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RECYCLE USED PLASTIC CONTAINERS


ECOLOGICAL AND HELPS OUR NURSERY
YOU'LL RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON YOUR PURCHASE OR A CREDIT TOWARD FUTURE PURCHASE

I like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery - when you drop them off or issue a credit toward a future purchase.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  If you arrive off hours, just leave them in front of our entry gate.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 5g and bigger.  Our nursery is plush with one gallon or smaller.  We also really appreciate 5 gallon, 7 gallon, 15 gallon and citrus pots. 

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  The fourth photo shows all containers from a band to a 24 inch box, left to right.


5 GALLON
5 gallon
15 GALLON
15 gallon
25 GALLON
25 gallon
All containers in a row
All containers in a row
   

 

ALSO - RECYCLE OLD NEWSPAPER -We can use it!

We utilize old newspaper to stuff our plants before we put them in vehicles.  Newspapers also help us secure mail orders.  And, we're always running out and don't like using new paper for this purpose - wasteful.  So, we'd recycle those old newspapers that you have on hand.  Just drop them off at the nursery any day Monday through Saturday.  Thank you.
Newspaper

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD



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


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

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

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

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

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS



VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

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

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

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

Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads landscape

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MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)


MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


We have available squat 15g Mule Palms as shown below.  For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

They are remarkable because they are supper attractive and cold hardy.  Some say they have a resemblance to a Coconut.  They also usually just get to 25 feet - compared to the 60 foot height of the Queen.  And, they are very cold hardy - down to about 16 degrees.  I've got a customer in Tucson, AZ that can't grow Queen Palms b/c they freeze in the winter.  Our Mule Palms thrive there.  This hybrid tolerates desert sun.  And, they don't make any fruit to mess up your pool!  This is why they are called the "Mule" Palm.  What a combination of good qualities!  The plants on special are in squat 15g.

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

This size can be mail ordered but takes a very tall box.  We also have larger plants for sale.  The two mature photos are c/o M.H. and Palm Talk.


Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus M.H. Butia x Syagrus PalmTalk unknown author

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  These cannot be transplanted once established in the garden.  They get a husky trunk and probably about 40 feet tall in many decades.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Shown below is our 15 gallon size that we have on special.  This is a good size to start with and should take off quickly.


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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

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

 

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 leaflet arrangement.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 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

 

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


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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

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

It'll want full sun.  Before, I've only known of small one gallons available of this hybrid and for sale for about $150.  This is a chance to get a nice specimen in a 5g pot with a thick base for a great price.  But, we only have a few of them.  I can ship this size.

SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID $185

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


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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



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

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

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

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

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

 

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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL FEW REMAINING 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

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


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

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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS""

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM

 
DIFFICULT TO FIND NOWADAYS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This species comes from a very high mountainous area of northern India.  It grows at elevations above 7000 feet and sees bitterly cold winters.  Because of its native habitat, it has been touted and hoped by many to be the most cold hardy of the species of this genus.  It certainly can tolerate temperatures below 15 degrees F., but its lowest tolerance is still being determined.  In appearance, it is similar to Trachycarpus fortunei.  On mature trees and compared to the common Windmill Palm, however, it is taller with a thicker trunk, has a bigger crown of leaves with more actual leaves in the crown and larger individual leaves.  The leaves are also more stiff than the fortunei.  The trunk tends to lose its fibers more readily, giving it a cleaner appearing trunk.  A field note for distinguishing this species is that the hastula (a flap of tissue at the junction of the leaf stem with the palmate leaf) is twisted and askew.  Fortunei are not this way.  Growers also comment on how the trunk of containerized plants is a bit more tidy with prominent hairs.

Because of its natural habitat, this species may be the most cold hardy of all the Windmills.  I have found it to be a vigorous grower, medium speed.  We presently have a limited number of 5 gallon plants that we are putting on special.


Click here for an article on Trachycarpus from our website

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


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  The next to last photo was taken by M. Gibbon and T. Spanner in habitat.  The last photo is a 15g plant at our Nursery.


Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
THE LICURY PALM

VERY DIFFERENT APPEARING SYAGRUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount!


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $75

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
SUPER POPULAR BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



ASSORTMENT OF NURSERY PLANTS SHOWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES!


This prominently blue cycad is native to the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is one of the more sought after species.  Plants are rather slow growing and never get very large.  A plant with a three foot tall caudex is about all you see after fifty years.  And, for this reason, people like it even more because it is never an overwhelming plant.  It prefers full sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is also water conserving and should never be over-watered.  We're offering a discount of any plant of this species for ten days.  This includes everything from seedlings to large coning plants.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 15% OFF REGULAR PRICE ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

Shown below are many nursery plants from around our nursery and one garden photo.

