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I am building a photo gallery of palms from my yard as well as palms in my town. We are on the cusp of zone 10. Most winters are mild enough to grow a lot of zone 10 palms. Every twenty or fifty years we get zapped and have to start over again. I also have seed on hand at most times of the year. Feel free to contact me to see what I might have around. I am open to swapping seeds.


I'll be harvesting Wallichia densiflora, Coccothrinax argentata and Archontophoenix tuckeri within the next few weeks as of 10\01\10.


Dypsis decaryi and Woodyetia bifucata rooftop view
A variety of palms
Rooftop view of various palms
More palms from roof view
Papaya or digestive aid for the holidays
Kentiopsis oliviformis rooftop view
Dypsis lastelliana rooftop view
Anacardium occidentale or cashew and Elaeis guineensis
One last view from the roof
The winter ready seedling house


I know a lot of these are going to make most of you yawn but there might be some people out there that might want these seeds.

Sabal palmetto Sabal minor
Syagrus romanzofiana Adonidia merrillii
Butia capitata Livistona chinensis
Livistona decipiens Ptychosperma elegans
Veitchia arecina Elaeis guineensis
Serenoa repens Caryota mitis
Arenga englari Dypsis decaryi


During the course of the year we have these seed available. It might require my creating the seed by working with the various anthesis of the flowers.

Syagrus x campos portana Syagrus coronata
Syagrus schizophylla Archontophoenix sp. robust
Hydriastele wendlandiana Areca triandra
Licuala spinosa Pinanga adengensis


I think I have about eighty six species of palm crammed into my suburban lot here in Vero Beach. I am lucky to have a horticulturalist on two borders as a neighbor. He is of like mind and enjoys packing his yard with plants as much as I do. Some of the pictures from the area photos are of his collection. I am still going to keep packing more palms in every spring to hedge against freezes and storm damage. I will have to eventually buy another house with a big lot to keep up with my obsessive collecting habit.


I am building this section to showcase some of the success stories for this area. Although we are a mere forty miles away from true zone ten, we as well as the rest of the Florida peninsula are not safe from the effects of freezing weather. Most of the subtropical palms growing in this area post date the Christmas freeze of 1989. We sustained temperatures of 28f. 23f. and 26f. on December 23, 24, 25, 1989. There were observations as low as 19f. in the area during that spell. Since then we have been fairly well off. The average winter lows rarely get below 29f. in an average winter. These photos might help to serve as a casual guideline for people looking to broaden their palm species list in costal Brevard, eastern Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. I have also included some photos of unusual forms of palms as well.


My purpose for showing some of these photos is to demonstrate the effects of the treasure coast climate on some of the more tropical palms. The Euterpe has struggled in this area. I have seen successful plants living in the ground but it is not an easy task to get the plant to that stage. The Ravenea lakatra has shown to be stubborn as well. The Caryota ophiopelis did not fade as fast as the C. zebrina but is still having a tough go of it. The Tahina seems to be faring well, so far. The Loxococcus has been doing okay. One of Riffle's books shows a Florida grown L. rupicola but I am not sure what part of the state it is from. I don't entertain any delusion's that the Hydriatele beguinii (Formerly Siphokentia) could survive in this area, I have made the commitment to container raise this one. The Chamaedoreas have to be container grown here because of the nematodes.


I have been sprouting various seeds that I have found washed up on the beach.

Palm seeds from the wrack
Terminalia catapa
Two unknown taxa from the beach
Mucuna sp. with cat for scale
Entada gigas growing about three feet a week
Mucuna or Dioclea typical leaf form
Another view of Mucuna or Dioclea
Spondias sp. going strong
Sprouting Mucuna or Dioclea next to Pouteria campechiana (not from the wrack) and Spondias mombin

There are several palm species that wash up on the local beaches. In the photo to the upper right you can see Nypa, Astrocaryum spp. Attalea spp. and Manicaria. Depsite the cold winter of 2009-2010, the seabeans sprouted in good numbers this past spring. I have about seven different vines in the yard. I hope they have time to flower and set seed this year. I've put in a link to You Tube of footage shot of the varoius sprouted seabeans.


If you live on the Treasure or Space coast and you want to swap some palms, or buy or sell some palms, write me and let me know. I've got a nursery full of palms growing on my friends farm down the road. I will post photos of the nursery in the spring if we don't have any big freezes this winter.


To submit offers or requests for seed or plant exchange contact me and let me know what you have. I am seeking seed from Copernicia, Coccothrinax, rare Syagrus or anything else out of the realm of the most ordinary landscape palms. I am especially interested in hybrids, mutants or other unusual forms of palms. You can contact palmnerd through this site's private message feature HERE.


Seedlings fresh from Hawaii
Floribunda never lets me down
Our commercial nursery is pretty diverse
Despite our terrible winter the nursery looks pretty good
We try to rotate in new seedlings every year
There's about a ten year age span for the container palms here
We just went through about four yards of soil in this years stepping
This Floribunda Oraniopsis was just $7.00 +S&H!

We source our seeds and plants from various locations. One thing I would like to say is that both Rare Palm Seeds and Floribunda are excellent sources for palms. I can't say enough good about both Tobias Spanner and Jeff Marcus when it comes to doing business with them. I have been buying from them for ten years or so and encourage anyone who's serious about building a collection, to use their services. I am not being prompted to write this and have nothing to gain. I just like to reward good business practices. I also source seeds locally and from around south Florida as well.