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ASTROCARYUM MEXICANUM
SINGLE TRUNK SPINY PALM



VERY RARE PALM TO FIND
SPINES ON TRUNKS AND STEMS

Astrocaryum is a genus of spiny palms that are native to areas extending from Mexico, down through Central America and into some Caribbean Islands.  Some are single trunk while others sucker.  Astrocaryum mexicanum is remarkable because it doesn't get too tall and is probably the only species of the genus that can be grown in Southern California.  Trunks, leaf stalks, flower stalks and even the seed clusters can be spiny.  Leaves are green with some silver color to their undersides. 

The last row of pictures here shows how leaves are silver underneath and the entire plant can appear a silver-green.  It is very attractive and tropical appearing and almost impossible to find at a nursery.  When you get one, I'd recommend growing it in filtered light.  Mature height is typically under ten feet.  The first specimen shown has about ten feet of spiny trunk and would be considered very large for a garden.  The second plant is the last row is more typical of what you might see in a garden.  We occasionally have small plants for sale when we can get seeds to germinate.  But, they sell quickly and availability is sporadic.  Cold tolerance is probably just below a freeze.
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum

 

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

   

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM

ROBUST GROWER - HUGE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


There is very little published on this rare form of Rhopalostylis sapida.  It is native to only a small island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand.  It is rarely available.  It is said to have a huge, thick crown shaft when mature, long leaves, wide leaflets and to be one of the most vigorous growing Rhopalostylis.  I am showing one photo c/o RPS below of a mature tree.  These can be mail ordered and would prefer part day sun in most areas.  If you are inland, do not put in full sun.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing. 
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island

 

CHAMAEDOREA TRUNKING RADICALIS
QUICK GROWING, SINGLE STEM



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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $75

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


Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
EXTREMELY RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD



MEDIUM SIZE FROM TANZANIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLAN
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This rare cycad is from northern Tanzania.  It is small to medium sized with trunks getting about four to six feet tall.  It has a tendency to sucker.  Leaves are green to gray-green and about five to six feet long.  Leaf stems may have tomentum and leaflets are typically cupped.  In terms of sun, along the coast it may tolerate full sun but half day sun might be easier.  In desert areas give it a small amount of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness appears to be in the mid-twenties F.  The plant on special is in a 15g pot and has a six inch caudex.  This is an extremely rare cycad to obtain.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1200
SALES PRICE THIS ACTUAL PLANT $925

We can ship this plant.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.  The sale plant is shown in the first five photos.


Encephalartos bubalinus 15g 6 inches Encephalartos bubalinus 15g 6 inches Encephalartos bubalinus 15g 6 inches
Encephalartos bubalinus 15g 6 inches Encephalartos bubalinus 15g 6 inches Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


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

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON SIZE

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  Leaflets are without spines except at the tip.  They are also thin leaflets, blue in color.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks 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 sometimes strongly curled.  Leaf color in sun is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  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 are good sized one gallon plants we're putting on special.  They have at least four leaves which are getting pretty long.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get this price when purchasing.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
THIS IS THE SUCKERING FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  This is what we are offering here.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have nice 5 gallons on special.  Note the interesting leaflets arrangement.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $75

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


Dypsis lucubensis suckering Dypsis lucubensis suckering Dypsis lucubensis suckering
Dypsis lucubensis suckering Dypsis lucubensis suckering Dypsis lucubensis suckering

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LOVES SUN AND HEAT
PLANTS ON SPECIAL SIX FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.   Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk.  

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available of assorted sizes. Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.  The plants I'm putting on special today are an easily shipped size of 5 gallon but would take a tall box.  They are about 6 feet tall in their pots.  BTW, on the garden shots below, the first two were taken in the San Diego area. 

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


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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This exotic suckering pinnate palm is native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.  It has thin trunks that can have a blonde color.  Leaves are somewhat narrow, green in color with an unarmed petiole.  Mature height in CA is usually about twelve feet although in the tropics they get much taller.  They like filtered light but can take a bit of morning sun.  Too much sun here will burn them.  Cold hardiness is into the upper 20's F.  I had a mature specimen that produced large numbers of purple fruit for years.  This species is similar to Pinanga kuhlii but has more repetitive regular leaves and less mottling to the leaflets.  Of note, some taxonomists consider these two species synonymous.  Shown here are some 5 gallon plants which we’re putting on special. 

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

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


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

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


FOR A CYCAD, VERY COLD HARDY
TOLERATES DESERT SUN - ONE OF BEST FOR THIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

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.  We recently got in a handful of great 15 gallon plants with caudexes of about 6 inches.  They are gorgeous.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $250

This is a great buy.  But, remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.


Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THIN TRUNK & TALL SOLITARY PALM


PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM
 

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


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

 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

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

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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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


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


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

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $45


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

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

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


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

 

MUSA GRAN NAIN
PRODUCES EDIBLE BANANA


SEMI-DWARF SIZE - 6 TO 8 FEET
BEAUTIFUL LEAVES - SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This species of Banana produces quickly large amounts of fruit.  It is of medium height, never too tall.  It makes clusters of yellow banana - the type you'll see in many stores.  But, yours will taste better when they are right from the garden.  This plant wants full sun and can be grown in cooler areas that see a freeze.  If the leaves burn with cold, the plant usually comes back in spring.  We've been told folks in Zone 8 are growing this plant.  Note how attractive the leaves are.

SALE PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $55

The photo of the bananas is by A-S.

Musa gran nain Musa gran nain Musa gran nain
Musa gran nain Musa gran nain Musa gran nain A-S

 

SUNDAY, 2 AUGUST, 2020

POTTING UP A NEW PALM SEEDLING
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING TECHNIQUE -
VEITCHIA SEEDLINGS


If you follow the techniques given in the article above, you will end up having seedlings that will need repotting into a growing container.  Shown here are some vigorous Veitchia seedlings that were germinated in a flat.  Flats are not our favorite for germinating (are not deep containers) but, for conservation of space, was what we used for these seeds.  You can see in the first two photos that these are well developed with about two or three leaves.  We prefer to have several leaves before we repot seedlings.

Photographs three to five show the seedlings after they've been removed from the germinating flat.  Note the compact and nice roots on the seedlings.  You must be careful when removing each seedling to protect the roots.  Cutting or damaging the roots can lead to damping off after removal. 

The last photo shows the seedling after being repotted into a one gallon.  Sometimes we put seedlings into our band containers ( 3 x 3 x 9 inches), but Veitchias typically are large, strong seedlings and respond better in a larger pot.  Of course, after potting up seedlings, water immediately and put them into filtered light.  Over time, you can give them more sun exposure. 

I hope this helps you have successful growing of your small new palms.


Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling
Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling

 

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



MOST ARE COASTAL SUN LOVING SPECIES
ALL OF THESE AVAILABLE AT OUR NURSERY


Below you will find thirty named species or genera of palms that have been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  Many of the palms below may also do well in other areas like warmer parts of Northern California, Southern Texas, some Gulf States and Central & South Florida.  I've selected a variety of both fan and feather palms.  Some are suckering species.  These are presented in random order showing a mature specimen so you can see what any give species will look like when large.  Of the plants shown below, we presently have all available.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.

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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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


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

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


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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS""

 

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS RARE PALM $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

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


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

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
A BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM SIZED PALM


THIN TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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


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

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


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

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

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


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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD



GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA


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


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

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

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


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

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

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


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

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

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

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

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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


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

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

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


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

 

PRITCHARDIA LOWERYANA
RARE TROPICAL FAN PALM OF HAWAII


MEDIUM HEIGHT, PLEATED FLAT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This extremely rare single trunk tropical fan palm is native to the Island of Molokai, HI.  Mature, it is a medium sized palm that gets 15 to 20 feet tall and has a think trunk.  Leaves are green, top and bottom, and leaves are divided about 50% from their perimeter and are strongly pleated.  It has a cold hardiness of somewhere in the upper 20's F.  It wants sun or part sun right on the coast.  In desert areas I'd recommend strong filtered light.  This species is almost impossible to find on the U.S. mainland.  We're offering 5 gallon on sale.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special when buying.

Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana
Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana
  Pritchardia loweryana  

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


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

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

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

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


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
THE ALEXANDER PALM
RARE TYPE OF KING PALM


CLEAN, SMOOTH GREEN CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANT


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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

 

Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae
Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
LARGE DIVIDED LEAF


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Aroid collectors have been visiting our nursery frequently, many looking for unusual types or species of Philodendron.  Most of our plants have come from unknown species obtained with trades from botanical or private gardens.  Most are un-named species, often wild collected.  We don't have a species name on the plant shown here.  It was made from a cutting of a stem about 1.5 inches thick.  Leaves are about a foot wide and prominently divided as shown.  Dorsal veins are yellow.  We're putting it on a 5g special.  We only have a couple of this one but many other species or types are available. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE THIS SPECIES $75

Philodendron species  Philodendron species  Philodendron species 
Philodendron species     

 

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 $65
TEN DAYS SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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   Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica  

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

 

SILVER BRAKE FERN
PTERIS CRETICA



TWO COLORED LEAVES
LIKES FILTERED LIGHT - NOT TOO TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The hallmark of this fern are the green and white leaflets.  There are various varieties of this species.  On some the lighter color is a white, others sort of yellow and also some with silver inner portions of the leaflets.  Leaves come from crawling rhizomes and are about 12 to 18 inches long.  This species like ample moisture, filtered light and is cold tolerance to a bit below a freeze.  We are offering 5 gallons on sale.

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


We might also have some one gallons available.

Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica
Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica

 

DYPSIS AMPASINDAVA
SPECTACULAR TALL, CROWN SHAFTED PALM



NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR AND NOSY BE ISLAND
ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLY RARE SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This super rare palm is often described as unbelievably beautiful and spectacular.  Also, it is essentially unknown in cultivation.  It is a tristichous palm with the leaves held in three planes or "ranks".  Leaves are green with drooping leaflets.  Mature height is 40 feet or more and it has a long, smooth green crown shaft.  Some have said this palm is the same as Dypsis nauseosa above, but mature plants appear totally different to me.  We only have a couple of these available and this is the first time we've offered them in years. 

