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STUNNING CERATOZAMIA SPECIES WITH SUPER GOLD FLUSH



YES, THE LEAVES ARE REALLY A GOLD COLOR
BUT, OVER TIME, THEY WILL TURN GREEN

I wanted to shows you large photos of a truly stunning cycad.  It's a Ceratozamia of some sort.  We're not quite sure what it is.  Ceratozamia latifolia is similar but typically throws emerging brown to red-brown leaves.  We've never had a Ceratozamia that threw gold.  It's amazing to look at.  I've chosen larger photos for this particular post so you get a good look at this plant.  Unfortunately, leaves will predictably turn green over the next month or so.  Some species of Ceratozamia will throw colored new leaves.  It's not unusual.  They are typically a red-brown, orange or faint brown color.  But, sometimes you get a surprise - the plant below is such a plant.  This plant is about six feet tall in the box.  It has one main caudex about ten inches tall with four five inch offsets.  The next to last photo shows the leaves eventual green leaf color.  BTW, this plant sold immediately after it threw this set of leaves but we often have colorful new throws on many Ceratozamia.

Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush
Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush
Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA



SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT

This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.  It is an easy species to grow and does great as an interior palm.  I'd recommend filtered light in the garden.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps lower.  We have a good selection of larger plants and very limited supply of smaller plants.  The garden photo below is c/o RPS.

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA TS RPS CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM WITH ITS CIGAR SHAPED TRUNK

EXOTIC, UNUSUAL APPEARING AND RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Hyophorbe verschafeltii is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is closely related to Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  But, the Spindle Palm is a bit more cold hardy and therefore the one that is a better choice for Southern California.  Most Bottle Palms don’t survive in this ara.  Both are native to the Mascarene Islands.  Mature height in many decades is fifteen feet or a bit more.  On the trunk, the Spindle Palm has the bulge off the ground, somewhere in the middle of a mature trunk.  The Bottle Palm swells at the base and above this gets more narrow.  Cold tolerance of the Spindle Palm is about freezing.  The Bottle Palm gets into trouble below thirty-five degrees.  This small difference makes a huge difference for growers.   This species wants full sun along the coast.  Shown below is our 15 gallon size which we’ve put on special. 

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

We only have limited numbers available. 


Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii
Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii
Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

WALLICHIA DENSIFLORA
AKA WALLICHIA OBLONGIFLIA

VERY RARE EXOTIC PALM
FILTERED LIGHT CLUMPING SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This suckering pinnate palm is quite unusual with wide green leaflets that have silver on the back.  It is different from Wallichia disticha in that it suckers and is an understory palm.  It can take a bit of sun but not full sun.  Native to southern China and further Asian countries south, it can be found up to an elevation of 3000 feet.  Leaves are six to seven feet long.  Leaflets are premose with chopped terminal ends.  Locally, mature clumps are six to eight feet tall.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We are putting the few 15g we have on special.  This is a near impossible palm to find.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $220


Wallichia densiflora Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia densiflora Wallichia densiflora Wallichia densiflora
 

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

 

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


FULL CROWN OF GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk Syagrus is native to Brazil and only gets to heights of ten to twenty feet.  The trunk is thin and clean over time.  Leaves are somewhat plumose and green.  Fruits are fairly large and yellow in color.  Some comment that is is similar to S. picrophylla.  It is a full sun palm with an, as of yet, unknown cold tolerance.  I suspect it'll go into the twenties for sure.  It is a newly introduced species so there's little cultural information.  Note on the mature palm pictures that the leaves don't go much below the spherical circle of crown leaves.  I find this upright crown very appealing.  I’m offering 5 gallon plants on special.  This is a very rare species to find.  Mature plant photos below are by Palmpedia, TS at RPS and Paul Craft - PalmNut.

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

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


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

 

SYAGRUS BOTRYOPHORA
THE PATI PALM or SLENDER QUEEN PALM

 

INTERESTING THINNER TRUNK PALM WIDELY SEPARATED LEAVES WHEN YOUNG
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a rare species of single trunk, pinnate palm from lowland Atlantic Brazil.  It has been called one of the top ten most beautiful palms in the world.  It is fairly difficult to find.  It gets quite tall, over forty feet, yet has a surprisingly thin trunk of less than twelve inches.  Leaves are about ten feet long and come off the trunk at a 45 degree angle and then arch toward the ground.  The leaves are keeled and green in color.  The trunk is prominently ringed. 

Given ample heat and lack of severe cold, this is a very fast growing species.  It is known to put on four feet of trunk a year or more.  If you look at the mature garden plant below, you will see many leaves that are green and still attached to the trunk over a long trunk distance, almost forming a "ladder-like" appearance to the leaves where one could easily climb the trunk.  This may be the result of its rapid growth.  When mature the leaves are more tightly grouped.  The trunk surface is fibrous but turns smooth over time with a gray-brown color.  Shown here are some 5g plants (spring repots) that we’re putting on special.  This species does want full sun or perhaps filtered light with the opportunity to grow into full sun.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, but felt to be in the mid 20's F.  One last comment.  This species has been called the "Slender Queen Palm" and the "Pati Palm". 

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


Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora

 

SYAGRUS SANCONA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOXTAIL PALM



VERY PLUMOSE LEAVES
HARD TO FIND BUT NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is one of the prettiest Syagrus you can buy.  It gets its common name from the fact that the leaves are very plumose (multi-ranked or fluffy), resembling the Foxtail Palm.  The crown of leaves do not hang downwards.  As the photographs show, the trunk is thin for the height of this palm.  And it is prominently ringed.  Mature height can be 50 feet or more.  It is native to about six countries in the northern part of South America.  It prefers full sun once acclimated and is cold tolerant down to the mid-twenties F.  We’re putting our 5 gallon plants on Special.  Note on the photos below the character of the leaves – multi-ranked and plumose.  If you can grow this species, it’s well worth it.

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $85


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special to get this price.


Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona
Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona
Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona

 

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SINGLE TRUNK MOUNTAIN FORM



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


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitats and localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the single trunk mountain form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf (as shown below).  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  I can’t predict if your plant will sucker or not.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about six inches thick and reaches a height of 20 feet or a bit more.  It sort of looks like a Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As shown below, sometimes we’ll plant more than one to a pot.

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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


This great Madagascar 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 nice 5 gallon plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100


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 leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED


ONLY A FEW REMAINING
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE
 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radical is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.  Expect a mature height of twenty feet and a cold tolerance of at lest 25 degrees F.

Shown below is a citrus pot sized plant.  Believe it or not, this is 10 to 12 years old.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   One final comment:  I think, that within a year or two, no nursery will offer this species in the U.S. and seeds will not come off the island of Madagascar.  

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT $125

But, you must mention this Special when you purchase.  Also, we are down to our last
plants, so be quick to order or they might be gone.


Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila by TS RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
EXOTIC THIN TRUNKED SHADE PALM

 

WIDE GREEN LEAFLETS – THIN GREEN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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 trunk is thin and prominently ringed.  I'm also showing an old photo of a more mature plant’s female flower 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.  It would probably look great as a small colony of three or four plants.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  It is a rare species to see in gardens but is worth seeking out.  We’re putting 5 gallon on Special.

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

Our 5g plants are shown in the first six pictures.  The tall outdoor photo is of a tall 20 gallon plant.  This is followed by a photo of that female blossom with seeds.

Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g
Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g
Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ALBA – PREVIOUSLY VEILLONIA ALBA
GORGEOUS & SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


MEDIUM HEIGHT – WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, white crown-shafted palm comes from the island of New Caledonia.  There is grows in locations from sea level to 2000 feet.  It is a medium sized plant best known for its white crown shaft.  Known for decades as a monotypic species "Veillonia alba", in the past decade taxonomists decided renamed it Cyphophoenix alba.  Trunk diameter is thin, about six inches.  Height is about forty feet, sometimes taller.  This species is known to grow in better areas of Southern California.  The crown shaft is covered with either white or red-brown tomentum and is striking.  Prominent rings are seen on the trunk.  The leaves are green and overall, the crown is a medium size.  I would recommend growing this is filtered light and let it work its way into a bit more sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As this species is super rare and hard to find, if you get one you have to be careful with it.  It would be difficult to replace is you lose it through poor culture.  We have put 5 gallon on sale.  They are Spring repots so we’re offering a nice discounted price.

