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A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR OF LOTS OF GARDENS


Below is an assortment of photographs taken at private, public and commercial gardens as well as a few botanical gardens.  These are just to give you ideas what other individuals have done with tropical style landscape.  These photos were taken over the last ten years or so.  I hope you enjoy this "tour" and find it helpful.

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BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
THIS SPECIES WANTS SUN AND HEAT!

TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 15G 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 our 15 gallon sized plants that we’re putting on special.  They are sun acclimated and ready to plant.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  Of note we also carry the "Green Bismarckia" but the one on sale today is the prominent blue variety.


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

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

MEDIUM SIZE – THIN TRUNK – CROWN SHAFTED
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN LARGE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 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 is an oversized 15 gallon plant.  Also shown are photos of mature plants.  It's easy to appreciate how beautiful and not overly large it is.  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 LARGE SIZED 15 GALLON $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15 GALLON $225

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available. 


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Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G POTS

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum
Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum
Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum Chamaedora cataractarum

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM - NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA



ELEGANT SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
CROWN SHAFT - THIN TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
This single trunk palm species is native to the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.  It has green medium width leaves.  It has a rather thin trunk that typically is about six inches thick.  Leaves are about six feet long.  The crown shaft is silver green in color and the leaves are green.  Mature height is about 20 - 25 feet on average.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-20's F.  Near the ocean it may take full sun but most grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  I've been growing one in my garden for about 40 years. Some plant them as small colonies, two or three together.  We're putting our 5g size on special.  This size is shown in the first six photos.

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

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


 
Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans 
Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans 
Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans  Ptychosperma elegans 

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM



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

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.  Both singles and multiples are shown in the first six photos.  We also have nice 15g which are overhead in their pots.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.


Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote TS RPS

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BUTIA



REPORTEDLY A “DWARF” BUT NOT IN GARDENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitats extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown on the mature plant photo by TS at RPS - this photo also shows the size of this palm in a domestic garden.  I anticipate that cold hardiness should be at least down to the upper teens F.  Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  We are putting some 5g of this species on sale.  They are not overly large and therefore we’re offering a good discount.   

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL $75

You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
  I'm also showing photos of our 15 gallon size.


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

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON SIZE


This desirable and popular suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk – but most sucker.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.


Shown here in the first five photos our nice 5g plants which we’re putting on special.  Also shown is a 15g and 20g plant from the nursery.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants can be mail ordered.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase. 


Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
AN UNDER-RATED LANDSCAPE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm comes from Madagascar.  It is a medium size palm with a narrow trunk and plumose leaves.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  The trunk color is silver-green and it has prominent rings.  Leaflets are narrow and green in color.  The ends of the leaves curve downwards.  We have been growing this species for over two decades and found it to be a reliable grower.  When young the trunk is much thinner but fattens up with age.  It is quite cold tolerant, down into the  mid to low 20's F.   It's growth rate is good.  It likes full sun in most areas.  We are offering very nice 5 gallon plants on sale.  Everyone I know who’s tried this species, loves it over time.  It just keeps getting prettier.  Of note, we also have large 15g for sale.


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

These 5g are very nicely sized, about four feet or more tall.

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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 $95


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Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g Polyandococcus caudescens 5g
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DYPSIS SPECIES "DARK MEALY BUG"
SUPER RARE / NOT OFFICIALLY NAMED AS OF YET

WHITE “MEALY BUG” MARKINGS ON DARK STEM
EVENTUALLY A GOOD SIZED SINGLE TRUNK PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This as of yet un-described "species" from northeastern Madagascar is a very large, crown shafted, single trunk palm with curved leaves that point toward the ground.  It has a white crown shaft.  The leaflets are dependent and weepy.  Young plants have dark petioles with markings on them.  These markings can be white or dark and resemble “mealy bugs”.  Taxonomists have not named it as of yet.  It was originally introduced by the late Californian palm pioneer Mardi Darian.  More recently is has been sold by a few seed merchants.  No large specimens are viewable that I know of in Southern California.  We have a very limited number of these for sale.  Cultural information is not yet available.  The photos of the mature plants are by Bo Goran Lundvist and Tobias Spanner RPS.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $65


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Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug
Dypsis species dark mealy bug BGL  

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK

 

UNDERSTORY SUPER RARE MINIATURE PALM
SIMPLE LEAVES - NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


This dwarf understory palm species has entire, small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and hard to find.  It is certainly a dwarf species and is rarely 24 inches tall.  These plants we're offering came from domestic seeds from a plant in the Los Angeles area.  They are about two years old.  I rarely have them for sale.  They need a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available!

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


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


 
Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella 
Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella 
Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella  Chamaedorea tenella 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON 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 and a green form.   But, by far, most are brilliantly blue.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  We’re putting four year old one gallons on sale.  There are limited numbers.  These one gallon sized plants are easy to ship. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $100

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85


Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


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

 

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.


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
RARE CYCAD FROM KENYA

 


LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE 

This is a large Central African cycad with an erect trunk up to thirty feet that is native to Mt. Lolokwe in the center of Kenya.  It is a fairly high elevation plant, up to 2000 feet natively.  As shown in the photos, leaves are four to six feet long and go upwards at about a 60 degree angle.  Color is a gray-green, definitely not a lime color.  The leaves are basically flat in cross section.  Leaflets are thin, crowded and perhaps slightly cupped - and are spiny along the margins until older plants lose the spines.    

Like most cycads, this species likes good draining soil.  I'd recommend less than full sun with perhaps half day sun along the coast.  Inland areas would require bright filtered light. At our nursery, this species tolerated 25 degrees F. with no problem.  I suspect the coldest it will take is a few degrees below this.  Although this species is getting near impossible to find, we do have an assortment of sizes available including a large, near coning boxed plant. We are presently offering some 1.5 gallons on Special.  These are three to four years old.  I am also showing a nice garden plant and a close up of the leaflets.  

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON SIZE $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 1.5 GALLON $95

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  These are easy to ship.


 
  Encephalartos longifolius 
Encephalartos longifolius  Encephalartos tegulaneus 
Encephalartos tegulaneus   Encephalartos tegulaneus  

 

PHILODENDRON X EVANSII
HUGE HEART-SHAPED LEAVES
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND FOR SALE



FAIRLY COLD HARDY - MAKES A GARDEN HIGHLIGHT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 7 GALLON PLANTS


This rare and difficult to find hybrid Philodendron hasn't been available for several decades.  It was replaced by the less expensive Philodendron Selloum variety.  But, the P. evansii is huge compared to the selloum.  The P. evansii is a hybrid of uncertain parentage.  There are few in domestic gardens but, interestingly enough, may have been developed by a horticulturist in the 1950's who worked at Disneyland in Orange County, CA.  Some say the parentage is Philodendron speciosum x Philodendron bipinnatifidum. 

This hybrid produces huge leaves that are ruffled, heart shaped (elephant ear type of leaves) and can get five feet long and three feet wide.  They can deal with strong filtered light and in mild locations with almost full sun.  Cold hardiness is down to about 30 degrees.  Plant height is typically six to twelve feet.  We only have a couple of these plants.  If you really want one of these, act quickly because they'll be gone in no time.  And, they are never inexpensive to purchase.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS RARE SPECIES 7 GALLON $250

The garden photos below are by (in order) Pinterest, garden.ubc and University of So. Florida
Note:  Our 15 gallon are nearly sold out but we have smaller 7 and 5 gallon available. 


