Palm Trees from around the World


Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

For years I have wondered why palms are not present in all homes where house plants are enjoyed. I have about come to the conclusion that price and a general misunderstanding about these wonderful plants are the main culprits. The price for a developed palm plant can be quite staggering. Even the smallest palm in a five gallon container can cost around twenty-five to fifty bucks. A mature tree palm delivered to your home can cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

A misconception about palms is that they will only grow in the tropics and deserts. While it is true that many of the over three thousand species of palms do thrive in these hot humid areas, it is also true that some are quite cold hardy and with some degree of protection can be raised in areas where it freezes. And it is very true that almost every palm makes a good houseplant although some of the tree types will eventually out grow their limited surroundings.

Another unknown about palms it that they can be easily raised from seed at a cost of less than a dollar each. They require little maintenance and add beauty and value to your home.

Here is a selection of my favorite palms. I hope you will try a few.



RLP020 Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
This is a great palm for hot and cold areas. It is tolerant of most extreme conditions. It would be a good plant for those who have more extreme weather. This is a small clumping palm that grows to a maximum height of between 8-10 feet tall. Could reach 20 feet outdoors in prime conditions. The overall height often depends on the growing zone. This palm is rated from USDA zone 7b to past 11.
Absolute minimum temperatures are about -15C (5F) but it may prove to be hardier. The lower the zone, the lower the final height of the palm (as a general rule for all species).
It is a great palm for a Mediterranean type climate as the name suggests. Full sun is best as well good drainage. In a climate like Vancouver, the crown may need to be protected in the winter to prevent any risk of rot. This is as simple as a bit of plastic over the top of the plant. Don't wrap too tightly as it needs room to breathe. A tent-like structure may be best. In the summer it is drought tolerant and a great plant for xeriscaping.
It is as robust and adaptable as its regular green relative and happy in a wide range of conditions, tolerating extremes of cold and damp as well as heat and drought or full sun to shade. However, its main attraction is the colour of its leaves: an intense blue-silver (and here we don't mean the silvery colour as seen on the undersides of the leaves of many Chamaerops) on the upper as well as the lower surface of the leafblade. Indeed it is as blue as Brahea armata.
 5 seeds $4.95
1A447 Hardy Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea microspadix
A very pretty, small, clumping palm with thin stems up to 10 feet tall, each topped by a crown of dark green, pinnate leaves. In the wild it forms dense colonies, and in cultivation it is useful as an undergrowth plant, tolerating quite deep shade. Small, round, bright red fruits are readily produced and add considerably to its attractiveness. Chamaedorea microspadix is best suited to temperate and subtropical climates and is one of the most cold tolerant Chamaedorea. It can take frost and prolonged cold down to 18°F unharmed.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP122 Florida Silver Palm Coccothrinax argentata
A very pretty palm with a slender trunk and an open crown of deeply divided leaves with thin segments, dark green above and silvery white below. The Silver Thatch Palm is a slow but reliable grower and, with its small overall size, it will find room in any garden. It likes a position in full sun or light shade in a tropical or subtropical climate, and, once established, can endure quite some coastal exposure, dry conditions, and even the occasional short, light frost. Indoors it also makes a neat bonsai that can even be cultivated just on a piece of coral limerock, practically without soil
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
FB142 Metallic Palm Chamaedorea metallica
The popular and much loved metallic palm is the only palm we know that has foliage with a dark metallic blue green sheen like the color of gunmetal. This single stemmed palm has leaves in the shape of a chalice or fish's tail being simple, undivided and notched at the tip. Other forms of this palms have leaves that are pinnately compound (feather shaped) with 4-7 linear or S-shaped leaflets. The erect leaves grow almost straight up to as much as 30 in (76 cm) long and 10-16 in (25.4-40.6 cm) wide. The stems of the metallic palm are 12-18 in (30.5-45.7 cm) long and up to 1 in (2.5 cm) in diameter. Metallic palm has attractive red, purple or orange flowers that yield small black fruits.
The elliptical fruits are about a 0.5 in (1.3 cm) long and 0.3 in (0.8 cm) in diameter.

Metallic palm occurs naturally in thick wet forests along the Atlantic slope and lowland rainforests of Mexico. Metallic palm often grows in limestone soils up to 2000 ft (610 m) above sea level.

Metallic palm thrives in moist, humus rich soil and is tolerant of alkaline limestone soils. Naturally undemanding for nutrients, metallic palm responds very well to regular applications of palm fertilizer. Metallic palm grows naturally in the understory of dense forests, and is tolerant of deep shade and low light conditions.

Metallic palm grows well outdoors in deep shade or medium-bright light. As a houseplant, it thrives with 10-12 hours/day of artificial light.
Metallic palm prefers uniformly moist, not wet, soil that has good drainage. It grows best in moderate to high humidity and indoor specimens benefit greatly from daily misting.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 - 12. Mature and established plants have been reported to tolerate temperatures down to 28°F (-2.2°C) for four days with no leaf damage. They will not survive temperatures below about 20°F (-6.7°C), though.
Metallic palm's black fruits make snazzy contrast to the bright orange stalk. Usage Naturally tolerant of low light conditions, metallic palms are perfect for understory plantings and ideal as houseplants. Metallic palm stands out as a small accent plant due to its remarkable metallic evergreen foliage that provides spectacular backdrop for flowering plants in shade gardens. The metallic palm also will grow beautifully on the eastern side of a house where it will get little or no sunlight.

This well-known and much loved palm is an endangered species and the only known palm with leaves having a blue-green metallic sheen. The metallic luster shows up particularly well when the leaves are moist. This small unique palm is one of the easiest to care for and makes one of the most ideal and durable house or shade palms known! The genus name Chamaedorea comes from the Greek words that mean 'near-the-ground gifts', and refers to the easy-to-reach fruits (pronounce it "kam-ah-DOOR-e-ah").
WARNING: The fruits are NOT edible and the sap and juices may irritate sensitive skin.

  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
P11 Silver Saw Palm ( Acoelorrhaphe wrightii )
This attractive clumping palm punctuates the flat horizon of the Everglades across South Florida. The Everglades palm can be seen growing in great mounds that erupt from the edges of the small islands that dot this "river of grass". Also know as paurotis palm, it makes a beautiful and interesting landscape specimen.
The palmate leaves are light green with silvery undersides and grow 2-3 feet. Rows of sharp orange teeth are arranged along the edges and inspire another of the plant's common names, the silver saw palm.
About 25 leaves are arranged into crowns that sit above thin stems that are only 3-4 inches in diameter and are covered with loose brown fiber. These slender stems can grow to 30 feet high and lean away from one another creating attractive informal clusters. These can become a very dense tangle of foliage if suckers are not routinely trimmed. Paurotis palm blooms in late spring with white flowers arranged on 4 foot inflorescences that extend past the leaves. The small fruits are 1/2 inch in diameter.
The paurotis palm is native to the southern tip of Florida and the Everglades. Also found in the West Indies, Cuba and parts of Central America. Now a popular landscape item in all nearly frost-free climates.
The is one of the few palms that is tolerant of standing water. May suffer "frizzletop", a manganese deficiency so fertilize twice a year with slow release fertilizer that contains micro-nutrients to prevent unsightliness.
Light: Prefers full sunlight but will tolerate some shade.
Moisture: Likes moisture (even wet feet) but will tolerate drought!
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 - 11. Is tolerant of frosts down to the mid 20's Fahrenheit.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
P16 Queen Palm ( Syagrus romanzoffiana )
The queen palm really does strike a regal pose in the landscape. Growing to maximum height of about 50 feet, this plam has a smooth straight grey trunk ringed with evenly spaced leaf scars and topped with a large canopy of feathery plumes. These lacy fronds are a dark glossy green and have double rows of leaflets. These droop to the ground like double rows of fringe to cast shady patterns on the lawn. Informal groupings of three or more queens provides soft filtered sunlight perfect for shade gardens.
During the summer season the queen decks herself out with impressive infloresences. In early winter she takes on a sporty look when huge amounts of fruit appear. Bright orange 1 inch oval "dates" hang in impressive 6' bunches creating a colorful show. Native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina in South America. This palm is now widely planted as a landscape item. It is especially popular in Central Florida from Orlando to Tampa-Saint Petersburg where it is seen almost everywhere.
Full sun is best but will tolerate some shade.
It will withstand some drought but keep watered for best looks and fastest growth. Hardiness:USDA Zones 9-11. Cold damage appears at 25°F, the plant freezes and dies at about 20°F.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25

1A445 Silver Queen Palm ( Syagrus romanzoffiana Litoralis )
A robust cultivar of the Queen Palm from Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil, where it is found to over 3300 ft. altitude, with a thicker, sturdier trunk that supports a compact crown of arching leaves with particularly thick and wide leaflets. It is very hardy to cold and is said to survive temperatures down to 15°F undamaged. Apparently this palm has already been in cultivation in the U.S. for a while, most popularly under the name Silver Queen. Reportedly, the palm received that name in Florida not because its leaves or any other of its parts are silver, but rather because after a hard freeze that killed all the more tender Queen Palms, the ones that survived, the Silver Queens, had leaflets that appeared in a strange, translucent silver tone in sunlight, the result of a light frost damage.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50


P18 Traveller's Palm ( Ravenala madagascariensis )
This famous Banana relative is a popular ornamental in tropical regions throughout the world. Its most conspicuous characteristic is the distichous leaf arrangement, which gives the entire plant the appearance of a huge fan. Easily produced from seed, it is Very fast growing. A very large plant with large leathery leaves that reach 60 ft. tall or more when mature outside. Rather easy to raise inside or out, makes a wonderful patio or tub plant for cooler areas.
For zones 9b and above outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
Z2824 Waggie Palm Trachycarpus wagnerianus
The medium cold hardy Miniature Chusan Palm is more commonly known as the Waggie Palm or just plain Waggie. It is also known as the Dwarf Chusan Palm, however the Miniature Chusan Palm is not so miniature as this palm has been spotted reaching heights up to 30 ft. It's rare in the United States to see a waggie this tall, as they are extremely slow growers.
One of the slowest growing palms in the palmae family. Very similar to its brother the Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), the Miniature Chusan Palm has distinctive characteristics that differentiates it from the Windmill Palm. The Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) has and overall appearance of being more dainty and leggie.
The Miniature Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus wagnerianus) has and overall appearance of being more compact. It has smaller leaves that are much more stiff and deeply-cut. The leaves are green to dark green in color and are rounded in outline and held on shorter stems. Therefore having shorter stems they are more resilient and will not bend under the weight of snow or ice. The Waggie Palm is very cold hardy withstanding temperatures down to 0 degrees and below with little to no damage. It has shown no leaf damage in Zone 6 and will make it through anything this climate can throw at it.
The Miniature Chusan Palm is also disease free and worry free. This palm enjoys full sun to partial shade and will do best with well drained soils. It is adaptable for both containers or gardens, making it the ideal choice for the tropical look with no worries of freezing cold temperatures.
This palm tree will make a great addition to any home office or landscape. It will give a sense of the tropics with little cost.
 5 seeds $3.95
RLP103 Red Neck Palm Dypsis lastelliana
A fabulous, tall and slender palm from northern Madagascar, where it grows in rainforest or coastal forest. The Red Neck Palm has huge, pinnate leaves with pendulous leaflets and a dark red-brown to purple- black crownshaft. It has similarities to D. leptocheilos, the Teddy Bear Palm, but is generally taller and more elegant. D. lastelliana is easy to grow and best suited to warm subtropical and tropical regions. Young palms make attractive house plants.
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RLP018 Sugar Cane Palm Dypsis baronii
A really stunning specimen for smaller gardens and can be utilised as a smaller, dramatic palm in larger garden designs also. Native to Madagascar.
High on the list of covetable palms and much admired for it's prominently ringed multiple trunks. Very similar in appearance to the Golden Cane ( Dypsis Lutescens), but hardier, smaller & more elegant.
For zones 9b-11 outside, but also a wonderful container palm.
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RLP021 Cretan Date Palm Phoenix theophrastii
One of the hardiest of all date palms, this species is known to only grow in a few areas of the Greek Island of Cret and in South Turkey. A compact palm with silvery-grey spiky leaves and clustering habit. Small, sweet fruits. Seeds are from wild populations on Crete. Thought to be cold hardy to about 18 degrees.
 5 seeds $2.95
RHM905 Fragrant Cuban Thatch Palm Coccothrinax fragrans
Excellent contain plant. A small palm native to Cuba, very similar to C. argentata, sporting dark green fan leaves with silvery undersides. It is a slow growing and robust palm, best suited to tropical and mostly frost free warm temperate climates and can take quite a bit of coastal exposure. Zone 9 and higher outside, but a very good container plant for inside.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RLP022 Dreadlocks Palm Burretiokentia hapala
The Dreadlocks Palm is a tall, slender palm from New Caledonia with a bright green ringed trunk and a beautiful crown of glossy green leaves.
It is easily recognizable by its bizarre, thick and bushy inflorescences, giving it the unique name of Dreadlocks Palm.
This is one of the easiest to grow palms from New Caledonia which can be grown in Zone 9 or indoors is a colder climate. It is one of the fastest growing palm trees from New Caledonia, but growth is still rather slow.
It has a shiny green ringed trunk sometimes unique looking roots may appear down the trunk.
 5 seeds $5.95
RLP016 Orange Traveler's PalmRavenala Ambanja
The orange traveler's palm is considered to be one of nature's most spectacular trees and is a superb accent plant. A more compact form that common traveler's palm. Plant the orange traveler's palm outdoors in a tropical landscape that is free from frosts with overhead room to accommodate the large crown of foliage. Shelter the traveler's palm from strong winds, otherwise the leaves become tattered. It can also be grown indoors and in greenhouses where lighting is plentiful and where the container in which it is growing restricts plant size.
Zones 10 adnd above outside.
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RLP017 Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita
This is an excellent patio palm. A truly remarkable trunk with a thick, fibrous, wooly material all over the trunk, even on small specimens. The Old Man Palm Tree is well-known because of its stunning trunk that is covered with thick layer of wool-like fibers. It is very rare palm that you can only find in the collector's garden, that is one of the reasons it is very expensive. The Old Man Palm is frequently planted as an ornamental. It can also grow indoors. Cold hardy to about 30 degrees.
 5 seeds $5.95
Z2823 Kasmir Mountain Date Palm Phoenix loureiroi var. humilis
A date palm that is cold hardy to zone 8b!.
Widespread distribution ranging from India through China to the Philippines. This form is native to the Himalayas in northern Pakistan. It is an attractive, nonsuckering type and is found at altitudes of around 5000 ft. at the northern distribution limit for the species.
A very robust species, it will thrive in a range of temperate climates and will tolerate moderate freezes.
A small solitary trunked palm. The leaves are only 6 feet long and densely set leaflets make this an attractive and hardy palm. Good container plant for colder climates.
 10 seeds $3.95
P30 Parlor Palm neantha bella
The very attractive small palm is one of the most popular indoor palms in the world. This single trunk plant has been famous since the Victorian times as a houseplant. Neanthe bella is originally from Guatemala. The plant is a solitary palm tree, growing very slowly in the garden up to 8 feet (2.4 m), and much smaller as a house plant. The trunk is ringed with old leaf scars. The pinnate leaves are dark green, with 22 to 40 leaflets, up to 8 inches long (20 cm), 0.8 inch wide (2 cm). It is usually seen in clumps, since it looks more attractive this way; however this is just due to multiple seeds being sown together. Because of its small size, this plant is often used for terrariums, and other small spaces. It gives a dimension to interior planting that cannot be achieved with any other plants.
Often referred to as the Parlor Palm, the Neanthe Bella Palm is one of the better palms for use indoors. It loves lower light conditions and manages to survive a missed watering if not left too long.
This beautiful plant has smaller fronds than most palms and lots more of them. These lacy fronds grow to make a dense plant that will acclimate to most areas of the home or office environment. Interiorscapers love them for single plants or multiple plant groupings.
Neanthe Bellas like full shade to bright, indirect light and must be kept out of direct sunlight.
Average household temperatures are perfect for the Neanthe Bella palm. Keep away from drafty heater vents to avoid brown leaf tips and overly drying out of the plant.
Water thoroughly then let dry down to about an inch or so from the top of the soil. Use a good soil that provides excellent drainage. Do not over-water or you will damage the roots. The Neanthe Bella likes moist air so misting is beneficial providing that you provide good air circulation.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
1A089 Sugar Date Palm Phoenix sylvestris
A large, fast growing, and very ornamental species that is actually quite rare in cultivation. Its tall trunk is much more slender than that of P. canariensis, and its very full and dense crown has elegantly recurving, grayish, plumose leaves. It is as easy to grow as any Phoenix and will adapt to temperate as well as tropical conditions. Temperate to tropical climates ( Zone 8b-11). Well suited for indoors, good for patios and verandas when small. It is a very attractive palm and easy to grow as long as you provide a sunny position and good drainage. Also a good landscaping palm.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
1A128 European Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis
Popular landscape palm. Slow grower, eventually clustering, and with age may produce branching. Palmate leaves may be unpredictably green or glaucous blue. One of the hardiest palms - to 20 degrees F.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
1A129 Chinese Fan Palm Livistonea chinensis
Very popular broad leaved fan palm to 40' with thick trunk. Its large fan shaped leaves have numerous pleats. It is seen often in tropical landscapes and is one of our most popular palms. Fast germinating.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
1A446 Taraw Palm Livistona saribus
This palm is widespread in southeastern Asia, and has a robust, solitary trunk and large, circular, shiny green leaves. Mature plants carry big clusters of showy, bright blue fruits. It is extremely fast growing and a fine palm for the tropical or subtropical garden, and even for protected spots in the warm temperate garden. It also makes an excellent pot plant when young, with the big, swollen thorns on the leaf stalk adding to its attractiveness.
Best grown as a container plants in zones below 10b.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RHM984 Black Wanga Palm Pigafetta elata
Suitable for tropical climates and warm greenhouses. This palm is generally perceived to be the world's fastest growing palm. Native to northern Sulawesi (Celebes) in Indonesia, it is found in rainforests at altitudes between 1500 and 3000 ft. It sports a large, very straight, columnar, glossy green trunk that holds a spherical crown of elegantly recurving pinnate leaves, V-shaped in cross section. Apparently an opportunistic plant, it establishes itself not in the closed forest but in gaps in the canopy. In cultivation, plants thus need good light early on. These palms are densely covered with masses of blackish spines which are very sharp!
  5 seeds per packet $2.95

1A441 Carpentaria Palm Carpentaria acuminata
Similar in appearance to Christmas palm, Carpentaria Palm has an advantage in its faster growth. This tall, slender palm grows to 40 ft (12 m) on a single smooth grey trunk. The attractive crown is composed of 10-12 gracefully arching leaves, which are deep green on top and blue-green below. Carpentarias have a smooth green crownshaft. Both male and female flowers occur on the same inflorescence and are green to white in color.
Carpentaria acuminata is native to the rain forest areas of Australia's Northern Territory, where it grows in flat lowland areas near lakes and rivers, and at the heads of salt water estuaries.
Carpentaria palm needs a bright, sunny location. Carpentaria Palm requires high moisture and/or irrigation and generally will not withstand periods of drought. USDA Zones 10 - 12, but makes a very nice inside pot plant.. This palm is very sensitive to cold and can be killed outright by heavy frosts. The Carpentaria Palm has been highly regarded in the nursery trade because of its attractive form and fast growth. Although it can be planted alone, it is best when planted in groups of 3 or more to create a "forest" setting. Carpentaria Palms are a quick and easy way to landscape a residential or commercial area. Their graceful fronds give a great tropical feel and quickly grow to form an impressive accent to any area.
  10 seeds in packet: $2.95
TPF202 Ceylon Date Palm Phoenix Pusila
This is an attractive little Palm from Sri Lanka, a shrubby plant with the stem thickly covered with old leaf sheaths. The edible fruit is sweet and mealy, tasting like chestnuts. Also used to make palm sugar and an alcoholic beverage. Somewhat frost tolerant. Hardy to zone 9, maybe a little lower. It's wicker basket looking base is very unique.
  10 seeds per pack: $2.95
1A310 African Oil Palm Elaeis guineensis
A slow growing palm to 60 ft. or more with 15 ft. pinnate leaves and 24" leaflets. Has attractive dense foliage, but is most widely known for it's oils that are produced from the seeds. A very good outdoor pot plant.
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $4.95
1A311 American Oil Palm Elaeis oleifera
This oil palm has some similarities to the African oil palm but they are not to be confused. The trunk creeps along the ground for several feet producing new roots before turning upright and growing to a height of 5'. The leaf petiole is spiny and grows to 5' followed by pinnate leaves that reach 12' or more with flat leaflets that are up to 4' long.
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $4.95
RLP126 Dwarf Lady Palm Rhapis gracillis
A very rare species from Southern China with slender canes and small leaves with only 3-4 segments and makes an excellent potted palm that can easily be grown to maturity even in a small container. One of the easiest palms to grow inside.
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
TRM020 Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata - a beautiful solitary palm with a canopy of eight to ten leaves. The leaflets encircle the rachis and are full, thus creating the appearance of fox's tail.
The trunk is self-cleaning, slender, gray in color, tightly ringed and slightly swollen at the base. It's crown shaft is a creamy green and very smooth.
The Foxtail Palm is very durable and adaptable to many environments. Discovered growing in an open woodland rainforest, on eroded granite slopes reaching as high as 1300 feet. With a very deep root system the Foxtail can withstand a great variance in water and temperature.
It is moderately salt tolerant and grows well in a variety of soils but good drainage is a must. It loves sun, even at an early age. It can tolerate light frost and does well in temperate to tropical climates. Prolonged hot dry winds can cause damage to the fronds. The root system allows planting near walkways or structures. A fast grower - the Foxtail can grow as much as three feet per year. There are no major pest problems. Hardy to about 30 degress.
 5 large seeds $5.95
RLP015 Nibung Palm Oncosperma tigillarium
A very attractive palm, but due to its requirements, and size, isn't often seen outside tropical gardens.
It is native to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java, where it grows in coastal areas on swampy ground and just inland of the mangrove zone. It is an amazingly fast grower and a highly ornamental palm for tropical areas.
This palm has extremely hard, rot resistant wood which is used in fish traps in Borneo.
A huge palm reaching 80 feet tall when mature, best for zones 10 and above.
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RHM909 Super Silver Rock Palm Brahea sp.
These palms grow in sparsely vegetated, dry, high altitude valleys around 1800 m (6000 ft.) and higher in Mexico, where they are one of the dominant elements of the local vegetation. What sets this palm apart is foremost the incredible color of its leaves, an unreal, bright silvery white, easily as good as the best Brahea armata you have seen. As opposed to the fierce armament of other Brahea species, this plant has completely smooth leaf stalks, without a single thorn. Of botanical interest are also the very long, arching inflorescences that extend well beyond the leaves. The fruits are small and black when ripe. It is hardy to drought as well as to severe freezes and should be adaptable to a wide range of temperate climates. Due to its reasonable size it should find room in any garden.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RLP104 White Rock Palm Brahea nitida
One of the loveliest of the Hesper palms with 5' weeping and very shiny blue green leaves with chalky white undersides. Fast growing for Brahea, though requires heat to do so. Voluptuous container plant or outdoors where temperatures do not fall below 20°F.

It is easy to distinguish from other Brahea as the only species without a thorny petiole. Native to western and southern Mexico, where it grows on dry limestone hills among pines and oaks at elevations between 3000 and 6600 ft.
It is well suited to temperate and warm temperate climates. It will take moderate frosts and is very tolerant of drought conditions. A superb, reliable, robust and truly unique palm that is still very rarely seen in cultivation.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RLP105 Hooper's Palm Chamaedorea hooperiana
Also knonw as Maya Palm, this is an excellent houseplant palm that tolerates low light and neglect.
This beautiful, tightly clustering species, was named in honor of master palm collector Louis Hooper of California. With age, it can form a large group of slender, green stems that can reach 12 to 18 feet tall, each topped by a spreading crown of up to 7 flat, leathery, dark green leaves. It is a vigorous and very robust species that is easy to germinate and grow and more resistant than other clustering Chamaedorea to low humidity, mites and even light freezes due to its thick, leathery leaves.
Tolerating low light and neglect it is also a prime choice for indoors but it will perform best outdoors under some canopy in the warm temperate garden.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM911 Chamaedorea Oblongata
Glossy leaves with broad elliptic leaflets distinguish this attractive palm from its relatives. Easy to care for in the manner of other Chamaedorea palms and tolerant of low light, it makes a good and useful houseplant even for a poorly lit corner; or, in the warm temperate to tropical garden, an excellent addition to the list of shade tolerant palms.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM912 Basselinia gracillis
Another shade loving palm for tropical areas zone 11 or above, or can be grown in warm greenhouses. A very fast growing palm, reaching 15 feet or more in only 5 years.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM916 Chamaedorea pinnatifrons
Found in moist, shady forests from Mexico thru to Bolivia. Good potted plant. A small/medium sized, slender, solitary palm up to 3.5m tall. It has leaves up to 50cm long with pale green, thin, lanceolate leaflets. Needs enviroment to be warm, sheltered and very moist. Looks best when planted in groups.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM917 Mataranka Palm Livistona rigida
A big, stately palm from northern central to northwestern Queensland, where it is found in open woodlands. It seems to prefer low areas that are near seasonal watercourses or seasonally flooded. Despite its fairly tropical origin it has proven to be very adaptable to cultivation in both tropical and warm temperate regions, where it can take wind, some drought and moderate freezes. It is easy to germinate and fast growing. Young plants have beautiful reddish-bronzy leaves.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
Z2808 Trachycarpus ukhrulensis
On the border of Assam and Myanmar the latest species of trachycarpus has been discovered. Growing to 15m Trachycarpus ukhrulensis has a hairless trunk, the underside of the leaves are a powdery white and the top sides are dark green. According to WWF some scientists think this is the most interesting trachycarpus yet discovered.
A fast grower, good in containers when young, this palm is hardy to zone 8b.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM920 Windowpane Palm Reinhardtia gracilis
A small and dainty palm from the rain and cloud forests of S-Mexico and Central America. Reinhardtia has small leaves with usually only two broad leaflets per side that have distinctive 'windows' at the base. Under humid and shady conditions it is easily grown and develops quickly into an exceptional container plant or a most stunning understory palm for the subtropical or tropical garden.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95


RHM924 Thai Dwarf Fishtail Palm Wallichia siamensis
A small, clustering Arenga that comes from montane rainforests in northern Thailand between 500 and 1200 m (1600 to 3900 ft.) elevation. The beautiful leaves carry few, large, conspicuously lobed leaflets that are a brilliant silvery white beneath. It adapts well to cultivation; however, it is still very rarely seen. It does best in warm temperate and tropical areas and can tolerate some cold and light freezes.
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1A131 Texas Palmetto Palm Sabal texensis
This stately, robust palm grows up to 50 ft (15 m) tall with a solitary trunk, 8-32 in (20-81 cm) in diameter. The spread of a mature Texas palm may range from 8 ft (2.4 m) to 25 ft (7.6 m). The gray trunk has closely-spaced annular rings.
Usually part of the trunk remains covered with old leaf stem "boots", that often split at their base. These persistent boots form a characteristic crosshatch pattern on the trunk. The petioles (stems) of the Texas palm are smooth and completely thornless and may grow up to 15 ft (4.6 m) in length. Texas palm has 10-25 fan-shaped leaves ranging in color from deep emerald green, for palms in shade to part shade, and varying to lighter green in color as leaves receive more sunlight.
Each leave has 80-115 leaflets with threads along the margins of the leaflets. The leaves of the Texas palm have a prominent and strongly downward arching costa (leaf midrib) which gives the leaves a folded three-dimensional effect. Texas palm may flower when very young, often blooming when the trunk is very small or nonexistent. The Texas palm produces an inflorescence, branching as long as the leaves, having small white flowers. Male and female flowers are produced on the same plant. White flowers produce round-oval fruit that are black when ripe.
The Texas Palm can be separated and identified from other palmate-leafed palms by its long, smooth, nonthorny petioles (stems) and long, downward arching costa (leaf midrib).

The Texas palm is native to the southern part of Texas, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The natural habitat of the Texas palm is the rich soil of coastal bottom lands.

Texas palms tolerate drought and adapt to a wide variety of soils including those that are neutral, acidic, clayey, wet and slightly alkaline. Texas palms thrive in a humid atmosphere in rich loamy, moist and well-drained soils. Texas palms are traditionally slow growers, however regular fertilization with palm grade fertilizer promotes maximum growth. A balanced slow release palm fertilizer with minor elements, e.g., an 18-18-18, may be used during the growing season. Potassium nutritional deficiencies can develop on older leaves and may show up as translucent yellow or orange necrotic spotting. Mineral supplements should be administered in appropriate recommended amounts to prevent or treat such deficiencies. Texas palm is resistant to lethal yellowing disease. Light: Texas palm thrives in partial shade, partial sun or full sun.
Moisture: The Texas palm is drought resistant when established, but grows faster and looks better when given adequate moisture. Texas palm tolerates moist, wet locations and occasional flooding.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 11. Mature and established Texas palms can tolerate occasional temperatures down to 12ºF (-11ºC), with minor or no leaf damage. More cold hardy data on the Texas palm is expected as its cultivation becomes more widespread. Some palm enthusiasts are reporting success with growing Texas palm in USDA Zone 7b.
Use the Texas palm for formal groupings, as a lawn tree, in large scale plantings and as that special accent tree. Texas palm is best utilized in medium to large yards as the palm may grow 50 ft (15 m) tall and 25 ft (7.6 m) in diameter. Texas palm may be used in a variety of locations as it is tolerant of many soils, wind, drought, and salt.

A very robust, stately and hardy palm, the Texas palm is now starting to receive attention from growers and enthusiasts. Once abundant in Texas, the Texas palm habitat is threatened. The Texas palm habitat has diminished from approximately 40,000 acres in 1925 to its present Texas natural habitat of 32 acres. Texas palm is utilized for thatching, making furniture, fans, hat making, and its rot resistant trunks are used as fence posts and for pilings in wharfs and piers. The Texas palm fruit is edible and called micharo. The Texas palm is one of only two palms that are native to Texas, the other being the much smaller dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor).

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P41 Sabal Palmetto Palm Sabal palmetto
The Cabbage Tree Palm is a large robust palm with a single unbranching trunk that grows to about 50 feet but may occassionally reach heights of 70 feet. The crown is relatively small being 12-18 feet in diameter. Like many palms the crown is typically wider when grown in shade and more compact when grown in full sun.
The large leaves have a dull finish and are a medium green, sometimes yellow-green, in color depending on the individual and situation. Each leaf is up to 12 feet long overall including the spineless petioles (leaf stems) which measure about 5-6 feet in length. They are up to 6 feet in width with drooping leaf segments about 3 ft (0.9 m) long and 2-3 in (5.1-7.6 cm) wide. These segments are split to about half the width of the leaf and typically slough off tan fibers at the edges. Cabbage palm leaves are said to be costapalmate meaning that the leaflets are arranged on the stem in a pattern that is midway between palmate (leaflets arranged like the fingers on the palm of your hand) and pinnate (feather shaped).

Unlike the royal palm, the cabbage palm has no crownshaft. Leaves emerge directly from the trunk which is often covered with old leaf stem bases that are arranged in an interesting criss-cross pattern. Depending on the individual these may persist to the ground even in very old palms. Other trees in the same vicinity may shed their leaf attachments or "boots" as they are sometimes called very early in life revealing a rough fibrous brown trunk. Eventually the trunk will age to gray and the surface will become smooth.

The cabbage palm's creamy white flowers are arranged on a long branched inflorescence that appears in summer. In mid-summer the cabbage palm bears creamy white flowers on a long branched inflorescence that is held completely within the crown. Flowers are followed in late fall or early winter by black spherical fruit that is about one third of an inch in diameter. Inside is a shiney brown seed that is about one quarter of an inch in diameter. Squirrels, raccoon and many other species of mammal and bird enjoy visiting the cabbage palm for dinner feasts of fruit and seed.

This southeastern U.S. native palm occurs near the coast, from the North Carolina barrier islands to South Carolina, to Georgia, down to the Florida Keys and then up the Gulf Coast to the northwestern Florida panhandle. Sabal palmetto is also native to Cuba and the Bahamas. It is often planted all along the Gulf Coast. Cabbage palm occurs along beaches, sandy bay and estuary shores. It inhabits the margins of tidal flats and marshlands where it often crowds into extensive groves. It's also encountered inland in hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods.

Sabal palmetto is very salt and drought tolerant and can be used in beachside plantings. It is able to adapt to most types of soil. Cabbage palms are easy to transplant if they have at least six feet of trunk.

Requires Full sunlight to some shade. Trunk development is suppressed in heavily shaded specimens. Average moisture will do. Tolerates drought, standing water and brackish water. Hardy to USDA Zones 8-10. This is a hardy frost tolerant palm that can survive many degrees below freezing.

Two cabbage palmettos shade a bayside picnic area while framing Tampa Bay's Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The cabbage palm is used as an ornamental and street tree, well adapted for group, specimen or avenue plantings. This palm is very salt tolerant and can be grown on the beach or directly at the water's edge of bays and inlets. The state of Florida has been planting cabbage palmettos by the hundreds along the state's freeways. The palm groves refresh the eye and absorb the road noise providing a calming influence for both motorists and the environment. Cabbage palm is very low maintenance and drought resistant making if a perfect choice for urban plantings.

Young potted cabbage palms will take up to ten years before they begin to form a trunk. They grow slowly these first years as root system and the crown forms. Once the trunk does begin to develop the growth rate increases somewhat. The growth rate of cabbage palm can be significantly increased with regular watering and feeding.
Cabbage palm is the state tree of Florida and is displayed on the state flag of South Carolina whose nickname is the "Palmetto State". The durable trunks are sometimes used for wharf pilings, docks and poles. Brushes and brooms can be made from young leaves, and the large fan shaped leaves have been used by the Seminole Indians in Florida as thatch for traditional pavilions, called chickees.

 10 seeds $2.25
RHM128 Ringed Geonoma Palm Geonoma macrostachys
A small, monoecious unarmed palm, from the moist rainforest, with a cane - like small stem. These are smooth, ringed by prominent leafscars, 2" - 4" apart. The leaves are aprox. 3' long, while the flowers are pink, in clusters of three; two male and one female. The inflorescence is green, later orange and the very small globose fruits are black at maturity. For zones 9B - 11. Requires light shade, moist, well drained soil, needs high humidity. This uncommon palm grows to 10' with a ringed trunk. The pinnate leaves are as few as 8 on this short tree and as they develop they remain entire in shape for a lengthy period before becoming pinnate.
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2270 California Fan Palm Washingtonia filifera
A 50' fan palm indigenous to California. Distinguished by its large shag of dried leaves that have remained attached to the trunk for many years. The thickness of the old leaves is such a large mass that it's appearance is that of a grass hut. Hardiness: to high teens; recovers from damage quickly, more cold hardy than W. robusta.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.45
W231 Blue Stem Fan Palm Sabal minor
Blue stem is a small fan palm with a trunk that remains below ground. Depending on age and growing conditions, the leaves can be anywhere from 1-5 ft in length and width. The smooth petiole (leaf stem) is a little longer than the leaf. The inflorescence (cluster of flowers) is erect, extending well above the leaves. The fruits are black, about 1/2 inch in diameter and their weight causes the flowering stalk to arch downward, sometimes to the ground. Also called dwarf or bush palmetto, the leaves of blue-stem differ from those of the similar-looking saw palmetto Serenoa repens in having a short midrib, an extension of the petiole and a smooth stem while the saw palmetto's is armed with small sharp spines that form the sawlike edges that give the plant its name.

Hardiness: Hardy in zones 8-10. Some varieties are hardy to Zone 7. Blue-stem palm is sometimes killed above ground by freezing weather, but re-sprouts the following spring.
Use blue stem palm as an underplanting or in front of a grove of tall palms. Blue stem is one of the hardiest palms in the world, and for many areas it is one of few palms that can be grown outdoors. Use it in mixed borders or hedges. Blue-stem palm is especially well suited for massing around the base of a large live oak.
Light: Prefers partial sun and can tolerate light shade
Moisture: Prefers moist soils but can tolerate drought

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BM35 Mexian Fan Palm Washingtonia washingtonia
For warm, arid zones as in southwest Arizona and California. Slow growing to 100" with 5' pleated palmate leaves. With great age and maturity its upper region of the trunk will exhibit a bulging mass of its older dried leaves appearing as a shaggy mound.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.45
P35 Edible Date Palm phoenix dactylifera.
This palm is grown commercially throughout the Middle East for its delicious and abundant fruit. It can be easily grown indoors. Outside, it will grow to a height of 80 ft. with a 12" trunk that is covered with attractive leaf scars. The leaves are feather shaped with a beautiful gray-green coloration. It is a fast grower. Everyone should have one of these plants.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
P28 Canary Island Date Palm phoenix canariensis.
From the Canary Islands off the Coast of Africa, this palm is widely grown as an ornamental tree. It is tolerant of cold and drought and can be easily raised from seeds if given heat. Outside, it will grow up to 60 ft. with a 3 ft. diameter trunk. Inside, its growth can be regulated by the size of container it is raised in. It has a distinctive spiky, architectural appearance that is a must for any home. It bears 2 in. long fruit that is orange when ripe. The old leaf scars on the trunk form diamond shaped patterns.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
P49 King Palm ( archontophoenix alexandrae )
A common sight in the tropics and subtropics. This is a majestic palm with huge silvery-green leaves and a light gray trunk, often swollen at the base. Bears cream colored flowers and can be raised inside if given high heat and humidity. Seeds germinate within a few weeks. Outside, the tree will reach a height of 60 ft.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
RLP125 Hardy King Palm ( archontophoenix alexandrae illawarra )
Similar appearance and faster growing than the regular Archonophoenix cunninghamiana King. There is much debate over how cold hardy this palm is, but it is generally considered to be hardy to zone9b, possibly even 8b, though we do not know this for sure, we have seen it take cold to 27oF without damage. This is an excellent palm for containers. The tree is easy to identify since mature trunks show the wide spacing between the nodes of trunk ring. Flower stalk develops below the crownshaft. Originated in Australia south of Sydney. The smaller canopy spread make this a good choice for mass plantings to create the tropical landscape.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
Z2477 Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis
Probably the most massive and undoubtedly the most cold-tolerant of all pinnate palms, this species, although unfortunately not common in cultivation, hardly needs any introduction. Native to central Chile, it is well suited to temperate and subtropical climates.
It is highly drought tolerant but will also do well in cold and humid conditions. It does not need hot summers to grow well and in winter it can take severe frost down to -16°C (3°F) unharmed. For many temperate climates it is the only large pinnate palm which is cold-tolerant enough to be successful long-term. Many fine, centennial examples can be admired for instance in California, Australia and along the Mediterranean, in southern Switzerland, along the windy Atlantic coast of France and even in Britain. And there are many other areas where it would do well but has not been tried much.
Germination and establishment are slow but easily accomplished and young plants are sought after and of high value as they are rarely found in the nursery trade.
  Package of 5 large seeds $5.95
Z2001 Sago Palm ( Cycas revoluta )
One of the most primitive living seed plants, they are also very unusual and popular ornamentals. A rugged trunk, topped with whorled feathery leaves has lead to the common name "Sago Palm", however it is actually related to conifer and Ginko trees - all cone bearing plants which trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years.
Regardless of age or size, Cycas revoluta is one of the easiest plants to grow, indoors or out, by beginner or expert. This subtropical adapts to a wide range of temperatures from 15 to 110 degrees F (-11 to 42 degrees C), accepts full sun or bright interior light, thrives with attention, and tolerates neglect. In addition, Cycads are extremely long-lived. A 220 year old specimen of Encephalartos, a relative of Cycas revoluta, is on display at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew England; the restoration of the famous Palm House required it to be temporarily transplanted to a holding area for more than a year; the move was successful and is an example of the durability of these ancient "living fossils".
This is an excellent opportunity to raise these expensive plants yourself for less than a buck a plant.
These are fresh seeds that will germinate in a few months. If kept in the refrigerator, these seeds will remain viable for over a year.
Excellent container plant or outside garden plant for warm climates.

Jim's Notes:
Give roots ample room to grow by picking a pot or container that is a minimum sixteen inches deep or more.
The Sago Palm can be grown inside the house near a bright window. Like other cycads, they do not want to be over-watered.
Let the soil dry out a bit before watering.
Try to avoid overhead watering; this may cause rot and possibly total decay of the plant. The soil mix should be quick draining.
The plants are quite cold hardy and can tolerate temperatures below 20°F. Overall, it is an outstanding species that is quite versatile and easy to grow. It is usually free from pests but can occasionally get into problems with scale or mealy bug, which should be treated.
Fertilizing with a balanced tropical fertilizer with microelements will usually suffice. Sagos typically throw a new set of leaves during the Spring or Summer.
It is quicker and easier to grow Cycas revoluta in the ground as opposed to a container. In general, Sago Palms need sun to grow well. In coastal areas, it is best to plant them in full sun.
In more interior locations or desert localities, they still prefer good sun or at least part day sun. Growing the Sago Palm in the shade typically gives one lanky, stretched-out leaves that are weak.
If in too much shade, this species can actually just stall and do nothing (such as refusing to throw any new leaves).

  10 large seeds per pack: $7.95
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P60 Mexican Cycad Dioon edule.
Not a true palm, but a cycad much like the "Sago Palm" in appearance. An extremely attractive specimen for the home or greenhouse. Seeds are quite hard to come by.
  Package of 3 seeds $3.50
TRZ005 Giant Dioon Dioon spinulosa
The giant dioon palm is a large, attractive and easily grown plant. Giant dioon has shiny, stiff, light to bright green leaves that grow in an upright nest shape. Technically the giant dioon is not a palm but rather a cycad, a living fossil that is one of the earliest cone bearing plants that trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era.
The giant dioon is the largest of the American cycads and is known to grow up to 50 feet high in nature. The typical landscape size for the giant dioon is 5-12 feet tall and 6 feet across. The trunk of the adult giant dioon may grow up to 16 inches in diameter.
Giant dioon leaves are arranged like the vanes of a feather (pinnate), about 5-7 feet in length and extending radially out from the trunk. The 140-240 leaflets on each leaf are small, flat, have small marginal thorns and are tapered to a sharp point. The giant dioon is dioecious - it takes two plants to produce viable seeds. The female cones are 12 in (30.5 cm) or more in length and covered with a dense wool. Seeds are cream to white colored, oval shaped and approximately 1.5-2 in long and 1.1-1.3 in wide.

An attractive and easily grown plant, the fast growing giant dioon prefers well-drained soil with regular water. Giant dioon is the most commonly grown Dioon by a considerable margin. Giant dioon will grow in soils having few nutrients, in limestone-rich soils and on moderate slopes. Although tolerant of poor soils, the giant dioon's growth can be greatly improved through the application of fertilizers. Most growers find that a fertilizer having an even NPK balance, and supplemented with trace elements, provides a good start for cycads. Cycads may then be kept growing well with regular applications of a balanced slow release plant food formulations.
The giant dioon may be grown in partial shade, filtered sun or full sun. Giant dioon prefers partial shade or partial sun to full sun.
The giant dioon prefers moist to wet soil with good drainage and regular watering for optimal growth. Hardiness: USDA Zones 9B - 11. Mature and established plants have been reported to tolerate temperatures down to 25°F (-3.9°C) for short time periods, without incurring significant foliage damage.
Giant dioon is wonderful as a tub plant in a brightly lit spot in the home, on a porch or deck, or in a conservatory. The giant dioon provides an exceptionally exotic but nevertheless formal touch in any garden in warm temperate to tropical climates. A striking approach is to follow the Asian style, with large paired plants in containers or feature beds that flank driveways, doorways or gates. A single large giant dioon makes an excellent feature plant in a landscape emulating a tropical or desert setting, perhaps substituting for a true palm where a large crown is desired without a tall trunk. A giant dioon can also have a spectacular place in a small garden where space is limited. The giant dioon also makes an exotic striking understory plant beneath large trees or any structure that allows at least partial sunlight to pass through.

Use the giant dioon for that very special accent in your landscape. You too can own your very own living fossil, the name often applied to cycads because they have changed very little in the last 200 million years. Giant dioon is considered exceptionally easy to grow - it has not only outlived the dinosaurs but can survive many adverse forces of nature and oversights of the gardening impaired! The genus name Dioon comes from the Greek, meaning "two + egg", because the seeds are borne in pairs. The species name of spinulosum is derived from the Latin, meaning spiny or thorny. The leaves (fronds) of the giant dioon are used in decorations and arrangements.

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TPF203 Silver Leaf Cycad ( Dioon edule var rio verde )
A wonderful Cycad from nothern Mexico, in particular, the hilly Sierra Nevada region of San Luis Potosi, where it grows at some elevation, thus producing excellent cold hardiness(to 15 degrees F). Leaves of these are noteworthy, with hints of silver, blue, and green all possible. Planting in full sun helps to bring out better coloration. Grows easily in a container, or planted in that special location in a garden, the only requirement being, as with most of the cycads, a well draining soil and not too much water.
Expect this cycad to grow at a moderate rate, producing long, up to 2-3 foot leaves, meticulously flat and uniform, approx 4-5 inches wide. Ultimatley these will form a trunk of 8-12 inches in width, with mature specimens reaching heights of only 5-6 feet. Cold hardy to 15 degree farenheit.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
1A255 Chinese Fishtail Palm Caryota ochlandra
One of the hardiest of the Caryota, ( cold hardy to 24 degrees F. ) this fishtail palm from China is a smallish species with a neat crown of gently tumbling leaves. Elegant and tidy.
Good container plant when young. Monocarpic tree will reach maximum height in about 25 years, then blooms and gradually dies. Flesh of seed is caustic to touch and should be handled with care, no problems with planting seeds as long as you do not break the hard outer shell when handling.
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P63 Panama Hat Palm carludovica palmata.
Again, not a true palm although you wouldn't know by its appearance. It has handsome pleated fan shaped leaves that appear in tiers in a spiral arrangement. Leaves are used in hat production. A very special plant.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
P65 Royal Palm roystonea regia
A very beautiful palm that is grown in many countries. Outside it will grow to 80' with a whitish, bulged trunk and leaves often reaching 3 feet or more.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
IP034 Venezuelan Royal Palm Roystonea oleracea
Considered one of if not the most attractive royal palms. With its white marble column-like trunk, superb green crown shaft, and graceful spreading crown of feather shaped leaves, a fully-grown tree is an awe-inspiring sight, and amazing to think that this huge tree grows from such a small seed. It will grow in a range of climates from tropical to warm temperate; in cooler climates it makes a fine conservatory plant. Rich soil and plenty of water are required for optimum growth.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
P68 Chinese Windmill Palm trachycarpus fortunei
A hardy fan palm that can stand cold to 15 degrees and also makes a good container plant inside. Fibre covered trunk and fan shaped leaves reaching to 3 ft. across. Easy to grow from seed.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
1A344 Darjeeling Fish Tail Palm trachycarpus fortunei darjeeling
This is a close relative to the Chinese Fishtail palm, but is from Darjeeling, India and may be a bit more cold hardy, surviving temperatures down to 5 degrees. This palm makes a good container or patio plant for growing inside in bright lit locations. . Fibre covered trunk and fan shaped leaves reaching to 3 ft. across. Easy to grow from seed.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RHM947 Fiji Fan Palm ( Pritchardia pacifica )
A striking fan palm to 30 with straight smooth trunk with some fiber patterning at the base. Its numerous palmate leaves are 4 wide, 5 long and undivided with many pleats. Fast grower. Fragrant brownish flowers. Tropical. Plant at 1" depth using a well draining soil mix. Requires bright light and high humidity. Keep warm and damp. Zone 10 and higher.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
AW33 Chamaedorea Houseplant Palm ( Chamaedorea costaricana )
A wonderful palm for inside the home, on the patio, or outside in temperate areas. A shade loving palm with pinnate leaves and thin cane-like stems which resemble bamboo. Becumes quite lush as it develops multiple stems. Mature height is 6 to 12 with a canopy spread of 10 or more. Fairly cold hardy to zone 8 and makes a desirable indoor ornamental. Plant the seeds immediately at a depth of 1" using well draining soil mix. Keep warm, damp and in filtered sunlight - avoid hot dry air.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
RHM949 Everglades Palm ( Paurotis Wrightii )
A clustering palm often seen in the south Florida landscape. Slender trunks to 38" are covered with red-brown matting. Its large palmate leaves are nearly round, light green above and silvery beneath. Using well draining soil mixture, plant seeds at 1" depth. Keep warm and lightly moist. Requires bright light and high humidity.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RHM950 Thatch Palm ( Thrinax radiata )
Excellent patio or container plant when young. Has a slender grey trunk with dark green fan leaves at the top. It produces white flowers that grow on the yellow stems to 3-4ft long.
Flowers are followed by green round fruit that turns white when it is ripe. Fruit is around 1-1.5 inches wide.
This slow growing palm can get up to 15 feet tall. It likes full sun but can also grow in broken shade. It does best in moist sandy soil with good drainage. Like a lot of palms it likes humid weather. It tolerates salt and drought very well. It adapts to a lot of different conditions.
This palm is not very cold hardy palm; it can tolerate cold down to 30F. The Thatch Palm is a wonderful palm tree in any landscape, especially those landscapes which love to adorn a hammock. Thatch Palm Tree can also grow indoors very easily. The almost-circular leaves can reach a diameter of 3 feet, and were used by early inhabitants as roofing material.
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D9608 Sealing Wax Palm cyrtostachys lakka
A stunning feather palm with a bright red trunk. It is a tender palm and not easily grown outside of Malaysia. The seeds are very slow germinating and the plant needs constant warmth and light. You may wonder if any plant is worth this much trouble, believe me this one is.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
RHM957 Ruffled Fan Palm Licuala grandis
This elegant palm is great for small yards and can also grow indoors in containers in cooler climates, makes a wonderful patio plant. This is a very attractive, slow growing palm that can get up to 6-8 feet tall outdoors in warm climates, with a spread of 4 feet wide. It has a single slender trunk, 4-5 inches in diameter that takes years to develop.
The Ruffled Fan Palm is known for its unique palmate, or fan-shape leaves, with attractive splitting patterns that make it stand out in any environment. Leaves are circular, luscious green, glossy, ruffled, hence the name Ruffled Fan Palm, about 22 inches in diameter, with notched tips.
It grows best in partial shade and should not be exposed to full sun. Also, make sure to protect it from high winds to avoid frond damage. It needs a lot of water with good drainage. It can tolerate cold down to 30F when mature.
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D9603 Mexican Blue Palm brahea armata
A slightly cold hardy palm that is so unusual with its silver blue palmate leaves with arched spadices. Also a good tub plant.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.00
AW29 Guadalupe Fan Palm ( Brahea edulis )
A good cold hardy palm for patios or lawn, cold hardy to about 20-25 degrees.
Small black colored fruit with a taste resembling a date in clusters.
Endangered in its own habitat on the Guadalupe Islands, this palm is becoming popular in other parts of the world. The sweet pulp from the fruit adds to its attraction, along with its bluish-green fan leaves. It grows to 30 feet tall and drops its dead leaves forming scars on the trunk where the leaves once were. It takes full sun with occasional summer water and does well along the coast.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.00
RHM101 Sombrero Palm Braha dulcis
A beautiful fan palm producing blue-green leave. Ideal for warm dry regions and is frost resistant. Very slow growing - to 20'. The fronds are more finely cut than most within the genus and this feature gives a more delicate appearance. Produces sweet edible cherry sized fruits. Native to Guatemala and Mexico.
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1A037 Princess Palm Dictospermum albumarmata
Most unusual palm that flowers at an early age. Attractive blackish gray trunk and long arching fronds up to 3' long.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
P20 Ponytail Palm beaucarnia stricta
One of the most widely raised palms in the world. Very easy from seeds. Has the familiar swollen trunk and grass like leaves. The perfect houseplant.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
IP037 Belizean Red Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea pliabilis
An excellent houseplant and patio plant for containers. The new leaves emerge bright red turning green as they mature. Very similiar in appearance to B. recurvata but is slower growing and more cold hardy. Native to southern Mexico (Yucatan peninsula) and Belize. It is actally a succulent, not a palm and is related to Agave and Yucca. It is a popular landscape item in tropical regions. Makes a spectacular accent plant that blends well into either tropical or arid gardens. Cold hardy to zone 8b outside when mature, but easily grown inside if given bright light.
 10 seeds $2.95
FA34 Guatemalian Ponytail Palm Beaucarnia guatemalensis
This Guatemalian "Pony Tail" is increasingly popular because of its ease in producing multiple stems from its swollen base as it is developing. The stems are stiff and upright and are topped with tufts of long thin leaves which gracefully enhance the overall look of the plant. May be grown in full sun or in filtered light.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
Z2835 Miniature Coconut Palm Lytocaryum weddellianum
Formerly known as Microcoelum weddellianum or Cocos weddelliana, this small palm originates from high altitudes in Brazil's Coastal Cloud Forest. Now rare in the wild due not to over exploitation by seed collectors as is popularly and routinely supposed, but by forest destruction that is eating up the tiny remaining areas where it clings to life. Just one more palm that may have to survive in cultivation if it is to survive at all. It is not the easiest of palms to cultivate but certainly unsurpassed for its beautiful, finely pinnate, arching leaves. Lytocaryum is suited to a wide range of climates from cool temperate to cool tropical and will tolerate light frosts. It grows best in a humus rich, acidic soil.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RHM099 Giant Ponytail Palm beaucarnia stricta
This Pony Tail has a bottle shaped trunk, short stiff branching and tufts of 2' leaves at branch ends. Flowering is conspicuous with bright red large spikes at the branch tips. Very slow growing to 20'
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P24 Butterfly Palm ( Golden Cane Palm ) areca lutescens.
This is probably the most widely sold palm in the world. It is sold as a potted plant throughout the world. It is a fast growing clumping palm with pale green feather shaped leaves and slender trunks. It is best suited as a house palm and the seeds should be planted together to form a clump. Seeds germinate quickly. Plant needs plenty of sunlight.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
1A367 Jade Empress Palm ( Rhapis multifida )
The Jade Empress Palm Tree is one of the most beautiful and rarest palms in the world. This is a small, slow growing palm that can be kept indoors for its entire life. It is also great for small gardens. A very nice patio palm that doesn't get too large and does well in light shade, making it a great houseplant. It is shorter than Rhapis humilis and the canes are thinner. It is about the same height as Rhapis excelsa but has more leaflets and a much more attractive trunk. This palm is cold hardy down to 20F outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RHM946 Cohune Palm ( Orbignya cohune )
Tall feather palm with 18 trunk and erect pinnate fronds to 30, thick trunk and produces large, heavy seeds in clusters; produces Cohune oil. 1 very large seed in a packet. The seed is approximately 3" long and 1 1/2 wide. This large seed should be planted at a 3" depth using well draining soil mixture. Requires constant warmth, bright light and high humidity. Zone 10b and higher.
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P55 Pygmy Date Palm phoenix roebelenii.
This is a palm that truly everyone should have. It makes a great houseplant or lawn ornament. It only grows to 10 ft. ( smaller in containers ) and forms a perfect miniature palm. It has a slim, solitary trunk with soft feathery green leaves. The seeds germinate easily ( usually within six to eight weeks ) and the plant requires little maintenance or attention. Tolerates low light and abuse. This palm is a must for any deck. Zones 9-11 outside.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
3212 Hybrid Pygmy Date Palm ( Phoenix roebelenii hybrida )
A very fast growing pygmy date palm, if you are needing to grow full size pgymy dates quickly, this is the one to choose. Pretty much identical to the standard Pygmy Date, except it is a faster grower and does not produce viable seed. Excellent patio plant, zones 8b-11 outside.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
Z1995 Senegal Date Palm ( Phoenix reclinata )
This beautiful and unusual palm grows in huge clumps that can make a striking statement in the landscape. The Senegal date palm is variable in shape and form but tends to grow as clumps composed of multiple stems reaching 25 ft to 50 ft in height. These slender stems are covered with brown fiber and tend to curve away from the center of the clump in graceful arcs. They are topped by crowns of dark green to yellow green pinnate (feather shaped) fronds. The leaves are up to 8-15 ft long and about 3 ft wide and recurve attractively toward the ground. The leaf stem is armored with vicious needles near the trunk.

The fruit, called a date, follows the female flower. It is similar to the dates we buy in the store but is smaller and has less flesh and is mostly seed, they also don't taste very good although they are edible.

This tree is native to the semi-arid plains of Senegal, a country in the northeastern part of sub-Saharan Africa. It is now frequently encountered in warm region landscapes everywhere.

Drought tolerant. But looks more attractive and grows faster if periodically watered. USDA Zones 9-11 Can handle temperatures to around 25°F (-3.9 °C).

Use this tree as a dramatic specimen plant for large yards, parks, campuses and other spacious areas. The Senegal palm is particularly impressive displayed against large structures as backdrops where its gracefully curving stems are best appreciated. Makes a great potted specimen for the patio when young. This durable palm also thrives in large containers and other confined areas in urban landscapes.

  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2666 Bangalow Palm archontophoenix cunninghamiana
A Sub tropical to tropical palm from the Rainforests of central eastern Australian coast. This is a very similar palm to Archontophoenix alexandrae in both appearance and size (it gets to about 25 metres (80 feet) tall with a spread of about 2 - 2.5 metres (10 - 15 feet outside in warm climates). It also makes a wonder container plant when young and grows well inside in bright light and warmth.
The leaves, which have paler stalks, are bright green above and below, although there can also be brown scales underneath. They are much heavier looking than A. alexandrae, giving it a more lush appearence.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM925 Lucy's Cane Palm Pholidostachys pulchra
Unusual South American palm with broad leaflets forming the shape of a shuttlecock. A good container palm that will require large containers as it matures, can be grown outside in zone 10 and higher.
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RHM953 Windamere Palm Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus (formerly Trachycarpus sikkimensis) is an attractive palm tree with large leathery leaves with exceptionally wide segments and a thick, bare and ringed trunk. Its fan-shaped leaves resemble those of Livistona. It has a bare trunk and its seeds resemble those of T. martianus.

It is commonly known as Windamere palm, for the locality where its first botanical description was made, the garden of the famous Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling, India. It was formally photographed and collected for the first time only in 1992 during the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sikkim Expedition. It is considered a temperate palm, and has been reported to withstand a wide range of climates, from tropical, subtropical to cold and wet conditions. It is native to Sikkim in the Himalayas, where it has been reported from a range of elevation between 3500 to 7000 feet. It remains in the wild in just one tiny, heavily altered location which is immediately threatened by deforestation. Cold hardy to about 28 degrees.

  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RLZ001 Acai Berry Palm "Para Dwarf" ( Euterpe oleracea )
Also known as "Super Berry". In Brazil, a highly nutritious, thick, pulpy, deep purple juice called acai, like the palm, is produced from the fruits of this species. It can be used in juice blends, smoothies or sodas, or consumed plain. Particularly noteworthy in the long list of beneficial contents in the juice are its high percentage of dietary fibers, which makes up a third of its weight, its antioxidant capacities and possible anti-cancer effects.
The Acai Palm also produces a premium quality heart of palm that is probably second to none. The benefits of this particular variety, highly prized in Brazil, are that it starts fruiting with a trunk height of only 3 feet, which is equivalent to 3 years of age after planting, in a tropical climate, it stays short for easier harvesting, and it is a highly productive plant, with up to 25% more pulp than the regular acai.
In zones 9 and higher, it can be grown outside. It can be grown as an attractive ornamental palm in containers in colder climates. Outside, a mature plant will exceed 50 feet tall when fully grown.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM954 Sonora Palm Sabal uresana
A big and beautiful Sabal, impressive because of the silver blue color of its fan leaves. Grows wild in the Sonora desert of Mexico. This desert palm tree grows to heights of 25 to 50 feet tall. The large leaves, or palm fronds, grow directly out of the single unbranching trunk. The leaves are about 5 to 8 feet long. The drooping leaf segments are silvery blue in color and about 3 feet long. Fibers hang in between the leaflets. The palm produces white flowers in drupes that later form small black fruit.
It is a highly valued and economically important tree in many regions of Mexico. The new, unexpanded leaves are used extensively to make baskets, mats, rope, and other items. The older leaves are also used to make brooms. The fibers that hang between the leaflets have also been used to make saddle blankets. The trunks of this palm have regularly been used to build corrals and as crossbeams for houses. The sugary mesocarp of the fruit is locally eaten fresh or cooked. Like the S. palmetto, the heart of the palm, or the young bud, are eaten occasionally, and this also has a lethal effect on this palm. The petioles of the huge leaves are also sometimes used to build racks for aging cheese, as stirring sticks, or for broom handles.
The seeds germinate easily and quickly, growth is reasonably fast, and the plants are very adaptable to a wide range of climates and can even take severe frost.
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RHM951 Australian Cabbage Tree Palm Livistona australis
The Cabbage-tree Palm is a tall, slender palm growing up to about 75 feet in height and a foot in diameter. It is crowned with dark, glossy green leaves on petioles 5-6 feet long. It has leaves plaited like a fan; the cabbage of these is small but sweet. In summer it bears flower spikes with sprigs of cream-white flowers.
The Cabbage-tree Palm grows best in moist, organically-rich soils, and thrives in both sheltered and well-lit situations. It is also salt, frost and wind tolerant, with populations occurring in exposed coastal situations along the east coast of Australia from Queensland to Victoria. It is cold hardy to 22 degrees in the USA.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RLP097 Teddy Bear Palm Dypsis leptocheilos
This moderately-sized, pinnate palm from Madagascar has a smooth, waxy-white trunk, and a furry, brick-red crownshaft. 'Teddy Bear' obviously refers to the velvet hairs that cover it, creating a cuddly and soft look.
Teddy Bear Palms are very drought tolerant, and does not need much water at all once it has established itself. It is good to water it regularly for a start to give it a boost, and also make sure you fertilise it regularly, and mulch it well. This palm grows best in full sun to light shade, and needs a well draining soil. Will tolerate cold down to about 32 degrees, this is a palm best suited for warm climates and heated greenhouses.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
TRZ020 Xate Palm Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Large leaved Chamaedorea with leaves reaching 24 inches long by 12 inches wide, giving a unique and special appearance. Easy care, low light tolerant makes this an excellent houseplant, conservatory, or understory palm in the warm temperate to tropical garden. Zone 9b or higher outside.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM918 Thai Mountain Fan Palm Trachycarpus oreophilus
A recently described rare species from a single mountain range in northern Thailand, where it grows on exposed ridgetops and spectacular limestone cliffs at over 2000m a.s.l. and is regularly obscured by clouds and buffeted by wind. It has a bare trunk and an attractive small and compact crown of regularly split fan-shaped leaves. Being quite unlike any other Trachycarpus, it will be an envied addition to the temperate or subtropical garden.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
AW28 Bermuda Palmetto Palm Sabal bermuda
A cold hardy palm good to Zone 8. Endemic to Bermuda, it grows to about 20 feet with a grey trunk to 12 in diameter. The deeply costapalmate leaves are deep green to bluish green.
  5 seeds per pack: $2.50
RHM956 Trachycarpus martianus (Nepal Form) Himalayan Fan Palm
Similar to the now popular T. martianus from the Khasia Hills, this form from the Himalayas in Nepal, has slightly smaller leaves with fewer segments and is more tolerant of frost and drought as it grows further north at higher altitudes. Equally fast and rewarding to grow.
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM958 Hispaniola Palm Sabal domingensis
The Hispaniola palm, as it is commonly called, has a single trunk that grows straight and erect to a height of 60 ft (18 m) and possibly taller. The trunk is massive, about 2 ft (60 cm) in diameter and usually with the upper several feet covered with interlaced leaf bases, left behind when the petioles break and the leaves fall. These eventually detach to reveal leaf scar rings upon the smooth light brown trunk.
This palm is native to the island of Hispaniola, a Caribbean island that is shared by the countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. There is is found growing on the dry, sandy lower slopes of the island's mountain range.
Hispaniola palm is easy to grow on most soils except those that are continually soggy. It has a preference for light sandy soils. Fertilize twice yearly in spring and summer for faster growth. It thrives in bright, sunny, exposed areas. Hardy for Zones 8b-10. May also be hardy in some parts of Zone 8. Seeds will usually germinate in 2-6 months.

This palm is drought tolerant and is perfect for low maintenance landscapes. It combines beautifully with grasses (like gamma grass and sand spartina), yuccas (like bear grass and Spanish dagger), wax myrtle and other drought tolerant species. Mature Hispaniola palms are monumental in stature and make impressive sentinel plants for driveways and entrances. Their drought resistant durability and hulking handsomeness make them perfect for lining streets and avenues.

  5 seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
RHN006 Cohune Oil Palm ( Orbignia cohune )
For tropical regions, or warm greenhouse when young. Tall feather palm with 18' trunk and erect pinnate fronds to 30, thick trunk and produces large, heavy seeds in clusters; produces Cohune oil. 1 large seed in a packet. The seed is 1 1/2" long and 1" wide.
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RHM959 Puerto Rico Royal Palm Roystonea borinquena
A large palm which usually reaches a height of 40 to 60 ft, but individuals 87 ft have been recorded. Stems are smooth and grey-brown to cinnamon-brown, and range from 10-28 inches in diameter. Leaves are 8 to12 feet long.
Puerto Rico Royal palms are popular ornamental plants due to their striking appearance; and are extensively planted as an ornamental in Puerto Rico. Its tolerance of air pollution, its ability to grow in a variety of soil types, and the fact that it roots do not damage sidewalks, increase its utility for landscaping and street planting. Its timber is occasionally used for construction but is susceptible to termite attack. Leaves are used as thatch and the leaf sheaths can be laid flat and used to make the sides of buildings. The fruit are fed to pigs and other livestock and the flowers are visited by honey bees. Makes a striking container plant when young, best suited for zones 9b and above outside.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM960 Wallich's Dwarf Fishtail Palm Wallichia densiflora
This wonderful rare dwarf palm is from the humid forests of the Himalayas, where it grows up to an altitude of at least 5200 feet. Its elegantly arching fronds are dark green above and bright silvery white below, and the leaflets resemble a fishtail. Although slow at the beginning, it speeds up considerably with age and develops into neat clusters to about 2m tall. It is best grown in shade and suitable for subtropical and temperate climates. It will take prolonged cool weather and can tolerate moderate frosts without damage. W. densiflora also does perfectly as a house or conservatory plant and will look good even under less than optimum conditions.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
RHM961 Mangrove Date Palm Phoenix paludosa
A smallish, clustering date palm that is widely distributed in mangrove or swamp forest from easternmost India south to the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. It grows a small cluster of slender trunks that are, at first, clothed in coarse, fibrous leaf sheaths, becoming bare with age.
The mildly plumose, gracefully arching leaves hold many soft, narrow, slightly drooping leaflets that are distinctly grayish below and pale green above. The attractive purple to black fruits are held in dense clusters. Though not uncommon in habitat, it is very rarely seen in cultivation.
It requires some maintenance to trim old leaves and suckers but will make an extraordinary ornamental that, despite its tropical habitat, adapts well to cooler climates and will take an occasional light frost without harm.
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RHM932 Thai Dwarf Fishtail Palm Wallichia siamensis
Zone 8b and higher outside, good container plant when young A small, clustering Arenga that comes from montane rainforests in northern Thailand between 500 and 1200 m (1600 to 3900 ft.) elevation. The beautiful leaves carry few, large, conspicuously lobed leaflets that are a brilliant silvery white beneath. It adapts well to cultivation; however, it is still very rarely seen. It does best in warm temperate and tropical areas and can tolerate some cold and light freezes.
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RHM933 Golden Licuala Palm Licuala aurantiaca
Great houseplant and patio plant. The Golden Licuala is a new, recently described species from Thailand, where it grows in coastal swamp forest. It is similar to Licuala paludosa in its robust, clustering habit, with short stems and palmate leaves with few segments, and in its easy-care nature. What particularly sets the Golden Licuala apart and makes it a very desirable ornamental are its vividly orange colored leafsheaths and stalks. It is best suited to warm subtropical and tropical areas and needs plenty of water to grow well.
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RHM935 Noble Palm Deckenia nobilis
Deckenia is essentially a palm for humid, tropical climates, but young plants also make very dainty looking and quick growing house plants!
Native to the Seychelles Islands, where it grows on steep slopes and ridges, sometimes to the exclusion of any other vegetation. It grows a very tall, slender, smooth trunk that can reach well over 30 m (115 ft.) in height. The whitish crownshaft carries a crown of most graceful, pinnate fronds. While seedlings and juveniles are formidably armed with yellowish spines, mature plants lose their nasty nature except for a single feature in the inflorescence: The flower stalk is hidden inside a curious, most fiercely armed bract that falls away to release the long drooping flowering branches when they are fully developed.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
TRZ010 Christmas Palm Veitchia merrillii
Christmas Palm is a neat little palm that resembles a dwarf version of the royal palm (Roystonea regia) which it matches in beauty if not in size. It has a single slender gray stem that is smooth, sectioned by leaf scar rings and is swollen at the base. A short green crownshaft supports a neatly compact crown of about a dozen, plus or minus a few, pinnate (feather) leaves.
A stately palm that has become very popular as landscapers are now using it more in the interiorscape. A very popular plant in shopping malls. The seeds are quite large and covered with a straw-like husk. Plant as soon as received at a depth of 1 1/2" using well draining soil mixture. Be sure to remove outter husk. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. Good inside palm, zones 10-12 outside.
  5 large seeds. Price per pack: $4.95
RHM943 Macarthur Palm Ptychosperma macarthurii
A popular clustering palm in outdoor landscapes in warmer zones. Now being used more as an attractive indoor ornamental. Mature height is 10 with 4 leaves and broad leaflets. Plant seeds when received. 1 1/2" depth in well draining soil mixture. Keep warm and only lightly moist. Bright light. Avoid hot dry air. Good inside palm, for zones 10b-11 outside.
  5 large seeds. Price per pack: $4.95
RHM092 Triangle Palm ( Neodypsis decaryi )
For warm climates, or inside greenhouse when young. When fully grown this feather palm from Madagascar develops a triangle shaped base which extends to 18' tall while exhibiting a magnificent display of stiff pinnate feather-like leaves extending upward to 30'. The leaves are aligned in an even rank creating a spectacular exhibition. A desirable showcase palm. Zone 10 and higher outside.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM986 Cambodian Dragon Tree Dracaena cambodiana
Suitable for tropical climates and warm greenhouses. An attractive, smallish Dracaena native to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and the island of Hainan in China, where it grows at low elevations in forest on dry, sandy soils and on lime stone cliffs. Its slender, branched stems can reach about 4 m (13 ft.) tall and each hold a dense crown of bright green, undulate strap leaves.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RLP109 Wild Areca Palm Areca triandra
Understory palm of tropical/sub-tropical rainforests. A fast growing clumping palm that originally came from low level rain forests in India and southeast Asia. It likes constantly moist, well drained soil, though not wet. Try to place it where the conditions are as close as possible to its natural habitat, in shade or even deep shade.
It's a delightful palm that produces attractive 6 foot feather shaped fronds on top of a slender 2 inch diameter trunk that can grow to 16 feet. This attractive palm can also be used as a house plant in cooler climates or in a pot on a patio.
Areca triandra can tolerate close to freezing conditions. But low temperatures are best avoided. Zone 9b and higher outside.
  5 seeds: $3.95
RLP111 Mangrove Fan Palm Licuala spinosa
A beautiful small palm from Southeast Asia, featuring some of the most beautiful leaves in the palm family. Deeply split and spoked circular, ribbed much like an accordian unfolding, makes for an impressive silhoutte.
An excellent houseplant palm and easily grown in containers, mature plants seldom exceed 6 feet.
Cold hardy to 28 degrees outside.
  5 seeds: $3.95

RLZ002 High Plateau Coconut Palm Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii is very similar in appearance to the coconut palm ( in tree appearence, the fruits are small ), although somewhat cold hardy, making it a good look-alike for the coconut in cooler climates. The seeds are about the size of a marble.
This recently discovered, new Beccariophoenix originates in a humid valley on the high plateaux in Madagascar, where the temperatures can drop below freezing at night in winter, making it ideal also for more temperate areas with moderate freezes. The plant is quite distinct from B. madagascariensis.
Due to its overall hardiness, B. alfredii is a good candidate for cultivation in central and southern Florida, California, south Texas, southern Arizona and other areas that do not get colder than 28 degrees for an extended period of time.
  3 marble size seeds: $3.95
Z1535 Oaxacan Pony Tail Nolina longifolia
Similar to the common Pony Tail, Beaucarnea recurvata develops long, straplike leaves that can reach a length of about 2 m (7 ft.) in mature plants. As a young plant it can be kept as a robust indoor plant, when older, it attains dramatic, treelike dimensions and will grow well in the warm temperate or subtropical garden.
  10 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
Z1850 Ribbon Fan Palm Livstona decipiens
A graceful, very fast growing, tall palm from eastern Australia with finely divided, weeping fan leaves. It is easy to germinate, fast and easy to grow, very adaptable and hardy in every respect, a nearly foolproof palm really. It has already been successfully tried as a landscape and even indoor plant on a commercial basis.
  5 seeds $2.95
Z2475 Majesty Palm Ravenea rivularis
The Majesty Palm is a comparative newcomer to the palm scene. Despite that, it has become incredibly popular, mainly due to its attractive appearance, with feathery green leaves and thick trunk, but also because of its legendary speed of growth. It comes from Madagasgar, where it grows in swampy areas up to an altitude of about 600m, it requires lashings of water, fertile soil and heavy feeding to maintain its appearance, color and growth rate.
It thrives in a whole range of climates from tropical to warm temperate and while not very frost tolerant, it will put up well with cool conditions, and also performs nicely as an interior plant if the light is bright enough.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
D9691 Madagascar Palm ( Dypsis madagascariensis )
This is a medium sized solitary or clustering palm. It has a plumose leaf and nice color (blue-green, white and some black) to the crown. It is a moderate to fast grower and likes to be in full sun. A great palm for gardens in Southern California. Cold tolerance is in the 30°s.
Unusual shaped foliage and stems that are slender and jointed bamboo like. This is a very unusual palm that requires warmth. Difficult to germinate and raise, but well worth the effort.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
1A247 Kentia Palm ( Howea forsteriana )
Kentia palm is highly prized for its elegant fronds and slender trunk. Kentia palm has a canopy of about three dozen gracefully drooping leaves which produce an airy and poised look. The leaves are pinnate (featherlike) and grow up to 12 ft (3.7 m) long with thornless 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) petioles (leaf stems).
Kentia palms tolerate and adapt to a wide variety of soils including those that are neutral, acidic, clayey and slightly alkaline, but they perform best in rich loamy soil with excellent drainage. Kentia palms are traditionally slow growers, however regular fertilization with palm-grade fertilizer promotes maximum growth. A balanced (e.g., 18-18-18) slow-release palm fertilizer with minor elements should be used during the growing season. Magnesium and potassium nutritional deficiencies have been noted, particularly in older kentias. Mineral supplements should be administered in recommended amounts to prevent or treat such deficiencies. Kentia palms in pots or tubs can be left in the same container for many years due to their slow growth.
USDA Zones 9B - 11. Considered cold hardy in frostfree locations. Mature and established specimens can tolerate occasional temperatures down to 25ºF (-4ºC) without incurring significant damage to foliage.
Price per pack: $3.95
  5 seeds $3.95
Z2070 Caryota "Himalaya" - Himalayan Fishtail Palm
Though known in cultivation for a while now, especially in California, where it is grown under the name Caryota urens "Mountain Form," this fabulous hardy species still is rarely seen around. It is a fairly large, vigorous and extremely fast growing tree (up to 2 meters per year) with a dense crown, frequently seen growing semi-wild in the foothills of the central and eastern Himalayas up to 2400m a.s.l.
As indicated by its habitat and by experience from cultivation, it is by far the most cold tolerant Fishtail Palm, guaranteed to stand up happily to cold winters with snow and moderate frosts to -7°C
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
TRFRID002 Manila Rattan Palm Calamus manillensis
A species of climbing palm which resembles a vine. Also called "yantok", it is very unusual in cultivation outside of Philippines. It has short spines which helps it grip any supporting structure on which it grows.
Rattan Palm grows to great lengths, sometimes more than 30 meters, and yields the rattan of commerce. It also features edible fruits. Fruits are edible, though incredibly sour, and covered with scales. Fruiting season is June-August. The individual fruit scales are hard like an eggshell. Zone 10 and above, makes an interesting patio plant if grown with another plant to climb.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
BM22 Rattan Palm Calamus inermis
A strongly climbing rattan with slender canes. It makes few leaves but they are large - to 16" with 3" leaflets. It is suited to warm-temperate and tropical climates. An uncommon palm that could be quite unique as an indoor plant.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2059 Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea siefritzii
Also known as Reed Palm and Clustered Parlor Palm, these are excellent indoor palms that prefer partial shade rather than full sun. Thin reed-like trunks grow in segments, giving them a bamboo like appearance. Grows only 10' tall.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2561 Chamaedorea radicalis
Another beautiful landscape palm from Mexico that clusters from the base to a height of about 10 ft. when grown outdoors. It flowers when young, with the inflorescence held high above the dark green foliage. It has orange-yellow flowers and orange fruits. It grows best in shady, moist areas outdoors, but can be grown inside if properly tended.
Cold tolerant to 18-20° F.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95

Z1496 Mexican Grass Tree Nolina Longifolia
Also known as the Oaxacan Pony Tail, it is similar to the common Pony Tail, Beaucarnea recurvata. It develops long, straplike leaves that can reach a length of about 2 m (7 ft.) in mature plants. As a young plant it can be kept as a robust indoor plant, when older, it attains dramatic, treelike dimensions and will grow well in the warm temperate or subtropical garden or still grown inside as a tub plant. Hardy to zone 8 outside.
  10 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
1A107 Trachycarpus nanus Yunnan Dwarf Palm
The smallest member of the (Trachycarpus) genus, and one of the most sought-after, this diminutive, very adaptable and extremely cold hardy palm does not grow a trunk, or at least, only an underground or a shortly emergent one. From Yunnan, in western China, they are pretty palms, not unlike Chamaerops at first glance, and are often an attractive blueish colour. A further interesting feature is the fact that the inflorescences are held upright, an adaptation to keep them off the ground. Unfortunately this makes them very vulnerable to the goats, with which the area is over-run; consequently very few plants set seed.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
1A109 Giant Fish Tail Palm Caryota obtusa (India form)
Caryota obtusa is by far the most massive of the Fishtail Palms. It is found scattered over a vast area between north-east India and northern Thailand, always growing in the mountains. The form from N. Thailand, which has recently been described as C. gigas, was introduced into cultivation many years back. The true form from the N.E. Indian States of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, however, where William Griffith collected the type specimen for his description of the species in PALMS OF BRITISH EAST INDIA (1850), never made it into cultivation. As such, we are very pleased to be able to offer this form to you now for the very first time ever! This awesome and majestic Fishtail Palm has a thick trunk (to 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) in diameter) and huge, flatly-held leaves in the manner of a giant tree fern, which it resembles. The seeds germinate quickly, and subsequent growth is extremely fast, up to 1 m (3 ft) per year once established. The Indian form grows in the Himalayan foothills at altitudes of up to about 1000 m (3300 ft), and much further north than the Thai form (C. gigas). While the two are not really different in appearance, the Indian form will likely grow in even cooler conditions, and tolerate even a few more degrees of frost. Grow it where its great size can best be appreciated, and give it plenty of water and fertilizer. It is a "must" for tropical and warm temperate parks and gardens.
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2741 Mountain Date Palm Phoenix loureiri var. humilis
A fast growing, non-suckering palm that resembles the canary island date palm very closely, but is frost hardy and can be grown in cooler climates. Good outside palm, or container palm when young.
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
TRZ011 Betel Nut Palm ( Areca catechu )
This is one of our most requested seeds, but we rarely get good fresh seed. We have a few now, so act quickly!
Outside, it will grow over 30 feet tall, with a distinctly ringed trunk with crownshaft, up to 20cm in diameter. Attractive, broad leaflets with ragged edges. It will flower at six to seven years of age. Outdoors : An excellent palm for the tropics and sub-tropics, it prefers a shady location, regular watering and shelter from high winds. Sensitive to cold. Indoors : The betal nut palm requires warmth and humidity, but may successfully be cultivated in hothouses.

The nuts of this tropical palm tree form the basis of the stimulant betel chew which has a reputation as a panacea and tonic throughout Asia. Betel Nut / Areca catechu is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat headaches, stomach pains, venereal disease, fever, rheumatism and a number of other complaints. Theophrastus made references to the betel nut which also appears in early Sanskrit texts under the name 'guvka' or 'pinlang'. In India it has also been integrated within the social and religious system, the gods are said to lack betel in heaven and that humans should offer them betel to keep them in a beneficial mood. Also used as a magical charm and amulet thought to protect against the evil eye and ward off demons. Indian cultures hold the knowledge of traditional preperation methods for betel nut as a nigh on a high art and specific variations of recipes are often passed on through generations as revered knowledge. Zones 10-11 outside.

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1A309 Seminole Bread ( Cardboard Palm )
Zamia furfuraceae This is another of our "living fossil" plants, its kind surviving on earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Cardboard palm belongs to the Cycad family (cycad is greek for "palm" to which most cycads bear resemblance). Other cycads include the coontie palm and the sago palm.
Cardboard palm has leaves 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) long that emerge from a central point forming a rosette. When grown in bright sunlight the rosette becomes a 3 foot high clump of tightly overlapping leaves that will slowly grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter. The thick leathery leaves are pinnate and have 5 in (12.7 cm) long by 1 in (2.5 cm) wide oval leaflets. They are slightly fuzzy and feel a little like cardboard when rubbed.
Because of its ruggedness, low maintence and drought tolerance, the cardboard palm is often used in commercial plantings. The foliage emerges from a thick fleshy trunk that serves as a water reservoir in times of drought. Male and female reproductive structures (cones) form on separate plants. Even very young plants produce these interestingly shaped cones. When ripe, the female cone breaks to reveal an array of tightly packed, bright red 1 in (2.5 cm) seeds.
Cardboard palm is native to the warm sandy coastal plains of Mexico and is a common landscape item in tropical and sub-tropical areas all over the world. It is also a popular and easy to grow houseplant.
Plant cardboard palm in neutral, well drained sandy soil. Mulch with organic materials (bark or leaf mold). Light: Bright sun to partial shade. Moisture: Water when dry. Drought tolerant. Hardiness:USDA Zones 9 - 11. Sustains leaf damage at 28ºF (-2.2ºC)
The cardboard palm is spectacular in containers and is even happy living out on seaside condo balconies.
Cardboard palm makes a great accent or specimen plant. Use near the patio, in mixed foundation plantings or in perennial beds. This cycad is salt resistant and can be used in beachside plantings. Also makes a great container plant for the patio or deck. It is a great houseplant tough enough to survive occasional neglect and harsh indoor environments.
With its beautiful shape, exotic looking cones and instinct for survival, cardboard palm is one of my favorite plants. Large outdoor clumps are striking as the light olive green new growth emerges to hover above a base of darker mature leaves. Specimens can be grown indoors in shallow containers. Used this way, the partially exposed tuberous stem and the airy crown of leaves create a striking bonsai specimen.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
ECNT01 Coontie Palm ( Zamia floridana )
Coontie is a small palmlike perennial plant that grows to a height of about 3 ft. Coontie forms a colony of suckers that slowly grow into mounds 5-6 ft wide. The glossy dark green pinnate leaves are 3 ft long with narrow pinnae (leaflets) 4-6 in long by 0.25 in wide. This species is dioecious, having male or female reproductive parts (called "cones") present on separate plants. In late winter the rusty-brown male and female cones emerge from the ground. Males produce pollen that fertilizes the female cones that mature in autumn when the shiny red seeds are released.

Its evergreen leaves are fine in texture and resemble those of a fern. They are produced from a thick underground storage root in one or more flushes each year. This cycad has a much softer appearance and is without the sharp edges of some of the other popular cycads used in the landscape such as Cycas revoluta.

Once this immature pistillate (female) coontie cone is fertilized by the male's pollen the seeds will develop and ripen by the following autumn.
Zamia pumila inhabits a variety of habitats with well drained sands or sandy loam soils throughout peninsular Florida.
Coontie will tolerate some salt drift from the sea and can be planted near, but not directly on the beach. It will grow in full sun or dense shade.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-10.

Coontie is perfect for woodland and shady gardens where it provides rich evergreen backdrop for flowering species all year long. It works well as a transition plant near larger specimens. Creates a tropical affect when planted by the trunks of pine trees in woodland settings. Coontie is perfect for xeriscapes and as a low maintenance ground cover. The coontie is one of the best ground covers as it evergreen and actually "consumes" trash which sifts down beneath its arching leaves where it is hidden from view to decompose, rust or otherwise degrade inoffensively.

The coontie is very happy growing in pots, urns and containers both indoors and out. It is a popular species for bonsai where it is grown in sand, often with its fleshy underground storage root artfully exposed.

In recent years the native coontie has become a favorite groundcover that is so tough and reliable it is is often planted on traffic islands like this one in Seminole County, Florida.
This is a rugged but subtle accent plant that boasts a deep green color and unique form. Although a slow grower, coontie is very tough, drought resistant and easy to maintain.

Florida's indigenous peoples and later European settlers processed the coontie's large storage root to extract an edible starch. For this reason the coontie was often commonly called Seminole bread during the late 1800s.

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BK105 Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms
200 Species and Hybrids - 323 Photographs
By Robert Lee Riffle
Flexibound, 237 pages, 6 x 8 1/2, full-color photographs, Timber Press

Unlocks the keys to successfully growing palms

Native to every continent except Antarctica, palms are most closely identified with tropical regions and one species in particular, Cocos nucifera, the coconut palm, is the universally recognized symbol of all things tropical. Yet, many palms can withstand freezing and thus can be grown in mild temperate climates where the average low temperature does not drop below 5 degrees. In addition, palms thrive in a wide range of habitats from swamps to deserts, rain forests to plains and grasslands. Some prefer full sun, others deep shade. Some are stemless shrubs, others are solitary or clustering trees, and still others are vinelike, but all are evergreen.

Given such diversity and versatility, it is surprising that palms are underutilized in landscapes and gardens, even in tropical climes. Several reasons account for this, including misconceptions about the plants' growing requirements and unfamiliarity with their ornamental qualities. This pocket guide remedies both problems. It unlocks the keys to successfully growing 200 of the most common and easily obtainable palm species and hybrids, and it highlights botanical characteristics that are of interest to gardeners and landscapers.

Each description includes details of trunk, crownshaft, leaf, flower, and fruit to assist in plant identification and selection. The extensive cultivation notes include details of mature tree size, cold hardiness, and light, soil, and water requirements. Suggestions for using the plants indoors and out will help even novice gardeners know where to start, and succinct information on seed germination will assist anyone who wants to grow their own palms from seed.

$19.95
BKP101 Palms of South Florida
By George B. Stevenson
Paperback, 252 pages, 6 x 9, b&w illustrations, University Press of Florida, ISBN 0-8130-1441-7

"The value of this book goes well beyond its immediate audience in south Florida, for the palms Stevenson covers comprise the most common horticultural varieties planted throughout the tropics. There is no other single book that describes this group of plants, especially with the diagnostic keys offered by Stevenson."David W. Lee, Florida International University

$19.95
New! Jim's Plant Growth Stimulator for Palm Tree Plants.
Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and larger, thicker leaves. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution ) to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage and trunk of the plants, you can also soak the ground underneath the drip line as well.. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  JPAG11 Plant Growth Stimulator for Palm Tree Plants $14.95
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