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MONDAY, 14 JUNE, 2021

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


MOST ARE COASTAL SUN LOVING SPECIES
MOST AVAILABLE AT OUR NURSERY


Below you will find over 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.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.  And, by no means, is this an entire list of species for this area.  There are many more that do fine in this area.  Rather, this is just a "sampler".


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
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiens/decora

 

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


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE


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.  Recently we’ve had some 5 gallon which sold out.  But, we just got in some very nicely sized 25 gallon that I’m putting on sale.


TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID 25 GALLON SIZE $475

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  Below I am showing the three parent species that were used to make this very rare hybrid


(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus
(Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus (Jubaea x Butia) x Syagrus
Jubaea chilensis Butia capitata Queen Palm

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE – INTENSELY BLUE

DROUGHT AND EXTREME SUN TOLERANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  Therefore it’s an ideal desert palm.  Mature height is typically 20 to 25 feet with a medium sized sem-smooth trunk.  Flowers extend far beyond the leaves.  Fruits are black and small when mature.  These 15g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $165

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  Of note, supplies are limited but we intend on getting mmore in soon.  On the mature trees below, note the prominent blue color of the leaves.  This is the hallmark of this species.


Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g
Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS



RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!
SUPER BULGING CROWN SHAFT, GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either "oceana" or "Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants we're putting on special.  We may also have some 15g for sale. I want to thank the Palm&Cycad Society of New Zealand and PalmCurry at PalmTalk for their photos below.

REGULAR PRICE BIG 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $85

Easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana palm & cycad Soc New Zealdn Rhopalostylis oceana palm & cycad Soc New Zealdn Rhopalostylis oceana palmcurry PalmTalk

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - THICK TRUNK
SALE OF 5 GALLON SIZE

The original specimen of this species was found in the garden of the now-late Don Carlsmith on the Big Island, HI.  Friend Jeff Marcus grew this species from seeds of this single plant and, thirty years ago, referred to it as Dypsis "Stumpy".  With the assistance of John Dransfield at Kew Gardens in the U.K., it was later given the name of Dypsis carlsmithii.

This is a medium sized, crown shafted pinnate palm with upright leaves that are green and arch at their ends.  Leaves are keeled and the crown shaft is green with hints of orange.  It was called "stumpy" by Jeff because the trunk is thick compared to many other Dypsis.  Trunks are ringed and 12 to 14 inches thick.  Mature height is twenty feet and it wants part day or full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.  Nowadays, the only source of seeds for this species is domestic seeds so availability is very limited.  We are putting a small number of 5 gallon on sale.  The seventh photo is by Ryan Gallivan c/o PACSOA. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $100 

 

Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis_carlsmithii by Ryan Galivan PACSOA  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis stumpy carlsmithii 

 

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.  The last photo is c/o PalmPedia. 

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


Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana palmpedia Pinanga javana Palmpedia

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
EXOTIC THIN TRUNKED PALM

 

WIDE GREEN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a single trunk pinnate palm with a habitat location that extends from southern Mexico into Central America.  Overall height is twelve feet.  The trunk is light green to dark green, prominently ringed and about an inch in diameter.  Leaves are six feet long, dark green in color.  Leaflets are up to two feet long, widely spaced and have a prominent drip tip for rainwater to run off the leaves.  In the right location, you can hardly do better in selecting an exotic, tropical appearing species.  We've found the cold tolerance to be into the mid to upper twenties F.  This is a shade loving species.  Shown here is are 5 gallon plants which were spring repots.  Therefore, a very nice discount.  I am showing a female plant with green fruit below.   

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Special.  We only have a handful of these.


Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana

 

CYPHOSPERMA BALANSAE
SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM



SHORT BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unbelievably rare palm species is native to mountainous areas of New Caledonia.  There are several hallmarks for identifying this species.  It has stiff, upright green leaves.  The leaves do not arch.  There is a short crown shaft that, over time, turns almost black.  This black color can spread onto the trunk.  Mature height is over 30 feet in an ideal climate.  It likes humidity and warmer winter temperatures.  So, it would not be an ideal species for far interior areas.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We are offering 5 gallon plants on special.  They were repotted this spring, so we're offering a very nice discount.  This is another extremely rare palm that is near impossible to find.  I’d recommend a bit of sun (after acclimation) or strong filtered light.  Let it grow into the sun over time.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

We only have a few available.  They'll be gone quickly.  The size on sale are shown in the first six photos.


Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM


MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ABSOLUTELY HUGE BAND SIZE


Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  You'll see this on the photos below.  But, often this red color disappears over time.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  I've had one in my garden for years in San Diego.  BTW, the yellow color to the leaves is something characteristic of this species when young.

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


Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

SABAL BRAZORIENSIS
RARE DWARF FAN PALM NATIVE TO TEXAS



NATURAL HYBRID BETWEEN TWO SABAL SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS


Sabal brazoriensis is a naturally occurring dwarf hybrid fan palm that was discovered in Brazoria County, Texas.  It is a cross between Sabal minor (a small dwarf species) and Sabal palmetto.  Identifying this hybrid puzzled taxonomists until genetic studies found that (in the long ago past) these two species hybridized.  It's location presently is known only to occur in Brazoria County.  Leaves are green and very large for its height.  Mature heights range from ten to twenty feet. It is extremely slow growing - so it'll be short for quite a while.  Leaves are very costopalmate - as opposed to other species.  Trunks are thick.  We germinated and are growing some of this sought after species.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

The photo of the garden specimen is by Brian F. Austin at PalmTalk.

Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis
Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal brazorienis PalmTalk by Sabal brazoriensis palmtalk by Brian F. Austin

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE


This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say this because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  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.  On occasion, they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color in sun is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.

Shown below are the band size which we're putting on sale.  Plants have three, sometimes four leaves.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.

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

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

 
Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni
Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni

 

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 MUNCHII
A 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 blue munchii

 

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 $55


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  

 

BRAZILIAN RED CLOAK
MEGASKEPASMA ERYTHROCHLAMYS



AMAZING PROMINENTLY RED LARGE SHRUB
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


The Brazilian Red Cloak is super rare and hard to find.  This is probably because most propagation is by cuttings only.  And, you have to have a mother plant to do this.  We obtained two mother plants about eight years ago and have established them here in Encinitas.  We began propagating about a year ago.  This is considered a "bush" but can reach heights of eight feet or more.  It blooms red when the weather is more cool - November to April.  The terminal leaves turn red and hide the small white blossoms within (thus the "cloak" in the name).  The red colored photos are of our mother plants.  These can be mail ordered but you have to be in at least a 9A environment to grow it.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We only have a few for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak
Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak
Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak Brazilian Red Cloak

 

LYCHEE FRUIT - JUVENILE PLANTS FOR SALE
EXOTIC TROPICAL FRUIT

 

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


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

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


I only have several for sale.  They can be mail ordered.  The last three photos of the fruit are c/o Wikipedia.


Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis
Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis Litchi chinensis
Litchi chinensis Wikipedia Litchi chinensis Wikipedia Lytchi chinensis Wikipedia

 

NEOROGELIA - RED SPECKLED
RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD


GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Discount for this reduced price when you purchase.
 
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    

 

SUNDAY, 13 JUNE, 2021

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.  One 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.  And, all are On Sale - See Below!

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

  

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



TREES IN FRUIT

Wodyetia bifurcata, a species from Queensland, Australia, is known for it's fluffy leaves, medium stature and bright red and large fruit.  Shown here are several plants in fruit in various stages.  Fruit first appears green.  Fruit will attain full size but still be green.  Then it changes to a light yellow, then to orange and finally to a prominent red.  At this red stage it may fall to the ground.  When red, it is ready to be removed and germinated.  Green fruit germinates poorly.  Fruit size is about like a small chicken egg.  Seeds inside are brown and prominently grooved.  In our local growing area here in San Diego, we've had scores of mature trees of this species produce viable seeds.

wodyetia in fruit
Tree with ripe red fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
First tree in fruit.  All seeds are green
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Another specimen with ripening fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit wodyetia fruit

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE



SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS

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

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

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

This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare hybrid for sale.  


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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT WITH COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

We just got in some new 25g Triangle Palms.  They are getting quite difficult to find.  This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  This crown shaft has multiple colors including purple, silver and black.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The palms on Special are sun and landscape ready.  Plant them tomorrow!  These are way too big for mail order.  They are very large for their 25g pots.  Heights in the pots are 9 to 10 feet.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $485

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase when you get one of these newly arrived 25g plants. 


Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g
Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm 25g
Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm Dypsis decaryi Triangle Palm Dypsis decaryi

 

PRITCHARDIA NEAR-SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
SHOWING FOUR DIFFERENT VARIETIES BELOW
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular type of fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about  ten to twenty feet.  We are growing at least seven or eight species that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  Leaves are usually green but also have some blue-green leafed species.  Trunk diameter averages 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate sometimes with a bit of wave in the cross section. 

Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Some of the 25g we have shown here are about 10 feet tall in the pot and at least 12 years old.  I’d estimate some of them are the size of a 36 inch boxed plant.  They are all too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.  The first six photos show all aspects of one plant.  These are followed by photos of three different species.  Then I’ll show some mature garden plants in the last row of photos.
 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $475

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia lowreyana Pritchardia martii Pritchardia minor

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS

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

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


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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM



SINGLE TRUNK - GREEN LEAVES
SALE ON 15 AND 20 GALLON PLANTS

It took over a decade for taxonomists to figure out how many species of Beccariophoenix there were in Madagascar.  Thirty years ago there were felt to be two.  They were distinguished by the presence or absence of "windows" in the juvenile leaves and for quite a while were referred to as "windows" and "no-windows" species by collectors.  A third species was subsequently found in the High Plateau area of Madagascar.  This newer species has been named Beccariophoenix alfredii. 

Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is the original "no windows" species and is a single trunk green palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has leaves that are green, upright and about ten feet long.  A full crown has about a a dozen such leaves.  There is no crown shaft and the trunk is about 16 inches in width.  Although not overly tall, the crown of leaves is full.  It wants full sun and has a cold tolerance in the 25 to 28 degree F. range.  I know of multiple specimens here in the San Diego area.  It has been quite difficult nowadays to find with the lack of importation of Madagascar seeds into the U.S.

We have a limited number of 15 and 20 gallon plants.  We're putting them on sale.  The large palm below is by Daryl Occonor via PACSOA.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $200

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $350
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $275

Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis 
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Daryl Oconnor PACSOA 

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


FULL SUN - VERY DURABLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The band size shown below are between three and four years old.  This is the only size we currently have available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

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


Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Justen Dobbs PACSOA
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia  

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

 

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

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

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

Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

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 were put into their containers last summer.  The last photo shows a nursery plant in a 35 gallon pot.

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA



TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a sun or shade palm that you don’t see around too much.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  But, the glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  In that photo the thumb “wiped away” the glaucous color.  This palm is quite attractive and typically grown as a multiple.  These 5g on sale are multiples even as this is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


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

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


 

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

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

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

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


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

 

ACANTHOPHOENIX RUBRA
THE RED PALM OR THE BARBEL PALM


SPINY SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM THE MAURITIUS AND REUNION ISLANDS
SPINY WHEN YOUNGER - RED CROWN SHAFT
PIN
EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
AVAILABLE NOW SEVERAL 5G PLANTS


This single trunk palm is quite uncommon in enthusiast yards.  This is probably because it's so difficult to find but also because it only takes temperatures just below a freeze but not much lower.  So, one needs an ideal climate to succeed with this species.  Juvenile plants like shown below have prominent spines on the trunk and petioles.  However, with age these disappear.  There is a red color to the leaf stems and sometimes the leaves. Mature height is expected to be ten to fifteen feet.  The trunk is thin, about 4 to 6 inches.  There is a reddish crown shaft.  It would like some sun but not full sun when small.  Preferably it would work its way up into the sun.  In more tropical areas like HI, plants are known to get up to twenty feet tall or more.   The plants on sale are 5 gallon size that were repotted this spring.  Therefore we are offering a nice discount.  This is one of the few times we've had this species available for over the past ten years. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $75


The 5g size available now are shown in the first six photos.  In the third row is a prior years 15 gallon plant.  The mature palms is c/o David Transwell from Australia.
  The last photo shows the red spines and leaf bases.


Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra
Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra
Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Tranwell AU Acanthophoenix rubra

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT



BEAUTIFUL PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE!

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

Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture: Give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial. The 5g size on sale are spring repots so we’re offering a nice discount.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

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


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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


GREAT CHOICE FOR THE GARDEN OR INSIDE THE HOME
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON MULTIPLES


Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does in the garden here in So California and is known as one of the best choices as an interior palm.  Remember it can get tall over many years so you’d do best if you have high ceilings.  It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice one gallon plants with several individual plants in each pot.  These can be mail ordered.  The last row of photos shows two older potted trees that'd guide you on how they'd look as a house palm.  The larger one is at least 15 years old.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $52.50


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN



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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $100

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

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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD

 


EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


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

The 15 gallon plants shown have caudexes in the four to five inch range.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.  The special is for the size shown (as cycads are sold by caudex size, not pot size).  We do have larger plants available at discounted prices.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $325

This size can be shipped or delivered.  Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.


Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

SCHIZOLOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE BRAZILIAN FIRETREE OR FERN TREE



HORIZONTAL BRANCHES
SMALL LEAFLETS - PRODUCES MILD SHADE
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON & 25G 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 $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $160

25 GALLON REGULAR PRICE $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $285

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

 

THE MOOSEHORN FERN
PLATYCERUM SUPERBUM

 
GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY - MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE PLANTS AS SHOWN

Platycerum are a type of fern that we know as the "Staghorn Fern".  But, the normal type you see, P. bifurcatum, has deer antler types of leaves.  They are narrow and reach out from the attaching shield.  There's another type known as the "Moosehorn Fern" where the leaves are entire, stretching across the width of the plant.  These leaves can get up to six feet across.  They are not easy to find.  The standard Staghorn is not difficult to locate.  Both are an epiphytic type of plant that can be mounted on a tree trunk or grown on a wooden base. 

They are not hard to care for but you don't want to let them go dry.  I water them by just spraying with a hose (make sure the water comes into the plant from above – like rain) and occasionally give them some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  They can take a few hours of coastal sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties I normally carry plants that have shield under a foot wide.  I just got in some older and much bigger plants.  The shields are two feet across.  You can see from the photos how the plant is lapping over th edges of the wood and should be mounted on a large piece of wood or onto the tree trunk.  This plant is throwing a fertile leaf presently that will bear spores for those interested in propagation.  This size is difficult to mail order. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGER MOOSEHORN FERNS $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN BELOW $225


Mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  We do have a few that are smaller in size.  The last habitat photo is c/o
floragreatlakes.info website.


Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern
Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern
Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum by floragreatlakes.info website  

 

PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATUM
THE STAGHORN FERN


EPIPHYTIC FERN FOR GROWING ON TREE TRUNKS, WALLS OR POSTS
OVER MANY YEARS FORMS A LARGE CLUSTER OF PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL WOOD MOUNTED OLDER PLANTS

This species is different than the Moosehorn Fern shown above.  It is native to Australia.  The leaves tend to be protruding out from the shield and branch or bifurcate.  They are green in color and form spores on the underside of the leaves.  Like the Moosehorn, you have to not let them go dry. Make sure you water them as if it was rain – from above so the water goes behind the shield.   The plant shown is about 15 years old and has multiple growth points.  I.e.,  it’s developing multiple areas where the antler-like leaves will appear.  It is mounted on wood.  They have a hook on the back for hanging.  Or, they can be attached to a tree trunk or branch as shown below.  Also, give them some soluble fertilizer from time to time. I've even heard they like old bananas.  They'd be hard to ship but it can be done. This species likes filtered light or a little sun.  It's cold hardy probably into the upper twenties F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE STAGHORN $125 TO $150.

Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.


Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata
Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata
Platycerium bifurcata Staghorn fern

 

ASSORTED ATTRACTIVE BROMELIADS FOR THE GARDEN



SHOWING BELOW FOUR INTERESTING SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SPECIES AS SHOWN

Bromeliads are an ideal understory companion plant for the garden floor.  Or, they also make great patio plants and even interior plants.  Those shown below are for filtered light, not direct sun.  Mature width of these plants is up to 18 inches or less.  Three show nice color which is also desirable in the garden.  Of note, these can be planted in the ground or mounted on tree trunks, posts or fences. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL FOUR SPECIES AS SHOWN BELOW $35

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  In order, plants below are a striated Vriesia species, Neorogelia donna, Neorogelia lila and Neorogelia medusa. 

Vriesia species Vriesia species Vriesia species
Vriesia species Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna
Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna Neorogelia species pink
Neorogelia species pink Neorogelia species pink Neorogelia species pink
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
Neorogelia medusa Bromeliads on tree trunk Bromeliads in the garden

 

ENSETE MAURELII
RED BANANA


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE WITH RED LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $60

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

 

THURSDAY, 10 JUNE, 2021 

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

 

LUSH & EXOTIC TROPICAL ALOCASIA
AN AMAZING SELECTION OF UNUSUAL SPECIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE


GREAT COMPANION PLANTS - FOR SUN OR SHADE

Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids.  Many plants below are hybrids developed for beauty.

Presently have a great selection of unusual and hardly ever seen Alocasia.  Availability on these rare plants does change over time.  What you see below may not be available in the future.  Sizes shown below are all 3 gallon.  We’re offering these at a special price for any species for ten days.  Many can be mail ordered but putting them in box could damage the fragile leaves.  There are some sun species below and some that are very cold hardy.  All like good draining soil and ample moisture on the roots.  Of note, we do have smaller sized Alocasia for sale and, on some, larger sizes.


All species below  are for sale, one size or another.  Some are in limited quantities.  Some are on sale, see far below.

ALOCASIA CALIDCORA

Height over six feet, tolerates full coastal sun, green leaves, good grower and forms trunks
Alocasia calidora
Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora
ALOCASIA DARK STAR

Height 3 to 4 feet, green leaves with purple veins, near black stems, tolerates part day sun, fairly cold hardy into low 20's F.
Alocasias dark star Alocasias dark star
Alocasias dark star Alocasia rega shield
ALOCASIA PORTORA

Good sized hybrid to over six feet.  Tolerates full or part day coastal sun.  Winters over in our area.  Wavy green leaves with prominent veins.
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD

Popular hybrid.  Medium sized to six feet.  Takes a bit of sun or filtered light.  Dark leaves with purple undersides, prominent veins. 
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
ALOCASIA SUMO

Mature height six to eight feet.  Large arrowhead shaped leaves that are purple-green with purple backs.  Takes full or part sun. 
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM


SUPER TALL SQUAT 20 GALLON PLANTS
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 20G SIZE

This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  In addition, they are a very beautiful palm.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering established 20 gallon plants on special for ten days.  They are over ten to twelve feet tall in their pots as shown and each plant has many trunks.  It’s instant landscape.  We do have limited numbers of these larger plants but also have smaller sizes available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TALL 20 GALLON PLANTS $400

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  Of note, presently with the shortages in the market of plant material, these are getting near impossible to find.


Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
CHUNKY 15G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown below is a size of the Windmill that are available in limited numbers – very large 25 gallon with several feet of hairy trunk. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 25 GALLON $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $435

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.


Trachycarpus fotunei Trachycarpus fotunei
Trachycarpus fotunei Trachycarpus fotunei Trachycarpus fotunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS


SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown below are some 15g that we are putting on sale at an excellent price.  This is the best price we’ve offered in years.  This size can be mail ordered although it’d take a large box to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $135

Remember:  Mention this Special!  My thanks to TS at RPS for his photo below.


Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g
Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g
Chamaeropos cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPS Chamaeropos cerifera

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS


SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

FOR DESCRIPTION AND GARDEN PHOTOS, SEE ABOVE


REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 25 GALLON $375

Remember:  Mention this Special! 


Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $180

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

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The 15g plants on special are chunky and nice.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $195

 

Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
 Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

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 

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

Euterpe edulis is a fun palm to grow because it is super attractive, has a narrow trunk and a beautiful, smooth crown shaft.  I have had several in my garden.  On mine, the crown shafts were a purple-green color but it's more common to see them as a lime green.  Maximum height is about thirty feet with about a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves tend to arch down and leaf color is green.  This species likes to start in filtered light and work its way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper twenties F.  Anticipate a plant life of about thirty years.  Also of note is the fact that the hearts of this palm are edible and a delicacy in many areas.   


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

Remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.  Note, we only have a few left.


Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
EUTERPE EDULIS EUTERPE EDULIS EUTERPE EDULIS Wikipedia

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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.  The last 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 is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95

Just mention this Special for your discount.  The last photo below is c/o TS at RPS.


Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g 
Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g 
Chamaedorea tepejilote  Chamaedorea tepejilote   

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
THE LICURY PALM

VERY DIFFERENT APPEARING SYAGRUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This is a lowland Atlantic coast Brazilian species and lives in a more arid locality in habitat.  This species gets to about forty feet height and has a one foot thick trunk.  Its leaf color is blue green and sometimes gray.  The underside of the leaves is silver.  The most prominent feature of this species is the retained old leaf bases that swirl around the upper trunk below the leaves.  When these fall away a knobby character to the trunk is left behind. 

This is a full sun species and can be grown in more arid areas.  It is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties, perhaps even to the low 20's. F.  Juvenile foliate is strap like.  Then, when older, pinnate leaves appear.  This species can tolerate drought but responds to ample water.  Its growth rate is medium.  Shown here is our one gallon size which we’ve put on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount!


Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata
Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata

 

PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
THE NAPALIE LOULU PALM



EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN
MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This palm is a tropical fan palm native to Hawaii.  Its habitat is located on the cliffs of the Napali coastline on the island of Kauai.  It reaches a trunk height of fourteen to twenty feet with a trunk diameter of about 8 inches.  Taller specimens have been reported in habitat.  Leaves are green, flat with distinctly divided segments when mature.  Seeds become black and are round, about an inch in length.  Near the leaf attachment, the proximal leaf and terminal leaf stem have pronounced rusty-brown hairs/tomentum.  The rest of the ventral leaves are green.  Along the coast it can be grown in full sun and cold hardiness is a bit below a freeze (exact low uncertain).  We rarely have these for sale.  Seeds were from a domestic tree.  Presently these plants are bigger than shown in the photos six months ago.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $50

Remember to mention this Special.  Mail order possible.
The 7th and 9th photos by Kyle Wicomb, Palmpedia.  The 8th photo is by P. Goltra.


Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis
Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis
Pritchardia napaliensis NTBG Kauai, kyle wicomb2 Pritchardia napaliensis habitat by P. Goltra Palmpedia Pritchardia napalensis4 PalmPedia

 

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 to two gallon pots with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  They need to be repotted or planted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1-2 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $95

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

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD

 

GOOD LOW PROFILE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT HIS SIZE $195

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1.5 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.  Shown below are the band

The plants on sale are huge 1.5 gallon plants - about a 5g size for most nurseries.  Caudexes are about 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1.5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

Remember, mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans from Botany.CS website

 

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

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN


CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount. 


AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri
Asparagus myeri - Get this one

 

ASSORTED ALOCASIA VARIETIES
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS



WE HAVE ABOUT TWELVE VARIETIES IN STOCK
VARIOUS HEIGHTS, TROPICAL, LUSH-APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids. 

Many plants below are hybrids developed for beauty.  Right now we have a great selection of unusual and hard to find varieties of Alocasia.  Availability on these rare plants does change over time.  We mostly have 5 gallon size but some one gallons.  There are some sun species below and some that are very cold hardy.  All like good draining soil and ample moisture on the roots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON ALOCASIA $55

Below are nine different varieties.  We have three or four more types.  Mail order is possible but a bit difficult b/c of weather issues and the fragile leaves.


Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem
Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
Alocasia dark star
Alocasia dark star
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii
Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia calidora
Alocasia calidora

 

MONDAY, 7 JUNE, 2021

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM



UPRIGHT LEAVES
FROM NEW CALEDONIA

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

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

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT



NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium
Specimen in garden
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  In Southern CA, 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 24 inch box size that we have on special.  These have seen a freeze every winter for quite a few years.   This is a good size for those who want to start with a bigger plant.


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE $475

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  We have a limited number of these available.


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

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER, SUCKERING BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM

 

CAN TOLERATE SOME SHADE - COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue, especially on the underside of the leaves.  The plants we have on special are the blue variety and definitely show it here.  We’ve grown them from seed and they are now suckering.  Their ages are at least ten years.  THE Leaves are blue on both sides and very flat.  This species lives in forests where there are many mature plants seeing only filtered light.  But, they ae known to tolerate some sun.  If these remind of you Brahea decumbens, you’d be correct.  But, B. decumbens are smaller and definitely a full sun species.   

REGULAR PRICE OLDER 15 GALLON SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE BANDS $200

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.
  Mature plant photos are c/o TS of RPS and A.P. of PACSOA.


Brahea dulcis blue  Brahea dulcis blue  Brahea dulcis blue 
Brahea dulcis blue  Brahea dulcis blue  Brahea dulcis blue 
Brahea dulcis blue  Brahea dulcis blue TS RPS  Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT



ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

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

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 15g on Special.  They are of nice size.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON $200

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


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

 

UNKNOWN SYAGRUS SPECIES
SHOULD BE A DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



WE CAN'T DEFINITELY IDENTIFY IT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15G SIZE


Syagrus is a palm genus native to South America and the Antilles Islands.  Most are single trunk but there have been some more recent identifications of suckering species.  They typically have stout trunks with medium to tall mature heights.  Fruits are often yellow or red in color and larger.  Leaf stems are spineless and leaves are pinnate.  There are flat leaves and some that are plumose.  The plant shown here is somewhat multi-ranked in the leaflets as shown below.  Leaf color is usually green with some more silver species.  The plant on special was grown by us but the tags were lost.  It is similar to Syagrus coronata but not identical.  The plants on special are chunky 15 gallon size.  They'll want full sun and have seen many freezes at our nursery.  I cannot show a mature plant as I'm not sure of the exact species. 

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

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Syagrus species Syagrus species Syagrus species

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGE DESCRIBED SPECIES IN THE KING PALM FAMILY



FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $180

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


Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow PACSOA Archontophoenix maxima by PD Archontophoenix maxima

 

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


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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 5g 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 5 GALLON SIZE $185

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  Below I am showing the three parent palms that were used to make this very rare hybrid.


