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DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD


GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat with what appears to be over 20 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  Photos below shown some nursery plants as well as plants in gardens.
 

Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  dIOON SPINULOSUM
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum 
  

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD



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


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

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

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

   
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
DIOON MEROLAE Dioon merolae

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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


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

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


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

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

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

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

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA 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.


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

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


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

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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
MINIATURE SIMPLE LEAF PALM

 

METALLIC SHEEN TO LEAVES
FOUR PLANTS PER POT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 10 INCH 3 GALLON SIZE

This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for its gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end.  Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely larger than one foot long.  Trunks are narrow and ringed.  This is a filtered light species.  It can be grown as a house plant, patio plant or in the garden in filtered light.  The plants on special were grown as four separate plants in one pot.  The reason is this multiple planting is more beautiful and individual plants trunk out.  They will be much more lush and full than single plants.  These sale plants are in a 10 inch diameter pot.  This is the first time we’ve offered this species in about three years.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON MULTIPLES $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

Remember to ask for your discount at time of purchase.  We have a limited supply and they are selling quickly.  But, we hope to replenish our supply soon.  We can mail order these plants.







Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
HAWAIIAN FAN PALM



MEDIUM SIZE - RUSTY UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This Hawaiian Fan Palm is native to the island of Oahu in HI and typically gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet in Southern CA but can attain heights to thirty feet in habitat.  It is a single trunk palm with a trunk diameter of about a foot.  Leaves are green and rather flat.  Their underside has a rusty brown or copper color secondary to tomentum hairs.  It tolerates full sun along the coast.  Far inland areas should give it limited sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It is a somewhat difficult species to find.  The 5g we're putting on special are not overly large and were summer repots.  These can be mail ordered, weather permitting.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $75


Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii

 

PRITCHARDIA LOWERYANA
RARE TROPICAL FAN PALM OF HAWAII


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

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

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special when buying.

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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 1g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 23 - 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our 5g size on special - first row of photos.   I'm also showing large and very old 15g in the second row of photos - about 12 years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


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

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM


SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We are putting our 2 gallon plants on sale.  This species is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $52.50


Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.  BTW, I mentioned this species is slow growing.  The plant shown is five years old.


Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

ACANTHOPHOENIX RUBRA
THE RED PALM OR THE BARBEL PALM



SPINY SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM THE ISLANDS OF MAURITIUS AND REUNION
SPINY WHEN YOUNGER - RED CROWN SHAFT
EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
AVAILABLE NOW SEVERAL 2G 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 the 2 gallon size.

SPECIAL TEN DAY PRICE THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $175.

The last photo was taken in AU by David Transwell.

Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra
Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophonix rubra David Transwell, PACSOA

 

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 $235

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

   

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


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


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


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

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

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


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

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


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

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

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

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


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

 

MUSA GRAN NAIN
PRODUCES EDIBLE BANANA

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


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

SALE PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $55

The photo of the bananas is by A-S.

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

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA



SILVER-GREEN LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED FERN – CUSTOMER FAVORITE
CLUMPING - THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant get very excited and often buy several.  I’ve shipped these to the Bay Area (San Francisco) and reports are that they’ve done fine there.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.  We’ve been out of this species since last spring and are putting new arrival 5 gallon on special.  These will arrive in several days.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $47.50

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.


Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea
Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea
Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea

 

HIBISCUS MIDNIGHT
RED BLOSSOM


RARE VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING ONE GALLON


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

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

 

THURSDAY, 3 DECEMBER, 2020

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES - A "SAMPLER"



ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS - SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

Whether you live in CA, TX or the Gulf States, there are a lot of unusual palms and cycads that you can grow that are very cold tolerant species.  Over our history, we have helped many hundreds of customers from cold areas pick out great but different species that have proven for them to be good growers.  You don't have to only accept the common species available in your area.  Below is a sampler in random order to give you some ideas.  We certainly have dozens more species that would probably do well for you.

All the plants shown here will tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees or lower.  Some will even go down to the mid-teens F.  The Encephalartos need cold protection below 20 degrees.  Plants shown here are mostly 15 gallon size with a few 5 gallons. 

We have all these species available for sale and
can work out the most affordable shipping method to get plants right to your door.  If you live in Sacramento, the SF Bay area, Houston, northern Florida or other colder areas, you may be able to grow all or most of these plants.  We also have smaller sizes available that we ship through Federal Express.  Contact us and we'll work out the best species for your area.  Remember, this is only a "sampler" and that we have many more desirable cold hardy species than shown here.

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER

THERE ARE MANY MORE COLD HARDY SPECIES THAN SHOWN HERE


     
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
15g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
15g
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
Phoenix loureirri
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
5g
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
15g
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
15g
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens
5g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
15g
Dioon edule
Dioon edule 15g
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
citrus pot
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus 15g
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma 15g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma, older 15g plnt
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera 15 & 5g
Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei
5g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
15g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei
15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei 15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule 15g
Blue Butia capitata 25g
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Blue butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta 15g
Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis 15g
Sabal bermudana 5g
Sabal bermudana 5g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia, 15g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia 15g
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 15g
Chamaeropos cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis 7g
Chamaedorea radicalis
7g
Chamaerops humilus
Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaedorea midrospaedix
Chamaedorea microspadix 15g
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens (decora) 15g

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND



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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.

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

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitats and localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  I can’t predict if your plant will sucker or not.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.
 

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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS


EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with C. 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 two sizes.  In the first two rows are our 15g size.  Following below is our 15 gallon size which are about ten feet tall with plenty of canes.  The last photos are of garden specimens.  We have very limited supply of smaller sizes available.  This is a great palm!  And, they are near impossible to find this size.

