Special are sun and landscape ready.  Plant them tomorrow!  These are way too big for mail order. 

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

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL 225 GALLON $385

 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  The 15g size is shown in the first row of photos and the 25g in the second row.

Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


FULL SUN - VERY DURABLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick. It has blue-green leaves.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  We're offering 15g plants on sale.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170

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

 
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Justen Dobbs Sabal blackburniana wikipedia Sabal blackburniana

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

RUST COLORED CROWN SHAFT
THIN SILVER RINGED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This great palm from Madagascar is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.  This is one of the most popular palms around.  I’m offering our 5 gallon plants that were repotted this summer.  They are nicely sized but would like to grow for a while in their present containers. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


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


Dypsis leptocheilos 5g   Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
A BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM SIZED PALM


THIN TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of medium sized palm from Reunion Island has been grown by many successfully in Southern CA.  It doesn't get too tall (about 20 ft), likes full sun and tolerates temperatures into the mid 20's F.  When young some varieties show a red-brown color to the stem and base.  In addition to not being very large in height, it also has a rather thin trunk as you can see below.  It is pinnate and crown shafted.  It is also a quick grower. 

Shown here are some nicely sized 5g plants that were repotted this summer.  Trunk size mature will be thin, perhaps six to eight inches.  This species prefers heat and sun along the coast.  Of note, this species is in the same family as Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm and Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm (both of which we also offer for sale).  But, H. indica is more cold hardy than either of these species.  The 5g on sale below are summer repots.  The last photo shows a nursery plant in a 35 gallon pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70 

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

Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM


SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 5 gallon plants (first six photos).  Also shown below are larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.

Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

  

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA
LIKE 
C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!


NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I have not shown this species that often because it's rarely available and very difficult to find.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.

It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available (first five photos).   Some pots have two plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species and is seldom offered for sale.  Note that the photos below show several larger plants from the nursery.

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


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped.   

Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

The sought after species,
Jubaea chilensis, gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The band size on sale are about three years old.  They have three to four juvenile leaves.  This species is very slow growing and puts on trunk girth before getting taller.  We do have larger sizes for sale.  These would be easy and affordable to ship.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS


5 GALLON ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa.  Cold tolerance is between five and ten degrees F.

Most specimens in many decades get to a height of 25 to 35 feet.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here is our 5 gallon size on Special (first five photos).  They aren’t super big so we’re selling them at a great price.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $50

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  Note – Easy to mail order.


Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII X E. TRISPINOSUS



WILL BE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED BLUE BEAUTY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

Most of you cycad enthusiasts are aware of the two parent species of this hybrid.  Male pollen from an E. trispinosus was used to pollinate a receptive female E. lehmannii.  Both of these parents are desirable blue South African cycad species.  Hybridization often gives very vigorous offspring - called "hybrid vigor".  This is one of multiple hybrid Encephalartos that I'll show over the next few weeks.  Along the coast, this plant will want full sun.  Far inland, limited sun.  Cold hardiness 22 degrees F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID BAND SIZE $55

Below I'm showing representative photos of both parent species.

Encephalartos lehmannii x trispinosus Encephalartos lehmannii x trispinosus Encephalartos lehmannii x trispinosus
Encephalartos lehmannii x trispinosus
Hybrid above
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD

 
COLORFUL EMERGING NEW LEAVES

INLAND FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE AS SHOWN

This attractive cycad comes from the Sierra Mountain Range in Mexico near Tamaulipas.  There is grows among overhead oak trees.  It is a small to medium sized plant, perhaps at most getting a four foot tall caudex.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  Leaflets are long and narrow, coming to a point.  Leaflet color is green.  But, newly emerging leaves are a brown-red as shown below.  With the 8th photo by Ian Edwards below, you can see how attractive a new swirl of leaves can be.  Petioles can be smooth or armed with small spines.

This is an easy to grow species.  It can take coastal full sun but inland demands filtered light.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.  This species is being grown in northern CA and in some other states where they see cooler weather.  I’m showing you two plants in citrus pots with new reddish-brown emerging leaves.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 3.5 inches.  Soil should be well draining in the garden.  This species also makes an attractive containerized patio plant. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $275.

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


Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches
Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches
Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ian Edwards Pacsoa Ceratozamia kuesteriana

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD

 

GOOD LOW PROFILE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS


This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  It prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here. It is an ideal cycad species where one wants plants to stay small.  It's perfect for planting next to a walkway.  We’re putting our citrus pot plant on Special.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 5 inches.  Most are clustering plants with cones. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT HIS SIZE $195

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  These are easy to mail order.
  The first six photos show the size on sale.


Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
TWO E. WOODII HYBRIDS CROSSED WITH EACH OTHER



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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $110

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

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

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!



DWARF TREE THAT BLOSSOMS CONTINUALLY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE


In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  This species in unique because it grows in the shade, never gets over about eight feet tall, blossoms in the shade and never stops blossoming.  Yes, in the dead of winter you'll see red blossoms.  And, these trees are prolific.  A garden plant will have twenty to thirty blossoms.  This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find.  I’m offering starter plants in five gallon pots on special.  They are a good growing plant but, remember, never get very big. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase


Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

  

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
BANANA-LIKE SUCKERING TROPICAL PLANT


ORANGE OR RED/YELLOW UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We’re putting the 5 gallon size on special.

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  The seventh photo is of a 15 gallon nursery plant.  The blossom photo below is by TS at RPS.  The last photo shows Heliconia plants in a garden.


Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana blossom TS RPS Heliconia

 

LYCHEE FRUIT - JUVENILE PLANTS FOR SALE
EXOTIC TROPICAL FRUIT

 

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


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

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


I only have several for sale.  They can be mail ordered.


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Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis
Litchi chinensis  Litchi chinensis  Litchi chinensis 

 

SCHIZOLOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE BRAZILIAN FIRETREE OR FERN TREE


HORIZONTAL BRANCHES
SMALL LEAFLETS - PRODUCES MILD SHADE
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This tropical flowering tree is extremely popular but near impossible to find for sale.  We've not had it for several years but are offering it again today.  It is native to regions stretching from southern Mexico to South America.  It has a "snakeskin" smooth green trunk that is narrow to medium size in diameter, expanding with age.  Limbs are held in a typically horizontal position (like many tropical trees) and leaflets are green and small as shown below.  Beneath an overhead tree one gets very light shade - not dense.  Thus, it allows plants that have an intermediate need for light to thrive below.  It is fast growing and can get to well over 30 feet.  It wants full sun and will go deciduous if you see a freeze.  With this said, some have grown it in areas that see temperatures in the mid to upper 20's F.  We're offering our 5 gallon on sale as shown.  This size can be shipped.  We also have much larger 15 and 25 gallon plans available.  The garden specimen photo is c/o Wikipedia. 

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

We have only limited numbers of this tree so don't dally if you've been searching for one!


Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba
Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba
Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba Wikipedia   

 

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2020

 

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA


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


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

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

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM



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


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

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Note that we have limited numbers but should be able to get more if needed.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible but it'll be a big and heavy box to ship.

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Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
THIS IS THE SUCKERING FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  This is what we are offering here.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have nice 15 gallons on special.  Note the interesting leaflets arrangement.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a small number available.


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Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis  

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

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


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

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

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

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PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA  

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


THINNER TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
NICE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  There is grows on mountainous slopes.  Of the genus, perhaps this species is the easiest for us to grow here in California.  It is very sought after and most of the garden photos below are from California.  Along the coast, I'd recommend giving this species half day morning sun, a few hours of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. 

In my experience, mature height is usually about 30 feet but it can get a bit taller.  Trunks in shade are green, prominently ringed and medium diameter.  Leaves are green and pinnate.  This size can be mail ordered.

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


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


 
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Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala HJD Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala 

 

SABAL MINOR
THE DWARF PALMETTO

NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $47.50

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


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Sabal mnor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS $80

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA OREOPHILA
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM



TOLERATES SOME SUN - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This is a great palm for Southern CA and other areas that may see winter colds into the mid-twenties F.  It is native to southwestern Mexico at high elevations to 4500 feet.  It tolerates bright filtered light or, along the coast, some degree of sun.  It is single trunked with a modified crown shaft and somewhat short green leaves.  It resembles a Chamaedorea elegans on steroids.  Trunks are about an inch thick and ringed.  In filtered light trunks remain green.  Mature height is about ten feet.  This is an extremely difficult species to find.  We happen to have some plants grown by Don Hodel.  The last two photos are by Australian friend Colin Wilson.

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

Remember  to Mention this Special!