 
(Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus
(Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus
Butia capitata
 Butia capitata
Queen Palm
 Syagrus romanzoffiana - Queen Palm
Jubaea chilensis
 Jubaea chilensis

 

SERENOA REPENS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM



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

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in 5 gallon pots but not overly large.  We do have larger, but on this batch are offering a very good price.  It is slow growing and has smaller sized leaves.  It forms a clump over time.  The plants on special are about four years old.  Of note, young plants never show blue - but these plants are just showing it.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  These 5g plants are bout 2 leaves further along than shown in these older photos.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


serenoa repens serenoa repens serenoa repens
serenoa repens serenoa repens serenoa repens
serenoa repens serenoa repens sERENOA REPENS

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
VERY RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


PLUMOSA LEAVES – COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This highly sought-after, single trunk species from Madagascar is very beautiful.  It falls into the category of a “must have ” species.  This species comes from mid-elevation in southern Madagascar and is proving to be a great species for Southern California.  It has a height of over 30 feet, a thick trunk that is about 12 to sixteen inches thick with prominent rings, plumose upright leaves and a colored crown shaft.  The crown shaft has white silver, orange and black colors.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties but is not yet worked out.  Mature trees tolerate full sun along the coast.  The mature photos are by TS at RPS.  One photo is c/o John Dransfield, Kew Botanical Garden in London.  We’re putting 2 gallon plants on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $57.50

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


Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana TS RPS Dypsis prestoniana jd kew bot garden Dypsis prestoniana TS RPS

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1 GALLON SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special – one gallon size.  They are about 3 to 4 years old.  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. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $47.50

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA SCHIPPII
AN ALMOST UNKNOWN AND NEVER AVAILABLE SPECIES


UNDERSTORY SUCKERING PINNATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Taxonomically, this species of Chamaedorea is an accepted species.  When I got started in palms about 40 years ago, you could occasionally find one available but you really had to seek it out.  Then they disappeared from the market.  I have a friend with a mature matched and sexed pair of them who set seeds last year.  I haven't this species for sale for at least 20 years.  No one has them.  We're offering them in a seedling stage and have very few available.

This is a suckering green leaf understory species of Chamaedorea.  They get a mature height of twelve to fourteen feet and have an appearance similar to C. costaricana.  But, the leaves are longer and the trunks are thicker.  Trunks remain vertical and don't usually lean.  This species has historically been used to make some of the more interesting Chamaedorea hybrids including the famous "Irving Cantor" cross.  They were chosen for hybridization because of their strong vertical trunks.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS RARE PALM BAND SIZE $50

Remember:  Limited numbers and mention this Blog Only Special to get this price. Sorry, but I only have one mature plant to show at this time.


Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii
Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL MATURE, CONING SIZED 20 GALLON SPECIMEN

Shown below is a blue cycad with an age of about 25 years.  This is a 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.  The plant shown here is a definite blue spiny form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  It is definitely coning size but we do not recall the sex.  It is in a 20g pot with a caudex that is 9.5 inches thick and 8.5 inches tall.  Be aware that once the caudex "ball" reaches a near mature diameter, it begins to put on vertical height.  So, when you see a plant like this with vertical trunk, you know it is much older than a sole ball shaped plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $2062.50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $1675

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.
  Mature specimens of this species shown in last row of photos
.


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ncephalartos trispinosus 20g caudex 9..5 x 8.5 inches ncephalartos trispinosus 20g caudex 9..5 x 8.5 inches ncephalartos trispinosus 20g caudex 9..5 x 8.5 inches
ncephalartos trispinosus ncephalartos trispinosus ncephalartos trispinosus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

WIDE SOMEWHAT SPINY LEAFLETS
ORANGE OR RED CONE WHEN MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


This fairly rare cycad species is native to the Natal region of South Africa and Mozambique.  It is most known for the appearance of the leaflets - they resemble the leaflets of a Holly Fern.  I would consider this a medium sized cycad as it really doesn't get significant trunk height.  But, leaves can be six feet long so it's hard to consider it to be a dwarf plant.  Also notable are the prominently orange or red cones on mature plants.  This actual plant on special has the wide leaflets.   Leaf color is green with spines on the leaflet edges.  Caudex size mature is usually one, perhaps two feet.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  This is not to say more coastal areas cannot grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.   

This actual plant on sale is in a 15 gallon pot and has a caudex of six inches.  I do not know the sex.  It can be mail ordered.  The sale plant is shown in the first six photos.  It is possible we'd have a similar other plant available if this one sells.


REGULAR PRICE THIS 15 GALLON CYCAD $690
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $550

Remember to mention this Ten Day Special if and when you purchase. 


 
Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox  
Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox  
Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox   Encephalartos ferox  

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII X E. TRISPINOSUS



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

Most of you cycad enthusiasts are aware of the two parent species of this hybrid.  Male pollen from an E. trispinosus was used to pollinate a receptive female E. lehmannii.  Both of these parents are desirable blue South African cycad species.  Hybridization often gives very vigorous offspring - called "hybrid vigor".  This is one of multiple hybrid Encephalartos that I'll show over the next few weeks.  Along the coast, this plant will want full sun.  Far inland, limited sun.  Cold hardiness 22 degrees F.  These seedlings now have 2 leaves - opposed to the older photos shown below. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID BAND SIZE $55

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

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

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD



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 $255

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

   

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

 

CANNA TROPICANA LILY
5 GALLON NOW AVAILABLE


MULTI-COLORED LEAVES – 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 several types/varieties available.  Photos below are of the tropicana variety.  The plant size below will double in the next month or two.  They’ll blossom usually here in July with orange flowers. In this post, I’m also showing a different variety below.  Limited supplies are available.

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

 

CANNA LILY SPECIES
5 GALLON NOW AVAILABLE


GREEN LEAVES - YELLOW BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

SEE DESCRIPTION OF CANNAS ABOVE

Shown here is a green leaf Canna that has yellow blossoms.  Expect a mature plant height of about four to five feet.  These will bloom in mid-summer.  The blossom photo is from last year.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Canna species yellow blossom Canna species yellow blossom  Canna species yellow blossom 
Canna species yellow blossom  Canna species yellow blossom  Canna species yellow blossom 
Canna species yellow blossom     

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
A MINIATURE TREE FERN


NEVER MORE THAN SIX FEET TALL – FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Also Also known as the Silver Lady Fern, this unique form of tree fern rarely gets trunks over three to four feet.  The leaves are soft and about two feet long.  It is native to various South Pacific islands including New Caledonia, Fiji and Hawaii.  It is very exotic appearing and has a resemblance to a cycad in its overall appearance.  It is a filtered light species and can take partial sun along the coast.


It prefers high humidity.  Allowing it to dry out would not be good for this or any fern.  In pots, it likes good draining soil. Also, it is known to like acidic pH soil and doesn't like lime.  People are growing this as a patio plant quite easily and even inside the home.  For those who like tree ferns but want a miniature, this is the perfect plant for you.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  We presently have some very nice older 5 gallon plants that are almost 3 feet tall in their pots as shown here. 