From a cultural point of view, figure it wants to see some sun or perhaps grow into the sun from partial sunlight.  Cold tolerance is not well known at this time.  But, these plants came from a private collection where near freezing temperatures were seen.


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLONS $145

The two mature plant photos below are c/o Palmpedia with unknown photographer.

Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae
Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae
Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae Palmpedia Dypsis ampasindsvae palmpedia

 

HIBISCUS MIDNIGHT
RED BLOSSOM


RARE VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING ONE GALLON


As a nursery, we're not a specialty Hibiscus grower.  But, I've always loved these plants.  Even older species, around for quite a while, add color and charm to the garden.  And, newer varieties are amazing.  The reason we backed off from Hibiscus is that they attract white fly problems.  This was especially present a decade ago but has become less of a problem nowadays.  So, we are growing some cool varieties presently.  Most are from cuttings from collections of desirable plants.  The one on sale here has large red (touch of pink) blossoms.  They are fully rooted.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight 
Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red  

 

FRIDAY, 31 JULY, 2020

 

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA


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

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

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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LARGE SPECIMEN SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
SPECIMENS WITH FIFTEEN TO TWENTY-FIVE FEET OF TRUNK 

This pinnate New World species is another favorite of many enthusiasts.  It is native to Florida, Cuba and some surrounding areas.  It is now well known that this palm can be grown in many areas of Southern California.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers. 

I have an associate who’s company is offering very large Royal Palms with trunk heights of 15 to 25 feet.  These are field grown in desert type areas of Southern California.  These growers have become experts on digging and establishing their plants.  They are sold in an assortment of trunk sizes and are all single trunk specimens.  They are sold either bagged with a large root ball or in large boxes.  They have been successfully dug and planted in many enthusiasts yards or on commercial sites. 

If you are interested in learning more about availability and prices, email me directly at my email address on this webpage.  The two garden photos are of Royal Palms thriving in the San Diego County area.


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

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL


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

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM

ROBUST GROWER - HUGE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

There is very little published on this rare form of Rhopalostylis sapida.  It is native to only a small island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand.  It is rarely available.  It is said to have a huge, thick crown shaft when mature, long leaves, wide leaflets and to be one of the most vigorous growing Rhopalostylis.  I am showing one photo c/o RPS below of a mature tree.  These can be mail ordered and would prefer part day sun in most areas.  If you are inland, do not put in full sun.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing. 

Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


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

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
NATIVE TO MOROCCO
THE SEMI-DWARF "BLUE MED FAN"


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This interesting palm is a suckering blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It's actually quite amazing that it took a long time for taxonomists to realize that it was a species and had it's own unique characteristics.  It's definitely a deep blue color but also it never gets as large as Chamaereops humilus.  The problem was that there were also native short clones of the later.  Chamaerops cerifera is one of the most cold hardy species for those of you in super cold areas.  I've had reports of it going down to 13 degrees F.  Mature height is about six feet or so.  Color is blue in hot sun.  This species does sucker.  The plants on special here are nice 5g plants and quite easy to ship.  As seen, they are already suckering out with a nice sized primary trunk.  We do sell larger plants if needed. 
 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5G $75

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped or delivered.   The last photo is by TS at RPS.


Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera BELPR Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPS

 

LICUALA PELTATA VARIETY PELTATA
LARGE DIVIDED AND FLAT TROPICAL LEAF



THIN TRUNK, EXOTIC APPEARANCE
SOME DEGREE OF COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a tall, thin trunked tropical fan palm that is native to regions from northeastern India down through the Malay Peninsula.  It is known for its green divided flat leaves that can be almost six feet in width and have deeply divided segments that go all the way to the leaf stem.  Thus, from below, you see a full flat leaf that is divided into segments.  Tree height can be up to 30 feet.  The trunk is thin, about 4 inches in diameter.  It is a filtered light plant that could works its way into more sun.  Cold tolerance is about 30 degrees F. or a bit lower. 

We recently acquired some huge one gallon plants that needed a late winter repotting into 5 gallon containers.  We're putting these on special.  My thanks to Paul Craft for the 7th and 9th photos below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $80

These could sell out quickly.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.


Licuala peltata Licuala peltata Licuala peltata
Licuala peltata Licuala peltata Licuala peltata
Licuala peltata paul craft Licuala peltata Licuala peltata paul craft

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
RARE UNDERSTORY PALM - GROUPED LEAFLETS

SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a single trunk species from Mexico that is most known for having grouped leaflets along the rachis.  It has a thin trunk about an inch in diameter and a somewhat open crown.  The leaflets are attached to the rachis at irregular angles so that the leaflets look as if they were a group of bow ties attached to the leaf stem.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes filtered light or perhaps a little bit of sun.  I think this is a species that would look better planted as a small colony with multiple plants. Mature height is from ten to fifteen feet.  I've shown two close-ups of the leaflets as this is the most charming characteristic of this species.  This size is easy to mail order and may be of interest to folks in cooler but not super cold areas.