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Chamaedorea oreophila Chamaedorea oreophila Colin Wilson AU Chamaedorea oreophila Colin Wilson AU

 

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


PLANTS SHOWN HERE FROM DOMESTIC SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This clumping medium sized palm is native to Madagascar.  It has previously been called "Dypsis species white petiole".  It was formally described by Don Hodel about fifteen years ago.  It is most closely related to Dypsis baronii and known for its prominently white crown shafts.  Leaves are drooping with rather fine leaflets.  Trunks average about two inches diameter.  Plant height is a maximum of approximately fifteen feet. It can be grown in full coastal sun but should be allowed to grow up and into the sun.  So, starting in bright filtered light is best.  Exact cold hardiness is uncertain but most likely in the mid-twenties F. range.  I am putting one gallons on a Ten Day Special.  These are from domestic seeds and about 3 years old.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $50


Mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  These can easily be mail ordered.  The last three garden photos are by AL PACSOA

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Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa AL PACSOA
DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA Dypsis albofarinosa

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES IN THE KING PALM FAMILY



FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

Common Name(s):  
Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  
In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  
In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  
Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  
10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  
Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue  
  
Presence of Ramenta:  
Absent
Flower Color:  
Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  
Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.


REGULAR PRICE BAND $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N.  Also, as you know, we grow Archontophoenix "teracarpa" which I personally think is a preferred and larger type of King Palm.

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Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima PACSOA Luke Nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


VERY SMALL CYCAD
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  Thi species likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.  We are putting older band size plants (not one leafers) on sale.  We do have an assortment of sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $70

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

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Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS

INTERESTING HYBRID OF TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



SHOULD GROW INTO A STUNNING MATURE PLANT
HOPEFULLY BLUE STACKING LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This fascinating hybrid was created by taking male pollen from E. princeps and applying it to a female cone of E. longifolius.  This is an F1 hybrid.  Both the parents are from South Africa and both were blue.  My hopes are that the princeps will give it the beautiful blue color and glamour.  We're hoping that the E. longifolius seed bearer will give it stacking of the leaflets and very curved leaves.  But, no one can be sure what this hybrid will look like.  They are healthy band sized seedlings and already showing blue color.  They should like coastal sun and be cold hardy into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND HYBRIDS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Easy to mail order.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.  I'm showing nursery specimens of both species of this hybrid.

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Encephalartos longifolius x princeps Encephalartos longifolius x princeps Encephalartos longifolius x princeps
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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

 

BILLBERGIA SPECIES - A BROMELIAD
SUMMER BLOOMER WITH PINK BLOSSOMS


HUGE CLUSTERS IN POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD PLANTS


Billbergia is a type of Bromeliad that grows quite well in the ground.  They are from Mexico, Central and South America and some Caribbean locations.  Most are summer bloomers with large pendent blossoms that have colorful petals.  The representative photo below is from Wikipedia.  The plants we're putting on special are five to ten year old cluster plants with about ten to twenty plants per pot.  When they blossom they'll give a huge display of long-lasting color.  Usually when you buy Bromeliads, you just get one plant.  Then you wait ten years to get a cluster like these.  They take coastal full sun and can survive a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $75


These can be shipped.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this special price.


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Bilbergia species  Bilbergia species  Billbergia blossom Wikipedia 

 

MONSTERA DELICIOSA
THE SPLIT LEAF OR SWISS CHEESE PHILODENDRON



A CLIMBING PLANT

GETS LARGE LEAVES WITH OPEN SLITS
20% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

This climbing, large leaf Philodendron is native to southern Mexico, Central America - all the way to Panama.   As a climbing plant, it grows well up into overhead trees and, with age, can get leaves that are 2 to  feet long.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  It also tolerates a freeze.  I'm showing you an older Nursery plant below to show you how the leaves are starting to get long.  Leaves are green and divided as shown below.  We're putting any plant this species on sale.  We mostly have smaller than shown here.

20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES FOR TEN DAYS

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Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa

 

STRELITZIA NICOLAI
THE GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE


LOTS OF PEOPLE LOVE THIS PLANT
WE DON'T, BUT WE STILL SUPPLY THEM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Giant Bird of Paradise is a large clumping, banana-like tree that can get to a height of 25 feet, suckers and has green six foot leaves and a tough woody trunk.  It tends to sucker aggressively and spreads rapidly.  As you may realize, it requires a lot of maintenance.  Unkempt, this plant looks shabby with old leaves and debris.  And, it is super invasive.  It can lift foundations of houses or tilt a deck.  Yet, people like it and seek this plant out.  I think this is because it's readily available and people like "banana leaves".  We try to talk them out of it.  It is native to Eastern Africa and a few surrounding islands.  I'm showing you a nice looking garden specimen below but guarantee you if I showed you many others, you'd be overwhelmed and decide on something else.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $45

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Strelitzia nicolai Giant Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicolai Giant Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicolai Giant Bird of Paradise

 

MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER, 2020

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM



UPRIGHT LEAVES
FROM NEW CALEDONIA

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
EXAMPLES OF MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS FOR SALE



GREEN TO BLUE GREEN LEAVES
LOVES SUN - RE-CURVED LEAVES

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plants shown here both have caudexes about 8 inches.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  These plants will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.  The last row of photos shows plants that are the blue form.  Most of our sizes can be mail ordered or delivered.

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Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Blue Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIIAN PALM



OLD AND NICE SPECIMENS IN LARGER POTS
MULTIPLE SPECIES AVAILABLE


Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm.  Most do not get overly large and many are under fifteen feet tall.  Along the coast they tolerate full sun.  There are about 25 species with habitats ranging from Hawaii to some South Pacific islands.  We only grow the Hawaiian varieties as they do the best in Southern California where most will take coastal full sun.  Or, grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties or a bit lower.  

I'm showing you three different species that are representative of this genus.  all are between ten and fifteen years old and in 25 gallon pots or 24 inch boxes.  All have some degree of trunk.  On pair are over 14 feet tall in their pots. We have a pretty good supply of such large specimen Pritchardias.  Almost all are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.  We have about eight different species of Pritchardia in these sizes.

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Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies

   

PRITCHARDIA HILLEBRANDII
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN TROPICAL FAN PALM
TOLERATES COASTAL FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section.  Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  The 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and is about 12 years old.  I’d estimate it’s the size of a 30 to 36 inch boxed plant.  It’s way too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

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

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA



SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY - NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS

Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen.  

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species but worth it if you can grow one.

Shown here is a good size 15g plant.  We have limited numbers.  If you talk about difficulty in finding species of palms, this one might be near the top of the list.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.


Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana
Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana
Prestoea montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


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

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  I highly recommend this species.  

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $110

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.

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

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THIN TRUNK & TALL SOLITARY PALM


PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of single trunk pinnate palm is native to Brazil and can get to heights of fifty to sixty feet.  It can be grown in Southern California and is a smaller version of the Queen Palm.   Leaves are green and plumose.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy into the mid to upper 20's F.  One special are nice 5 gallon plants, still with their juvenile foliage.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember:  mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Last photo by John Demott, FL - via the I.P.S.


Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea 
Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea 
Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea by John DeMott IPS   

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


GETS TALLER - BEING GROWN BY COLLECTORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

It's been a few years since we've offered this rare single trunk Pinanga from the island of Java, Indonesia.  A different thing about this species is that it is single trunk.  Juvenile plants have solid, simple leaves as shown in the photos.  But, over time, they become pinnate leaves as seen on the larger garden specimen.  The mature trunk is thin and ringed.  Leaves are six feet long or more - green in color.  The thing about this species is that no one has it!  Shown are the 5g plants we're putting on Special.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze.

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


Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana palmpedia  

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 
Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea bemoreana 5g 
Howea bemoreana 5g  Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea bemloreana 5g 
Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana 

 

PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
SUCKERING PALM, THIN TRUNKS


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Like many Ptychosperma species, this one is also from Papa New Guinea.  It is a medium sized clustering species with trunks that are one inch thick, premorse leaflets (jagged, chopped off at ends) and green leaves.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  It is quite a rare species and we seldom have this species for sale.  Available now are five gallon plants that I'm putting on special.  This species would be considered a filtered light palm.  Cold hardiness is uncertain but I suspect most growers in my locality can succeed with this species.  Southern California growers manage well with most Ptychosperma species.  These can be easily mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare
Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare

 

ATTALEA COHUNE
THE COHUNE PALM



TALL PALM, UPRIGHT LONG LEAVES
SOMEWHAT COLD SENSITIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

The Cohune Palm is a large palm.  But, it is also a very slow growing palm.  Native to regions stretching from Mexico down into many countries in Central America, it is known to get forty to eighty feet tall with leaves that are 30 feet long.  They are generally held in an upright position.  The crown can be thirty feet wide.  Mature basal trunk diameter is two feet.  Leaves are green and this palm has no crown shaft.  As shown below, seeds are very large and slow and difficult to germinate.  Most feel it is a marginal grower here in Southern CA with a cold tolerance of about a freeze.  But, some are growing it here.  It wants full sun.  It is very difficult to find.  The 5g plants below were moved from one gallon plants into their new containers in late winter.  This palm wants full sun.  This is the first time we've offered this species for years.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS $80

This species is surprisingly difficult to find.  This size can be mail ordered.