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

 

 

Blechnum gibbum fern  Blechnum gibbum fern  Blechnum gibbum fern 
Blechnum Fern Blechnum gibbum fern  Blechnum gibbum fern 
Blechnum gibbum fern  Blechnum gibbum fern  Blechnum gibbum fern 

 

VRIESEA HEIROGLYPHICA
SHADE BROMELIAD - MEDIUM SIZE MATURE

GREEN WIDE LEAVES WITH TRANSVERSE STRIATION
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SIZE

Vriesea heiroglyphica is an exotic, shade loving Bromeliad that gets banded leaves that are green with green-black transverse irregular markings.  Leaves can get three feet long and 3 inches wide.  Plant height can be three feet.  It wants filtered light.  Plants shown below on special.  These are presently 18 to 20 inches wide.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN HERE $45

Vriesia hieroglyphica   Vriesia hieroglyphica   Vriesia hieroglyphica  
Vriesia hieroglyphica   Vriesia hieroglyphica   Vriesia hieroglyphica  

 

NEOROGELIA CAROLINAE
COLORFUL VARIEGATED BROMELIAD

FILTERED LIGHT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN


In general, most Neorogelia like filtered light.  This species is no exception.  It has pink centers with long green leaves with white variegation and margins.  They are medium sized mature with a plant width of about two feet or a bit more.  These plants are about to sucker.  They do not want full sun exposure.  The last photo show Bromeliads in the garden or mounted in a tree.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

 
Neorogelia carolinae pink variegated   Neorogelia carolinae pink variegated   Neorogelia carolinae pink variegated  
Neorogelia carolinae pink variegated   Neorogelia carolinae pink variegated   Bromeliads in a tree 
Bromeliads in garden  Bromeliads in landscape  Bromeliads in landscape 

 

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE, 2021 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM - ROOTSPINE PALM



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


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

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM



A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15 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 our squat 15 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have other sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

REGULAR PRICE THESE SQUAT 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195


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

READ MORE ABOUT CHAMBEYRONIA

 
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CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa


BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 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 15 gallon size that we have on special.  This is a good size to start with and should take off quickly.


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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

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

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

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

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  This is a very slow growing species.  The five gallon plants are being put on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.


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Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75

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

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

 

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


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


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $95

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Obviously, I have no mature garden plants to show you as this is such a rare hybrid.  But, rest assured you'd not find them at another nursery that I know of.


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Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid

  

CHAMAEDOREA ELATIOR
A CLIMBING SHADE PALM
TOTALLY TRANSFORMS ITS APPEARANCE

LARGE SIMPLE LEAF WHEN SMALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

Enthusiast who don't know this may plant it in a open area next to other palms.  It's quite attractive when juvenile with a large, simple leaf as shown below.  But, this will change over time.  The first garden photo was taken in Encinitas, CA and shows how this species is being trained to go up a palm trunk. 

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

Our 5g size is shown in the first five photos followed by older nursery plants (not available).  The last photo is c/o TS at RPS and shows a plant trying to climb up a tree trunk. 

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL FEW REMAINING 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

For quite a few years, palm enthusiasts have been familiar with this rare species from Madagascar.  It has been called "Dypsis species bef".  But, to this day, it has no accepted botanical name.  It has a rather narrow ringed trunk with arching and keeled green leaves.  The crown shaft is white.  It is medium sized with a height of about 20 feet.  The garden specimen is c/o Steve S., PalmPedia.  As a nursery plant it has soft green relaxed leaves with hanging leaflets.  But, when older, it is firmly keeled.  Five of the six photos below show the 2 gallon size on sale.  These were Winter repots.  The garden shot is a double by Steve of Australia c/o palmpedia. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

This species will take coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time.

 
 
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DYPSIS SPECIES BEF  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF by Steve, Australia  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF 

 

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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special price when purchasing.  Our 5g plants are larger than shown here.


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X TRISPINOSUS
DIFFERENT HYBRID TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING BLUE MATURE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


Recently we have been offering some very unusual Encephalartos hybrids.  But, we still carry the pure species almost all the time.  This hybrid comes from two South African species.  Both parents are native to the Eastern Cape region of RSA.  Male pollen of trispinosus was used to fertilize the female cone of E. arenarius.  Both parents had blue color.  The offspring should produce a small to medium sized adult blue plant with hybrid vigor, curved leaves and leaflets with prominent lobes/spines.  It should be very attractive.  It'll want full sun along the coast and be cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  This is the first time we have offered this hybrid.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

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Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus Encephalartos arenarius x trispinosus  
Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus

  

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $80

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

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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

 

SPINELESS GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  Today I’m putting seedlings in band size on sale.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.

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


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

  

KAHILI GINGER
HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM

MEDIUM SIZED -  GREEN LEAVES
SUPER FRAGRANT BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering green Ginger is quick and easy to grow.  It can take full coastal sun or part sun.  Leaves are green and, unlike Shell Ginger, the blossoms are super fragrant - and have a very nice smell.  Plants typically don't get over over 7 feet tall and have a tropical look.  These 5g plants are good size with multiple tubers and near blossoming age.  You can see the health of these plants here.  The garden photo is c/o the Queensland Govt. website. 

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Govt. Queensland, AU

 

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 $55

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

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS 
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
ASSORTMENT OF NEW VARIETIES AT NURSERY


 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE GORGEOUS PLANTS

Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Severe cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  Shown here four different varieties of different Hawaiian Ti plants.  All are different and there's one that is predominantly pastel colors.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE VARIETIES OF HAWAIIAN TI $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS $40

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


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Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa

 

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE, 2021  

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA



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

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

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

 

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. 

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM

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

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  Be aware that this palm doesn’t do well in shade and doesn’t want to be shaded out by overhead trees.  The boxed plants shown below are about as big as you can plant without heavy equipment.  Their height is ten to twelve feet by estimate.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 24 INCH BOX THIS SIZE $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 24 INCH BOX $525

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  We also have 5g, 15g and 25g plants available.


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

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



NEW ARRIVAL – TALL 25 GALLON SPECIMENS
READY FOR PLANTING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25 GALLON PLANTS

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  It is cold tolerant down into the low 20’s F.  It loves more inland locations as long as you don’t get too cold.  Trunks are rather thin for this species mature height of about 25 feet.  The crown shaft is a silver-green color.  Trunks are often swollen at their base.  The plants on special are abut ten to twelve feet tall – probably too big for the average smaller pickup truck.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 25 GALLON $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $550

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


WHITE CROWN SHAFT – NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Burretiokentia koghiensis is a fantastic single trunk palm from New Caledonia.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  The plant below demonstrates how this species, like other New Caledonian palms, can throw a new red leaf.  The size I’m putting on sale are really nice 15g plants, about 8 to 9 years old.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210

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


Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf
Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE AND OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special in the 15 gallon size.  These plants are about 12 years old with many canes and heights of about six feet in their pots.  They have been grown from seed under shade cloth in our area.  lRhapis 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.  Because Rhapis are so slow growing, a premium price is always charged for this species regardless of where you buy them.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

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


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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


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

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

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

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  The crown shaft is often white or silver.  The plants we're offering here appear to be the suckering form.  As a species, it has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are the 5g size with an age of about 5 years from seed. They tolerate full sun along the coast and are cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $85

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilhensis
Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS
THE PARLOR PALM OR NEANTHE BELLA PALM



SEMI-DWARF SINGLE TRUNK PALM
OFTEN POTTED WITH MULTIPLE PLANTS
FANTASTIC HOUSE PLANT
END DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 3 GALLON

Worldwide, this single trunk understory palm from Central America has been used as an interior or patio palm for many decades.  People think it's a suckering palm but it is not.  This impression is only because many plants are often put in the same pot.  It has thin green trunks and leaflets that average about four to five feet long.  Mature height is rarely over five feet.  It wants filtered light in the garden and is cold tolerant to the mid to upper 20's F.  The plants on sale are interior quality and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $100
SALE PRICE THESE PLANTS THIS SIZE $80

Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM



SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a popular single trunk species of Chamaedorea that tolerates full coastal sun.  We are pleased to presently put nicely sized 1 gallon on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants can be easily shipped.  we also have other sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $55

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first six photos are our 15g size.  The next to last picture is c/o Palmpedia.


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

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $55


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.  The sale plants are shown in the first five photos.

 
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE MEDIUM SIZED SO AFRICAN CYCAD

 

GREEN LEAF VARIETY - STACKING LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL MATURE CONING SIZED PLANT

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plant shown below is in a 25g pot and has green leaves with a hint of blue.  Caudex size is 12 inches wide and 13 inches tall.  It is a mature plant, coning size.  We do not know the sex.  It came from a private collection.  Age about 20 years.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  This species will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $2775
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CYCAD $2200

Sale price for 10 days only.  Remember to mention this Special!

Encephalartos longifolius green 12 x 13 inches 25g ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS

 

CYCAD HYBRID - CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID
KNOWN AS THE "REV-DEB CYCAD"


TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL - VERY RARE CROSS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common
Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our nicely sized one gallon on special.  Caudex size is about an inch or more.  Most have more leaves than shown here as these photos are from the end of last year.  I can't show a mature plant for you as I know of none around.

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


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price. 

 
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis  

 

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.

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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


NEVER OVER ABOUT FIVE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

Note that there are other types of "Blechnum Ferns".  But, the variety shown is one of my favorites and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it in your garden.  The size on sale is shown in the first five photos.

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


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


Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum
Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum
Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum

 

PASSION FRUIT VINE
PASSIFLORA EDULIS



BIZARRE FLOWERS - EDIBLE TROPICAL FRUIT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a rapidly growing and climbing vine that has green leaves and produces pin-cushion types of tropical flowers.  This flowers are something all by themselves with multiple colors and a bizarre appearance.  Colors include purple, white, cream and yellow.  The flowers mature making purple colored medium sized fruit loved by many.  You'll want to prune aggressively to keep it under control.  This plant wants sun or part sun and is tolerant of a freeze.  A photo below shows an edible ripe fruit.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE
PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE
passion fruit vine Passion Fruit Vine

 

RED TRUMPET VINE
CAMPSIS RADICANS



CLIMBING VINE WITH LARGE RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This climbing vine has larger red flowers.  It is a vigorous grower that will grab onto anything within reach.  Descriptions say vines can go 30 feet up a pole or tree trunk.  Flowers are loved by Humming Birds.  It can grow in sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is well below a freeze and reports are it survives Zone 5.  The plants on special are tied to a stake.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE
RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE

 

ALOCASIA DARK STAR
SUPER EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT

DARK LEAF STEMS - CAN TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids. 

On special is a popular variety called Dark Star.  This hybrid variety is known for it's near black stems and dark veins on the leaves.  Leaf color is green, both sides.  Overall mature height is about three feet.  This plant will sucker and has been said to grow in Zone 9.  There are reports of it taking down to the upper teens F.  It is a hybrid of multiple other varieties.  It is said to tolerates full sun, but I'd probably recommend part day sun or less, especially if you are far inland.  Note how the leaves are slightly ruffled with irregular edges.  On special are 7 gallon plants.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE $155


The last photo shows an Alocasia in a garden.

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Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star Alocasia in garden

  

ALOCASIA SUMO
EASY TO GROW - TRIANGULAR SHAPED LEAVES



PURPLE-GREEN UNDERSIDES - DARK STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This rather easy to grow hybrid Alocasia has arrowhead shaped leaves with dark green dorsal sides and a gray-purple underside with purple veins and stem.  It likes bright filtered light or some sun. I've had customers in coastal areas grow it in near full sun.  It does get rather tall. Anticipate a height of six feet or more.  It seems to tolerate cold better than other species but you can get cold damage to the leaves in the mid-twenties F. It does want adequate water, especially when it's hot.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $155

We have other unusual types of Alocasia for sale.


Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo 
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

MONDAY, 31 MAY, 2021

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD



LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER! 

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say "user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines - none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.  Our stock on this species includes 1 gallon, 5 gallon, 15g, 25g, 45g and 24 inch boxes.  It is an extremely easy cycad to add to the garden and always makes an impressive and good sized show. 

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lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

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

BY SPECIAL ORDER HUGE 20 YEAR OLD PLANTS AVAILABLE

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

To get an overhead canopy of leaves may take one about ten years.  Mature, they get to a height of 20 feet or more.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground. 

Shown below are some very large 25 gallon plants that I can obtain for customers.  Leaves are overhead in the pot and the trunks are thick and healthy.  They have at least four feet of hairy trunk.  At present, limited numbers are available.


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Trachycarpus fortunei large 25g Trachycarpus fortunei large 25g Trachycarpus fortunei large 25g
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei large 25g Trachycarpus fortunei

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
IF YOU WANT TO START SMALL



TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS
(SEE ABOVE FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION)

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get the discount! 

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Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE



SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS

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

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

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

This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare hybrid for sale.  


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS

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

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


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


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

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU



EXOTIC APPEARING CROWN SHAFTED PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVEN & FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 7 & 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 & 15 GALLON SIZE $195

Just mention this blog special at the time of purchase for this price.  The garden photos are, in order c/o Jason Dunn, Palmpedia and Pinterest.


Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis by Jason Dunn Veitchia spiralis by Jason Dunn
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis by Palmpedia Veitchia spiralis by Pinterest

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A SEMI-DWARF TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM

 


GET UP TO ABOUT 8 FEET - SUCKERING SPECIES
COLD HARDY INTO THE UPPER TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This type of Bamboo Palm is known for several things.  First, it is one of the shorter true suckering and pinnate Chamaedorea.  It gets to a mature height of about 8 feet.  It is a great patio plant or can be grown inside.  It is also one of the more cold hardy types of Chamaedorea, only being beat out by C. radicalis.  Leaf color is green and sometimes there are hints of blue, a blue iridescence or even blue leaflet backs on this species.  Fruits are numerous and red in color.  Trunks are very thin.  I'd recommend filtered light for this species although some have grown in in coastal sun.  Of note, it's one of the more cold hardy Bamboo Palms around, tolerating temperatures in the upper teens F.  The 15 gallon size are fruiting size and on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $180

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount. 


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

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

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

Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in frost-free areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. The first six photos show the plants on sale.  Other photos are of larger garden trees.
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $85

Remember:  Mention this special for this price! 


Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma savoryanum clinostigma savoryanum

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

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

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.

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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

Shown below are our 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you're are not too far inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new red leaves and there's no way of predicting this.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

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

We have very limited numbers available of this species and only several in this 5 gallon size.  Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  The crown shaft photo below is by TS at RPS


CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI TS RPS CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


GREAT PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM - OR IN THE GARDEN
SINGLES OR MULTIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice 5 gallon plants on special.  We have limited numbers of singles and multiples.  These can be mail ordered.

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

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


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILIS
LOVES SUN & HEAT - VERY COLD HARDY



GREEN FORM
NATIVE TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


This fairly common palm is native to the Mediterranean area as well as northern Africa.  Well grown it can read heights of twenty feet or more.  It is much taller than its blue sister plant Chamaerops cerifera.  Leaf color of the humilis is green or gray green.  It is not as blue as the cerifera.  It is super cold hard down to about 15 degrees and tolerates hot sun, even in the desert.  We're putting one gallon pots on sale.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

These can be easily mail ordered.

Chamaerops humilis Chamaerops humilis Chamaerops humilis

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES IN THE KING PALM FAMILY



FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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


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

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

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

 

GAUSSIA GOMEZ-POMPAE
BIGGER AND TALLER THAN GAUSIA MAYA



PINNATE LEAVES, NO CROWN SHAFT
VERY RARE  - NEW TO CULTIVATION
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS


This is a fairly recently described single trunk pinnate palm is from southern Mexico.  There it lives among rugged outcroppings in mountainous areas.  Little is known about its domestic culture.  It gets to heights of over 30 feet with an 8 to 10 inch thick trunk.  It has a clean trunk and no crown shaft.  Leaves are green and fairly straight.  The mature photos below were taken in Miami, Florida where it seems to be doing fine.  I would anticipate that it wont' take temperatures much below a freeze.  This is the first time I've offered it for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $42.50

Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae
Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS



EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM! 
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


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

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  Below I'm showing our band size seedlings which I'm putting on special.  I also showing a mature garden plant.  This is a great palm!  We're putting our band size on special.  They are bigger than shown here and we are in the process of moving them into bigger containers.  Limited numbers.

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

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


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

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA


GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite its beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.  I’m offering band sized seedlings on sale - see first four photos.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45.

It'd be  piece of cake to mail order.  BTW, the plants are about one leaf larger than shown here from these older photos.  Remember, mention this Special!


Brahea brandegeii Brahea brandegeii Brahea brandegeii
Brahea brandegeii bRAHEA BRANDEGEI LEAF Brahea brandegeii
Brahea brandegeii Brahea brandegeii Brahea brandegeii

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $40


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

  

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN



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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $100

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
INTERESTING HYBRID OF TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



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


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

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

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

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

 

DIOON MEJIAE
LUSH AND TROPICAL APPEARING



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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES THIS SPECIES

 
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae 
dioon mejiae  dIOON MEJIAE  dIOON MEJIAE 
Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae  Dioon mejiae new leaves emerging

  

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS   

This species very rare blue cycad is endemic to the Limpopo province, South Africa.  It can be found at high elevations in the mountains (around one thousand meters), in low deciduous forest and precipitous slopes and cliff (in partial and full sun).  The species is almost gone in the wild, populations are small and scattered.  It is among the species located in the Transvaal region of South Africa, and is highly sought after. 

This is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  The leaflets and petioles are mildly armed and can be almost completely unarmed in some cases. 


Plant
Size: This This cycad is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  In coastal and inland areas, this plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  For desert areas, I could recommend partial sun or filtered light.  We are offering strong seedlings in band containers at a discount.  The last row of photos shows larger nursery plants.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

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


Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 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 3 years old more more.  I have very limited numbers for sale.  The last photo is of a garden plant. 


REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $110
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $85

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


Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

CALOCASIA GIGANTEA THAILAND GIANT
HUGE ELEPHANT EAR TYPE PLANT



LARGE GREEN LEAVES, SUCKERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE ONE GALLON SIZE

Calocasia are types of Elephant Ear plants that are native to areas from India through Asia.  The species on special today is known for it's huge leaves which can be six feet long and four feet wide. This variety is known to have the largest leaves of this species.  Leaves are green and heart shaped.  Mature height can be ten feet.  They tolerate sun or part sun.  Plants are known to be grown in zone 7b and can take a freeze if the soil doesn't freeze.  In freezing areas new leaves will re-emerge in the spring.  In frost free areas it is a perennial plant. The last photo c/o the Missouri Botanical Garden shows a larger plant.  The plants on special shown below are in one gallon pots.  These photos were taken last month.  Plants are presently larger than shown here.  They are fairly quick growing.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Calocasia gigantea thailand giant Calocasia gigantea thailand giant Calocasia gigantea thailand giant
Calocasia gigantea thailand giant Calocasia gigantea thailand giant Calocasia gigantea thailand giant Missouri Botanical Garden Website

 

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


FULL SUN – SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  They typically have clusters of large orange to red blossoms.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants on special are between 3 and 5 feet tall in their pots.

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

Remember:  10 days at this price – Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price. 


Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

CANNA LILY
ARRIVING PRESENTLY
SUMMER BLOOMER



THREE TYPES SHOWN BELOW

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 several types/varieties available.  I'm showing three varieties below.  All have stunning blossoms in summer.  The Tropicana is known for its colorful leaves.  Blossom colors on Canna vary from red to pink to apricot to yellow and more.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Canna indica
   
Canna indica Canna indica  Canna indica

Canna tropicana
   
Canna tropicana  Canna tropicana Canna tropicana

Canna variety with purple-black leaves
   
Canna purple-black Canna purple-black Canna purple-black

 

FRIDAY, 28 MAY, 2021

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES



ALL THREE TYPES USUALLY AVAILABLE AT THE NURSERY

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.  Cold tolerance is certainly into the mid-twenties F.  Of the three, Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is probably the easiest to grow.  It is very slow growing.  But, some feel that B. alfredii is equally easy and may have more cold hardiness.  "Windows" is exciting because of the leaf openings, thus the name.  But, over time, these windows are lost and it becomes a pinnate palm. 

Shown here are pictures of all three.  We have various sizes for sale from small to large on all three species.


Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis