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BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN



THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


I am really fond of this cute and dwarf type of Tree Fern native to an assortment of Pacific Islands stretching from Hawaii to the Asian Pacific.  The reason I like it is because it stays small over time.  To make this point, I am going to first shown you a 15g plant that we got from a private collection.  You'll see this plant in the first two rows of photos.  The third row shows a standard 5 gallon nursery plant.  You'll note that, in twenty years, three inches of trunk turns into two feet of trunk.  Now, that's either from super slow growth or genetics.  I think it's the latter.  The tallest specimen I've seen in a garden is about five feet tall overall.  Trunk diameter is four inches or less.  It likes filtered light and can take cold weather into the mid-twenties F or maybe a bit less.  We have 1 gallon size and often 5 gallon for sale.  These are easy to mail order.

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BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT  LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  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.  Be aware that this palm doesn’t do well in shade and doesn’t want to be shaded out by overhead trees.  The boxed plants shown below are about as big as you can plant without heavy equipment.  Their height is ten to twelve feet by estimate.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 24 INCH BOX THIS SIZE $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 24 INCH BOX $550

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  We also have 5g and some other sizes available.


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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

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 35 - 40 feet tall in many decades.  The fan leaf is intensely blue, especially with full hot sun.  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.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. Shown below is our 24 inch box size.  These are followed by the 15 gallon size in the next post.  Both sizes are on sale.  This species is a real “show-stopper”.  Literally people driving by will stop to look at one in your front yard and ask: “Hey Man, what is that blue palm tree?”


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE $500

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

 

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 $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55 (FIRST ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100 (SECOND ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $195 (THIRD ROW OF PHOTOS)


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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL, THICK TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL GREEN PINNATE PALM

 

DOES BEST IN SHADE – STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is a very large, single trunk species that is native to a long range, spanning from Mexico into the northern parts of South America.  It is very sought after by enthusiasts and is known as one of the tallest of all Chamaedoreas - reaching heights of possibly over forty feet.  The trunk has a prominent crownshaft and is four inches thick or more.  It's leaves are four to five feet long with a prominent petiole.  Leaf color is a deep green and, in cross section, the leaves are slightly keeled.  In Southern California, this species prefers shade or a bit of sun.  It has been said that this species cannot take a freeze.  More recent reports suggest this species can tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F.  It is known to be growing in the San Francisco Bay area.  It is a quick grower and sometimes the base of the trunk is swollen.  Shown is our 15g size on sale.  We have limited numbers available.

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

Note:  We only have a few available and they’ll be gone soon.


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Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM



A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON 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 mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


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Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
MEDIUM HEIGHT GREEN SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM


A SEED PRODUCING PARENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL COCONUT QUEEN!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk species is from Brazil and never gets very tall.  Usually they are never over twenty feet in height.  A most prominent feature of this species are the retained leaf bases as shown below.  It is super slow growing and, when mature, makes sherbet orange fruits of good size.  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 you’ll get one of the best looking palms ever - The Coconut Queen Palm.  This latter hybrid never gets very tall and really resembles a Coconut Palm.  We’re putting 15 gallon size of S. schizophylla on sale.  We only have a few.  Want to be the next palm hybridizer?  You better get one of these. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $220



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SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA syagrus schizophylla

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
THE RARE GREEN BISMARCKIA



BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about these green forms of the Bismarck Palm.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form.  On these green Bismarckias, often you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves.  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have this more rare green form and have found they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.  The plant shown below is about twelve years old.  We have a handful of them.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $220


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Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g
Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green Bismarckia nobilis green

 

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 $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $110


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

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

We at the nursery are very proud that we offer a good selection of these interesting New World fan palms - Coccothrinax.  This species is native to the Caribbean region and gets to heights of about 30 feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green to silver-green and trunks are typically six inches thick or a bit more.  This species loves full hot sun and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  Many are growing it with good success.  In pots, all Coccothrinax are painfully slow.  It's taken us about six years to produce the 5g plants you see here.  We do have other sizes for sale and multiple other species of this genus.  In the ground they are much faster.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase to get this discount.


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Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
  The plants on sale are shown in the first six photos.  I'm also showing a 15g size and a specimen c/o TS at RPS.


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Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA by TS RPS

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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


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

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

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

 
Ravenea sambiranensis 5g  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g 
Ravenea sambiranensis 5g  Ravenea sambiranensis TS RPS  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g 

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "LAFAMAZANGA"
LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT IT



SUCKERING THIN TRUNKED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS


Very little is known about this palm.  It's even unclear as to whether it's a true species or some kind of Dypsis hybrid.  It is a thin trunked, suckering species that enthusiasts are growing and discussing.  Many are having success with it.  The trunks are about 2 inches thick, the crown shafts have dark speckles and a silver color and the trunks are prominently ringed.  Consensus is to grow it in filtered light and let it work its way into the sun.  This is the first time we've offered them for sale.  These bands have 2 to 3 leaves. They are extremely rare.  Very limited numbers.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

The garden photo is c/o PalmTalk by an unknown author.

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Dypsis sp. lafamazanga  

 

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 $385
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $325

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

 

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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $65


Remember, mention this Special when you order.  We, of course, have other sizes of this species for sale.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
TRANSKI FORM

MEDIUM TO LARGE GREEN CYCAD - THINNER LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


Please read above where I introduced this South African species and commented that there were various "forms" native to different localities.  This variety is from a habitat in Transki.  Little is published about these plants or presented on the Internet.  From what I see, this variety has green leaflets that are thinner than other varieties and have less spination on the leaflets.  I anticipate mature size will be similar to the regular E. natalensis above.  The plant on special is in a 15g pot and has a caudex of about 6 inches.  Culture and cold hardiness should be comparable.  We have several available.  Sorry, I do not have nor can I find good photos of a mature specimen.  We only have one or two left. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $450

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Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches
Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM

 

NICE FULL PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 2G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are in 2 gallon pots.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $30

Remember to mention this Special.  Mail order is possible on this size.  The last photo shows a close up of a garden plant.

Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern
Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern

 

RABITTS FOOT FERN
DAVALIA FEJEENSIS



DWARF FERN - ABOUT 18 INCHES TALL
CREEPS ON GROUND WITH FURRY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This popular fern is known for its furry rhizomes which make new plants and can form near sphere of leaves when grown in a basket.  Or, you can grow it in the garden where it'll crawl the garden floor.  It is native to Fiji.  Leaves come off the rhizomes and are about 12 to 16 inches long.  Their color is green.  They are easy to propagate by cutting and rooting one of the rhizomes with a few leaves.  They prefer filtered light and are cold hardy into the twenties F.  Many people grow this fern indoors.  We're offering full 5 gallons on special.

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

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


Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis
Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis
Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis

 

LEATHER FERN
RUMORHA ADIANTIFORMIS



A PARTICULARLY SHORT FORM OF THIS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The leather fern is a durable and easy to grow fern that tolerates full sun along the coast.  Most ferns want filtered light.  It gets to a height of about two to three feet and is a similar width. The variety on sale today is one that many people seek out.  It has a mature height under two feet in the sun.  It can be planted as an individual plant or be used as a ground cover or as a short hedge.  Cold hardiness is into the 20's F.  It wants adequate water but is somewhat drought tolerant.  Leaves are branched and green.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Mail order is possible.  The last photo is c/o watersavingplants website but is the more common variety, not this super short form.


Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety
Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM AUREOMACULATUM
THE SPOTTED LEOPARD PLANT
FORMERLY KNOWN AS SPOTTED LIGULARIA

 

LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES WITH YELLOW SPOTS
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 3 & 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a more rare type of Ligularia – with the yellow spots on the leaves.  Otherwise it behaves like the more often seen green type.  It forms small clusters of shiny green leaf plants with prominent yellow spots on the leaves.  Leaves don't get over 18 inches long with the green leaf being eight to ten inches wide maximum.  A single plant can hold twenty or thirty leaves.  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.  If you are far inland, plant them in filtered light.  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 only have them available from time to time.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 & 5 GALLON SIZE $65

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


spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica
spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica
spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica  

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2022 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
SUPER CUTE DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM



SIMPLE, UNDIVIDED LEAVES
A REAL COLLECTOR ITEM


This is an adorable small, single trunk, understory palm from Southern Mexico that is typically about two feet tall.  In habitat, it has been known to attain a height of three to four feet.  Trunks are quite thin, usually about a quarter of an inch thick.  Leaves are complete (simple) with no divided leaflets.  It is closely related to Chamaedorea geonomiformis, just smaller.  The lumping type taxonomists must drool at the possibility of someday lumping the two together.  It is rarely seen on the market.  Recently we got in about five of these and they sold the same day.  But, I still wanted to show them to you.  It wants filtered light and has a cold hardiness somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  Because of its rarity, little is offered about culture in reference books.  Anticipate in the future that, from time to time, we'll have small plants available.

 
    Chamaedorea tenella
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella  
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


STUNNING RED FEMALE CONE
GREEN "HOLLY FERN - LIKE" LEAFLETS


The first six photos below are of a 15g Encephalartos ferox at the nursery that has put out an almost "Fire Engine Red" female cone.  I fear the real color is not showing on this Webpage, but it's A a true red in real life.  This plant is for sale.  The caudex size is 12.5 inches.   I've found that male cones don't have the same intensely red color.  See last photo.  Leaves are green and leaflets are armed with small spines.  Many say the leaves look like a Holly Fern.  Mature, this is a medium sized cycad that likes either filtered light inland or some sun along the coast.   But, it's best not to grow it in full sun anywhere locally as leaves tend to get a lime green color.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. 

I have shown an assortment of other photos below including a smaller plant at the nursery.   We have a nice assortment of sizes available.  But, only mature, larger plants will cone.

Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM

 


ONE OF THE BEST PALMS FOR INSIDE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT AS WELL
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 25 GALLON PLANT

I haven't been able to offer this superior fan palm as they have not been available for over five years.  But, we do have one or two very old plants that we were holding in stock and have decided to sell.  This is a very rare type of Lady Palm.  This species is from China and is often mistaken for Rhapis humilus.  But, it is a smaller species, getting to about 8 feet tall whereas humilus gets about twice as tall.  It performs well inside the home or office and also is quite easy to grow outside in filtered light.  The stems of multifida are much more attractive than the common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  It also carries more leaflets per leaf than the Lady Palm and is overall a more attractive plant.  The leaflets are narrow and come to a point like Rhapis humilus.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the Rhapis excelsa.

Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or lower, F.  Outdoors, this species prefers filtered light.   One must be careful not to give Rhapis too much fertilizer or leaf burn may occur.  We have a near twenty year old 25 gallon that we’re putting on special.  It is too big for standard mail order.  BTW, if you start looking for a comparable plant, the chances are you won't find one.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $600

The sale plant is shown in the first 6 photos.


Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM



REALLY LARGE SINGLE TRUNK 25 GALLON PLANTS
TEN TO TWELVE FEET TALL - 10 INCH THICK BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SINGLE PLANTS

Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  Shown here is are examples of absolutely good sized 25 gallon palms.  These have been outdoor grown and are about twelve years old.  Standing next to them, most are about ten feet tall or more with 8 to 12 inch bases (ground diameter).  All are singles - not multipoles.  They are so nice that some are considering using them as a larger house plant.  We have various sizes of the Kentias for sale from small to large.  They are great patio palms.  Smaller plan ( 5 gallon ) can be mail ordered.  Bigger plants usually require delivery. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE NICE 25 GALLON KENTIAS $495

Be aware we have limited numbers available and these will sell out this week.  The first garden photo is by Kerikeri.


Click here for an article on this species from our website


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea-forsteriana Howea-forsteriana

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM



MEDIUM SIZED 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. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $265
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235


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 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 $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL $210

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
RARE VARIETY OF THE KING PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDES TO LEAFLETS
GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix Alexandrae is native to Australia.  It has green leaves that have silver discoloration to the underside of the leaflets as shown below.  Leaves tend to stay flat without the twist on their axis as seen with the more common King Palm, Archotophoenix cunninghamiana.  Although they are a tad less cold hardy than the latter, they are felt by most to be more beautiful.  Mature height can exceed 50 feet.  The crown shaft with green without the brown discoloration seen with the common King Palm.  Cold hardiness is about 26 degrees F.  They can take coastal sun but half-day sun might give the pretties specimen.  The 15g size shown below demonstrate both the single planting (3rd row below) and multiples (first two rows of photos) with several in a pot.     

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $200

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

Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm comes from Madagascar.  It is a medium size palm with a narrow trunk and plumose leaves.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  The trunk color is silver-green and it has prominent rings.  Leaflets are narrow and green in color.  The ends of the leaves curve downwards.  We have been growing this species for over two decades and found it to be a reliable grower.  When young the trunk is much thinner but fattens up with age.  It is quite cold tolerant, down into the  mid to low 20's F.   It's growth rate is good.  It likes full sun in most areas.  We are offering very tall 15 gallon plants on sale.  The plant shown below is about 12 feet tall – twice the height of most comparable 15g plants.  We do have some multiples which tend to be shorter.  As you can see, they are very tall and too big to ship by UPS.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $250
DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225


Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE
THE TALLEST PALM IN THE WORLD


SO. AMERICAN - COLUMBIA AND NO. PERU
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - HARD TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE PALMS

This tall, fairly cold hardy palm is native to mountainous regions in Columbia and Peru.  It has been grown by many in colder areas including parts of the coastal San Francisco Bay Area.  It has a gray to white columnar trunk with upright green leaves that have a silver color to the underside.  Trunks show prominent rings and are covered with a waxy material that is used in foods in native localities.  Mature specimens in the wild have been reported to be almost 200 feet tall.  It likes humidity and moisture and can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  It prefers to start growing into filtered light and to work its way into full sun. Our 5g size is shown in the first 7 photos.  The habitat photos are by PalmPedia and Wikipedia.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $115

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

Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g
Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g
Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE JEFF ANDERSON PALMPEDIA  CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE Wikipedia 

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
ONE OF PRETTIEST PALM TREES AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


We We have available some nice 5g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our 5g size on special - shown in first five photos.  This size is about six years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  But, of note, we also have available some huge 15 gallon size available from time to time.  These are shown in the one photo below.

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

The 5 gallon size is shown in the first six photos.  The 7th photo is a 15g.

 

Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana

    

SERENOA REPENS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM


SUCKERING, SEMI-DWARF FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in 5 gallon pots but not overly large.  We do have larger, but on this batch are offering a very good price.  It is slow growing and has smaller sized leaves.  It forms a clump over time.  The plants on special are about four years old.  Of note, young plants never show blue - but these plants are just showing it.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  The last row of photos show plants in gardens or habitat.   