Attalea cohune Attalea cohune Attalea cohune
Attalea cohune Attalea cohune Attalea cohune

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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

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


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

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


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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT AS SHOWN

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

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

REGULAR PRICE PLANTS WITH THIS SIZE CAUDEX $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $215

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD



GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to Msinga district in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.   E. msinganus is on the verge of extinction, where ever shrinking populations are small and scattered.  This is a small to medium sized plant.  Leaves get about about five feet in length.  Stems can reach up to three meters over the centuries, but it is rare to see anything close to that size.  This species was originally called Encephalartos msinga (after its locality) but was later formally described as Encephalartos msinganus.  The leaves on this species are relatively short, are green and generally are heavily armed on the leaflets and petioles.  It is quite rare to see this plant in cultivation and some make the argument that it is equally rare to some of the (very rare) Transvaal species.  In coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  For desert areas, this species should be grown in partial sun or filtered light.  It requires a soil that drains well.  The plants on sale are 4 years old, bigger and older than shown here and with about four to five leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

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

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Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA


CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND PLANTS


This species of green South African cycad is a medium sized mature plant with trunks up to about five feet.  They are un-branched and have green leaves that are about five feet long.  The leaves are straight and leaflets point toward the end of the leaf.  In the wild stands in the Natal area of RSA, there are only about a hundred plants remaining.  Shown here in the first row of photos are 4 to 5 year old band plants - very large for their container.  The second row of photos show a huge boxed specimen at our nursery.  The last row shows domestic plants and a close up of the leaflets. 

We're putting older band seedlings on sale.  They'd be easy to mail order.  In our area, this is a full sun plant with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50


Remember, mention this Special when you order.  We, of course, have other sizes of this species for sale but only have a few bands left.

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Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
DWARF COLD HARDY ALOCASIA



PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is a dwarf Alocasia that never gets over about three feet tall.  It is known for its dark glossy green and heavily veined heart-shape leaves that are prominently purple on their backsides.  It does like adequate water and is cold hardy well below a freeze.  Cold temperatures do make it go dormant in terms of growth.  People grow it in Zone 7B.  Preferred is bright filtered light or some sun along the coast.  The plants on special are 2 gallon size and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special to get your reduced price.

Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii

 

PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
AKA "CONGO ROJO"


ATTRACTIVE COMPANION PLANT DARK LEAVES, RED STEMS/BACKS OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POT SIZE

This popular hybrid Philodendron never gets very large.  It doesn't climb much.  It's more of a rosette form of companion plant.  It might crawl along the ground a little.  People prefer this hybrid because, in shade, it has dark green leaves with a red tint to the back of the leaves and prominent red stems.  It is a filtered light companion plant.  It is not for full sun.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze or a bit colder.  We are offering two sizes on special.  But, there are limited numbers.  If we run out of any given size, we'll offer a great price on a different size.  This plant is also being grown indoors by many.

REGULAR PRICE 10 INCH LARGE $85
SALE PRICE 10 INCH $65

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  The 5g plants on special are shown in the first six photos below.  These plants can be mail ordered. 


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

 

MUSA SUMATRANA HYBRID
A NON-FRUITING CROSSED WITH A FRUITING BANANA

SHOULD MAKE PRETTIER FRUITING PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


The plants I'm showing here may be very interesting.  It's a cross between the ornamental Musa sumatrana (zebrina) and a fruiting type of Banana.  The hybridizer told me it should make edible bananas.  Time will tell.  Even if it doesn't, it should be bigger than a regular sumatrana with green leaves having attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It'd want full sun and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  We're putting our 5 gallon on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $55

Only a handful available.

Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid
Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid

 

SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA
THE UMBRELLA TREE

MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL EVERGREEN TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 20G SIZE

Schefflera is a genus of over 500 species.  The one presented here is a medium sized tree that can get to 30 feet tall with a wide crown of green leaves.  It has been known as Tupidanthus in the past.  Leaflets are clustered in groups as shown below.  It will flower with a red flower but is mostly sought after as a foliage plant or tree.  It can be shaped and pruned to control its size.  It takes full sun along our coast and is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. or perhaps colder.  The 20g size on sale has multiple trunks - grown from multiple individual trees. They are about 10 feet tall in their pots.  They are too big for mail order.  Smaller plants are used as a patio or house plant. 

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235


We only have a few this size but can get 5g as well.  The 5th photo below is a 15g plant.  Remember, mention this Special!

Schefflera actinophylla Schefflera actinophylla Schefflera actinophylla
Schefflera actinophylla Schefflera actinophylla Schefflera
  Schefflera actinophylla  

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA" (PURPUREA)
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS

 

WHITE AND PURPLE FLOWERS
LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also offer from time to time.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 5g plants are huge for their pot and ready to be planted or moved into 15g pots.

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

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


Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea
Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea
Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea Pandorea jasminoides purpurea

 

SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER, 2020

 

ASSORTED BROMELIADS
NEW ONES - JUST ARRIVED

FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION
MANY SUN VARIETIES


For several weeks we've been getting in a large selection of bromeliads from a private collections from various So Cal collectors.  There were about twenty different types including Aechmea, Neorogelias and others.   Some were being grown in full inland sun.  There's about 20 different types, many new to our Nursery.  We invite all to drop in to see our Bromeliads.  We  have a lot more than shown here.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELATIOR
A CLIMBING SHADE PALM
TOTALLY TRANSFORMS ITS APPEARANCE

LARGE SIMPLE LEAF WHEN SMALL
CLIMBING PINNATE PALM WHEN MATURE

This species of Chamaedorea is native to the Atlantic side of Mexico and various countries in Central America.  It is the only palm that can climb without the use of spines.  It is single trunk with a rather narrow stem.  Leaves are long and, at their ends, sharply turn to form a grabbing hook with the terminal leaf.  This attaches to whatever the plant can grab.  If one were to use this species in the garden, one must plant it adjacent to an overhead tree or structure that can be climbed.  Otherwise it'll crawl along the ground looking for something to climb.

Enthusiast who don't know this may plant it in a open area next to other palms.  It's quite attractive when juvenile with a large, simple leaf as shown below.  But, this will change over time.  The first garden photo was taken in Encinitas, CA and shows how this species is being trained to go up a palm trunk.  The last photos by RPS shows this species planted at the base of a large woody tree.  We presently have this species available in smaller, simple leaf plants.  And, the variety we have hold onto that solid leaf much longer than the ordinary variety.

Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior
Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior
Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior TS RPS

  

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM



A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
HEIGHT TO ABOUT TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G POT SIZE

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abbreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. And I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer have a handful of large plants in 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.  They are about 15 to 20 years old and very full as shown here and have been at our nursery all this time.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum
Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum
Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM



DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  One photo shows a flower with green fruit. 

This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance outside is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples in our 15 gallon size which we are putting on sale.  They are very nice and really too big for mail order.  For the latter folks, get our 5 gallon size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote TS RPS

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKAGHI
NATURAL WINDMILL HYBRID



SEEDS FROM THE WILD
FIVE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL


About fifteen years ago I received seeds from Tobias Spanner that he told me were a natural hybrid between T. fortunei and T. takil.  The seeds were wild collected.  Tobias told me that these were named Trachycarus takaghi.  I germinated the seeds and now, many years later, am offering very old 5 gallon plants.  They have proven to be extremely slow growing. The hopes would be they'd be something different and pick up the super cold hardiness of the takil.  You can see that these plants are crawling the pot horizontally as opposed to trunking.  Perhaps they will prove to be a dwarf species.  I have no habitat photos but am showing a plant from a customer in Texas (TM) that was planted about ten years ago in his garden.  You can see, in that time, it certainly has not produced much trunk.  I'm putting this hybrid on special but only have a few for sale.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi TM Texas 12 years Trachycarpus takaghi  

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
EXOTIC - TEND TO BE SMALL, MINIATURE PALMS

DON'T LIKE TOO MUCH NITROGEN
LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS WE HAVE

This is another post to remind readers that we still offer a good supply of the highly coveted variegated Rhapis excelsa.  Known as the "Gems of the Orient", these striking plants typically have yellow or white variegation on green leaves.  Most plants at mature size are three to six feet.  There are many exotic varieties - most popular in Japan where affluent collectors compete to obtain the most striking plants.  Propagation is by divisions only.  So, one must mother plants for divisions so you'd have a plant to sell. 