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

 
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana

 

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

 

VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

I'm showing our 1g size (first 5 photos below) which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  These are very large plants for their pots and either single or multiple (more than one per pot).  Also available are large 5 and 15g sizes. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

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


Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples
Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50

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


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

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
BLUE-GREEN BUTIA FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING 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 band size seedlings.  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 BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $35


Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis
Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis TS RPS Butia paraguensis

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


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

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

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

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus).   The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  

It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these plants in about five to seven years.  

We're offering two sizes on sale:  One gallon and Two gallon.  The first four photos are of the one gallon plants followed by five photos of the two gallon size.  They all have multiple leaves with many starting to show the blue color.  Outdoors in full sun they develop more of the blue color.  These are easy to mail order.  I’m also showing gardens plant and one large nursery specimen below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $80

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order AND tell us which size you seek.  These are easy to mail order.


FIRST 4 PHOTOS BELOW 1G SIZE
NEXT 5 PHOTOS 2G SIZE



Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius    
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


  RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD 1 GALLON SIZE


Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable and I've shown several photos here to demonstrate this.  I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus


Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The one gallon on sale are a good, strong one gallon plant.  They came from parents domestically that both had extreme blue color.  These can be mail ordered but not outside the U.S. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $95

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


Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
NICE 5G SIZE READY FOR THE GARDEN



HANGING WHITE FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Mature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived but not fragrant.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The last photo shows our 15g size of the green form of this species which is not on sale right now.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger

 

MONSTERA DELICIOSA
THE SPLIT LEAF OR SWISS CHEESE PHILODENDRON


A CLIMBING PLANT
GETS LARGE LEAVES WITH OPEN SPLITS
20% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

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

20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES FOR TEN DAYS


Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

Mention this Special for your discount!  The last picture is c/o Wikipedia


Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish

 

AECHMEA SPECIES
BRANCHING YELLOW BLOSSOM


GROWN IN FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON

This suckering Aechmea species has been growing in our full sun.  These Bromeliads are in one gallon pots and many are suckering.  The blossoms are huge with yellow flowers and pink stems.  The foliage is a silver-purple.  These are easy to grow and cold hardy into the mid to upper twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $45
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $35

 
Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower  
Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower  

 

TUESDAY, 28 JULY, 2020

 

AECHMEA BLANCHETIANA
LARGER TYPE OF COLORFUL BROMELIAD



TOLERATES FULL SUN - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
DIFFICULT TO LOCATE
MULTIPLE LEAF COLORS SEEN

This is a great Bromeliad for Southern California - or for many areas in the country where severe cold is not seen.  Native to eastern Brazil, they get heights of three to four feet and tolerate full sun easily here along our coast.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  There are varieties that show yellow, orange, red and several other colors.  I prefer the colorful forms although straight green is also seen.  The problem is that they are hard to find.  These are a fantastic full sun companion plant.  Shown below are plants that we have at the nursery along with a couple of garden pictures of this species.  Most are yellow but there's a few "orangeade" types shown.  They came from a yellow-orange mom as offsets. They should grow in sun to show nice color

Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana
Aecchmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana in garden Aecchmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana orangeade Aechmea blanchetiana red Aechmea blanchetiana orangeade

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

SCHIZOLOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE BRAZILIAN FIRETREE OR FERN TREE



HORIZONTAL BRANCHES
SMALL LEAFLETS - PRODUCES MILD SHADE
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON & 15G PLANTS

This tropical flowering tree is extremely popular but near impossible to find for sale.  We've not had it for several years but are offering it again today.  It is native to regions stretching from southern Mexico to South America.  It has a "snakeskin" smooth green trunk that is narrow to medium size in diameter, expanding with age.  Limbs are held in a typically horizontal position (like many tropical trees) and leaflets are green and small as shown below.  Beneath an overhead tree one gets very light shade - not dense.  Thus, it allows plants that have an intermediate need for light to thrive below.  It is fast growing and can get to well over 30 feet.  It wants full sun and will go deciduous if you see a freeze.  With this said, some have grown it in areas that see temperatures in the mid to upper 20's F.  We're offering two sizes on sale as shown.  These are summer transplants into these containers.  Both sizes are almost too big to ship.  The three garden photos below of large trees in order are by biogeodb.stri.si.edu, unknown author Flikr and Wikipedia.

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

25 GALLON REGULAR PRICE $295
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $245

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

Schizolobium parahyba  Schizolobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizolobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu Schizilobium care of Flikr unknown author Schizolobium parahyba Wikipedia

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 1g 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 23 - 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 - first row of photos.   I'm also showing large and very old 15g in the second row of photos - about 12 years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  
Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


GOOD SIZED 15G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

As many of you know, Arengas are usually suckering palms.  But, there are several single trunk species.  Arenga pinnata is one of these.  It is felt to be native to Indonesia and is a large palm.  It is a pinnate palm with a fibrous trunk made from woven fibers.  Overall height is forty to fifty feet and the trunk gets to a diameter of two feet.  The leaves are held upright and can be over twenty feet long.  The leaflets, like all Arenga, has jagged terminal ends.  

