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PALMS AND TROPICALS


Queen Palm
Arecastrum romanzoffianum or Syagrus romanzoffianum

Fast-growing, self-cleaning, beautiful and graceful tree that offers height and elegance to any location. After 15-20 years trunks start to turn gray. Feathery leaves and very good around swimming pools and as view enhancers. Non evasive root system and offers landscaping an attractive affordable tree. Clean look with no thorns and very good in Mediterranean setting.

Elephants Foot, Bottle Palm, Ponytail Palm
Beaucarnea recurvata or Nolina recurvata

Dr. Seuss-like tree. It is a classy, statuesque tree that offers a beautiful, strong definition to any project. Swollen ball trunk with tough, grassy leaves. Known for their strong vertical silhouette, rather than their blossoms. Extremely slow grower up to 20 feet tall. Very Hardy.

Mexican Blue Fan Palm
Brahea armata

This is a very rare type of Palm tree. It has a fat trunk, and beautiful bluish-silver leaves. It grows slow up to 40 feet tall and 6-8 foot wide.When mature will put out yellow seed pods that reminds one of a waterfall. The pods come out where the fronds open and gracefully stream down. It resists drought, heat and wind.

San Jose Hesper Palm
Brahea brandegeei

Slow grower to 40’ by 15’ wide. Many of the Brahea’s that still have their cut off fronds on them( 3 inches from the smooth trunk) and have the pads in a straight vertical way around the tree. Many other Palms have those same fronds  cross in an x pattern around the tree. Slender trunk and leaves are 3’ long gray green in color.

Guadalupe Fan Palm
Brahea edules

The Guadalupe is similar to the Mexican Blue except the leaves are light green and no thorns . It has large jaw breaker size seeds and is hardy to very cold temperatures. A very slow grower with an elephant hide trunk.

Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm
Butia capitata

Slow-growing palm with a crown of feathery gray-green or bluish-colored arching leaves spreading 10-15 feet wide. Trunk can grow to 20 feet tall. Long spikes of small flowers are followed by showy clusters of yellow to red edible fruits in summer (tastes like a Loquat). From South America. Grows in sun or light shade. Very Hardy.

Fishtail Wine Palm
Caryota urens

One of the fastest growing Palm trees. Has a very unique look. Grows to 100’ tall in Asia and 40’ plus in Southern California.. Should temperatures drop below 32 degrees Palm will die. Avoid handling fruit with bare hands ,invisible crystals can cause itching. Leaves are shreaded and feathery. When plants reach an age between 30 and 40 they will die and new ones will start.

Mediterranean Fan Palm
Chamaerops humlis

When considering beauty, size durability and shape, the Mediterranean Fan Palm is one of the best looking, and most artistic trees grown today. It is usually used as an absolute centerpiece.  From the Mediterranean. It is slow growing and has multiple trunks. The leaves are green to bluish-green on spiny leafstalks. Tolerates poor soil. Very, very Hardy

Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta

One of the oldest plants known to man. Native to Japan. Has an airy, fernlike appearance; and with age, it looks more like a palm. They are slow growers, replacing their leaves only once per year. Very few will reach heights above 12 feet tall. The leaves have circular formations. Male has an elongated bloom and the female has a round seed nest. The bloom and seed nest as well as the pups (baby Sago’s from male or female plant) will usually appear after 25 years.  A centerpiece tree. Hardy.

Dragon Tree
Dracaena draco

This is a  prehistoric-looking tree, with a blue-gray sword leaf. Many of the Dragon trees have a single trunk until they reach 25 years or more. The trunk will then start to multiply over and over again.

Philodendron
Philodendron bipinnatifidum or selloum

Tropical tree-like shrubs to 6-15 feet tall and wide. Smooth deep green glossy leaves with the appearance of Elephant Ears (sometimes 6’ long by 3’ wide), The bloom is white and yellow and the bush sends down aerial roots to the ground. The Selloum has a very showy bloom withy a sheath that opens to a tubular flower. Needs rich well drained soil.

Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis

Big, heavy-trunked plant up to 60 feet tall. From the Canary Islands. Has many bright green to deep green fronds that form a crown up to 50 feet wide. Slow grower until the trunk forms, then the growth speeds up. Very stout estate tree for parks or other large spaces. The true gem of the genus, they are an excellent as a small tree or as a beautiful specimen tree. At times, Palm tree seeds may cross and grow into a “hybrid” Phoenix palm. Hardy.

Date Palm
Phoenix dactylifera

The Dac as it is nicknamed is slender trunked to 80’+ and is the tree that the edible dates come from. There are many varieties of Dacs that produce a different look and taste of the dates. This tree is from the Mideast. It has also turned into a widely used ornamental commercial tree. For edible dates it is best to grow in a desert climate.

Senagal Date Palm
Phoenix reclinata

Another natural multi-trunked palm tree. This Palm like all Phoenix Palms has a feathery type leaf. Showy blossoms and on female trees the blossoms are followed by clusters of dates—but only if the male tree is near by. The Senagal date is not edible. For edible dates you must buy either the Phoenix dactylifera or the Phoenix sylvesteries.

Pygmy Date Palm
Phoenix roebelinii

The Pygmy date is the smallest of the Phoenix family. Mature trees can reach heights of slightly more than 10’. Also grows multi- trunks and if the temperatures drop below 26 degrees the tree will brown .   If the cold is not prolonged the tree should recover rapidly. Nice for use near the house or entry way because of height. Makes a nice compliment to the Sago Palm .

Cabbage Palm
Sabal palmetto

Big (5-8’) dark green leaves form a dense globular head. The Cabbage Palm has a real smooth and shiny-green leaf stem. Tolerates salt and temperature down to 20 degrees. Some Giant have trunks, some do not.

Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia nicolai

The giant Bird is a tree like plant that grows   to 30’ tall. It has tall banana shaped leaves and a large purplish gray envelope that covers the flower that is white and deep blue. Heavy feeders when young and little or no fertilizer when mature.

Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia reginae

Grown for spectacular flowers (orange,white and blue in color) that resemble a birds beak. Birds grow in a clumping way and multiply rapidly. They reach heights of 6’ or more and bloom off and on all year long. The leaves appear in various widths and look like swords.

Windmill Palm
Trachycarpus fortunei

Similar to the Chamaerops humilis.   It has fan leaves, is moderate sized and has more of an upright stiffer look than the Chamaerops . Usually one to three trunks where a Chamaerops can have over 20 trunks. 35’ plus in height,brown hair on trunk and very hardy.

Spiny Hair Palm
Trithrinax acanthocoma

.  The Trithrinax looks a lot like the Trachycarpus fortunei (Hair Palm) It has brown hairy trunk with spines that stick out 4-6 inches. This tree is unique to the eye and should probably be placed in an area of low traffic. Extremely rare to Southern California.

California Fan Palm
Washintonia filifera

Similar to the Mexican Fan Palm, but has a thicker trunk 60’ tall and 20’ wide. More expensive than the robusta and hardy to 18 degrees. Likes to grow near springs or moist spots. The leaves stand well apart and droop .

Mexican Fan Palm
Washintonia Robusta

This is a great low-priced palm tree, perfect for roadside planting. It features fan-shaped leaves and can grow up to 100 feet tall. It can grow in poor soil or drought conditions, but will grow faster in better conditions. Hardy.