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

 

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 $225

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
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AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


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


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

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

Mention this special when you purchase. 

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Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern  

 

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 $50


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

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

ASSORTED ATTRACTIVE BROMELIADS FOR THE GARDEN



SHOWING BELOW FOUR INTERESTING SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SPECIES AS SHOWN

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL FOUR SPECIES AS SHOWN BELOW $35

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

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

 

NEOROGELIA RED THROAT
ATTRACTIVE GREEN WITH RED THROAT


WILL TOLERATE COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER CLUSTERS


This species of Neorogelia which we call "red throat" has lime green leaves and develops an intense central red color as shown.  The nice thing about this species is that they make attractive clusters and tolerate coastal sun.  A good size clump can be 24 to 30 inches across.  They can also be grown in strong filtered light.  With less light the leaves are a darker green.  We're offering two cluster sizes on sale.  Both sizes are shown below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL CLUSTER $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGER CLUSTER $60

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Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster
Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster

 

VRIESEA BROMELIAD
PUSHING A PROMINENT FLOWER


SPIKE SHOULD BE YELLOW AND RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CULTIVAR

Vriesea are a type of Bromeliad.  There are about a hundred different species of Vriesea and countless other hybrids and cultivars.  Vriesea natively come from Central and South America.  The sizes of plants vary from small to the large Vriesea imperialis (now call Alkantarea i.).  Most want filtered light but some will take sun.  Flowers are usually upright and spectacular, often branching.  Flowers have brilliant colors including red, yellow, orange and other colors.  They can be grown epiphytically or in a pot.  Shown here are some unidentified species of Vriesea.  Leaves are redish-green with purple red backsides.  You can see a long flower spike emerging.  It should branch and be prominently colored.  We have limited numbers.  And, although it doesn't show the flower of this plant, I'll show an assortment of blossoms from other plants we have of this genus.

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

 
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Vriesea blossom  Vriesea blossom  Vriesea blossom 

 

FRIDAY, 9 APRIL, 2021

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL

A GREAT CANOPY FORMING PALM TREE

HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
 

Although this is not the tallest of all Fishtail Palms, be aware that it is much taller than C. gigas.  But, the trunk is more thin.  As an estimate of trunk diameter, think "telephone pole" size, white in color, and easily heights over fifty feet.  This is one of the quickest growing palms known.  A plant like shown here will be thirty feet tall in a few years.  Leaves are not as long or wide as Caryota gigas.  Their leaf color also is not as dark a green.  Brown tipping of leaflets can occur, especially if not given enough water.  Another important point:  All Caryotas are "monocarpic".  This means that, after a period of fifteen to twenty years age, the plant will blossom.  It flowers, hopefully produces seeds, and slowly dies over three to four years.  

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  So, acclimate your plant to sun and give it plenty of water, especially after first planting.  Shown here is our 25 gallon size which we have in limited numbers.  These will form canopy in a matter of a few years.


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ENCEPHALARTOS LEAFLETS
COLLAGE OF CLOSE UP PHOTOS



SHOWS DIVERSITY OF LEAF & LEAFLET APPEARANCES

This is a "just for fun" post of many close up photographs of the leaflets of an assortment of unusual Encephalartos species from either South or Central Africa.  I am showing you these to demonstrate the diversity of the leaflets of this genus as a whole.  Some are blue.  And, there's many colors of green.  Leaflet shapes are also quite varied. You'll see shorter leaflets compared to long narrow ones.  Some are spiny, others are more smooth at their margins.  The texture on some are smooth and shiny whereas others are furry showing hairs.  Some stack on each other, others are widely spaced.  Some are prominently veined.  Many pictures were taken twelve inches away while others show more leaflets, taken at two feet.  I'll not get into mentioning the species shown here but rather show them as a whole so you see how different they are from each other.  All photos were taken on nursery plants recently.

READ ABOUT THE BEST CYCADS FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


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CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15 GALLON SIZE


What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are our squat 15 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have other sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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


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

READ MORE ABOUT CHAMBEYRONIA

 
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Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

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 $220

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

READ MORE ABOUT THE BAMBOO PALMS

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BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM



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

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

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

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

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

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

READ MORE ABOUT THE PALMS OF MADAGASCAR


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

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 15g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 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 very old 15g size on special - first two rows of photos.  These are 12 years old - an yes, they are super slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15 G $325

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.

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Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


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Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

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

READ MORE ABOUT RHOPALOSTYLIS

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CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85

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


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

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

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

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

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The first five photos show the 5g on sale followed by a few 15g plants.  All are in limited supply.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  This is a very slow growing species.  The one gallon plants are being put on sale.    