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a 15g nursery plant and photos of mature specimens.  We also have 5g for sale.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.  We are putting nice 15g plants on sale.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
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Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

UNUSUAL DYPSIS HYBRID
DYPSIS PEMBANA X MADAGASCARENSIS


POSSIBLY F2 HYBRID
YOUNG PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CROSS 1 GALLON


Although the seedlings offered are small, I thought we'd let you know that we have a very limited number available.  These are from domestic seeds of a Dypsis pembana x madagascarensis.  There are other Dypsis species nearby.  So, it's unclear if these were self pollinated or an F2 hybrid with something else.  I'm showing photos below of the mother tree in Encinitas, CA.  We're putting small one gallon plants on special.  This is a rare hybrid.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HYBRID SEEDLINGS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $45

DYPSIS HYBRID DYPSIS HYBRID Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid    

   

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  I has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit less.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water.  

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  The one larger nursery plant below is a nice 25 gallon.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.

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Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 band size on sale have a few juvenile leaves.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  These are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $35

Mention this Special for your discount.

 

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


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

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

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

 

PANDANUS UTILIS
THE SCREW PINE


STILT ROOTS - SPIRALING LEAVES
RARELY SEEN FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Screw Pine is native to Madagascar.  It is not a Pine Tree but rather a Monocot.  The reason it's sought after is that it does well in many areas of Southern California.  As I type this presentation, if I look to my left outside my office window, there is a 20 foot specimen with it's snakeskin-like trunk, trifurcating head of leaves fifteen feet overhead and and spiraling four to five foot leaves.  The leaves have sharp, small spines at their edges.  The desirable utilis species has red along the leaf edges.  They have about one inch thick stilt roots and a smooth, snake-skin like trunk about 6 inches thick.  Mine started in part day sun and has worked its way upwards into more full sun.  That's when the trunk branched into several heads of leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties.  Growth rate is medium

The only other Pandanus I've had good luck with is P. furcatas.  Most of the other species (I've tried many including the popular variety seen commonly in HI) just don't make it here.  I was fortunate enough to get some nice plants from a private grower here in Southern CA.  It's near impossible to find these for sale.

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

Remember to mention this Special for this discount.  I have only a handful of these  available.  The last photo shows the colorful red clustered blossoms producing seeds.


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Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis
Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis
Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G 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.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are eight, maybe ten years old.  Therefore, growers have little motivation to sell them cheap.  The plants shown here are nice enough for a bank or hotel lobby, a professional office or even your living room. 

Rhapis excelsa
is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  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 plants on special here are 15g size, very full with lots of canes.  They won't last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

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


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Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple
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TRACHYCARPUS TAKAGHI
NATURAL WINDMILL HYBRID


SEEDS FROM WILD
FIVE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

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

 

CARYOTA MONOSTACHYA
DWARF FISHTAIL PALM



SUCKERING PALM - MATURE UNDER TEN FEET TALL
NARROW TRUNKS - SOMEWHAT COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This slow growing clustering Fishtail Palm is known for mature heights of eight to ten feet, narrow trunks and exotic green leaves as shown.  It is native to China and Viet Nam.  It is a bi-pinnate palm with green leaflets that are jagged at their distal margin.  See the photo below to examine the leaflets.  Like all Caryotas, each stem is monocarpic and will die after flowering.  But, other stems will grow and replace it.  Cold tolerance appears to be a bit below a freeze.  This is an extremely rare palm that you never see for sale.  This is the first time we have offered it for sale - although we had a similar species 20 years ago from Thailand.  I only have five available.  These were put into 5g pots in late winter.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5 GALLON SIZE $95 

The mature specimen photos below are by Kyle Wicomb and taken at FTG in Florida.  C/O Palmpedia.

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Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya
Caryota monostachya  from Palmpedia Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL. Photo by Kyle Wicomb. Caryota monostachya 2 Palmpedia Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL. Photo by Kyle Wicomb. Caryota monostachya 3 Palmpedia Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL. Photo by Kyle Wicomb.

 

SABAL MINOR
THE DWARF PALMETTO

NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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


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Sabal mnor Sabal minor  

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount

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

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


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


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

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

Mention this special when you purchase. 