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL



STRONG 10 AND 15 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 10 or 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $200

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


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

 

BASSELINIA PANCHERI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK EXOTIC PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - DARK OR BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This super exotic single trunk pinnate palm is native to New Caledonia and is being grown by some enthusiasts in Sothern California.  It is very slow growing and has a mature height of eight to ten feet.  The crown shaft is often dark in color, sometimes speckled or has faint linear lines.  The trunk is 2 to 4 inches and leaflets are wide.  Leaves have the appearance of being solid but they are divided into wide leaflets.  This palm should be grown in filtered light.  It has a cold tolerance down to about a freeze.  Also understand that this species is very slow growing - so be patient.  We're offering three year old 2 gallon plants here.  These were repotted this past summer into 2 gallon pots.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Remember:  Mention this Special!


Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri

 

CYPHOSPERMA BALANSAE
SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM



SHORT BLACK CROWNSHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 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 crownshaft 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 2 gallon plants.  They were repotted this summer.  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 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55


We only have a few available.  They'll be gone quickly.


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

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES SUN ALONG TH COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL STRONG ONE GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm comes from Madagascar.  It is a medium size palm with a narrow trunk and plumose leaves.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  The trunk color is silver-green and it has prominent rings.  Leaflets are narrow and green in color.  The ends of the leaves curve downwards.  We have been growing this species for over two decades and found it to be a reliable grower.  When young the trunk is much thinner but fattens up with age.  It is quite cold tolerant, down into the  mid to low 20's F.   It's growth rate is good.  It likes full sun in most areas.  We are offering good sized one gallon plants on sale.  As you can see, they are very tall for their pots.  We also have 5 and 15 gallon plants available.  We prefer, when possible, to plant several in one pot on this species.  We think as a larger plant they look nicer and more full looking. 

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "ORANGE CRUSH"
RARE SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES FROM MADAGASCAR



HAS ORANGE CROWN SHAFT WHEN OLD LEAF FALLS OFF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This is a sought after single trunk palm from Madagascar that has a prominent orange color to the crown shaft when an old leaf falls off.  Then, this orange color turns green.  It is medium height, getting to a mature about twenty to thirty feet.  The trunk is about a 8 to 10 inches in diameter.  Leaves are upright and not arched downwards.  Leaflets are thin and green in color.  This species has yet to be given a formal name.  It has been said that it is Dypsis pilulifera but present thinking is that it is not this species. 

I'd start it in strong filtered light or slowly acclimate it to some sun.  Cold tolerance is probably not much below a freeze.  We have this a limited number of 2 gallon pots - these were put into these containers about five months ago.  Like other super rare species, it is affordable but not inexpensive.   

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Photo of specimen c/o TS at RPS.

Dypsis species orange crush Dypsis species orange crush Dypsis species orange crush
Dypsis species orange crush Dypsis species orange crush

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SEEDLINGS IN BAND CONTAINERS

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 seedlings on Sale are nicely sized and easy to ship.  They are ready to be repotted.

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

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

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

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS 
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
HUGE RED SPECIMENS AVAILABLE

 

TWO DIFFERENT FORMS/VARIETIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON SIZE

Cordyline fruiticosa 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.  We've found that the darker leaf and red varieties do better in our area. 

Shown below are two different varieties of Red Ti Plants.  They are both very large 15 gallon size.  One variety has red new leaves that turn blackish-green with age.  The other has new leaves that are red with a white margin – very cool.  We haven’t had old plants of this size for quite some time.  We’re offering them at a discounted price. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE RED CORDYLINE TI’s $125


Cordyline fruiticosa red 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red 15g
Cordyline fruiticosa red 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red 15g  
Cordyline fruiticosa red white margin 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red white margin 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red white margin 15g
Cordyline fruiticosa red white margin 15g Cordyline fruiticosa red white margin 15g  

 

PINK BLOSSOMING BROMELIAD
TYPE OF BILBERGIA


DEPENDENT PINK HANGING BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH OR ONE GALLON PLANTS

This cute Bromeliad came from a private collection.  We have a handful for sale of this Bilbergia and some other species.   We don't have an exact species name of this plant but it's got a gorgeous hanging pink blossom.  It can take sun or part sun along the coast.

TEN DAY SPECIAL AS SHOWN $25

Bromeliad pink Bilbergia Bromelid pink bilbergia Bromeliad pink Bilbergia
Bromeliad pink Bilbergia Bromeliad pink Bilbergia  

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
GREAT GROUND COVER



TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

I have customers in all the time who are looking for an attractive yet small type of ground cover other than Ice Plant.  We carry several types of plants that would fit this bill.  But, one of the "Cadillacs" of ground covers is the Mondo Grass.  I am featuring here the Black Mondo Grass although we also have silver and the more commonly seen green form.  The Black Mondo Grass only gets about twelve inches tall and does not run.  It forms a well defined and small clump.  It's perfect along a walkway.  It wants to get some sun and is fairly cold hardy.  Full sun along the coast is ideal.  A mature clump will only get about 18 inches wide.  Note that these put out small purple flowers.  The specials are for the 1 gallon sizes.  Black is quite hard to find. 

REGULAR PRICE BLACK MONDO $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL BLACK MONDO GRASS $17.50

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Of note, I have no garden photos utilizing the black form.  So, I'm showing the more commonly seen green form.

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Mondo grasses various
Mondo Grass Mondo Grass Mondo Grass

 

TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER, 2020

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


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

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

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

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

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

The last two photos shown plants of this species at our nursery.  From time to time we do put this species on special.  Also, we offer super unusual and different types of Alocasia, so if you are a tropical plant freak, come and see us.  We have 5g and 15 gallon sizes available.

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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225

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


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

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM


MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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. It is a sun loving species and is being grown by many in Southern California.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  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.  We’re putting 5 gallon size on Special.  In the last row I'm showing photos of mature garden specimens.