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

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


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Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



NEW ARRIVAL – NICE LOCALLY GROWN PLANTS
A GOOD STARTER SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  It is cold tolerant down into the low 20’s F.  It loves more inland locations as long as you don’t get too cold.  Trunks are rather thin for this species mature height of about 25 feet.  The crown shaft is a silver-green color.  Trunks are often swollen at their base.  The plants on special are fairly large one gallon plants. They are about 3 years old and can be shipped. 

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $47.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


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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.


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Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES


GREEN NARROW LEAFLETS - SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  It is quite popular and is a good growing cycad.  For the coastal areas, it can take full sun or perhaps better, half day sun. Far inland areas would utilize strong filtered light or a few hours of sun.n.

The nursery plants I'm showing today on sale are five gallon plants with caudexes of 3 to 4 inches.  They are in 5 gallon pots and need to be repotted or planted in the ground.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  The plants on sale are in the first six photos.  Other photos show larger plants at the nursery.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Don't miss the chance to get large plants in a small 5g pot - which is easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 5 GALLON $300

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

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LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

 

SPINELESS GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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


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

 

TASSEL FERN
POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM


ATTRACTIVE GREEN FERN
SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This attractive fern gets to a height of two feet and likes filtered light and water.  New leaves emerge upward and are very shiny.  It can be used as a ground cover or below other trees.  The crown of leaves is compact and the leaf stems have a red color as shown. We’d recommend filtered light and maintaining adequate moisture.  This is not a difficult fern to grow.

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


TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN
TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN

 

PASSION FRUIT VINE
PASSIFLORA EDULIS

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

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

 

RED TRUMPET VINE
CAMPSIS RADICANS

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

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

 

HIBISCUS BLACK BEAUTY
OUR HIBISCUS ARE JUST STARTING TO COME INTO BLOSSOM



MULTIPLE UNUSUAL SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIALS!


It's Hibiscus season again.  Plants are just starting to set buds.  This type of plants want sun along the coast or at least half day sun.  Temperatures below a freeze prevents the setting of buds.  So, these plants are mostly for those who don't have a hard freeze late into the year.  Shown here is a red species known as "Black Beauty".  We have about seven different types.  Sizs are one and five gallon.  All are desirable varieties.  I'm showing first the 5g size followed by the 1g size.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $27.50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $45


Hibiscus black beauty Hibiscus black beauty Hibiscus black beauty
Hibiscus black beauty Hibiscus black beauty Hibiscus black beauty
Hibiscus black beauty Hibiscus Black Beauty Hibiscus black beauty

 

WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL, 2021

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



TREES IN FRUIT

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

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

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL



JUST GOT IN A NEW BATCH
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  We sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  But, it's way to heavy and expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



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

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM

 

GREAT PALM FOR CREATING “PRIVACY”
SUPER TALL SQUAT 15 GALLON PLANTS JUST AVAILABLE

SQUAT 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in some unbelievably tall Areca Palms that we felt we had to tell you about.  And, we are putting them on sale!  This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  It is a suckering palm species with thin trunks and color on the leaf bases and crown shafts – yellow, silver or green.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  They will take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give this species only morning or filtered sun.  The plants on special below are by far the tallest we’ve ever had in the squat 15g pots.  For this reason, they are a great buy for customers.  Be aware they are almost too big to transport in the average pickup truck and may need delivery

REGULAR PRICE THESE SUPER TALL SQUAT 15G $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TALL SQUAT 15G $300

I must comment that these will sell out super quickly and won’t be around too long.  If you want a smaller size, we do have smaller 15g and 3 gallon, both at a better price.  This special applies to the largest of this species we have.


Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM

FULL SUN FAN PALM – SLOW GROWING
NEVER TOO TALL – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  This is Guadalupe Island.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid to upper teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently we are offering very nice 15g plants.  These can be shipped by UPS but it’d take a big box and be expensive.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G THIS SPECIES $185

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


Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

BURRETIOKENTIA GRANDIFLORA
BEAUTIFUL PINNATE PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



EXTREMELY RARE SPEIES - 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.  Note, we only have a couple of these left.

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

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

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

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

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

 

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

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

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

Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM|


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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Shown here are our 5 gallon size which I'm putting on special.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid-day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow. 

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.


Burretiokentia hapala 5g Burretiokentia hapala 5g Burretiokentia hapala 5g
Burretiokentia hapala 5g Burretiokentia hapala 5g Burretiokentia hapala 5g
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
RARE UNDERSTORY PALM – GROUPED LEAFLETS

  

SINGLE TRUNK – MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna
Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna
Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna Chamaedorea klotzschianna

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM



WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 carnuba 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 band sized plants on sale.

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

Remember, mention this Special!


Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

BUTIA SPECIES
SEED COLLECTED FROM UNIDENTIFIED BUTIA SPECIES

BLUE-GREEN LEAVES AT THIS POINT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS


The seedlings on sale are definitely a Butia species.  Which one we are not sure.  These seedlings came from a mature Butia palm that couldn't be identified at the time.  These seedlings came from a private but experienced grower.  I do not have photos of that parent plant.  Butia are native to South America with the most common species being Butia capitata (odorata).  These are not this species.  It'll want sun and should have a cold tolerance into the teens F. or at least the low 20's F.  If you are a gambler, it might be worth your getting one.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND SEEDLINGS $45

I cannot show a mature palm as I don't have a photo of the mother tree.

Butia species Butia species Butia species
Butia species Butia species Butia species

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SUN TOLERANT MEDIUM SIZED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS
For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply recently.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put band seedlings on special and they are very nicely sized.  They are ready to be repotted into one or two gallon pots.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants can be easily shipped.  I’d recommend getting several as they look best in small colonies in the garden. 

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

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first six photos are the bands on sale.  The seventh photo shows our 15g size.  The next to last photo is c/o Palmpedia and the last photo was taken at Jim Wright's garden in San Diego.


Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
chamaedoreas plumosa chamaedoreas plumosa Palmpdeia  chamaedoreas plumosa 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD



GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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

 

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 $245

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

 

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.  These plants are starting to show a nice small caudex already.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $80

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


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

 

KAHILI GINGER
HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


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

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

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

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


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


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

 

SCHIZOLOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE BRAZILIAN FIRETREE OR FERN TREE



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

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

15 GALLON REGULAR PRICE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $160

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

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

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

 

MONDAY, 5 APRIL, 2021

ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT
RUGGED TERRAIN IN SOUTH AFRICA



A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION OF HABITAT CONDITIONS
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE WILD

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

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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
THE LICURY PALM



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HARD TO FIND 15G SIZE


This single trunk Syagrus is native to Brazil.  It gets to an average height of 15 feet.  The trunk is a bit stout for a Syagrus and often has retained old leaf bases at the top of the bare trunk.  Leaves are gray-green in color and somewhat plumose.  Growth rate is medium.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy perhaps into the mid twenties F. or possibly a bit lower.  Many feel that, apart from the common Queen Palm, this is one of the more cold hardy of the genus.  But, it's difficult to find, especially with any size.  We have a limited number of 15g we're putting on sale.  These are too big for mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $215

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

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

 

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

 

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 $190

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


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

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

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

 

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

 

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 $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $180

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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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


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

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

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHCI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE FAN PALM
FROM SONORA, MEXICO
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Native to Mexico, this medium sized fan palm gets to a height typically of twenty to twenty-five feet, has a rather narrow trunk for a Brahea and a smaller crown of green fan shaped leaves.  It is a medium rate growing palm that tolerates full sun. Exact cold tolerance is not known but felt to be into the low 20's F.  It could be lower but is not documented.  The five gallon plants on sale are at least 5 years old and very nice.  These are easy to mail order.

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

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


Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans  

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



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

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

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

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
THE CHINESE FAN PALM OR FOUNTAIN PALM

 
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This fan palm species is known for not looking like an arid or more desert appearing species.  This is because it's native habitat is in the more tropical southern Japanese islands, China, Taiwan and a few other surrounding areas.  It is a lush green palm.  It is slow growing and only gets to a height of about 20 feet although habitat plants can reach 40 feet.  You'll not see anything like that in most U.S. gardens.  Leaves are rather flat and the terminal part of the leaf segments will hang downwards as shown here.  Petioles with age lose their spines. 

To get a ten foot plant in our locality may take 20 years.  It can be grown in filtered light or sun.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $65

You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.
  The plants on special are shown in the first five photos.



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Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

LIVISTONA MUELLERI
RARE FAN PALM WITH SMALLER LEAVES AND COMPACT CROWN



VARIABLE HEIGHTS - USUALLY ABOUT TEN FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species of Livistona is typically not a tall palm.  Most reports of domestic plants are that they have heights of ten feet or a bit more.  But, in the wild, there are colonies with heights of over 20 feet.  The crowns of leaves are compact and the leaves are small for this genus.  Leaf color is green with a hint of blue.  Trunks retain old leaf bases and eventually are smoother.  Growth rate is slow.  It's a full sun palm with a cold tolerance down to the mid to low 20's F.  It is native to Australia, Indonesia and PNG.