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

 

ALOCASIA WILLIAMS HYBRID
VERY COLD HARDY


SMALL PLANT MATURE
PROMINENTLY PURPLE BACKS TO LEAVES

PART SUN OR SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G SIZE

This very cold hardy variety of 
Alocasia is said to be grown in Zones 7b and above.  Apparently in very cold areas the leaves can burn in winter but come back in spring.  It is small, rarely over three to four feet tall.  Leaves are prominently veined with purple backs.  The backs of the leaves are quite stunning with color - a good feature for landscaping.  The leaves are arrowhead shaped with ruffles and an irregular edge.  Hybridizers say that, along the coast, it can tolerate full sun although it flourishes in part day coastal sun and strong filtered light.  Give it well draining soil that you keep on the moist side.  We have a limited number of good sized 15g that we are putting on special

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

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

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Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid

 

BLUE START FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM


AN EPIPHYTIC (GROWS IN TREES) FERN
BLUE COLORED LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This fern actually grows in trees in assorted areas of Central America, some Caribbean Islands and South America.  Because it is epiphytic, it doesn't need to be kept mucky wet all the time.  But, you shouldn't let it go dry either.  Mature height and width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, blue in color with wide leaflets as shown.  This species also has somewhat furry feet.  It wants filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $40

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Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum BLUE STAR FERN  

 

MONDAY, 27 JULY, 2020

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS



VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

Bromeliads are a type of plant, typically small in size, that are simple to grow and make great companion plants in the garden.  They are very versatile and, because most species grow epiphytically, can be used on poles, posts, fences, mounted to trees or simply grown in the ground among other plants.  Almost all species blossom once a year and the blossoms are long lived.  Blossoms appear in almost every color imaginable, anything from the rainbow.  Plants propagate by basal suckers and only really need care once a year when old plants are removed from the cluster.

Photographs here show plants that are attached to posts, mounted in trees and are used in water features.  There are some species that can get  up to five or six feet tall and are quite spectacular.  If one wishes, he can just put the bromeliad, with it's container, right into the ground. Some species tolerate full sun and many love filtered light and blossom well in such light.   

Although we are not a "bromeliad only" nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types available for sale.  We emphasize beauty and color in our Bromeliads rather than rarity.  We consider one of our specialties our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful companion plants.   

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Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads landscape

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PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


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


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

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


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

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

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



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


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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.  Specifically it is come from one population in the Vryheid district, which it shares with a cultivar of Encephalartos natalensis (Encephalartos natalensis var. Vryheid).  Larger specimens are found in full sun, where smaller specimens can be in shade. This is a medium sized species.  The leaves on this species get about a meter and a half.  Stems can reach a height of approximately three meters over a very long time.  As plants mature the leaflets are not as heavily armed as younger specimens.  E. aemulans is a moderate grower, but will flush regularly each year.  For coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  The plants on sale are huge 1gallon plants - caudex sizes are about 2 inches.  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia Commnos.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember, mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.


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Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
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ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The one gallon plants here are 4 years old and holding 4 to 5 leaves.  Caudex size is over one inch.  I have very limited numbers for sale.  The first six photos below show the one gallons on special.  The 7th photo is a 15g at the nursery.  The 8th photo, by Renier Smit (PACSOA), shows a plant in habitat.   

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $80

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


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Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer by Renier Smit, PACSOA Encephalartos caffer

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT


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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE PLANT THIS SPECIES $235

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


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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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

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


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

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


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

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.  The first habitat photo is c/o Darrel Oconnor Palmpedia and the second by John Dowe c/o Palm Specialist Group

Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Darrel Oconnor PalmPedia Livistona lanuginosa  

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Sonora and Sinaloa areas of Mexico.   It has green costo-palmate leaves that are divided.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches with a rough surface.  Mature height is ten to twenty feet.  Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go down to the lower 20’s or perhaps upper teens F.  It does best in full sun.  We just got in a limited number of nice 5g plants which we’re putting on special.  They are easy to ship.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  The 8th photo is by Dennis Valdez of he No Cal Palm Society.


Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Dennis Valdez No Cal Palm Soc Brahea elegans

  

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

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

 

ATTALEA COHUNE
THE COHUNE PALM



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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS $80

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM


LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $37.50

Please mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount

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GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA



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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $50

Cordyline fruiticosa glauca Cordyline fruiticosa glauca Cordyline fruiticosa glauca
Cordyline fruiticosa glauca Cordyline fruiticosa glauca  

 

CANNA TROPICANA
EXOTIC FOLIAGE – ORANGE BLOSSOMS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Canna Lilies are a tropical or semi-tropical perennial plant.  They are not a true Lily but called a Lily.  They are probably most closely related to Gingers.  I've found the foliage is a bit less appealing in winter.  Then, in summer when it's warm, they do their thing with rapid growth of pretty foliage as shown here and a prolonged display of colorful blossoms.  They can take our coastal sun or part sun.  I have available now some blossoming Canna tropicana.  They have multi-colored darker leaves and prominent orange flowers.  They get to about five to six feet tall. 