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

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


Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum
Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $80

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

 

DICTYOSPERMA FURFURACEUM
NOW KNOWN AS DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VARIETY CONJUGATUM


SMALLER SPECIES, WHITE-SILVER CROWN SHAFT
NEAR EXTINCT IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


Among taxonomists, Dictyosperma is known as a "monotypic" genus.  This means there is only one species.  We enthusiasts have always been troubled by this as, when we look at specimen plants, they are so different.  But, this is what it is.  Older varietal names such as "rubrum" and "furfuraceum" are out.  Now the taxonomist say there are three varieties of Dictyosperma album - and the prior variety called "rubrum" apparently is grouped with the aureum present type variety.

If this is confusing, realize it's always been confusing and I totally agree.  But, remember that taxonomists have to make a living by re-naming things.

Currently there are three varieties of D. album:

Dictyosperma album variety album
Dictyosperma album variety aureum
Dictyosperma album variety conjugatum


What we've known as D. furfuraceum is now called D. album variety conjugatum.  This is the smallest species of the group and gets to mature heights of ten to fifteen feet.  It's from Round Island.  Reports are that it is critically endangered with only a few plant remaining in the wild.  It has a definite white powdery color to leaf stems and to the crown shaft.

It's near impossible to find the Dictyosperma conjugatum for sale.  Previously we had some old specimens but those are long gone. We're offering you plants in 2 gallon pots presently on special.  These were repotted this summer.


TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $55

Remember:  Only a few available.  Photos below taken by TS at RPS and Tim Ran (last 2 pictures)


Dictyosperma furfuracea Dictyosperma furfuracea Dictyosperma furfuracea
Dictyosperma furfuracea Dictyosperma furfuracea Dictyosperma furfuracea
Dictyosperma furfuraceum by Tim Ran Dictyosperma furfuraceum by Tim Ran

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM



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

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.  These plants are singles - not multiples.  These can be mail ordered.

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

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

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND

TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MORE RARE SPECIES OF THIS GENUS

GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40 FOR A BAND

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.  The band size is shown in the first three photos below.

 

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD

 
COLORFUL EMERGING NEW LEAVES

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $245

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


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

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


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

Dioon edule is a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  Leaves are typically green to blue-green.  Leaflets at pointed at the end and otherwise un-armed.  Dioon edule is one of the few cycads that tolerates hot direct desert sun.  The Sago Palm can't claim this ability.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  We recently got in a handful of great 15 gallon plants with caudexes of about 6 inches.  They are gorgeous.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $240

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
EXOTIC CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD


LONG GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 2 GALLON SIZE

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are very nice 2 gallon plants we have on a ten day reduced price – see first six photos below.  Also shown are other larger sizes we have but note we have many sizes in between the sale plant and the monster specimens below.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $110
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog special.  These are simple to ship by mail order. 

Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo

 

TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA


SLOW GROWING TREE FERN
WILL GET TO A MEDIUM HEIGHT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Tree Fern is native to various localities in Eastern Australia.  It doesn't get as tall as the Australian Tree Fern above and is much slower growing.  Trunk diameter is a bit smaller as well.  Mature height domestically is usually 10 to 15 feet although specimens in the wild are much taller.  Leaves are green, four to six feet long and the trunk has old attached and furry leaf bases that gradually fall off.  This species like strong filtered light of part day sun.  It enjoys ample water and is cold hardy into the 20's F.  We're putting nice 5 gallon plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $65
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $45


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

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

 

CRINUM AMABILE - PURPLE LEAF
LARGE CRINUM TYPE LILY - AKA "QUEEN EMMA LILY"

OVERHEAD PURPLE-GREEN LEAVES
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This Lily is native to all sorts of locations throughout the world including southern Asia, Australia, and Africa.  It is known for it's spiraling display of long, heavy substance leaves that are upright and four to six feet long.  Their color is green and dark purple.  Flowers are white with purple centers and markings.  It grows like other Lilies by making offset tubers that make new plants.   Expect a mature height of six to seven feet, definitely overhead.  As mentioned, they clump and form a great display of foliage.  They will not "run" or take over an area.  In recent times these have been near impossible to find.  But, we have a limited number of 5 gallon that we’re putting on sale.  See first six photos below.  I’m also showing larger nursery plants (now sold out) and a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HARD TO FIND 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $80

NOTE:  ALMOST SOLD OUT - We have no idea when we'll offer them again!

 
CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA
CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE 5g QUEEN EMMA
Crinum amabile purple Crinum amabile purple Crinum amabile purple

   

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN


LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is such a great fern that I am again putting it on Special - the Birdsnest Fern, Asplenium nidus.  It's a gardener's favorite!  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 nice 5 gallon plants.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount when you purchase.
The very nice photos below are by mysarawak Travelogue and HawaiianForest.com


Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus
Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus
Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern by mysarawak Travelogue Birds Nest Fern by HawaiianForest.com

 

GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA



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

Frequently we advertise colorful Ti Plants for sale.  But, there is a plain green form.  Surprisingly, it is hard to find.  It's the plant that hula dancers from Hawaii seek out.  They like filtered light and get to about five feet tall.  The 5 gallons as shown in the first six photos would make a fine addition to the garden or serve as a tropical patio plant.  These can be shipped.  Note that we only occasionally have them available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $45


Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g
Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti 5g
Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti Cordyline glauca Green Hawiaan Ti  

 

PHLEBODIUM AUREUM
THE BLUE STAR FERN


SHORT HEIGHT – BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
CAN BE USED AS GROUND COVER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POTS


This species of blue, crawling fern is native to regions of the southeastern U.S., down through Mexico and Central American and into the Caribbean and South America.  It gets to heights of about two to three feet and is rhizomatous in nature.  It can slowly spread along the ground but is easy to control.  Leaf color is definitely a blue or blue-green color.  It can be used as a ground cover as shown below.  It likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

The first six photos show our 5 gallon size on special.  We also have 1 gallon plants shown in the 8th photo below.


Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum

 

SUNDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


POPULAR, BLUE, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SIZE

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

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  Shown are our 25 gallon plants on special. 