The plant leaflet photos below are an assortment of our Nursery plants.  The variegation consists of very narrow bands of yellow on green.  They are sort of hard to see here.  On any given leaflets there are lots of these narrow, subtle stripes.

Contact us if you are interested in getting one.  BTW, these are never inexpensive plants.  And, they are all different.  The variegation seems to be different from leaf to leaf on all varieties.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS IN STOCK

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variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis
variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU



EXOTIC APPEARING CROWN SHAFTED PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE

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

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

Just mention this blog special at the time of purchase for this price.  The first garden photo is from Pinterest and the second from PalmPedia - both by unknown authors.


Veithia spiralis Veithia spiralis Veithia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis 15gi
Veitchia spiralis pinterest Veitchia spiralis palmpedia  

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM

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


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

Shown here are large 15g plants which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coastal strip in our area.  The first 6 photos show the 15g plants on sale.  Following are mature garden plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Ravenea arecina Veitchia arecina

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM



SUCKERING TROPICAL FAN PALM WITH SOME COLD TOLERANCE
MEDIUM SIZED - RATHER THIN TRUNKS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE



This This species is native to a vast region stretching from Florida, Mexico and Central American, down through the Caribbean Islands into northern South America.  It has thin fibrous trunks that average about four to five inches diameter.  Height is variable.  In more tropical regions it can get up to twenty feet or more.  In Southern California it usually tops out at about fifteen feet.  With occasional pruning, it is fairly tidy and attractive.  Leaves are small and green in color.  Growth rate is medium.

One nice thing about this species is that it can tolerate temperatures below 20 degrees F.  It's not known for being super cold hardy but can take some cold.  It also likes heat, sun and lots of water. Shown below is our 15g plant size which we're putting on Ten Day Special.  The photo below by the pond was taken at Balboa Park in San Diego.

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

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


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

Shown here is a 5 gallon plant of a Brahea species from Mexico that is presently known as "Brahea species Super Silver".   Undoubtedly someone will describe it in the near future.  Seeds have been available only twice.  These plants are from the first batch that came along.  It is a blue plant but doesn't show the blue until older.  It wants full hot sun and would be perfect for the desert.  I suspect the cold tolerance is similar to Brahea armata, about 15 degrees F.  But, compared to the later, this species trunk is much thinner and it is faster growing.  But, the blue color is just as intense.  Shown here is the 5g size.  Limited numbers.  Mature plant photo below c/o RPS.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80


Remember:  Mention this Special to get your Blog Only discount.


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Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver bRAHEA SUPER SILVER ts rps

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM OR BLUE HESPER PALM

 

VERY BLUE COLORED LEAVES – SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It is native to Mexico, specifically to Baja Mexico.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  Mature plants take 30 years or more to reach a height of 20 to 25 feet.  The trunks are stout but clean.   These 5g plants on Special have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.   The plants on special are shown shown below but be aware we usually have 15 gallon size as well as sometimes larger 24 inch box or 25g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $57.50

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount. 


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Brahea armata 5g Brahea armata Brahea armata 5g

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
VERY LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL FEW REMAINING 5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

Note:  When sold out, it'll be a long time before we offer them again.  We only have a few 5g left.

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

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens BRAHEA DECUMBENS 

 

DYPSIS HETEROMORPHA
HIGHLAND SUGAR CANE PALM
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



TRISTICHOUS ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This relatively recent introduction to the palm market is from Madagascar.  It is a suckering palm that gets to a height of about twelve feet with 4 inch thick trunks.  Leaves are green, keeled and recurved at their ends.  The proximal leaf stems and the crown shaft are covered with red colored hairs.  Leaflets are thin and prominently veined.  It is a sun palm along the coast and has a cold hardiness below a freeze, probably into the upper twenties F.  Most enthusiasts have found this palm to be a good grower.  The garden specimen below is from the garden of Matt Bradford, La Mesa, CA.  All photos by him.  We only have a few of these left.

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


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Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford
Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This hard to find species of Sabal is native to Cuba, Mexico and some areas in Central America.  As the specimen photos below show, it has an unusual appearance for a Sabal.  The leaves are very arched and wispy - a pronounced version of the costopalmate leaf.  The latter is a leaf form half way between the typical fan palm leaf and a pinnate leaf.  Note how different these leaves appear compared to the typically very flat fan leaf of say a Bismarckia palm. 

Mature heights can be over forty feet.  Trunks retain old leaf bases that later fall off.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy (estimated) into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


remember to mention this Blog Only Special.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the first garden photo below.

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Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g
Sabal yapa TS RPS Sabal yapa Sabal yapa

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT



MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!

The first five photos below show an example of a really nice citrus pot sized mature plant with a male cone.  The caudex size is approximately 4 inches and it is representative of some plants we're putting on special.  Approximate age is ten years.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this.  

I'd recommend filtered light.  It doesn't take up much room so it can fit into any garden.  It's a very "cute" species that people like.  It's also a wonderful patio plant.  I'd give it filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  These cycads are super easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.  We ship plants in their containers, soil and all.  It has also been grown by some as a smaller interior cycad in the home.  It is quite "user friendly".

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE PLANT THIS SPECIES $235

Shown below are photos of a nice citrus pot plant although some on sale could be in 5g pots.  Caudex sizes are 2 to 3 inches.  Also, I'm showing a garden specimen.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  We should have smaller and larger plants available.    


Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae cit pot
Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

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

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

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

Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
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ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES

GREEN LEAVES - QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Shown here below is a good sized plant of a green South African cycad that, in the ground, makes a large and magnificent plant.  Encephalartos transvenosus gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  So, it makes a big show.  The plants on special below are 3 to 4 year old band size.  They can be easily shipped within the U.S.  See first four photos.  The fifth photo shows how large they get (background plant).  The last photo is a larger plant at the nursery. This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

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


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Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus by MR Encephalartos transvenosus

 

NEOROGELIA DONGER
VARIEGATED SMALLER PLANT WITH RED FLUSH


RAPIDLY PUPS - CAN TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH CLUSTERS


Neorogelia donger is a hybrid Bromeliad that has green and white variegation running longitudinally down the leaves.  With enough sun, the leaves can turn red.  It almost always develops a red flush in the central plant.  They pup freely and are cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  The plants on special are clustered specimens with four to eight heads per pot.  Estimated age is about 4 years.  Most are flowing over the pot edges.  I'd recommend part sun or half sun along the coast.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $55
TEN DAY SPECIES THESE CLUSTERS $45

Neorogelia donger Neorogelia donger Neorogelia donger
Neorogelia donger Neorogelia donger Neorogelia donger
  Neorogelia donger  

 

BEAUTIFUL PINK DWARF CANNA
NEVER OVER THREE FEET TALL

FLORID SUMMER BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Canna Lilies are prominent summer blooming plants that can be grown in any region of Southern California.  This variety has green leaves and does sucker.  They are easy to grow.  They go dormant in winter but almost always spring back in fall with quick growth and summer blossoms.  The variety on Special is particularly nice because it stays small and has an abundance of prominently pink blossoms.  They like sun or at least half sun.  Water adequately and it'll be a crowd pleaser.

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

Limited numbers available.

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Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf

 

GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA



HARD TO FIND GREEN FORM OF TI PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

Frequently we advertize colorful Ti Plants for sale.  But, there is a plain green form.  Surprisingly, it is hard to find.  It's the plant that hula dancers from Hawaii seek out.  They like filtered light and get to about five feet tall.  The 5 gallons are summer repotted plants that would make a fine addition to the garden or serve as a tropical patio plant.  These can be shipped.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $50

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Cordyline fruiticosa glauca Cordyline fruiticosa glauca  

 

BILBERGIA CASA BLANCA
BROMELIAD WITH PURPLE LEAVES WITH WHITE SPLOTCHES

OLDER CLUSTERING SPECIMENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Bilbergia casablanca is a hybrid of two other types of Bilbergia and gets to about 18 inches tall.  It has pink blossoms that can hang down. The last photo is not from this species but should be representative of this specie's blossom (I forgot to take photos of one in bloom).  Leaves are purple and splotches are white.  Sometimes the white is so dominant that they look like they have white leaves.  This is a tubular type bromeliad that suckers.  The plants on sale have five to seven plants per pot.  They can take full coastal sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60


Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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Bilbergia casa blanca Bilbergia casa blanca Bilbergia casa blanca
  Bilbergia blossom  

 

AECHMEA SPECIES
PROMINENT LEAF SPINES / PURPLE BANDS

FULL SUN TYPE OF BROMELIAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 8 INCH POTS


I don't know the parentage of this hybrid Aechmea.  But, I've been told it'll take full sun and is easy to grow.  It has silver purple leaves with incomplete purple horizontal bands.  Plants on sale are in 8 inch pots and about 18 inches across.  These should take full coastal sun.

REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH POTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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Aechmea species silver-purple Aechmea species silver-purple Aechmea species silver-purple
  Aechmea species silver-purple  

 

THURSDAY, 15 OCTOBER, 2020

 

A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR OF MY NEIGHBORHOOD
LOOKING FOR COOL PLANTS


ALL PLANTS WITHIN A FEW MILES OF WHERE I LIVE
SAN DIEGO, CA

Every once in a while my wife and I will cruise the neighborhood looking for interesting plants to photograph.  She's an excellent "spotter" of different species.  I’ve presented series of photos from local such tours several times over the years.  All the photos below were taken in San Diego, CA – some from private residences, some from public municipal buildings and a few from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.  I like to show plants that I've not shown recently.  These photos were taken about two months ago.  I’ve named them with what I think they are.  Surprisingly, we did see some rare palms and cycads this time.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.

Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera
Brahea armata
Brahea armata
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei
Caryota urens grouping
Caryota urens multiple
Cassia leptophylla
Cassia leptophylla
Cassia leptophyla
Cassia leptophylla
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cycad garden san diego
Cycad garden
Cycad garden san diego
Cycad garden
Encephalartos horridus
Cycad garden
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum
Delonix regia royal ponciana
Delonix regia
Delonix regia royal ponciana
Delonix regia
Delonix regia royal ponciana
Delonix regia
Dracena draco
Dracena draco
Duranta species
Duranta species
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species
Encephalartos and Dioon
Encephalartos & Dioon
Howea belmoreana balboa park
Howea belmoreana
Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana
Jubaea chilensis juvenile
Jubaea chilensis juvenile
Jubaea chilensis juvenile
Jubaea chlensis juvenile
Octopus Agave
Octopus Agave
Philodendron selloum
Philodendron selloum
Phoenix canariensis
Phoenix canariensis
Parajubaea species
Parajubaea species
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis
Spathodeas campanulata
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata
Tree Succulent
Tree succulent
Tree succulent
Tree succulent
Tupidanthus calyptratus
Tupidanthus calyptratus
Washingtonia robusta lining street
Washingtonia robustas
Washingtonia robusta
Washintonia robusta
Giant Bird of Paradise
Stelitzia nicolai

 

CROTON PLANTS - CODIAEUM VARIEGATUM
ONE OF THE BEST COMPANION PLANTS FOR COLOR

LIKE SUN OR PART SUN
HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH WINTER'S COLD
SHOWING A FEW VARIETIES AT THE NURSERY


There's probably no companion type plant that displays color like the Croton.  They have thick and leathery leaves that display almost all colors of the rainbow.  Leaves and leaflets are of varying sizes and shapes from small to large.  One of our favorites for cold is the narrow leaf or curly leaf form.  The main drawback to these plants is their susceptibility to cold.   They do not tolerate a freeze.  If they do survive one, it often takes nearly a year to come back to normal.  They can tolerate coast sun (full sun in the tropics) or strong filtered light.  I'm showing several types/varieties that we have at the nursery below as well as Crotons used in the landscape.  We can mail order these plants.  They can be used inside the home but be aware that leaves are toxic to animals.
 
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Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties
Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties
Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties
Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties
Croton species or varieties Croton species or varieties Croton variety

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS



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


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

1.  Row 1 and 2:  Alocaia "Cal - Odora", a dwarf species.  It rarely gets over five feet and has leaves that are typically under 12 inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  People like this one b/c of its dwarf size.
2.  Row 3:  Alocasia Calidora, a bigger species that will form significant trunks and has a larger leaf.  Color is green.  Leaves can get three feet long.
3.  Row 4:  Alocasia portoro, an attractive hybrid with an arrowhead shaped leaf and prominent leaf veins.  It can get to about six feet or a bit more.
4.  Row 5:  Alocasia species "black stem", a super attractive and charming species with black stems, silver to the back of the leaves and a medium height to five feet.  But, it's not as cold hardy as those above.
5.  Row 6:  Alocasia sumo, a popular mid-size Alocasia with dark stems and a heavily veined arrowhead shaped leaf.  Gets to about six feet tall for filtered light.

We presently have all of these available in one size or another and with some in limited numbers.  We have about five other species as well. By springtime we'll have a great selection of at least ten different types.  Some are quite rare and stunning.

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM



VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more. 

Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color.  I'm showing our 15g size which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of photos.  You'll note that the crown shaft is beginning to pick up the purple color.  We also have other sizes of this species for sale. 

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

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


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
THE ALEXANDER PALM
RARE TYPE OF KING PALM



CLEAN, SMOOTH GREEN CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIFTEEN GALLON PLANT


This attractive palm is an alternative to the much more common King Palm that we see in Southern California.  Native to Queensland and New South Whales, Australia.  Interestingly, it has become naturalized in Hawaii.  It is a tall palm, reaching heights of sixty feet.  The trunk is narrow to medium sized with a nice green crown shaft.  Leaves are green but the underside of the leaflets is silver.  It takes full coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 25 degrees.  The plants on special are both singles and multiples per pot.  First shown is a single.  The crown shaft closeup is shown so you can see its color.  The last photo below shows naturalized plants on the Big Island, HI.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price at the time of purchase.

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $75

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  This size is easy to mail order.

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

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


CAN SEE SWOLLEN BASE WHEN YOUNG
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE AND OLD 15 GALLON


In the "old days", this species was known as Opsiandra maya.  It is a single trunk pinnate palm that can be grown in Southern CA.  It has the interesting habit of getting a very swollen base, especially when planted in the ground from a smaller plant. Interestingly enough, this swollen base to the trunk abruptly disappears with age.  You'll note this bulge in the photos below.  This species tends to hold a limited number of leaves, about five to seven usually.

Along the coast it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  The trunk diameter is about six to perhaps maximum eight inches.  I've grown it in part day sun, which it loved.  However, the trunk will often curve to seek more sun (see photo bottom row).  Some grow it in full sun with success.  The plants on special are very nice 15g with fat bases.  I am showing several below. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

This size can be mail ordered.  But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special for your discount. 


Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


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

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

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

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

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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK


NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


Many folks like plants that don't have a super thick trunk and don't get too tall.  Such is the case with this species.  Ravenea glauca is native to Madagascar, has a thin six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g plants shown here are six feet or a bit more in height.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  But, we do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $180


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author. 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS HYBRID
SAPIDA X BAUERI


SHOWING HYBRID VIGOR - SHOULD BE A WINNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For those of you with growing experience, you understand that palms, even monoecious palms, can hybridize.   We got in some plants and were told that they were "sapida".  But, looking at them you'll know they are not pure sapida.  Seeds came off a Rhopalostylis sapida seed bearing tree.  The dark petioles (brown) and downward flexing leaves show that they are a hybrid - baueri blood.   Sorry, but I have no photos of a mature garden tree of this hybrid.  They can take part day sun or filtered light in most areas.  Cold hardiness will be about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS HYBRID $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Mention this Blog Special to get this price. I'm not showing a garden photo because I know of no known garden hybrids.

Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g
Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g  

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA

TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except the plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty while as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 15g and multiples and most are quite large.  Another benefit of the glaucifolia is that it is more resistant to fungal infections which can attach Chamaedorea plumosa.  Yet they look almost the same.
 
This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

 

ARCHING GREEN LEAVES, CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island of New Caledonia.  It gets to a height of 20 to 25 feet in many years and has a green to silver, slightly swollen crown shaft.  The trunk is thin, about 4 to 6 inches thick.  The leaves are about six feet long and arch at their ends.  Cyphophoenix nucele has stiffer, upright leaves compared to this species.  Another important difference between these two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the leaves of nucele are more flat. This species can take full sun right on the coast but most give it part day sun, especially in inland areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F.  We’re putting 5g plants on special.  Of note, this is a very rare species and hard to find for sale.

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

Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND


TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

There are both single trunk and suckering forms of this species.  Nowadays, most of the plants available of this species are the suckering form.  Both get to a height of 25 feet, have an attractive green trunk and a light colored crown shaft.  Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It's a great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunks are rather thin.  The two plants shown here are going to be the suckering variety.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning light inland.  The plants on special are in 5g size and on sale.  They are not huge so we’re giving a good discount.  We may have both larger and smaller size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers are available.

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

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
"THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT", "KING KONG PALM", "BLACK STEM FISHTAIL"


TALL AND THICK TRUNK FISHTAIL PALM
PRESENT SHORTAGE ON THE MARKET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  It is a dramatically attractive shade producing palm with long, wide leaves.  It is a monocarpic species so one only gets seeds when a tree blossoms and dies.  In recent times it’s been near impossible to find this species around.  We have available somewhat small 5 gallon plants that we’re putting on special - shown in the first 5 photos.  I'm also showing some monster 25 gallons that we have available. 

This species is totally different than the more common Caryota urens.  It is not as tall and has a thicker trunk.  Mature height is about 35 feet.  Leaves are 14 feet long and 12 feet wise, so you’ll get a lot of shade below.  It is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  It is quick growing and will tolerate full coastal sun.

 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $65

I only have a few of these.  They are quite large.

Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM


FULL SUN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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 5 gallon plants that were summer repots.  So, we're offering them at a goood price. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G  THIS SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $62.60



You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing. Easy to mail order.


Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII TS RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII TS RPS  

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
GREEN CYCAD FROM MEXICO
BLOWOUT SALE CONING SIZED PLANTS


40% OFF REGULAR PRICES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CONING SIZED PLANTS

This gorgeous cycad is green in color and native to lowland as well as mountainous areas of Vera Cruz, Mexico.  There are various forms.  Some are green emergent but we’ve seen an occasional bronze emergent type.  This is a medium to large cycad with crown spreads of eight to ten feet.  Leaves tend to be horizontal and sometimes a bit dependent, especially on older leaves.  Leaf stems are spiny.  Leaf length can be six feet easily.   Leaflets are medium width with no spines on their edges.  Caudex size can get up to two feet.  Most would grow this is a bit of sun or filtered light.  But, right on the coast, some have grown it well in half day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F. 

We have an excellent selection of this species and have selected some of the 15 gallons for a Ten Day Special.  Caudexes are four to six inches or bigger.  Most are coning size.  These came recently from a private collection and some need to throw out new leaves.  But, all are super healthy and have seen temperatures well into the twenties.  The first 8 photos show examples of these, about 40 specimen cycads.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE IN 15 GALLON $500 - $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN 15G $350

This is a great price for these plants, many of which are 15 years old.  This size can be delivered or possibly mail ordered.  They'd take a huge box. 


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

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD



LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


NEVER OVER 5 TO 6 FEET TALL
FILTERED LIGHT FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species never makes a large plant.  But, it does resemble the classic "Tree Fern".  It has a short, small trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter, an overall height typically of under six feet and crown width of four feet.  It prefers filtered light and will tolerate temperatures into the 20's F.  People in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  Be aware that this species, like all ferns, needs water.  The plants on special are in the five gallon size.  We do offer other sizes when available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55


Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.  Note that the 7th photo is a 15 gallon plant from the nursery.

 Blechnum Gibbum 5g  Blechnum Gibbum 5g  Blechnum Gibbum 5g
 Blechnum Gibbum  Blechnum Gibbum 5g  Blechnum Gibbum 5g
 Blechnum Gibbum  Blechnum Gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum

 

TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH


FREE HANGING OR MOUNTED LARGE CLUSTERS OF PLANTS
READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING ANYWHERE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS

These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We are offering on sale clusters of plants that, on some, contain ten or more plants.  If you get a single little plant, you have to wait five to ten years to get a showy cluster.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  Some are already mounted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE CLUSTERS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  These are a piece of cake to ship.


Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster
Tillandsia cluster Tillandsia cluster Tillandsia cluster
Tillandsia cluster Tillandsia cluster Tillandsia cluster

 

MUSA RAJA PURI
SUPER DWARF FORM OF BANANA



PRODUCES EDIBLE BANANAS
STANDS UP TO NEGLECT & PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THREE SIZES


We recently got offsets from a private collection that has a good assortment of edible banana plants.  The variety we're presenting today is the super dwarf form of Musa raja puri.  These plants should not get over six feet tall and produce small, edible bananas.  By report, it's cold hardy to Zone 7B and likes full sun.  We're offering the sizes below at a special price.  These plants have large green leaves and do well for the grower that tends to neglect care.

2 GALLON $45
5 GALLON $60
15 GALLON $135

These may even fruit this summer!

Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g
Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g
Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g Musa raja puri dwarf banana 5 and 15g

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have smaller sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.


Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana

 

MONDAY, 12 OCTOBER, 2020

 

THIRTY DESIRABLE PALMS THAT MANY OF YOU CAN GROW!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STANDOUTS



MOST ARE COASTAL SUN LOVING SPECIES
MOST AVAILABLE AT OUR NURSERY
AND, THERE ARE MANY MORE THAN THIS


Below you will find thirty named species or genera of palms that have been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  Many of the palms below may also do well in other areas like warmer parts of Northern California, Southern Texas, some Gulf States and Central & South Florida.  I've selected a variety of both fan and feather palms.  Some are suckering species.  These are presented in random order showing a mature specimen so you can see what any give species will look like when large.  Most want full sun but a few would benefit from filtered light far inland.  Finally, realize there are at least four to five times this number of rare palms you can grow in this area than is shown in this presentation.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.

Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Pritchardia lowreyana
Pritchardia species
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 
Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis 
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas 
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis 
Ravenea glauca
Raenea glauca 
Brahea armata
Brahea armata 
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
Coconut Queen JI
Coconut Queen 
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 
Howea forsteriana
Howeas forsteriana 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana 
Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri
Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma albumm

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SMALLER TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM



GREEN LEAVES – VERY THIN TRUNKS
BRIGHT RED FRUIT
NEAR MATURE 15 GALLON – TEN DAY SPECIAL

This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their underside

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.  On the females with pollination, you’ll get super red but small fruits.  It prefers filtered light, doesn’t get very tall and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It also makes an ideal patio or interior palm.

We are presently offering near mature 15g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  The 15g size is shown in the first 5 photos.  The last photo is a 25 gallon nursery plant.



Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

DYPSIS LASTELLIANA
THE RED NECK PALM



NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE

This species of single trunk Madagascar palm is often mixed up with  Dypsis leptocheilos, an ideal palm species for Southern California.  Dypsis lastelliana, which is a near identical species, is a bigger single trunk species with a very similar red, fuzzy crown shaft.  But, it is harder to grow because it is less cold tolerant.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet and has a thicker trunk with upright longer green leaves.  It would do best in the sun and is cold hardy down to perhaps a freeze.  It is also slower growing than the Teddy Bear Palm.  For the best locations in So Cal, it can be grown.  There's one at the Catamaran Hotel in Pacific Beach in San Diego that's been alive for years.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis lastelliana mead Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM


POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

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

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  Shown are our 24 inch boxed sized plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE $450


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  Limited numbers available.


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT



ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE!

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun. 

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting our 5g on Special.  These are summer repots, established and fair size (not overly large) - but with a steep discount. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5GALLON $65

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


Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

 
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
USUALLY SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LIMITED NUMBER OF 5G PLANTS

This extremely rare palm from Madagascar is reported to be critically endangered with only about ten or less palms remaining in the wild.  It may become extinct in the very near future.  It is typically single trunk but some report that doubles or even plants with three trunks have been seen.  The trunk is thin and the crown shaft prominently white when mature.  Mature height is about twenty five feet. 

It is a great growing palm perfect for Southern CA and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Reported cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  I have limited numbers available.  The garden specimens below have been growing easily in Encinitas, CA.  We're putting our limited number of 5g plants on Special.  They are summer repots at a good price for such a rare palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $67.50

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


Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae

 

PINANGA PHILIPPINENSIS
AKA PINANGA ELMERI



SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED UNDERSTORY PALM
COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is a clustering pinnate palm from the mountainous areas of the Philippine Islands.  Despite it's area of origin, it has been found to be relatively cold hardy and can be grown in our coastal area.   Trunks are thin, 2 to 3 inches in diameter and prominently ringed.  Crown shafts have color - typically yellow but sometimes silver-blue to purple.  Leaflets are green and narrow and leaves are arching.  Mature height is anywhere from six to perhaps fourteen feet.  Seeds, when produced, are small and purple in color.  This palm wants filtered light.  Cold hardiness is a bit below a freeze.  We're putting summer repots in 2 gallon size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $50

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

Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis
Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis
Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis Pinanga philippinensis

 

CARPOXYLON MACROSPERMUM
DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM


NATIVE TO VANUATU
EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND
NOT VERY COLD TOLERANT
SALE ON ONE GALLON PLANTS


This extremely gorgeous crown shafted palm was introduced into the cultivation market perhaps 25 years ago.  At that time and since, availability of seeds has very limited and seed prices high - as much as several dollars per seed.  This is a single trunk palm with very arching green leaves and a lime green colored crown shaft.  The trunk is medium sized and about 10 inches thick.  Overall height is 15 to 20 feet. Leaves are keeled and leaflets continue nearly all the way to the base of the petiole.  The base of the trunk is slightly swollen.  The difficulty in growing this species is the lack of its ability to tolerate a freeze.  Tolerated low temperatures are 33 to 34 degrees.  With this said, some people in warmer microclimates have had success in growing this beautiful palm.  It wants acclimation into full sun.  The mature photos are c/o a friend in Vanuatu and are from a private garden.  This is an extremely difficult species to find for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $75
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $65

Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  
Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  
Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS""

 

LARGER PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL RARELY SEEN 5G SIZE

It was not too long ago when Beccariophoenix was felt to be a monotypic genus with only one species.  Now it is recognized that there are three different species:

Beccariophoenix species "windows", presently called Beccariophoenix fenestralis. 
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

All three are single trunk, medium to large plants from Madagascar.  Along the coast, all can take full sun.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the mid and perhaps lower 20's F.  The species we're putting on special is the 5g size of the "windows" variety, B. fenestralis.  You'll not see these around hardly at all in Southern California.  This "windows" form has leaf openings, similar to small window panes, in the leaf - between the leaflets.  With time these disappear and it becomes a pinnate palm. The 5 gallon on special are very nicely sized but repotted this summer, so keep them in their pots for a while.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS RARE PALM $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount when you buy.  The garden photos are co TS at RPS and Ray Baker, HI.  We only have a few left of this species.


Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis TS RPS Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Ray Baker

 

KENTIOPSIS PIERSONIORUM
PIERSON'S PALM
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER PALMS


THIN TRUNK - WHITE AND PURPLE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This spectacular and gorgeous palm is native to high elevation in the mountains of New Caledonia where there is just one small colony of plants.  It is one of the most sought after palms in the world.  At it's high elevation of 1000 to 3000 feet in habitat, it gets to a height of forty feet.  It is a single trunk, pinnate and crown shafted palm.  The trunk is thin and has a purple and frost white colored crown shaft as shown below.  Leaves are green, strongly keeled and curved toward the ground.  It is also known to be a very slow growing palm.  I would recommend starting it (after acclimation) is filtered light and let it grow it's way into the sun.  It is being grown by  a few avid collectors in this area.  We just got in four 5 inch band container plants that I'm putting on Special.  I can't over-emphasize how difficult it is to get one of this species.  It'll probably be years before I can offer them again.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75

Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum
Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum
Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


This small to medium sized exotic cycad is from southwestern China.  Only in the past 20 years has this species been available in the U.S.  It has green upright leaves and can develop a trunk about three feet tall.  Leaves are green and leaflets narrow and shiny.  Sometimes you’ll see the leaflets twisted on their axis.  It comes from elevations of 1000 to 1500 feet or more and has potential to have reasonable cold hardiness, at least into the mid and possibly low 20’s F.  The crown width is about eight feet across with leaf lengths of three to five feet.  At the nursery it seems to grow quite well.  We’re putting nice one gallon plants on special.  The 7th photo, by George Yao at PACSOA, shows a plant in full sun although growers may get away with part day sun as well.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $70

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


Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
 Cycas guizhouensis by George Yao PACSOA  Cycas guizhouensis  Cycas guizhouensis

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



NEVER AVAILABLE BEFORE
CAN'T EXACTLY PREDICT MATURE APPEARANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ONE GALLON

We're offering on special a very rare hybrid of the genus Cycas.  Both parents are native to China.  The C. panzhiuaensis is known for it's medium size, blue-green foliage in sun and cold tolerance.  Cycas debaoensis is known for it's mutlipinnate leaves and fluffy leaf appearance.  I've not had this cross before and there are no pictures of mature plants available.  It should make a small to medium sized adult plant and take at least part day with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  The plants on special are super large one gallons with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  They need to be repotted or planted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECAIL THESE PLANTS $80

Remember to mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this price.  The first two garden photos are the panzhihuaensis and the next two are the debaoensis.

Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panshihuaensis
Cycas panshihuaensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


FINE WHITE HAIRS GIVE WHITE FUZZ TO THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

In about the year 2003, this new species was discovered and described by cycad taxonomists.  Since then, it has been the dream of collectors to obtain it.  Native to Oaxaca, Mexico, it grows in a dry scrub forest among pine trees at 2500 to 5000 foot elevations.  It is most known for its silver color to the leaves.  This is because leaflets and leaf stems have a plentiful amount of white hairs.  One can mistake these for a mealy bug infestation, but they are from these hairs.  I don’t know if it shows, but one photo below tries to show a leaflet closeup to see the hairs.  Mature specimens have about a foot wide caudex and can get up to 15 feet.  Along the coast it'd take full sun and should be cold hardy to the low 20's F.  The plants one sale are one leaf seedlings and we’re offering them at a reduced price.  Many of you are probably unfamiliar with this species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS RARE SPECIES $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $80

Easy to mail order.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing. 


Dioon argenteum seedlings Dioon argenteum seedlings Dioon argenteum seedlings
Dioon argenteum seedlings Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
SUMMER BLOOMER – LARGE ORANGE-RED BLOSSOMS

 

RARE YELLOW FORM SOMETIMES AVAILABLE
FULL SUN – SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  They typically have clusters of large orange to red blossoms.  There is a more rare yellow form that sometimes we offer.  This species blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  Flowers are long lasting.  The mature plants below are a few blocks from the nursery and have been in bloom for over two months.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants on special are between 3 and 5 feet tall in their pots.

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

Remember:  10 days at this price – Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  The 5 gallon size on special is shown in the first four photos below.

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA

 

ENSETE MAURELII
RED BANANA



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE WITH RED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Red Banana is an ideal landscape item for color and beauty.  They have a definite and prominent red color to the leaf stems, trunk and backs of the leaves.  The dorsal leaf also shows a flush of red.  Mature size is about twelve feet or a bit more or less.  Basal diameter at maturity is 12 to 16 inches.  Be aware they are fast growing but only last five or six years before flowering and dying.  But, if you replace the plant, they quckly replace the last one.  They do not bear fruit, like full sun and are cold tolerant down to about a freeze.  If you want bananas, get an edible fruiting Banana which we also carry.  The last photo is by Linda Cochran.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA
ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA
ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA lINDA COCHRAN  

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR


QUITE COLD HARDY AND SEMI-DWARF
WILL PRODUCE EDIBLE FRUIT
AND, CAN BE GROWN AS A HOUSEPLANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

We are a tropical fruit nursery but, we appreciate how popular growing bananas is.  So, we're offering a banana cultivar that offers three two nice qualities:  Short stature, pretty good cold hardiness and it makes edible bananas!  The Cavendish Dwarf cultivar hardly ever gets above six feet tall.  We recently got in some huge and very nice 15 gallon plants that had been grown outdoors.  Expect a mature height of six or seven feet.  This banana wants full sun in most areas.  Cold hardiness is at least to the low 20's F.  If cold does kill the growth above the ground, it typically comes back when weather warms.  And, yes it does produce edible bananas.  In fact, this variety of banana is often sold in organic farmer's markets. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this Special for your discount!  The last picture is c/o Wikipedia.  Limited numbers available.  Limited numbers available.


Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish

 

ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT



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

This tropical companion plant is a customer favorite because of its unique near black stems and lush tropical appearance.  It has lush green leaves that are a widened arrowhead-shape with prominent near black ventral veins.  Mature height is about five feet.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze. The first six photos show the size we're putting on Special.  The last three photos are of last years 5 gallon size (all sold out presently) so you can see what these plants will look like by spring.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

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

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES


YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  In full sun, give them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to propagate from divisions. This is a great "filler plant" to put in areas where you want something but don't know what to use.  We have other sizes but are offering really nice 5g on sale.

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

Remember:  mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  And, the 5g size is almost sold out!

Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia

 

ERYTHRINA HUMEANA
NATAL OR DWARF CORAL TREE



MEDIUM SIZE, RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL TREES


This is a medium sized tropical tree that gets to a height of 15 to 30 feet and is native to South Africa.  It has a rounded crown of green leaves and thorns on the trunk and branches.  Blossoms are long living and either orange or red.  They like sun and will tolerate a freeze.  We're putting small trees in 6 inch pots on sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

The blossom photo is c/o CalPoly.edu website.
 
Erythrina humeana 1g Erythrina humeana 1g Erythrina humeana 1g
Erythrina humeana 1g Erythrina humeana 1g erythrina-humeana-BY Cal Poly.edu Website
  erythrina-humeana-BY Cal Poly.edu Website  

 

VIBURNUM AWABUKI
GREEN MEDIUM SIZED FOLIAGE HEDGE



GETS TO 8 TO 12 FEET TALL
SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON


This is an easy to grow and perennial green hedge plant known for it's shiny folliate with medium sized leaves.  It is hardy to zone 7 and can take temperatures in the low 20's F.  It blossoms in the spring with clusters of white flowers and makes red berries.  It gets to a height of 15 feet or more and likes full sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $20

Garden photo is c/o NCSU EDU website.

Viburnum awabuki 1g Viburnum awabuki 1g Viburnum awabuki 1g
Viburnum awabuki 1g Viburnum awabuki 1g Viburnum-awabuki-NCSU.EDU WEBSITE

 

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2020

 

ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT
RUGGED TERRAIN IN SOUTH AFRICA



A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION OF HABITAT CONDITIONS
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE WILD

Yesterday, a long time supporter and friend of the nursery visited us to give me many photographs he had taken of Encephalartos in the wild in South Africa.  He is M.R. and did give me permission to share the pictures with you.  The point of this presentation is to not show you individual species or characteristics of a given plant.  Rather I am trying to demonstrate the very rugged and rough terrain that these prized plants endure in the wild.  They are obviously not pruned, fertilized or watered.  They take what Nature gives them.  And, they have survived for hundreds of million of years.  They live on cliffs, between rocks, in grassy fields and atop mountains.  You may notice black trunks on some, the result of fires sweeping through the area.  You'll see old leaves handing below a crown of newer leaves.  You'll see that these plants seem to thrive hanging over rock embankments and on cliffs.  They just seem to find a spot and grow there.  Hopefully you'll appreciate that this is a surviving genus of plants and certainly worth protecting in the wild.

 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM



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


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

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR



NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the regular Elephant Ear Alocasia because of it's potential size of up to eight feet with huge leaves.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here (Alocasia Cal-Odora) is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies of five and fifteen gallon plants.  We often put them on sale for reduced prices.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.

The last two photos shown plants of this species at our nursery.  From time to time we do put this species on special.  Also, we offer super unusual and different types of Alocasia, so if you are a tropical plant freak, come and see us. 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE



SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
BECOMING ESSENTIALLY UNAVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $650

This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare hybrid for sale.  We have a few 24 inch boxes and a few 25g, both the same price.  


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

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM
 

IDEAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native New Caledonia habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Shown here is the 5 gallon size we’re putting on special  Growth rate on this species is good.  This species is highly recommended. 

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

The 5 gallon size is shown in the first 5 photos.  The garden trees are growing in San Diego County.

Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm, is native to two locations.  Norfolk Island (an Australian island) is the home of the classic Rhopalostylis baueri but there is also a population in Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand territory.  The population of Rhopalostylis baueri on Norfolk Island is near the elevated center of the island, rare elsewhere.  In this locality, it is threatened by rodents that eat the seeds and young seedlings.  In the Kermadec location, this species is found on Raoul Island.  It is more plentiful there because there have been efforts to eliminate the rat population.  Of note, it is this population of Rhopalostylis from the Raoul Island of the Kermadecs that were, at one time, considered to be Rhopalostylis cheesemanii.   In 2005 the latter was stripped of its species categorization and named a "variety" of R. baueri.  Many argue that it is a different palm and deserves its own species status.

In my experience, this species does best in less than full sun along the coast.  Half day morning sun is about perfect.  It has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F. and is being grown in the SF Bay area.  Those growers in Florida where there is heat and high humidity, tend to have problems with any Rhopalostylis. A significant difference between this species and R. sapida is the lack of the prominent bulging crown shaft.  Trunk diameters are about the same.  Anticipate a height typically of about 25 feet mature.


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

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHACOMA
AKA TRITHIRNAX BRASILIENSIS
SPINY TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $155

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


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

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS 
THE MANAMBE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR 
VARIABLE SPECIES - WITH NUMBER OF TRUNKS AND LEAF/CROWN SHAFT COLOR

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

As with many species of palms from Madagascar, it seems that they represent more of a "complex" than an exact species with a consistent appearance.  By this I mean, if you pick a species like, let's say, Dypsis baronii, you'd think they'd all look alike.  But, this is not true.  Some sucker, others don't.  Some have silver crown shafts, others are green or yellow.  Some have droopy leaves, others are upright.  Thus, we have a "complex" where we'd call it a Dypsis baronii, but recognize there are lots of variations within that species.

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  My overall impression is that most will sucker.  But, in the wild with less nutrition and water, you tend to see more single trunk plants.  In domestic gardens they are more likely to have more than one trunk.  Also, as the last photos by MR inhabitat shows, the trunk can be swollen.

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F and maybe into the upper teens F.  Because of this, many people in colder areas are trying them.  When repotting or planting, be super careful with the roots.  Trauma can kill them.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  It takes 5 to 6 years for me to grow a good sized 5g plant.  We are putting this size on sale for ten days.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this discounted Blog Only Price when you purchase to get the discount
.


Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiiens MR

 

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


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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $85.

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


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CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM

 


SECOND GENERATION PLANTS
SEEDS FROM MATURE TREE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

This is a gorgeous and exotic crown shafted palm that many in our area can grow.  We had been out of them but about four years ago received seedlings from a locally and domestically grown specimen that flowered and set viable seeds in Huntington Beach, CA

Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in frost-free areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. The first six photos show the plants on sale.  Other photos are of larger garden trees.
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $80

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Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
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SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

TRUNK IS SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75

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

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM



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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G $80

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

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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

RUST COLORED CROWN SHAFT
THIN SILVER RINGED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This great palm from Madagascar is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.  This is one of the most popular palms around.  I’m offering our 5 gallon plants that were repotted this summer.  They are nicely sized but would like to grow for a while in their present containers. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


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

 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN



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

This should prove to be one of the most interesting hybrid Encephalartos available on the market.  It is an F2 hybrid - Some would consider it an F4 hybrid because of the parentage.  These were done from domestic plants in Southern California.  The hybridizer took pollen from the E. horridus x woodii to pollinate a receptive female of E. natalensis x woodii.  As most know, E. woodii is extinct in the wild and only male plants are known to exist.  E. horridus x woodii (Encephalartos "horwood") is one of the most sought after hybrids around.  I've shown multiple photos of the plants on Special as well as close up photos of the leaves of both parents.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $110

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

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

DIOON MEJIAE
LUSH AND TROPICAL APPEARING


NEW WORLD CYCAD
UP TO SPECIMEN SIZES AVAILABLE
20% OFF REGULAR PRICES FOR TEN DAYS

This is a more tropical appearing species of Dioon and is native to Central America in Nicaragua and Honduras.  There it is found among thick deciduous forests.   Leaves are long, green and arch minimally.  In cross section the leaves are flat.  They are similar to the lush leaves of Dioon spinulosum but typically, on mature plants, lack any spines on the leaflets.  Trunks ten to be somewhat narrow, usually under twelve inches.  But, a mature plant in habitat can reach heights of over 20 feet in a century or two.  An attractive thing about this species are the super soft, wooly and yet fragile new leaves as they emerge (last photo).  One is so tempted to feel them.  Leaf color is green with a length of about six feet. 

This is a super attractive plant for morning sun or strong filtered light.  It is possible to grow it in half day coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  The plant shown is in a 15g and has a caudex size of ten inches.  We do have both smaller and larger plants for sale.  All can be mail ordered or delivered within the U.S.  I'm showing you two nursery plants below with some garden photographs.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES THIS SPECIES

 
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Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae 
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Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae new leaves emerging

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD


A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS GENUS


This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet tall.  At this size the truly resemble a palm tree, both in crown size and trunk size.  It is recognizable because of its long, curved and keeled leaves (V shaped in cross section).  Other species like M. johnsoni and communis have much flatter leaves.  The nursery plants shown here are mostly larger plants from 15 gallon to box size specimens.  Caudex sizes are all quite large for the container.  You’ll notice the keeled leaves on the photos.  This species wants full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  We have multiple other species of Macrozamia for sale as well - in