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

Discount lasts 10 days.  Mention this before you buy.

Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Veillonia alba Cyphopheonx alba Cyphophoenix alba Veillonia alba Cyphopheonx alba

 

GAUSSIA GOMEZ-POMPAE
BIGGER AND TALLER THAN GAUSIA MAYA



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


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


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $47.50


GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE
GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE GAUSSIA GOMERZ-POMPAE
Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae Gaussia gomez-pompae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD


NICE SELECTION OF 15 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  It is native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller mature plant size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Shown below is a 15 gallon plant with a nice sized pup.  It is locally and outdoor grown.  The primary caudex is 4 inches.  We have several plants in 15g that are this size.  Of note, because of this species popularity, we often run out on certain sizes.  You might want to check out an almost identical species, Encephalartos trispinosus.  We usually have a good supply of them.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE PLANT $575

This plant can be mail ordered.  If you’ve wanted this species, don’t dally.  They’ll be gone soon.


Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup
Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup Encephalartos horridus 15g 4 in with pup
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
A GREAT GARDEN SPECIES FOR FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE WITH GREAT COLOR

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say “popular” because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  They are nothing as gnarly as E. horridus.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks of E. lehmannii can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled.  Sometimes they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.  Shown below is a 15 gallon plant with a caudex of 4 inches.  We have several plants this size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $500

This size can be mail ordered. 


Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches
Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 15g 4 inches
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES

 

YES, SEEDLINGS OF THE REAL THING!
FIRST TIME OFFERED FOR TWENTY YEARS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

In my opinion, this is one of the most desirable cycad species introduced in the past several decades.  It was formally described in 1996.  Native to China, it is a plant with a rather small caudex, typically under a foot in size, but with long leaves that stretch upwards and will divide to the third order.  Some argue that it's just "bi-pinnate", but if you research pictures of the leaves, there is a small stem leading to two or three leaflets.  Therefore, I consider it to be "tri-pinnate".  In other words, the main stem will fork and that branch will fork again, this last stem holding the leaflets..  The Caryota palm divides to the second order and is considered to be multipinate as well.  With this branching, this species produces a very tropical and exotic appearing leaf.

It typically will hold two to four leaves, but has been reported to hold as many as ten leaves.  Length of these can reach ten feet.  They tend to go straight upwards, flexing down over time.  Cycas debaoensis prefers filtered light and is cold hardy to the lower 20's F.  For the first time in a few decades, we are offering seedlings for sale.  These were domestically produced and definitely the real thing.  I've shown other plants of this species before, but such a beautiful plant cannot be shown too many times.   At nurseries, this is considered super rare and is always hard to find.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS $85

These would be easy to mail order.


Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis  Cycas debaoensis   
Cycas debaoensis  Cycas debaoensis  Cycas debaoensis 

 

PANDANUS FURCATUS
VERY COLD HARDY SPECIES OF PANDANUS



EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG PLANTS

Pandanus are a Monocot with about 750 species worldwide.  Many species are native to Madagascar.  They are similar to palm trees but are not true palms.  Many species produce prominent roots from the trunk to help support the tree.  Pandanus furcatus is known to be quite cold hardy as it is native to northern India and Nepal (as well of nearby other areas).  All Pandanus come from the Old World.  P. furcatus can get quite tall, even over 40 feet in many decades.  Leaves have spiny margins.  It can tolerate a freeze.  Be aware that most species do not tolerate a freeze.  The only other species of Pandanus we grow is P. utilus.  Both are extremely difficult to find for sale.  We recently obtained some smaller furcatus plants from a private grower.  Our band size is shown in the first 6 photos.  The specimen is c/o TS at RPS.  The 7th and 9th photos are of larger plants we had about a decade ago.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $57.50

Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus
Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus
Pandanus furcatus Pandanus furcatus by TS RPS Pandanus furcatus

 

ALOCASIA SUMO
AN EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR WITH SOME COLD HARDINESS



DARK STEMS - PURPLE VEINS ON THE UNDERSIDE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This exciting and super attractive Alocasia hybrid is getting very sought after.  It has purple stems and rather large upright leaves that are green with a purple hue and purple veins on the underside.  It is a cross between A. portora and A. purple cloak.  It is said to grow in zone 7B and even being grown by folks in the SF Bay area.  Mature height is six feet or a bit more.  It can take partial coastal sun or perhaps full sun right near the Ocean.  These plants will be double their size by the end of summer.  The 6th through the 9th photos show plants from late last summer that looked like the sale plants last winter.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $65


Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT




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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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

 

PHILODENDRON McCAULLEY'S RED
PHILODENDRON
CHERRY RED

RED-ORANGE NEW LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON


This is another hybrid Philodenron that shows color in the new leaves.  Many times it is a deep red.  As leaves age, they turn green.  Plants must get older to truly display colors.  But, you can see from these photos it's a deep red-orange.  Leaves are wider and more red than the Prince of Orange Philodendron.  It wants filtered light or, inside, indirect light.  Don't overwater it and give it a chance to dry out a bit.  Cold tolerance is about a freeze.  This is a non-climbing rosette type of plant.  This is the first time we've offered this hybrid.

TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON $20

Philodendron McCaully's Finale Philodendron McCaully's Finale Philodendron McCaully's Finale
Philodendron McCaully's Finale Philodendron McCaully's Finale Philodendron McCaully's Finale

 

MONDAY, 18 OCTOBER, 2021

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD



GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

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

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

 


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WHERE WE ARE, SERVICES & WHAT WE GROW

WHY WE ARE UNIQUE

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


COMPARISON WITH CARYOTA URENS

Yes, this beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  I'm showing you today some boxed size plants of this species.  We also have 15g for sale.  But, I thought I'd make a few points about this plant that you may not know and make some comparisons to Caryota urens:

•It has an extremely thick fat trunk that can get up to three feet wide (see last photo).  This is much thicker than C. urens.
•Trunk height in Southern California is hardly ever over 35 feet, less than most of us expected.  C. urens can get over 60 feet with ease.
• It appears to tolerate full sun better than C. urens.  By this I mean it has less brown tipping on the leaflets
• It appears to have a shorter life span than expected, often blossoming in less than 15 years. This is less than C. urens.
• It has very wide and long leaves, up to fifteen feet in length and provides good shade underneath.  Caryota urens' leaves are smaller but still quite large.
• It is not as cold hardy as C. urens and will burn in the low 20's F.  But, most plants will survive and return from temperatures of 20 degrees f.
• It is quick growing but does not put on vertical height as fast as Caryota urens.
• If your plant doesn't look good, it's probably from your lack of giving it adequate water (if there's no cold burn)
• It is the most popular Fishtail Palm presently.  In the past, before this species introduction, C. urens was the most popular.  I think people really like the leaves and leaflet shape..

We have a great selection available and can ship smaller sizes up to 15 gallon plants.  Except for photo #7, all photos shown here are only of Caryota gigas.


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

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHOCOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
SPINY TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM



EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This single trunk tropical fan palm is noted mostly for its spiny trunk.  The spines are long, randomly directed and almost needle sized.  It is native to South America and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Unlike Trithrinax campestris, the leaflet tips on this species are not sharp nor pointed.  It is a medium rate grower. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $195

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 15 gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.  The fifth photo shows a close up of the trunk of an older nursery plant.


TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A SEMI-DWARF TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM

 


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

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

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

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


Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Chamaedorea microspadix
Dypsis lanceolata Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

   

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU



EXOTIC APPEARING CROWN SHAFTED PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVEN & FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES

 


MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its leaf segments almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  Another interesting thing is that the seed fruit is blue in color as shown below.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid to low-twenties.  The 15g on sale are nicely sized.  Shipping is possible in a large box.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
  The last photo showing the spines is c/o John Volk.


Livistona saribus Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus john volk psst 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus john volk psst 

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK

 


NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here. It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 15g on Special are nice size and ready for planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards. This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".  Habitat photos c/o Mike Crisp in Australia.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be possible to ship but somewhat expensive.   


 
Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida 
Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida 
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida   Livistona nitida mike crisp PACSOA 

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE CAPE RIVER LIVISTONATHE WOOLY LIVISTONA



TALL FAN PALM WITH THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This Australian fan palm is a very interesting species and also known as the "Wooly Livistona".  It is apparently threatened in habitat.   In the northeastern part of Australia it lives at an altitude of 200 meters.   It reaches a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that’s about a foot thick.  Leaves are bluish or blue-green, stiff and waxy.  Leaf stems have barbs and leaves extend out six to eight feet.  It is most similar to Livistona marie but, by report, has larger purple fruit.  It is one of the most rare species of this genus.  It enjoys full hot sun.  Exact cold tolerance is unclear but probably into the mid-twenties F.  We have a limited number of 15g which we’re putting on special.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  The habitat photo is c/o John Dowe of AU.


Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by John Dowe  

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE – INTENSELY BLUE

DROUGHT AND EXTREME SUN TOLERANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, note the prominent blue color of the leaves.  This is the hallmark of this species.


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON THREE SIZES

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds the past few years.  We are pleased to presently three different sizes, all on sale.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  We’re putting on sale popular sizes of 1, 5 and 15g plants. NOTE:  5G SIZE IN VERY SHORT SUPPLY.

REGULAR PRICE 1GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55 (FIRST ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95 (SECOND ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $190 (THIRD ROW OF PHOTOS)


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

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

 

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 $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $95

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


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

 

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 $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95

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 SUPER SILVER
NEW AND RARE SPECIES FROM MEXICO


THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
JUST AS BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


Availability of seeds for this super desirable blue Brahea has been very sporadic and rarely do we have it in inventory.  It resembles a Brahea armata but is faster growing, gets taller and has a much thinner trunk.  It is native to Mexico.  Although it may not show the blue when young, as a mature tree the leaves are very blue.  The exact cold tolerance of this full sun species is unknown.  But, I it’s anything like the common Mexican Blue Fan palm, it should be approaching the mid teens F.  So, if you are in a cold area or love blue palms, you have to try one of these. I prefers heat and full sun and is obviously an ideal desert palm.  We’re putting 5 gallon plants on sale.  Easy to ship.  We may have a few 15g plants as well.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. The habitat photo is by TS.  The 5 gallon size is shown in the first six photos.  The habitat photo is by TS RPS.


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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


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



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

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

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

 

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

 

SABAL BRAZORIENSIS
RARE DWARF FAN PALM NATIVE TO TEXAS



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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS

 

EASY TO GROW - A GREAT INTERIOR PALM 
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZE


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

Below I'm showing in the first six photos our band size plants.  They are about 2 feet tall in their pots.  Some are already suckering.  This size can be mail ordered no problem.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $47.50

Remember:  Mention this Special for this Blog Only discounted price.  The 7th photo is c/o TS at RPS.


CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
Chamaedorea costaricana chamaedorea costaricana by TS at RPS Chamaedorea costaricana

 

KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
THIN TRUNK - VERY ELEGANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE BAND SIZE PLANTS

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

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

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


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


KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
Kentiopsis pyriformis TS RPS Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis

 

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 $235

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
A BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD



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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $110


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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE MEDIUM SIZED SO AFRICAN CYCAD

 

GREEN LEAF VARIETY - STACKING LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plant shown below is in a citrus pot and has green leaves.  This does not mean it won’t show some blue later in outdoor sun.  Caudex size is 1.5 to 2 inches wide.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  This species will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $245

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

Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING LEAFLETS AND LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE CITRUS POT 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 blue color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). 

The plants we are putting on special are quite nice.  We do not know for sure if they are the green or blue type.  To get the blue color they would want full sun along the coast.  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 citrus pot plants in about five to seven years.  Caudex size of the plants on sale is approximately 2 inches or a bit more.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are at least five years old.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $330
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $275

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


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

 

BRAZILIAN RED CLOAK
MEGASKEPASMA ERYTHROCHLAMYS



AMAZING PROMINENTLY RED LARGE SHRUB
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

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

 

CALOCASIA GIGANTEA THAILAND GIANT
HUGE ELEPHANT EAR TYPE PLANT



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

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25


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

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

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


Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish

 

CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA HARLEQUIN
UNUSUAL PASTEL HAWAIIAN TI PLANT

 
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 shown below has predominant pastel colors.  Leaf colors in this type are yellow, pink, orange, lime and green.  I would recommend filtered light for this variety.

REGULAR REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VARIETY $45

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


Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin
Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin
Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin Cordyline fruiticosa harlequin  

 

DWARF CRINUM LILY
CLUSTERS OF PINK FLOWERS

 

WIDE GREEN LEAVES - MATURE ABOUT 2 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available a gardener favorite with nice 5g size of a Crinum Lily which has nice pink blossoms in spring through early fall.  This is a dwarf species with foliage height not over about two feet.  They have wide green soft leaves and the plants sucker to form small clumps.  They are reliable growers.  These can take some sun and have been successful for almost all that buy them.  When they blossom, you'll love them.  The photos of the blossoms show how pretty they are - wide petals and clusters of flowers.  With age the blossoms can turn more of a white color. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase

Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink
Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink Crinum Lily Pink
crinum lily dwarf pink Crinum Lily dwarf pink flower Crinum Lily Pink

 

SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER, 2021 

ALOCASIA "BLACK STEM"
UNDERSTORY EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT



SUPER COOL BLACK STEMS
LIMITED NUMBERS

From a private grower we have gotten in this really impressive Alocasia that struck my fancy.  It has super dark, essentially black stems.  And, the black continues up into the leaf on the underside veins.  We tried one outdoors about two months ago - sort of an experiment to see how it would do with winter.  And, it had no damage with our low this year at 34 degrees F.  So, I got the last two or three to offer to customers.  These are in 5g pots and stand about four feet tall.  I anticipate it'll be an understory plant with filtered light.  I suspect a freeze would damage them.  Although just a guess, I'd say mature height will be about six feet.  No one knows presently the species name of this plant.  As mentioned, available only for a short time in very limited number.

Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem  

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM



THE SENIOR CITIZEN GROUP
SUPER OLD TREES

Most of us know what the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii, looks like.  But, I thought I'd show you pictures of plants that are at least fifty years old.  I've been following these particular trees individually for over thirty years and they were large when I first met them.   So, here's the "Senior citizens" of Spindle Palms.  The fourth photo shows the classic bulge in the mid-trunk.  But, on some trees you'll notice this is less apparent - almost as if the central bulge aborts.  I can't comment too much on this other than to say that this seems true on occasions and the bulge is less apparent.  I wish I had sequential, over the decades, photos of individual trees.  

Many are growing this sun-loving species here in Southern California and the tallest ones I know of are ten to twelve feet tall.  References say twenty feet is maximum and certainly some of these trees are pushing that height.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  At the nursery we have seedlings, 5g and 15g sizes for sale. 

Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
5 gallon size
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
15 gallon size at nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
SUPER CUTE DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM



SIMPLE, UNDIVIDED LEAVES
A REAL COLLECTOR ITEM

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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
USUALLY HAVE NICE NEW PURPLE-RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

Shown is a nice example of a 15 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  I’ve found that this species throws just as red (sometimes even more intense) new leaf compared to Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form seen on C. 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 15 GALLON SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $195

We have very limited numbers available of this species and only several in this 15 gallon size.  Of course, not all will have a red new leaf at this time.  Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  The crown shaft photo below is by TS at RPS and the new red leaf by the roof is by D.L.


CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
Chamberyonia hookeri C. hookeri new red leaf D.L. Chambeyronia hookeri TS at RPS

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


LIMITED NUMBER SUCKERING 15G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 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.  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.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  .

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

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 Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM

FULL SUN - VERY DURABLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON

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

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

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


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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
THE CHINESE FAN PALM



BIG FLAT GREEN LEAVES – MEDIUM THICKNESS OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON SIZE

This Asian palm is quite attractive with its large and flat green leaves.  It is slow growing.  Figure it will take a decade or two to get one over your roof.  It tolerates full sun except in the desert where it might want part day sun.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  The trunk averages about a foot thick and leaves are wide.  Leaf stems are armed but not prominently so.  The 15 gallon plants we have on sale are nicely sized but we only have a few.  It is possible to grow this species as a houseplant.  Seeds are dark colored and fairly large, 

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


Remember, mention this Special for this price!  Mail order is possible on this size with a very large box.


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

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA

 


TALL FAN PALM WITH THIN TRUNK
COLD HARDY INTO THE TEEENS
TEN DAY SALE 15G SIZE

This palm is native to Australia and is known as the Ribbon Palm.  It is an easy to grow fan palm.  The terminal leaflets hang downwards, thus given the ribbon appearing look to the leaves.  It is a fast palm and very cold hardy.  It tolerates temperatures into the teens, F.  It prefers full sun.  Shown here is a 15g size plant we're putting on sale.  I like to recognize this species by looking for the typical curved spines on the petiole and a thin leaflet fan palm.  The leaflets are wispy strands with strands of hair hanging randomly from the leaves. For those
is a colder area, this might prove to be not only a good looking palm, but one you can grow.  It's a piece of cake in
areas like San Francisco and Houston

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

I can ship this size but it'll take a very large box.


Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
MEDIUM HEIGHT, FLUFFY GREEN LEAVES

 

TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

This desirable palms can be used as an understory palm or full sun palm along the coast.  It is a medium height, single trunk Chamaedorea that's been grown by enthusiasts for decades.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa but has more of a glaucous powder on the crown shaft and leaf bases.  Chamaedorea glaucifolia is native to Mexico and is very fast growing.   It gets its Latin name from that white colored powder.  Its leaves are multi-ranked and plumose. The leaflets are very thin.  Trunk size is about one to one and a half inches thick.  I've found this species peaks out at about fifteen feet height.  It is prolific in seed formation and loves to hybridize with other nearby Chamaedorea species.  Like other thin trunked palms, we many times grow three or five plants close together.  It looks much better as a small colony.  It's cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties.  I'd recommend trying this species because it is so different from most shade-loving palms.  We’re putting on Special our 15g size.  Some of these plants are nearly ten feet tall!  They are big for their containers.

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

The size on sale are shown in the first 7 photos below.

Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia
Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia
Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia Chamaedoea glaucifolia

  

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 $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $195

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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.   Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk.  Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  If you can grow a King Palm, the chances are good that you can grow a Royal Palm.  They are fast growers.  Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.  The plants I'm putting on special today are an easily shipped size of 5 gallon - about four to five feet in the pot. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95


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


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

 

DICTYOSPERMA FURFURACEUM
NOW KNOWN AS 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VARIETY CONJUGATUM



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

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

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

Currently there are three varieties of D. album:

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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $60

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


Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum
Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum Dictyosperma furfuraceum
Dictyosperma furfuraceum var. conjugatum photo by TimRann Dictyosperma furfuraceum var. conjugatum photo by TimRann  

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


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

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

I have a limited number of two gallon plants on sale.  These are shown in the first four photos.  They should be grown in an area where they can work their way from strong filtered light into full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  They like moisture but need good draining soil.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the first habitat photo.  The plants on sale were repotted this past winter.

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


Raveneas sambiranensis Raveneas sambiranensis Raveneas sambiranensis
Raveneas sambiranensis ts rps Raveneas sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM



THIS VARIETY HAS UPRIGHT LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk palm.  en.  And, there are various form of this species in terms of leaf appearance.  Some of this species have droopy leaflets, some are flat in cross section and some varieties have upright leaflets.   But, they are all considered to be onilahensis.  This is something that many of the Malagasy palms have in common – varied forms in habitat.

The plants on sale are the upright form.  They’ll be most similar to the first garden photo below.  I cannot predict if they will sucker or not.  The crown shaft will be white to silver.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are from domestic seeds.  They tolerate full sun along the coast and would recommend part day sun or strong filtered light if you are far inland.
 
REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $47.50

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing.  These would be easy to mail order.
Our band sized plants are shown in the first five photos below.


DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM
DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM
DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS UPRIGHT FORM

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
VERY RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


PLUMOSA LEAVES – COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $47.50

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


DYPSIS PRESTONIANA DYPSIS PRESTONIANA DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
DYPSIS PRESTONIANA DYPSIS PRESTONIANA DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
DYPSIS PRESTONIANA DYPSIS PRESTONIANA jd rbgk  DYPSIS PRESTONIANA  ts RPS 

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM



TALL PINNATE PALM WITH BEAUTIFUL WHITE TRUNK
LONG PROMINENT CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE SEEDLINGS IN BANDS


This species of Royal Palm is native to the lower Caribbean Islands and northern South America.  References say it can reach heights of sixty feet but I've personally seen a grove of 100 year old trees in New Caledonia that surpass 100 feet.  They are fast growing, have green leaves, a prominent crown shaft and hold their leaves typically in the upper half of the leaf-crown sphere.  They want sun and are cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  On sale are three to four year old band sized seedlings that are over two feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $47.50

Easy to mail order.


ROYSTONEA OLERACEA ROYSTONEA OLERACEA ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
ROYSTONEA OLERACEA ROYSTONEA OLERACEA ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
Roystoneas oleracea Syagrus oleracea Roystonea oleraceas

 

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

 

DIOON PURPUSII
THE FISHBONE CYCAD


NATIVE TO OAXACA, MEXICO
VERY RARE IN COLLECTIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE CITRUS POT PLANTS

This medium sized rare Mexican cycad gets its common name because the leaf stem and leaflets look like the bones of a fish after the meat is removed.  It is known for its narrow upright leaves that are keeled and narrow.  It also has an ample amount of tomentum on the leaflets and leaf stem.  Mature specimens in the wild get to up to fifteen feet height after many centuries.  Leaves are a gray-green.  Leaflets have spines, especially when young.  But, the most prominent feature is the upright and strongly keeled leaves.  This species takes full coastal sun and is cold hardy well into the low 20's F.  The plants on sale are in citrus pots and have caudexes of approximately 2 inches.  This is an extremely rare cycad to see for sale.  The habitat photo is by M.M.  This size can be easily mail ordered.  The size on sale are shown in the first 6 photos. 

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS SIZE $275

 
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii by MM Dioon purpusii 

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
ALPINIA ZERUMBET


YELLOW AND GREEN 15G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  It is native to Asia.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Blossoms are not fragrant.  Blossoms hang downward compared to the upright blossoms of Hedychium Gingers like the Kahili GingerMature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived, lasting at least a month.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The 15 gallons on sale have several canes and are ready to be planted in the ground.


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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.


Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
POPULAR AND EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR PLANT



DARK COLORED AND HEAVILY VEINED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves have prominent venation and are purple-black on the dorsal side and a similar color on the underside with yellow veins.  Leaves are two to three feet long. This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.   Leaves are about 3 feet long when mature.  This popular variety is sought after and sells out every year.

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

We have other unusual types of Alocasia for sale.