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


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


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

 

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


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This interesting palm is a suckering blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It's actually quite amazing that it took a long time for taxonomists to realize that it was a species and had it's own unique characteristics.  It's definitely a deep blue color but also it never gets as large as Chamaereops humilus.  The problem was that there were also native short clones of the later.  Chamaerops cerifera is one of the most cold hardy species for those of you in super cold areas.  I've had reports of it going down to 13 degrees F.  Mature height is about six feet or so.  Color is blue in hot sun.  This species does sucker.  The plants on special here are nice 15g plants.  They'd be difficult to ship and for mail order customers, consider the 5g size.  As seen, they are suckering out with a nice sized primary trunk.  We do sell boxed plants if needed on special order. 
 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5G $165

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

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPs Chamaerops cerifera

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


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


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

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


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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM WITH CROWNSHAFT

 

FROM ROUL ISLAND

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii is from Roul Island as opposed to Norfolk Island, the home of R. baueri.  It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles compared to R. baueri and the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive grower in Southern California.  In fact, opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  It is a medium sized pinnate palm with a mature height of 25 to 30 feet and crown shafted.  The trunk is about 8 inches thick or a bit more.

 

Although you can't see it below, it has a a dark petiole.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  Some have reported that the crown shaft can take on a purple color.  We are putting very nice 15 gallon plants on sale

 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
SALE PRICE 15 GALLON $170

 

The 8th photo is c/o cloudforest.com website.

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii cloudforest.com website  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.  We're putting our 15 gallon sized plants on special.  These are large for mail order but it can be done.

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

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

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA LIVISTONA LANGINOSA LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
LIVISTONA LANGINOSA Livistona langinosa Livistona langinosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Darrel Oconnor PalmPedia LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA

 

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 $70

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

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

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

One nice thing about this species is that it can tolerate temperatures below 20 degrees F.  It's not known for being super cold hardy, but can take some cold.  It also likes heat, sun and lots of water. Shown below are our 5g plants which we're putting on Ten Day Special.  The photo below by the pond was taken at Balboa Park in San Diego and the last photo shows a tree in fruit.

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


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

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII

 

BASSELINIA ERIOSTACHYS
DESIRABLE SMALLER PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



SINGLE TRUNK AND CLUSTERING
THIN TRUNK, PURPLE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This species of understory palm is endemic to many areas of New Caledonia where it grows at sea level and in mountainous areas.  It is both single trunk and suckering in form.  Stems are small and prominently ringed.  The crown shaft is often a purple color.  Mature height is typically under ten feet.  Leaves are slightly arching and leaflets are green and of irregular width, often wider at the terminal portion of the leaf.  This palm is being grown in Southern California and New Zealand.  It wants filtered light or a bit of sun, no more.  Cold tolerance is unknown but apparently down to near a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $65

The two mature photos below are by an unknown author c/o Palmpedia.

Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys
Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys Palmpdia
Basselinia eriostachys Palmpdia    

 

COPERNICIA HOSPITA
THE BLUE CUBAN WAX PALM


SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM
STUNNING BLUE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS


This beautiful blue fan palm is native to Cuba. Mature trees carry a large number of blue, circular and pleated and flat leaves.  The trunk holds on to old leaf bases for a while but eventually is smooth with about a 12 inch diameter.  Many feel that this, along with other Copernicia, are some of the most beautiful of all fan palms.  Expect a mature height of 20 to 25 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold tolerant to at least a freeze.  We're putting seedlings on sale.  These are small seedlings but well worth your effort to be patient.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS $50

Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita blue
Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK

 

UNDERSTORY SUPER RARE MINIATURE PALM
SIMPLE LEAVES - NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This dwarf understory palm species has entire, small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and hard to find.  The seedlings we're offering this year came from domestic plants in San Diego County.  They are about a year old.  We got these in last year and about ten sold out quickly.  I rarely have them for sale.  They need a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available!

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  These can be mail ordered - weather permitting.

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CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA Chamaedoea tenella Chamaedorea tenella HJD

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


 

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


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


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

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


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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X
WOODII
LARGE PLANT IN 15 GALLON CONTAINER

 

CROSS WITH THE EXTINCT IN THE WILD ENCEPHALARTOS WOODII
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


This is an interesting hybrid between two South African cycads, E.
natalensis 
and E. woodii.  The latter is extinct in the wild with only one
male specimen in existence (along with offsets and their lineage removed
from the parent over time).  It is unbelievably expensive to acquire an
E. woodii.  This hybrid gives people the opportunity to own a similar plant
at a fraction of the cost.  It is a very pretty dark green plant with a full
crown of leaves.  Shown is a 15g plant made from pollinating a female E. natalensis with the pollen from a male E. woodii.  It will make a good sized plant with cold hardiness down to the low 20's F.  It likes sun and can tolerate heat.  We are offering this actual plant for sale.  It has a caudex of 8 inches.  It can be mail ordered but we need a very tall box to ship. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1320
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $1025

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

 

Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 15g 8 inches
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

PINK JASMINE
JASMINUM POLYANTHUS
FLORID FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS EARLY SUMMER


5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

At the nursery we grow and sell three different species of Jasmine.  The one shown today is the earliest bloomer and comes into blossom in about the month of May.  They are absolutely loaded with these faint pink and super fragrant blossoms. If you look carefully, you'll notice unopened blossoms are pink and the opened ones are a white with a faint pink color.  And, wow!  Do they have a pleasant fragrance.  You can easily smell them over twenty feet away.  This plant like sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  Limited supply. 

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase

 

Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine
Pink Jasmine

 

ALOCASIA SARAWAKENSIS YUCATAN PRINCESS
GOOD SIZES AND BEAUTIFUL COMPANION PLANT



STRIKING LEAVES AND COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


Alocasia arer native to various Asian countries and eastern Australia.  This variety / hybrid is a good sized plant and can get up to eight feet tall.  It is new to our nursery and will develop strong upright leaf stems.  The leaves themselves are leathery and green in color.  The ventral veins are maroon colored.  It prefers a frost free environment and likes ample water.  It would like very bright filtered light and can tolerate a bit of direct sun, especially in the morning.  The last photo is c/o Scott Arboretum.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20
 
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Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
alocasia sarakensis yucatan princess Scott Arboretum    

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
TEXTURED DARK GREEN LEAVES
GORGEOUS COMPANION PLANT



FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This understory companion plant is a hybrid Alocasia that wants bright but indirect light.  It gets to about 5 to 6 feet tall.  In frost free areas it can be grown in the garden and makes a nice patio plant.  The leaves get about 3 feet long and are crinkled and textured in appearance.  They are dark green with maroon undersides.  Stems are also a reddish green.  The leaves have prominent veins.  Alocasia like adequate water.  It is a very different type of Alocasia.  The last row of photos show a larger nursery plant to demonstrate how it looks when bigger.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

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Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity

 

ALOCASIA KUCHING MASK
NATIVE TO BORNEO

GOOD SIZED GREEN COMPANION PLANT
WANTS SOME COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This species is native to area area of Kuching in Borneo, Indonesia.  It is a good sized green Alocasia with large leaves.  It can get to eight feet tall and has prominent white veins on the underside of the leaves.  Leaves are large and arrowhead shaped.  It is known to grow in zone 9 and wants some sun.  Right on the coast it can tolerate half or even full say sun.  Make sure to give it some room as it's not a small Alocasia.  I have no garden photos presently to show on this species.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

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Alocasia kuching mask Alocasia kuching mask Alocasia kuching mask

 

FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


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

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

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa TS R{S

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN "COCONUT PALM"

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE SQUAT 15G $300
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $210

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Also note that we have very limited supplies of our Parajubaeas.  No seeds have been available3 for years.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SMALLER TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM



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

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

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

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

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

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


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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 $80

Remember:  Mention this special for this price! 


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Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma savoryanum clinostigma savoryanum

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LOVES SUN AND HEAT
PLANTS ON SPECIAL SIX FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

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

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

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


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


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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

TRUNK IS SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!


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

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
A BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM SIZED PALM


THIN TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

 

PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
THE NAPALIE LOULU PALM



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

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $45

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

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Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis
Pritchardia napaliensis NTBG Kuiai Palmpedia Kyle Wicomb Pritchardia napaliensis P. Golta, Palmpedia Pritchardia napaliensis NTBG Kauai Palmpedia Kyle Wicom2

 

KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM


NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
THIN TRUNK - VERY ELEGANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to New Caledonia.  Many feel it's the prettiest species of this genus.  It gets to a height of about 40 feet or more and has a thin trunk.  Leaves are upright, green and arched.  They are keeled and green in color.  The crown shaft is a copper color, covered with a white wax.  It can be grown in some sun, depending on where you live.  It's probably best to start it in bright filtered light and let it work its way into overhead sun.  Growth rate is good, comparable or faster than K. oliviformis.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.

This is an extremely difficult species to find for sale nowadays.  I only have an excellent selection of band sized plants.  This is an extremely rare species and we rarely have them for sale.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40


Remember  to mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this discount.  Photos of large plant below by TS at RPS.


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Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis
Kentiopsis pyriformis TS RPS Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis

 

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 CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $80


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


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

 

TLLANDSIA MALLEMONTII
SPECIES WITH VIOLET BLUE FLOWERS
CLUSTERS IN BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW



A TYPE OF AIR PLANT - JUST IN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE CLUSTERS

As I've mentioned before, I'm not a Tillandsia expert.  But, I could not pass when a private collector offered me several clumps of a blue-gray Tillandsia mallemontii in full blossom.  The blossoms are a violet-blue (photos make them appear a bit pink - which they are not).    I was told by the collector that the blossom every summer with lots of flowers.  The clumps are composed of ten to fifteen plants.  They'd like sun or part sun and to be watered at least weekly.  They can be mounted to a tree limb, post or a fence.  I've never had or seen this variety before.  These would be easy to mail order.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $50

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Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta

   

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!



DWARF TREE THAT BLOSSOMS CONTINUALLY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20


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


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

  

ENSETE MAURELII
RED BANANA

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $50

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  

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

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

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

 

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 $600

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

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
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 twenty feet.  We are growing at least five or six species that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section. 

Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Some of the 25g we have shown here is about 12 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 four photos show one of these beauties and the other photos are garden pictures. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $400

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

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

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES


THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance into the teens F.

We're offering nice 15g plants on special as shown.  These might be a bit of a challenge to mail order but can be done.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing,  Only a few available.
 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS

 

BURRETIOKENTIA GRANDIFLORA
BEAUTIFUL PINNATE PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



EXTREMELY RARE SPECIES - VERY SLOW GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a super rare palm species from the Riviere Bleu Valley in New Caledonia.  Those who were in the IPS in the year 2000 and went on the Biennial Tour to N.C. will remember the Reserve there that we visited that year.  This palm gets to a mature height of about 30 feet with green flat leaves.  The flowers are unusually large, thus the name "grandiflora".  Culturally, I'd recommend a bit of sun or early morning sun.  It is not a full sun species for So Cal.  This species is known to be painfully slow growing and not "an easy grow".  So, someone with experience growing would be best for this species.  We have a few 5 gallon available - were repotted earlier this summer into these containers. 

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

The last photo is c/o Palmpedia by an unknown author.

Burretiokentia grandiflora Burretiokentia grandiflora Burretiokentia grandiflora
Burretiokentia grandiflora Burretiokentia grandiflora Burretiokentia grandiflora Palmpedia unknown author

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN

 

NEVER GETS OVERLY LARGE – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G SIZE
 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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.  The first five photos show the plants on special. 

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

These are summer repots.  This species will take coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time.

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Dypsis species bef Dypsis species bef Dypsis species bef
Dypsis species bef Dypsis species bef Steve S. Palmpedia Dypsis species bef

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
TALL, VERY THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Remember:  Mention this Special!
 
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carpenteria acuminata  carpenteria acuminata  carpenteria acuminata 

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


 

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


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

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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA OREOPHILA
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM



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

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

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

Remember  to Mention this Special!

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

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD


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


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

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

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


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

 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
BACKCROSS WOODII 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 $95

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 LANATUS
A RARE BLUE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 

LOVES HEAT AND SUN – VERY THIN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


This beautiful South African species of cycad is best known for the silvery throw of new leaves that it displays.  It has a medium sized trunk, usually to a maximum height of six feet.  It does sucker from the base.  Leaves are about three feet long and arching downward.  The leaflets are very narrow and essentially unarmed.  When new leaves emerge they are a brilliant silver in color.  I was absolutely stunned by the beauty of this species the first time I saw a mature plant throw new leaves.  As they age, they become more of a blue green color.  

The native locality for this species experiences extremes in weather from very high summer heat to definite freezes in winter.  In the garden, this species demands sun.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the low 20's.  It is a good species for those in cooler areas who still get summer heat. . 

Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant that has a caudex of 2.75 inches.  Remember that rare cycads are sold by their caudex size.  We’re offering nice prices on this size.  If you buy one and it’s a bit smaller caudex size, it’ll cost less.  If it’s bigger, it’ll be more.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT WITH 2.75 INCHES OF CAUDEX $480
SALE PRICE ONE THIS SIZE $390

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.


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Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus

 

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.

JUVENILE SIZE 1 GALLON POT REG. $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

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

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE, SWOLLEN BASE, THIN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Pony Tail Palm is native to Mexico and not a true palm.  A very large plant would be ten feet tall.  The bases get large, sometimes six or more feet across in many decades.  Leaves are thin and strap-like.  These tolerate full sun, are fairly cold hardy (low 20's F.) and make great containerized plants.  They are easy to ship.  We're putting nice 5 gallon on sale. Easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $40


Second garden photo by Wikipedia


Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Wikipedia Beaucarnia recurvata

 

SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA
THE UMBRELLA TREE



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

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

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275


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

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

 

MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

Today I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is native to Madagascar.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty-four inches in diameter.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat.  With cold weather and on juvenile plants, leaves can take on a purple color from winter's cold.

Bismarckia love full hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The pictures shown today are of assorted trees of varying heights.  I've tried to show plant detail that you'll not find easily on the Internet.  Remember that this is a dioecious species with male and female trees.  One needs both a male and female palm with cross-pollination to set viable seeds.  The seeds shown here are maturing seeds on female plants.

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown a few pictures of plants at the nursery at the bottom. 

 
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia balboa park san diego Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

GERMINATING PALM SEEDS



DO YOU HAVE BAD PALM SEEDS?
WHICH SEEDS TO PICK?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A SEED IS NOT GOOD?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN
ALWAYS CLEAN OFF THE FRUIT

Many people love to germinate palm seeds and make their plants.  But, there are a few things you need to now right from the beginning if you want to successfully germinate.

RULES TO FOLLOW:

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Most common colors are red, orange, yellow, brown or black.  Immature, green seeds germinate poorly.  Don't pick or collect seeds that are green!
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.  Any seed that collapses between your fingers is no good.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Cleaned palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The inner seed should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.  Inner cavities 99% of the time means the seed is bad.
7.  Remove all outer fruit before germinating.  Some experts feel that this outer fruit later has growth inhibitors.  Even fruit that is not a bright color or is dry or scaly must be removed.  This outer layer may be brown and hard but needs removal - see photos below.
8.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers, seeds that failed the pinch test, seeds with hard outer layers that still have to have this layer removed and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on 
Palm Seed Germination at this website.

Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Jubaea seeds ripe
Jubaea chilensis fruit, ripe
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh, ripe and yellow fruit
palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Green Chamaedorea tpejilote seeds
Green seeds Chamaedorea tepejilote
Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Bad palm seed, collapsed
Bad palm seed, collapsed with pinch test
Bad palm seed
Bad seed, all collapsed with pinch test
Pelagodoxa henryana seed
You must remove the primative hard fruit from this Pelagodoxa henryanaseed
Metroxylon amicarum seed
Dry, scaly coat of Metroxylon amicarum must be removed
Attalea seeds
Same with these Attalea sp. seeds
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds- no good
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Clean Jubaea seeds
Totally cleaned Jubaea seeds
Homogenious inside of a cut palm seed
Good seed cut open - firm inner tissue throughout
germinating cham benzei
Results of proper seed care and germination

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM


NICE CROWN SHAFT - TRUNK WITH RINGS
GOOD GROWER HERE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to an island near Vanuatu, this single trunk palm may be a real winner for us in Southern California.  One might think it'd be no better than V. arecina or joannis.  But, so far, reports are excellent on it's performance here.  In habitat it has up to a fifty foot, thin, prominently ringed trunk.  Leaves are green and growth rate is said to be fast.  As far as cold tolerance, we are not sure.  Hopefully it's well into the 20's F.  All the nursery pictures here are of the 5g size.  This is the only size we have.  It's a sun or part sun species in most coastal areas.  It is also super rare.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

Remember:  Ask for you Blog Only discount.  Both photos of garden plants below are c/o Pinterest (unknown author) and Palmpedia.  The last photo is a customers plant in the ground locally for about 2 years from a 5g plant.

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Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Pinterest unknown author Veitchia spiralis  

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


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

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

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

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


Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis  

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS HYBRID
SAPIDA X BAUERI


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

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

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

Mention this Blog Special to get this price.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM


WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnauba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 1g plants on sale.

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

Remember, mention this Special!

 
Cjopernicia prunifera  Cjopernicia prunifera  Cjopernicia prunifera 
Cjopernicia prunifera  Cjopernicia prunifera  Copernicia prunifera 
Copernicia prunifera  Copernicia prunifera  Copernicia prunifera 

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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


The Teddy Bear Palm has become super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn't get too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it's among the "top ten" Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part day sun as well.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature plant, just "has to have one".   Expect a mature height in California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent trait - fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is why it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm".  We are putting our 5 gallon size on special.  They are not oversized.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


Mention this Special for your discount.  This size can be mail ordered.

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

 

PHOENIX PUSILLA
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST RARE DATE PALMS AROUND


5 GALLON SIZE FROM WILD COLLECTED SEEDS
SMALLER SPECIES OF DATE PALM – IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

It's almost impossible to get this smaller and super rare species of Phoenix.  I was lucky to get some wild collected seeds about 7 years ago and am now offering 5 gallon plants at a discount.  Native to India, mature this species is rarely over ten feet and has a maximum of fifteen feet.  The trunk is typically eight to ten inches thick.  It is usually a single trunk plant but can sucker.  Leaves are six feet long and flat.  The plants mature are not very big.  This is a sun species and I don't know for sure the cold tolerance.  But, most Southern California areas should be able to grow it.  These plants are about six years old and are ready for planting.  This is the only size I have for sale and I know of no one else that has them.  Very limited supply.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75

Limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Special to get the discount at the time of purchase.  Garden photos are c/o TS at RPS and Palmpedia.

 
  Phoenix pusilla WC seed 5g   Phoenix pusilla WC seed 5g  
Phoenix pusilla WC seed 5g   Phoenix pusilla WC seed 5g   Phoenix pusilla WC seed 5g  
     

 

TRACHYCARPUS OREOPHILUS
THAI MOUNTAIN FAN PALM

VERY RARE WINDMILL TYPE OF PALM
FROM MOUNTAINS IN THAILAND AND INDIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL LIMITED NUMBER 5 GALLON


This species of Windmill Palm lives at very high elevations in steep mountainous areas in Thailand with reports of another population in India. Habitat locations are at elevations more than a mile high.  There these palms seed extremely cold conditions.  Mature height is about 25 feet with a thin trunk 6 inches.  Leaves are large (for a Windmill) and flat.  It wants sun and is cold hardy well into the teens F.  It is also an extremely rare species and hard to find.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE 5 GALLON $95

We can ship this size.  But, we only have several for sale.  Mature photos are c/o TS at RPS (#7) and R.M at Golden Lotus (#8 & #9).
 
Trachycarpus oreophilus   Trachycarpus oreophilus   Trachycarpus oreophilus  
Trachycarpus oreophilus   Trachycarpus oreophilus   Trachycarpus oreophilus  
Trachycarpus oreophilus TS and Mg  Trachycarpus oreophilus Ruud Golden Lotus  Trachycarpus oreophilus Ruud Golden Lotus 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS

INTERESTING HYBRID OF TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



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


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

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

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

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

 

AECHMEA BLUE TANGO
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HUGE PURPLE-BLUE BLOSSOM

MAKES LARGE PLANT FOUR FEET ACROSS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VERY RARE BROMELIAD


This fabulous larger Bromeliad species is known for it's spectacular purple-blue blossom with pink inner colors.  It is a large 18 inch blossom protruding above the plant.  Foliage is green and mature size of the plant is up to four feet across.  This is a very rare and hard to find hybrid plant.  This is the first time we've had this Bromeliad.  The last photo is by the National Garden Association.

DISCOUNTED PRICE THIS BROMELIAD  $135

Aechmea blue tango Aechmea blue tango Aechmea blue tango
Aechmea blue tango Aechmea blue tango by National Garden Association

 

STRELITZIA NICOLAI
THE GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE


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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $45

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

 

BILLBERGIA SPECIES - A BROMELIAD
SUMMER BLOOMER WITH PINK BLOSSOMS


HUGE CLUSTERS IN POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD PLANTS


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

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


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

Billbergia species  Billbergia species  Billbergia species 
Bilbergia species  Bilbergia species  Billbergia blossom Wikipedia 

 

THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

2020 END OF THE YEAR SALE
It's our biggest sale of the year with great discounted prices.
STARTS TOMORROW, FRIDAY.
Over 300 different types / sizes of plants with super sale prices.
And, 20% off everything else in stock not mentioned at sale page.
You won't be disappointed with the selection or prices.
Link to this Sale below

 

BEST SALE OF THE YEAR
2020 END OF THE YEAR SALE

EVERYTHING IS ON SALE
DISCOUNTS UP TO 40% OFF

SEE SALE

 

TUESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


I wanted to show you photographs of a mature Pritchardia minor that's thriving in central San Diego, CA.  For many years our nursery has been selling young plants that come from the seeds of this mother tree.  It is a magnificent specimen.  I'd estimate its height to be fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kaui in HI, this tree is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  I've seen this species in habitat and the one shown in the first three rows of photos (San Diego) is taller than ones I've seen in the wild.  I figure its culture that made it this large.  The last row shows some photos of plants we have for sale and a specimen of this species in HI.  Although availability changes over time, we hope that we can continue to offer this unique species in the future.

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Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego pritchardia martii pritchardia martii

 

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.



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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

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

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA



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

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

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.


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

 

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 $80

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


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

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


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


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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid
Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THIN TRUNK & TALL SOLITARY PALM


PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


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

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

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


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

 

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 $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $35.

It'd be  piece of cake to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special!


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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT AS SHOWN

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

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

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

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


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

 

DIOON MEJIAE
LUSH AND TROPICAL APPEARING


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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES THIS SPECIES

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

We are currently offering more and more types of tropical fruits, especially bananas.  So, today I want to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have smaller sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
  The photo of the banana fruit is c/o Wikipedia.