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS SIZE $
100


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


 
Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens  
Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens  
Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens   Serenoa repens  

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
TALL, VERY THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a tall, slender, single trunk pinnate palm from the Northern Territory in Australia.  It can get to 40 feet tall and has attractive small red fruits.  Leaves are gently arching and leaf color is green.  It is crown shafted and trunk diameters are well under a foot.  For Southern CA growers, it can be grown but is not the easiest palm to try.  I think it's because, at best, this palm is hardy down to a freeze.  We do have people who seek it out so we carry a small number of plants.  I’d start it in part day sun and then let it grow into the sun.  Our 1 gallon are presently larger than shown here.  

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata
Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LATIFRONS - TRAPPES VALLEY
UNBELIEVABLY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - GORGEOUS AND DIFFERENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

This extremely rare and hard to obtain species is almost extinct in its habitat location in South Africa.   Fewer than a hundred plants remain and specialists say populations are declining.  It has green or blue green leaves.  There are two distinct cultivars of this plant, "Trappes Valley" and " green hills".  Between the two types, the Trappes Valley form is more sought after.  The plants on special are this “Trappes Valley” variety – from seed from domestic parents of both sexes of this form.  This is a green cycad with a distinctive look.  It has large, curved leaves.  Leaflets are typically stacked and have wide, prominent lobes (modified spines) on their margins.  This is a medium sized plant.  Leaves can range in size from a meter to a meter and a half depending on cultivar.  Stems tend can reach  approximately three meters (ancient plant, this is a VERY slow growing species).  It tolerates full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant down to about 22 degrees F.  Please protect it from cold if you get colder than this.

 

We just obtained three juvenile plants from a private collector.  These are about 3 years old and in 5 gallon pots with 2-3 leaves.  Be aware that I just found one leaf new seedlings on line selling for $499.  These are older and at a better price than this.  Be aware these are near impossible to get.

 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS AS SHOWN $425


Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g
Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g
Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons

 

DIOON EDULE
BLUE QUERETERO VARIETY


RARE FORM - SUN LOVING BLUE CYAD
COLD HARDY INTO THE UPPER TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZED PLANTS

In other posts I’ve discussed Dioon edule, a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  The variety on sale here is from the Mexican state of Queretaro.  Leaves are typically blue in full bright sun.  Leaves are about 4 feet long and leaflets are thin, coming to a pointed end.  Mature height after a few decades may be six feet with an trunk height of 18 inches.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  The band size on sale are not new seedlings but rather established older (five year old) plants with an average caudex of 8 inches.  These are hard to find and easy to mail order.
 
REGULAR PRICE THESE OLDER BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLDER BAND SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Availability limited.  BTW, if these don't sell out, all will be repotted into 5g pots shortly.


Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band
Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band  Dioon edule queretero 
Dioon edule queretero   Dioon edule queretero   Dioon edule queretero  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FOR SUN


GOOD OFFERING OF 15 GALLON PLANTS
CAUDEXES 3.5 TO 6 INCHES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON E. LEHMANNII

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say “popular” because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  They are nothing as gnarly as E. horridus.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks of E. lehmannii can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled.  Sometimes they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.  Shown below is an assortment of 15 gallon plants of this species with caudexes of 3 to 5-6 inches.  We have about a half dozen of them.  All are sun ready.  I am showing some of these 15g below.  The sale price  applies only to plants that are "ball" caudexes with no older vertical trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SPECIES $150 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $130 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER
.

This size can possibly be mail ordered.  This caudex size price applies to plants that do not have vertical trunk height.

  

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII Encephalartos lehmannii
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

 

PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF GINGER WITH WHITE ON GREEN STRIPED LEAVES



NEVER OVER ABOUT FOUR FEET TALL
PARTIAL SUN OR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This attractive companion plant has become very popular with our customers.  This is because it has striking variegation on the leaves and never gets too tall.  And, it does quite well in filtered light where other thing gingers can struggle.  Mature height is about four feet.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties.  If it suffers from winter burn, the following spring it usually bounces back.  Blossoms are yellow and white (see photo) and not overly large.  We are putting the 15g on sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $175

Just mention this special when you buy


PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER
PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER
PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER

 

ALOCASIA LOW RIDER
TRUE DWARF GREEN HYBRID

NEVER OVER 2 FEET TALL - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This dwarf Alocasia is a hybrid of Alocasia portora - which is much taller and larger than this hybrid.  Mature height is typically 18 inches.  Leaf stems are striped as you can see on the photo.   Leaf color is green.  This plant tolerates partial or perhaps full sun along the coast or limited sun / strong filtered light in interior areas.  It is fairly cold hardy and winters over in zone 7B and above.  We're putting 5 gallon on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

This size can be shipped mail order.


Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider
Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider
  Alocasia low rider  

 

TRICOLOR NEOROGELIA BROMELIAD
GREEN, WHITE AND PINK

EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
OR NICE INTERIOR PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VARIETY


Neorogelia are one of our favorite types of Bromeliads.  This is because you get color without the need for waiting to see a blossom.  Typically, the mother plant lasts for about a year and then dies off.  But, you then get several small pups forming from the base of the plant and the cycle repeats itself.  So, over time, you'll have a large cluster of many plants.  Most Neorogelia like shade although some will take some sun.  This species has a pink flush on top of variegated white leaves.  We have many attractive Neorogelia for sale.  In the last row of photos below I'll show a few other types and also some garden pictures of bromeliads in the 3rd & 4th rows. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45 -
LARGER CLUSTERS $75 NOT SHOWN HERE



Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink
Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia rafael Neorogelia red throat

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND

FIVE TO SIX FEET TALL – BLUE BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of two gallon plants that we’re putting on special.  This is a starter size.  This species wants filtered light in a warmer coastal area.  In fact, some along the coast succeed with several hours of morning sun.  They are late blooming compared to almost all other “Gingers”.  They tend to blossom in fall.  In somewhat colder regions, they may need protection from a freeze.  They do sucker and canes are thin.  Expect mature height at about five feet.  This plant is not for full, hot sun.  They need average water – backing off when it’s cold.  These are rare to see for sale.

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $50

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger

 

MONDAY, 8 AUGUST, 2022 

COLORFUL PLANTS AROUND THE NURSERY


TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL COLORFUL PLANTS


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 10% OFF REGULAR PRICE ALL COLOR PLANTS


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Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music Colorful Plants at Jungle Music
COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY
COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY COLORFUL PLANTS AT THE NURSERY

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MULE PALM MULE PALM MULE PALM
MULE PALM MULE PALM MULE PALM
MULE PALM MULE PALM by MH MULE PALM by MH

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


POPULAR, BLUE, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON 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 25 gallon plants on special. 

READ MORE ABOUT BISMARCKIA

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $575
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE $495


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  Only a few left.

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED - GRACEFUL & BEAUTIFUL PALM

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $210

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

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

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN

 

NEVER GETS OVERLY LARGE – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G SIZE
 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  But, growth rare is slow so it’ll take time to hide something.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F, so it is quite cold hardy and can be grown in areas where one sees severe cold but wants a more tropical palm.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch.  Be careful if you collect seeds.  The plant size on special is in a 15g pot and we only have a few.   Plants are over 7 feet tall in their pots.  These are 10 year old palms.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G SIZE $225

You must mention this blog only special to get this price when purchasing.


ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI
ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI
ARENGA ENGLERI Arenga engleri  Arenga engleri

 

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


SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold tolerance.  These will be a medium sized palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of near mature plants show how pretty it is.  Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm.  For many years now we’ve only had large plants for sale.  This is because the hybridizer is no longer making hybrid seeds.  But, a different hybridizer has done this cross and now we can offer 5 gallon plants at a semi-affordable price.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  Mature height should be about 25 feet. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $150

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


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

  

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM


EVERYONE LOVES THIS PALM
ONE OF THE BEST MADAGASCAR PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

The Teddy Bear Palm has become super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn't get too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it's among the "top ten" Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part day sun as well.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature plant, just "has to have one".   Expect a mature height in California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent trait - fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is why it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm".  We’re putting five gallon size on Sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Mention this Special for your discount.


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

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


CAN TOLERATE LESS THAN FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This interesting fan palm is native to Mexico, where it lives in the western portion of the country in mountainous areas.  Its distribution extends down into Guatemala.  It attains a height of thirty feet with a stout trunk of one foot diameter.  The most attractive thing about this palm are its circular leaves, with only partial division of the segments.  This is particularly apparent when it is grown in filtered light.   In sun, the leaves are less flat and more divided.  When grown in shade, sometimes this species reminds me of a "Licuala-looking" palm in its leaf appearance.  

Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  It may in fact be more cold hardy.  The leaves are a shiny green with a white discoloration on the underside of the leaves.  The petioles are essentially un-armed.  From time to time we have this species available.  Shown here are nice 5g which I'm putting on sale.   The close up of the petioles shows the lack of armor.  Note the minimal division of the leaflets.  The plant in the garden below shows more circular, flat near entire leaves.  Compare this to the habitat photo, which was taken by a friend of mine, Justen Dobbs, in habitat and in full sun.  The leaves in full sun are more divided and not as tropical appearing.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $100

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special for price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available.  The photo from habitat is by Justen Dobbs

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Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Justen Dobbs Brahea nitida

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZIEI
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 $135

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $110



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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $100

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!
In the first garden picture below, the teracapra is the tallest King Palm in the photo.  Note how much greener and taller it is than the regular King Palms to the right.


Archonotophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpa
Archonotophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa in garden Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SINGLE TRUNK MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
RESEMBLES THE KENTIA PALM
TEN TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitats and localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the single trunk mountain form.  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 (as shown below).  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  I can’t predict if your plant will sucker or not.  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 six inches thick and reaches a height of 20 feet or a bit more.  It sort of looks like a Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As shown below, sometimes we’ll plant more than one to a pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

We have extremely limited numbers but hopefully more will become available over time.  Mention this Special for your discount.  

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

  

LYTOCARYUM HOENII
NEAR EXTINCT SEMI-DWARF PALM FROM BRAZIL


DWARF PALM – SOFT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON

This semi-dwarf pinnate palm gets to a height of ten to twelve feet domestically and is single trunk and has no crown shaft.  It is native to montane forests in Brazil and is near extinct in the wild.  It is rarely seen offered for sale.  The more frequently seen species of this genus is Lytocaryum weddellianum, also from Brazil rainforests.  The latter is a much smaller plant than L. hoenii and rarely gets to ten feet.  Hoenii  has a more robust appearance, a bit thicker trunk and wider leaflets.  Here I'm showing 2g plants of Lytocaryum hoenii that we’re putting on special.  We rarely, if ever, can offer this species.   Lytocaryum is a filtered light genus with a cold tolerance in the mid-twenties F.  I've found from experience that Lytocaryum seem to thrive on neglect.  Too much water, fertilizer or attention seems to not be right for them.  Just plant one, don't pay attention to it other than average watering, and they seem to do fine.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $70

The garden photo is c/o Palmpedia

Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii
Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii
Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii  

 

CARPOXYLON MACROSPERMUM
DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM


NATIVE TO VANUATU
EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND
NOT VERY COLD TOLERANT
TEN DALE SALE ON TWO 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 uncommonly high - as much as eight 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 2 GALLON $95
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $80


Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g
Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g
Carpoxylon macrosperma domestic garden Vanuatu Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g Carpoxylon macrosperma 2g

 

 

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 JUVENILE 2 GALLON

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 a few 20g which we’re offering for sale and giving a bit of a discount.  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.  If you've been trying to find one of this species, you know they are near impossible to find, especially with any size.  I'm offering juvinile 2 gallon that we germinated last year on Special. 

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

I only have a few of these.  This is the first time I’ve offered this size in quite a few years.  Mail order possible.


Caryota gigas 2g Caryota gigas 2g Caryota gigas 2g
Caryota gigas 2g Caryota gigas 2g Caryota gigas 2g
Caryota gigas 25g CARYOTA GIGAS CARYOTA GIGAS

 

COPERNICIA HOSPITA
THE BLUE CUBAN WAX PALM



EXTREMELY RARE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM
STUNNING BLUE SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This difficult to find and beautiful blue fan palm is native to Cuba. Mature trees carry a large number of blue, circular and pleated and flat leaves.  The trunk holds on to old leaf bases for a while but eventually is smooth with about a 12 inch diameter.  Many feel that this, along with other Copernicia, are some of the most beautiful of all fan palms.  Expect a mature height of 20 to 25 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold tolerant to at least a freeze.  We're putting our one gallon plants on special.  Their age is approaching 3 years.  I’d highly recommend getting one as they are near impossible to find.  Easy to mail order.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $65


Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita
Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita
Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita

 

PRITCHARDIA MAIDENIANA
PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS PRITCHARDIA AFFINIS

  

ENDEMIC PALM NATIVE TO THE BIG ISLAND – HAWAII
PRITCHARDIAS ARE THE ONLY NATIVE PALMS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Pritchardias are a single trunk fan palm.  Of the several dozen species, most are endemic to one or more of the Hawaii Islands and are not found elsewhere in the world.  There are several species from the South Pacific.  This particular species, Pritchardia maideniana, is native to the Big Island.  For many decades it was known as P. affinis, but Don Hodel found no difference on researching these two species and both have been lumped together as P. maideniana.  It lives in mountainous areas and there are known to be about fifty or so plants in the wild.  It is considered endangered.  It has wedge shaped leaf with shiny green topsides.  Pink tomentum is found on the leaf stem – these hairs continue somewhat onto the underside of the leaf.  Leaves are erect.  Trunk diameter is about 10 inches and mature height is 20 to 40 feet or more.  This species tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy into the twenties F.  We’re offering nice bands on sale.  They’d be easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE AS SHOWN $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50


Pritchardia maidenianna Pritchardia maidenianna Pritchardia maidenianna
Pritchardia maidenianna Pritchardia maidenianna Pritchardia maidenianna
Pritchardia maidenianna affinis Pritchardia maidenianna Pritchardia maidenianna affinis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HILDEBRANDTII 
THE MOMBASA CYCAD



MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - LONG GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZE

This vigorous growing green cycad is native to northern Mozambique and Malawi.  In habitat it grows of mountain slopes and in gorges. This is a large, green leafed cycad which is fast growing.  It gets to a mature height of about ten feet in many decades with leaves averaging six to eight feet long.   Crowns tend to stay erect, although it can become wide with full crowns.  Leaflets and petioles are armed with sharp spines, though the leaflets have some flex to them.  Thereby making them less pokey than some species.  This species is moderately rare among Encephalartos, but is quite rare in cultivation.  Female cones are a very pale yellow (almost white), where male cones are yellow. In our area.  This species is a fast and easy to grow species.  Along the coast it will take half day or full sun.  Some sun protection is needed is hot, desert areas.  We’re offering older band sized plants on species.  These are not new seedlings but rather plants with at least an inch of caudex.

TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZE $75

Mention this Special when you purchase.  Easy to mail order within the U.S.  BTW, if these don't sell out, all will be repotted into 5g pots shortly.


Encephalartos hildebrantii band Encephalartos hildebrantii band Encephalartos hildebrantii band
Encephalartos hildebrantii band Encephalartos hlidebrantii band Encephalartos hildebrantii
Encephalartos hildebrantii Encephalartos hildebrantii Encephalartos hildebrantii

 

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.  This 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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $80

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


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

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MEDIUM SIZED - SOFT GREEN LEAVES
FAST GROWING, EXOTIC APPEARING


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


The first six photos here show a plant I'm putting on special.  This is a very nice 15gallon plant with a caudex that is approximately 5 x 18 inches and probably an age of about 12 to 15 years.  It came from a collection of container grown plant that were outdoors in Orange County, CA.  Below the plant for sale are garden photos.  This species is native to Madagascar, the eastern coast of Africa and the Comoro Islands.  It is a fast growing species gets to a native height of sometimes twenty feet or more.  Plants grown domestically are typically ten feet or a bit more in California.  This species trunks are about eight to ten inches thick with leaves five to six feet long and soft to the touch.  There is small armor on the leaf stem, but the leaflets have no spines.  Leaf color is green to blue-green. 

Along the coast this species tolerates full sun.  Far inland areas should utilize filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available including nice 5g plants and larger.  We have about five in the 15g size.  Shipping possible.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $595

Remember:  Mention this special for this great price!


Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches
Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches Cycas thouarsii 15g 18 inches
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI & MACROZAMIA SALE
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 pecie of Macrozamia for sale as well - in an assortment of sizes.

RIGHT NOW ALL MACROZAMIA ON SALE AT 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES FOR TEN DAYS

Remember:  Mention this Ten Day Special at the time of purchase.


Macrozamia moorei old 15g caudex 7.5 inches Macrozamia moorei old 15g caudex 7.5 inches Macrozamia moorei old 15g caudex 7.5 inches
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei mACROZAMIA MOOREI Macrozamia moorei

 

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
THE TASMANIAN TREE FERN



FAIRLY COLD HARDY, THINNER TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G SIZE 

This typically single trunk tree fern is native to Southeastern Australia and Tasmania.  It is much slower growing than the Australian Tree Fern above and has a mature height typically of 8 to 10 feet although they can get even taller.  Trunks are a similar diameter to the Australian Tree Fern.  Of note, apparently the lower trunk is filled with old, decaying trunk material and new roots grow through this material to get water and nutrition.  Cuttings of the top of the trunk can be re-established and root out.  This plant likes a bit of sun or filtered light and also loves water.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F. or lower.  The 5g on sale here are very nice as shown.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAYS SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


 
Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica  
Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica  
Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica  

 

HIBISCUS TILACEUS TRICOLOR
THE RARE MAHOE TRICOLOR SEA HIBISCUS


GREEN LEAVES - SOME VARIEGATED WITH WHITE
OTHER LEAVES GREEN OR RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


We only have a few of this rare Hibiscus with three different colors to the leaves - green, white and red. New leaves emerge a maroon color and then turn to green with white variegation.  Flowers are yellow with a deep maroon-red center. This species makes a large Hibiscus tree or shrub with heights potential more than twenty feet.  They want full sun and are salt tolerant - good for seashore plantings.  Cold tolerance is into zone 9 - the mid twenties F.  It wants full sun.  Because of rarity, they tend to be pricey when you find one.  We only have a few available.  The flower photo is c/o Wikipedia.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor
Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor
Hibiscus tilaceus tricolor Hibiscus tilaceus flower Wikipedia  

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
BRAZILIAN CANDLES

RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!


AND, BLOSSOMS ALL YEAR LONG!
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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.  When mature, these trees will have twenty to thirty blossoms year-round.   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.  The plants on sale are starter plants.  But, grow them on.  It’s well worth it.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.  Of note, small plants should blossom by spring but it’ll take five years or more to get an overhead wide tree.  Previous larger plants at the nursery shown below as well.


PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

MUSA ZEBRINA
AKA MUSA ACUMINATA ZERBRINA
A NON-FRUITING ORNAMENTAL BANANA


TOP OF LEAF - RED BLOTCHES ON GREEN
BOTTOM OF LEAF - MAROON
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

The plants I'm showing here are a non-edible fruiting type of ornamental Banana known as Musa zebrina in the Musa acuminata group.  The name “sumatrana” is sometimes used as a reference.  Like most Bananas, it does sucker.  This species is used for its ornamental value – either in the garden (where it gets six to eight feet tall) or in a container (where it gets to 3 to 5 feet tall).  It has light green leaves with attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It does produce purple fruit but these are not edible because of fiber or seeds.  It'd want full sun outdoors (along the coast) and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  Some are also growing it as an indoor plant.  We're putting our five gallon plants on sale.  See photos below. 

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

These can be mail ordered.  The first six photos show our 5 gallon size.


Musa zebrina Musa zebrina Musa zebrina
Musa zebrina Musa zebrina Musa zebrina
Musa zebrina Musa zebrina Musa zebrina

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

 

WHITE PETAL, PURPLE CENTERS
LARGE  TALL 15G 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 purple-red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  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 15g plants are huge for their pots and climbing up a pole.  Plant heights in the pot is about 8 feet.  Remember, this is a vining plant that will climb a fence, free trunk, pole or almost anything.  The 7th photo is c/o gopixpic.com website.

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

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

Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea jasminoides flkr Pandorea jasminoides PANDOREA JASMINOIDES ROSEA BY gopixpic.com website

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS

 

PURE WHITE PETALS
LARGE  TALL 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

This climbing vine is identical to the "rosea" variety above but has pure white flowers.  It's easy to grow.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.  The last photo is by Jimmy Turner on Twitter.

  

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE BY JIMMY TURNER TWITTER  

 

FRIDAY, 5 AUGUST, 2022

WATER FEATURES IN THE GARDEN


POND, STREAM, POOL, WATERFALL
ALL ENCHANTING AND RELAXING


There's something about having a water feature in the garden that gardeners find very appealing.  I'm not sure if it's the movement, sound or just appearance.  But, people will go to great lengths to make it perfect.  I've had customers create 100 foot long streams, rock mountains with waterfalls into pools, coy ponds,  or simple circulating ponds.  I even had one who put in a volcano waterfall with a large palm being "the flames" of the volcano.  Here I'm showing some photos of more classical usages of water in the garden.  I hope you enjoy them - who knows, maybe you'll get a few ideas.



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water feature in garden water feature in garden water feature in garden
water feature in garden water feature in garden water feature in garden
water feature in garden water feature in garden water feature in garden
water feature in garden water feature in garden water feature in garden
water feature in garden garden pond garden pond

 

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 Pritchardiuas.  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.