Alocasia regal shield 15g  Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield 
Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield   
Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield  Alocasia regal shield 

  

LYCHEE FRUIT - JUVENILE PLANTS FOR SALE
EXOTIC TROPICAL FRUIT

 

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

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

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


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

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

 

WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER, 2021 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA


PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM
PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS

During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to posses more cold hardiness than Roystonea regia and others that are more commonly seen.   Our area got down to about 25 degrees F.  An enthusiast about a mile from the nursery said his R. regias were totally burned but the Roystonea borninquena went untouched.  Because of this I pursued seeds and grew more.  We've sold a lot of this beautiful palm since then.  It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few other islands.  You'll note the absence of the super swollen base often seen with other species.  It likes full sun, enjoys ample water and can get to heights over forty feet.  More recently, availability has been less plentiful but we plan to carry them as much as we can.  Shown here are mature specimens of this species.  In recent times we've had no seeds available, so we don't have this great palm in stock right now but will have small plants in the spring.

Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORNQUENA

  

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 and one box plant
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 

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA



RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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 its wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and its 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 its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a species for a beginner to try.  We're putting our 15g plants on special.  They are quite large for their containers.  We have limited numbers.  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 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $210

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price!


 
Prestoea montana large plant 15g  Prestoea montana large plant 15g  Prestoea montana large plant 15g 
Prestoea montana large plant 15g  Prestoea montana large plant 15g  Prestoea montana large plant 15g 
Prestoea montana   Prestoea montana   Prestoea montana  

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM

 CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL MULTIPLE 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.  Most are several plants per pot - which will show the typical "triples" you see with a lot of King Palms.  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 $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $195

Please menton this Blog Only Special prior to purchase.

 
Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina 
Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina 
Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina  Veitchia arecina 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BEAUTIFUL 25G AND 5G 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 are two sizes:  Landscape ready 25g and more affordable 5 gallon size.  This is a great starting size.


REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $475

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


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  The 5g size can be shipped by mail order.  The first two rows of photos are the 25g size followed by two rows of pics of the 5g.

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE


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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


GREAT CHOICE FOR THE GARDEN OR INSIDE THE HOME
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does in the garden here in So California and is known as one of the best choices as an interior palm.  Remember it can get tall over many years so you’d do best if you have high ceilings.  It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice fifteen gallon plants on special – both singles and multiples in each pot.  I’m showing both below.  These plants are too big for standard mail order but can be delivered.  The garden shots are all of single specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SINGLES $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SINGLES $300

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $350


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

 

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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 
TRUNK IS SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA DECKERIANA
RARE AND EXOTIC SINGLE TRUNK SHADE PALM


SIMPLE BIFED GREEN LEAVES
SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is a rare, single stem, exotic appearing species from Costa Rica and Panama.  It has a thin trunk and entire leaf with a bifid terminal end.  The leaves are also prominently plicated.  It is a semi-dwarf species, attaining a typical height of six feet or a bit more.  The leaf is very thin and will show brown tipping with high salt content in the water.  Its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  It is a shade species.  It is a rare palm and difficult to find.  I don't have any habitat pictures but am showing a garden photo  by an unknown author on PalmTalk.  It wants filtered light and would do be in a frost free garden.  These species are winter repots so I’m offering a very discounted price on them.

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


Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana
Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana Chamaedorea deckeriana PalmTalk unknown author

 

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 $65

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

 

ARECA TRIANDRA
SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM ASIA



THIN GREEN TRUNKS - PROMINENTLY RINGED
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


This suckering pinnate palm is native to India and southeast Asia.  It is medium height mature and has thin green trunks with prominent rings.  Leaves are green and leaflets somewhat wide.  Fruits are prominently red.  Mature height is ten to fifteen feet.  This is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance of about a freeze or a bit lower.  It can be grown in this area if you have no freezes.  It is fairly hard to find on the market.  Plants on sale are in limited numbers and in one gallon containers.

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

I can mail order these plants.

Areca triandra Areca triandra Areca triandra
Areca triandra Areca triandra Areca triandra
Areca triandra Areca triandra Areca triandra

    

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


SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85

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


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

 

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 $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price! 

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD


MOST POPULAR CYCAD - LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Surprisingly, this is a hard species to find.  We’re offering seedlings from last year’s seed crop on sale.  These can be mail ordered.  Of note, not all of our seedlings have the same size leaf as the one shown below.  Some are shorter.

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLING SIZED BANDS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $60


Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

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.

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G $175

Mention this special when you purchase.  The 8th photo by Plantlust website.


  Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi  Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi 
Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi  Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi  Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi 
Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi  Australian Tree Fern plantlust website  Australian Tree Fern 15g Cyathea cooperi 

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGAL
THE TREE FURCREA

INTERESTING MEDIUM SIZED, SUN LOVING TREE
BLUE GREEN FOLIAGE – WATER CONSERVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

This species is a stunning member of the Agave family.  It is known as the tallest Agave and is native only to a small area Oaxaca, Mexico.  There it lives in hot, dry scrubland.  Overall height in the wild gets to twenty feet, although plants in cultivation often flower at a height of about ten feet.  Leaves are blue-green in color, very fleshy and stiff, and pointed upwards.  They are also thick and firm with small spines along their margins.  When old dead leaves are cleaned from the trunk, it is very cool looking.  When this species flowers, a huge upright flower up to twenty feet emerges.  Initially there are white flowers and these are followed by a large number of "bubils" that fall to the ground and are the means of propagation.  The mother plant then dies.  Cold tolerance from reports is about 22 degrees F.  It is a full sun plant.  The 15g plants on sale are ten years old and, if anything, bigger than shown here.

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

We can mail order these 15g but it takes a very large box. 


furcraea macdougallii furcraea macdougallii furcraea macdougallii
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii

 

BEGONIA RICHMONDENSIS
YEAR ROUND DWARF BLOOMING BEGONIA



SALMON-PINK BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 3 GALLON PLANTS


This species is native to South America and is a dwarf flowering plant for filtered light or a bit of sun.  It only gets two feet tall with a similar width.  It blossoms year-round.  It is cold hardy below a freeze and can take down to about 25 degrees F.  Although the flowers are not overly big, they are very attractive because it puts out so many of them.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON $45

Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis
Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
POPULAR AND EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR PLANT



DARK COLORED AND HEAVILY VEINED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves have prominent venation and are purple-black on the dorsal side and a similar color on the underside with yellow veins.  Leaves are two to three feet long. This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.   Leaves are about 3 feet long when mature.  This popular variety is sought after and sells out every year.

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

The first seven photos show the 5g size.  Following are two shots of our 15 gallon size.  We have other unusual types of Alocasia in 5g size for sale at similar prices.


Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
UNUSUAL DARK LEAF ELEPHANT EAR

 


MEDIUM SIZE - EXOTIC APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a medium mature sized hybrid Alocasia that can get up to six feet tall with large dark green to black green leaves.  The leaf surface is wavy and almost "crinkled".  The underside of the leaves is a maroon or red and the leaf stems are very dark, near black.  It likes partial sun or strong filtered light and has some degree of cold hardiness.  Our 5g size on sale is shown in the first seven photos

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $60

The size on sale is shown in the first seven photos with some older larger nursery plants following.


Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g
Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g
Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity

 

MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2021 

BAD PALM SEEDS?
HOW CAN YOU TELL?



THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN

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

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Green seeds germinate poorly.
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The fruit should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.
7.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on
Palm Seed Germination at this website.


Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh yellow fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit



Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick



palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Float Test Sinkers
Sinking seeds on float test
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Cavity in Palm Seed
Cavity in Gastrococus crispa


CYCADS WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES


RARE NURSERY SPECIMENS OF GOOD SIZE

SOME AGES 20 TO 100 YEARS!
AN ASSORTMENT OF PLANTS

Many times consumers or businesses want cycads where the leaves go up rather than "out".  This is usually because they have a specific need to have plants with a crown of leaves that is more vertical than horizontal.  Obviously, this keeps leaves from blocking people walking by the plant.  So, with this in mind, we took photographs of some of our cycads with upright leaves.  Realize that many species do this naturally - have leaves with a more upright orientation.  Other species will be upright on their new throws of leaves and then upright leaves relax down as the next swirl emerges.  To maintain upright leaves one would remove the lower, older swirls of leaves.  The photos here are not a complete list of such plants but will give the reader an idea of what I'm talking about.

Photos Shown Below Mostly Taken at Our Nursery:

Ceratozamia robusta, several plants showing upright leaves
Dioon mejiae, several nursery plants with upright leaves
Dioon merolae, a 100 year old cycad with 2 feet of vertical trunk, upright leaves
Dioon holmgrenei, several plants showing new leaves are upright
Encephalartos altensteinii, new leaves on these plant go upright.  Older leaves may lay down somewhat.
Encephalartos gratus,
several plants showing upright leaves
Encephalartos kisambo, note the upright character of the leaves
Encephalartos natalensis, like some others, new leaves upright, old leaves hang down
Encephalartos transvenosus, similar with newer leaves upright
Encephalartos villosus, several nursery plants, all with upright leaves
Encephalartos whitelockii, naturally upright leaves on all these great nursery cycads

ONLY A PARTIAL LIST - ARE MANY OTHERS WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES

As most of you know, we have a great selection of mature rare cycads - probably one of the best selections in the country.  What you may not know is how actively we work with architects on getting these great plants into venues where many people see them.  This includes botanical gardens, theme parks, public plantings, museums, parks, etc.  But, we have enough inventory so that even enthusiasts like perhaps yourself can enjoy them as well.  With over 25,000 rare cycads available, from seedlings to many huge coning sized plants, there's something of every size for everyone.  

 
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae

  Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae

Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae

Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon mejiae
Dioon holmgrenei
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
2 plants shown
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


EXOTIC & TROPICAL - GREAT PALM FOR SO CAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLES - NICE 24 INCH BOX PLANTS

This popular single trunk palm species is native to Lord Howe Island.  Enthusiast have found that this is a superb species for our locality, either in full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 to 25 degrees F.  It is a slow growing species.  Below I'm showing you some nice 24 inch box singles.  They are about twelve years old or more.  These have been outdoor grown in sun.  Be aware this species is often sold as a "multiple" with several in the same pot.  But, as a single, they grow faster and some feel appear more beautiful.  A big difference when you grow them in the sun is that the leaflet hang downwards (droopy).  Photos show this below. 

This species also does great indoors and is one of the most popular interior palms around.  There are seven photos of our nursery plants.  If you prefer, we also have similar plants in 25 gallon containers.  These are ready to be planted in the garden.  We also have smaller plants for sale in one, five, and 15 gallon sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN $575

Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price. 


Howea forsteriana 24 inch box Howea forsteriana 24 inch box Howea forsteriana 24 inch box
Howea forsteriana 24 inch box Howea forsteriana 24 inch box
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea f. Howea forsteriana

 

RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

 

THINNER SINGLE TRUNK – MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About thirty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the specimen they used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaflets are somewhat droopy and narrow.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We are essentially depleted of this species (and most rare Ravenea) because Madagascar seeds can no longer be brought into the U.S.  This species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first habitat photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, who is no deceased.  The second by T.S. of R.P.S.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known about its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the mid-twenties F.  Most are growing it in partial or full sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.

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

Note:  We only have one or two of this species in stock.  I predict all rare Ravenea will be unavailable at any nursery in the near future.  These are dioecious palms and domestic production of seeds is non-existent.

 
Ravenea juliette 25g  Ravenea juliette 25g  Ravenea juliette 25g 
Ravenea juliette 25g  Ravenea juliette 25g  Ravenea juliette 25g 
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOA  Ravenea juliette 25g  Ravenea juliettae ts at rps 

 

DYPSIS BARONII
IDEAL SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM

 

A BIT OF SUN OR STRONG FILTERED LIGHT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

Over the years and having grown between fifty and one hundred different species of Dypsis, I can say that Dypsis baronii is one of the best species of Dypsis for Southern California.  It is a reliably performing plant and quite beautiful.  Palm enthusiasts get real excited about the variety of color seen in the stem, crown shaft and new petioles.  The color in these plant parts varies from red to yellow to powder white.  Eventually, most plants give a silver green trunk with a light colored crown shaft as shown here.  Trunks are several inches thick, leaves are about five to six feet long and overall heights peak out under twenty feet.  The best sun exposure is a small amount of morning sun or strong filtered light.  I’d not consider it a full sun species.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and perhaps low 20's F.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 15 gallon on sale are medium sized, not overly large so we're giving a nice discount.

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


 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


A GOOD LUCKING BLUE VARIETY – 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 usually a blue-green but the nursery plant shown below would qualify as a definite blue one.  It 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.  It is a very cold hardy species that tolerates temperatures down to at least 18 degrees F. and wants full sun.  On sale are very old, outdoor grown 15g plants.  This particular one is quite blue as shown.  The 7th photo shows a typical blue-green plant.  I think we've been growing these for about 12 to 14 years.  It likes heat.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size but it'd take a large box. 

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G $200


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.  Habitat photos below  by Juan Pech and Gaston Tores of PACSOA. 


Trithrinax schizophylla   Trithrinax schizophylla   Trithrinax schizophylla  
Trithrinax schizophylla   Trithrinax schizophylla   Trithrinax schizophylla  
Trithrinax schizophylla   Trithrinax_schizophylla by Juan Pech, Pacsoa   Trithrinax_schizophylla by Gaston Tores, Pacsoa  

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM 

TALL PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

About thirty-five years ago, I was one of the first nurserymen in the U.S. to grow this species.  There was talk at the time that this would be "the palm of the future".  This ended up not to be the case.  If properly cared for, it produces a stately single trunk pinnate palm with a tall trunk that may be somewhat swollen at the base.  The trunk tapers to a thinner diameter as it grows upward.  This species needs a fair amount of nutrition (fertilizer) and water.  It becomes yellow and can even turn white if it is not fed properly.  It is super fast growing and needs a fair amount of space.  This species can get to heights of 50 feet.  It has also been used as a houseplant.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. and it wants at least part day sun.

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

Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis 
Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis 
Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis  Ravenea rivularis 

 

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.  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 15 gallon size below (first six photos), which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  We also have two other sizes on sale for this species.  These are either single or multiple (more than one per pot).  Also available are large one and 5g sizes further below - also on sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $195

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUE TRUNK-LESS, DWARF FORM



NEVER GETS OVER SIX FEET TALL
SHADE PALM - QUITE COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 & 15 GALLON SIZE


Previously I discussed the trunking form of this species.  What I'm showing today is the true dwarf form that never forms a trunk and never gets over six feet tall.  It is native to Mexico.  It grows in filtered light but can tolerate some sun along the coast.  Compared to the trunking form, you'll note the leaflets are darker green and wider.  Blossoms often protrude above the leaves when it's in flower.  Cold hardiness is the upper teens F.  It grows great in cooler areas like the SF Bay area.  We have a few 7 & 15g which we're putting on sale.  Some are multiples a shown here.

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

Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf  
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf  
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf   Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM


SUCKERING & MEDIUM HEIGHT PINNATE PALM
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  And, as a specimen stand-alone palm, it is very beautiful.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 6 to 7 feet tall in their pots.  You’ll note the yellow color in the stems and trunk – a characteristic of this species.  This species is currently very difficult to find available.
 
REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200


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



Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm 15g  Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm 15g  Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm 15g 
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm 15g  Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm 15g  Dypsis lutescens  
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm   Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm   Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm  

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS
THE PARLOR PALM OR NEANTHE BELLA PALM



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

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

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THESE PLANTS THIS SIZE $95

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

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS $90

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


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

 

POLYANDROCOCOS CAUDESCENS
AKA ALLAGOPTERA CAUDESCENS

 

MEDIUM TO LARGE PINNATE PALM
SILVER BACK TO THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a single trunk species from Brazil.  Polyandrococos is a monotypic genus with only one species.  More recently a taxonomist grouped it with Allagoptera.  It doesn’t make sense to me because in no way does it resemble an Allagoptera with its entirely different appearance.  In any case, it is a very interesting palm.  It's height is variable, depending on conditions.  However, some trees can get up to thirty feet tall.  The trunk is medium sized, about twelve inches thick, with no crown shaft.  The leaves are eight to ten feet long and very silver underneath.  Photos below demonstrate the silver back to the leaves.  It also has gorgeous clusters or orange colored (mature) seeds that are the color of orange sherbet ice cream.  See photos below.  This is a very rare plant and hard to find.  Shown are smaller 5 gallon that we are putting on special.  This species likes sun and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  There is a very large specimen in Ventura, California.  These were winter-spring repots and are starting to look great.   

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


Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g
Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g
polyandrococos caudescens polyandrococos caudescens polyandrococos caudescens

 

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.  These are last year re-pots.  The garden specimen below has been growing easily in eastern Encinitas, CA.  We're putting our few 5g plants on today's special.  They are presently bigger than shown below. 

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

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

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM


MORE COLD HARDY THAN ITS SISTER, THE BOTTLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
Most of us are familiar with the more common Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Here I’m showing you a better palm for us - the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii.  This species gets a bit taller than the Bottle Palm but still loves full sun and heat.  Bottle Palms suffer when they see temperatures of about 38 degrees or lower.  I only know of one or two specimens here that have made it to any mature size.  In contrast, the Spindle Palm tolerates temperatures almost down to a freeze.  Mature heights are about 15 feet or a bit more and there are quite a few mature trees in the San Diego area.  Looking at the palm, the best way to tell them apart is “where is the bulge in the trunk?”  Bottle palms swell at the very base of the trunk.  Above this swollen base they can taper in upwards on the trunk. 

The Spindle Palm swells in the mid-trunk as shown below.  They are small at the base of the trunk.  Also, the Spindle has more yellow overtones to the leaves and stems.  The Bottle is more red.  Once acclimated to your locality, they usually want full sun.  They don’t do well in shade.  We have both 15 and 5 gallon plants at the nursery and are putting our 5 gallon size on sale for ten days.  These plant are typically extra large for their 5g pots.

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

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


Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g
Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM



DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
GREAT SHADE PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G 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 1g that are on sale.  The plant shown below is a multiple with four plants in the pot.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount


Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
THIN TRUNK - VERY ELEGANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

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

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

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


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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS – BLUE FORM
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


BLUE STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  The seedlings on sale should be a nice blue form.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.   The seedlings on sale are in band containers (3 x 3 x 9 inches).   They’d benefit from a year or two in a one or two gallon pot before putting them in the ground.  They are easy to mail order within the U.S.  The band size is shown in the first six photos.

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

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


Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 

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, some with four leaves.  They are probably ready to be repotted into a larger container. 

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount. 

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Plants on special have a caudex of about 2 inches or a bit more.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN CIT POT $245

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

Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon_califanoi_005.GIF  http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon-califanoi991.jpg   

 

THE TRAVELER PALM
RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS

 

BANANA-LIKE TREE IN ONE PLANE
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LATELY

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Most people are fascinated by this large, banana-like plant that has wide, long and soft leaves that tower overhead.  It is native to Madagascar.  The fact the leaves of the Traveler Palm are all aligned in one plane fascinates viewers. But I must first mention that this species is not a palm at all!  Rather, it is part of the Bird of Paradise family.  It got its common name of "Traveler Palm" (aka Traveller Palm) because the leaf bases would catch and hold water for thirsty travelers.  Compared to the Giant Bird of Paradise, it's so much nicer.  It's less maintenance, is not invasive and prettier.  But, the downside is that Ravenala madagascarensis doesn't survive a freeze.  Literally, a freeze will kill it overnight.  This is the first time I’ve had any Traveler Palms available for two years.  I’ve had hundreds of calls by people looking for them and there just aren’t any of any size available.  Yesterday I got a limited number of three to four leaf young plants in band size.  If they don’t sell out, all will be put in 2 gallon pots in the next few days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

The band size plants are shown in the first five photos.  The sixth photo is an old photo of a larger Nursery plant.

See more about the Traveler Palm:  TRAVELER PALM ARTICLE


Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE

 

THE BEST AND ONE OF THE FEW onMAYBE ONLY PANDANUS GOOD FOR THIS AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  But, it is a dioecious species and you need a male and female plant to set viable seeds.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.  Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering only a few 15g as shown that we have in stock.  This is an extremely rare species to find for sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $185

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.  The only other Pandanus that we’ve had luck with is P. furcatus, which we don’t have available.  All the other species have failed for us outdoors.


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

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
AKA FARUGIUM JAPONICUM –
THE LEOPARD PLANT



LILY-LIKE, FLAT GLOSSY GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  It is native to Japan and eastern Asia.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches tall.  The leaf stalks are narrow, green and typically 12 to 16 inches long.  Flowers come in the fall and are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  It’s been reported that they are quite cold hardy and can grow in zone 7B.  Available  are 1g, 2g and some 5g plants although availability varies throughout the year.  Right now we have a good supply of one gallon plants as shown below.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

These can be mail ordered.  They can also be used as a ground cover. 

 

 
Ligularia Farfugium japonica  Ligularia Farfugium japonica  Ligularia Farfugium japonica 
Ligularia Farfugium japonica  Ligularia Farfugium japonica  Ligularia Farfugium japonica 
Ligularia Farfugium japonica by RT  Ligularia Farfugium japonica  Ligularia Farfugium japonica 

 

AECHMEA BLANCHETIANA
LARGER TYPE OF COLORFUL BROMELIAD



TOLERATES FULL SUN - DIFFICULT TO LOCATE
LEAF COLOR YELLOW, GREEN, ORANGE OR RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

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.  I prefer the colorful forms although green is also seen.  Leaf color ranges from green to yellow and to orange-red as seen here.  The problem is that they are hard to find.  They are rarely seen in nurseries.  The plants shown here are in 7 and 15 gallon containers.  They pup freely.  A single plant will be a nice clustering specimen within four to five years.  They tolerate full coastal sun.  These are a fantastic full sun companion plant. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL SIZES THIS SPECIES
15% OFF REGULAR PRICE


 
Aechmea blanchetiana  Aechmea blanchetiana  Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana  Aechmea blanchetiana  Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana 

 

SATURDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2021

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD

 

VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
ONE OF MOST POPULAR CYCADS AROUND!


By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Shown here are a 5g, 25g and some band sized seedlings.  The last two pictures are of garden plants.  Of note, because of this species popularity, we often run out on certain sizes.  You might want to check out an almost identical species, Encephalartos trispinosus.  We have a good supply of them.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL



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

Photos here show our cycad soil.  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.  

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWELVE YEAR OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available a few nice and extremely old 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 limited number os 12 year old 15g size on special - first two rows of photos.  And, yes, they are slow growing!  It would be a challenge to find them bigger than this for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD AND LARGE 15G $350

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.  And, we only have a few available.


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

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM

 

ELEGANT AND GORGEOUS SELF-CLEANING PALM
SUPER EXOTIC APPEARANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This exotic single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in warmer areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here, but savoryana is possibly the best and and has been grown by many.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. This species is a very exotic pinnate palm and would be one of the more exotic and unusual of palm types possible in this area

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special!


Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana 15g
Clinostigma savoryana 15g Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana

 

CARYOTA NO
NATIVE TO RAINFORESTS OF BORNEO
LOOKS LIKE MAIDENHAIR FERN IN THE SKY



EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO LOCATE
I KNOW OF NO OTHER NURSERY THAT HAS THIS
HUGE 15 GALLON ON TEN DAY SPECIAL



We Years Several decades ago I saw this most beautiful Fishtail Palm in Bogor Botanical Garden in Indonesia.  I was so impressed that I made it a mission to seek out seeds.  The problem is that a tree of any given species of Caryota has to flower and then die for anyone to get seeds.  This can create a near impossible dilemma to overcome.  It is native to the island of Bogor.  It gets a mature height of about forty feet in California.  I had one that grew to maturity and flowered in my garden in San Diego.  Trunks are thinner than C. gigas and urens.  Leaves are multi-pinnate with small leaflets.  They are super lacy, graceful and beautiful.  It'll grow into full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about a freeze or a bit lower.  The 15 gallon plant on special is huge for it's pot - more like a 25 gallon plant.

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

I might have several plants of this species and have been unable to get seeds for about ten years.  If you want one, get it now.  I doubt you'll find them anywhere else.


Caryota no 15g Caryota no 15g Caryota no 15g
Caryota no 15g Caryota no 15g Caryota no 15g
Caryota no Caryota no Caryota no

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


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


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

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


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

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

  

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

CYPHOSPERMA BALANSAE
SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM



SHORT BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

PRITCHARDIA BECCARIANA
TROPICAL FAN PALM FROM HAWAII



LARGE GREEN, FLAT AND ROUND LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This desirable tropical fan palm is native to the Big Island in Hawaii.  It has flat and large rounded leaves that are green in color.  It is being grown by many enthusiasts here in Southern California.  In a lifetime it can get to heights over 30 feet and, for this height, has a rather thin trunk.  Leaf stems are not armed.  Fruits are black, large and rounded.  It can tolerated full sun along the coast.  In far inland areas I'd give it part day or morning sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  For this genus, this is one of the most sought after species.  This size can be mail ordered.

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

With the garden shots below I've tried to show photos that demonstrate the shape and color of the leaves.

 
Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5 
Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5 
Pritchardia beccariana  Pritchardia beccariana  Pritchardia beccariana 

 

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 spring repots in 5g on special - see first five pictures below.

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


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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


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

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

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


The 7th photo is c/o Palmpedia.  The last two photos are of a 15g plant at the nursery.

Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Palmpedia Pinanga javana Pinanga javana

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THE MINIATURE FLAME THROWER PALM

 

PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

We have a very limited supply of Actinokentia.  Of note, this is a monotypic genus with only one species in the genus.  Shown here is one of our 5g plants and photos from habitat and domestic plants.  Note the long slender crown shaft and how plants don't carry very many leaves. We've been selling this species for over 20 years and typically have one or two for sale.  Shown below is the 5g size that we’re putting on Special.

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X TRISPINOSUS
DIFFERENT HYBRID OF TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X E. ARENARIUS
ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN HYBRID



SHOULD BE BLUE WITH ELEGANCE AND SPINY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


Another Encephalartos hybrid we're offering is E. longifolius crossed with pollen from E. arenarius.  Both parents had blue color.  This is the first time we've offered this cross.  It'll be medium size with nice color, probably curved leaves and leaflet spination.  Culture is similar to the cross above.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID CYCAD IN BAND SIZE $55

Encephalartos longifolius x arenarius blue band Encephalartos longifolius x arenarius blue band Encephalartos longifolius x arenarius blue band
Encephalartos longifolius x arenarius blue band Encephalartos longifolius x arenarius blue band  

Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA



VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to the Waterberg range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Their habitat is dry and arid.  They grow on steep rocky slops, grasslands and savanna.  It is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length generally does not exceed a meter and stems can get about four meters high.  Of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species, this is the most common.  That being said, this species is still exceptionally rare and almost extinct in the wild. 

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a 'stacking' appearance (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.
The seedlings on special are 18 month old with two leaves. 

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

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


Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 

  

CERATOZAMIA ZARAGOSAE
INCREDIBLY RARE CYCAD FROM MEXICO



THIN GREEN LEAFLETS
LEAVES THAT TWIST ON THEIR AXIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUCKERING FEMALE CONING PLANT


Recently we obtained from a private collection this coning female cluster of Ceratozamia zaragosae.  It required digging.  We put it in a 25 gallon pot. It should recover in time and show more leaves.  The female cone is shown in one photo.  It has eight individual caudexes ranging is size from about 3 inches to a taller 5 inch stem.  Some of the caudexes are difficult to see in the photo.  This is an almost impossible cycad to obtain.  A female plant means one could get pollen and set seeds.

This cycad is native to Mexico.  It is not a large cycad.  Leaves are usually under 3 feet long.  Leaves have brown wooly hairs on the stems, are minimally armed with three to five leaves per caudex.  Leaflets are thin.  The leaves twirl (twist) along their axis.  This is a good way to recognize the plant. It is similar to C. norstogii which has longer leaves.  It is best grown in strong filtered light or a few hours of sun. 

Obviously, this is not an inexpensive plant.  But, we're willing to give a discount.  It's the only plant of this species we have and should go to someone who appreciates rare cycads.  Inquire about the price of this plant.  It is for domestic usage in the U.S. only.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF ASKING PRICE - INQUIRE

The first two rows of photographs below show the plant on special.  The third row shows a plant we had at the nursery about fifteen years ago and sold.  The third row of photos show garden/habitat photos in order by Wikipedia, Agaveville Website and R.K. of the Palm & Cycad Society of Australia.

Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae
Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae
Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae Ceratozamia zaragozae
Ceratozamia zaragozae Wikipedia Ceratozamia zaragozae Agaveville Website Ceratozamia zaragozae RK PACSOA

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM SHISHI BATON
DWARF RUFFLED TYPE OF LIGULARIA



12 TO 18 IN INCHES TALL - RUFFLED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON


This hybrid Ligularia has small, super ruffled leaves.  We've offered ruffled Ligularia before, but this is the first time we've had this hybrid.  It doesn't get that tall, under two feet for sure.  It will take partial sun along the coast or strong filtered light.  It enjoys adequate water and should be quite easy to grow.  We've sold a lot of regular Ligularia over the years and almost everyone is having good luck with them.  This hybrid should perform about the same.  I have no garden photos to show you.

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON $27.50

Farfugium japonicum shishi baton Farfugium japonicum shishi baton Farfugium japonicum shishi baton
Farfugium japonicum shishi baton Farfugium japonicum shishi baton Farfugium japonicum shishi baton

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

 

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5 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 5 gallon plants that are on Special.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  The last photo is by johnjearrand.co.uk.


Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii by johnjearrard.co.uk website

 

PHLEBODIUM AUREUM
THE BLUE STAR FERN


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


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

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

The first six photos show our 5 gallon size on special.  We also have 1 gallon plants.  The plants in the garden photo below were in full sun in San Diego, CA.


Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue star fern Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum

 

WEDNESDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2021

NEARLY FIFTY DESIRABLE AND DIFFERENT PALMS

THAT MANY OF YOU CAN GROW!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STANDOUTS

MOST ARE COASTAL SUN LOVING SPECIES
MOST AVAILABLE AT OUR NURSERY
TEN DAY SPECIAL - BLOG ONLY OFFERING


Below you will find forty-eight named species or genera of palms that have been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  And, there are many more palms that may do well for you but are not shown here.  Many of the palms below may also do well in other areas like warmer parts of Northern California, Southern Texas, some Gulf States and Central & South Florida.  I've selected a variety of both fan and feather palms.  Some are suckering species.  These are presented in random order showing a mature specimen so you can see what any give species will look like when large.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.  We have most of them for sale.   To read a more comprehensive presentation with culture information see:

GREAT PALMS FOR THE GARDEN

TEN DAY SPECIAL -
10% OFF REGULAR PRICE
ANY OF THESE PALMS BELOW - ANY SIZE

Also, you must mention This Blog Only Sale Offering at the time of purchase.



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