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Canna tropicana Canna tropicana Canna tropicana
Canna tropicana Canna tropicana Canna tropicana
Canna tropicana Canna tropicana Canna tropicana

 

STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATA


EPIPHYTIC FERN THAT LIVES IN TREES
ANTLER TYPE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POTTED PLANTS

Country or area of origin:  
South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia and PNG
Mature height:  Form epiphytic clumping plants that in many decades can reach several meters width
Sun Requirements:  Part sun or filtered light
Cold Tolerance:  Low 20's F. by estimate
Water Requirements:  Low   
Rate of Growth:  
Slow
Sizes Available: 
 Mounted on wood as shown or in baskets

Size shown: 
 8 inch container grown as cluster of plants
Comments:  This species grows in trees.  Often all you see when you look up in the rainforest, all you see is a large clump of leaves with their brown shields.  We sell them mounted on wood (sort of epiphytic) where you'd hang them on a branch or a nail in a fence. Occasionally we sell them in baskets as shown below.  Give them part sun.  Spray them about ever week or so with water and fertilize them every few months with liquid fertilizer.  They are reliable performers when grown correctly.

Note:  Can be easily mail ordered.  Some have grown it indoors but needs misting and occasional deep watering.

REGULAR PRICE FULL 8 INCH BASKET $55
TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $45

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Platycerium bifurcatum staghorn basket Platycerium bifurcatum staghorn basket Platycerium bifurcatum staghorn

 

NEOROGELIA MEDUSA
COLORFUL RED BROMELIAD


GREAT UNDERSTORY COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS


We're putting on sale some brilliantly red Bromeliads that like filtered light and are great color for the garden floor.  They can also be grown in the house or near the base of a patio plant.  The plants are about 14 inches wide and quite easy to grow.  These can be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

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

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
DWARF COLD HARDY ALOCASIA



PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN



LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

It's been a while since I've presented this customer favorite - the Birdsnest Fern, Asplenium nidus.  They are an ideal understory plant for the garden floor but can also be grown inside the home or in a patio area.  Leaves are green and shiny.  They want filtered light and ample water.  Like most ferns, you don't want them to go dry.  A large specimen plant could have a crown spread of six or seven feet.  You have to keep snails away from them.  The plants on special are very large 5 gallon plants.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $52.50

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

Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 22 JULY, 2020

 

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Dypsis lutescens Bismarckia nobilis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

 

PHOTOS OF ASSORTED CYCADS AROUND THE NURSERY


LOTS OF SPECIES
LOTS OF SIZES - SMALL TO BIG
ALMOST ALL SHIPPABLE
LARGEST CAN BE DELIVERED


The purpose of this post is to show the diversity of species and sizes of cycads we offer at Jungle Music.  Recently we've taken an assortment of photos of plants in stock.  We offer about 175 species or varieties of cycads for sale.  And, these are in sizes from seedlings to massive fifty to one hundred year old plants.  We literally over ten thousand cycads to choose from. 

All can be shipped or delivered to anywhere within the U.S.  Included are small mature species as well as species that get very large over time.  And, species both for sun or shade.  Some will even tolerate a good amount of cold weather.  We can guide you on your selection.  But, trust that we have the plants that can add these rare and endangered cycads to your garden or collection.  We've been told we have one of the most complete and diverse offering of rare cycads anywhere within the United States.


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Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
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Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos whitelockii
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN "COCONUT PALM"

 

TALL SUN PALM – SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED SQUAT 15 GALLON

This morning I thought I'd talk about this South American palm and include a fair amount of information.  I'm doing this because I've found there is often confusion with the genus "Parajubaea".  I included the common name of "South American Coconut" for this genus because the new palm enthusiast will most likely forget these long winded scientific names. I particularly want to emphasize P. torallyi because I think it's such a great plant and easy to grow.  It has two forms as described below.

Parajubaeas are all from South America.  About twenty-five years ago the genus was "reborn" with the importation of seeds of various species from habitat.  Enthusiasts had to learn more because they had "new plants" in front of them.  Also, this gave palm people the opportunity to grow all of the species.  There are three species and one sub-variety.  These are Parajubaea cocoides, sunkha, and torallyi.  Parajubaea torallyi has a sub-variety named P. torallyi variety microcarpa.  P. cocoides has historically been the species that people have grown for the longest period.  This species is a bit different appearing than all the others with greener leaves and slower growth.  The other three types of Parajubaeas began their notoriety when seeds began being imported.  The seeds are very large (hence the term "Coconut"), shaped like a Coconut seed in a way, and some have the most peculiar wings or flanges at the end. 

Of these three other species, all are easier to grow and faster than P. cocoides.  Long term survival has also been better in California.  All are from high elevation in the Andes in Bolivia.  P. torallyi comes from elevations of up to ten thousand feet and has been reported to be the "highest elevation palm tree in the world".  Cold tolerance of these three later species is excellent, with some surviving into the upper teens F.  All have a somewhat silver-green leaf and leaflets.  All have a husky trunk.  To compare these palms, here's a synopsis.  

Parajubaea torallyi:  Tallest of the three, up to fifty feet.  Husky trunk averaging 18 inches.  Largest seed of the group.  Fast growing in the ground.
Parajubaea torallyi variety microcarpa:  Smaller than regular torallyi, trunk height to 30 perhaps 40 feet, thinner trunk, smaller seed, equal growth habit.  These are super hard to find nowadays.
Parajubaea sunkha:  Originally thought to be variety of torallyi, now known to be a species.  Smallest of these three species with trunk height 25 feet.  In habitat, grows at lower elevation, 6000 feet.
Parajubaea cocoides Natural habitat not known, may actually be a variety of P. torallyi, less cold hardy than others above, less silver in the leaves.  Not as good a grower as any of the three above.

This is a full sun genus.  It is best to start them in strong filtered light.  Germination of seeds is difficult and demands a "long thermometer" with hot days and cold nights. The 8th photo below is by Gaston Torres and the last photo by PlantAPalm website.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE SQUAT 15G $300
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $245

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.


Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi gaston tores Parajubaea torallyi plantapalm website

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE HYBRID PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY - TO ABOUT 16 DEGREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G 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 squat 15g plants.  They are six to seven feet tall.  They are ready for planting.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275


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


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

 

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


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL - THESE PLANTS JUST IN


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

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

It'll want full sun.  Before, I've only known of small one gallons available of this hybrid and for sale for about $150.  This is a chance to get a nice specimen in a squat 15g pot with a thick base for a great price.  But, we only have a few of them.  I can ship this size.

SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID $300

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  The two garden photos below are shared from PalmTalk – unknown contributors.


(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s
(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus s
(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus unknown author PalmTalks  

 

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



TRISTICHOUS ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $72.50

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

  

IOCHROMA CYANEUM
"SKY BLUE" VARIETY



HANGING PURPLE-BLUE TRUMPET FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH/1 GALLON PLANTS


This tropical appearing bush is related to Brugmansia.  There are over 20 species in this genus.  This variety forms a bush that, in most areas, is evergreen.  It gets to a height of six to eight feet with a similar width.  Flowers are tubular in shape and hang in large clusters.  The color is a purple-blue.  Blooming season is from spring to Autumn in some areas.  Bushes never seem to be without flowers.  The genus is native to areas stretching from Mexico down into South America.  It is known to survive in zone 9A - takes a freeze easily.  They prefer sun or at least half sun.  Hummingbirds love this species.  I only have a few for sale from a private collection.  I've never carried them before but will try to start propagating more.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $27.50


IOCHRMA CYANEUM SKY BLUE IOCHRMA CYANEUM SKY BLUE IOCHRMA CYANEUM SKY BLUE
IOCHRMA CYANEUM SKY BLUE IOCHRMA CYANEUM SKY BLUE IOCHROMA CYANEUM garden.org

  

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!


DWARF TREE THAT BLOSSOMS CONTINUALLY
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.  A garden plant will have twenty to thirty blossoms.  This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find.  I’m offering starter plants in one gallon pots on special.  They are a good growing plant but, remember, never get very big. 

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50


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


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

  

RARE RHAPIS HYBRID
(RHAPIS MULTIFIDA X HUMILIS) X RHAPIS HUMILIS



SHOULD BE MEDIUM SIZED MATURE PALM
SUCKERING WITH THIN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

As many of you know, Luis Hooper was one of the all-time greats when it came to hybridizing Rhapis palms.  The plants on special here are from a cross that he did.  He crossed male Rhapis humilis pollen to an existing hybrid of Rhapis multifida x humilis.  Plants will have thin trunks, leaflets will be green and narrow.  Leaflet tips will be pointed.  It'll be a filtered light plant that is cold hardy well into the mid-twenties, probably colder.  Expect a mature height over ten feet.  This is a very rare palm to see offered.  We only have a couple.  The photos in the last row are the seed bearing mother cross.

REGULAR PRICE THIS CROSS IN 2G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60


Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g
Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g
Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida g Rhapis (multifida x humilis)  

  

SYAGRUS KELLYANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM
A SMALLER ALTERNATIVE TO THE QUEEN PALM


FULL CROWN OF GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk Syagrus is native to Brazil and only gets to heights of ten to twenty feet.  The trunk is thin and clean over time.  Leaves are somewhat plumose and green.  Fruits are fairly large and yellow in color.  Some comment that is is similar to S. picrophylla.  It is a full sun palm with an, as of yet, unknown cold tolerance.  I suspect it'll go into the twenties for sure.  It is a newly introduced species so there's little cultural information.  Note on the mature palm pictures that the leaves down go much below the spherical circle of crown leaves.  I find this very appealing.  I’m offering 5 gallon plants on special.  This is a very rare species to find.  Mature plant photos below are by Palmpedia, TS at RPS and Paul Craft - PalmNut.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special price when purchasing.


Syagrus kellyana Syagrus kellyana Syagrus kellyana
Syagrus kellyana Syagrus kellyana Syagrus kellyana Palmpedia
Syagrus kellyana Syagrus kellyana palm nut Syagrus kellyana

  

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


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


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

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G $185


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

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

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM


BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden or look really bad.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  But, if you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm - plain and simple.  This species is more cold hardy than the Bottle Palm.  All our plants have been grown from seed at our nursery.  This species cannot be imported from FL because of Agriculture restrictions. 

It does have the bulging trunk, but this bulge is central in the trunk, not at the base.  And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The 25 gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights ov