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Philodendron evansii Philodendron evansii Philodendron evansii
Philodendron evansii Pinterest Philodendron evansii by garden.ubc philodendron-x-evansii_Univ. So. Florida

  

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND


FIVE TO SIX FEET TALL – BLUE BLOSSMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE AND SEVEN GALLON PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of one and seven gallon plants.  They are quite nice and we're putting them on special.  They are in very limited numbers.  When these are gone, there may be no more until next year.  This species wants filtered light in a  warmer coastal area.  In fact, some along the coast succeed with several hours of morning sun.  They are late blooming compared to almost all other “Gingers”.  They tend to blossom in fall.  In somewhat colder regions, they may need protection from a freeze.  They do sucker and canes are thin.  Expect mature height at about five feet.  This plant is not for full, hot sun.  They need average water – backing off when it’s cold.

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

REGULAR PRICE SEVEN GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVEN GALLON $140


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
The one gallon are shown in the first four photos.  Beginning with the 5th photo are shown the 7 gallon size.  The 7g size are nearly sold out.  The last row of photos are random stock photos of this species.


Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger

 

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

 

HIBISCUS CROWN OF BOHEMIA
DOUBLE BLOSSOM - TWO TONES OF RED



LARGE BLOSSOMS - SUN LOVING BUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


Like all Hibiscus, this hybrid forms a small bush-like tree, likes full sun in coastal areas and is a summer blossoming plant.  Our plants have a red blossom but this variety is known to have yellow and pink varieties.  All have two layers of petals.  Bushes get to about 8 feet tall.  Cold hardiness is down to a bit below a freeze.  It is an evergreen with green leaves.  We're putting our 1g on special.  This variety is a bit difficult to locate in small sizes.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

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Hibiscus Crown of Bohemia Hibiscus Crown of Bohemia Hibiscus Crown of Bohemia

 

FRIDAY, 21 JANUARY, 2022

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM



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


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

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

 


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Encephalartos princeps 
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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  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
CLEAN, EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT


FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
ONE OF MOST SOUGHT AFTER SPECIES OF KING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We have a limited selection of this desirable form of King Palm which is known for its clean, emerald green crown shaft and more tropical appearance compared to the common King Palm.  It is native to the region around Myola in the Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia.  It has a silver color to the back of the leaflets and does not have ramenta (hairs).  Growth rate is quick and mature height can be 40 feet or more.  Our special is on the 15g size shown in the first six photos below.  Along the coast, it looks the best in part day sun but can take full sun if you give it lots of water.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.  Of note, limited numbers available - may sell out.


 
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Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis TS RPS

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK MOUNTAIN FORM


FAIRLY EASY TO GROW
TODAY OFFERING THE SINGLE TRUNK FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE



 When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, one has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitats and localities.  There are 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.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  Some highland varieties will sucker.  Seeds came from a fruiting tree in Encinitas, CA.   This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about six inches thick and reaches a height of about 15 feet.  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.  The 5g are shown in the first 5 photos followed by a nursery 15g plant.

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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because it may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and maybe even warmer parts of Texas.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 5g plants on ten day special.  As you can see from the photos, they are good sized.  These can be mail ordered.  Our 5g plants are shown in the first six photos followed by a few shots of our 15g which we also have.
 
REGULAR PRICE LARGE 5G THIS SPECIES $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225

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


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

 

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.


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

 

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.


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

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM

FULL SUN FAN PALM – SLOW GROWING
NEVER TOO TALL – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 3 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.  Right now we are fortunate enough to have some a few 15g, 3g and 1g - the 3 gallon on special today.  They are very large for their pots.  Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island, Guadalupe Island, just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  It is known as the Guadalupe Fan Palm.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The garden 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. 

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G $95

Obviously, these are easy to mail order.  I can ship these easily in a box with their soil and all necessary Ag Permits.



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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


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


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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $60


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

 

BRAHEA MOOREI AVAILABLE
THE DWARF ROCK PALM


SUPER RARE - SOUGHT AFTER MEXICAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


Shown below are 3 year old juvenile seedlings of the super rare and hard to find Brahea moorei.  The seeds for these plants came from a fruiting tree in San Diego County.  They were very slow to germinate and these plants are finally taking on good size for a one gallon.  We're putting them on sale.  Some are on their fifth or sixth leaf.

This is a very small, dwarf species with overall height of four to six feet.  Leaves are near fully circular with deeply divided segments.  The underside of the leaves are brilliantly white and often you'll see a white color on the dorsal segment margins.  The garden specimens are c/o PACSOA and TS/RPS with Martin Gibbons in the photo.  Culturally, you can grow this in strong filtered light, part day sun or possibly full sun along the coast.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  It is very slow growing.

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

These would be easy to mail order - weather permitting.

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Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Brahea moorei
Brahea moorei PACSOA Brahea moorei  TS RPS  

 

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.

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

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS

This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long with a plant height rarely over about five feet.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower.  

We're offering here 5 gallon plants on Special.  They have caudexes of 3 to 4 inches.  They are nice plants for starting in the garden.  We do have larger plants that are not on sale right now.  These 5g size can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

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

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Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

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 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!

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

 

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

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

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
AKA FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM GIGANTEUM
THE LEOPARD PLANT

LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES


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

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  The new name (Farfugium giganteum) would lead one to think that the leaves are "huge' but they are not.  Average leaf width is about 8 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  In full sun, give them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to propagate from divisions. This is a great "filler plant" to put in areas where you want something but don't know what to use.  We have other sizes but are offering really nice 5g on sale.

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

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

Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia

   

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


 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE GORGEOUS PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE VARIETIES OF HAWAIIAN TI $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS $45

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


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

 

WEDNESDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2022 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS



VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

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

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

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

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

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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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM OR SHAVING BRUSH PALM



NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWN SHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $200

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered but it takes a large, heavy box.


RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA

  

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This super popular palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often, you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The 15 gallon we have are about head height in their pots.  Basal diameter is 2 to 3 inches.  We also have 5g and bands.  We are hoping to offer larger sizes than shown here shortly.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  The Royal in the last photo was sent to me by a customer who lives in Bonita, CA.  This plant is in his garden.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $200

Mention this Special for your discount.


roystonea regia roystonea regia roystonea regia
roystonea regia roystonea regia roystonea regia
roystonea regia roystonea regia roystonea regia

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM

 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE ABOVE

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


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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE SQUAT 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200


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

READ MORE ABOUT CHAMBEYRONIA

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!



TALL, ROBUST AND GRANDIOSE KING PALM
LEAVES DON’T BROWN TIP AND ARE DARK GREEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa
 is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk
Sometimes it throws a new light red leaf as shown below


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

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  The garden photos below shows how spectacular, strong and powerful this species is.  It towers above regular King Palms and is a darker, prettier green color.  The shorter King Palms to the right of the teracarpa are regular Archontophoenix cunninghamiana - same age.


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

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
MEDIUM TO TALL PALM FROM PEMBA ISLAND

 
SOMETIMES SUCKERING, SOMETIMES SINGLE TRUNK
SUCKERING FORM SHOWN HERE

TEN DAY SPECIAL SUCKERING 15G PLANTS

This attractive medium sized Dypsis comes from the Island of Pemba off the coast of Madagascar.  It is sometimes single trunk, other times suckering.  This variability in the number of trunks is seen with quite a few Dypsis.  It gets to a height of thirty feet, has silver or silver-green trunks with prominent rings, with six foot long leaves on short petioles.  The leaves are sometimes keeled in cross-section.  Growth is rapid.  In our area of Southern California, part day sun seems to work well.  Inland areas show put in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available a limited number of fairly nice 15 plants that are already suckering. 