Pritchardia species large green flat leaf Pritchardia species large green flat leaf Pritchardia species large green flat leaf
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies

   

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM


THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY GREEN LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20 GALLON SIZE

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy green plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It has a thin trunk, usually with a mature width of about six to eight inches.  It is a great species for more inland areas that see a fair amount of heat.  It does love heat and sun.  Although some like to plant this species in colonies of two or three plants, it looks great as a stand-alone single palm. Because it wants sun, it should not be put in a shady area.  Cold hardiness is about 23 to 25 degrees F.  I’m putting some 20g plants on sale.  They are too big a pot for mail order.  See them in the first six photos below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 20 GALLON $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $345


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA
WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA
WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND

 
SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
ONE OF PRETTIEST PALM TREES AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 15g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around. 
 We are putting our 15g size on special - shown in first six photos.  This size is about seven years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  We only have a few left this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $220

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana  Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This super popular palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often, you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The 15 gallon we have are about head height in their pots.  Basal diameter is 2 to 3 inches.  We also have 5g and bands.  We are hoping to offer larger sizes than shown here shortly.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  The Royal in the last photo was sent to me by a customer who lives in Bonita, CA.  This plant is in his garden.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $225

Mention this Special for your discount. 

READ MORE ABOUT ROYAL PALMS


Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
roystonea regia roystonea regia roystonea regia

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM

 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE 5G $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $125


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


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


NARROW TRUNK & WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice, old 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $225

We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.


Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND

 
SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
ONE OF PRETTIEST PALM TREES AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 15g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around. 
 We are putting our 15g size on special - shown in first six photos.  This size is about seven years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  We only have a few left this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $220

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana  Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
BEAUTIFUL GREEN CROWN SHAFTED PALM

 

TOLERATES A FAIR AMOUNT OF COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii 
is from Roul Island in the Kermadecs.  It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles compared to
 R. baueri and the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive grower in Southern California.  It is a green leafed, single trunk pinnate palm with a crown shaft.  Opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  One of our staff, Rusty, swears by this species and thinks it's far superior to other Rhopalostylis.  In his yard it has grown at a phenomenal rate.  The pictures here show the darker petioles compared to R. sapida.  I have limited photos of larger garden plants.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  Growth rate of this species is medium at best.  It is a stunning palm when mature.  The 5 gallon size can be shipped.

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


The 8th photo below is by Cloudforest.com website.

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Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by Cloudforest.com website Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM - NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA


ELEGANT SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
CROWN SHAFT - THIN TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk palm species is native to the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.  It has a rather thin trunk that typically is six to eight inches thick.  Leaves are about six feet long.  The crown shaft is silver green in color and the leaves are green.  Mature height is about 25 feet on average.  It tolerates temperatures into the 20's F.  I've been growing one in my garden for about 40 years.  It's still gorgeous.  Some plant them as small colonies, two or three together.  We're putting our 5g size on special.  It's been a while since we've offered this species or size.  The plant shown below is a double but most we have are singles.

REGULAR PRICE 5G  $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE  $110

Remember to mention this Special.  These can be mail ordered.


 
Ptychosperma elegans double 5g   Ptychosperma elegans double 5g   Ptychosperma elegans double 5g  
Ptychosperma elegans double 5g   Ptychosperma elegans double 5g   Ptychosperma elegans double 5g  
Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans 

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


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


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

 

ARECA VESTIARIA RED
SUPER RARE AND GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM

BUT, NOT TOO COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON SIZE

Locality:

Indonesia and Moluccas Islands (East of Indonesia)

Cold Hardiness: 

Not frost tolerant. Tolerates down to perhaps the mid to upper 30s, F.  Difficult to grow except in the best of areas.

Trunk type:

Suckering with beautiful reddish/orange crown shaft. Can have stilt roots.

Leaf type:

Pinnate with irregular segments (leafstalk).

Suckering/Solitary:

Suckering (multiple trunks).

Maintenance:

Somewhat fastidious, but in the right environment easy to grow.  In our area, quite difficult because of cold

Speed of growth:

Medium

Height:

In tropical climates up to 15'-30' feet.

Soil requirements:

Average moisture, good drainage.

Sun Requirements:

Filtered light

General Description:

A great addition to a semitropical or tropical garden.  The red crown shaft is striking and everyone loves this palm.  People in Southern California can marginally grow this in the right areas.

Other Notes:

Very rare.  Once again, a difficult grow outdoors here.


The variety shown has newly emergent red leaves & stems and a prominently red crown shaft.  It's the hardest form to obtain.  We rarely offer them for sale.  The photos below are of the orange form of this species.  I've got no pics of the red form.  But, it's the closest shot you'll have to growing something outdoors in a great area that is similar to the Sealing Wax Palm.  For greenhouse growing here it is drop dead beautiful.

TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON $47.50

Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red
Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red
Areca vestiaria Areca vestiaria Areca vestiaria

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special – five gallon size.  They are about 5-6 years old.  Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot or in the ground.  Each leaf is composed mature of six to ten leaflets that have jagged ends and are green in color.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The 5 gallon size can be easily shipped'  It's slow growing and a dwarf species. 

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

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  Note, limited supply available.


Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g
Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g
Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa

 

SABAL ROSEI
GREEN FAN PALM FROM MEXICO

MEDIUM TO TALL MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This majestic and rather tall fan palm is native to Mexico and get a mature height of 40 feet or a bit more in decades.  But, the trunk is rather thin - averaging 8 to 12 inches.  Retained leaf bases eventually fall off given it a smooth trunk with knobby areas of old leaf-base scars.  The leaves are large and green in color.  It prefers full sun and is cold  hardy to about 20 degrees F. or a bit colder.  We're putting our 2 gallon size on special - easy to mail order

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $67.50

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sabal rosei sabal rosei sabal rosei
sabal rosei sabal rosei sabal rosei

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE GIANT MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL
FAST GROWING - SUPER TALL



NOT AVAILABLE FOR YEARS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

Caryota urens
is a tall single trunk monocarpic palm species native to Asia.  It is fast growing and can get to a height of 70 feet.  It is definitely a canopy-forming palm species.  Leaves a green and leaflets are premorse (jagged at their ends).  Some people love the grandeur of these palms.  Trunks are tan, ringed and about 16 inches diameter on average.  It will get taller and more quickly get there than almost any other palm in your garden.  They want full sun and, especially if inland, plenty of water.  Because they are monocarpic (flower and then die), one needs a plant that is near death to get seeds.  This occurs rarely.  We were able to germinate seeds from such a plant.  I’ve not had seedlings for six to eight years.  They are on their first leaf and can be mail ordered within the U.S. easily.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING CARYOTA URENS $45


Caryota urens band  Caryota urens band   
Caryota urens band  Caryota urens  Caryota urens 

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM


NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWN SHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

Native stands of Rhopalostylis sapida are found in temperate parts of New Zealand and also on coastal areas of Chatham and South Islands.  In these localities it is found in shaded forests and in the more moist bottoms of mountainous gullies.  One does not see it at high elevation where severe cold may be seen.  Rather it's in the coastal and warmer regions.  Being a slow growing species, it is reported that it takes ten to fifteen years in habitat before one begins to see a formed trunk.  One report done by the New Zealand government reported that it took forty years to show trunk and that ten meter trees were 200 years old.  The point here is that, as a species, the Nikau Palm is slow growing in its natural habitat.  Soil in the area is good draining and rainfall is ample

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, we’re putting 3 to 4 leaf seedlings on sale in bands on a Ten Day Special.  .

REGULAR PRICE BAND $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $50

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  This size is a piece of cake to ship.


RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA Rhopalostylis sapida   Rhopalostylis sapida 

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


VERY COLD HARDY – LOVES FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON PLANT

Dioon edule is a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  Leaves are typically green to blue green.  Leaflets at pointed at the end and otherwise un-armed.  Dioon edule is one of the few cycads that tolerates hot direct desert sun.  The Sago Palm can't claim this ability.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  The plant on special here is in a 15 gallon container, grown from seed and has a 5 inch caudex.  It can be mail ordered in a big box.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $325

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


Dioon edule 15g 5 inches Dioon edule 15g 5 inches Dioon edule 15g 5 inches
Dioon edule 15g 5 inches Dioon edule 15g 5 inches Dioon edule 15g 5 inches
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

CYCAS TAITUNGENSIS
THE EMPEROR CYCAD

A VERY COLD HARDY CYCAD WITH ORANGE FUZZ AT TOP OF CAUDEX
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE SIZED 20 GALLON SPECIMEN

Cycas taitungensis is a species of cycad from China and Taiwan.  It used to be known as Cycas taiwaniana.  In fact, some reference books around still refer to it by this name.  It is a medium to large cycad with trunk diameter of twelve to eighteen inches and height of ten feet.  It is known as the Emperor Cycad. It is similar to a Sago Palm but with some noted differences.  The leaves are longer and wider than the C. revoluta.  They also tend to be flatter.  The color is deep green.  Also, growth rate is much faster and cold hardiness is better than the Sago. It is not unusual for this species to throw two or three sets of leaves a year.  In the crown area, the tomentum is a very prominent orange color, a good clue as to the species.  I think it's a bit more tropical and lush appearing than the Sago Palm.  There are reports of this species easily tolerating mid-teen F. temperatures.  Also, it likes full sun except in desert areas.  We’re putting a nice 20 gallon plant on sale that should cone soon.  The caudex is 8 inches wide and 14 inches tall.  For someone in a cold area, this is perhaps one of the first cycads you should consider.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 20 GALLON SPECIMEN  $1125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $950 



Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches
Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches Cycas taitungensis 20 gallon 8 x 14 inches
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD



GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 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.

Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga
Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga

  

PHILODENDRON SELLOUM
AKA PHILODEDRON BIPINNATIFIDUM

 

GIANT SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 & 15 GALLON SIZE


Throughout my career, I've always known this plant as Philodendron selloum.  The same is true for most nurserymen.  But, when researching it, I've found lots of other names and even genera used to taxonomically identify this species.  So, keeping it simple, I'll not go there but rather say that this is a large leaf Philodendron that can climb up a tree trunk or stand alone all by itself.  It is native to South America.  It can grow in coastal sun or in the shade.  It's got a trunk that is usually six inches thick or less and puts out thick hanging roots that assist in grabbing anything to support the crown.  Leaves are green, heavily divided and can be four feet long and three feet wide.  Leaves are not as large as the much more rare Philodendron evansii.  Selloum is easy to grow.  We're offering nicely sized 5 & 15 gallon on sale.  The 15g size is shown in the last photo.  The rest of the nursery plants are 5g.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $150


 
Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum 5g  
Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 
Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 

 

VARIEGATED ZINGIBER ZERUMBET
RED BLOSSOM AWAPUHI SHAPOO GINGER



RARE UPRIGHT RED CONE LIKE BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


The Awapuhi Shampoo Ginger is native to Hawaii and is a perennial clumping Ginger that typically grows in filtered light and can go dormant in winter.  Leaves or typically green but we're offering the variegated form of this plant.  Mature height is about five feet.  In the spring its dormancy ends and it usually comes back strong.   The variegation of this variety runs longitudinally along the leaf.  When flowering, the cones start of green and, when mature, turn red.  If ou squeeze a cone it gives off sap which can be used as a shampoo.  Thus, the common name of this plant.  It does poorly in areas with hard freezes.

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


The photo of the blossom is by the Survival Gardener Website.  This is a rare Ginger to locate.

Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger
Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger
  Awapuhi Ginger by the Survival Gardener Website  

 

ALOCASIA METALHEAD
HYBRID VARIETY WITH SHINY NEW LEAVES

PURPLE STEMS & BACKS OF LEAVES
FIVE FEET TALL MATURE - FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Alocasia are a group of tropical pants that have diamond or heart shaped leaves.  Some like sun, others shade.  They are similar to Colocasia.  There are over 80 types / hybrids of Alocasia.  A. metalhead gets its name from the sheen that the leaves display.  This is a A. portora hybrid and gets to a height of about 5 feet and has shiny green-purple leaves with purple backs and stems.  Older leaves tend to be green.  This species wants filtered light or a bit of sun.  It tolerates a freeze.  Leaves are upright and it is a very attractive tropical plant.  This is the first time we have offered this Alocasia. 

T
EN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $175

The garden photo below is c/o Missouri Botanical Garden. 
 
Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head
Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head
Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head Alocasia matalhead Miss Bot Garden Website

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM "SHISHI BOTAN"
THE RUFFLED LIGULARIA



RUFFLED, FRILLY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


Most of you are familiar with the regular Ligularia that we offer at this Blog.  This rare variety on special today has ruffled, frilly leaves and is quite attractive.  It gets to a height of 18 inches, takes sun or shade and has yellow daisy-like flowers in the late Fall.  They are also an "indicator" plant and tell you when the garden is going dry.  Watering these immediately corrects this.  Compared to the standard Ligularia, the leaves are quite different with curly and frill leaf edges.  These are easy to grow and easy to ship. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35


Note that we also have 5 gallon size available.

Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton
Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton

 

THE SNOWBUSH PLANT
BREYNIA DISTICHA


UNUSUAL GARDEN COMPANION PLANT
SMALLER GREEN, WHITE & PINK BUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 & 5 GALLON SIZES


This sought after smaller bush is native to Asia in various tropical islands.  Contrary to the name, it does not survive if you live in an area where it snows.  Rather, it looks like a green bush with snow on it.  Leaves are green with white accents.  With age you also get a flush of pink.  Leaves are very small.  Mature height it 3 to 4 feet.  This species wants full or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is a bit below a freeze.  This is a very attractive companion plant where one wants an addition of white foliage – perhaps to contrast other colors.   I am putting our 1g and 5g on Special.  Both are nicely sizes and both can be mail ordered.  The one gallon are shown in the first group of photos - the 5g in the second.  We have good numbers available but seldom offer them on sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

 

SNOWBUSH Snowbush plant
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant  
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant Snowbush plant
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant  

 

WEDNESDAY, 3 AUGUST, 2022

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS


SEVEN TYPES SHOWN HERE
LUSH &  EXOTIC
QUICK TROPICAL LOOK AT SOME 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 various hybrid varieties, each with their own charm.  Note, some tolerate full sun while others want shade or filtered light. 

1.  Row 1:  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 2:  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 3:  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 4:  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 5, Alocasia sumo, a species that can get to six or eight feet all and has good sized triangular (heart shaped) leaves with purple-green leaf fronts and pruple backs with prominent veins. 
6.  Row 5, Alocasia metalhead, a shorter species that gets four to five feet tall and has a metallic sheen to the dorsal leaves with prominent purple hues and yellow ventral veins.
7.  Row 7, Alocasia regal shield, a medium sized species to about four feet tall, purple-green dorsal leaves with a prominent purple color on their backsides.  Does not tolerate full sun.