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

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

Livistona muellerii Livistona muellerii Livistona muelleri
Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri

 

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 young plants on sale.  They presently have two to three leaves, further along than shown below.  This species is rare and worth getting, even though small.  It's worth the wait.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS $50

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Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita blue Copernicia hospita

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


PALM WITH CURVED LEAVES, UMBRELLA CANOPY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZED 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 band sized plants on Special are mostly singles, have three to four leaves and can be mail ordered easily within the U.S.  It has been grown in the San Francisco Bay region and other semi-cool areas. 

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


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


Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
hOWEA BELMOREANA Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD



GREEN LEAVES, STOUT TRUNK
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANTS

This Central African cycad is medium sized with green leaves and a trunk height of one to two meters.  Native to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, there is variation of this species in the appearance of the leaves and leaflets leading to the thinking that there are actually many species in native habitat areas.  Taxonomists have concluded that all these different species or varieties are part of what is known as the "Manikensis Alliance".  As a group, all are green, fast growing and never get huge.  This E. manikensis will tolerate full coastal sun but should be in part sun far inland.  The plant on special is in a 15g pot and has a caudex of about 7 inches.  It's shown in the first six photos.  It can be mail ordered but would take a large box.  It's a chance to get a fairly large and rare cycad, landscape ready at an affordable price.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $400

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  We do have another E. manikensis in a 15g pot with a caudex of nearly 10 inches that we'd sell at a discounted price as well.


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Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECAIL THESE PLANTS $100

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $75


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

 
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Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



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


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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

PHILODENDRON XANADU
EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT


TOLERATES SOME COASTAL SUN
BIG AND FULL 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Philodendron is actually a hybrid that was commercial created.  It is known for its smaller size with small to medium leaves, deep cuts into individual leaves and compact overall form.  It is very attractive and is not a climbing plant.  We've had this variety before but typically in small sizes.  We just got in a few very nice 5g.  They will take some degree of coastal sun.  Inland area growers should put this in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Just mention this Special when you purchase for this price. 


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Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu hedge

 

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

     

BEAUTIFUL PINK DWARF CANNA
NEVER OVER THREE FEET TALL

FLORID SUMMER BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

Limited numbers available.  Be aware that, in winter, Cannas tend to go dormant and the foliage looks bad.  If you plant now, you'll have nice foliage in a few months and typically flowers by mid-summer.  We also carry other varieties of Canna.

Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf
Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf Canna pink dwarf

 

ASSORTED BROMELIADS
NEW ONES - JUST ARRIVED

ALL VERY COLORFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POT SIZE

Two days ago with got in a large selection of bromeliads from an assortment of growers.  So, right now we are super plush with all sorts of types of these colorful plants.  All do well as companion plants on the garden floor.  Or, you can mount them on tree trunks, posts or wherever.  These include Aechmea, Neorogelia, Vriesia and other types.  We presently have at least forty or fifty varieties of Bromeliads. We invite all to drop in to see our Bromeliads.  We  have a lot more than shown here but are putting those below on a Ten Day Special.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BROMELIADS BELOW $35


Assorted Neorogelia varieties Bromeliads Assorted Neorogelia varieties Bromeliads Assorted  varieties Bromeliads
Assorted  varieties Bromeliads Assorted  varieties Bromeliads Assorted  varieties Bromeliads
Assorted Bromeliads Assorted Bromeliads Assorted Bromeliads in garden

 

THURSDAY, 1 APRIL, 2021

AECHMEA BLANCHETIANA
LARGER TYPE OF COLORFUL BROMELIAD



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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM

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

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

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

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


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

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TRUNKING RADICALIS
QUICK GROWING, SINGLE STEM



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

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

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

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


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

 

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   

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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


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

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

 

LICUALA PELTATA VARIETY PELTATA
LARGE DIVIDED AND FLAT TROPICAL LEAF



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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $80

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


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

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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. 

We’re putting a very shippable 5g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Special at the time or purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

Just available is a new batch of very nice 1 gallon Ravenea glauca.  On smaller Ravenea, R. hildebrandtii is the smallest - a true dwarf.  This species Ravenea glauca is not that small, but it isn't super big at maturity.  It should max out at about 25 feet.  The trunk is narrow.  Leaves are green and soft to the touch.  In most areas it likes full sun.  In the desert, filtered light would be better.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness seems to be down to the mid to low 20's F.  These 1 gallon plants are very nice.
I wish to thank Palmpedia for the nice habitat photo below.

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

Remember:  You must mention this website special for this price when you purchase.