This species is similar to Dypsis lanceolata.  A way I recognize D. pembana when juvenile is by the upper stem, where you see a definite speckled tan color below the newly emerging spear.  Dypsis lanceolata has more of a silver color in this same area. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G PLANTS $200

Remember:  Limited numbers - Mention this Blog Only Special for this discounted price!  The first two photos by A.B.


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA
LIKE 
C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!


NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I have not shown this species that often because it's rarely available and very difficult to find.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.

It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available (first five photos).   Some pots have two plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species and is seldom offered for sale.  Note that the photos below show several larger plants from the nursery.

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


Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

PINANGA 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

 

DYPSIS BARONII
IDEAL SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM

 

A BIT OF SUN OR STRONG FILTERED LIGHT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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 5 gallon on sale are medium sized, not overly large so we're giving a nice discount.

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


Dypsis baronii 5g Dypsis baronii 5g Dypsis baronii 5g
Dypsis baronii 5g Dypsis baronii 5g Dypsis baronii 5g
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

It is a great growing palm perfect for Southern CA and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Reported cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  I have limited numbers available.  They are winter repots and are good in their pots for at least a year.  The garden specimens below have been growing easily in Encinitas, CA.  We're putting our limited number of 5g plants on Special.  They are not super big but  offered at a good price and very hard to find.

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

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  The plants are about a leaf further along than shown here.


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

 

CHUNIOPHOENIX NANA
SUPER RARE DWARF FAN PALM



SIMILAR TO A RHAPIS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL 2 GALLON


This dwarf suckering fan palm is native to northern Viet Nam and southern China.  Mature height is about five feet.  It has thin trunks with widely divided fan leaves with short one inch wide segments.  Leaf color is green.  Compared to Rhapis excelsa, there are less leaflets per leaf and leaf tips tend to be more pointed.  It does sucker and will make a cute clump of stems.  It wants filtered light.  I'd estimate the cold hardiness into the upper twenties F.  We rarely have these available.  The 2 gallon are small.  It's a slow grower.  These are shown in the first 6 photos.  In the bottom row are pictures of a more mature plant we've previously had at the Nursery.  Remember, when we have band sized seedlings of this rare species they are $55.  So, the sales price isn't too much more.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $65
ALMOST SOLD OUT


Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana
Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana
Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana Chuniophoenix nana

  

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE


This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say this because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are sometimes strongly curled.  On occasion, they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color in sun is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.

Shown below are the band size which we're putting on sale.  Plants have three, sometimes four leaves.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.  Be aware that we have limited numbers and are repotting them into cit pots / 5 gallon presently and these won't be ready until next summer.

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

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS 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



FEMALE PLANT
25 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 17" WIDE, 19 " TALL
CLASSIC LEAF FORM - AGE ABOUT 40 YEARS
STUNNING BLUE COLOR


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT!

Shown below is a forty year old specimen of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  This plant is a known female from the cone.  This species 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.  This specimen plant came from a famous private collection.  It has been in sun all  of its life.  The caudex size is given above.

I'd like to explain the method of pricing large cycads.   For over 15 years the price of basic blue South African cycads (E. horridus, trispinosus, lehmannii and longifolius) has been $150 per inch when the caudex is just a ball.  But, it takes decades to produce a plant as shown here.  We add on half of the vertical trunk height to the width and multiple this by the $150 per inch price.  This is what we did 15 years ago!  No increase in price.  And, with a significant discount, any purchaser would be getting what we feel is a great deal, especially knowing that cycads are one of the rarest and most protected plants on this planet.  


REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIMEN E. TRISPINOSUS $4200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $3300

 

Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches   Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches  
Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches   Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches  
Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches    
Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches   Encephalartos trispinosus female 25 gallon 17 x 19 inches  

 

 

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 

 

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

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

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE

 

THE BEST AND ONE OF THE FEW PANDANUS GOOD FOR THIS AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON 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

 

MONDAY, 17 JANUARY, 2022

CYCAS MEDIA
LUSH GREEN AUSTRALIAN CYCAD



THIN TRUNK, UP TO 20 FEET
NICE LANDSCAPE PLANTS AVAILABLE

This attractive cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  It has green leaves five to six feet long and in a lifetime can get a trunk up to 20 feet.  Trunk diameter is typically about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaf stems are minimal armed and leaf color is green on both sides.  It will take coastal sun but would be better with part day sun or filtered light far inland.  Shown here are several 15g and one 20g plants.  We may have smaller available.  Any of these plants can be shipped by mail order.  This is a pretty rare species that you can find easily.


Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media
cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media
A different, even bigger 20g specimen
Cycas media
A different, much older 15g specimen
cycas media Cycas media

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT


NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


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

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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED TRUNK
SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is one of my favorite Sabal species.  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 smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks are thick, up to about 30 inches.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The 15g size shown below are nice.  We’re putting this size on sale.  I’m showing some mature plants below as well. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

Remember:  Mention this Special!


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

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA



MEDIUM TO TALL, FULL OR PART DAY SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TRIPLE 15 GALLON SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The triples we're putting on sale are in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slower the growth rate of the clump.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM


CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLE & 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.  The plant I’m showing today is a single but we also have multiples of 2 or 3 plants per pot.
  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 single plants on sale.  Following are mature garden plants. 


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

Please mention 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 

 

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

 

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 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 $100


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

 

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


Note:  Almost Sold Out

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.


Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
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 BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM



RATHER LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS

This 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 hardy and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5 gallon size shown below were from huge, overgrown bands that we put into these 5g pots in the fall.  They’ll need time to fully root out but the price is excellent – only $10 more than a band sized plant. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $65

Just remember to mention this Special.  The first garden photo is c/o Wikipedia and the second is by friend Justen Dobbs.

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

 

SERENOA REPENS
SHORTER CLUMPING FAN PALM
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM



VERY COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in band containers and oversized – about 6 to 7 years old.  Yes, they are slow growing.  We do have larger, but on this batch of bands we are offering a very good price.  It has smaller sized leaves.  It forms a clump over time.  The seeds for these came from blue parents.  Of note, young plants never show blue until larger and out in direct sun.   Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

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


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount


Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

MEDIUM SIZE -THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZE PLANTS

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN SPECIES

RARE AND ATTRACTIVE CYCAD THAT DOESN'T GET BIG
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 2 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 two gallon on sale are a good, strong plants with a caudex size of about 2 inches.  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 2G PLANTS $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $115

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.
  When grown outdoors in sun these will develop their blue color.


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



MAKES LARGER MATURE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE AS SHOWN


Encephalartos transvenosus is a rare South African cycad.  After many decades, in the ground this species makes a large and magnificent plant.  Encephalartos transvenosus gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  So, it makes a big show.  The plant on special below is about 8 years old in a citrus pot.  We putting citrus pots with this size caudex (3 to 4 inches) on sale.  Note, cycads are sold by caudex size, not container size.  This size can be easily shipped within the U.S.  The first six photos show the citrus pot size on sale – followed by some mature garden specimens.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT WITH CAUDEX 3 TO 4 INCHES $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT THIS SIZE CAUDEX $300

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

Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot 4 inches Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot 4 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot 4 inches Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot 4 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalarto transvenosus

 

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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

We're offering on special a very rare hybrid of the genus Cycas.  Both parents are native to China.  The C. panzhiuaensis is known for it's medium size, blue-green foliage in sun and cold tolerance.  Cycas debaoensis is known for it's mutlipinnate leaves and fluffy leaf appearance.  I've only had these plants off and on for about a year.  There are no pictures of mature plants available.  It should make a small to medium sized adult plant and take at least part day with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  The plants on special are super large one ore one and a half gallons with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  They need to be repotted or planted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $125
DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $100


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


 
Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches  
Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches  
CYCAS PANZHHIHUAENSIS  cYCAS DEBAOENSIS  cYCAS DEBAOENSIS 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



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

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

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


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

 

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
THE TASMANIAN TREE FERN


FAIRLY COLD HARDY, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G SIZE 

This typically single trunk tree fern is native to Southeastern Australia and Tasmania.  It is much slower growing than the Australian Tree Fern above and has a mature height typically of 8 to 10 feet although they can get even taller.  Trunks are a similar diameter to the Australian Tree Fern.  Of note, apparently the lower trunk is filled with old, decaying trunk material and new roots grow through this material to get water and nutrition.  Cuttings of the top of the trunk can be re-established and root out.  This plant likes a bit of sun or filtered light and also loves water.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F. or lower.  The 5g on sale here are very nice as shown.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAYS SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


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

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


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


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

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

Mention this special when you purchase. 

Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern
Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern
Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern Australian Tree Fern Leaf

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN


LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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


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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"



NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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

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


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


Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern
Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern
Blechnum gibbum Blechnum fern growinonthehedge website Blechnum Gibbum miniature tree fern

 

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



MAKES A PRETTIER FRUITING PLANT
DEFINITE RED COLOR TO LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

The plants I'm showing here may be very interesting.  It's a cross between the ornamental 
Musa sumatrana (zebrina) and a fruiting type of Banana.  The hybridizer told me it produces edible bananas but do have some small seeds in the fruit.  Mature height should be about 8 feet.  Like most Bananas, it does sucker and the fruiting stalk is replaced by a new stalk.  It has light green leaves with attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It'd want full sun and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  We're putting our 15 gallon on sale.  These plants are very nicely sized with some overhead.  BTW, they are near impossible to find.  I have no mature photos to show you as it's a new hybrid.


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

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Recently, Bananas have been super popular and are somewhat difficult to find.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.  Also, to get them to fruit, you do have to keep up with the water but they are not water hogs.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have smaller sizes available.

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

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.


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

 

FRIDAY, 14 JANUARY, 2022 

CHRISTMAS DAY - PALM & TROPICAL PLANT EXCURSION


AROUND SAN DIEGO, CA
UNUSUAL SPECIES - TREES IN FLOWER
LOTS OF DIFFERENT PALMS


With Covid restrictions in place, my wife and I were sort of bored on a past Christmas day.  No family visitors - All by ourselves.  So, off we went to do one of our favorite things.  That is - driving around looking for unusual plant species.  We do this from time to time.  Our local Royal poinciana has been forming mature seed pods, so that was a great starting point.  From there we went to Balboa Park to photograph some nice palms.  Then, area by area we worked our way to Mission Bay Park near San Diego Bay.  I'm sharing some photos of great species that may interest you.  I particular focused on Brahea edulis (which does super well here) and a stand of Livistona decipiens (decora) in fruit.  Included are some nice succulent trees and some flowering trees still with blossoms in December.  Also shown below are a few nice palm species.  All in alphabetical order.  This is just meant to be a photographic presentation.


Archontophoenix sp. probably purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea, Balboa Park
Bauhinia variegate in blossom december
  Bauhinia variegata in blossom
Bauhinia variegata blossm pink December
Bauhinia variegata in blossom
Brachychiton rupestris SD
Brachychiton rupestrisut
Brachychiton rupestris SD
Brachychiton rupestris
Brahea armata juvenile sd
Brahea armata juvenile
Brahea edulis SD
Brahea edulis, fruiting
Brahea edulis SD
Brahea edulis, fruiting
Brahea edulis SD trunk
Brahea edulis, close up of rough trunk
Caryota gigas juvenile
Caryota gigas, not mature size
Caryota gigas leaf
Caryota gigas
Cordyline fruiticosa red full sun SD
Coryline fruiticosa in full sun
Crinum amabile purple Queen Emma
Crinum amabile - Queen Emma Lily
Crinum amabile
Crinum amabile - Queen Emma Lily
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum
Dracena draco
Dracena draco
Dracena draco fruit
Dracena draco fruit
Dracena draco
Dracena draco
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Balboa Park S.D.
Howea forsteriana triple
Howea forsteriana triple
Hibiscus tree pink
Hibiscus in December flower
Hibiscus tree pink
Hibiscus in December flower
Hyphanae species
Hyphanae species
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiesn - decora
Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiesn - decora
Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiesn - decora
Livistona decipiens - decora
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiesn - decora
Papaya in fruit December
Papaya with December fruit
Papaya in fruit
Papaya with December fruit
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Sabal palmetto
Sabal aplmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Staghorn Fern in tree
Staghorn Fern in tree
Staghorn Fern in tree
Staghorn Fern in tree
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Tropical garden
Tropical Garden JW
Veitchia species
Veitchia species
Veitchia species
Veitchia species
Veitchia species in fruit
Veitchia species

Washingtonia robusta, old and tall along street
Washingtonia stand in distance
Washingtonia robusta telephoto from 2 miles
Mitzi with Jubaea
Mitzi, my wife, palm spotter next to Jubaea

 

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.  Note that many of the 24 inch boxes plants are bigger than shown here.  If you prefer, we also have similar plants in 25 gallon containers.  These are ready to be planted in the garden - sun acclimated.  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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM



SINGLE TRUNK - GREEN LEAVES
VERY SLOW GROWING SPECIES

SALE ON 20 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

We have a limited number of 20 gallon plants.  We're putting them on sale.  

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $425

These 20g plants are about 10 years old - super slow growing.  They are shown in the smaller photos below.

Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT



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

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

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

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

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


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

  

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL



STRONG & LARGE  10 & 15 GALLON PLANTS
ALMOST SOLD OUT OF THESE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 10 or 15 GALLON $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $240

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

READ MORE ABOUT THE BAMBOO PALMS

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

 

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
RARE VARIETY OF THE KING PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDES TO LEAFLETS
GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix Alexandrae is native to Australia.  It has green leaves that have silver discoloration to the underside of the leaflets as shown below.  Leaves tend to stay flat without the twist on their axis as seen with the more common King Palm, Archotophoenix cunninghamiana.  Although they are a tad less cold hardy than the latter, they are felt by most to be more beautiful.  Mature height can exceed 50 feet.  The crown shaft with green without the brown discoloration seen with the common King Palm.  Cold hardiness is about 26 degrees F.  They can take coastal sun but half-day sun might give the pretties specimen.  The 15g size shown below is a single but I also have multiples at the same sale price.   

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

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


 
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae  Archontophoenix alexandrae 
Archontophoenix alexandrae  Archontophoenix alexandrae  Archontophoenix alexandrae 
Archontophoenix alexandrae  Archontophoenix alexandrae  Archontophoenix alexandrae 

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
AKA DYPSIS MADAGASCARENSIS VAR. LUCUBENSIS

 

TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM
SUCKERING OR SINGLE TRUNK FORMS
FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is native to Madagascar.  There are both single trunk and suckering varieties.  Shown here is what should be the single trunk form.  It has a thicker trunk that the suckering form.  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-silver 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 to upper twenties F.  We have nice 15 gallons on special.  Note the interesting leaflet arrangement which show how plumose the leaves are.  The trunks are also ringed. 

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a small number available.  The 10th photo is c/o JS and the 12th is c/o Palmpedia.


Dypsis lucabensis   Dypsis lucabensis   Dypsis lucabensis  
Dypsis lucabensis   Dypsis lucabensis   Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucabensis   Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis madagascarensis lucubensis JS Dypsis madagascarensis lucubensis Dypsis madagascarensis lucubensis Palmpedia

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $100

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

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

 

CARYOTA MONOSTACHYA
DWARF SUCKERING FISHTAIL PALM



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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5 GALLON SIZE $100 

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


Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya
Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya
Caryota monostachya Caryota monostachya Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL. Photo by Kyle Wicomb. Caryota monostachya Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL. Photo by Kyle Wicomb.

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
  The plants on sale are shown in the first six photos.  I'm also showing a 15g size and a specimen c/o TS at RPS.


Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA by TS RPS

 

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



SUPER RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM - MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
SUCKERING WITH THIN LEAFLETS

NEAR RHAPIS HUMILIS PLANT IN SMALL SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

As some of you know, the late Luis Hooper was one of the all-time greats when it came to hybridizing Rhapis palms.  The plants on special here are from a cross that he did.  He crossed male Rhapis humilis pollen to an existing hybrid of Rhapis multifida x humilis.  In the pot they are about 2 to 3 feet tall.  Plants will have thin trunks, leaflets will be green and narrow.  Leaflet tips will be pointed.  It'll be a filtered light plant that is cold hardy well into the mid-twenties, probably colder.  Expect a mature height over ten feet.  This is a very rare palm to see offered.  We only have a couple left.  People don’t realize that there is no such thing as seedling true Rhapis humilis.  The plants offered are as close to humilis as you can get without spending a lot of money and in a small size.


REGULAR PRICE THIS UNAVAILABLE CROSS IN 2G SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida 2g Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida
Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapiis (multifida x humilis) x multifida

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE BLUE TRANSVAAL CYCAD

 

NATIVE TO SOUTH AFRICA – EXTREMELY RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This desirable species of Encephalartos comes from the Transvaal region of the northern Republic of South Africa.  This area is also home to other sought-after species like E. dolomiticus, cupidus and nubimontanus.  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii is a medium to large species with trunk height up to almost ten feet.  It will sucker from the base.  Leaf color is blue or blue-green.  The leaves are sharply keeled giving a "V-shape" in cross section.  Leaf length is two to five feet.  Leaflets are 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and have a sharp terminal tip.  Encephalartos middleburgensis is a closely related species and was originally felt to be a subspecies of eugene-maraisii.  This is a full sun cycad.  In the wild it commonly sees freezing temperatures.  In culture it is know to tolerate mid to low 20's F.  We are currently putting out band sized plants on sale for ten days.  I’m showing a flat with just this species.  Yes, we have a nice supply of them but they won’t last long.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
T
EN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special.  We can ship these, weather permitting, but only within the United States.


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 LEBOMBOENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

GREEN LEAVES – FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

Encephalartos lebomboensis is native to the Lebombo Mountains in South Africa.  It is most closely related to Encephalartos senticosus.  Leaves are green, typically three to five feet long and have thin, heavily spined leaflets.  But, overall, this is not a large cycad species.  In fact, it is relatively compact for an Encephalartos.  In a lifetime most would see a mature tree that has perhaps six feet of trunk.  There are many century old plants in the wild with fifteen to twenty feet of trunk.  Overall, the crown width is about six feet.  This species wants full sun along the coast and has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  It is not hard to grow.  The plants on special are in 2 gallon pots with a caudex of 2 inches

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, THIS SPECIES $130
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 2 GALLON CYCADS $80


Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g
Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g
Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g Encephalartos lebomboensis 2g

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS



This small to medium sized exotic cycad is from southwestern China.  Only in the past 20 years has this species been available in the U.S.  It has green upright leaves and can develop a trunk about three feet tall.  Leaves are green and leaflets narrow and shiny.  Sometimes you’ll see the leaflets twisted on their axis.  It comes from elevations of 1000 to 1500 feet or more and has potential to have reasonable cold hardiness, at least into the mid and possibly low 20’s F.  The crown width is about eight feet across with leaf lengths of three to five feet.  At the nursery it seems to grow quite well.  We’re putting nice one gallon plants on special.  Caudexes are about 2 inches.  The eighth photo, by George Yao at PACSOA, shows a plant in full sun although growers may get away with part day sun as well.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON PLANTS $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $95

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  The last photo shows our 5 gallon size.
Cycas guizhouenis Cycas guizhouenis Cycas guizhouenis
Cycas guizhouenis Cycas guizhouenis Cycas guizhouenis
Cycas guizhouenis Cycas guizhouensis George Yao PACSOA Cycas guizhouensis George Yao PACSOA

 

ANTHURIUM PSEUODOSPECTABILE
RARE AND EXOTIC TROPICAL COMPANION PLANT



LEAVE FIVE TO SIX FEET - HANG DOWNWARDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLE PLANT


Several years ago I visited Sherman Botanical Gardens in Orange County, CA.  They had a gorgeous outdoor grown Anthurium pseuodospectabile.  I was so impressed that I told myself the nursery must offer this plant - and we eventually found one. This species is only from Panama.  There it grows in trees at elevations up to 5000 ft.  It has long dependent leathery green leaves that hang downwards and easily to lengths of five to six feet long.  Cold hardiness is said to be about 50 degrees or a bit lower.  So, for many, it must be wintered inside or in a greenhouse.  This actual plant has seen our sub-40 degree F. weather for two years at our nursery and is surviving.  We only have this one plant.  It's in a one gallon pot.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SINGLE RARE ANTHURIUM $165

anthurium pseudospectabile anthurium pseudospectabile anthurium pseudospectabile
anthurium pseudospectabile anthurium pseudospectabile  anthurium pseudospectabile 

 

CORDYLINE TERMINALIS SINGAPORE TWIST
NEW SPECIES TO OUR NURSERY



COLORFUL HAWAIIAN TI TYPE PLANT
BUT, TOTALLY DIFFERENT!  LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN

 

For the past two years, we have gotten in something brand new to the nursery market and our Nursery.  They typically have sold out within a few days.  It is a plant that is super colorful.  It may look like the Hawaiian Ti plant.  But, it is totally different.  This species is a dischitous type plant.  Its leaves are in one single plane - from the front is totally seen and wide but from the side it is narrow.  It's similar to a Traveler Palm in this way.  Also, it is a rhizomitous plant.  It grows from rhizomes in the ground.  So, it is suckering!  Leaves are wide like the Hawaiian Ti but the color is shown more on older leaves.  They are purple-red.  Leaf stems are a colorful red. 

Mature height is four to seven feet and it will take coastal sun.  Inland areas would consider part sun or strong filtered light.  By report, it will take a freeze. We only have a few dozen plants.  They’ll probably sell out quickly.  They can be mail ordered but may take an oversized box to ship.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

ONLY A FEW LEFT THEN NONE UNTIL SPRING!


Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist
Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist
Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist Cordyline terminalis singapore twist

 

VARIEGATED ZINGIBER ZERUMBET
RED BLOSSOM AWAPUHI SHAPOO GINGER



RARE UPRIGHT RED CONE LIKE BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


The Awapuhi Shampoo Ginger is native to Hawaii and is a perennial clumping Ginger that typically grows in filtered light and can go dormant in winter.  Leaves or typically green but we're offering the variegated form of this plant.  Mature height is about five feet.  In the spring its dormancy ends and it usually comes back strong.   The variegation of this variety runs longitudinally along the leaf.  When flowering, the cones start of green and, when mature, turn red.  If ou squeeze a cone it gives off sap which can be used as a shampoo.  Thus, the common name of this plant.  It does poorly in areas with hard freezes.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $39


The photo of the blossom is by the Survival Gardener Website.

Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger
Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger
  Awapuhi Ginger by the Survival Gardener Website  

 

EPIDENDRON ORCHID
PINK – PURPLE BLOSSOM

REEDSTEM TYPE TERRESTRIAL ORCHID
HARD TO FIND PINK-PURPLE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE IN BLOSSOM

The family of Epidendron Orchids are loaded with species/varieties of lots of different colors.  These include pink, purple, orange, red, white and yellow.  But, one of the most vibrant is the pink-purple as shown here.  It is also an easy variety to grow.  We're putting blossoming one gallon purple-pink on sale.  These plants will have tons of reed-like stems, most of which will blossom this summer.  Leaves are thick and small and plants can be divided in the future to easily add to other areas of the garden.  They'll take coastal full sun or strong filtered light.  Some sun is needed for flowering.  You can plant these right in the soil.  They are cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  BTW, this color is difficult to find.  You’ll love them in your garden or in a pot.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.


Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom
Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom
Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom

 

WEDNESDAY,  12 JANUARY, 2022 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

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

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

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

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

 

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



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


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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  In Southern CA, these cannot be transplanted once established in the garden.  They get a husky trunk and probably about 40 feet tall in many decades.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Shown below is our 24 inch box size that we have on special.  These have seen a freeze every winter for quite a few years.   This is a good size for those who want to start with a bigger plant.


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $625
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE $525

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

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

 

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 the 15g plants on special.  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 $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $200

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price!


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Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM

 

THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm is native to medium elevations on Lord Howe Island.  At one time is was possible to import seeds of this desirable palm along with Hedyscepe and Lepidorrhachis.  Because of conservation laws, the island can no longer legally export seeds or seedlings.  This has created a shortage of the more rare species from this locality.

Howea belmoreana is different from the Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) as it has curved leaves and an umbrella-shaped crown.  It also might be a bit more cold hardy.  It prefers filtered light or a little sun inland and can take more sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.  Growth rate, like the Kentia, is slow.  The 15g shown on special here are fairly nice.  The one shown is a double although we also have some singles.  Remember that this type of Howea is much more rare than the Kentia Palm - and, harder to find for sale.

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


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


GREEN LEAVES – STATELY TRUNK AND CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOTH 4 & 15 GALLON SIZE

By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  The plants I'm putting on special are both the 5 & 15 gallon size, mostly singles.  It tolerates full coastal sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  Another interesting thing is that sometimes they’ll throw a new red leaf as shown in one photo below.

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

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


Of note, our Archontophoenix "teracarpa" is probably a larger King Palm than A. maxima but still escapes exact species identification.  It does not have silver undersides to the leaflets and has a blue crown shaft.  It is routinely discussed elsewhere at this Blog.  The 10th photo is by Luke Nancarrow AU.


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

 

NORMANBYA NORMANBYI
TALL, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED PINNATE PALM FROM AUSTRALIA

 


SIMILAR TO THE FOXTAIL PALM BUT THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This exotic and single trunk pinnate palm is from the Queensland area of Australia and nearby New Guinea.  It is the only species of this genus.  In habitat, it prefers moist areas and can attain a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that is four to six inches thick.  The crown shaft has black colored tomentum.  Leaves are six to eight feet long, pinnate is a slightly plumose fashion.  Leaflets are irregular, sometimes wedge shaped with jagged apices and the underside of the leaflets is silver.  One could confuse this species with another Queensland palm, Wodyetia bifurcata.  Normanbya has wider leaflets, a thinner trunk and the underside of Wodyetia leaflets is never silver.  Normanbya can tolerate full sun right along the coast but otherwise should be considered a part day sun or strong filtered light plant.  Cold tolerance is down to about freezing. 

Shown here is a 5g plant which we’re putting on special.  This species is near impossible to find at nurseries.  Although I don't have a photo of it, I know of a Normanbya in the Clairmont area of San Diego that is in full sun with about twenty feet of trunk, looking very nice. 

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


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Normambya normambii Normambya normambii Normambya normambii
Normambya normambii Normambya normambii Normambya normambii

 

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



TRISTICHOUS ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This relatively recent introduction to the palm market is from Madagascar.  It is a suckering palm that gets to a height of about twelve feet with 4 inch thick trunks.  Leaves are green, keeled and recurved at their ends.  The proximal leaf stems and the crown shaft are covered with red colored hairs.  Leaflets are thin and prominently veined.  It is a sun palm along the coast and has a cold hardiness below a freeze, probably into the upper twenties F.  Most enthusiasts have found this palm to be a good grower.  The garden specimen below is from the garden of Matt Bradford, La Mesa, CA.  All photos by him.  The 5 gallon plants were repotted from 1g into 5g last spring.

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


 
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Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha
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DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

This species will take coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time but many of you can grow it.


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Dypsis species bef 7g Dypsis species bef 7g Dypsis species bef 7g
Dypsis species bef by Steve S. Australia Dypsis species bef  

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA



GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY

THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite its beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.  I’m offering band sized seedlings on sale - see first four photos.  The fifth & Sixth photo are of a 15g plant.

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

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


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

  

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FOR SUN


GOOD OFFERING OF 15 GALLON PLANTS
CAUDEXES 3.5 TO 6 INCHES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON E. LEHMANNII

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 an assortment of 15 gallon plants of this species with caudexes of 3 to 5-6 inches.  We have about a half dozen of them.  All are sun ready.  I am showing some of these 15g below.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SPECIES $150 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $125 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER.

This size can possibly be mail ordered.  This caudex size price applies to plants that do not have vertical trunk height.

  

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ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII Encephalartos lehmannii
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ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT

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

The plant we are putting on special is the blue variety.  This plant is in sun, in a 15g pot and has a caudex of 5 inches.  It’s a very stunning blue.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.   I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $600

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order.  This plant can be mail ordered but it’d be a bit expensive to ship.


  
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Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 5 inches   Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 5 inches   Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 5 inches  
Encephalartos arenarius blue   Encephalartos arenarius blue   Encephalartos arenarius blue  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
KWANGO GIANT CYCAD



CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONGEST LEAVES OF ANY CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON PLANTS

Several decades ago, one could only dream of every obtaining an Encephalartos laurentianus.  This was because its locality was so remote in Uganda that few ever traveled to the habitat.  Couple this with the political instabilities and risks of the region, and you'd understand how seeds were seldom available.  Fortunately, through a few botanical gardens, seeds eventually did get distributed.  Even with this, this species is unbelievably rare to locate.  It is known for having the longest leaves of any cycad.  They tend to go upwards and can be over 20 feet long.  An identifying hallmark of this species in nurseries are the abundance of spines at the ends of the long leaflets.  You can see this on the close up leaflet pictures.  Leaflets can get up to about 20 inches long, are fairly wide and somewhat cupped.  Trunks will slowly form.  With the long length of the leaves, plants can tower overhead.

Being Central African, this species doesn't have the cold hardiness of South African cycads.  But, many are growing it in this area.  I'd recommend sun or part day sun.  Cold hardiness is down to a bit below a freeze.  Shown here is some nice starter one or one and a half gallon plants.  Caudexes are about 1.5 to 2 inches.  Remember, seeds are unbelievably expensive.  They can be shipped easily - depending on your weather.

REGULAR PRICE ONE OR ONE AND A HALF GALLON PLANTS $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $120

You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price
.  Note we only have a couple of these available.


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Encephalartos laurentianus   Encephalartos laurentianus   Encephalartos laurentianus  

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN

LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

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


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

 

HAEMANTHUS ALBIFLOS
UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT


WIDE "TONGUE-LIKE" LEAVES
INTERESTING SPRING - SUMMER BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE FIVE GALLON SIZE

This species is native to various regions of South Africa.  It prefers filtered light but can tolerate some sun.  Leaves are thick and green in color.  In sun they are more of a lime green and shorter.  Interesting blossoms emerge faithfully and are shown in a nursery plant below.  The are white with yellow-orange reproductive parts (see photos below).  Surprisingly, these are a bit difficult to find.  They do tolerate cold into the mid-twenties or lower and are being grown in the SF Bay area with ease.  The first five photos below show our 5 gallon plants on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Mail order possible.  Mention this Special for this Blog Only Discounted price.


 
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Haemanthus albiflos  Haemanthus albiflos   

 

MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA
A NON-FRUITING BANANA ORNAMENTAL BANANA


TOP OF LEAF - RED BLOTCHES ON GREEN
BOTTOM OF LEAF - MAROON
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS




The plants I'm showing here are a non-fruiting type of ornamental Banana.  Like most Bananas, it does sucker and the mature height is six to eight feet.  It has light green leaves with attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It'd want full sun outdoors (along the coast) and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  Some are also growing it as an indoor plant.  We're putting our one gallon on sale.  See first six photos below.  Also shown below is our 15g size of a similar Banana - Musa sumatana hybrid that looks quite similar to the one on sale.  But, these 15 gallon plants will produce fruit.  In the garden sumatrana zebrina wants at least half day sun.  Cold hardiness is into the 20's F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $25

Musa sumatrana zebrina 1g   Musa sumatrana zebrina 1g   Musa sumatrana zebrina 1g  
Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina  
Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina  

 

ENSETE MAURELII
RED BANANA

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


The Red Banana is an ideal landscape item for color and beauty.  They have a definite and prominent red color to the leaf stems, trunk and backs of the leaves.  The dorsal leaf also shows a flush of red.  Mature size is about ten feet but sometimes a bit more or less.  Basal diameter at maturity is 12 to 16 inches.  Be aware they are fast growing but only last five or six years before flowering and dying.  But, if you replace the plant, they quickly offer a good sized plant to replace the last one.  They do not bear fruit, like full sun and are cold tolerant down to about a freeze.  If you want bananas, get an edible fruiting Banana which we also carry.  The garden photo is by Linda Cochran.  I’m also showing some 15 gallon plants which we sometimes have in stock.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55


Ensete maurelii Red Banana   Ensete maurelii Red Banana   Ensete maurelii Red Banana  
Ensete maurelii Red Banana   Ensete maurelii Red Banana   Ensete maurelii Red Banana  
Ensete maurelii Red Banana   Ensete ventricosa Maurelii BY LINDA COCHRAN   Ensete ventricosa Maurelii  

 

MONDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2022 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL



A GREAT CANOPY FORMING PALM TREE
HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
 

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

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  So, acclimate your plant to sun and give it plenty of water, especially after first planting.  Shown here is A 25 gallon size but, at the time of this posting, we are out of this species.  This size would form canopy in a matter of a few years.



READ MORE ABOUT CARYOTAS


 
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GERMINATING PALM SEEDS:



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


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

RULES TO FOLLOW:

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

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

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

 

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM


TWO LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS AVAILABLE
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN

NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Rhapis humilis is a tall, suckering and thin trunked fan palm.  It is a type of "Lady Palm" and this species is one of the most sought after.  This is because it's a great growing species, has strong canes that don't bend over and gets significantly tall for the genus - tallest of the Rhapis genus.  It does sucker and produces canes averaging one inch or a bit bigger in diameter.  Leaves hold up to twenty leaflets that are narrow, a bit droopy, dark green and come to a point at their ends.  The more common Rhapis excelsa leaflets come to a blunt tip at the end of the leaflets.  The amazing thing about this species is that it attains such tall heights.  I've seen specimens that have reached twenty-four feet!  Compare this to the average height of a R. excelsa at six to eight.  Finally, the Rhapis humilis is known to tolerate full sun along the coast.

Below I'm showing you two plants in extra deep 25 gallon pots.  They are from divisions of a mother plant about 10 months ago.  Heights are about 14 feet.  These two plants are not inexpensive and truly deserve a great private or botanical garden for display.  The 11th photo is from the L.A.A. taken by staff there.

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE RHAPIS HUMILIS $750


TO READ A FAIRLY THOROUGH ARTICLE ON RHAPIS HUMILIS, CLICK HERE


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Rhapis humilis 25g Rhapis humilis 25g Rhapis humilis 25g
Rhapis humilis 25g Rhapis humilis 25g Rhapis humilis 25g
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Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis  LAA Rhapis humilis

 

CHAMAEDOREA TRUNKING RADICALIS
QUICK GROWING, SINGLE STEM



FAIRLY COLD HARDY - TOLERATE SUN
PHOTOS OF A NEAR MATURE GROUP
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 35 GALLON SPECIMEN

As many of you may know, Chamaedorea radicalis is from Mexico.  The classic dwarf form only gets three to four feet tall.  The trunking form shown here easily can reach much taller.  There are only a few large specimens that I have seen.  But, mature height appears to be 15 to 18 feet.  And, trunks are fairly thin.  From an appearance point of view, I’d recommend planting several plants as a small colony.  Along the coast, these can tolerate a large amount of sun and some are growing them in full sun close to the ocean.  The plant shown below was growing in near full sun.  The trunking form is a very fast growing plant.  It has more narrow leaflets compared to the dwarf form.  Both have long male and female blossoms that are oriented upwards off the trunk.  On the dwarf form the blossoms often tower above the foliage.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F. I am putting this specimen cluster of three plants on special.  I only have one of this height.  You'll note that one plant is a female.  An adjacent plant is a made and the female has good sees developing.  This plant is about 14 feet tall or a bit  more (in the pot).  I’d estimate age at ten to twelve years.  I do have very nice 5 gallon plants but in limited numbers.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIMEN PLANT $750

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

 
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Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form 35g  Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form 35g  Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form 35g 
  Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form 35g  Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form 35g 

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK MOUNTAIN FORM


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

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

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

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


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Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM



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

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

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

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple
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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

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

  

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $225

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


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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM

 

FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

This species is known at the Chilean Wine Palm.  It can have trunk diameters up to four feet.  To get a large trunking tree from a small plant can take several decades.  Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet.  Leaves are green and sometimes a blue-green color.  The trunk is smooth and the fruit is yellow with a large brown seed inside.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.  The plants on sale are about 5 to 6 years old from seed.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE $85

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order should be easy in this size, weather permitting.


 
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Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHCI PALM


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

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

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

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


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Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans  

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM



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

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

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

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


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

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

CYCAS PECTINATA
TALL GREEN ASIAN CYCAD

SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


This is the tallest species of the genus Cycas with reports from habitat of plants over forty feet tall.   It has a wide distribution spreading from India throughout southeast Asia and into China.  Trunks are medium diameter with swelling at the base.  Leaves are green, 4 to 6 feet long with small armor on the leaf stems.  The appearance of a well grown plant is a lush tropical cycad.  It'll take coastal sun or part day interior sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or a bit lower.  It is one of the more cold tolerant plants of the genus.  We're offering citrus pot size plants on a Ten Day Special.  Caudex sizes are 4 to 5 inches.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS SIZE $250
 
Note the last 2 photos are of a nursery plant.

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CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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

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

 

PHILODENDRON SELLOUM
AKA PHILODEDRON BIPINNATIFIDUM

 

GIANT SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 & 15 GALLON SIZE


Throughout my career, I've always known this plant as Philodendron selloum.  The same is true for most nurserymen.  But, when researching it, I've found lots of other names and even genera used to taxonomically identify this species.  So, keeping it simple, I'll not go there but rather say that this is a large leaf Philodendron that can climb up a tree trunk or stand alone all by itself.  It is native to South America.  It can grow in coastal sun or in the shade.  It's got a trunk that is usually six inches thick or less and puts out thick hanging roots that assist in grabbing anything to support the crown.  Leaves are green, heavily divided and can be four feet long and three feet wide.  Leaves are not as large as the much more rare Philodendron evansii.  Selloum is easy to grow.  We're offering nicely sized 5 & 15 gallon on sale.  The 15g size is shown in the last photo.  The rest of the nursery plants are 5g.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $150


 
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Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 
Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

 

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase. 


 
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ALOCASIA WENTII  ALOCASIA WENTII  ALOCASIA WENTII 
ALOCASIA WENTII  ALOCASIA WENTII  ALOCASIA WENTII 

 

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.

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

 

THURSDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2022 

CYCAD SEEDLINGS - LOTS OF THEM
GROWN IN BAND CONTAINERS


THIS DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE SMALL
BUT, THEY ARE ALWAYS EASY TO SHIP


For over forty years we've been propagating and selling cycads to our customers.  Crucial to any cycad nursery has always been obtaining viable seeds for germination.  It's certainly gotten more difficult over the decades to obtain desirable seeds.  But, we have been fortunate to continue offering smaller and more affordable cycads for sale.  We presently have for sale thousands of small cycads of at least 75 species.

We do a lot of our own germination.  The fifth photo below shows a flat of Encephalartos eugene-marisii germinating.  Once germinated, new seedlings go into our band containers - a square and tall pot measuring 3 x 3 x 9 inches.  We were one of the first nurseries in the country to utilize these pots.  Now it's standard practice country-wide.  As we have about 25,000 cycads in stock, we don't always get time to repot cycads that are too big for their band containers.  This is a good thing for you, the consumer.  It means that many times our band cycads are five years old or longer.  They often have super developed roots and are on their fifth to six leaf or more.  Some photos demonstrate this - note the plant sizes.

Another nice thing about getting band sized plants is that they are quite affordable to ship for mail orders.  And, we can nestle quite a few plants in one box for shipping - always in their containers with soil.  And, sometimes we put our band sized cycads on sale.  We hope that you can take advantage of these often "much bigger than other nurseries" band sized cycads.  Most nurseries sell seedlings with only one or two small leaves.  Photos below show many of our band sized plants with photos of flats of cycads or growing benches.  Incidentally, at our nursery we have about a mile of running benches and display areas.

Almost every week we put cycad seedlings on special.  Just check further down in this Blog.

 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
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CYCAD SEEDLING  cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS 
cycad table  cycad table  cycads growing 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
RARE VARIETY OF THE KING PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDES TO LEAFLETS
GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix Alexandrae is native to Australia.  It has green leaves that have silver discoloration to the underside of the leaflets as shown below.  Leaves tend to stay flat without the twist on their axis as seen with the more common King Palm, Archotophoenix cunninghamiana.  Although they are a tad less cold hardy than the latter, they are felt by most to be more beautiful.  Mature height can exceed 50 feet.  The crown shaft with green without the brown discoloration seen with the common King Palm.  Cold hardiness is about 26 degrees F.  They can take coastal sun but half-day sun might give the pretties specimen.  The 15g size shown below demonstrate both the single planting (3rd row below) and multiples (first two rows of photos) with several in a pot.     

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $190

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

Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM


SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has 
Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 15 gallon plants that are very good size.   (first six photos).  Also shown below are a few garden plants.

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

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

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

 

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 types of Chamaedorea.  It gets to a mature height of about 8 feet.  It is a great patio plant or can be grown inside quite easily.  It is also one of the more cold hardy types of Chamaedorea, only being beat out by C. radicalis.  It'll go down to about 20 degrees F. or a bit lower.  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.  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. 

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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM

 


SQUAT 15 GALLON JUST IN
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND LATELY
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER" PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 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.  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 nice squat 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 6 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers available.  Please note that this size plants have not been available for two months.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $215

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  To get maximal privacy one would not cut off the small lower suckers.

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

 

ACANTHOPHOENIX RUBRA
THE RED PALM OR THE BARBEL PALM



SPINY SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM THE ISLANDS OF MAURITIUS AND REUNION

LESS SPINES AS GETS OLDER
EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
AVAILABLE NOW SEVERAL 5G PLANTS ON SPECIAL

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

SPECIAL TEN DAY PRICE THIS SPECIES 5 GALLON $100

The 5g size available now are shown in the first seven photos.  The eighth photo was taken in AU by David Transwell.


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Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra
Acanthophoenix rubra Acanthophoenix rubra by David Transwell AUa Acanthophoenix rubra

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM

 


VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES – TO EIGHT FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This endangered semi-dwarf palm species is from the Comoro Islands, close to Madagascar.  It has a very thin trunk. Although reports of twenty foot palms in habitat exist, in most domestic gardens don't expect anything over ten feet in a lifetime.  Trunk diameter is two to three inches.  Leaf size is three to four feet.  Most have grown this species in part day sun or filtered light.  However, I have one customer growing it well in full sun.  Cold hardiness is in the mid-twenties F.

Below I am showing our offering of 5 gallon plants which we have available and are putting on a Ten Day Special.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Remember:  Mention this Special for this reduced price when you buy!

Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT




ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE!

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

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting our 5g on Special

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS SAINTLUCEI
POWDER WHITE CROWN SHAFT

 


THIN TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Madagascar and is usually found as a single trunk specimen, although it can sucker sometimes.  Its most prominent characteristic is the powder white crown shaft as shown here.  It is medium sized, up to about 25 feet if well grown and has a six inch thick trunk.  There is a stunning contrast of dark red new spear against the white stem as shown in the photos.  Leaves are six feet long and upright.  This species is an easy palm to grow.  It will tolerate sun along the coast but needs some inland protection.  Exact cold hardiness is still being determined, but many have reported it grows into the twenties F.  I would highly recommend this species as it isn't too big and is very attractive.  The nursery plant shown is a 5g size which we’re putting on Special for ten days.

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

We only have a few available.  Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special.  The first six photos show the 5g size on sale.  The 7th photo is of a 15g which we don't have in stock.  The last photo is by TS at RPS.

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Dypsis saintlucei 5g Dypsis saintlucei 5g Dypsis saintlucei 5g
Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei TS RPS

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM




EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
SMOOTH & COLORED CROWN SHAFT - THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Euterpe edulis