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

Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


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


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

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


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

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

 

THE MOOSEHORN FERN
PLATYCERUM SUPERBUM


GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY
MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE 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.  But, there's another type known as the "Moosehorn Fern" where the leaves are entire, stretching across the width of the plant.  Mature, they look entirely different.  These leaves can get up to six feet across – one giant shield like leaf.  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 flat 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 and occasionally give them some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  You want to water to hit the plant from above – like rain.  They can take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties F.  The plants we have presently are larger than ones we’ve offered in the past.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160


Mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  I can mail order these but they take a surprising large box to ship.  The last photo is a great on and was taken by floragreatlakes.info website.


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

 

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

SHOULD MAKE PRETTIER FRUITING PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


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

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

Only a handful available.

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

 

SATURDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

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


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This interesting palm is a suckering blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It's actually quite amazing that it took a long time for taxonomists to realize that it was a species and had it's own unique characteristics.  It's definitely a deep blue color but also it never gets as large as Chamaereops humilus.  The problem was that there were also native short clones of the later.  Chamaerops cerifera is one of the most cold hardy species for those of you in super cold areas.  I've had reports of it going down to 13 degrees F.  Mature height is about six feet or so.  Color is blue in hot sun.  This species does sucker.  The plants on special here are nice 15g plants.  They'd be difficult to ship and for mail order customers, consider the 5g size.  As seen, they are suckering out with a nice sized primary trunk.  We do sell boxed plants if needed on special order. 
 

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

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

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPs Chamaerops cerifera

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


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

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

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

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

Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha TS Rps Cryosophila stauracantha

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THE MINIATURE FLAME THROWER PALM

 

PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT
UNBELIEVABLY SLOW GROWING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This thin trunked, medium sized palm comes from New Caledonia where it lives in habitat below overhead tree canopy.  It is very slow growing.  It has a trunk diameter, at maturity, of about three inches.  It has a cream colored crown shaft and a sparse crown of five to six leaves.  It is often seen "leaning" for light among competing plants.  For a nursery, producing a nice 5g plant takes about five years.  For this reason, few nurseries grow this species.  Planted in the garden, growth rate picks up a bit but is still slow.  Newly emerging leaves are often red in color.  If you are in a drier climate, this species would definitely take filtered light.  Since the trunk is small and the canopy is medium sized at most, it is a good species to "sneak into that small, filtered light area".  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties, F.  I've known this species to grow in the San Francisco Bay area. 

We have a very limited supply of Actinokentia.  Of note, this is a monotypic genus with only one species in the genus.  Shown here is one of our 5g plants and photos from habitat and domestic plants.  Note the long slender crown shaft and how plants don't carry very many leaves. We've been selling this species for over 20 years and typically have one or two for sale.  Shown below is the 5g size that we’re putting on Special.  A final note:  This species is super slow growing.  A 5g plant takes us about seven years to produce.  That's why they are expensive.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $90

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM



PALM WITH CURVED LEAVES, UMBRELLA CANOPY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, non-crown shafted palm from Lord Howe Island is a great palm for Southern California.  Along the coast it can be grown in sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees or perhaps a bit colder.  Mature height is about 30 feet although taller specimens are known to exist.  It's growth rate is slower compared to the more common Kentia Palm, Howea forsteriana. The one gallon on Special are all singles, are nicely sized and can be mail ordered.  It has been grown in the San Francisco Bay region.

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

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

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Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


MORE UPRIGHT LEAVES AND FASTER GROWING
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


The Kentia Palms on Special here are also very nicely sized.  We have singles and multiples. The multiples are more full as they grow with more girth of the group.  The singles are faster growing.  Also native to Lord Howe Island, this palm can easily get to 30 feet.  I often tell people that in sun, this palm gets to 30 feet in 30 years.  In shade leaves are more stretched.  In such conditions a plant can be more than 30 feet tall.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  Compared to the Sentry Palm above, leaves are more upright without the umbrella shape to the canopy.  These can be mail ordered.

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


For this price you must mention this Blog Only Special!

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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM


FULL SUN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This was the third and most recently described species of Beccariophoenix and is quite possibly the easiest to grow of the three and with the most cold hardiness.  It makes a medium to large palm with a think trunk and a dense crown of leaves.  As shown, the base of the leaf stems form an interesting arrangement.  There are reports of this species growing in the SF Bay area.  It is a sun or part day sun plant.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Among collectors, this is a very hot species to obtain.  We're offering 5 gallon plants that were summer repots.  So, we're offering them at a goood price. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G  THIS SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $62.50



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


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

 

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.


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

 

DYPSIS LASTELLIANA
THE RED NECK PALM



NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

CYCAS TANSACHANA
KAMPON'S CYCAD



NATIVE TO THAILAND - ENDANGERED STATUS
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER CITRUS POT PLANTS

This cycad is extremely rare and endangered.  It is native to central and northern Thailand in mountainous areas.  Mature, it is medium sized or taller with a tan to yellow trunk and does branch overhead.  The stem bark is corky and rough.  It can reach mature heights of fifteen to twenty feet.  Leaves are green and arching.  Kampon Tansacha is an old friend of mine and started a famous public garden in Thailand named Nong Nooch Garden.  This cycad was named after him.  The plants on sale came from seeds from a trip many years ago to Thailand.  They have caudexes of 4 to 5 inches.  I'd recommend some sun or strong filtered light.  Our plants have previously seen multiple freezes.  I emphasize that this is a super rare cycad and not commercially available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS SIZE $400

This plant can be mail ordered.  Limited numbers available.  The photo from habitat is by TS at RPS.

 
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Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana TS RPS 

 

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).

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $340

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


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Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


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

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

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


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

 

PANDANUS UTILIS
THE SCREW PINE


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT



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

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

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

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

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES


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

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

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

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

Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia

 

MUSA RAJA PURI
SUPER DWARF FORM OF BANANA



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


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

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

These may even fruit this summer!

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

 

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