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

Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocaia "Cal - Odora"
Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia portoro
Alocasia portoro
Alocasia portoro
Alocasia portoro
Alocasia black stem
Alocasia Black Stem
Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia metalhead
Alocasia metalhead
Alocasia metalhead
Alocasia metalhead
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield

 

LARGER BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS


ALL CONING SIZED SPECIMENS
SHOWING SIX DIFFERENT PLANTS


At the Nursery we did a walk around to photograph some larger blue Encephalartos.  All plants shown are coning sized, some presently in cone.  All have been locally grown. 
Blue Encephalartos like sun and are cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  Any of these plants can be delivered or shipped although 36 inch boxed plants are difficult.  We certainly have smaller and more affordable plants of these species.


Encephalartos arenarius
36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2 & 2 inch pups

 
Encephalartos arenarius 36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2, 2 inch pups Encephalartos arenarius 36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2, 2 inch pups

Encephalartos horridus
24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall
 
 
Encephalartos horridus 24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall Encephalartos horridus 24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall

Encephalartos horridus
25g probably female 10 inches
 
Encephalartos horridus 25g prob female 10 inches Encephalartos horridus 25g prob female 10 inches

Encephalartos lehmannii
25g 12 inches
 
Encephalartos lehmannii 25g 12 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 25g 12 inches

Encephalartos trispinosus
male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot
 
Encephalartos trispinosus male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot Encephalartos trispinosus male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot

Encephalartsos trispinosus
25g 11 wide  x 11 inches tall 5 inch pup
 
Encephalartsos trispinosus 25g 11 x 11 tall 5 inch pup Encephalartsos trispinosus 25g 11 x 11 tall 5 inch pup

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND


MEDIUM HEIGHT – SYAGRUS HYBRID
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUN READY BOX SIZED PLANTS

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold tolerance.  These will be a medium sized palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of near mature plants show how pretty it is. And, that they are not overly tall.  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 hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  Mature height should be about 25 feet. For those who want the fluffy appearance of the Queen Palm without the large size, this palm is perfect for you.  Be aware, these are extremely difficult to find and are presently in super short supply.

We’re putting huge 24 inch boxes on sale.  They are about 10 - 12 feet tall in their box.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower.  We have what may be the last three plants in this area.  

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

The 9th photo is by J.I.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL



STRONG & LARGE  10 & 15 GALLON PLANTS
ALMOST SOLD OUT OF THESE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat.  

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Both are suckering types of Bamboo Palms.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter. Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is one of our ten or fifteen gallon plants.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is an ideal patio plant and can be grown inside the home.

REGULAR PRICE HUGE 10 or 15 GALLON $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $285

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  I'm showing you a large and old 25g plant at the nursery.  The garden photo is by T.S. at RPS.

READ MORE ABOUT THE BAMBOO PALMS

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana TS RPS Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

TALL INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALMS
HOWEA FORSTERIANA

ELEGANT, GREEN LEAVES, THINNER TRUNKS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TALL SQUAT 15G SIZE


Our major focus with the Howea forsteriana has been historically dealing with their usage in landscape.  But, this species - The Kentia Palm - is also an excellent house plant.  We get calls about obtaining them for hotel lobbies, restaurants, and upscale business offices.  Inside the home or facility they tolerate adequate light but don't demand being in front of a window.  Leaves are elegant, dark green and have a gentle arch.  Trunks are thin.  The squat 15g are interior quality with stretched upward leaves.  This is what interior designers seek.  These are too tall for mail order.  They are in squat 15g pots and 8 to 10 feet tall in their pots.  Almost all are multiples with two to three plants per pot.  Sorry, but I don't have any good photos of this palm in an interior application.

TEN DAY SPECIAL INTERIOR QUALITY SQUAT 15G $350 

Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g July Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g
Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA



MEDIUM TO TALL, FULL OR PART DAY SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLE 15 GALLON SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The singles we're putting on sale are in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slower the growth rate of the clump.  These single 15g plants are about 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160


Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.


ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA

 

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 $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $240

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

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM

 
ONE OF THE BEST PALMS FOR INSIDE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT AS WELL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

This is a very rare species of suckering palm and is near impossible to find  This species is from China and is often mistaken for Rhapis humilus.  But, it is a smaller species, getting to about 8 feet tall whereas humilus gets about twice as tall.  It performs well inside the home or office and also is quite easy to grow outside in filtered light.  The stems of multifida are much more attractive than the common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  It also carries more leaflets per leaf than the Lady Palm and is overall a more attractive plant.  The leaflets are narrow and come to a point like Rhapis humilus.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the Rhapis excelsa.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or lower, F.  Outdoors, this species prefers filtered light.   One must be careful not to give Rhapis too much fertilizer or leaf burn may occur.  The 15g plants are nicely sized and put into their containers in late spring so one doesn’t have to repot them after purchase. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $300

The sale plant is shown in the first 7 photos.


Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g
Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g
Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 25g Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS


EASY TO GROW - A GREAT INTERIOR PALM 
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with Chamaedorea hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F. 

Below I'm showing in the first six photos the 5g size which we’re putting on sale.  This size can be mail ordered no problem.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this Blog Only discounted price.  


Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana

 

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


EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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.  These plants are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 5 gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.


Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
BLUE-GREEN BUTIA FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

ARCHING LEAVES – MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  It is a full sun plant with cold hardiness into the teens F.  We haven’t had them available for a few years.  We are now offering 5 gallon plants on sale that are about 4 years old.  Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am also showing a photo of a 15g plant from the nursery that is no longer available.   The habitat photo is by TS at RPS

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


Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis 5g Butia paraguensis 5g
Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis 5g Butia paraguensis
Butia paraguensis Buitia paraguensis Butia paraguensis TS RPS

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

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


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

 

VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
TALL PALM WHEN MATURE
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE1 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands.  It can attain a mature height of over fifty feet.  Leaves are green, about eight feet long with somewhat drooping leaflets.  The trunk is gray in color and medium thickness.  This species makes bright red seeds.  It can tolerate full coastal sun and has been grown well by some in Southern California.   But, because of it's tropical nature, should only be tried by those in good climates.  We're offering large 1 gallons on sale.  They've done well with our temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 1G $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED 1G $60

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.



Veitchia winin Veitchia winin Veitchia winin
Veitchia winin Veitchia winin Veitchia winin 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


BIGGER, FASTER GROWING, NO BROWNING OF LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND SIZE PLANTS


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

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

The band size plants are about 3-4 years old and huge – about 2 feet tall and need to be planted or repotted into 5g pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE BANDS $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE HUGE BANDS $50

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


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Archontophoenix teracarpa band huge Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD



LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER! 
TEN DAY SPECIAL FORTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN

I enjoy talking about cycad, Lepidozamia peoffskyana, because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say "user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines - none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a good selection of this species from seedlings to quite a few very old specimens as shown below.   The main characteristics of this species include:

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.  The plant on special is in a 35 gallon container and is well established.  It had been present in a performing arts center for several decades before we received it six or eight years ago.  The caudex is 17 inches wide and 27 inches tall.  I’m offering it on special and don’t recall the sex of this plant.  Of note, we also have other sizes including bands up to boxed specimens.  This particular cycad is too big for mail order but can be delivered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 35 GALLON SPECIMEN $4500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL 35 GALLON CYCAD $3750

BTW, this specimen competes in size with old plants you'd see in many botanical gardens.


Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches
Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches
LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE GREEN CYCAD

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

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


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Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $60

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SLOW GROWING SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD


GRAY-GREEN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZED PLANTS

This is a slow growing New World cycad species that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One of the things that is particularly nice about this species is that the crown size is compact and not that large.  For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its leaves are a silver-green in color (can be just green) and it holds many leaves.  An extremely old plant mi