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

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - THICK TRUNK
SALE OF 2 GALLON SIZE

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

This is a medium sized, crown shafted pinnate palm with upright leaves that are green and arch at their ends.  Leaves are keeled and the crown shaft is green with hints of orange.  It was called "stumpy" by Jeff because the trunk is thick compared to many other Dypsis.  Trunks are ringed and 12 to 14 inches thick.  Mature height is twenty feet and it wants part day or full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.  Nowadays, the only source of seeds for this species is domestic seeds so availability is very limited.  We are putting a small number of 2 gallon on sale.  Photos below are c/o Palmpedia and Bo Lundquist.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $60


Dypsis carlsmithii Dypsis carlsmithii Dypsis carlsmithii
Dypsis carlsmithii Dypsis carlsmithii Dypsis carlsmithii Bo Lundquist
Dypsis carlsmithii PalmPedia    

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



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

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

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

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

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

 

CYCAS TANSACHANA
MEDIUM SIZE CYCAD FROM THAILAND



THINK TRUNK WITH SWOLLEN BASE
VERY RARE GREEN LEAF CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Cycas tansachana is a medium sized green leaf cycad that is from south-central Thailand at an elevation of about 1000 feet.  There is lives on mountainous outcroppings.  It was named after a friend, Kampoon Tansacha of Non-Nooch Botanical Garden.  Heights can read 20 feet but are generally shorter.  Trunks are thin with a swollen base up to 3 feet across.  Leaves are green and flat in cross section.  This is a rare cycad to find.  In most areas it can take part or possibly full day sun.  We are offering a limited number of older plants in citrus pot containers on sale.  Caudexes are four inches thick and age is about 12 years.  The habitat photo is c/o TS at RPS.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $400

Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana 
Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana  Cycas tansachana TS RPS 

 

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

 

BLUE START FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM


AN EPIPHYTIC (GROWS IN TREES) FERN
BLUE COLORED LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum BLUE STAR FERN Blue star fern

 

AECHMEA SPECIES
BRANCHING YELLOW BLOSSOM


GROWN IN FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON

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

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

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

 

BECAURNIA RECURVATA
THE PONYTAIL PALM

 

BIZARRE AND SWOLLEN BASE
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - LOVES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

We just got in our spring supply of this popular succulent plant that is certainly not a true palm.  Yet, all of its common names call it one.  Native to Mexico, this plant typically gets ten to fifteen feet tall with a peculiar, expanded caudex at the base and a crown of strap like leaves.  These emerge upward and then hang down in a fountain fashion.  The most amazing thing about this species is the bizarre forms it can take on.  It can have multiple heads of leaves, multiple emerging trunks from the caudex base and the size of the base can get massive.  I've seen photos of small cars parked on top of the base of this species.

Shown here in the first six photos is a very nice  and very old 25g plant with an estimated 18 to 20 inch base.  It is a sun loving species and cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.  Cold may damage the leaves but usually plants come back the following season.  If you want smaller we have 15g size (last photo) and 5g which are more affordable.  The 25g plant is at least 20 years old.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE AS SHOWN $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $465

Just mention this Blog Ten Day Special when purchasing to get this price.


Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata

 

ALOCASIA DARK STAR
SUPER EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE $140


The last photo shows an Alocasia in a garden.

Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star
Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star Alocasia in garden

 

ALOCASIA PORTORA
SUPER EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT

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

For description of Alocasia, see above.

Another very nice variety on special is Alocasia portora.  It's one of our favorites because it is a sturdy and easy to grow species.  This quick growing Alocasia reaches heights of over six feet and can tolerate sun along the coast.  Or, part day sun or strong filtered light inland is preferred.  Leaves are large, up to three feet long with green top and undersides.  It seems to winter over here fine.  Leaves stems are dark but not black.  This would be an ideal polant to hide a fence or building.  It wants adequate water and is not difficult to grow., these would work fine.  The size on sale is in the first 6 photos.  The last photo is what this plant will look like at the end of summer in your garden.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE $140


The seventh photo is a random photo of an Alocasia variety in a garden.

 
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
Alocasia in garden Alocasia portora Alocasia portora

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA AUNTI LOU

 
GREAT
COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON SIZE



Cordyline Hawaiian Ti Plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Severe cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  The variety on special, “Aunti lou”, has purple to red leaves and is a good growing variety.  They prefer strong filtered light or a bit of sun to look their best.  These can be mail ordered.   

TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON AUNTI LOU $40

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


Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou
Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou Cordyline fruiticosa aunti lou  
Cordyline fruiticosa Cordyline fruiticosa Cordyline fruiticosa  


TUESDAY, 30 MARCH, 2021

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
EXAMPLES OF MEDIUM SIZED PLANTS FOR SALE


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


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

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

 

PHOTOS OF ASSORTED CYCADS AROUND THE NURSERY


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


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

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


Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Encephalartos species Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos senticosus
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos whitelockii
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM


NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWN SHAFT
RECENTLY ACQUIRED SUN GROWN LARGE 25G PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 25G PALM

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

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

The plant on special has been sun grown and is a very large 25g specimen.  I'm putting it on special.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 25G SUN GROWN PALM $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PALM $450

Of note, it's too big for standard mail order.


Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

 

SABAL SPECIES WITH BLUE LEAVES
FROM LOCAL PRIVATE COLLECTOR


UNKNOWN SPECIES - YES, BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


Recently I acquired a single palm of the Sabal genus from a private grower.  He told me that seeds came from a mature tree in the lower Palm Canyon area of Balboa Park, San Diego.  Like the parent plant, this plant has developed beautiful full blue fan leaves as shown here.  The only truly blue Sabal I have ever grown has been Sabal uresana.  But, this palm does not resemble that species.  I anticipate it'll have at least a moderately sized trunk with good sized leaves.  It'll want full sun and should be cold hardy into the teens F.  It's in a 25 gallon pot.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BLUE SABAL $425

It is too large for standard UPS shipping.  I do not have photos of the mother plant.

 
Sabal species San Diego Sabal species San Diego Sabal species San Diego
Sabal species San Diego Sabal species San Diego Sabal species San Diego

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


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


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

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


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

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

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $210
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


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

 

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 $195

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS



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

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

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

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

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


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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


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

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

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

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


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


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

 

PHOENIX ROEBELENII
THE PYGMY DATE PALM


NATURALLY A SINGLE TRUNK PALM
LOCALLY GROWN - HARDIER THAN IMPORTS
SALE ON TRIPLE PLANTS IN 5 GALLON SIZE

Most people are familiar with this species, the Pygmy Date Palm.  It is naturally a single trunks species.  But, they are usually sold as "triples" - three individual plants in the same pot - so often, that people think it's a suckering species.  And, 99% of plants are sold as a "multiples".  Over a few decades, this species can get to a height of over ten feet.  They are slow growing.  Triples grow slower than singles.  This species is a type of Date Palm, so it does have spines on its stems.  Growth rate is medium to slow.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  Of note, it is one of the least cold hardy of all the Date Palms.  Shown here are some shippable 5 gallon which we’re putting on Special.  Also of note, these are locally germinated and grown and not imported.  They are much hardier and better than the ones at the home improvement centers.

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discounted price.  And, for mail order customers on the East Coast, shipping one of these may cost more than the plant itself!


Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm
Phoenix roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm Phoenix roebelenii

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM


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

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
EXOTIC THIN TRUNKED SHADE PALM



CAN GET WAY OVERHEAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm is an understory species from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.  It gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet with a thin trunk of about an inch or a bit more.  It has wide, irregularly spaced leaflets on leaves that can get over five feet long.  These leaflets can be up to six inches wide and come to a prominent "drip tip" at their ends.  The first five photos below show our 5g size on special.  These are summer repots.  We've not offered them for a few years.  I'm also showing an old photo of a more mature plants and one of a female blossom with near-mature black seeds. This is one super attractive species.

In terms of culture, it is a shade loving species.  So, one would plant it under canopy.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  It is a rare species to see in gardens but is worth seeking out.

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA GEONOMIFORMIS
SINGLE TRUNK, DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM

 

PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT – NEVER TALL
SIMPLE UNDIVIDED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This species has a native distribution that spreads from Southern Mexico down throughout Central America.  There are some minor differences in plants from the various areas.  Chamaedorea geonomiformis is single trunk and has a simple, bifed leaf as shown here.  It's mature height ranges from two feet up to about five feet tall.  When trying to identify this species, particularly look at the leaf size, shape, length and width.  You'll note that the leaves of this species are longer than they are wide.  Compare this to C. ernesti-agusti below that has very wide leaflets.  Leaf color is green.  Vertical growth is slow.  We only have a few of these for sale.  I'd estimate cold hardiness into the upper teens perhaps but most assuredly to the mid-twenties.  These plants were grown from seeds from Don Hodel’s personal plants.  This species does not like direct sun.

Also, be aware that this is a rare and desirable species and seldom seen for sale.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  This size can be mail ordered.


Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g
Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g

 

EUTERPE EDULIS ORANGE CROWNSHAFT
PROMINENT ORANGE CROWNSHAFT - STUNNING



STUNNING COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Many of you may know of Euterpe edulis, a thin solitary palm with a long green crown shaft.  However, in Southern Brazil and possibly northern Argentina, there is a form of this species that has a prominent orange crown shaft.  Considered by some to be "Euterpe sp. espiritosantensis", others feel it is a variety of E. edulis.  It has a think trunk and a three foot long crownshaft.  It wants to be grown in filtered light and to work its way into partial direct sunlight.  Cold tolerance is about a freeze.  This is a slow growing palm and near impossible to find available.  We presently have a very limited number of two gallon plants.  They were repotted in winter.  In the spring of last year we had a few 5 gallon that sold out in a few days.  These are extremely difficult to find and always expensive if you can find one.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $60

I only have a few.  The mature specimens photos are c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS.


Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft
Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS
Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS    

 

DYPSIS SPECIES ORANGE CRUSH
A BEAUTIFUL DYPSIS WITH NO SPECIES NAME


MANY TIMES SPORTS AN ORANGE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT - EXOTIC AND SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is another exotic species that is near impossible to find.  It is native to Madagascar, gets to a mature height of about 20 feet, has an 8 inch thick trunk and, most appealing, is the smooth orange colored crown shaft. (see last photo).  We have available some 2 gallon plants.  It is recommended that you grow this one for a year or two before planting.  At one point, orange crush was felt to be Dypsis pululifera.  But, that was proven incorrect by taxonomists.  It presently has not species name.  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 several of the 2g size available.  Like other super rare species, it is affordable but not inexpensive.  Those available were winter repots. The last photo was taken by BGL.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE  $60

Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft
Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft BY bgl hi

 

GEONOMA UNDATA
UNDERSTORY MEDIUM SIZE PALM WITH COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT



CAN BE GROWN IN WARM TEMPERATE GARDENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

About fifteen to twenty years ago this species first made its entrance onto the collector market.  At that time it was felt to be only from the "Inca Trail" in Peru.  Since, we've come to understand that the species habitats range from far south Mexico, through Central America and down to northern South America.  But, in these locations, it is only found at high altitude.  Plants get to 20 feet tall or more, are single trunk with irregular widths to the leaflets.  Crown shaft color ranges for red (as shown below) to blue-gray, depending on locality.  A collector in San Francisco, Darold Petty, is growing one of the red form - see seventh photo below.  It is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance down to near a freeze.  We're offering winter repots in 2g sale on special - see first five pictures below.

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



Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Geonoma undata
Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Wikipedia
Geonoma undata Darold Petty Geonoma undata TS at RPS  

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM


MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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

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


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

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


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

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). 

The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these 5 gallon plants in about five to seven years.  Caudex size of the plants on sale is approximately 2 inches.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four to five years old.  These are showing a bit of their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE FIVE GALLON $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $235

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


Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

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.  The citrus pot size is shown in the first give photos.


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Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus

 

ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA ZAMIA VASQUEZII


DWARF GREEN MEXICAN CYCAD
CONES AT A SMALL SIZE - NEVER OVER 3 TO FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE
 

This is  small Mexican cycad with stems typically under one foot tall in size and leaves green in color and up to three feet long, sometimes shorter.  It usually holds about five or so leaves, sometimes more.  It is a variable species and leaflets can be lanceolate or wedge shaped.  Leaflets are quite thin in texture and have soft spines on the margins.  Overall, this species has a "fern-like" appearance and would not be considered spiny.  The names "vasquezii" replaced the more commonly known name of "fischeri" in the past fifteen years or so. 

The two plants shown here in the first two rows below are eight to ten years old.  One is a female in cone (illustrated).  I am also showing (last row) two super robust garden specimens.    

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT THIS SPECIES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price! 

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Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii
Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

 

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 7 GALLON PLANTS


This is a species of Elephant Ear Alocasia.  Some feel it comes from the island of New Guinea but others feel that it is a hybrid of unknown origin.  The reason I mention it is because it is known to be quite cold hardy, perhaps even adaptable to growing zone 7B.  It is a small plant, typically under 3 feet.  The dorsal side of the leaves are green while the underside is purple-black.  It prefers to stay dry in the winter and likes filtered light.  It is a nice companion plant for any garden.  Shown below are 7 gallon plants that are on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON THIS SPECIES $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.


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Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN



LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

BLACK ROSE, STARBURST AND OTHERS
AEONIUM ARBOREUM


BLACK-RED , VARIEGATED AND GREEN VARIETIES
SMALL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Country or area of origin: Canary Islands
Mature height: In ground, typically 2 to 3 feet 
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To mid-20's F.    
Water Requirements:  
Water conserving
Rate of Growth:  
Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 
1g, 2g and 5g - varies 
Regular Prices:  5 gallon size as shown $55
Size shown:  5 gallon
 

Comments: This dwarf succulent is best known for its short plump and colorful leaves.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  Shown are a black variety, a variegated green one and a chameleon-like species that varies from green to gold.  Our availability varies, but we try to always have a nice assortment in stock.  These are easy to mail order  

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AEONIUMS $45


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Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types
Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types Aeonium arborium 3 types

 

SATURDAY, 27 MARCH, 2021

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS



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


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

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

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

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

 

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 $425

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS